I barely had sleep on Saturday night. Slept around 11ish and woke up at 5am the next day. That was bad because we were going to be at church almost the whole day. Anyway, I met Rye around 9am and we were at church by 9:30am. This was his second time to go to Victory, and I prayed the previous week that he will decide to join us. It worked. When we got there, I introduced him to some churchmates. Derrick was nowhere to be found haha. He overslept because he was awake until 3am, I think. So Ryan and I sat with the others.
It was my first time to sit in front of the stage. It was weird, in a good way. I guess sitting at the back was really different, being up close had a nice effect while listening to the preaching.
The series this week will last for 4 weeks; it’s about the end times, and what the Bile says about it. As an opening, there were some truths that were discussed, and many failed predictions were shown too. For those who are curious about the preachings, there are actually podcasts out there. You can also go to www.victory.org.ph.
After service, Rye, Ian and I ate at Wooden Spoon. (Ian’s a nurse at the government hospital and is probably the most emotionally-driven among us when sharing experiences.) This resto is by Sandy Daza. At 700 pesos, we had kare kare (very nice, lean cuts with few veggies and awesome bagoong), lechon kawali (fried to a right crisp and three dips: Mang Tomas, shredded ginger and one that I didn’t bother trying again) and crispy fried chicken. The servings were all good for two-three people. It was perfect for group lunch/dinner and the interior was mostly white walls with a few paintings and very comfy furniture. There must be three floors in all, I just didn’t like the spiral staircase. Makes me queasy all the time.
By 1pm we were at Red Mango for the small group meeting. Claude was still in Singapore and Jobo was taking the bar exams so it was just me, Derrick, Ian, Christian, James (not sure) and BJ. Kriz had family lunch. Lory slept, I think. Lolay attended a wedding.
The main thing we talked about was faith being separated from emotions. It was more about understanding God’s word and then emotions can come from that. I was glad that Rye stayed for the small group. He was able to see how the group shared their thoughts and also prayed for one another. I also gave him my PDL. I think it was time I let go of it so another person can benefit from it. Hopefully Rye can get something out of it too.
After that, we went to Bonchon where Derrick ate. Rye had to go home to sleep, and the rest of us went to Moonleaf. Again, wintermelon tea. We played Monopoly Deal while waiting for the 4pm prod call time. Note to self: study Monopoly Deal.
By 4pm, we were back at Regis. I was tasked to be at camera 2. It wasn’t really that hard. We all had headsets so we can get instructions from Kriz. It was just tiring to stand for an hour and a half, I guess.
And there was this constant fear of falling of the stool/whatever you called that wooden thing I was standing on.
Being an observer of the service was a new experience. It was nice to see what happened when my eyes were not closed. Also, there were meetings before and after the service so we were able to mingle with other members of the different ministries. Maybe I can do it again in the next few weeks.
There was dinner after the 6pm service, but I had to go home. I was dead tired, but happy.