Walk-in guest

Last week, we had two Australians among our guests at the breakfast fellowship.

Today, we had two guests from Canada, one from Alberta, the other, from Ontario. Maurice Martin from Edson, Alberta, is a geological consultant who wants to introduce new technology in mining here in Mindanao; Wayne Batte, from Ontario, is a musical teacher and runs a musical services business.

Wayne’s visit was interesting in the sense that he was a walk-in guest, meaning no one invited him to our meeting. He told us that he saw the sign at the hotel where we hold our meeting last Saturday about lunchtime when our fellowship was already finished. So, he made it a point to visit today for breakfast. He told us that he has attended a similar fellowship back in Ontario. He added that he enjoyed the company of fellow believers in Jesus Christ.

At our board meeting after the fellowship, President Jun Basalo asked our Ways and Means Committee chair, Cris Arrieta, to push through with our plan to put up a signage inside the Davao International Airport arrival area to notify visitors of our regular Saturday fellowship. This way, we can reach out to more men, particularly traveling businessmen and professionals who wish to meet their Christian counterparts in Davao City.

Another VIP guest was Jun Taguibao, immediate past president of the General Santos City. He came to invite us to the induction of the new officers of the Gensan chapter scheduled for next week.

There were also nine other non-members, and 37 members in attendance today. Among the members who attended for the first time for this year include Engr. Erdito Viva, Frank Agustin, Engr. Danny Amen-amen, Councilor Emmanuel Galicia  and Danny Guillen.

22 guests, highest in recent years

The fellowship last Saturday turned to be very successful as we netted 22 guests, the highest in recent years, to start the new year on a hopeful note.

One of the first-time visitors was Dennis Capa who was invited by past president Eder Bacus. Both are electrical engineers and contractors by profession. Dennis is also a friend of mine. He had an unsuccessful run for a City Council seat in 2001 and we used to drink a lot together at the old Lanang Golf & Country Club (it is now the site of the new SM Mall).

Capt. Louel Yasay brought in the most guests, six, two from Australia, who were in the city for this weeks Arise Davao conference. Our treasurer, Jun Carmelotes, who started collecting our annual dues had three guests.

There were also 37 members in attendance, just over the target I set in the previous post.

President Jun Basalo was all smiles as he called on everyone to continue the good start to bring in more men to our breakfast prayer meeting.

Figures to beat

Here is my own personal record of attendance in our fellowship during the past two months. This we must beat this year with more members and guests joining our Saturday breakfast with Jesus Christ:

Average attendance for members – 34; for guests – 9; and for ladies of the fellowship – 11

A good target this year would be average of 40 members; 15 guests; 15 ladies during the last Saturday of the month!

2010 Figures

Members

Nov. 6 – 34

Nov. 13 – 32

Nov. 20 – 39

Nov. 27 – 34

Dec. 11 – 32

Dec. 18 – 36

Average – 34

Guests

Nov. 6 – 7

Nov. 13 – 5

Nov. 20 – 10

Nov. 27 – 6

Dec. 11 – 20

Dec. 18 – 7

Average – 9

Ladies of the Fellowship

Nov. 27 – 9

Dec. 18 – 13

Average – 11

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