Guillermo was in-charge in facilitating the giving of “tithes and offering” last Sunday at Banate Foursquare Gospel Church. He caught my attention because I knew he was mute. A question suddenly invaded my consciousness, “Unsaon kaya niya pag-ingon na oras na para maghatag sa tithes and offering?”
I observed him. He uttered, “Ohhhhhhh,ohhh..ahhh….ahhh….ahhhh…ohhhh….” He was producing sounds like a cooing of a baby. Then he pointed the offering bags. Usherettes held the bags and we dropped our offerings in it. We sang…”Muhatag sa kalipay diha sa Ginoo. Muhatag sa kalipay diha sa Ginoo. Daygon ta ang Diyos, musalig ta Niya. Sa malipayong kasing-kasing, hallelujah!” We sang this twice. Then, the usherettes handed the bags to Guillermo. He held the bags. He closed his eyes. He uttered a prayer. “Ohhhhhh,ahhhh…ahhhhhh..ohhhhhhhhhhh”. The prayer lasted for about three minutes.
After the prayer, I reflected for a moment. “This man is indeed giving the best that he can in order to glorify the Lord.” Even before, during testimonies, he always shared something about his life. I couldn’t understand him but I believe God can.
Guillermo is a man of late 40’s or early 50’s. His wrinkles are already evident. For me, he is not handsome but in the sight of God, I believe he is. (After all, God looks at the heart not on the outside appearance.) His life is a living testimony for me…for us.