To strengthen the spirituality of the workers, the Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) conducted a week of prayer held at the CPUC chapel, Cebu City, Philippines, on January 6-12, 2020.
Administrators, directors, and staff attended the morning and afternoon sessions from Monday to Saturday. United prayer, done in various ways, ended each meeting.
Dan Namanya, a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) student of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) from Uganda, Africa, became God’s mouthpiece throughout the week. He made a strong emphasis in his presentations to shine for Jesus till He comes.
“Shining for Jesus, especially in these last days, is very important because we serve a God with a mission. And Jesus Christ Himself came to earth to carry on the same mission. Jesus said that you are the light of the world, meaning, the world is in darkness and He needs people who will represent Him to the world,” Namanya shared when asked why he chose Shine as the theme for the week of prayer. “Shining is a responsibility. Let us allow Jesus to shine through us, and reflect it to the world,” he continued.
In an interview with Pastor Agapito Catane, Jr., the president of Central Philippine Union Conference, he talked about the importance of having a week of spiritual emphasis. He further said that this would prepare all the workers of the organization or institution to meet the different challenges of the year. The hearts and minds will be refreshed and be motivated to serve more in the Lord’s vineyard.
“We need to pray together and build each other in our spiritual journey. For the Lord is coming very soon, we need to be faithful and true in the discharge of our responsibilities,” Pastor Catane said.
To balance the spiritual growth with the physical, mental, and social well-being of the workers, the organizers initiated recreational activities after the afternoon sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Realizing God’s humbleness and mercy for His work in 2020, all the workers joined together in the communion service on Friday morning.
Furthermore, Pastor Abner Dinoy, the stewardship director of Central Philippine Union Conference, shared his insights on the different topics presented every day. According to him that there are two kinds of people. First is a believer, who realizes his spiritual helplessness, his sorrow over sins, his hunger for righteousness, his desire to be a peacemaker, and his willingness to be slandered. While the second is an unbeliever who is proud, self-sufficient, self-reliant, and selfish. He sadly thinks that there is no way that he could stand as someone righteous before such a loving and understanding God.
“As a believer, this week of prayer gives us many influences to the unbelievers that without any connection with Jesus, we are nothing! Matthew 5:14 says that you are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop cannot be hidden,” Pastor Dinoy commented.
The week of prayer culminated with a spiritual retreat held on the Sabbath at El Salvador Beach Resort, Danao City, Philippines, bringing all family members into a united celebration of God’s blessings with a stronger family tie between families and fellow laborers to shine more for Jesus.
By Nadeth Quinto