Above photo shows OPIF Philippines Sector 7 anniversary celebration.
Daraga, Albay – “Jesus the fountain of wisdom and understanding”, a verse taken from Proverbs 5:1 was this year’s theme as OPIF Philippines Sector 7 – Daraga, Albay celebrated its 4th Church Founding Anniversary. Sector 7 is the first OPIF Church established in the Bicol Region.
More than 101 attendees celebrated the event while 31 participated via zoom, which were welcomed by OPIF Philippines National Overseer and Sector 11 resident Pastor Victor Notario Sr.
The opening prayer was led by Bro. Chan Nepumoceno from OPIF PH Sector 11, the daughter church of Sector 7, in Camalig, Albay.
The church was encouraged by our Pastors, Ptr. Emiliano Neric (BOD Vice Chairman), Ptr. Martino Cortan (Chairman Emeritus/Pangasinan Cell group), and Ptr. Solomon Vili (OPIF PH National Presbyter) who mentioned on his exhortation “ Sector 7 is only 4 years old but she is already a matured church.”
Ptr. Victor Notario Sr. presented the Church history. From being a cell group for a year, Sector 7 was officially inaugurated in 2017. Immediately after a year, Sector 7 started its daughter church in Camalig, Albay which became OPIF Sector 11 and is continually growing for the glory of God. Amidst the pandemic, Daraga church continued to hold services.
For the year 2021, 14 souls had been baptized in water in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Ptr. Vic said in conclusion “Alam natin na marami pang tao ang tatawagin at ililigtas sa mga araw na dadating”.
The children ministry of Sector 7 led the song presentations followed by Sector 11 Youth and Bro. Ryan of Sector 7 OMWF.
Ptr. Marilyn Neric, BOD Finance Director, also gave her words of encouragement to the church.
She quoted the Scripture in Proverbs 3:13 “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding" and said “Saan tayo dapat humugot ng karunungan? Sa fountain of Wisdom. No other than the Lord we worship, Jesus. Congratulations on S7 Anniversary”.
Ptr. Alex Mapa of Australia also exhorted the church from Job 28:28 and said that "in the midst of the struggles and trials still God is there for everyone of us. God gives us the wisdom to overcome”.
Lastly, Bro. Floro Torres from Texas, USA encouraged and shared.”When the Lord used the word’ fountain’, it means it never dries out.He shared the Scripture in Genesis 1 and mentioned that “ganun kalawak ang kayang ibigay ng Panginoon sa atin, it is us who sometimes limits our lives. Sometimes we become discouraged, afraid, doubtful and fearful but God’s fountain of wisdom and truth never runs dry.”
Praise and Worship was led by Sis. Hazel Almasora and Tithes/Offering was exhorted by Sis Perl Soquia. Another set of song presentations was also rendered by S11 Women of Faith, S7 Youth department and S7 WOF.
Sector 7 Resident Pastor Victor “Noy” Notario Jr. delivered this year’s anniversary message.
He preached about the wisdom that God granted to King Solomon. He said, “Ang karanungan ay nilalagay ng Diyos hindi sa isip kundi sa puso. Once na ang tao ay may takot sa Diyos, mayroon na siyang karunungan mula sa Dios “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Tanggapin mo lang ang Diyos na tagapagligtas at mananagana ang karunungan sa lahat ng bagay. Kailangan na ang ating mga puso ay mapupuno ng Espiritu ng Dios. Kapag ang tao wala ang pagkilos ng Diyos sa kanyang buhay, hindi niya magagawa ang mabuting bagay sa harap ng Panginoon. Kung may karunungan ka mula sa Dios, ang puso mo ang kikilusin ng Dios, tutulungan ka ng Espiritu para maunawaan mo ang lahat ng bagay.Hinahanap ng Diyos ang taong may malinis na puso. Life is hard but it’s easier with God’s wisdom. Ang karunungan ay doon sa puspos na puso, nanagana at gumagawa ng kalooban ng Diyos”
The event concluded with great outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The anniversary was also attended by other OPIF PH Brethren including DP Kemp De Alday of Sector 9, Sis. Mary Jane Lacorda of Sector 6, Ptr. Alfredo Dasig from Nueva Ecija Cell group, Bro. Fredreick from Romblon, the whole church of Sector 3 Laguna and Sector 2 Church in Rizal, and Ptr. Rommel of Sector 8 Pagadian. Other brethren like Bro. Bong Salazar and Bro Felix Musa from Middle East and Bro. Samuel Asio from Canada attended via Zoom.