Covid-19 challenged the program of the church. Last March 16, 2020 lockdown was announced in the country due to the pandemic coronavirus that hit our country. The scheduled evangelistic crusade was announced already in P7, Mat-I, Las Nieves Agusan del Norte. We wanted to cancel but the brethren would say never stop.
Marcelita Lapuz, a member of the Patriota del Kristo, received Bible study from our layman, Vincent Pancho. She was also an avid listener of our Hope Radio program. She enjoyed their Bible study that’s why she opted to share with their brethren in their church.
Last March 16-21, 2020 is scheduled for an evangelistic crusade even though it’s lockdown already. Every day they have worship in their church and after their worship, 7:00-8:30 is scheduled for “Health and Gospel Seminar” by our layman, Vincent Pancho and Bro. Edgar Budiongan, Elder of Pinanaan church. All members of their church attended the meeting. They have long hair and beard. I can sense the unusual atmosphere of the area. When they entered the church they left their slippers and shoes as a sign of reverence to their God. But visitors will just allow bringing shoes inside their church. They were known for their anting2. They can walk in the fire and also they will not be hit if their enemy would try to harm them. They will not go to the hospital because their patient would just go to their “grotto” their cave and pray to their idols, then they will be healed.
Almost all members attended the nightly meeting. Every night the topic is very exciting to them. We have to end early because of the curfew.
Friday night was a thrilling moment. Almost all of them wanted to be baptized. They surrendered their anting-anting. They have understood that their ritual is from evil and they wanted to be saved.
Last March 22, 2020, ten precious souls were baptized. They were thankful that the good news reached their place. They will change their church board signage to Seventh-day Adventist Church.