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|“The LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep SILENCE before him.”|
Dn Charles Kan
True Life BPC’s Philippines Bible ministries this time (9–20 Dec 2018) consisted of (1) Bible Equipping Seminars and Training (BEST) for lay-pastors (Dec 10–12), (2) Vacation Bible School Teachers’ Training (VBSTT) with the theme—“Come to the Saviour” to prepare teachers to conduct an upcoming Vacation Bible School (Dec 13–14), (3) Young Peoples’ Bible Conference with the theme—“Be Thou Faithful unto Death” (Dec 17–19).
We thank God for the kind assistance of Dr & Mrs Einstine Opiso who facilitated the lodging and training venue and that of Prof Patria Solidum, Dn Jonas Ba-a (Celeste’s brother) and four other FEBC students, namely, Stephen Gillegao, Loreto Yubat, Crisa Jane Zagado and Gyzza Dandoy.
By God’s grace and leading, the team of eight—Dr & Mrs Jose Lagapa and their children Theya, Thessa, Biboy, plus Tai Cae Ryn, Jenny and I met at 7.30 pm at Changi Airport T4 on December 9 for the Cebu Pacific budget flight. Pastor & Mrs Jeffrey Khoo with Elder Tai Mern Yee and family were there to send us off. Pastor prayed for God’s protection and blessing upon the team.
Our flight was delayed for about 45 minutes. We eventually took off and arrived safely at Davao International Airport, Mindanao, at about 2 am. A passenger van was there ready to bring us to our lodging place at Central Mindanao University (CMU), Musuan, Bukidnon.
The road journey was long which took us through the mountain ranges of Bukidnon and we had to take short breaks in between for some fresh air. By God’s mercy and grace, we arrived safely at CMU—the training and lodging venue—at about 7 am. After checking in, we had a light breakfast, while Dr Jose had to get ready for his first lecture with the lay-pastors at 8.30 am. The lecture was from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. Some of us headed back to our rooms to rest and recover from the long journey. After dinner, Dr Jose continued lecturing in the night session from 5.30 to 9 pm.
Bible Equipping Seminars and Training (BEST)
Out of those 36 who started with the program from December 2016, about 28 came for this last leg of their Systematic Theology lectures on Eschatology.
Day-2 commenced with Chapel time at 7 am followed by breakfast. BEST continued from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. After lunch, while the lay-pastors fulfilled their reading and other assignments, the team visited the New Camiling Fundamental Baptist Church building project which is supported by the True Life Filipino Bible Fellowship. Although this project is still not fully completed, the congregation is already using it as their former place of worship is too small for the growing congregation.
We were also able to visit Pastor Rene Morales (pastor of the New Camiling Fundamental Baptist Church) at his home. We were much encouraged by his testimony, despite being physically handicapped, he is very joyful in the Lord and serving God faithfully. Even in his infirmities, he reaches out to the villages with the help of his members in his church.
God has blessed him with a devoted wife and an equally devoted daughter who is now 10 years old. We pray that with the new church building, many more souls may be brought into God’s kingdom. After the visitation, Dr Jose continued with his lectures to the BEST students from 5.30 pm to 9 pm.
Day-3, after Chapel time and breakfast, the participants continued with their last section of the BEST program from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. In the afternoon, the participants had to undergo an oral assessment with Dr Jose Lagapa. In the evening was the BEST Culmination Ceremony, where family and loved ones of the lay-pastors were invited to witness the presentation of certificates of completion to those who have successfully completed the program. After the lay-pastors took the Dean Burgon Oath, I had the privilege to offer some words of encouragement to them from the Bible. The night ended with testimonies of thanksgiving unto God from the lay-pastors. They expressed their gratitude toward God and to True Life BPC for supporting them in their studies. They and their families also received clothing which had been donated by members of a few BP churches in Singapore.
VBS Teachers’ Training (VBSTT)
Preparation for the VBSTT program began on 10 December. Sister Celeste briefed the team on Art & Craft preparation so that the team would be able to help the participants of the VBSTT.
Day-1 began with the arrival and registration of the participants at 7.30 am. Singspiration was led by Cae Ryn and Gyzza followed by four lessons by Jenny Kan on “Come by God’s Grace”, “Come through Faith”, “Come in Jesus’ Name” and “Come According to the Bible”. After every lesson, teachers need to go through the worksheets as well as Art & Craft, so as to familiarise themselves with the materials for their VBS in 2019 in their respective villages. The teachers were also taught how to make the gospel flipper-flapper, to be used as a tool for teaching.
Day-2 is a half-day program which commenced with morning devotions by Dr Jose followed by breakfast. The last lesson “Come to the Glory of God” was taught. The day ended with testimonies of thanksgiving to God and many were grateful for the training and the lessons they had received. We thank God also that clothes donated by members from Singapore were also distributed to all who were there.
After lunch, the team made preparations to leave for Gingoog, which is the hometown of Sister Celeste. We left Bukidnon at about 3 pm, stopped for dinner along the way, and then proceeded with our journey through the coastal route before arriving at Gingoog at about 10 pm. It was a much pleasant journey as God had blessed us with a very experienced driver.
God granted us a new day on Saturday after much rest the night before. It was a Free & Easy day for rest and visitation.
On the Lord’s Day morning, we worshipped God at Gingoog Fundamental Baptist Church (FBC). Dr Jose was the Lord’s messenger. How good it is for brethren to dwell in unity (Ps 133:3). We also attended a Thanksgiving Worship service at Lunao FBC before making our way back to CMU at about 5.30 pm. Thank God we reached CMU safely at about 10 pm.
Young Peoples’ Bible Conference (YPBC)
Many of the participants who had to travel for many hours arrived on Sunday night in preparation for the YPBC.
The day began with breakfast followed by registration. There were 108 registered participants. There were a total of eight messages given over the 2½-days program, which covered the topics on Faithfulness in God’s Worship, in God’s Will, in God’s Wisdom, in God’s Warnings, in God’s Way, in God’s Word, in God’s Work and in God’s Whole Counsel.
I had the privilege to conduct an evangelism workshop and shared with the youths “Why We Need to Evangelize”. The participants had to engage in role-play, learning how to share the gospel during evangelism. The participants went in different groups for practical evangelism, sharing the gospel with the students on campus. We thank God for His salvation grace upon the few students at the campus who confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord during the evangelism session.
After the night message on December 18, we viewed the life of Church Father Polycarp based on Rick Lambert’s book with prominent themes of love, courage, grace and devotion to Christ.
The YPBC concluded with testimonies of thanksgiving unto God, many of the participants expressed their thankfulness for the opportunity to be built up in their faith through the messages. There were a few who shared of their desire to serve God fulltime and are praying for opportunity to be trained for service unto God.
The team is thankful to God for His safe keeping and in bringing all of us home safely on December 20. We also thank God for the sweet fellowship we enjoyed while serving the Lord. I thank God for granting Jenny and me the privilege to be in Philippines to see the work done under the banner of True Life BPC. We have been richly blessed by what we have seen, heard and learnt throughout the entire trip. To God be the glory!
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