God’s miraculous work in the Church was evidenced by the unwavering faith of His people gathered in the recent Japan Area Fellowships concurrently held in Tokyo Locale and in Nagoya Locale on June 16, 2019. In the Eastern Japan Area, the Tokyo Worship Hall was filled with the brethren from Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Abiko, Kawasaki, Hamura and Tokyo local churches.
While in the Western Japan Area, brethren from Osaka, Shizuoka, Gifu and Nagoya filled Nagoya Worship Hall. This year’s theme was entitled, “Glorious Freedom Dedicated for God’s Service” taken from Galatians 5:13.
In the Sunday School, Marikina Area Coordinator and Marikina Head Minister ,Pastor Levi Ferriol delivered a strong message on Effective Evangelism in the Eastern Japan Area. He encouraged everyone to have compassion not only to fellow Filipinos but also to other nationalities particularly the Japanese who are in dire need of salvation. He persuaded the congregation to be fearless and bold in preaching the Gospel.
On the other hand, Pastor Eduardo Siazon, one of the Associate Ministers in Marikina Local Church ministered the Sunday School message in the Western Japan Area.
The Worship services in both Eastern and Western Japan Area were blessed with the gracious participation of guests from the Philippines. Not only did they encourage the participants in their faith, but they also blessed the delegates with their God-given talents.
During the Eastern Japan Area Worship Service, Sis. Jane Casuyon stirred the hearts of the brethren in offering praises and hymns unto the the Lord followed by the Opening Prayer led by Pastor Jeff Fulo, Abiko Local Minister. Pastor Ana Galleno, one of the Marikina Local Associate Ministers, was the Master of Ceremonies of the event. A Song of Praise entitled, “Resurrection Power” by the Saitama Brethren lifted the name of the Lord and conveyed the message of spiritual freedom. The Reading of the Scriptures was led by Pastor Celso Rosas, Gunma Local Minister, followed by a soulful song of praise by Bro Matthew Jacob Ferriol, Pastor Levi Ferriol’s eldest son, and one of the event’s special guests.
Subsequently, Japan Coordinator and Tokyo Local Head Minister, Pastor Maya Cruz officially welcomed the brethren and honored guests especially the Goodman of the House for gracing the occasion. Another exuberant song of adoration from the Tokyo Brethren exalted the name of the Lord. The Offertory Message was ministered by Ptr. Levi Ferriol. He dwelt on “Faith-rich Giving”, giving to the Lord with faith exemplified in the Parable of the Talents. He stressed that we need faith to be able to risk for the Lord. He also emphasized that giving with risks shows our faith. “Kailangan nating sumugal para sa Panginoon,,” he uttered.
Thereafter, a powerful Song of Praise by Christ-End Time Messengers’ Sis Jane Casuyon and Bro Giovani Mangale glorified the name of the Lord. Later on, a video presentation was shown featuring Noah, John the Baptist, and the Goodman of the House in the End-time, Apostle Arsenio T. Ferriol as “ Forerunners” chosen by God to prepare His people for the great things to come.
The Japan Eastern Area Fellowship was blessed by the presence of the Goodman of the House. The Apostle shared his early journey in the Christian faith and his search for the truth. “Ang relihiyon kailangang tapat,” he said because what we believe in becomes our lifestyle. Dwelling on the theme, the Apostle ministered that we should have freedom to the extent of our soul and a free man is not a slave of sin. Jesus, by His blood has already delivered us from our spiritual bondage. Like Noah, he also urged the brethren to watch for the end is near. The signs are all around us – famine, earthquake and wars – the beginning of things to come.
Later on, the Apostle prayed for the brethren in need of healing. The event concluded with the celebration of Father’s Day and birthday of Ptr. Levi Ferriol.
In the Western Japan Area Worship Service, Sis. Shane Daganio, one of Christ’s End time Messengers was the Master of Ceremonies. Sis. Michelle Romero, also one of the Christ’s Endtime Messengers led the brethren in the soulful Praise and Worship. The Opening Prayer was led by Bro. Jellon Sim, one of the Associate Ministers in Marikina Local and was followed by the Reading of the Scriptures led by Pastor Phil Sison, Osaka Local Minister
Before the Welcome Remarks of Pastor Nimfa Barrera, Nagoya Local Minister and Japan District Sub-Coordinator, the group of Christ’s End time Messengers rendered a Song of Praise.
In the Welcome Remarks, Pastor Nimfa welcomed all the guests and delegates and gave way for a Special Greetings from a distinguished guest of honor – Congresswoman Irene Saulog of Kalinga Party List.
Another glorious song was rendered by the Christ’s End Time Messengers followed by the Offertory Message of Sister Kirsten Ferriol, Novaliches Local Minister.
After another Song of Praise, Pastor Nimfa introduced the Guest Speaker of the event. He was none other than the Head Pastor of Tanauan Local Church, and Area Coordinator of Shiloh Area consisting of Batangas Local Churches – Presbyter Dante Abainza.
Though the Eastern and Western Japan Areas were miles apart , the simultaneous celebration of Japan Area Fellowship kept everyone united in spirit and service unto the Lord. Everyone was indeed blessed and deeply encouraged to be steadfast in our faith and to continue serving the Lord as we all wait for His glorious return.
(M. Calalo, R.L. Siman)
Eastern Japan District
Western Japan District