nonilo & feli sanchez  -   southeast asia

Nonilo & Fely Sanchez serve God in many Southeast Asia Islands.  Through various ministries, including a mobile school of theology and  ministry and Sola Gratia Theological seminary, men are equipped for the ministry of teaching and preaching God’s Word.  In recent years the gospel has reached remote tribes of over one hundred thousand people through the extension of this ministry. A new seminary opened in a tribal area in January 2019 and construction of more classrooms is underway as of the Spring of 2019.  Pray for continued fruitfulness for Nonilo and Feli and for personal health & strength through their heavy ministry demands.


Nonilo also founded a church planting ministry called Sola Gratia Grace Alone International, Inc. with the goal of training and sending missionaries to many “unreached” people groups in the island nations in this part of the world.  Nearly 40 churches have been planted with over 700 men having been trained.  God has richly blessed and used this ministry.


Nonilo has begun to delegate some of the leadership responsibilities of this fast growing ministry to a new team of leaders he has trained and mentored.  Please pray for wisdom for these new leaders.   


Noniilo and his wife, Feli, have four children and 10 grandchildren.

 


UPDATE FROM SOLA GRATIA

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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. 

Your co-servant,  Pastor Nilo

 

 

March 25, 2019

Dear 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. 


Nonilo Sanchez has a desire is to plant churches where the Doctrines of Grace are taught from the very beginning. Grace Mobile School of Theology and Ministry (GSTM) and Sola Gratia Theological Seminary exist to teach these glorious doctrines to the whole body of Christ in their country, with a view to begin reaching out to the Muslims with the gospel Nonilo founded Sola Gratia Ministries, which focuses on equipping pastors with the tools for accurately preach and teach the Word of God. The GSTM Mobile School provides a solid biblical, theological and ministerial training in any educational and cultural context of the local church.


Nonilo and the new leadership team consisting of other teachers travel to various provinces, bringing training right to where the people are. In the last two years, God has raised up Sola Gratia Theological Seminary, where Nonilo concentrates most of his time and ministry, while still overseeing the mobile training of pastors through a team of equipped teachers. The Leadership team which is taking on more responsibility as Nilo turns over some tasks is Ruben C. Business manager; Amiel the director; Ruben C. dean and mobile school; Hywell who is the dean of the Sola Gratia College and Mary L. the administrator and principal of the new school for children. The newest project is the building of the new campus for Sola Gratia for the T’boli tribe in the mountainous regions of the country. Nonilo and his wife, Fely, have four children.