Happy new year to all those who have supported us and those who always includes us in their prayers last year. We praise God for another year and for all the blessings he has given us last year and will be giving us this year 2011.
The year opened with a lot of things to do for De Castro congregation. One of the plans we are trying to work out is the merging of Kapitolyo COC and De Castro COC. We had another joint fellowship last January 2 at the worship place of Kapitolyo afterwhich the men of both congregation had a meeting to finalize the merging. Unfortunately, after a week, Kapitolyo congregation changed their mind and decided to be independent. We do not know the exact reason but they do have our full support and will be praying for the success of their plans.
Sis. Remy Kingsley’s Visit
We were also blessed to have Sis.Remy Kingsley visit us again. Her ministry has really helped a lot of congregation here in Metro Manila and one of these congregation is De Castro. She brought songbooks donated from Northside COC and a lot of materials for the church especially the kids ministry.
A Thanksgiving Fellowship was also organized by Sis. Remy last January 15. It was attended by preachers and workers who are benefited by the Metro Manila Ministries. Bro. Felipe Cariaga gave an inspiring message challenging preachers to go on and stand up for Jesus. After lunch, we were given the chance to share our works and plans in our respective congregation.
Evangelism will be the focus of my work here this year. I’m now doing a series on HOW TO BE A HELP TO THE CHURCH and is encouraging the church to be pro-active in evangelism. Last January 16 the De Torres kids went out with my distributing flyers to invite people for a Biblical Personal Financial Management Session which we planned to do on February. We have also invited a World Bible School (WBS) Team from Baguio City to come and do a WBS campaign here. They will be doing a massive WBS campaign here on January 29-30. The first day will be saturating the nearby areas and enrolling people around to WBS. The next day will be more on follow-up on those who shows interest on WBS.
We are still slowly reaching out to the youth of Rizal Technological University (RTU) through programs that would benefit their students. Last year we did a talk-show which was attended by more than 100 students. This year, we were given another chance to reach out to them on January 30 where we will be speaking in front of 130 college students. I will be speaking on Personal Financial Management while Sis. Remy Kingsley will be talking about Personality Development. We are hoping that we can finally start a Campus Ministry in this University and be able to reach out to the student for Christ. This university has about a thousand college student.
Angela de Torres
If you would remember Angela de Torres, you would remember that we made appeals for her. She was supposed to have an operation on her scoliosis last year but finances did not allow her. There were a lot of complications in the situation which I have personally helped to straighten up. Last January 20, she was interviewed by one of the foundation here in the Philippines, the Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation. This will be aired on January 29 on GMA network our local TV station.
I have a new Bible study group at Westside Floodway which is attended by about 10 people. My schedule here is every Thursday at 10:00 in the morning. A micro lending company who helps the community start and expand their small businesses has asked me to conduct a Bible study for this group which I gladly accepted. I am praying that the Word of God will not be ignored here and that souls will be saved.
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