The PMCC 4th Watch Saitama Locale brethren once again displayed their unending gratitude unto God’s amazing works on their 19th Church Anniversary and Thanksgiving held on August 12, 2018 at Hatogaya Shimin Center. Albeit the humid weather and threat of heavy rains, faithful worshipers and guests could not be hindered from witnessing this momentous gathering.
Glorious praises and adoration filled the venue as Ptr. Rowena Fuerte, Minister of Saitama Locale opened the celebration with thankfulness unto the Lord. Sis. Japhet Rull and Sis. Maribel Kato of the Saitama Praise and Worship Team led the congregation with energizing and uplifting songs and praises. Sis. Karen Arellano, Minister of Tochigi Extension led the Invocation, while Sis. Coring Sasaki led the Reading of the Scriptures and Sis. Apple Nabana delivered the Announcements. The Japanese Brethren and selected members of Tochigi Extension also rendered Songs of Praises unto God.
Ptr. Victor Fuerte, the Head Minister of Saitama Locale focused his Offertory Message on “Expressing our Gratitude unto the Lord”. He reminded everyone to honor His goodness at all times. Truly, above all people and things, we have to give God our utmost and sincerest gratitude for everything He has done, presently doing and will continue to do in our lives.
Saitama Chorale then lifted the name of the Lord as they sang “Thank You Lord” by Hillsong. Ptr. Victor then introduced the Keynote Speaker of the event, Japan District Coordinator and Tokyo Locale’s Head Minister, Ptr. Maya Cruz. Dwelling on the theme “Gratitude for 19 Years of God’s Goodness”, Ptr. Maya shared God’s provisions in the church from its humble beginnings in Japan 20 years ago up to the present. She further expressed that God’s marvelous work to His church has been exceptional over the years. Through the wise and honest leadership of the Apostle, the church continues to grow and prevail towards its glorious destination.
Deeply moved by the powerful message of God, many guests and visitors responded in the Altar Call and heeded to God’s call for salvation. The brethren then gladly gave their Thanksgiving Offering and renewed their promise to fulfill their commitments into God’s work. Thereafter, two young souls were gratefully dedicated unto the Lord.
The special gathering continued with the search for “Mother and Kid of the Year 2018” recognizing the ideal mothers and children in the church. Ptr. Maya then gave a short exhortation on the characteristics of an ideal mother in the eyes of the Lord. Several presentations and special numbers were showcased followed by a Raffle Draw.
It was indeed another tremendous year of God’s astonishing works for Saitama Locale. (T. Ravelas)