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ROLIM's 7th Year Anniversary
by: Bro. Marcos Tungcol
date posted: 9/23/2009 4:59:49 PM

On August 09, 2009, Rivers of Life International Ministries
(ROLIM) marked its seventh year in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ. The church took this opportunity to thank God for allowing the body to grow and attain new heights over the years. In the Bible, the number seven is used to represent many things – release from bondage, restoration and festivity. Even God rested on the seventh day. Hence, a good way to celebrate the occasion would be to stop and ponder on His goodness and faithfulness since the inception of the church in 2002.

I remember the first meeting. It was during a hot Sunday afternoon in July 2002 when a group of around 20 families and individuals met in Milne Dam Park in Markham to found a church. Shortly after, new pastors were ordained by Ptr. Senando Torres, the head pastor and the first board members were also elected by the congregation. Sunday services were held either at the Schaper’s or Villaraza’s residence and the first Christmas party was celebrated at the Quinto’s condominium in Kingston Road. For some period of time, ROLIM shared unit #7 at 5 Kodiak Crescent with Jesus Glorious Church before moving to unit #8. Currently, the church convenes at unit #10 of the same address.

It has not been an easy seven years though. There had been many struggles; however, the Lord was faithful in preserving His flock. He used faithful men and women to keep the congregation going. Over time, membership grew to a high of 100 families in addition to significant numbers of single men and women. Recently, a second batch of board members were inducted to service. New pastors and workers are being called and used. The youth are so active and vibrant. A new spirit of optimism is in the air. God is indeed awesome. We can face tomorrow knowing that He will be in charge and will lead us onward. To Him be all the credit, glory and honour.

Happy 7th anniversary to all and may God bless ROLIM!




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