I was both officiator and sponsor (one of 46!) at the wedding of Enevald and Juliet last May 18, 2018 at far-flung Dolores, Eastern Samar. Enevald was one of our recent Bible school graduates. After seminary he left for his hometown of Mahaplag, Leyte and is currently one of the steering committee members of Allos Harvest Time Bible Church in nearby Baybay City, Leyte.
His wife Juliet meanwhile is an elementary school teacher in Dolores, Eastern Samar, a remote municipality situated at the western fringe of the Pacific Ocean. Their love story began when they met in a youth ministry in Borongan City, on the southern part of Eastern Samar.
Our group of 7 MCBC members took a flight to formerly super-typhoon-Yolanda-ravaged Tacloban City early morning Thursday and then rented a van to take us to Dolores, more than 4 hours away, passing through San Juanico bridge which connects the provinces of Leyte and Samar, then traversing through the mountainous hinterlands of Western and Eastern Samar down to the seaside town of Dolores.
The public high school gym was transformed into a wedding venue and the 250 guests who came rejoiced with Enevald and Juliet as they exchanged their vows of love to each other until death do them part.
Seven pigs and one carabao met their dreaded fate that day to become lechons and tasty dishes all to make the guests happy. The Tagalogs, Warays and Bisayas all had a good time.
Without finishing the reception we had to rent another van to return to Tacloban as we did not want to travel by nightfall in the mountains. Traffic in those regions is close to nil even during the day, you had the highway all to yourself. The roads were generally good.
Early Saturday, we traveled for more than 2 hours from Tacloban City to Baybay City, Western Leyte as I was scheduled to preach twice at a couples fellowship hosted by the Allos Harvest Time Bible Church in Baybay. We arrived an hour late. There were leaders and representatives from the different reforming churches in Leyte province: Baybay, Inopacan, Ormoc, Abuyog, Kananga and Merida. I never realized that the doctrines of grace had taken a strong foothold in this province and reformation was well under way.
My wife and I stayed overnight in Baybay as I was scheduled to preach there the following Sunday. The other Manila pastors were distributed by brother Enevald among the other Leyte churches-Pas Alex in Inopacan, Pas Pio in Ormoc, and Pas Marlon in Abuyog. I perceive that Enevald is quite influential in this area.
All in all it was a fruitful trip albeit tiring because of the looong road trips and almost daily preaching. But I experienced great help from God and I was encouraged at what was happening in the province. I enjoyed the fellowship as well as the food. Thanks be to God for answering prayer!