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July 28, 2014

by Stout Family on 09/14/14

We celebrated the Centennial Anniversary of our church, Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ), July 27. Our Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, officiated the worship service at the new Philippine Arena (largest in the world). It ...was attended by 55,000+ people present inside the arena, a million outside and 1200+ sites worldwide who watched via live telecast. We all celebrated and worshipped together across the globe, in all time zones, with choirs who sang simultaneously. It was amazing! Although we were happy, we missed Noah and wished he was with us. This event was something he had looked forward to. We received awesome news from a sister who traveled to attend the celebration in person. She told us she saw Noah's painting on display at the Iglesia ni Cristo Museum Art Exhibit. Noah made this painting specifically for Brother Eduardo. Noah asked that I ship it to him and I did just what he asked. We were told it would be displayed at the museum, but what we didn't know was it was already on display. Wow!

In the early morning the day after Noah left us, I decided to take a drive. As I was driving I had to hit my brakes very hard because I nearly hit it an eagle. It was in my path and it took a dive in front of my windshield. I wasn't sure if I was imagining it because of how I was feeling, but when I looked at the people around me, those walking stopped in their tracks, and those playing tennis were paused. All were looking at this eagle. A friend reminded me of Isaiah 40:31, "But those who trust the Lord will find new strength. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings; they will walk and run without getting tired." I am reminded of this after one friend commented yesterday, "I saw how Noah has brought all of you close and closer to your faith." And she was right - he did just that. Another friend posted on her Instagram a few days ago, Hebrews 13:7, "Don't forget about your leaders who taught you God's message. Remember the kind of lives they lived and try to have faith like theirs." She then commented and said, "Remembering Noah. One verse that spoke volumes and said Noah all over it. A child's faith that was immeasurable, sincere and forever changed the way I believe."

Today is month #4, since Noah finished his race. Remembering Noah reminds us to trust and have faith. We love you, Noah!!! We are so proud of you - and most of all... Thank you, son!
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