Monday, June 11, 2012

PAFCOE Graduation!

June 5, 2012 was a day, long to be remembered in the history of PAFCOE and its students and staff.

The day when our students received their hard-earned diplomas and were dedicated to God’s service. 
The day when first session (batch) of PAFCOE ended.  It was such a special service!

Michael and the men who graduated
The ladies who graduated and I.
The preceding two days before graduation, all the students shared their reports from their OJT (On the Job Training) and told us how it went. All of them had many challenges and trials, but many rich experiences, too!

And yet above all the problems and trials that took places in the various places, the students persevered and came back rejoicing that God had used them in winning souls for Him!  Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well-doing, but in due season, we shall reap if we faint not.”  And this is what they did! God did so many miracles for all of them – so many that it would probably take a book to recount them all!

Since their seminars were during the rainy season, pouring rain throughout the day was a common occurrence. In one place, the student and his wife were out of the house at the church, helping to prepare people for the baptism that Sabbath. While they were there, the rain started. Sometimes when it rained, the house they were staying in got flooded. Suddenly they remembered that their 2 borrowed projectors were sitting on the floor in their house. The student’s wife was worried that they would be ruined if the house had water in it. So she started home right away and prayed all the way there, “Lord, please save the projectors and help them not be ruined. Do a miracle for us!”

When she arrived at the house, sure enough, it was flooded with water up to a person’s ankles. Everywhere it was wet. But when she came to the places where the 2 projectors were, she saw that the areas around the projectors were totally dry and when she picked up the projector bag, it was not even damp! God had done a miracle and kept the projectors dry in answer to their earnest prayers!

But of course, the highlight of the whole month of OJT was the last Sabbath when people gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized. Over the whole country of the Philippines, 260 people were baptized on June 2 and joined God’s true church! Seeing people that they worked and prayed for made everything they had experienced so worthwhile!

We asked the students if they would like to do another evangelistic meeting and each one of them said, “Definitely, yes!” Many of them are going into full-time ministry work in some area of the Philippines, praise God!

The first batch of PAFCOE ended in the evening of June 5, with the students’ graduation. Twenty-three students graduated and were sent forth into God’s vineyard to work for Him! Numbers 23:23 sums it all up when it says, “What hath God wrought!”

If you’d like to see more pictures of graduation, click here.

Praise God that every student’s tuition is paid off and now we are looking forward to the next session – starting August 9. Thank you for your prayers and support!