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True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church

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Dear Brethren and Friends,

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I first met Pastor Basco in December 2016 when he enrolled the first class of the Bible Equipping Seminar and Training (BEST) organized by True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church (Singapore). This series of classes which takes up Systematic Theology desires to equip pastors who have not undergone formal training in a Bible school or seminary.

When the Lord moved the hearts of the pastors enrolled in BEST to organize Ambassadors for Christ (AFC) soul winning team, Pastor Basco was elected as the treasurer. This was how I came to know him closer and better as we often talked on financial matters concerning the soul-winning activity.

Pastor Basco was consistent in his attendance in all 5 BEST classes and in soul winning activities until the time he was diagnosed to have a serious illness. The Lord used him together with Pastor Superales in the Vacation Bible School (VBS) held in Banlag Fundamental Baptist Church conducted by True Life BPC – Philippine Bible Ministries last May 2018. Reports on his health problem came when he was not able to join the soul-winning team to Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. He was not able to attend the July 2018 class, so we visited him at his home as he was discharged from the hospital. He went home to be with the Lord last September 4, 2018. I will surely miss him but more sure to see him again!

Below is his testimony submitted during our first BEST class. As he claimed to have been blessed by the lessons, I believe I learned much from his life as well as the life of many sincere pastors who attended the BEST program. Despite being looked down by other co-laborers having not undertaken formal schooling, they are most zealous in the work of the Lord. I must admit that there are many topics in my lectures that I learned much from them through their experience and love for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Just as how Peter and John were perceived by the religious leaders of their day “…that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). As the Psalmist writes, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalms 116:15), may the Lord raise more of His people to commit themselves in offering their lives for full time service to the Lord just as what Pastor Edwin Basco did! – Bro Jose.

Pastor Edwin Nava Basco (1957–2018)

(A written testimony submitted on December 16, 2016, 1st BEST class)

Ako si Pastor Edwin N. Basco, nagapanuigon sang 59 anyos. Human ako naluwas sang October 29, 1995 nagsugod ako sa pagpangalagad sa Ginoo sa Sinayawan Baptist Church ug pipila ka tuig nahimo ako nga Deacon ug hangtud nga nag-abot ang training sa Valencia Baptist Church (Baptist Bible Training Institute) ug usa ako nga nag training for 2 years ug hangtud nag-abot ang oras nga gintawag ako sa Ginoo nga magdumala sang Iyang buluhaton sa Buyog Fundamental Baptist Church, Valencia City, Bukidnon, sang tuig 2008 ug hangtod karon padayon ako nga gigamit sang Ginoo sa Iyang buluhaton bisan kulang pa ang akon kahibalo, apan dako ang akon gusto sa pagpagamit sa Ginoo effectively.

First batch of BEST students on December 2016.
Pastor Basco: top row, 5th from left.

Nagapasalamat ako nga naka apil ako sini nga Bible Equipping Seminar and Training (BEST) for Pastors. Dako kaayo ang akong pagpasalamat sa Ginoo sa alagad nga gigamit niya sa pagtudlo sang Theology. Daghan sang Espiritual nga panalangin ang akong naangkon sa naga lecture sa pulong sang Ginoo. Ang akong kabug-aton mao nga mapadayon ang buluhaton diha nga dapit diin ako gitawag sang Ginoo. Bisan daghan sang pagsulay sa akon ministry naga ampo lang ako sa Ginoo nga taga-an lang ako sang kusog nga masuklan lang nako ang tanan paagi sa pagsulay pinaagi sa gahom sang Ginoo.

Ug salamat sa Ginoo nga may mga alagad nga nagtudlo about sa Ginoo ug daghan sang mga lesson nga akong nasabtan bahin sa Ginoo. Ang Theology naga hisgot bahin sa Balaod ug Pulong sang Ginoo ug tinood nga katudloanan sa KJV Bible. Ang leksyon nga akon natun-an dako ikatabang sa kon diin ako gitawag sang Ginoo. Daghan sang mga bersiculo nga akon natun-an ug nasabtan bahin sa pulong sang Ginoo ug nalipay ako sang daku nga naka-apil ako niining Seminar. Ug daghan sang nadugang sa akon kahibalo nga wala nako nadunggan nga mga pulong. Ug naga ampo nga mapadayon gayod ang Bible Equipping Seminar and Training for Pastors aron mapun-an pa gayod ang akon kahibalo. Sa padayon nga lecture sa Theology daghan sang mga pulong sang Ginoo nga nakadugang sa akon kahibalo. Ug daghan sang mga kamatuoran nga akon nasabtan. Labi na sa aton Ginoo sa iya pagka Dios, spirit, infinite, eternal, unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. Nagapasalamat ako sa nagapasiugda sa training nga akon na apilan nga daghan sa akon nasabtan sa matag lecture ug sa akon pa-uli akon gayod magamit ang mga bersikulo o mga pulong nga akon nasabtan.

Discussion during the break (Pastor Basco: most right)

(I am Pastor Edwin N Basco and I am 59 years old. After I was saved on October 29, 1995, I started serving the Lord in Sinayawan Baptist Church and several years after I was appointed as a Deacon until there was a training in Valencia Baptist Church (Baptist Bible Training institute). I was one of the trainees for 2 years until the time came that God called me to administer His work in Buyog Fundamental Baptist Church, Valencia City, Bukidnon in year 2008. Up until this time the Lord is pleased to use me even if I am not equipped, but my great desire is for Him to use me effectively.

I am thankful that I am able to join this Bible Equipping Seminar and Training (BEST) for Pastors. Great is my thanksgiving to God for using His servant to teach us Theology. There are many spiritual blessings that I received from the lecturer of the words of God. My heavy burden is to continue the work wherever the Lord has called me to go. Even if there are many trials in my ministry, I am praying that God will give me strength to overcome against all kinds of trials by the power of our Lord.

I thank the Lord that there are servants who teach about God and there are many lessons I understand about Him. Theology talks about the Law, the Word of God and the true teachings from the KJV Bible. The lessons that I learn help me greatly in the area where God called me. I learn and understand many verses about God’s Word. I rejoice greatly for being a part of this seminar and training. There are many additions to my knowledge that I never heard before. I pray that the Bible Equipping Seminar and Training for Pastors will continue in order to increase more of my knowledge. As the lectures on Theology continue many of God’s Word are added to my knowledge. And there are many truths that I came to understand. Especially about God and His attributes: spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. I thank the organizer of this training which I attended that I learn much from every lecture and when I go back, I can use the verses or words that I understand.) – Pastor Basco was buried last Monday, September 10, 2018.

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