Central Philippine Union Conference gave out bottles of soya milk and loaves of cinnamon bread with Story of Hope booklets on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, to more than 60 police officers deployed along Gorordo Avenue in Cebu City to implement quarantine protocols in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative aimed to acknowledge and extend heartfelt gratitude to the armed forces for the service rendered in the community.
As this COVID-19 makes it difficult to conduct house-to-house visitations, this activity endeavored to respond to the needs of the people within the reach. Pastor Agapito Catane Jr., CPUC president, initiated the activity. And according to him, “This is one way of upholding the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”
“We praise the Lord for the opportunity to affirm the services of the policemen. It’s a joy to associate with them, pray for them, and share with them the blessings from God,” Pastor Catane shared in an interview.
The directors and staff of CPUC also participated in the distribution. Pastor Norberto Pamisa, the associate Publishing Ministries director of Central Philippine Union Conference, said that he was delighted for the privilege to serve the frontliners even in a humble way of showing kindness to them.
“We are grateful to God for the opportunity of sharing not just food for their physical need, but also, sharing His word for their spiritual need,” he continued.
Police officers expressed words of gratitude and appreciation for the benevolence extended to them.
In the book, The Joy of Giving, Ellen White states, “God desires us to give–cheerfully, willingly, gladly. None can keep His law without ministering to others. Happiness is the gift of God to him who, in the spirit of Christ, toils for the good of others.”