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PIA Press Release

Over 2,000 attend 24-hour worship at Agro field

by Edith Isidro

Davao City (28 September) -- More than 2,000 people attended the 24-hour worship gathering DAVAO FOR JESUS: United We Stand last Friday and Saturday, September 21 to 22, at the sprawling football field of the Agro Industrial College Foundation, Ecoland, Davao City.

Despite a light rain on Friday evening and the scorching heat the following day, numerous people, mostly youth, continued to stand in the center of the field to sing, clap, dance, kneel, pray, weep and express visible, spontaneous signs of adoration to God.

The event, which was meant to be a "sacrificial act of worship", was intended for Christians, regardless of doctrine or denomination, to build an altar to the Almighty God.

Eleven bands, representing various evangelical churches, led the non-stop worship which started 6:20pm Friday and lasted until 6:40pm Saturday. The bands which led the worship were An Awe-deinz of One, AX29 New Generation, Outcast Band, Line to Heaven, EVAM Frenz for Life, Soldiers of Jesus, Shekinah, Streams of Pitch, Peace AG Band, Imago Dei Band and Verse One Band. Various speakers went up intermittently to preach, exhort, give testimonials and lead prayers on stage.

Upon invitation, dozens from the audience came forward to commit or recommit their lives to Jesus. Several approached the front to be prayed for, some of them overcome by the Holy Spirit -- weeping uncontrollably, shaking or falling to the ground.

"Nindot ang akoang experience, na-realize nako na kailangan gyud si Lord, na tagaan gyud ug importansya ang spiritwal ug kailangan gyud magsimba," said 20-year-old Brian Soriano, who came to the gathering as a food stall vendor selling fruit shakes, but ended up committing his life to Jesus as well.

Bay' Arths Cagumbay, one of the event mobilizers, said this kind of 24-hour worship gathering in an open field was the first time that happened in Davao City, as far as he recalls. "And it's amazing what the Lord did. We received reports that outside the vicinity of Ecoland, like in Toril, Catalunan Pequeno, and as near as Marfori Heights, the rain was so hard Friday night. But in Agro, it was just mild and temperate. We were still able to worship unhampered by the weather."

Half an hour after the gathering ended on Saturday night though, a heavy downpour fell all across the city. Event organizers and their prayer partners believe it was a sign of God's "acceptance" of their offering, much like what happened to Elijah during Biblical times [see 1Kings 18:16-45].

"There was a cloud at the end and we thought it would rain. And then wow, a heavy rain. We could say the Lord was pleased with our sacrifice," said Anna Joy, a Davao-based missionary from the US.

The worship activity was also participated in by one mime act, a troop of tambourine dancers from different churches, various missions groups, campus and ministry organizations, and numerous assistants who all contributed their time and effort on a voluntary basis.

To culminate the marathon gathering, several pastors went on stage to lead prayers for Davao for forgiveness of the sins of the people; for an end to crime, immorality and sin; for a spiritual revival across the land; for blessings on the youth; for peace, order and prosperity in the city; and for righteousness and integrity in government.

The event was sponsored by The Edge Radio, Coca-cola Bottlers Philippines, Nature Spring Water, Alsons Development, Minds View Graphics, Coffee Yellow House, Paragon Pictures, ELOJEM Church, DCBC, DBC and various individuals and churches. (PIA-XI) [top]

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