ZAMBOANGA CITY – Minister Wilde James Almeda has led the celebration of the 20th founding anniversary of the Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry or JMCIM in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines.
Hundreds of JMCIM members flocked to the village of Divisoria to hear Minister Wilde James speak about the long historic and miraculous stories of faith and strong convictions of the influential and one of the Philippines’ biggest religious groups.
Minister Wilde James was also accompanied by Brother Danny Cuarteros and other prayer warriors in the celebration that was also attended by Zamboanga Mayor Beng Climaco and other local government officials.
Mayor Climaco, herself a religious woman, also met and spoke with Minister Wilde James and praised the JMCIM for its steadfast promotion of peace not only in Zamboanga City, but the entire country.
Minister Wilde James also thanked Mayor Climaco and her group for their strong support to the JMCIM.
Having been exposed to the crusades of JMCIM founded by his father Pastor Wilde Estrada Almeda, Minister Wilde James said he started young as a member of a band that went out to different areas in the country and played gospel music.
“I remember it was 20 years ago when we had our first crusade here in Zamboanga and I was 20 then. I grew up really sa crusade in the church, so we go everywhere in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. And now we have more than 1.5 million members in the country and it’s steadily growing and this is aside from memberships we have around the world,” he told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
Minister Wilde James, who is based in San Francisco in California, said after Zamboanga, their next crusade would be in South Korea. From San Francisco, the group of Minister Wilde James regularly holds services in at least 8 outreach missions in Canada; and the Middle East, among other countries.
“We’ll just continue to spreading the gospel, sharing the gospel at kagaya ng ginagawa ng aming mahal at beloved Pastor Evangelist Wilde Estrada Almeda na ipangaral ang ebanhelyo ng kaligtasan kasi maraming tao talaga ang nangangailangan ng kaligtasan, lahat talaga tayo kailangan ng kaligtasan,” he said.
Just recently, the JMCIM also launched for the second time this year, the “Yes for Peace” at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City. Peace advocates, including the police and military and government officials have praised the launching of this and renewed support to the JMCIM.
Last March, the JMCIM led by Evangelist Pastor Wilde Estrada Almeda, launched “Yes for Peace – Bayanihan para sa KKK (Kapayapaan, Kaunlaran at Kasaganahan)” in support to President Benigno Aquino’s peace efforts.
Minister Wilde James is also actively involved in the advocacy and Yes for Peace campaign in the country. “We launched this Yes for Peace because this is part of the gospel, ang kapayapaan ay para sa lahat ng tao and ultimately buhay na walang hanggang,” he said.
The Yes for Peace, an unfunded, non-government initiated peace education and advocacy campaign, is being supported by Department of Education; the Philippine Postal Corporation, the Presidential Communications Operations Office; the Philippine Information Agency; the Philippine News Agency; and the National Printing Office, among other groups.
The JMCIM also celebrated recently the 15th anniversary of the miraculously successful Talipao Peace Mission led by Pastor Almeda along with Brother Cuarteros, an ordained preacher and one of the 12 so-called prayer warriors who helped JMCIM founder to convince the Abu Sayyaf rebels to free 21 mostly European holidaymakers they kidnapped in Sabah in 2000 and brought to Sulu province.
Tens of thousands of people joined the anniversary celebration held at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City.
In the Sipadan kidnappings, it was Pastor Wilde Almeda who led the prayer warriors in successfully fasting, praying and negotiating for the release, without ransom, of the hostages. The incredible survival and strong faith in God of Pastor Wilde Almeda’s group that led them to freedom and the miracle that also changed the hearts of many Abu Sayyaf members and their leaders is also in a book “Miracles in Moroland” written by American author and evangelist Sam Smith.
The book was launched this year by evangelist couple Luke and Annalissa Smith together with Brother Cuarteros and Hermie Limpin, who was also with the group of Pastor Wilde Almeda, when Abu Sayyaf rebels seized them in Talipao town during the historic peace mission. (Mindanao Examiner)
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