Cubao and Marikina Update
By: Danni de Vera
A year after the devastating flood cause by typhoon “ONDOY” still no statistic can capture the cost to human life, the toll on emotions and the little heroics that will forever etch in the memories of this generation of Filipinos. Slowly many Filipino’s are still trying to recover, in Marikina alone the damages is approximately 10 billion pesos.
Our brethren in Marikina continue to serve our God, the God who never leaves us nor forsake us.
Last September 1 three young girls age 11 and 12 decided to be immersed for the forgiveness of their sins. All of them grew in Sunday school and knows the scriptures well. They receive their first tagalong Bible after their baptism. They are faithfully attending Bible studies and worship service every Sunday. We are praying for these three young girls for their spiritual growth.
To Seek & Save is one of the greatest responsibilities that we can be proud of. This month we started our campaign at Camia Street in Twinville. Majority of the children studying in our tutorial center at Twinville lives in these areas. Also our Wednesday groups Bible study in Balubad Phase 1 are going strong.
Distributing flyers in market area is one of our regular means of reaching the lost souls. We also conduct door knocking and interview evangelism.
Bro. Danni teaching Parable of the Sower makes the brethren of Cubao realized what kind of soil are they. These parables wake us all to be more faithful to the works of the Lord.
A parent meeting was held in Twinville and at Friendship road. Brother Danni teaching the way of salvation before the meeting started. This one way we can teach other parents who do not have time to attend group Bible study. Bro. Mike discusses the improvement of their children and their progress at tutorial center.
Please see more pictures of September 2010 mission work at the following sites:
Wichita, Kansas Update
The Friday night Bible Study and fellowship resumed in September with different speakers giving devotionals every week. The topic for this season is about “Faith and Actions”. We will be done 3rd week of November and will resume again in January. It was really good convictions for Christians and non-Christians alike on how we can practice our faith and put them into works. Thank you to all who participated and spoke and those who made this season very successful with an attendance ranging from 15-30 each week. God is good and He is in control with this
Asian Festival Fundraiser:
We have a great fundraiser at the Asian Festival in Wichita, Kansas on October 30, 2010. Mylene, Philip, Matthew and Remy together with some donated Filipino desserts from Carmela and Tess sold a lot that evening for their funds to go to the Philippines next summer of 2011. We also sold crafts from the Philippines. It was a great turnout that we will double the selections of food next year! Thanks for all those who helped make this a successful one!
DE CASTRO COC UPDATE
We had a bloodletting project last october 16 in cooperation with other congregations around Manila and MARCH Medical Mission. The Philippine Red Cross conducted the said bloodletting at Samar COC, Quezon City.
As reported by Bro. Raj Buo in his
The donated blood is intended to help fellow brethren in the future in case they need blood especially during dengue season. The Philippine Red Cross issued card for each donor and Bro. Raj will be keeping it for future use.
Hopefully the blood will not be used by the brethren but if it is needed then there are about 17 bags available for ready use.
Big thanks to all those who supported this event.
During our meeting with Bro. Raj Buo and Bro. Sonny Catalan, they mentioned that Kapitolyo COC needed help since they do not have a full-time preacher and minister. The first plan was to preach there in the morning and then preach at De Castro in the afternoon. But then we thought that why not merge both congregation to uplift both congregation.
Without delay, I met with Bro. Jun Cayanan and talked about the possibility of merging both congregation. He was very excited and relieved that they would finally have a full-time worker to take care of the congregation. He then relayed the plan to Kapitolyo COC.
As a preliminary meeting with the men of Kapitolyo, I was invited to preach there last october 10 where I preached about Reviving their Commitment to the mission and vision of the church.
After preaching there, I reported to De Castro congregation about what we talked with the men of Kapitolyo. We immeidately planned our first joint fellowship which was held last October 24 at De Castro. After worship we had lunch fellowship and celebrated the birthday of Borgy the son of Bro. Cezar Ola.
We also had a meeting about the merging. There were about 8 men during the meeting.
I also preached at Twinville COC last October 17 and I was asked to talk about giving. After the worship we had lunch fellowship and I was given the chance to fellowship with the brethren in Marikina.