The OPIF Philippines General Conference 2023 officially opened yesterday under the theme "Never Give Up" taken from 1Timothy 4:16. It is a four-day event that starts Friday, January 20 and runs until Monday, January 23, which is hosted by OPIF PH Sector 9 Church under Pastor Erwin Gaviola in Tiaong, Quezon City.
The 1st day of the conference began yesterday at 12 noon with the arrival of delegates. This was followed by a revival service at 6pm attended by 41 people both in person and online. The service began with a devotional song performed by the OPIF PH Sector 9 residence's music department. This was preceded by an opening prayer and remarks from Pastor Erwin Gaviola, the conference's host pastor. Then Pastor Solomon Beric of OPIF PH Sector 3 led the congregation to praise and worship. Afterwards, Bro. Renato and Ptra. Annalyn of OPIF PH Sector 6 gave a testimony, then followed by a special song performed by our OPIF PH Pastors from the Visayas and Mindanao.
As a conclusion to the service, Pastor Solomon Belic delivered a message entitled "Fix Your Eyes on God" from Hebrews 12:1-2. As Christians, he emphasized that we should never pick up things that will not help us grow, and that we should always remember God's goodness. We should not let our weaknesses or our struggles distract us from our goal to be used by Jesus in His ministry. This is because He will never give us more than we can handle. The service was hosted by Ptr. Solomon Vili of OPIF PH Ilo-ilo cell group.
For day 2 of the Conference, which began at 8AM today, Ptr. Victor Notario Sr. of PH Sector 12 and Ptr. Victor Notario Jr. of PH Sector 7 will present back-to-back seminars on Family Ministry and Soul Winning and Soul Keeping. After lunch, PH Sector 13 Pastor, Ptr. Martino Cortan will present a seminar on Church Management and Leadership, followed by PH Sector 2 Pastor, Ptr. Renato Furo's seminar on Standard Operating Procedures. Immediately following the morning and afternoon seminars, an evening revival service will be conducted at 6 P.M. where Pastor Aries Natad of PH Sector 14 will deliver the message of the day.
While day 3 of the conference will feature a divine service where the theme "Never Give Up" will be preached by Pastor Jun Sta Ines, OPIF Evangelist Board of Directors.
And finally, a minister's fellowship will conclude the conference on the 4th day, which is the last day of the event.
(With photos and reports from Sis. Andrea Miniano Manalo our Philippine Correspondent from OPIF PH Sector 9)