Early this School Year 2010-2011, the Lord had been impressing me to speak to the lives of our students since I became a Pastor last January 2010. The message I’ve got from the Lord was “To redeem the time for the students.” In obedience to the Lord, I talked with the former school chaplain and in February 2011, I became again the Chaplain of Harvest Christian School International (HCSI).
As I took over my first Chapel Service with them, I felt the spirit of heaviness on them. During this month I learned and observed the behaviour of the students to be at its low in general. Some students had become unruly.
Then the Lord impressed again on me during the Birth Day Celebration of my youngest son, James, last March 6, 2011, Sunday to reach out to them and ‘’give them attention”. So, we started to have a Youth Event or Youth Friday for them last March 11, 2011 together with some teachers. The first meeting was with amazing results. I could see the students very excited and happy with the event and some longed that it will be Friday again.
On March 19, 2011 (Saturday), we conducted our First one-day IGNITE or Retreat at the school chapel for Grade 6 to High School students. In the later part of the retreat, we all felt a very strong presence of God. So strong that three of the students saw God’s angels and some of these God’s angels talked to them and touched and hugged some of the students. Majority of the students fell down by power of the Holy Spirit even without me touching them. Most were crying in the presence of God. One Grade 5 student who was not even a participant got also an experience with God. They testified that some of them received some kind of electricity or warmth came upon their body as they surrendered their lives to God.
One student testified that she saw five (5) God’s angels in the Chapel and a host of God’s Angels in Canaan room later and one of these angels told her to call the specific person as He wrote their names in some kind of a board, to ask for forgiveness from that person. So we have to call that person as she called up their names. Beside her was also a young man who keeps on crying after the service in Canaan room as he felt very strongly the presence of God when one angel embraced him. The same student also testified that she saw one teacher was also embraced by an angel and that teacher also testified that during that time in Canaan room, she felt very strongly the presence of God that her feet became numb and without strength and heard a voice speaking to her mind to start serving God. That day was a very glorious day, it was an Experience with God for most of the students and teachers present.
Though there were a lot of God’s angels visited the school on that day, there were also few black ones (3 of them) trying to grab the attention of the students and rob them of their salvation. But the devil did not win because all the students gave their life to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour of their life that day. GOD WAS VICTORIOUS! Hallelujah!
The following day, the Facebook page of Harvest students were full of praises and admiration to God and the school of what the Lord has done to their lives. Some of their comments are as follows:
“Before our recollection ...the past days and months...I always say that Harvest Christian School International sucks ... but after our recollection... I have realized that Harvest is the best school that can connect to GOD... my own Savior... I LOVE YOU ALL GUYS.” – March 20, 2011, 11:00pm
“Before, I used to doubt Harvest Christian School International but then it actually made one of the most important things in my life ... bringing me closer to God... I’m so thankful.. to your Sir Art!!!” But right now, I feel sorry for other people, that they are not here in Harvest... and now .. is the best.” – March 20, 2011, 4:26 pm.
“To Harvest Christian School International, thank you 4 last nyt.. (: amazing.. Love you Lord.. even though I was not part of the activity I had the chance to experience it. Thank Youuuuuu HCSI!.. you changed a lot of student’s lives after one day (:.,, GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!! Keep it up... : ))))))” – March 20, 4:09pm
“I love you Lord! Thank You Harvest Christian School International for drawing us closer to God : ) Love” – March 20, 2011, 12:14am
“I love Harvest Christian School International”- March 21, 2011, 9:08 pm.
SHALL WE GIVE OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST A CLAP OFFERING FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE IN OUR SCHOOL !. WE GIVE BACK ALL THE GLORY TO YOU OH LORD!!
And to you Graduating students, I have a piece of advice to you:
1. Now that you are a child of God:
a. Always use your mouth to bless you and others. There is power in the words we speak. Negative words ... empower demonic spirits and destroy lives; Positive Words empowers your Faith and builds others and yours. Your words can put work God’s Angelic armies and are empowered when you speak the Word of God. Psalm 34:12-13 –“Do any of you want to live a life that is long and good? Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from telling lies.”
b. You are the greatest prophet of your life. Proverbs 18:21 –“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” The words we speak have the power to determine who we will become and what we will do. CONFESS WHAT YOU NEED TO BE, not what you think you are. When going through battles in our own life, we can conquer by speaking God’s Word to our situation.
2. Exalt God in your life.
a. You are light of the world and you are the salt of the earth. Make your life a living testimony to others so that by your good deeds they will be drawn near to God.
b. Exalting God will draw a lot of blessings to you and to your future.
3. Multiply yourself. As a child of God whom He can be proud of. He wants to multiply the good and holy things which He has invested in you. You have a leader in you and He wants it to be multiplied to others. I can see in you not just you but multitude behind you.
So be it! May God bless you.
(This speech was delivered by Pastor Art Tangal, CPA, Director of Harvest Christian School International (HCSI) during its13th Graduation and Recognition Rites last April 13, 2011 at ECOTECH, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines)