News and Prayer update
Greetings from the land of
promise, the Island of M.
Together with three first
year seminary students, a pastor and my dear wife Feli, we traveled from the
Campus to S. City which is 190 kilometers away. I was scheduled to teach the
Panoramic View of the Doctrines of Grace to a group of Pastors and Church
leaders. I cannot help but think that it’s been 6 years since the last time I
visited the area to teach and recalled that there were about 30 pastors and
church leaders who graduated from our Mobile school since. Haven’t heard much
what was happening to them during the period. So I was excited to see some of
them this time.
Upon arrival we were met by a
young couple who traveled from C. City to attend our class together with 4
seminary students from the Town of A. We were directed to a 4-story
dormitory building, newly constructed, of which the first floor was set up for
the class. (We were housed in the same building, obviously the first occupants
of the rooms provided). Meals were served for every body for free the whole
duration of the class. The one who was behind all the preparations was J. J., a
graduate in our Mobile School and some “unknown” ministry partners that are
As students begun to fill in
the room, I can recognize some of them as having attended our previous classes
way back then, but majority were new faces. As it turned out, when the more
than 20 people gathered shared some of their backgrounds, they were products of
Bible studies conducted by our graduates who longed to learn more of God’s Word
hence the invitation for me to come. (The number could have been doubled but
the teachers and college students were having graduation programs during that
week.) I asked them if they associated themselves in a local church but
majority responded negatively. They tried joining a Church but with Christ-less
sermons, and man-centered messages they quit. (They have my preaching in a USB
that most of them listened to and grew with the teachings. They were
trying to find solid preaching of the Word from the Churches around but came
out disappointed. ) Their cry? Start a Church in the City as they felt the
urgent need to belong to a growing and Word-strong “Family”. The owner of the
building committed one room to the family of the Pastor and gave the whole
fourth floor for Church functions and services for free. (We will be sending a
couple for a month to work in the City beginning first week of May and hoping
God will burden them to work in the place.) GOD INDEED IS BUILDING HIS CHURCH!
Last April 16- 19, about 200
Youths came for our Youth Camp. I preached every night and the day’s activities
were graced by the S. G. new leadership. Such a blessed time to see young
men and women from all over the island
fellow-shipping and feeding on the Word of God. God’s Word never came
back to Him void.
H., a problem child in the
community was persuaded by his two friends to join them in attending the camp.
He was so full of energy and been the center of the attention of many. After
the camp, come Sunday, he came to the Church service and shared how God moved
in his heart and shared what he learned to his grandma and uncle who “adopted”
him. He was warned not to continue studying the Scriptures, much more attend
C. Bible Church. He cannot be stopped. Now he is under pressure and
told to leave house if he continue his desire to know more of the God in the
Bible. He went to Pastor H. L. and told him his predicament. But he is not
giving up his faith and was willing to be an outcast if need be. We
prayed for him and encouraged you to pray for him too.
Beloved, thank you for
upholding us in your prayers and considering us worthy of your continued
support. It’s a long way to go…to spread the glories of Christ to these islands
and beyond! O that we learn the discipline of perseverance and be found
faithful to the very end.
I am renewing my US visa and
hope to come with my wife to visit the States in September this year to
mid-October. We would like to attend the Exalting Christ Conference first week
of September. It’s always a source of spiritual refueling for us. Being there
we also hope to touch base with our ministry partners and given the
opportunity, to share the Word, and what God is doing here in the Islands; to
present to you opportunities of partnership in a widening ministry of the
Gospel. (We are praying for God’s provisions for our travel needs.) We are
looking forward to be a source of encouragement to many as we ourselves is
encouraged by you.
I had the privilege of conducting the first class in our
Inter-tribal Bible School in South Cotabato second week of January. There were
about 15 students who were so hungry to learn God's Word and be trained to
become effective SERVERS. On January 14, together with 3 other Pastors we drove
for 3 days (taking twice ferry boats) from the Seminary in Mindanao to Metro
Manila for a mission outreach. We will be here until February 25. The
objectives? Serve our 4 Churches here in Luzon and explore how best we conduct
seminary classes in our extension campus at Guiginto, Bulacan, at the same time
laying down the ground work for an aggressive Mobile School outreach in the
Luzon Provinces. (Am teaching a series on THE GLORIOUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND
SAVIOR daily for two weeks in Bulacan and another 2 weeks in Cavite before
conducting a couples retreat where my wife will come to teach with me before we
drove back to home in February 25.) In the midst of these schedules we planned
a series of visits to different key places seeing Pastors and Churches willing
to host Mobile classes. Our target date of coming to work "full-time"
here in Luzon with be after the Pastor's Conference in August. Maybe by
Mid September I will be relocating here in Bulacan to personally oversee the
work and in the next 3 years, God permitting, hand-it over to another
"faithful men". So much work to do but so little time to do it. But
who can discount what God can do if we trust Him? In the first place this is
His work and we are just favored to be invited to participate in what He is
doing. O that we can be found faithful to the end!
Please pray for these endeavors. With God nothing is
impossible! Missing you all.
March 25, 2019
Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I would like to ask
for apology as I am not able to communicate about the update regarding the fund
you sent to Inter-Tribal Seminary in South Cotabato.
The Lord is worthy to be praised because the Seminary started on the January
2019 and the classes are still going on until March 22, 2019. The whole April
is a month break, then we will proceed on May to July, then on August another
break, then resume on September to November and December is another break. That
is our yearly schedule. As of now we have 8 students regularly attending the
class, while some come and go, depends on the course they want to take.
Regarding the funds, we have spent some of it for the initial building. This
building is now being used as a quarter and a classroom. Since the construction
of the first building was on progress, we were able to finish it on time when
the funds from you came. We did not expect to receive a bountiful amount from
you, so when we got it we decided to go on with the next phase of building the
Chapel. Now, we want this chapel to have a concrete post – so the delay. Delay
because we need to prepare the road going inside the Seminary campus so
materials can go directly. And also there is classes going on, we do not want
to disturb the students. But now we are working on it. We went to the campus
last March 21 – 22, 2019. We told the one we put in-charge (Pastor Arnel
Umangay) to start buying the materials so the construction could start
immediately. I hope we did not in anyways send you doubt as to our integrity
regarding the handling of funds. Thank you for your prayers and understanding.
All for the glory of God.