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Dear Brethren and Friends,
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Moses, the man of God says in Psalm 90:10, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” As the Lord allowed me to reach the age of 50 last December, I began to ponder how long I will still have to live to serve Him. God marvelously saved me at the age of 30 on Jan 15, 1999. I still remember, the snowstorm in the middle of winter on that eventful night in Sapporo, Japan. The Holy Spirit gripped my heart, “Tonight I must confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.” I do not know how I travelled with my bicycle to Hokkaido Bible Center to see Pastor Kluttz. I realized I have been trusting a wrong Jesus as I thought of the Jesus of the Roman Catholics and the Charismatics. From that moment onwards, I had the desire to offer my life to my Lord and Saviour. I went through many trials of my faith and stumbled, failed and was bruised many times, but I thank the Lord for always raising me up to continue on walking and abiding in Him. Twenty years just flew by very fast, and the question I have in my mind is “have I done my best for Jesus?”
Then the Lord convicted me when I see the zeal and passion of my brothers Deccarlo and Jude in reaching out their own relatives and friends in Cebu. I had this desire before but deep within me lies those terrible experiences I had in my hometown in Trinidad. I love the ministries in Mindanao and now in Cebu, but I dare not face again the people of Trinidad who knew well the shameful deeds of my father during my childhood days. Even though he was a Primary school teacher, he was very infamous for his drunkenness. He just slept beside the roads when unable to get up to reach our home. Immediately after primary school, I left for my secondary studies to the capital city, Tagbilaran. I thought I finally escaped that awful place but the shame was still in me. During my university days, I ended up in Mindanao, thankful I was away from Trinidad.
But as I realized I will not live that long, I cannot let those feelings prevent me from reaching out my own relatives and friends in Trinidad. The prayer of the psalmist pricked my heart, “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.” (Psalm 39:4–5). As a child of God who experiences His great and enduring mercy, I should do the same. Praise God, He gave me an opportunity to visit my hometown, not unwilling, but praying.
Please pray for another missions station
Praise the Lord for the privilege given to go for a short missions trip in Philippines last January 6–8, 2019. Thank God for a blessed and smooth trip in the central Visayas region of the Philippine archipelago.
I left Singapore very early on Sunday and ministered in the Lord’s Day morning worship service of Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Church in Cebu. Praise God for the warm fellowship with the brethren there. In the afternoon, Rev. Reggor Galarpe gave us a ride to Mactan Island where the Lapu-lapu City outreach of True Life BPC-FilBF is located. The Christian Bible Fellowship (CBF) held its first worship service. They have only a series of Bible studies with our Brothers Deccarlo Igot and Jude Gabales. Only a handful came but we praise the Lord for a blessed worship that afternoon.
Sunday evening, Pastor Rodolfo Gayon (BEST student from Bukidnon) and I took a ship to my hometown in Bohol. On Monday morning, we walked around the centre of Trinidad. I grew up and studied my primary days in this place. After 30 over years, the town has changed and improved much. Particularly noticeable is the Trinidad Municipal College which used to have less than a hundred students in the late 1980’s but is now populated with more than 5,000 students eve from nearby towns. The Lord showed us a great harvest field among these youths who I believe more than 85 percent are still Roman Catholics. As we inquired, aside from the RCC, the charismatic Maranatha church, the cultic Jehovah’s Witness and a Bible Baptist Church are only known to exist.
The night of Monday, Jan 7, we conducted a Bible study with the students and few teachers with an attendance of more than 20. These are lodgers of our ancestral home as none of my siblings are living there. A near relative is managing the place. Praise God for the presence of Bro Chev Gonzales who gave a testimony of how he came to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He lives in Trinidad and is currently working in a cruise ship abroad. By God’s providence, he was in our hometown for the vacation. He was a former drug addict and was rehabilitated under the House of Hope in Cebu. He came in contact with Pr Edsel Locot who nurtured him spiritually until his full recovery. Praise the Lord for his timely testimony for the young people who attended the Bible study.
I went back to Cebu on Tuesday morning and met my brother who is now assigned there. He is still a Roman Catholic but I am praying that the Lord will be gracious and merciful to let him understand the Word of God that he has heard. I thank the Lord for the safe trip back to Singapore, just before midnight of Tue, 8th of Jan.
Praise the Lord that Preacher Gayon answers God’s call for him to start a work in Trinidad! He is going there on February, please pray for him and for this new missions station, Lord willing, the Trinidad Bible-Presbyterian Church. All glory and honour be unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! – Bro Jose.
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