The BCBP’s signature boat for the 32nd National Anniversary Celebration sailed into the SMX Convention Center to set the celebrations off to a rousing start! More than 4000 delegates from BCBP chapters and outreaches nationwide gathered and raised their voices in a powerful worship assembly led by BCBP President Manny Jimenez.
The theme of the celebration focused on Jesus’ assurance “Go! … I am with you!” with all BCBP members being strongly encouraged to leave their comfort zones and go out to evangelize their respective marketplaces. This was reinforced by the empowered songs of the NAC32 Music Ministry, composed of participants from the 6 chapters of the host region, Metro Manila South.
The breakfast testimonies of three BCBP “marketplace evangelists” during Saturday morning’s Grand Breakfast gave a sense of urgency and resolve to carry out the BCBP’s mission. Ed Lising of BCBP Cebu representing the Visayas Regions told of his initial reluctance to join the mission team to Mindanao but that when he said “yes” to the Lord, so many chapters and outreaches in both the Visayas and Mindanao were established. Rudy Flores, BCBP Makati representing Luzon Regions, related his experiences in evangelizing Legazpi, and compared himself to Jonah who at first ran from the Lord, but ended up doing His work. Dito dela Cerna, BCBP Southern California, formerly of Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, emphasized that when you say “yes” to the Lord, the Lord will make a way for you, no matter how impossible it may seem.