Dear brethren around the world:
We all know that the Feast of Tabernacles is the highlight of the year...
It pictures the wonderful world tomorrow — the peaceful reign of Christ on this earth.
It reminds us of our blessed hope — the triumphant return of the Messiah in the Kingdom of God — inspiring and encouraging us to faithfully hold fast amidst the trials and the bad news we hear about every day.
It strengthens our relationships with our families and our brethren — by bonding and building each other up, even as we see the Day approaching.
It is in this spirit that I am writing to you about an urgent need in our country.
You see, our scattered brethren in the Philippines (many of whom are impoverished) need help to attend this year's Feast of Tabernacles (October 14 to 21). Their second tithe faithfully saved isn't enough.
Out of approximately 120 brethren, about half are in need of festival assistance.
Many of those employed or have regular income make only a minimum wage of $7.50 per day. (Of course, the take-home pay is much less.)
Many of our members, especially those with big families, cannot afford to attend the Feast — much less keep it for the full eight days. Not to mention the elderly and those who are just scraping by to survive.
Also, since we are just a small, scattered flock — meeting in homes and not belonging to any big church organization — general Feast funding is not available.
However, despite the poverty, God has blessed us in many ways. He has shown us great favor in the form of a huge discount at a beautiful mountain location here in Davao City.
To solve this problem, several individuals in our group who are capable of paying their own way have pledged to shoulder the expenses of an additional brother or sister in the faith.
Still, we could only do so much. This is why we are reaching out to you in this letter.
We're working directly with the Festival Coordinator in putting on this fundraising campaign. All funds will go towards lodging and food expenses for approximately 60 brethren in need.
WILL YOU HELP?
If you are able and moved in your heart to give, please donate ANY amount that you can — it will be much appreciated! Your donation will bless your Filipino brethren by making their Feast attendance possible.
A tiny amount of $120 can pay for food and lodging for one person for the entire eight days. So even a small amount can go a long way here in the Philippines!
HERE'S A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU...
As a token of our appreciation, we will be sending you a beautiful "Limited Edition" Feast of Tabernacles T-Shirt that we've designed and produced ourselves.
For every person you sponsor ($120), we will give you one T-shirt. If you sponsor two people ($240), we will send you two T-shirts, and so on.
We have the shirts available in 10 colors and six sizes (please refer to the table below). Just specify the color/s and size/s — my email address is [email protected].
NOTE: If you want your shirt/s to be delivered before feast-time, please donate on or before September 4* — to allow time to process and send them before the Feast.
If we receive your donation after September 4*, we will process and send your T-shirt/s after the Feast. The last day to donate is October 2.
* UPDATE: We are extending the deadline to September 10, as some have expressed interest in donating, had they seen this announcement much earlier.
May God our heavenly Father bless you and your family. May you also have a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles this year!
Gratefully yours in Christ,
Davao City, Philippines
Please watch this 2-minute video to get a glimpse of last year's Feast (2018): https://www.facebook.com/meryl.macaraeg/videos/10157622448154179/
Here's another 2-minute video of our Feast of Tabernacles in 2017:
If you're considering attending the Feast with us here in Davao, please let us know! :-)
“…Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”