By Sis. Ding Jungco, Bacolod North Chapter
Evangelization in our Christian walk is a serious business. It is within the context of the BCBP Mission and Vision, in fact, it is the CORE of it. As we recognize that God has the legitimate authority in our lives, we, as BCBP members must have a sustaining and passionate drive towards this mission, considering it as God’s authority placed over us, and not just an option. Many of us, however, often misunderstood this mission, thinking and feeling it is just acceptable even if we do not make much effort to reach out to others outside of the community.
A command was also given to us, Christians, when Christ told his apostles to “ go instead to the lost sheep of the people of Israel” (Matt.10:6). But to comply to this takes much hard work. One has to be obedient, humble and sincere to answer to this call whenever needed or whenever there are chances to serve others this way.
The call to evangelization must be a constant reminder to each of us, a genuine and profound expression of returning God’s favor. In response to this call, we become “ pearls “ of life, slowly molded and perfected by time to help others heal from their wounds, to assist and to support them as they take a step nearer to meet Christ in their lives. Besides, when we take the opportunity to serve through evangelization, the Holy Spirit in us shields us from temptations and anxieties that we ourselves experience on a regular basis. Individually, though, we can practice initiative, not having to be told what to do, but simply doing by example, we reflect God’s masterpieces in us to those we are helping.
In obedience to this call of evangelization our chapter, BCBP Bacolod North, conducted last March 1, 2014, a seminar at the Bantug’s Toreno Farms in Victorias City for the Victorias DEP-ED teachers. Bro Ray Garcia talked about “The Silent Crisis in the Workplace”; Bro Ed Pama spoke on “The Twelve Little Things We Can Do For Our Workplace”; and, Bro Mark Lopez explained “Christian Work Ethics: An Approach to a Quality Worklife.” The response of the teachers was very enthusiastic. They said how much they appreciated the learnings about workplace Christianity and were eager to apply these principles in their respective workplaces.
Together then, let us reach out for more evangelistic endeavors – to those in the marketplaces and to those practicing their professions. Lastly, as BCBP members, let our efforts in this evangelistic campaign be not a duty, neither an option, but let it be for us an action out of LOVE – and a delight of the heart.
BRO. RAY GARCIA – THE SILENT CRISIS IN THE WORKPLACE
BRO. ED PAMA –THE TWELVE LITTLE THINGS WE CAN DO FOR OUR WORKPLACE
BRO. MARK LOPEZ –CHRISTIAN WORK ETHICS: AN APPROACH TO A QUALITY WORKLIFE
PRECEPT: “ OBEDIENCE TO THE CALL OF EVANGELIZATION”
…. AND JESUS SAID TO THEM,”COME, FOLLOW ME, AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN.”( Mark 1:17)