Greenhills Christian Fellowship Ortigas, or simply known as GCF Ortigas, just concluded the “Purpose and Passion Conference 2011”. Purpose and Passion Ministry, an interdenominational ministry under the auspicies of Greenhills Christian Fellowship, aims to equip Pastors and Church Leaders to minister effectively to their flock. The series of conferences started five years ago with just over tens of participants which grew to almost a thousand delegates from all corners of the Philippines. Most of those participating in the Conference hail from the secluded areas of the archipelago. I have been volunteering with Purpose and Passion for two years now and I never fail to be blessed and amazed by how God works through this Conference. Being a volunteer, I have an all access pass to all the sessions of the Conference up to those involved in the background.
My volunteer work with the ministry started even a week before the Conference started. It seemed a bit awkward when I was with older people packing up or counting in the inventory but far from their age, the people were youthful and enthusiastic in their efforts to be a blessing to many. Carrying boxes of back breaking heavy books, getting soiled by the dust and the strange smell of books seemed to be of no importance to those who pick each book but the effort went on even with organizing the people or bringing food for participants to eat. Most of us volunteers live a comfortable life, some of those I was with were monied people yet did not hesitate to serve others. Some of those top caliber businessmen even served as drivers and “alalay” to the guests needing a lift from GCF Ortigas to Metrodorm where the participants are billeted.
As much as there were participants from megachurches, the Conference aims to reach out to smaller and poorer churches whose Pastors barely have the resources to have books or be formally trained in a Bible school/Seminary. In fact, I was almost teary-eyed when some of these Pastors and Church Leaders shared to me how hard it is to do ministry in a rural or mountainous areas yet persevere in serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Somehow, it hits me deep since here I am living a comfortable life yet sometimes I take ministry or service to God for granted. Touching sight it is to see these poor pastors with glowing eyes as the privileged and sheltered GCFers go out from their shell from perhaps being served by helpers at home to serve their lesser privileged brothers and sisters in Christ. The Conference is a good example of walls being torn down by believers who refuse to be prejudiced of social status, gender and denomination. We are all one in Christ wanted his followers to be a united body. These things I see makes me want to volunteer year every year. I hope I’m going to see these delegates next year but until then, see you in Purpose and Passion Conference 2012!