i didn’t want to miss the opening of this chapter in my friend’s life.
i’ve known jesse from the late nineties, when i came across his bible study among araneta center’s employees. a few years later, i end up pastoring the afternoon church service he once handled. soon, the Lord opened different doors for each of us – jesse into further ministry while i step into the business side of photography.
we still manage to get together with close buddies – over coffee, food, and therapy.
all his years serving God, jesse has not become senior pastor of any church – until now. today, september 6, 2009, the board of elders of makati hope christian church inducted him as their senior pastor.
jesse made it clear – makati hope is to go about God’s business.
he challenged the congregation to recognize who they are (a chosen people, a holy nation) and to look beyond where they are now and push on to make God known. that’s a lot of work ahead. but with rolled-up sleeves and steeled determination, jesse and congregation, under God’s strength and grace, will surely move forward.
may the LORD let His face shine upon you, bro. Carpe diem!