I don’t know how to describe how I feel. Fulfilling, maybe. But that is an understatement. Let me tell you my story.
We arrived at the Arena in the afternoon of Saturday. The sun is trying to sneak through the heavy clouds. We knew it’s going to rain. But nonetheless, we still believed that everything’s gonna be okay. As we were trying to look for a place to stay, I bumped into my Auntie and started chatting only to find out that my friend and I got separated from the group we are assigned to.
We tried to search for them and started to rain hard. We were soaking wet and we still can’t find them. There was a signal problem and we can barely hear each other on the phone due to the rain.So my friend and I just decided to sit down with another group. They were so generous that they gave us some seats where we can stay.We waited for the fireworks display. And for heaven’s sake, there’s goosebumps everywhere, it makes you wanna cry. It makes you wanna cheer and scream hey! I am a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Wohoo! And there it goes, a teat finally made its way out of my duct, then followed by the other one, then again another one. It was such an awkward feeling that I am crying over a fireworks display? But really, the feeling was so intense that you can’t help it.
What was amazing and I thanked God for it, was, it was raining all night. And we were worried about the fireworks display, that it will not push through. But right before it begun, the rain stopped. Swear! It’s almost unbelievable. But God has a way for making things happen.
Then we went back to our tent and stayed there until our Tanging Pagsamba or Special Gathering the following day.
We stayed there sitting, eating our baon, watching whatever is shown in the big screen in front of us, browsing the internet but still trying to save some battery life.
The worst experience I ever had so far is that I have to use the portalet (?-not sure if that’s what it’scalled but it’s a mobile comfort room). That was the first time ever that I used such kind. And I am left with no choice. I died. Swear I died the moment I opened the door and double died when I have to stay for about a minute just to pee. Fortunately, I survived the minute, and still got to celebrate.
Then, the Special Gathering.
The strength of your faith, combined with a meaningful prayer and the blessings of our Lord and the truth delivered to us by our Executive Minister, Bro. Eduardo Manalo, are the most powerful combination to take over your heart.
Then, awards were given.
Another amazing thing and goosebumps experience is the waving of the flag.
Seeing all your Brethren waving it was like heaven on earth.
Our next challenge is, how do we go home today?!
It was announced how the traffic ahould go, which districts will go first and how long will take us to get out of there. With 500 bus to get out of there per hour, it will take us more than 24 hours to go home. Knowing that, my friend and I decided to just walk and commute.
We walk from the arena to the other side of NLEX. And to get through the other side, we need to go up a slimy and slippery fence with barbed wires. I was carrying 2 heavy bags plus I was wearing my favorite shoes. But I have no other choice but to climb the fence and I did it. Then we walked from there to the Marilao exit but still we can’t find a jeepney or bus that can accomodate us because the moment it reached us, they are already full. So we walked to MacArthur Highway and finally, we were able to ride an ordinary bus.
It was tiring. I can’t tell you how tired I am right now but hey, i can’t sleep and the words keep coming out of my mouth and I just can’t help it. My body is dead tired but my heart and my mind are overflowing with joy and happiness and energy because I was able to celebrate our 100th year anniversary with the rest of our Brethren. And it’s so fulfilling and satisfying that it overpowers how tired you are right now and you’ll just realized how everything was worth it.
Happy 100th Anniversary, mga Kapatid!
To God be the glory.