The Story of the Barong Tagalog
July 27, 2007
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About a year ago, someone in the church made me a shirt that is worn over in the Philippines, called a “barong tagalog.” I decided to wear it for the first time to preach in our worship services a few weeks ago, and many of our Filipino families recognized the shirt as one customarily worn in their culture.
After preaching at all our services in Porter Ranch, I made the journey to our Westside Shepherd of the Hills campus to preach. At the end, I was outside shaking hands and greeting people, when a Filipino woman came up to me and asked if I would be willing to take a photo with her and her family. I said, “Sure. Why not?” I assumed it would be just a few people. Little did I know that we have such a large Filipino community on the Westside. On person after the other joined the group to take the photo and what resulted was the picture above of this beautiful family.
This is another example of the diversity of our church and God enabling us to reach people of all backgrounds in this city of Los Angeles. The greatest honor is that they included me and Pastor Danny Furukawa in their family photo. It is indeed a very humble thing to serve as the pastor of so many wonderful people!