“Completing Christ’s Sufferings for the Church” was the chosen theme for the Antioch Area District Convention last October 22-26, 2008, taken from the verse Colossians 1:24. God’s blessings were poured out to the delegates coming from the entire Negros Island and some parts of Panay. The said event was held in Bacolod City local church. Fasting and prayer were part of the sacrifices before the convention made possible.
Despite of the busy streets, the CHURCH of CHRIST in the 4th Watch was able to have a long parade around the Bacolod city public plaza going to the Bacolod Arts and Youth Center (BAY Center) as the venue for the welcome night. 34 banners were raised up, representing the locale churches throughout the province including the some of the extension worships. The body of Christ which is the Church, was joined and compacted together on that day proving that God’s works for His church continue to grow. Bishop Resting Zonio, the area coordinator, ministered the message and was able to filled the thirsty spiritual needs of the brethren and encouraged every delegate to be a part of Christ’s suffering for the church.
The said gathering was a great blessing for each and every one. The people of God were empowered upon hearing the seminars and messages delivered by Bishop Arturo Ferriol as the guest speaker for four days of the said gathering. The renewal of faith and deep dedication became possible during the Missionary Service. Concerts and crusades were successfully done, performed by the group of young people as they invited the souls to come through gospel music. Many wandering souls received salvation that night..
The convention was a great privileged given by God that every believer was able comprehend the importance of suffering while serving the Lord. Since Christ suffered for the church, so do we.
Report by A.J. Gonzaga
Photo by J. Espartero