Last weekend, I was honored to have been part of the Light of Jesus Family Winnipeg Grand Feast: Limitless. For the first time ever, our main man, Bro. Bo Sanchez, graced us with one of his beautiful talks and led us in worship. He was just supposed to meet our leaders, but we feel so blessed that the final decision was to hold a big Grand Feast event.
As a Catholic charismatic community, we started with the Holy Mass. It was a very solemn celebration of the Eucharist. Kudos to the choir for they sang the mass songs so beautifully. I know how hard they practiced. Their sacrifices paid off!
The most awaited part of the program was the talk of Bro. Bo. Although he is not a fan of the limelight, I must say he has become the face of the Light of Jesus Family. Why? It is because his talks are impeccable. The way he delivers his messages is powerful yet so witty and charming. He is a very simple guy, who has immense passion to bring people closer to Jesus.
For the Winnipeg Grand Feast, his talk centered on this:
“Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up in due time.”
The theme of the event is “Limitless.” He pointed out that we, as humans are so limited – our knowledge, skills and entire being. But then, there is the almighty God, whose power is beyond measure. We need to learn how to take a step back, humble ourselves, and put our complete trust in Him, so we can experience God’s greatness that is limitless.
The worship team led us to sing four songs. They were all amazing!
I was particularly touched by the song “Another in the fire” by Hillsong UNITED. The first line of the song already had me bawling deep inside.
“There is a grace when the heart is under fire…”
What made the worship more special was the video shown in the background about the Bible story of three men who came out of a pit of fire, unscathed and unharmed. It was because of the fourth person seen with them – Jesus. He was with them as they prayed and cried their hearts out for safety. Their faith saved them. Just like them, we can be assured that there is always another person when we are thrown into the fire, another person when we are drowning in the waters, another person when we are in the midst of earth-shaking problems. We are never alone.
We learned about Bro. Bo’s visit some two months before the event. We were all so excited! We teamed up into different ministries so we can start preparing.
I am primarily part of the media ministry. My role there is to write and edit our bulletin, which I can finish even before the event. I wanted to serve more, especially during the actual day so I also signed up for the warmth ministry.
Van and I arrived at the venue around 0930, and stayed there until closing time, which was about 2030. The event started at 1630.
When we arrived there, different ministry members were already busy preparing and practicing. It was such a joy to see people being united in Christ. I was so inspired by their dedication, considering it was early Saturday morning. They could have slept in or gone off to a weekend trip, yet they chose to stay and serve.
I got to be honest, though. The night before the event, I sensed some jitters as ministry heads sent last minute reminders to our group chats. What’s beautiful was that we had each other’s backs. We supported each other in prayer to calm everyone down. Soon, the Holy Spirit embraced us tightly with its peace as we slept through the night.
Shoutout to my son, Van too! Imagine how he put up with us for about 11 hours! There was no wifi in the venue. All he had were books, his Rubik’s cube, and my cell phone with two offline games in it. We told him that even though he was still too young to join a ministry, he also served. He gave up playing his brand new Xbox (yes, I got him that for his 9th birthday) for the whole day, just to support mommy and the whole group. His sacrifice meant a lot and I want to honor him for that.
The After Party
Van and I approached Bro. Bo in the backstage after the event. Before we had our pictures taken, we had a little chat. He first talked to Van. He asked him his name, how old he was, etc. Then Van told him that we went back to the Philippines two months ago, and that we attended The Feast PICC. Van then mentioned the series title, and the things he learned during the talk. Bro. Bo was pleased and told Van that he is a very intelligent kid, and that one day, he will serve the Lord. Van instantly said yes. Oh, what great pleasure that would be!
I then turned to him to chat, but I felt like crying on the spot as visions of me listening to his talks during the darkest parts of my life came rushing to my thoughts. I stopped myself from being emotional. We just met eye to eye, and I knew he understood me immediately. I knew he understood my struggles and pain. So, he just raised his hand and prayed over me. I felt so blessed.
After everything was packed up, Bro. Bo met all the servants in one room. He congratulated us and said we really did a great job. He asked if we thought so too, and we all cheered yes. I must say we all did amazing. We took our group photos, and he headed back to his hotel to rest. Imagine he flew almost every day, jumping from city to city all across North America. He was in Vancouver the day before, flew to Winnipeg for a day, and was scheduled to fly to Calgary the next morning. Wow.
All in all the Winnipeg Grand Feast: Limitless was a huge success. It was definitely one for the books! It is an experience that I will never forget. I just feel so blessed to have been a part of it.
I will end this by sharing my main takeaway from the event. It was Bro. Bo’s last message to all the servants:
“The greatest blessing of serving the Lord is being able to serve the Lord.”
Indeed, I found joy in serving God and being with people who share the same passion. I encourage you to do the same. I am not forcing anyone to do anything. It’s just a suggestion for you to try. I tell you, when you find the courage to be selfless and find true joy in serving, you will never look back.