The on-going “El Nino” or global warming created lot of problem in the entire Philippine archipelago. Billions of pesos lost because many rice fields were destroyed due to very hot weather that results to drought.
But the Word of God must be preached in season and out of season. The work of the Lord continues in Cubao area and in Marikina area.
Preaching the Word
Preaching the Word of God in season and out season must be done in order to win more souls. We continue reaching the lost souls thru conducting Bible study to the kids and to their parents at Balubad daycare center. Balubad daycare center is under the management of DSWD Marikina chapter. We also conduct monthly regular feeding program in this school.
Group Bible studies also done weekly in Balubad areas both in phase 1 and phase 2. Sis. Remy Kingsley visiting us and help us in mission field teach the women in phase 1. She also help us teaching non-christian and became an influence to all women in Twinville church @ Balubad. Sis. Prissy during her stay also works hard in winning more souls by conducting one-on-one Bible study in the area.
Strengthening the Faith
Seminars for Men’s, Ladies and youth were conducted by visiting brothers and sisters. Bro Derin Dopps and bro Tim O Neal conducted men’s seminar at Caloocan Church building, Sister Prissy Sellers and Remy Kingsley conducted ladies seminar at Marikina Church building and Philip Kingsley conducted youth seminar at Cubao church building. Seminars like this are great help to strengthen the faith of the brethren in order to focus their life to press on toward the goal.
The Balubad mission team’s goal for the year 2010 is to feed two thousand children at Balubad area. They are planning to feed at least 500 kids every quarter of this year. Last March 11 they started to do this goal and to their amazement with God’s provision they were able to feed more than 600 children. In this kind of ministry the Church of Christ has been known in the community and was able to invite people to study the Bible.
The Cubao church held their Pediatric Medical mission with the help of M.A.R.C.H. medical mission ministry. They held this limited medical mission in order to concentrate on those children’s that needs medical attention and most of all we can bring their family to our Lord’s church. M.A.R.C.H. mission helps a lot of Churches of Christ in the Philippines in conducting this kind of charity works to serve our neighbors and to preach the Word of God!
Thirteen precious souls were added by the Lord in His Kingdom 12 in Marikina and 1 in Cubao Church. This is because of God’s guidance thru our Tutorial Center, Feeding Program and constant Bible study and visitation. The saying is true…”if you plant…then you will reap”, planting the seeds in season and out of season to the heart of every men is indeed the best way to win more souls for the Lord.
Tutorial Center Graduation
After one year of hardship in teaching the kids on how to write, read, and count and Bible stories they receive their certificate as the proud parents watch them accepting it. Those receive special awards and honors are very happy as their parents put the medals to them. Some of them are now ready and confident going to elementary level. This school year 2009-20010 the numbers of graduates are 32 and there are 31 souls (parents and relatives of kids) were baptized and added by the Lord in His church. Tutorial center is one the big tool to bring more souls to the Lord.
The Good Samaritan is one of the ministry of Marikina churches of Christ in cooperation with the Metro Manila ministries. Here the mission workers help bro. Bok and sis Jasmin building their small house with the M.A.R.C.H. mission provided the construction materials.
Please see more pictures of our MARCH 2010 mission work at:
We continue to reach the lost souls by teaching the Gospel of Chirst in streets near at CubaoChurch building, in tracts distributions at bussiness area and door knocking. Last February 13 we also hosted the monthly door knocking at Friendship RoadMarikina city and brethren from different Churches of Christ help us in reaching the lost.
The feeding ministry continues to share the love of Jesus to every kid in a remorse place of MarikinaCity, the Balubad area. This is the area where many kids cannot go to school due to poverty. Thru this ministry many parents started hearing the Word of God and learned about the Church of Christ. We have now three areas in Balubad where we conducted the regular feeding program
Bible Studies …
Regular Bible studies conducted by mission team led by brother Danni continue to plant the Word of God to every listener. Brother Sammy also conducted regular Bible studies for kids in two areas at Balubad. They also distributed toothbrush, toothpaste and noodles to the kids.
Sister Remy Kingsley and sister Prissy Sellers together with Philip Kingsley visited the mission work in Marikna and helped them in teaching the lost souls.
Tutorial Center Annual Field Trip …
The annual field trip of TutorialCenter was held last February 19 at one of the park in Quezon City. The kids enjoyed seeing the animals in small zoo at the park. Sister Prissy Sellers conducted devotional to the parents after lunch fellowships and the parents are very attentive. The kids enjoyed singing at the park and listening to Bible stories conducted by bro. Mike.
Ten precious souls were added by the Lord in His Kingdom at MarikinaChurch as the results of planting the Word of God to every heart of lost souls.
Last December 23 we had three baptisms, Patricia Alfaro, Krissiane Amor Macayan, Val Libramonte at villalim swimming pool. Patricia Alfaro and Krissiane Amor Macayan are classmates both are 4th year high school students and will be graduating this next month March, and they plan to continue in college on June. Val Libramonte is a fruit vendor and single and lives by himself, he came to know the Lord by referral of a friend, conducted Bible studies twice a week which ended up with the Lord opening his heart to accept Christ through baptism.
December 27, I spoke at Imus Congregation in cavite for their 13th church’s anniversary. This neighboring
congregation is an hour’s drive from Muntinlupa, I was glad to share with them “Being Grateful and Thankful of God’s Blessings”. The fellowshipping was great and the food was good.
January 2, I officiated a wedding in bicol region. The couple Bro. Armen Alarin and Sis Michelle Martinez has requested my dad who is preaching in Daet Camarines Norte to contact me to officiate their marriage. . They are Christians attending a house church in Macogon, Labo Camarines Norte. They invited their friends to witness how we conduct marriage in the church and they are glad to hear about the sacredness of marriage in God’s eyes, the responsibilities of both husband and wife and how God design a family to give glory to him. The reaction of their friends and relatives that are not Christians yet is positive and the food was excellent. This is the first time that I really enjoyed the food in the wedding the province.
January 4, first Sunday of the month of 2010 preached in Daet and Dagang congregation in bicol. I was supposed to go back in Muntinlupa after the wedding but my dad was hospitalized so we stay back till he gets a little better. Speaking again to this small congregation in Dagang who meets in their house is encouraging, I have known them for many years but I don’t see them very often
January 8, Friday we are already back in Metro Manila and I was requested by the brethren in Tondo to officiate the wedding of Bro. Gerry De Vera and Sis Freecarlchi Morales, its about 2 hours drive from our place. Bro Gerry is an engineer who works in Dubai and Sis Freecarlchi is a lawyer in metro manila she hopes to join her husband in Dubai in a few months. I have known sis Freecarlchi’s parents since I was a teenager, I guess this is why they want me to officiate Freecarlchi’s wedding.
It has been a very busy month for us in Muntinlupa, and I have always thought of being on time with my update but most of the time it is delayed, my apology. God bless you all.
In His service,
Greg Q. Gallardo, Jr.
Mission Trip, Philippines:
We are now in the PHILIIPPINES doing mission work in the Manila area and surrounding places. There are 18 baptisms so far and more that are studying God’s Word.
Highlights of our trip include the following:
Feeding of over 500 children and adults on March 11 in Balubad, MarikinaCity. This is such a blessing to see the children fed physically (rice porridge and juice) and spiritually through Christian songs and stories.
Medical Missions in Cubao, Quezon City on March 13. Over one hundred children have been treated physically. The workers here will follow up on those interested in studying the Bible. We are blessed to have so many volunteers. Dr. Derin Dopps and Ezra volunteered their time and effort in seeing all the patients.
Did many seminars like “How to Teach Sunday School” by Prissy Sellers. Dozens of congregations from the Metro Manila areas and Cavite participated in this very informative seminar. She also presented “Women of the Word’ based on Titus 2 on how women will be good examples in whatever age levels they are. She also did seminars on “Four Personality Types” and ” Keys to Loving Relationship”. She presented these to several churches on how we get along with each other and understand each other to be effective in serving the Lord.
Tim and Derin preached in several churches on two consecutive Sundays they were here in March and did an excellent job in encouraging the church on evangelism. They preached in the Balubad,Friendly church (MarikinaCity), De Castro (Pasig), and Makati congregation.
Philip had one on one Bible studies with the teenagers (his age group) and baptized more than one dozen of them. He also helped the youth in their activities in raising funds for the upcoming National Youth Camp in April by having garage sales, and selling recycled items.
The group also have and still continuing having one on one Bible studies. So far as of this printing, there are 25 people baptized into Christ for the remission of their sins.
Graduation of 21 students from the TutorialCenter from Balubad and Friendly churches. The students received their recognition and medals on March 15th. Through this ministry, the church bond with the community and it is easier to set up Bible studies with them. There are already dozens converted and more Bible studies set up in the last three ye
The ministry also helped in rebuilding those houses devastated by typhoon Ondoy. A number of houses are now being repaired. They just need boards and nails to put their houses together.
With little things that we do for His glory like giving medicines to the sick, giving food to the needy, sharing the gospel, praying for those who need prayers and uplifting Christians and non-Chritians, the love of Christ is being shown and more are drawn to Christianity and as a result become stronger in their faith. That is the reason what the ministry is for in this area and beyond. Thank you very much for your prayers and support. We will still be here until April 10 and fly back to Wichita to continue the work the Lord has given us.
The brethren in Marikina worship together in one roof after the devastating flood. Brethren from Balubad came and worship the Lord even full of mud on their feet and clothes. Some of them wear slippers and clothes come from relief. Brother Danni emotionally preach that God still in control despite of tragedy and trials that all of us encountered. He tells his experience of sinking on muddy water and rising for new life. All of us cried together and sing praises to God, God touched the heart of three souls who studied the Bible regularly before the flood and immediately they asked bro. Danni to be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. God is GREAT!
This is an account on what happened to the church over there and family members:
Sept. 29, 2009
Dear Family and Friends,Greetings in the name of the Lord! We are writing to you to appeal for help for the victims of the recent typhoon in Manila. The storm dropped 17 inches of rain in a 12 hour period causing a dike to break. The flash flood that resulted killed many and displaced many, many more. Remy’s parents’ and other relatives’ houses were submerged in the flood waters. The water rose in a matter of 20 minutes so people had no time to prepare. One of the preachers that we support almost lost his life rescuing other people and spent a day with his family(including his pregnant wife) on the roof of a neighbor‘s house waiting to be rescued himself. Some people died and many others are unaccounted for. With the water subsiding, rebuilding is now underway. In the area where we have a ministry, most houses were made of boarded shacks. Those houses are all gone, washed away by the flood. We are trying to help them get basic items such as food, clothing and shelter so they can survive. God is in control of this situation and we pray that through this tragedy, many people will see their need for a better relationship with God and our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you want to donate for recovery effort, please send your tax – deductible contributions to:
Metro Manila Ministries
P.O. bOX 47261
Wichita, KS 67201-4726
Be assured that all pennies will go directly to those that were affected by the typhoon. If you have any questions, just call me at 316-943-6178.
Thank you very much for your generosity and the love that you are showing to others in times of need.
In Christian love,
(Dale, Remy, Mylene & Philip)
Sept. 29, 2009
Today, I was on the phone all day trying to contact my family. I finally got through this evening and they told me that the water subsided but there’s a lot of damage in their houses and mud all over. Everything is ruined. They don’t have any clothes left as well. The smell is so bad because there are dead animals like cats and dogs, They have to get their food in another part of town where there is electricity. They don’t have any electricity nor phone service yet. They have to charge their cell phone somewhere else.
I also talked to Danni de Vera, a preacher from Marikina church telling me that the husband of Novi, one of the members of the church that got affected died by electrocution last Saturday while the flood was rising up. Also one member of the Pasig church is almost due to have a baby. They have not been back to their place yet and see the damage. This is a family of eight and will be needing a lot since they lost everything.
He also have been in contact with some members and they will be distributing food and water this week to provide for their basic needs.
They asked us to send anything that they can use for everyday living like clothing, towels, bedsheets, etc.
The churches over there also lost all their songbooks, Bibles and teaching materials. They asked for help in this matter.
God is still in control. It will take time for them to get back to normal but with the help of the Lord through us, it will be better. Please pray for all the people that are affected. Donations are still accepted.
Thanks to all and God’s blessings.
Oct. 1, 2009
Hello! I want to update everybody on how my family and the churches over there are coping with the situation. At my parents’ place, the water subsided and they are cleaning all the mud inside the house. Their things were all damaged and the church songbooks, Bibles and materials for teaching at the home church are all gone. My dad and brother buried 30 dogs and cats yesterday. The place near their houses smell so bad and my dad said that he is so exhausted. (He’s76 years old). There is still water at my brother’s house which is not far from where my parents live so they can’t turn the electricity yet…that’s almost a week without power. They buy their food in another town since it is too expensive to buy it nearby. They are coping slowly. They are tired but their spirit is high. One positive thing that happened amidst this tragedy is a new baby is born yesterday. Elsie, a member of the Sta. Lucia church had a healthy baby girl. It was her due date while she was on top of the roof of their house when the typhoon hit. They have not been back to their house yet since the water subsided. Please uplift them in your prayers.
On the other part of town where Danni de Vera (preacher at Marikina) lives, the water subsided. He told me yesterday that he’s going to distribute food and water to to the brethren in Marikina area. He has not been back to his house yet and see the damage and he’s already doing something good for others.
The Metro Manila Ministries sent some funds today and will be there tomorrow for them to use and buy basic things that they need. We are praying that more people will donate and help them get back on their feet. Sometimes we just don’t think about the blessings that we have until it is taken away from us. I feel their pain but I know the Lord has a purpose for all of this. If you want to help, just let me know.
Please see pictures of my parents’ house and neighborhood.
Metro Manila Ministries
October 4, 2009
The Metro Manila Ministries sent funds to the victims over there. The churches over there are now working hard in giving food, water and some necessities needed for those affected in the Balubad, Marikina and Sta. Lucia areas. If there are some funds left, they will help in the rebuilding of the boarded shacks where most of the brethrens live in that area. Regarding my family in the Sta. Lucia, Pasig area, they are now cleaning up the mess. Piles and piles of garbage are being stack up on the streets to be collected. It is so much mess after the flood but they have to start out fresh. Two people in their neigborhood died due to the flooding. They will have funerals this week. Please continue to pray for those families that lost their loved ones and also for those who are affected by the typhoon.
We also praise the Lord that the other typhoon that is supposed to hit last week diverted in the northern area of Manila and not in a densely populated part. God is good. We praise Him for his continued care for all.
I would like to thank all that prays for this disaster and for those who has given to those in need. Some of you gave sacrificially and I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Some collected basic things for the victims to be sent over there and I can’t thank you enough. The Lord will bless all of you as you bless others. I am still accepting donations. If you want to give, just let me know. Will update you again. Please see more pictures after the flood at the group link. Thanks.
dale, remy, mylene and philip
Marikina church of Christ Update:
This was an account of Danni de Vera, a worker at the Marikina area the day of the severe flooding:
It was rainy morning and the weather announced that typoon ONDOY reach the area of responsibility of the Philippines. Supposed to be we have evangelism campaign at Cubao Church of Christ but it was cancelled due to heavy rains. Around 9 am we just observed the rains and we did not expect the flash flood then suddenly the water on the road turns to muddy color. I decided to transfer the car on the highway but to no avail the water got deeper, I just park the car near the main gate of the village and run back to our house when I reach the house the water is already on waist level. We decided to climb the roof and in just a few minutes the water is very high. My family and I has been rescued from roof b4 midnight last Saturday. We stayed on a roof from around 10:20 am til midnight without any food and water. My mom, my son Idann and my pregnant wife Eileen almost lost their lives during atempted rescue around 10 in the evening the improvised boat suddenly got leak and started to wreck. God is so good we were able to push the boat at the side and I was able to hold the electric wire and step on roof gutter of a house and push my son and my wife to climb the much higher roof, my mom was able to save by a friend and we prayed and cried at the roof while heavy rains pour it was so dark our only hope is God. Everything that we have….all our belongings including my car were submerged in water full of mud. It was traumatic for me and my family. I even drank flood water when I started to sink during our attempt to go on the highway where water is not deep, blessedly I have a water jug tied on my body….God is so merciful He pull us on the top of the roof. All of us were safe including my dad and my older brother who is very much frightened of water. Please help also our brethren in Balubad 100% area Marikina City, 100% of them were affected and all their belongings too were submerged and some of them lost their wooded houses and a husband of our sister died. It was really a tragic for all of us. Please pray for us and help us.
My brother who lives in Las Pinas took us temporarily on his house in order to recover and rest our tired and weary bodies. But I am thinking of all our brethren in Balubad, Marikina City and was able to send brother Steve and talked to him over the cell phone this morning according to him he cannot go down where they live because it was still under water and full of mud all over the place. Even the place where we assemble every Sunday was also damaged by 9 to 10 feet deep of muddy water. Lord willing after recovering from this tragic event probably before friday I will immediately visit them and assist them.
We really need help of any kind. Thank you so much.
I will send this letter to some of our american brethren too.
Danni de Vera
Muntinlupa Church of Christ Update:
God always has his ways of cleaning the world while protecting his children in the process. Philippines was hit by heavy rains which causes heavy flooding but affected brethren are safe but just in need of food clothing and shelter but alive and kicking. Some of the brethren has to do a little exercise to safety but they are safe.
Some of the brethren who lived near the lake in Muntinlupa are flooded and their houses are still in water. They just locked the doors of their houses and went to the school building on higher areas which became “evacuation” area, as the water rises. As expected the evacuation centers are over crowded about 5 to 10 families shared in one classroom, they are sleeping on tables and benches but most of them on cartoons in the floor, they hope to be able to go back to their houses within a month or two because their houses are located on lower areas. Between the classrooms is the covered court which is also full of evacuees. This is almost the same situation in all the evacuation center in metro manila. Just imagine that there are about 147 thousand families displaced and they are crowding on classrooms and covered court of schools, very few toilets inadequate water supply, sleeping on the floor, and some of them will be able to go back to their homes in about 2 to 3 months, because in some places the flood is still 6 feet high, in Muntinlupa those who live near the lake has to take small boats to reach their houses which are still heavily flooded. There is already over 293 death toll due to typhoon and number is still rising, as people buried in mud are being found and many more are still missing.
We offered bro Allan’s family to stay with us because of their little children, however they told us that our house is quite far from them so it will be difficult for them in checking their house from time to time because there are burglars who are taking advantage of this kind of situations to steal, so we just help them with some cash to help them buy some of their immediate need while at the evacuation center.
Classes in all levels are suspended in Metro manila for 1 week due to flood and the classrooms are being used as evacuation, however next week classes are scheduled to resume so that the refugees have to find relocation sites, some have to rent temporarily and wait for the flood to subside before going to their houses, some will be force to go back to their flooded houses.
Typhoon “ondoy” has just past and the weather bureau forecasted that three are yet to come and one of them will be in the Philippine area of responsibility this afternoon, so we are expecting a few more to come but they said that it is not going to bring as heavy rain as “typhoon ondoy” the bureau said this was the heaviest rain we’ve had in 42 years.
Sis Marycil,4 months pregnant of their first baby was rushed to the hospital and still is confined today, their doctor diagnosed it to be viral infection, she keeps vomiting, was almost dehydrated, her color became violet and fainted before being rushed to the hospital, she is still in the hospital recovering and she hopes that the water in their flooded house would have subsided when she gets out of the hospital.
We also visited last night sis Letty’s son Carlo, a 20 year old boy with “down syndrome” at the Philippine Kidney Center. He was confined there for kidney failure and his attending physician already told them that all they can do is ease him with his pain but they could not perform any surgery because of his heart problem and he is just waiting for his time. His heart condition creates many internal organ complications.
Now for the good news, a young boy accepted Christ through baptism even just after the big storm. He has been asking me to baptize him 2 Sundays ago I just want to make sure that he understands the purpose and the significance of being baptized into Christ. His two sisters Marimar and Lyka had accepted the Lord through baptism 3 months ago and now this boy is very eager to be baptized, so last Sunday right after the morning service Mark Leonard DeGuzman was baptized.
Paul encourages us that in everything that we should give thanks to God that we should rejoice always and pray without ceasing.
The Cubao Church of Christ held feeding program last August 1 at Baranggay hall near the Church building. They invited the children around poor neighborhood and almost 100 kids together with their parents attended the program. In this program we can be friend with the parents and eventually invited them to study the Bible.
WBS Campaign @ Lagro…
The WBS is still the best tool when it comes reaching the lost souls in door knocking. This month the Lagro Church of Christ hosted the monthly campaign of Churches of Christ around Metro Manila. In this activity, brethren from different places help to encourage more souls to study the Word of God through personal study or through correspondence. The Church leaders also take time to group and discuss all the necessary things for the growth of every congregation in Metro Manila.
Sister Sophia’s daughter Angel Aparatu decided to be immersed for the forgiveness of her sins last August 15 after attending series of Saturday Bible study conducted by bro. Danni and bro. Joel.
Noel Lacambra grows up in attending Sunday school at Friendship Road Church. He even got best in Religion in public school when he was 8 years old. Now he is turning 11 and he decided to be baptized for the remission of his sins last August 16.
Salvacion Montano attended the second WBS seminar held in Manila in 1988. She constantly attending worship service with his husband bro. Jess Montano at Cubao Church, after 21 long years she decided to wash away her sins in baptism. Bro. Danni baptized her last August 19
Angela dela Rosa the girlfriend of his son bro. John Paul also decided to be baptized after studying the Bible with bro. Jess Montano.
24 Years of Thanksgiving …
The Cubao Church of Christ celebrates its 24 years of thanksgiving in serving the Almighty God last August 23. In reminiscing the past, they watch compiled old pictures of early brethren in Cubao as well as the pictures of activities how the Church grows since bro. Allen Mann planted the Lord’s Church in San Juan before transferring to Cubao area. The Microsoft power point presentation was prepared by brother Danni and it was a kind of reunion for some brethren who became part of Cubao but are now attending in other congregation outside Metro Manila. God is really great for blessing the Cubao congregation for its 24 years of existence.
Inter-Congregational Worship Service
The Metro Manila Churches of Christ held the Inter-Congregational worship service at University of the Philippines in Quezon City last August 30. It was an event for majority of the Churches of Christ around Metro Manila to see each other and hug one another. The Churches of Christ joined together in worshipping and singing praises to our Almighty God in heaven. The happiness inside the place of worship was indescribable, every soul in that room were rejoicing and exceedingly glad to worship the Lord.
Bible Studies …
Bible Studies for all ages in different places at Cubao and in Marikina continues:
CLICK THE SITE TO SEE MORE PICTURES FOR AUGUST MISSION WORK:
It is our hope and prayer that this letter finds you in good health and safe in God’s guiding and protecting hands. Please forgive me for delayed updates, tons of work needs to be done and it seems like my body can’t cope up with my phasing, I have to slow down because I am not feeling very well, I guess I am getting older in addition to the changing climate we are experiencing now.
We conducted two VBS on different places in Muntinlupa last May, one in barangay Malipay where over a hundred children attended, twelve of them are high school students and the rest are elementary graders, and the other one was held at the Muntinlupa church’s meeting place where 85 students attended vacation Bible school.
After the VBS, nine high school students accepted Christ through baptism, and we went to a pool in Laguna and baptized these 9 teen-agers. Marimar A. De Guzman, Lyca A. De Guzman, Mara M. Miguel, Cyrus Jude M. Alejandria, Anthony S. Talastas, Hazel May C. Moncada, Roselyn P. Sia, Jayson L. Labastida, Marjorie R. Corino. Please see the pictures.
June marks the beginning of the second semester in the Philippines, and starting July every Saturday the whole day I have the opportunity to teach a number of college students at the church building which we used as Bible study center on regular days (average of 10 every Saturday). They may or may not accept the Lord but at least they have heard the truth. This is the reason why I still continue to teach part time at the university, to stay connected to the students. This semester I am spending nine (9) hoursper week teaching mathematics at the university, the school pays me $20 per week which is not even enough for my transportation, however the opportunity to invite them to attend Bible studies is worth it. And it is our hope and prayer that more students will be added to the lord’s body and in the future hopefully strengthens the church numerically and financially.
Year 2007 we started saving and planning to have our own church building to save the rentals which is very costly in the city. Year 2008 we are so happy that you have been assisting us by matching whatever we save for the building fund every month. Year 2009 we still continue to save for the building fund hoping that we save enough for this project and that we could be self supporting in the near future. Our Existing building fund savings now is $17,555 equivalent to Php 790,000 (pesos).
We found a 315 square meter lot equivalent to 3,386 square feet for sale at a very low price, the current price in that area is 8,000 pesos per square meter and he is selling his property for only 5,000 pesos per square meter, he said that he needed the cash to keep up with his obligations. The location is excellent so we want to buy this property for the church.
The total price of the property is $35,000 our existing building fund savings is $17,555 we need $17,500 more to be able to buy the property. We would like to appeal to your kind heart to extend to us your helping hand to lend the church $17,500. We will start paying you on a monthly basis when we have moved to this new location, we plan to just build a nipa hut as temporary meeting place or pitch a big tent that can accommodate our number.
Please think about the impact that this will bring to the church of the Lord in Muntinlupa, and the service that you will be doing in the kingdom of God. There are two options that you can do to help us buy the property:
1) If your congregation or anyone you know that is able and can lend the church $17,500 which we will start paying after we have moved to the place, the rentals that we saved will be use to pay on a monthly basis.
2) You can contribute cheerfully any amount your heart desire.
What ever you decide to do is highly appreciated, Please deposit any amount you wish to donate for this cause to this account:
CHURCH OF CHRIST at Muntinlupa City Philippines, Inc.
Pleased share with some of your friends there. We are praying for you, please keep in touch. God bless you all.
In His Service,
Greg Q. Gallardo, Jr.
Sta. Lucia Church of Christ Plea for Help:Dear Brethren:Greetings to all in the name of the Lord!I am writing this letter of appeal to you in behalf of a sister in Christ, Angela M. De Torres, 17 years old and a member of the De Castro Church of Christ in Pasig City.Sister Angela has a physical deformity, SCOLIOSIS, which needs immediate operation. The estimated total cost is Three Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 300,000.00). The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) subsidized the amount of Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 200,000.00) for the pedicular screw and brace for spinal cord. The family is now asking us to help her with the remaining One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 100,000.00) for the laboratory, medicines, doctor and room fees.May we earnestly request your kindness to please examine your budget if it is possible that you could share whatever amount you could generously contribute for the need of sister Angela M. De Torres.If you send any help, please send to: RCBC Savings (Kapitolyo Pasig branch) account number 1055-06846-9, Gilbert S. De Torres. Brother in Christ, Gilbert, is the father of Angela. His contact number is 09295506777.Thank you so much and may the good Lord bless you more and more.On behalf of the congregation in De Castro that meets at #23 Eireene Street, Liamzon Subd., brgy. Sta. Lucia, Pasig City,I am James Paet, the preacher of De Castro Church of Christ. My contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org, cp#09185101904
Marikina and Cubao churches of Christ Update:
Rainy season in the Philippines is not a big hindrance in obeying the commands of God to go and preach the Good News to all people. As Paul said “In Season and Out Season” we all need to seek and save the lost. Tutorial Classes:
The students @ Friendship Road Church and Twinville church tutorial center enjoyed their class and all of them are excited to wake up early according to their parents. They already learned how to write letters and how to distinguish colors.
Outside the building the parents continue to study the Bible with brother Danni. Some of them are also attending service every Sunday. Brother Danni and Steve constantly visit them on their respective home to establish good relationships and bring them more closer to God.
Bible Studies …
Saturday group Bible study every Saturday morning at Twinville is doing well.
Youth Bible Studies in Cubao every Saturday afternoon is handled by bro. Danni and Joel.
The Friday Balubad group Bible study for kids and adults continue to encourage some neighbors to attend.
Last July 29 Street Bible study in Cubao was started by bro. Danni together with his wife sister Eileen and Sister Sophia. Snacks for the students were provided by Sister Eileen and Sophia after Bible study.
MELVIN SANCHEZ and GEMMA CONCEPCION were immersed last July 4 by brother Danni after hearing God’s plan of salvation. They are now faithfully attending Sunday service at Friendship Road Church of Christ.
JUVILYN OLIVA constantly attends Thursday parents Bible study with bro. Danni while she waits for her daughters attending class at Twinville tutorial. She was baptized for the forgiveness of her sins last July 30.
Overnight Prayer Meeting …
Overnight prayer activities are one of the best methods to energize the faith of Christian in Cubao. Last July 24 they held an overnight prayer meeting and listen to the Word of God shared by bro. Danni and bro. Maurice. It was mentioned by brother Danni that prayer is our lifeline to our Almighty God in heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Games and group discussion keep the brethren awake throughout the night.
A Friday Night Bible Study Kick Off Party was celebrated on Aug. 8th at the house of Dr. Rob and Linda Dopps with a Luau/Hawaiian theme. It was a very colorful, nice celebration with a lot of fun, food, pool and games. There are about 50 people that attended the party. The regular fellowship and devotional will start on Sept 11 and a great outreach program to the community in sharing the gospel to the lost. Please pray for this ministry that it will be a success.
Month of June is another blessed month for all of us in Cubao and in Marikina because God added more souls in Hiskingdom and more Bible studies have been set up.
Parents Orientation … Parent’s orientation was held in Friendship Road and in Twinville Church for the opening of tutorial center school year 2009-2010. Brother Mike discusses the guidelines and regulations for kids and the parents. Brother Danni also discusses the purpose of the Church why they conduct free tutorial center and encouraged the parents to have Bible study.
More Bible Study…
Sister Mylene Kingsley in her few weeks of stay in the Philippines continue to help in the mission by teaching the God’s plan of salvation to some souls and brother Danni will conduct the follow up Bible studies. We continue to plant the words of God in the heart of every person in different areas.
Youth Overnight Prayer and Fellowship…
It was a great night for the youth of Friendship road and Twinville as they come together to have fellowship with one another last June 5. There are more than 40 of them attended the fellowship. Devotional was held by sister Mylene Kingsley for all girls while brother Mike for all boys. After having some fun in games prepared by brother Mike, Brother Danni conducted lecture for all on how to remain faithful in doing the work of the Lord. The youth enjoyed the night despite of heavy rains, they prayed, they sang and laugh together until the wee hours of the morning.Tutorial Center…
School year 2009 -2010 of tutorial center in Friendship Road and Twinville formally opened last June 16. There are 40 kids enrolled in Friendship Road and 40 kids in Twinville, kids were separated in two classes due to small space in the building. Parents and kids are excited on the first day of school.
Tutorial center is one of the best tools in reaching the lost souls, through this ministry we were able to teach the parents of the kids enrolled as well as the members of their family. Bible study was conducted by brother Danni outside the Church building while the parents and relatives of the children await the dismissal of the class.
As the results of planting the Word of God in Balubad mission God added more souls in His kingdom at Twinville Church. There are eight precious souls obeyed the Lord in baptism this month of June.
Inter Congregational Worship …
The first joint worship of Cubao, the Friendship Road, and the Twinville Church of Christ was held at Friendship Road building last June 7. Seeing all the brethren praising and worshipping the Lord together was great day for brother Danni. He is preaching in the said three congregations. Brother Danni was baptized in Cubao in 1987 and became full time worker of Cubao in the ‘90s. He planted the Church in Friendship Road after the death of his wife Sunny in 2002, and then he planted Twinville in 2008 as the results of mission in Balubad. There are 44 souls worshipping in Cubao, 47 in Friendship Road and 68 in Twinville. There are 135 souls worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth on that day.
Farewell Fellowship for Mylene …
The youth held farewell fellowship for Mylene last June 20 and 25. In June 20 farewell fellowship they have singing and devotional study using the Jule Miller DVD visual Bible study series. In June 25, it was last night of Mylene in the Philippines the youth gave something to her. Some of them gave letters, cards and token and they also showed a movie of pictures collection of Mylene’s during her stay in the Philippines.
Updates in Cubao and Marikina …
Bible studies and follow-ups as well as visitation continue in Cubao and Marikina. The youth fellowship of Cubao and Lagro congregation was held in ECO Park in Quezon City. The youth class in Cubao every Saturday afternoon continues. Bible Study for parents every Wednesday morning in Friendship Road and in Twinville every Thursday afternoon. Group Bible study in Phase 1 Balubad every Thursday morning and in Phase 2 every Friday morning.
Sta. Lucia Church of Christ Update:
The new church in Sta Lucia is in full swing. James Paet, a newly graduate of the Manila School of Evangelism, is helping the church grow and is now the full time preacher. This church started in 2007 but don’t have a regular preacher since it was too small. Through the partnership of the Metro Manila Ministries and Manila School of Evangelism, a full time preacher is provided and we pray that he can make the members more challenge in reaching out and growing spiritually. Please pray that the Lord will give the increase on this new church.
James Paet, is in his late 20′s and is married to Myrna and have one child named Jamie. He has the passion to preach and teach people the gospel that’s why he went to study at the MSE. We pray that this young family will be used by the Lord in spreading His word in the Pasig area.
God continues to open the door at Balubad mission in Marikina City; many souls in this area are searching for the truth. We continue to preach the truth in God’s word and we are praying that more souls will be saved in this area.
Leadership Training …
Brother Danni conducted leadership training for the future leaders of the young Church in Twinville. He teaches on how to lead the worship service and the proper attire and posture in serving the pulpit.
Brother Mike also conducted training for young women on how to teach at Sunday school in Twinville.
Balubad Bible Study…
Bother Danni in Balubad; continue to conduct Bible study in that area in order to strengthen the faith of new babes in Christ. The Bible study encouraged more souls in the neighborhood and more souls are studying the Bible.
The kids also continue to have their weekly Bible class with Brother Sammy Rimorin.
Mylene Kingsley daughter of Brother Dale & sister Remy Kingsley arrived last May 21 to help us in conducting Bible studies. She conducted a one-on-one Bible study everyday in different souls. She also teaches Sunday school every Sunday in two congregations.
Vacation Bible School…
Vacation Bible School is one of the best tools of Cubao, Friendship Road and Twinville Church every summer vacation to encourage parents to study the Bible.
In Cubao only few kids enrolled, Brother Joel and Sister Nancy handle the one week Bible class.
In Friendship road there are three levels of VBS (preparatory, elementary and high school). Sister Renalyn teaches the preparatory level. Brother Mike teaches the elementary while brother Danni teaches high school level.
In Twinville brother Steve teaches the elementary level and brothers Mike and Sammy teaches the preparatory level. In this place there are 93 kids in prep level attended the one week VBS and 18 in elementary level.
God continues to add more souls in His Church at Twinville as the results of preaching the Word of God in season and out of season in Balubad mission. Eight precious souls (Beverlyn Bernados, Rose Lyn Pisngot, Lyka Lusabio, Honeylyn Atibagos, Jonah Mae Pascual, German Penaso, Marlon Penaso and Monica Mariscotes (not in picture)) were added by the Lord in His Body.
Youth Summer Bible School Graduation …
Finally the youth of Twinville Church after a month of summer Bible school conducted by brother Danni at Balubad area they received their certificates last May 22. It is a part of making a true disciples program in Twinville Church of Christ.
Non-Christian Youth Seminar …
A one day evangelism seminar for non-Christian youth was held by brother Danni and sister Mylene in Friendship Road, Marikina City. There are seven youth attended the seminar and sister Mylene teaches the way of Salvation while Brother Danni teaches the Word of God by using the DVD Visualized Bible Study lessons written by brother Jule Miller.
Remove Lice Program & School Supplies Distribution …
As part of edifying and encouraging the brethren and non-Christians in Balubad the brethren conducted “Remove Lice” program for the kids. This program can call the attention of parents in the surrounding areas in Balubad. In this program we can meet new friends and eventually encouraged them to study the Bible.
The school year 2009-2010 will start on the month of June and the Metro Manila Ministries decided to gives school supplies to Christian youth and kids of the brethren living in Balubad area. Sister Mylene Kingsley daughter of Brother Dale and sister Remy Kingsley distributed notebooks, ball pens, pencils, eraser, crayons and papers.
Tracts Distribution …
In Cubao we distributed tracts and flyers along the streets and market near the Church building location in Palosapis street. Majority of tracts we distribute are written in tagalog by Brother Danni de Vera.
The month of March and April had been very fruitful in Muntinlupa with God’s blessings. We had a total of 23 baptisms, most of which are students which we hope and pray would continue to mature into Christ.
February 28, the Muntinlupa congregation conducted a Bible study classes for the young people and some adult and feeding program for the children in Barangay Malipay which is a depressed area. We have a Bible study class and distributed packed meals for the children. Sarah distributed prizes for the children’s games and other activities. Remy, Andrea, Prissy, Hope, Christopher and Mickey had a busy day teaching the children, young people and a few adults, the total number attendees were 115, and of course most of them were children.
Before summer vacation starts, we invited university students to come and study with us the scripture at the church building which we also called the Bible study center for the students on weekdays. We have three groups that came one in the morning another in the afternoon and another batch in the evening. Majority of these students are Catholics others have denominational background that are seeking for the truth, as a result of this studies three souls were baptized one in the morning, in the afternoon and another in the evening.
On March 17, Lorraine Esposo and Zenaida Dumandan accepted the Lord through baptism, they had been coming to the congregation for 5 about months now. Lorraine is Charles school mate.
On March 18, right after the midweek service two souls decided to accept the Lord and we had their baptism, Melanie Sajorda & Maria Christina Boquiron. Both are housewive, Melanie with three children and Christina with two children, one her own and one adopted.
March 20 Friday, after a short follow up Bible study in barangay malipay,two young ladies accepted the LordRubilyn Montilla & Ruby Lauder. Rubilyn a high school student and Ruby is a saleslady.
4th Sunday of March, after the preaching 7 youth came forward to accept Christ through baptism, they had been attending the seekers class every Sunday morning Bible studies. Mark Anthony Go is Michael’s classmate, 2nd year Accountancy, Ed M. Borogan, Marvin Enriquez, Myrene B. De Asis, Ayesa Mae Jean F. Sinoy, Myrell D. De Asis, Vladeriza L. Digno are high school students at MuntinlupaNationalHigh school, all of them lived in Barangay malipay except for Mark.
April 1-4 The Medical Mission team has invited us to join them in Ilo-Ilo, Sarah and I went there to help. The medical mission went well; it has served two towns San Miguel and LaPaz and has treated more than two thousand people, Circumcision for the boys, consultation dental and medical with free medicine. The patients flow from registration to the pharmacy was well organized. The patient goes to registration, then acquiring the vital sign (blood pressure, weight, etc..), thento the counseling area (spiritual side), then to the doctors or dental or circumcision area, then finally to the pharmacy distributing free medicine. Sarah was assigned to help at the Vital signs area, while I am assigned to help in counseling. Ronnie Borridas after studying with a number of preachers and teachers during the duration of the Medical mission accepted the Lord through baptism, he was baptized in port San Pedro it was dark about 7:30 in the evening and after baptism my feet had several cuts due to sharp shells and coral reefs. Then on the second night of the medical mission I spoke during devotional, and it always feels good to share the word of God especially knowing that it is appreciated by the audience.
We left IloIlo April 4 then in the morning April 5 is the first Sunday of the month and we had our regular luncheon fellowship after the morning services in Muntinlupa. God has blessed the congregation with a digital projector and a lap top computer. I was excited because that was the first time that we were going to use it. After the message 5 teen-agers forwarded to confess their faith and their desire to accept Him as their savior through baptism, so right after the morning service we proceeded to baptism, at the same swimming pool that allows us to use their pool for baptism. Naressa V. Atrehenio, Diana V. Dahonan, Analyn S. Fuster, Sean Michael C. Baquiton, Allan S. Fuster III,three of them are out of school youth.
Then in the morning April 6, Sarah had her oath taking ceremony at the MOA Mall of Asia, a huge function hall by the seaside.
Then on April 8-11, the young people of Muntinlupa attended the Metro wide YouthCamp held annually, the venue this time is in Norzagaray Bulacan,it was hosted by the Kalookan congregation. It was attended by about 300 campers, Muntinlupa sent 30 campers, and Daet church of Christ in bicol where my dad is preaching sent 12 campers. 22 souls were baptized in this activity, two of them were from Muntinlupa congregation (Justin & Pearl Joy Esteban) and one from Daet congregation (Joy Sarical). I facilitated a debate for the young people with the proposition: “Should Christian Marry a Christian” the debate was very informative and enjoyable especially for the new Christians.
The Lord has blest Muntinlupa congregation of additional 23 souls (Mark David Yutok, Melchor Nunez,Glenda Loresca, Lorraine Esposo, Zenaida Dumandan, Melanie Sajorda,Maria Christina Boquiron, Rubilyn Montilla, Ruby Lauder, Mark Anthony R. Go, Ed M. Borogan, Marvin Enriquez, Myrene B. De Asis, Ayesa Mae Jean F. Sinoy, Myrell D. De Asis, Vladeriza L. Digno, Naressa V. Atrehenio, Diana V. Dahonan, Analyn S. Fuster, Sean Michael C. Baquiton, Allan S. Fuster III, Justin Esteban & Pearl Joy Esteban), 3 of them are out of school, two housewives, and 18 students. We hope and pray that they would grow mature into Christ and be leaders of the church in the future.
Sarah took the board exam last November 2008, the board was released February 2009 she passed the board with an average of 83%, She registered last March as Nursed her license will be released on May, she had her oath taking April 6, She is applying for a job abroad however most of it requires experience, she applies to the local hospital to gain experience but it is “freeze hiring” today, however they want her to complete the requirements and submit it to them for file when hiring resumes. She is completing AsianHospital requirements for employment, right now she is undergoing “IV Therapy” training and has to complete 24 cases which will be scheduled by the Hospital, then after that she has to take the Red Cross’ Training on “Basic Life Support System” then she can submit her application to AsianHospital and MuntinlupaMedicalCenter. I thought after graduation she will be ready to work, she still has to undergo different trainings which she is now completing, hopefully it will be done in time with God’s blessings. She is also surfing in the internet for job hunting.
In His service,
Greg Gallardo, Jr.
Sta. Lucia Church of Christ Update:
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
We are happy to inform that there were two souls who obeyed the Gospel. One is Quenie Tomarce, daugter of Elsie Tomarce and the other one is the sister of Prince Torres named Angela. She’s 17 years old. They were baptized at the youth camp. I am happy for them. I know that they are still young but we will do all our best to guide them.
We have an attendance of 22 adults 3 of them were visitors and 10 kids, over all 33.
Bro. John Handford delivered the mesage and I handled the Bible study.
May our God guide you and your family and shower you His blessings!
Your brother in Christ,
Sta lucia Church of Christ
Marikina and Balubad churches of Christ:
We experienced the growth in numbers of the church at Twinville, Balubad area in Marikina City after many baptisms last month. The work has just started in equipping new babes in Christ to grow them in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Two more souls have been added by the Lord in His Body at Twinville last April 7. Bernie Bernados and Madel Luzaran decided to obey the Lord in baptism. They were immersed by brother Danni in a drum full of water. They are both faithfully attending worship service at Twinville.
Annual Youth CAMP…
“Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leader” is this year theme at annual Metro wide youth camp. The annual event was hosted by the brethren in Caloocan congregation. It was held at Bulacan area, a 2 hour drive from Cubao. The Cubao and Marikina youth joined the 4 day (April 8 to 11) event and they are all renewed in their faith and have become closer to one another.
Youth Summer Bible School…
In order to equip the youth in Balubad area, brother Danni decided to start the Youth Summer Bible School (YSBS) in the said area. It was a daily class with a daily examination after every lecture. The youth enjoyed the everyday class since it was their summer vacation. They also have their lunch fellowship in order to build a good relationship with one another.
The YSBS brought another soul into God’s family when the Lord added JR ABELLA and brother Danni baptized him for the forgiveness of his sins last April 17.
Campaign for CHRIST…
Another campaign for Christ was held in Palosapis area and it was hosted by Cubao Church last April 19. The event is part of Metro Manila Churches of Christ cooperation in seeking the lost. More souls showed interest in receiving free Bible correspondence courses and some decided to have home Bible studies. The Cubao brethren prayed that they will continue to study the Word of God.
Leaders also held their monthly meeting to discuss, reviewed the past activities and the up-coming activities around Metro Manila.
Update in Cubao & Marikina …
In Cubao, we continue to follow-up all enrolled in Bible correspondence courses. We also decided to conduct VBS on the month of May and we will be hosting youth fellowship at Ecology Park in Quezon City.
In Marikina, the on-going YSBS encouraged more youth in the area and some of them attended Sunday service. Last April 30 Brother John Hanford from Alabama together with his wife Cherry were the guest Bible teachera on our Thursday class in Balubad area. We will also conduct VBS on the month of May at Friendship Road and at Twinville.
Wichita, Kansas Update:
We had wonderful fellowship and Bible studies at the Kingsley house. Dale Kingsley led the Bible study with Tim O’Neal and Derrin Dopps for the adult classes and Rose Shady helped with the children’s class.
Through this effort, Rhoderick and Carmela Buranday obeyed the gospel and put Christ in their lives through baptism. We rejoiced in the decision that they made. We pray that we can help them mature as Christians.
Also, on April 24-25, the Metro Manila Ministries participated in selling products from the Philippines at the Women Walking with God Conference at Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas. It was a successful event. We learned a lot from the speakers and met a lot of women from various walk of life. Thanks a lot for the brethren from Northside for allowing us to be part of the conference.