For the first time in Church history, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in New Zealand held a “Feast dedicated to God” in unison with all Locale chapters worldwide. People from different faiths, beliefs, and races were invited together to celebrate and offer the feast to God Almighty.
Various kinds of dishes varying from Filipino to Western courses were served during the feast. Of course, a Filipino themed feast isn’t complete without “Lechon”, a whole roasted pig. But this feast isn’t any ordinary feast, it is a feast whose sole purpose is to help the needy, the lame and the poor, all of which is written in the Bible.
In the Philippines, ‘Fiestas’ or Festivals are prevalent wherever you go tracing back to the country’s Spanish Colonial Roots. Most ‘fiestas’ or festivals in the Philippines are either offered to and named after Catholic Saints or just for celebrations’ sake. Out of all ‘fiestas’ all over the world, never have we seen a ‘fiesta’ dedicated solely to our Almighty God. That is why the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in New Zealand opened the doors to welcome their guests to a scrumptious meal, gift-giving, games and visual entertainment.
Various parlour games were held during the said ‘fiesta’ to liven up the event. The invited guests were given the chance to win awesome prizes by taking part in different games such as “Arranging yourselves from youngest to oldest”, “Trip to Jerusalem”, “Pinoy Henyo”, and many more. The Kawan ng Cordero (KNC) also took part in it. The brethren also had their very own ‘free store’ where everything ranging from clothes to toys were free for all.
As it is written in Luke 14:13-14, “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”. When making a feast, one must call the less fortunate and feast with them for they can’t compensate for a living and you will be blessed and rewarded.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Written by: Brother John Gabriel Alovera
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