The Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) - Dubai Locale rejoiced and magnified the goodness of God as it held its 7th Church Anniversary and Thanksgiving Service at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Deira, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates last August 29, 2014. With the theme “Celebrate God's Work of Salvation through Thanksgiving" from Psalms 103:3-4, this this year’s anniversary celebration was more empowered by the presence, for the first time together in Dubai, of the Beloved Apostle Arsenio Tan Ferriol and International Evangelist Leticia Ferriol.
Cheers and applause engulfed the hall as brethren and visitors witnessed a presentation of God’s Calling in the Global Mission by the Selah Performing Arts of Dubai, which showcased how the gospel preached in different parts of the world as a response to the Lord’s great commission. On her welcome message, Dubai Head Pastor Elleza Palanca cited how God molded the church from a humble beginning into a greatly thriving church. A video presentation followed highlighting the evolution of the Dubai Locale from its small beginning as an extension service in the early 2000’s to its current state as a blessed locale, by God’s grace. What started as a simple gathering of the few, Dubai was transformed into a great gathering of the saints with a new events and ministries added each year to further glorify the name of the Lord. Beloved Evangelist Leticia Ferriol signified on her offertory message that giving should have a strong foundation, and the strongest foundation for giving is God. She noted that God is the source of giving, and when He gives, He gives the best. She also stated that in order to glorify God with our offering, it should be given with willingness and humility recognizing that everything comes from God. The message was followed by the rendition of The Symphony of Praise by the Dubai Praise Chorale - another marvelous song presentation from the group paralleled with their angelic voices and wonderful costumes and choreography. On the introduction of the keynote speaker, Bishop Aldrin Palanca enumerated the 3 ways on how God calls His sent ones - first by prophecy, second by means of voice and light, and third through face to face (seeing the glory of Christ). He emphasized that God’s calling to the Goodman of the House was made surer by calling him not only through any of the 3 ways, but through all of these 3 ways. Brethren and visitors alike were blessed by the message of God through Apostle Arsenio Tan Ferriol noting that it is important that believers should live by the biblical truths, the core of Christianity which is not about memorizing but rather experiencing the faith, being always thankful to God as a celebration of salvation, and how a person with faith in God has nothing to lose. The message was sealed with prayers for the congregation as well as the prayers for the visitors’ acceptance of Jesus Christ as their personal savior. The hall was once again filled with the spirit of gratitude as the brethren offered their thanksgiving vow to the Lord. On his closing message, honoured guest Philippine Consul General Frank Cimafranca expressed his greetings as well as his overwhelming admiration to the church and to the blessed leadership of its ministers. He also appealed for a prayer for the Philippines and for its government leaders.
The Dubai Locale’s 7th Anniversary was definitely a living testimony of God’s victorious works as many milestones were witnessed this year- the dedication of three new locale churches, namely Ajman, Umm Al Qwain and Fujeirah locales, the realization of a vision of having a local church in each of the seven emirates, first ever 5-star hotel venue for the church anniversary, an overwhelming 1,387 attendance, and most importantly 70 souls added to the church as fruits of the 3rd Mass Baptism. To God be the glory!