- Posted October 8, 2013 by
ANCOP Global Walk 2013– Miracle of Faith Continues
The rain was pouring the night before the walk as ANCOP service team was making some finishing touches in its preparation. Production team was soaked while preparing the grandstand for this early morning walk for a cause event. We were receiving text messages, emails, facebook messages and tweets until midnight asking if the walk will still push through despite of the rain and floods everywhere. At 2 a.m., we trooped down the grandstand to our assigned posts. Fortunately, the rain has stopped but only to realize that it was just gathering its strength to pour down some until 5:30 a.m.
You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. (Isaiah 25:4)
Big storms and heavy rains are ominous. They arrest our attention. They remind us how small and powerless we are. It is a reminder that we need a God who is stronger than the storm or this heavy rain. But God never failed ANCOP Global Walk. He has stopped the rain and let the sun shine for the last two years. This year is no different, much more because one thousand ANCOP scholars are relying on the outcome of ANCOP Global Walk 2013. They were able to continue their studies through this walk and they are hoping ANCOP can sustain it. Many other children are on the waiting list, hoping as well to be scholars next school year.
A few minutes after 6 in the morning. The holy mass has been offered. The rain has stopped. The sky is brighter. Walkers are stretching and getting ready in their positions. Thousands of walkers still arriving including those who have retreated earlier due to the pounding of the rain.
And the walk was on! People from different walks of life walked for a scholar. It was a testament right from the very first ANCOP Global Walk that this is not an ordinary fund raising event. That we, Filipinos have a big faith in God and we will show our oneness and unity in helping others especially the least, the last and the lost. 80,000 people believed in the cause of ANCOP Global Walk to help bring poor students back to school.
"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3
Could there have been more walkers if the weather was fine days before the walk? How many walkers retreated upon encountering the heavy rain and floods on their way to Quirino Grandstand? How many decided not to leave their homes? 10,000? 20,000? Perhaps even more. It is human nature to focus on the negativity in our lives especially during difficult circumstances. However, the Lord says that we are to praise Him in all circumstances. We are to praise Him when things are good and when things are bad. We are to praise him in periods of sunshine and in times of rain.
Overall, it was indeed a miracle walk, and our faith motivated this miracle to give these poor children a better tomorrow.
By Romy M. Medina