We arrived Manila 30 minutes ahead of schedule thankful to God for a safe flight and a fruitful five day trip to Aklan.
I had come to Kalibo (with Gels and Jaden) to do a wedding and to preach on the Lord’s day. The last time I was there was in 2011 when I did the wedding of the youngest of seven Revesencio sisters, Janet. Now I was doing the wedding of the second to the youngest, Betbet.
In fact, I had done four Revesencio weddings over the past years-Lalay to Andy, 19 years ago, Carolyn to Arnold, 11 years ago, Janet to James, 3 years ago and now Betbet to Ian. They have begun to call me suki. Is it a period then or a comma for the Revesencio sisters? Who knows?
I was pleased with how the ceremony went. I believe the Lord answered prayer. It was raining hard the day before but we had very pleasant weather the Thursday morning the wedding took place. The occasion was solemn and yet joyful; orderly and yet lively.
Betbet (or Novelyn during the wedding) got married to Ian, a school teacher from Sydney, Australia. Ian belongs to a church in Sydney that holds to the same truths we believe.
In the past, whenever Betbet and I met, I had always kidded her that I would look for a husband for her for as long as she shoulder the fare for the man wherever he came from. Little did I know that she was doing her own homework on the internet. I heard that Ian and Bet initially met and became friends online.
Now that the Lord has joined their hearts together I pray that they would have a happy married life. They are presently honeymooning abroad and Ian told me that he planned to settle down in Kalibo. Good for him and good for them. The Lord bless their relationship.
It was also heartwarming to renew ties with the brethren from the church in Kalibo. The members of the church are warm, friendly, and hospitable that they make you feel at home. They also make sure that you have a present before you leave for home. There was a time when a church member gave us a whole cluster of bananas which looked like they were just picked from the tree that morning. That was easy during the days of checked-in baggage; not anymore during these days of cheap no-baggage promos.
I was surprised at their number during the worship service. They have grown over the years. They had many visitors, in fact, a few of them, first-timers. The Lord is blessing their evangelism. In spite of a Yolanda-destroyed church building and a temporary semi-open humid and non-acoustic friendly meeting place, I was blessed by their vibrant worship. I must say that they had excellent singing. They were eager listeners too when it came to the preaching.
One of the leaders, Pastor Andy, is a product of MCBC. A privately practicing lawyer, he shares the leadership with Pastor Nelmar, who has left his job in a bank and has gone full time in the ministry.
The first time I was invited to Kalibo in the mid-90s to deal with a church problem, brother Andy was my “sidekick.” Little did I know that he would fall in love with an Aklanon lady, get married, ultimately settle down in Kalibo and become the pastor of the church there. I had a good time of fellowship with Andy, who remains as humble and accomodating as ever, in spite of his stature in the church and in the community.
I also did a side-trip with my wife and grandson in Boracay where we had a good time of bonding. Pastor Alan and the singles from San Pablo and MCBC were also there.
Had a wonderful time this past week. Yet nice to be home as well.