By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, Sept 15: The lingering haze could not stop more than 50,000 Christians from all communities from gathering at Jubilee Ground to participate in the inaugural Pentecostal Night ecumenical gathering for reflections, prayers and songs dedicated to praying for unity.
The second night of the two-night event saw not just adults, but the elderly, wheelchair-bound, children and babies taking part.
Thousands of Sarawakians from rural districts and from far-flung longhouses came to the event.
Many Christians from Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore also turned up to show their support.
Pastor Philip Mantofa from Surabaya, Indonesia addressed the crowd, saying Christian unity was the work of the Holy Spirit, which meant Christians need to pray together in a “spiritual ecumenism, an ecumenism of prayer.”
He said Christians could pray with Christians of other denominations, adding that people must do so because “all of us have received the same baptism, all of us are following the path of Jesus; we want Jesus.
“We must do everything to go together in prayer, charity, work and reading the Bible because the (Holy) Spirit is always with us.” — DayakDaily