When I first heard that there will be no I.D.O.4. annual concert at Araneta Coliseum for the year 2011, I felt a tinge of disappointment. I mean, no concert to look forward to that each “To God be the Glorians” will grow excited and clamor about? C’mon! They must be kidding, right? Little did everybody know that there are far more extensive assignments delegated to our worship team. What seemed to be an undoable feat now becomes a reality as they entered into this task…Provincial Concert Tours with schedules of barely three weeks apart before the next tour.
Last March 27, 2011, I witnessed how the first “Friends Again” concert provincial tour unfolded before my very eyes. With news of earthquakes happening in various countries, Bren Z Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando Pampanga had its virtual “earthquake”. The place was shaken with enthusiastic praise and worship at exactly 4:30 pm with an intensity of 8. My goose bumps that afternoon only meant one thing…that without doubt, I.D.O.4. delivered to God the responsibility of leading the people to an extravagant worship. The preparations, logistics and rehearsals behind the provincial tours were not easier compared to the Araneta Coliseum concert. I could personally vouch that it was much harder and had required greater sacrifices. Each member of the worship team went beyond themselves – distance, sicknesses and jobs were just a few aspects I could think of that they had to set aside.
Behind I.D.O.4. are Jesus Christ To God Be The Glory Church International Pampanga satellite churches, namely, ARAYAT, PALINLANG, MEXICO, MINALIN, ANGELES and GUAGUA, FLORIDA BLANCA. They had collaborated to host this event all because of one motivation…the love for lost souls. The regular church goers of all the Pampanga satellite churches combined are merely 350. So it was really amazing to know that the attendees of this event reached 1,200 and those who accepted and were baptized in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ was more than a hundred.
In closing, I would like to share an excerpt from Sis. Leslie Santos’ text message a day after the Pampanga concert experience: “…Sobrang ibang feeling yung andun ka habang naghahatid ng souls sa heaven’s gate…at pinapanganak sila sa Kingdom of God…sobrang rare privilege noh?”
Hey, Amen to that!
Join us in our next stop as we move further North to Olongapo Convention Center, Olongapo City on April 14, 2011, 7:00 pm. See you there!