By: Ely Lagajino

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 

2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NKJV)

​While walking home from my work, a vehicle loaded with co-literature evangelists (LE) stopped by. The driver requested me to accompany them in visiting one of their customers. Only when they appealed that they needed a security guard for eleven ladies and one old man, I finally consented after some misgivings. 

After traveling 20 kilometers away from the city, the driver parked the vehicle, and we walked two kilometers along a newly harvested rice field. As we got closer to the customer’s house, we heard loud music; I thought it came from a birthday party. To my surprise, it was the wake of our customer’s father. We were invited to render a worship service. 

The ladies started singing while I positioned myself at the back near the kitchen exit door as their security guard. Outside were a group of men seated on tables drinking and playing cards.

The preacher driver delivered a stunning introduction. He asked the people to raise their hands and read the lines on their palms. He commented that all of us will experience death in this generation. He exclaimed, “The letter M on your palms means mamamatay (will die).” Then he opened the Bible and read, “For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23, and the “wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23. A commotion followed outside, the son of the bereaved family went furious as his drunk companions stopped him from attacking the preacher. 

The drunk men missed the good news that eternal life is promised for those who believe in Christ even if we experience death. Then the angry drunken son rushed to the kitchen to get a bolo, as we grew terrified, but his sister, who knew his brother’s weakness, pushed him into a dark room and locked him in. Only the moonlight that peeped through a small window cast light shadows on the wall.

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