by: Danni de Vera
Another year of walking along with God through Jesus for all of us here in Cubao and Marikina, as Jesus said, we will take our cross and follow Him. Putting God first is our priority in order to win more souls this year 2011.
Metro Manila Ministries Thanksgiving:
Sister Remy Kingsley from Wichita, Kansas arrived last week of December and hosted the Metro Manila Ministries thanksgiving party held at Friendship Road Church of Christ. Workers from Manila School of Evangelism, Laguna Church, Pasig Church, Lagro Church, Twinville Church, Cubao Church and Friendship Road Church attended the party and fellowship. It was a wonderful fellowship because we shared together on what we are doing in different parts of Manila and strenghtening our faith in pressing toward the goal.
FEEDING PROGRAM: We conducted another feeding program in the area where many children need nutritious food. In this ministry we were able to promote the Church of Christ in that area and we were able to invite them to study the Bible and attend our Sunday worship. Almost two hundred children were fed of nutritious “GOTO” rice forrage with corned beef and egg.
BAPTISM:As the year 2011 started, God added two new souls at Twinville Church. Remedel Zamora, Jean Altariba decided to be immersed for the forgiveness of their sins. They are faithfully attending Sunday service and they are both willing to become true disciples of Jesus.
Tutorial Center Educational Field Trip:
The Friendship Road Church Tutorial Center held their educational field trip at Manila Zoo last January 28. The children have a glance to see different kinds of wild animals and they also have fun playing at the play ground. The parents have their devotional study under sister Remy Kingsley and the kids enjoyed listening story from brother Mike Altariba about the monkey and the turtle. This is another way of encouraging the parents to become faithful in attending Bible study.
9th & 3rd year Anniversary:
The Friendship Road celebrates its 9th year anniversary and the Twinville Church of Christ on its 3rd anniversary Christian service. Brother Maurice Camacho delivers beautiful message as the three congregations worship together and gives thanks to our Creator.
MORE PICTURES: Look for January 2011 Album.
DE CASTRO UPDATE
There are other works that I haven’t reported from January which I will include here so you will be encouraged; as you can see we have stepped one level higher with our work here in De Castro. Our method is simple: Invest, Invite, Include. We invest on the person, we invite that person to be involved, and then we include that person in to a ministry. I have used this same method before and I am praying that the same method will also be effective here in De Castro.
Four young and passionate workers from the Philippine Missionary Academy in Baguio, through the coordination of Bro. Alex Coloma and WBS coordinator Bro. Bhal Lagua, came to help the congregation last January 29, 2001. They arrived in the early morning of January 29 and on the same day helped enroll people around the vicinity for World Bible School. In a day, they have enrolled hundreds of potential WBS correspondents. We are hoping that this will result to more people knowing about God and His plan of salvation.
SEMINAR AT RIZAL TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
Sis. Remy Kingsley and Bro. Aldous Echegoyen conducted seminar at the Rizal Technological University in Pasig City last January 30, 2011 with around 130 sutdents in attendance. Bro. Aldous talked about Personal Financial Management for College Students where he taught the students how to handle the money given to them by God and how they need to be content with what they have. Sis. Remy,on the other hand, gave am exciting awakening seminar on Personality Development. The students were so excited to know more about their own personality and how they can relate to other personality. It was a successful seminar in cooperation with the officers of the commerce department of RTU with their adviser Ms.Samarista.
After the seminar, we had a talk with Ms.Samarista about having small groups in the school. She expressed her interest and even asked us if we can open the same opportunity to other courses and not just the commerce department.
This is great news!!
Ladies from De Castro and Cainta COC attended a session with Sis. Remy and Bro. Raj where they taught the ladies how they can help in the work of the church. The ladies learned how to teach the kids in Children’s Class and now the ladies are taking care of Sunday Kid’s class and baking of the bread for the Lord’s Supper.
THIS MONTH’S THEME
This month in the sermons, we discuss about ARE YOU A HELP OR A BURDEN TO THE CHURCH. The members are very much encouraged to learn ways where they can be of help to the church and how we, as a church, can work together for the growth of Christ’s church. The ladies are taking care of the Children’s Class and communion bread while Bro. Rocky Ola is now leading the singing during worship. We have also appointed Sis.Doris as our church treasurer and Sis.Rose as the auditor. We are hoping to see more volunteers for the work.
Sis.Sally was united with Christ last 16 February 2011 in baptism. She’s the sister of Sis.Elsie de Torres. She was invited by Sis.Elsie to attend Bible studies with us during our Thursday schedule. After awhile, she started attending worship with us and now, after 2 months, she is a Christian who fully understood her faith.
Sis.Elsie de Torres has been an instrument of God in bringing in more souls to Christ. She was instrumental to the conversion of Sis.Nora and now her sister Sis. Sally. Presently, she is opening her house for our Friday group where about 15 non-church members attends.
SMILE TRAIN PROJECT
Last February 4, Sis.Remy and I went to the Barangay Hall of San Andres, Cainta and told them about helping children with cleft palette have their operation. After follo-ups, last February 17 there were 5 kids brought to Quezon City for an initial check-up. They will be asked to go back there every week for follo-up (depending on the situation) and they will be given medicines for them to get ready for the operation. Right now, these kids need money for their fare so they can travel back and forth to Quezon City for their regular check up until they finally have their operation. If there is any help, we will surely appreciate it.
You can see more pictures at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=35182&id=100000960324062
God has blessed our work here and many ministries are being started in the church. I need your prayers so that I can find a partner in the work. Right now I am trying to recruit a full-time worker for the church here to help me with the overwhelming work done here in De Castro.