It was during a two-day quarterly thanksgiving that Sis. May Mendoza met Bro. Eli for the first time. She was eight years old then, but she vividly remembers that thanksgiving day in Apalit, Pampanga, as Bro. Eli walked past the lines of brethren who were in tears as he serenaded them with a song.
In 2014, Bro. Eli invited the brethren all over the globe to celebrate his jubilee with him in São Paulo, Brazil. After 10 years and having moved to Canada, May got to see Bro. Eli once again, but as a full-fledged member of the Church.
“The meeting was very brief,” she said. “He smiled at us as he curiously asked ‘Is it too cold in Canada? How long is your travel time?’” Despite feeling sad as they were about to say farewell, talking to him for a brief moment, Sis. May says, “It felt like home”.
To our beloved preacher, Bro. Eli, happy 56 years of faithful service to the Lord! May the Almighty Father keep you and give you strength to continue in your calling of bringing the Gospel to the world. May the Lord bless you with more years in His service. God bless you always, Bro. Eli! We love you with the love of the Lord!
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