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Dear Brethren and Friends,
Welcome to the Filipino Bible Fellowship!
“To God be the Glory” is the theme of this year’s Philippines Bible Ministries and truly to Him alone be the glory! All went well, by the grace of God, although with minor setbacks due to the new places embarked this year for the Vacation Bible School. The Lord however is true to His promise that if His work is done for Him and through Him, He will always be there to help and provide. Praise be His Holy Name!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. (Psalm 46:1–3).” – Bro Jose
Philippines Bible Ministries 2018
The change from Mindanao Bible Ministries to Philippines Bible Ministries is this year’s step of faith for True Life Bible Presbyterian Church missions work in that far-east archipelago of the Philippines. In the past 7 years, the missions work was focused in Mindanao island, the second most largest in the Philippines, next to Luzon. This year, God led us to start a Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Lapu-lapu City in Cebu province. Out brothers Carlo and Jude are from this place and they had the desire to reach out to their relatives and friends.
On May 11–12, a VBS was held in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-lapu City. A total of 32 children attended. The VBS ended with a Gospel Rally joined by parents of the participating children. Brother Carlo shared the Word of God during this culminating activity. The Lord’s Day after the VBS, the workers worshipped in Gethsemane Bible Presbyterian Church where they praised God with the ministry of music given during the worship service.
From Cebu we flew to Davao and proceeded to Bukidnon for the Sunday School Teachers’ Workshop (SSTW) on May 15–16. Bro Jose and Sister Tammy facilitated the workshops which focused on preparing a lesson plan particularly on making an outline for Sunday school classes. Almost a hundred participants came for the workshops. The highlight of the program was the presentation of their outputs and the testimonies of the participants. A Pastor’s wife testified that the workshop made her realize how difficult and time-consuming lesson planning is that she resolved not to murmur and complain against her husband’s duty.
After the SSTW, a team went on an 8-hour drive to Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental for the Teens Bible Day Camp (TBDC). This is an annual ministry among youths invited by Gingoog Fundamental Baptist Church and Bethany Baptist Church. A total of 74 teens came to hear the Word. A culminating Gospel Rally was held to invite parents and let them hear the gospel as some were still unbelievers. Pastor Romeo Laraño preached God’s message of salvation.
During the Teens Camp period, night classes were also held for the adult Christians. The Bible Class for Every Christian (BCEC) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, studied the Book of Haggai, with the theme, “Consider Your Ways…” Bro Jose lectured 47 Christians who attended the two-night classes. Thank God for the eagerness of some who lived miles away to sacrificially come to learn God’s Word.
This year’s VBS not only made a step of faith in holding one in Cebu but also 4 new stations in Bukidnon. The 3-day VBS was held from May 21–23 and 24–26 in churches of pastors attending the Bible Equipping Seminar and Training. The VBS continued in Gingoog City were 6 stations were served. Following are the number of children in each station. Bukidnon: Bala-oro – 43; Dagumbaan - 110; Bagongbayan – 162; Banlag – 131. In Gingoog City: City Central – 94; Daang Lungsod – 42; Bal-ason – 91; Bethany – 124; San Juan – 84 and Lunao – 128. The total number of 1,041 children participated this year’s VBS.
Thank God for True Life Bible Presbyterian Church whose heart for missions is used by God to further His Kingdom and hasten the second coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
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