Revival - and a 1200 voice choir - in the Philippines
By Gladys Mangiduyos Dec. 2, 2016 | MANILA, Philippines (UMNS)
Bishops Rodolfo Juan and Pedro M. Torio Jr. affirmed the heightened enthusiasm for the revival movement, as well as the opportunity to engage in social holiness.
"I believe that humble, repentant spirit is always the starting point,” Torio said. “With this, God can clothe us and embrace us with this holiness and with a sanctifying grace. It will spread like a wildfire in the UMC connection and all over the Philippines."
Part of the enthusiasm was expressed in the fact that what began as a 1,000-member choir became a 1,200-member choir.
"Coordinating the 1,200 choir was very overwhelming and challenging,” said Esther Joy Herradura. “But it is worth doing again, very tiring but really worth repeating."
The Rev. John Manalo, overall coordinator expressed gratefulness on the fulfilment of Revive 2’s aim.
"Foremost is the pride, as United Methodists, on how it all started, its contribution to the world in general and to the Philippines in particular,” he said. “It has given the youth inspiration about how John Wesley started and this revival has opened avenues for heartwarming experience."
"Keep the flame burning, keep united, go in faith, go in power, and go in unity so the UMC will be revived," Manalo said.