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Upcoming Mission Trip:

 

It’s time again and go! Our team of four people will be leaving on January 2, 2020 until January 24th. Our team consists of Barrion Palmer from Alabama. He will be there for only two weeks, Carolynn Porterfield from Florida, Dale and Remy Kingsley from Wichita, Kansas. We will be doing the following outreaches:

  • We expect to treat 1000 patients through medical, optical and dental missions in 5 different places in Manila, Batangas, Calamba and Leyte.
  • Teach Bible Studies in different congregations
  • Help and Preach during Sunday worship
  • Feeding programs
  • Distribute Bibles, school supplies, and clothes in different locations as an outreach of the churches
  • Teach songs to the kids in 4 tutorial classes at different congregations.   
We thank God for allowing us to do His will and be blessing to those around us. Please pray for the success of this mission trip and our safety as we go and spread His seed!

 

 

 

Barrion Palmer from Alabama

Barrion Palmer from Alabama

Carolynn Porterfield from Florida

Carolynn Porterfield from Florida

Dale and Remy Kingsley from Kansas

Dale and Remy Kingsley from Kansas

 

 

Twinville and Friendship Road Churches of Christ
Bro Danni, Nonoy, Eileen, Rose and Elena are always busy working for Lord’s Kingdom. They are teaching children in the tutorial, visiting brethren, teaching the parents at tutorial, doing outreaches like feeding program, giving physical needs of those in need and having Bible studies to those willing to study.Danni baptized brothers Ian and Greg and five more souls from June to September. It is blessed to see how God is working in His Kingdom and how these workers are tirelessly giving their time effort to sow the seeds in the Philippines.
Brother Danni has a new grand daugther named Dainna Anastasia.We congratulate him and his wife for their new blessing.
Please pray for the work over there and for their health also as they serve the people in Marikina City.
Danni teaching the children in Balubad

Danni teaching the children in Balubad

Pupils during the Filipino Week at the Tutorial Center

Pupils during the Filipino Week at the Tutorial Center

Nonoy and Danni visiting a member of the church

Nonoy and Danni visiting a member of the church

Baptism of Ian

Baptism of Ian

Baptism of Greg

Baptism of Greg

 

 

Calamba church of Christ

 

Brother Jonathan is still busy working at the Calamba church. He is still a part time driver and takes care of his family as a widowed man. This month he took the opportunity to join the men to have a retreat in Baguio City for spiritualrenewal. More of the church members are also getting involved with the church in teaching the children and spreading God’s Word in that area. Please pray for them as they continue to be a blessing in the Calamba, Laguna.

 

 

Bro. Jonathan preaching at the church

Bro. Jonathan preaching at the church

During Sunday School for Children

During Sunday School for Children

fellowship meal

fellowship meal

 

 

DREAMLAND MINISTRIES

 

The ministry in Dreamland is growing as more people are being involved in many ways. They are beautifying the area by
planting new plants around . They are also building nipa huts for visitors to stay in for a night. It is just a simple one but can
accommodate people to stay a night or for a rest. They are still harvesting coconuts and other crops to sell. They are also
hosting retreats for all ages and promoting Dreamland that people can use for activities. They will be hosting the medical
missions near there in January 2020. Please pray for this ministry as it continues to grow.

 

 

Bro Jun opening the coconut

Bro Jun opening the coconut

Beautification of Dreamland

Beautification of Dreamland

trail on the way to dreamland

trail on the way to dreamland

Nipa Hut in Dreamland

Nipa Hut in Dreamland

Do you want to rest here and rent it?

Do you want to rest here and rent it?

 

Sta Lucia Church

 

Sta. Lucia Church celebrated their 8th
Anniversary last month. They are thriving as a
church. Bro. Mike (while working in a call
center at night) continues to study with the
parents of the tutorial kids while Prince and
Sis. Beth are busy teaching the children at the
Creative Children’s Tutorial Center. Please
pray for their strength physically and spiritually
as they continue to spread the gospel in the
Pasig area.

Mike teaching the Tutorial Parents

Mike teaching the Tutorial Parents

Tutorial Activties

Tutorial Activties

8th Anniversary of the church

8th Anniversary of the church

 

PAYATAS OUTREACH

 

The Payatas outreach is doing well with Bro.
Felipe teaching the future preachers in their
outreach there. Sis. Clarita manages the
sewing classes, cooking classes and the Early
education classes. They involve members
who are willing to do outreach by teaching and
serving people in Payatas. They will be hosting
another medical missions in January 2020 to
outreach the poor people in that area. Prayers
needed as they continue the work there.

 

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Feeding Program for kids

Feeding Program for kids

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kids learning about Jesus

kids learning about Jesus

 

 

 

 

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Twinville/Friendship Road:

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Danni & Steve continue to work hard at Friendship Road coC and Twinville coC as well as in the Balubad area.  Adult Bible studies are on-going with the current topic being studied of Eternity.  The Tutorial classes at both locations are going strong and the children are learning memory versus as well as their ABC’s utilizing Biblical names and places.  They are working currently on their science and math centers.  Meanwhile worship in the new location for Twinville continues to be a blessing for the congregation.  Training of young men and women to be a part of the ministry and future leaders of the church is ongoing with all recently visiting and encouraging brethren in Balubad and Dona Petra.

Please continue to pray for Danni, Steve and both congregations as they continue worshiping and outreach for the kingdom in their respective areas of Friendship Road and Balubad communities.

Calamba/Jonathan Faldas:

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Brother Jonathan is very busy working at Calamba, Calawan and Dreamland.  He continues to encourage the young brothers and sisters at the Calawan congregation while ministering to our church family at Calamba.  Tutorial classes at Calamba are going well with a good group of students.  Meanwhile, the adult parents of the students are going through Bible studies during class sessions, learning about our Father in heaven.  Enrollment for the tutorial classes and the orientation went well in June.

Meanwhile, brother Jonathan attended the Tanicil Lectureships with several other congregations.  Attendance of 50 at the lectureships provided encouragement for all.

Work at Dreamland continues as they develop the land and utilize the facilities for events.  Young brothers and sisters attended the youth retreat at Dreamland and were greatly encouraged all the while being trained in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Please continue to pray for Jonathan and his work as well as his family as he continues to raise his children.

Manila School of Evangelism:

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Felipe and Clarita Cariaga are currently on furlough in the United States visiting supporting congregations and individuals as well as family.  They started on the west coast and are currently on the east coast before returning to the Philippines.  By all accounts, they are enjoying their visits and have been greatly encouraged by friends and family in the U.S.

Before leaving for the United States, they were working hard at MSE as well as Payatas.  Training continues at both locations as they are helping train future church leaders and preachers.

Please pray for Felipe and Clarita during their time here as well as safe travels back home.  Prayers are requested for the students and workers at MSE and Payatas.

 

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Fruitful Mission Trip in the Philippines (February-March 2007)
Sorry for the delay in the posting of this blog. Philip and Remy just got back for a month-long mission trip to the Philippines on March 12, 2007. The rest of the group left Feb 26, 27, and March 1st. The group went to the Philippines on Feb 12 with 3 layovers (Minneapolis – Detroit – Nagoya, Japan). It was a long trip (28 hours with layovers) but we made it safely. There’s a group of 6 of us (minus Darrell Oakley) who went first since he did not get his passport on time. We got there Feb 13th late at night and by the time we got to the condo it was already Feb 14th early morning (around 1 am). We were met by a group from Cubao church of Christ and we’re happy to see them. With all the jet lags and time changes, it was a challenge for us to adjust to the new time and culture. We went to work that night on different churches for their devotional. Larry and Brandon Crosby went to Muntinlupa church (with Greg getting them from the Condo) and Gabriel Yankey spoke at Marikina church for their devotional while the rest of us met the children and brethren over at the Marikina church.

Feb 15th, is our tour around Manila area. The group visited the Manila School of Evangelism where they house single student preachers and teach them to be future preachers for the Lord. It was a great visit with Felipe Cariaga (head of the preaching school), the students, and the missionaries. We, then, proceeded to see the sights around the city and enjoyed the sceneries around. One thing for sure is the traffic is endless! We also shopped for food items in a grocery store for the relief mission in Bicol. We were also invited by some brethren from Marikina to eat dinner with them at the “Palaisdaan sa Dampa”, a Filipino term meaning Fishery at the Hut. We ate a lot of seafood including seaweed and squid! It is a full day but it was fun!
On Feb. 16th, Larry and Greg went to Muntinlupa to visit church members and did some home Bible studies while the rest of the group packed the relief goods that we bought the day before, distributed tracts, visited church members, and invited people in nearby places for the gospel meeting on Saturday, Feb. 17th. We went to a depressed area where we saw eager people and kids to come study God’s Words. It was such a blessing to see these happy people in spite of their hardship in life! Also that night, we went to attend a funeral of a 9-year old boy(he attended our children’s class 2 years ago). He fell from the stairs head on first which I call “death trap house”. Their living condition is beyond compare that I think is avoidable if they have the resources to fix the house. He is in God’s hands now and the Lord knows best.





Feb. 17th is really a busy day for all of us. Larry, Gabriel, Brandon, Philip and I went to the university to be part of the campus ministry. Gabriel spoke about “Love, Courtship, and Marriage” while Larry spoke about “Family Values”. There were around 140 college students that listened to the lectureship. Brandon, Philip, and I were in-charged of the sign-up table and handed them some WBS tracts and surveys. It was a great afternoon since the students learned on how to deal with families the Christian way. Gabriel, Philip, and I proceeded to Marikina church to conduct the gospel meeting. Andrea taught around 120 kids for the childrens’ day. It was amazing on how the kids are so enthusiastic in learning the Word of God! As a result of the gospel meeting, 2 precious souls came forward to accept Christ as their Saviour. Aimee is Bible student of Danni and constant church goer in Marikina. Patrice, who is my niece, also put on Christ in baptism. We’ve been communicating through e-mails over the years and she decided to finally give herself to the Lord! What a blessing for me to see one of my relatives accept Christ in her life.


On Feb. 18th, Larry, Brandon, Philip, and I went to Muntinlupa church to worship with them while Gabriel preached at Cainta church. It was so nice to see other Christians in that area and see how the Lord is blessing the church. We had good fellowship meal after church. I taught the Ladies Class – “Created to be His Help Meet” and Larry taught the Men’s Class about “Leadership”. After Class, we have another meal! We just keep eating and eating! (one of the Filipino culture about being hospitable). Also seen in the picture is their library of books provided by Northside church (were sent to them 2 years ago).

Out-of-Town Trip Begins:
Feb. 19th We started our journey 5 am in the morning for a 12-hour trip to Bicol. There were 16 of us travelling including the drivers. We started the day with a prayer. We hired 2 vans (15-passenger seats) – one for the relief goods that we’re bringing and one for all the passengers. Along the way, we saw some wondrous creations of the Lord – from oceans to mountains and countryside rice fields. How wonderful God has made them all! We stopped by Naga church of Christ. They are gracious enough to host dinner for us. Such wonderful visit with Christians in that area. We got to the motel around 7 pm and had our devotional before heading to bed.

Feb. 20th We woke up early in the morning with a sight of this breathtaking volcano called “Mayon”. It is such an experience seeing how God created such beautiful but powerful volcano. Mayon is one of the wonders of the world for its almost perfect cone! We prayed before we went to give a little joy to those who were devastated by this powerful creation! There were 2 barangays (small towns) where we went to unload the sacks of food and clothing – Barangay Bacacay and Bogtong. With the destruction comes hope! Two churches were established on these places. With the small help we can give them, 5 souls followed Christ. It shows that God works in the hearts of those who are willing to obey Him. With such an experience, we come to realize that we really need to share God’s word even more to those who don’t know Him because our lives can be taken any time, any place. With those who survived, life goes on. Please see pictures of those makeshift housing (a house that used to be a pig pen) and one that they cleaned the sand around the houses. We can’t imagine living that way but to them that is their home and the only thing left that they possess here on earth.








Feb 21st We started our day early for another travel to Batangas City. (I did not sleep well last night thinking about those people that are left behind by their families and how they will survive after the calamity. I think of their precious souls and how we can reach out more. I know the Lord has plans for us but I know we can do better in spreading the gospel to them and I believe that the Lord is using each of us to be a minister to them in even a small way). It is a 10-hour drive this time. It is 2-hour drive south of Manila. The brethren over in Lipa City, Batangas met us together with Darrell Oakley who finally made it the day before. We’re glad to have him on board. We ate at McDonald (yeah to the All American favorites) and headed to the hotel for a night rest. We had our devotional that night and some of us enjoyed the facilities but others hit the sack early.


Feb 22nd We were invited for a breakfast meal at the brethren’s house before heading north to Baguio City. Every meal seems to be a feast! They are so accommodating that you feel the Christian love in them. Everybody is so hospitable. After breakfast, we went to see the place where one of their outreach churches was. We unloaded another 50 sacks of food for the poor brehtren in that area. They were happy to receive the goods that we brought them. Just a small help we can give them. We then, headed north to Angeles church of Christ where the Philippine Bible Institute is located. We got to visit with the students and teachers over there for an hour. We left headed for a 6-hour drive to the mountains. We arrived in Baguio City around midnight and went to bed.



Feb. 23rd Early morning cool breeze is a refreshing welcome to us (Wow! It is cooler here – maybe around 50-60 degrees F at night and around 70 F in the daytime). A total change of hot and humid weather that we got used to for a week. Erwin Panday, a minister of one of the churches over there met us at Burham Park and immediately put us to work. We distributed World Bible School tracts to the people around the park and asked if they would like to sign up for Bible study courses. There were thousands of people at the park that day since it is the “Panagbenga Festival” which means Flower Festival. We met a lot of people and signed up as many as we can. Our group was so privileged to meet the church over there with their enthusiasm is spreading God’s Word. We really encouraged by them. After lunch, we have a chance to shop for native products around the area. There were many handcrafts that were made by the native people over there. Around 4 or 5 in the afternoon, we headed to the Baguio School of Preaching where we met some more students and the guys set up the pingpong table and played until 8 at night. We had our devotional at 9 pm and went to bed after that. Lights out!




Feb 24th All set to go back to Manila early in the morning. We went to go back down to Manila around 8 am. We stopped at Kennon Road Lion’s Rotary Club where a face of a Lion and sceneries of the mountains are. Also, for last minute shopping for those who has not shopped the day before. On our way down, we wanted to stop by a beach area. We accidentally stopped by San Fabian Church of Christ and they accommodated us quickly for breakfast! It was a treat to see thema nd fellowship with them. They have a preaching school and we met the students and showed us their building and what they do over there. At the back of the house is the Pacific Ocean. Brandon and Philip immediately searched for shells or anything they can find in the beach. Unfortunately, it is not so conducive for swimming. We stayed there until noon and headed back to Manila. We got to the condo around 6 pm and rested the rest of the day.

Feb. 25th It is worship time! Gabriel was picked up by Sonny Catalan to preach in Antipolo church. Greg Gallardo picked up Darrell Oakley to preach and teach in Muntinlupa church while the rest of us went to Marikina church. Larry Crosby preached the morning service while Andrea McMinn taught the children while Brandon and Philip assisted her with the other memebers of the church. We had a lunch fellowship after that and Remy taught the ladies about prayers in the afternoon. The rest of the day is a”free day” for the rest of us while Darrell and Gabriel did some more teaching and visiting members. We learned that another soul from Muntinlupa church submitted herself to the Lord and Darrell has the privilege to baptize Adela Borja. It was a great day for all of us!

Feb. 26th Larry & Brandon Crosby and Andrea McMinn left for the airport at 2 am for their 7:30 am flight. Danni de Vera and Remy Kingsley took them to the airport. Around 9 am, Gabriel Yankey and Remy Kingsley went to Angeles City church of Christ for the Philippine Mission Workshop. Unfortunately, Darrell can’t make it since he was sick. He stayed at the condo to recuperate. The workshop was uplifting for us seeing all the brethren in the Philippines being united to glorify God. After we sang songs of praise, the leaders discussed about facts on growth of the churches of Christ in the Philippines and how they can improve it. They also broke us into groups and discussed how we are blessed in our ministries. It was so neat to see how the Lord is working in each of the ministries we are in. The fun part is getting to know different Christians from different places. One thing for sure is that we serve the same God that love and provide for us wherever we are. Gabriel and Remy left around 5 pm and was glad to see Darrell feel better.

Feb. 27th Gabriel left at 2 am for his 7:30 am flight. Danni de Vera took him to the airport. We said goodbye to him the night before so we can have a little bit of a rest that night. Darrell, Remy, and Philip continued the work in the morning. They went to see James and his family to give them some things. James, is a 12-year old boy who has not been in school because he is poor. He lives in a landfill turned into housing. He lives with 2 more of his sibling and his parents in a 12 feet by 6 feet makeshift housing. One day, he was invited by a church member from Marikina church of Christ to attend Sunday school. He was so enthusiastice about hearing it that he invited some more of his friends. From then on, he invites a crowd full of kids and they walk 3 miles and stop along the way to invite more of his friends to go to church with him. They are there every Sunday before 9 am ready to listen to the Word. The church touched by him and his leadership that they are going to send him to school and we pray that he’ll be a good leader of the church someday. After visiting them, we went to visit some more brethren and gave some things for them. It was an emotional day for us to see how happy they are for the little we can give them. God is good. He provides every little things we need here on earth.





Feb. 28th Darrell’s last day in the Philippines so we treated him by riding the jeepney and tricycle rides. It was an experience for him. We then met a sister-in-Christ that’s needing advice. We tried to counsel her and we pray that it helped her in her decisions to live for Christ. At around 6:30 pm, Danni de Vera picked us up to go the devotional at Cubao church. Darrell shared about “Loving Each Other”. It was a very good, convicting topic. We went home around 8 pm.The day went so fast. Around 10 pm, Greg and Fe Gallardo, arrived at the condo and visited some more with us. They took Darrell to the airport at 2 am for his 7:30 am flight the following day.

March 1st Remy studied with her aunt about the gospel when she woke up in the morning. It was a great joy whe she decided to put on Christ in baptism. Danni de Vera, a preacher from Cubao baptized her at the condo pool. My brother together with other members of the Marikina and Cubao church attended this wonderful day! My aunt has been a great help to us over the years whenever we visit. She saw the lives that we live and we communicate once in a while through phone or letters. God has plans for her life and we’re happy that she obeyed Christ. She is 68 years old.

March 2-4 Philip and Remy went to Davao City to visit Remy’s friends on March 2nd. It is in the southern island of the Philippines. They were hosted by the Christians over there for a night. They appreciated their hospitality.They flew to Cebu the next day (which is the middle island of the Philippines) to visit her missionary friends. They were met by Bernie Cal and company (Christian teachers for the school there). They got to stay at the Cariagas’ house. Remy has been communicating with them for several years now and this is the first time to meet them personally. Philip enjoyed playing with Luke, their 13-year old son. They were so accommodating that we felt at home.

On March 4th, Sunday, we worshipped with the Christians over there. The singing was great and we really enjoyed fellowshipping wih them. I taught the ladies class and presented them a book “Created to be his Help Meet” by Debi Pearl for their library. We also met the orphans who lost their parents from a mudslide in Leyte (another island south of Luzon) 2 years ago. We felt their pain but we know they are here for a reason. They are now living and studying in Butuan City where Sunrise Christian College is located(a church of Christ College). We went back to Manila that afternoon.

This has been a good experience for all of us. We have touched so many lives and they touched ours. We encouraged churches, nine souls put on Christ, new churches were established in the disaster areas, and planted the seeds in 3 islands of the Philippines. We pray that many more will be saved through Him. Thank you so much for those people who supported us in this effort. May the Lord continue to bless all of you as you bless others.

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Marikina and Cubao church of Christ Update:
“We have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Sharing good things to neighbors and the less fortunate are one of the responsibilities of the true Church. Before the year ends, the Church in Cubao and Marikina do the works of Jesus in giving happiness to their neighbors.
The Church in Cubao and in Marikina are doing their very best to do well unto all men, especially unto the household of God.
N.E.W.S …
Last December 8 & 9, National Evangelism Workshop Seminar was held at Metro Manila Church of Christ chapel in Samar Avenue, Q.C. The brethren around Metro Manila and brethren from northern and southern part of the Philippines attended the two days workshop and seminar. This year theme “The Lesson and the Evangelist” was timely for the goal of Churches of Christ to bring the Body of Christ into next level. Each participant brought their own evangelism lesson that they are using in teaching the lost souls. The brethren were divided into five groups and on the spot they created a good lesson out of their personal evangelism lesson. The judges will then choose the best lesson to be used by Church of Christ
after it was delivered by a preacher. Brother Danni delivered lesson 1 the Bible and it was chosen as the best lesson 1. The third lesson, the Church created by brother Danni’s group was also chosen as the best lesson 3. There are four lessons (The Bible, The Fall of Man and Saving Grace of God, The Church in the New Testament and the State of Man) chosen by the judges that can be used in teaching the lost souls. The brethren prayed that God will bless every work of the Churches of Christ in the Philippines.
Alis lungkot…bigay saya at Cubao
The spirit of love abounds in the heart of the Cubao brethren in doing such program of giving happiness to the less fortunate people. Last December 17 after worship service they distributed goods and toys to all the kids. Brother Danni preaches about “Why We Need a Savior?” It was a wonderful feeling seeing the smile on their face as they receive the goods and especially the happy faces of the children upon receiving the toys. The brethren are hoping that they can encourage the parents to have Bible studies on their home.
Mailing evangelism at Marikina…
In Marikina the workers continue to reach the lost by doing the mailing evangelism system wherein they put leaflets and invitation for Bible studies at every house they passed. They prayed that more souls will respond on their effort to reach the lost souls.
ALIS LUNGKOT..BIGAY SAYA AT MARIKINA
It’s time for the Marikina brethren to praise and give thanks to our Almighty God for all the blessings they have received from above. Last December 21 the brethren invited all the kids around neighborhood as well as their parents to worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth. The guest speaker brother Limuel Lucena of Manila Church of Christ spoke about the “What is the True meaning of Giving thanks to God.” After worshipping the Lord in Spirit and Truth, fellowship with meals followed. Then the brethren distributed goods to each family (74 families) and toys to every kid (170 kids), the brethren are so blessed in doing such good things to all men and see the joys on every faces of everyone. The workers will then visit every family they contacted on the first month of the year 2007. The brethren also give thanks to all the brethren who help this program in reaching the lost souls possible. They all knew that GOD will bless those who send their big help for doing this kind of charity works. Praise God!
YEAR end OVERNIGHT THANKSGIVING PRAYER…
In Cubao, as their preparation for another year of service, they held an overnight prayer with thanksgiving to the Lord. It was a night of strengthening the faith and edifying one another in prayer and devoting themselves in studying the Word of God. Brother Danni spoke about Pressing toward the Goal by being more evangelistic; he also conducted a workshop on how to strengthen the faith of one another. Brother Maurice also led another devotional and
he spoke about “What is the True New Year’s Resolution”. Brother Joel and Steve conducted games at every interval of Bible studies to keep the brethren awake. It was a wonderful fellowship and the brethren give thanks to the Lord and prayed that the Spirit of God will guide and mold them everyday as they face another year of service.

Muntinlupa church of Christ Update:

Attached are some of the pictures taken last January 7, at Muntinlupa Church of Christ meeting place. Church’s picture and some shots of the children and the youth.
Bicol region is one of the places that you are scheduled to visit when you get here. It’s where Mayon Volcano is, a beautiful volcano which almost perfect cone but everytime it erupts leaves a devastating effect. After it erupted a few months ago, we had at least 3 consecutive typhoons which washed the lava and sand from its foot burrying many houses and others spared are half burried in sand and mud. I went with the Medical Mission there which was sponsored by the churches of Christ and the doctors treats many patients, we distributed blankets and mats for them and also gave food, while the preachers encourage them to be strong in their faith in Christ because our real hope is not earthly but heavenly.

Another year has ended and the Lord has opened a new one for us to continue to labor in His vineyard. Here is a brief review of the highlights of the previous work done in Muntinlupa Congregation:

Celebrated the fifth anniversary of the congregation in Muntinlupa January 1, 2006.

We had 11 souls who accepted Christ through baptisms. Diony Salagoste & Nida Asis 1-1-06, Jemelyn Segundo & Maria Fe Jane 1-29-06, Cassandra Masa & Christine Macayan 3-19-06, Jason Estsacio & Dan Apolonia 4-30-06, Ronald Padua 7-29-06, Juan Gutierez 8-29-06, Renaliza Deang 9-10-06.

Officiated four weddings.Diony Salagoste & Gina Asis 1-18-06, Randy Latag & Evelyn Geronimo 2-14-06, Gerry Geronimo & Maricel Arriola 4-27-06, Ronald Padua & Emma Domingo 9-16-06,
February 11, Saturday we conducted a door knocking campaign in Muntinlupa with the help of 7 nearby congregations (Makati, Pasig, Marikina, Pasay, Calookan, Las Piñas, Cubao & Muntinupa). Our main objective is to get as many contact as possible for home Bible studies, along the way we also introduced Bible Correspondence course. As a result we’ve got 145 names for World Bible School correspondence course and 21 Home Bible Studies.

Spoke in different congregations: April 2 Baguio, May 7 Bicol, July 30 Baguio, Dec 24 Bicol. Delivered words of encouragement from the Holy Book, it feels good to be able to strengthen christians to continue their faithfulness to Christ and motivate them to work as a team for Christ.

Comforting the bereaving brethren who have lost their loved ones.
Strengthen the faith of the brethren in the hospital.
Some members in Muntinlupa participated in the annual Ladies Retreat hosted by Bohol congregations.

Sent the young people to the annual Youth Camp to deepen their faith. April 12-15 there were 24 youth campers of Muntinlupa who attended in Bugallon, Pangasinan. I spoke on the third day of the camp and I had a joyful feeling with the positive reactions on the campers, my topic was about “Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Godly Goal”. It surely had an impact on their Christian lives, to be truly dependent on God, and to be example in their way of living as to their attitude, the way they speak, dress, and deal with people of different race and culture.
Attended participated at the Family Camp in Singapore and visited brethren in Malaysia.
Joined the effort of the brotherhood to help those victims of the volcanic eruption and three consecutive typhoons through Medical Mission.

Our goal for this new year is to convert more soul into the Lord, make the congregation grow spiritually and in number. We are also aiming for the church to have its own meeting place this year so that the church can have a permanent address for the meeting place and use the money for building rental into evangelism.

We hope and pray for your continued prayer and assistance until we can be on our own.

In His service,
Greg Q. Gallardo, Jr.

Wichita, Kansas Update:

Baptism:

We are praising the Lord for the decision of Joy Reneike to follow the Lord. She came to our Friday night Bible studies and she’s a sister of a friend of mine. Mickey Saffell, our Friday night Bible teacher has a great influence on her. She invited her to come to Sunday morning services at Central church of Christ. They’ve been friends and talked some more about salvation. She dedicated her life to Christ on January 7, 2007 and was baptized by Rick Cline, a preacher at Central church. The Lord has plans for all of us and we can only spread the seed and let the Lord water it. The angels are rejoicing as many who are lost have been found.

Philippine Mission Team:

The Philippine Mission Team (less Gabriel Yankey who is still in Africa) with their families met at our house on January 23, 2007. We discussed the pre-departure plans, departure, and mission work that we’ll be doing for 2 weeks while we’re there. We also shared with them what to expect, the culture, and a little bit tutorial on the language. We also packed clothes, stuffed toys, materials, and “pasalubongs” (gifts) for family and friends. This will be an experience of a lifetime for all of us and we are excited to help out the Filipino brethrens while we’re there. Please continue to pray as it will be less than 3 weeks from now before we leave. We’ll have more pictures for you next time. (Left to right: Darrell Oakley, Larry Crosby, Philip Kingsley, Brandon Crosby, Andrea McMinn, Remy Kingsley)

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Cubao and Marikina Churches Update:
Last November 4, The Cubao held their Interview and Mailing Evangelism in Project 3 area where the house chapel is located. They left the leaflets at every door steps and mail box of every house they pass. They also interviewed some people who are willing to talk with them regarding the Word of God in the Bible. The brethren also invited some less fortunate families to be with them on December 10 for “Alis Lungkot…Bigay Saya” (remove loneliness…give joy). The brethren were able to invite forty two families who will receive goods, clothes and toys as well as Bible tracts and literatures.
We CARE seminar…
The brethren in Cubao held their We C.A.R.E. seminar last November 5. Brother Danni shared what he learned from the care group of Singapore brethren when he was invited last summer. He mentioned the role of care group in the physical growth of the church as well as in the spiritual growth of each member. He taught the purpose and structure of care group. He challenged the brethren to bring the Lord’s Church into higher level. Questions and answers were held after the lecture of brother Danni. The brethren will discussed more about having care group on their next church meeting.
1st FAMILY CAMP in CubaoThe Cubao brethren held their first annual family camp last November 11 at Antipolo City. It was a two-day camp that gives time for all to grow closer to God and be mature and have the mind of Christ. It was also a time for both men and women to have separate seminars after the family Bible study. Brother Clayton Harrell, a missionary in Cavite City was invited to be the guest speaker for joint Bible study. He spoke the importance and strengthening of family ties.
It was a night of bonding with one another as one big family. After the bonding and dinner the men and women separated for their spiritual food. Brother Marlo and Albert discussed about the importance of family in Christ and how the family become closer to God. After the lectures a workshop for all men was conducted by brother Danni. It was a different workshop that gave the men on how to make a short lesson that can be apply for the growth of the
family. Each of them is allowed to deliver their created lesson for ten minutes. The feedbacks among all men are good and they all like the workshop.
For the women, sister Pinky, sister Nancy and sister Connie were the speakers. They discuss the different topics on the ladies theme for family camp “Strengthening Your Grip on the Family.”
PARENTS DAY AT MARIKINA…
It was a wonderful afternoon for Parent’s and kid’s at Marikina chapel. The Marikina brethren held their parent’s day in order to give chance to know what their kids learned on Sunday class. The parents and kids were given a time for bonding and fellowshipping with one another together with Marikina brethren. Brother Danni is the main speaker during the gospel meeting held for the parents. He spoke about on “How To Have The True Salvation From God.”
After the lecture, the parents were given a form to fill up and write down the names of every member of their family and their complete address. It was also time to distribute claim stub for each family for the coming “Alis Lungkot…Bigay Saya” program of the Friendship Road Church of Christ in Marikina City on December 17. There are fifty eight families attended and the total numbers of attendees reaches one hundred seventy eight people (adults and kids). The brethren are so happy to see all the families which they prayed that all will receive and obey the Lord Jesus. Wichita Connection Update: This year has been a blessing for all of us as we continue to give God the glory and honor. A group of 7 members from the churches of Christ in Wichita is getting ready to go to the Philippines on February 12-26, 2007. The group of 5 people and their families, the Bible study group and friends met at our house on December 31st to send off Gabriel Yankey to do mission work in Ghana, Africa (Jan 2-Jan24) and we showed slides of the work in Africa and the Philippines. We had a good fellowship and enjoyed the food also. Please continue to pray for the mission effort in February. May the blessing of the Lord be with you in 2007.

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Cubao and Marikina churches Update:
The Church in Cubao and in Marikina worked together in showing how the true servants of God serve the Lord with cleanliness physically and spiritually.

One of the happiest moments in the life of the father in prodigal son when his son went back to him. Last October 1 it was Danni’s turn to feel that way when his only son, IDANN DE VERA told him that he wants to be baptized. Brother Danni was rejoicing upon immersing his son in water and he knew that the Father in heaven as well as thousands of angels were rejoicing. The brethren in Cubao and in Marikina praise God for this wonderful event in brother Danni’s life. They all shared happiness by singing praises to the Lord and thanksgiving in prayer.

Metrowide campaign…
The Taguig Church of Christ is this month’s host for the Metrowide campaign held by churches of Christ around Metro Manila in order to promote unity among brethren in the mission of our Lord Jesus. The brethren held this monthly activity to help one another to propagate the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus. They invite people to have home Bible studies and enroll them to a Tagalog or English correspondence Bible lesson.
The brethren praise God over one soul who repented and obeyed God in baptism. Brother Akiles of Taguig baptized his student after the door knocking campaign. The church leaders also held their monthly meeting to discuss plans, activities for the churches of Christ and helping one another grow physically and spiritually. The leaders discussed the new format of radio program “Si Jesus ang Daan” (Jesus is the way) and how to encourage the brethren to support it financially. Brother Danni was assigned as chairman of collection committee for radio program. He was asked by the leaders to create a system on how the collections will work. They also discussed the National Evangelism Workshop Seminar this coming December 8 & 9. They agreed to send invitation by the first and third week of November Nationwide. The leaders also agreed to give the congregational support on or before the next meeting. They all agreed to help one another so that this nationwide seminar will benefit each congregation to enhance the programs and lessons of evangelism in the Philippines. The next meeting will be at Caloocan Church of Christ.
BIBLe STUDIES…
Brother Danni started teaching the Teens Bible study in Marikina chapel every Saturday at 1 p.m. before the IBS class at 3 p.m. There are eleven teens willing to know more on God’s Word. Brother Steve and sister Ging held the kids class also every Saturday.
CAMPUS Campaign…
Brother Danni, Steve and Joel went to Marikina College/High School and encouraged the students to study the Bible through home and correspondence lesson. It was a part of the program by the three brothers in bringing the youth closer to God. They also introduced the tagalog lesson created by brother Danni.
LINIS, GANDA PROGRAM…
The brethren in Marikina held their civic action program around the neighborhood of Marikina Church of Christ in Friendly village. They went out the chapel armed with broomstick and dust pan to sweep the streets around the village as well as the basketball court in order to show that the servants of God are really friendly and willing to serve. As they sweep the streets they also distributed leaflets inviting the neighbors to attend Sunday services. The kids also joined in doing the work and the happy faces continue to shine in each one of them under the scorching heat of the sun.
THANKSGIVING…
The brethren give thanks to the Lord for the second son of Brother Richard and Sister Catherine, who was born last August. They sang praises and offered prayer of thanksgiving to God.
Annual practical Christianity seminar…
The Manila Church of Christ held their annual Christianity seminar last October 31 & November 1. The theme this year was “PAGBABALIK TANAW” (Looking Beyond). The workers of Cubao and Marikina attended the two days seminar which discuss about the book of Peter. Brother Bob Buchanan, Felix Bravo, Ken Wilkey were the guest speakers. There was also a group inter action discussion every after lectures.

Muntinlupa Church of Christ Update: Please continue to include us in your prayer as we are planning to make some improvement in our young people’s activities so that they will be more active in the church. We don’t have youth minister so we help them plan for their activities. The youth have elected their leaders and had planned to continue their regular activities on Sunday afternoon like practice singing on four voices, teaching children and lords table for the ladies because we have divided the children to their age levels on Sunday morning. Leading Bible studies, song leading and delivering sermons for the young men. We also encourage them to invite their friends to join these activities to influence them to Christ. Then they go to the park to get to know each other more and enjoy each others company. We hope that this will develop them to be strong Christians and be of help in the church’s growth.

We are focusing more on Home Bible studies through reference from the members of the church and the campus ministry. Please see some of the picture of our Bible Study program.

I am happy to inform you that Charles Ray Gallardo, the second among our three children, 17 years old, who is studying full time in Philippine Bible College taking Associate in Theology speaks for the first time in the pulpit last October 15, which happen to be my birthday. He talks about the Potter and the Clay, God being the potter and Christians like clay in the hands of God. He hopes to finish this course then continue his studies in Computer.

The youngest among our three children Michael Gallardo, 16 years old who is studying Political Science at Saint Louis University in Baguio City and at the same time a part time student taking Associate in Theology in Philippine Bible College spent his semestral break here in Mutinlupa and delivered his first Sunday message on October 22 which coincidentally happen to be their mother’s birthday (Fe). He discussed about Staying Focus in Christ for Church Growth. Charles Ray and Michael are now back to school for the second semester classes.

My mother Josefina Gallardo who is suffering from kidney, urinal bladder and acute gout is still bed ridden. Aside from the medical expenses, she needs a wheel chair so we could move her outside to at least ease the pain of her sickness. We would appreciate if you could donate a little to buy her a wheelchair and her maintenance medicine. Right now we are working on requirement of the hospital so that she could avail of the Social Services so she could have discount on medicine and laboratories. Next week the Doctor on Cardio Vascular unit of NKTI will decide after we have submitted to her the results of the laboratories if she is ready for the operation. Any amount you could donate for her medical expenses will be highly appreciated.

God has open doors for us to show our faith to him in whatever circumstances we are in, He has given us the opportunities to do good to our fellow Christian in the name of Christ. Let us not be weary doing good for in due time we will reap what we have sown. God bless you all.

In His Service,
Greg Q. Gallardo Jr. Wichita, Kansas Update: We started a Bible study for Filipinos here in Wichita on November 3rd. These are mostly Filipino teachers that have been hired here in Wichita at the beginning of the school year. They were assigned in different schools in USD 259 to fill positions that are hard to fill. Northside church has been helpful in helping them out with their needs like furniture, clothing, etc. They are so happy to have Filipinos around to welcome them here. We want them to feel at home since it is their first experience with the weather and the culture. With the help of Mickey Saffell, member of Central church, and Gabriel Yankey, member of Northside church, the Bible study is really lively. Mickey is an excellent teacher! She uses a lot of visual aids which are very helpful and very informative. We are studying the timeline from Adam to the coming of Christ. We will be studying about the gospel soon. Gabriel has been so helpful in answering questions and teaching them as well. They are so willing to study about the Bible. Please pray for this effort. We can only plant the seed and let the Lord water it.

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Cubao and Marikina church Update:
“I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest.” (John 4:35b). Planting the seeds of God’s Word to every heart of lost souls is a precious responsibilities and devotion in the Vineyard of the Lord. God needs more planters in order to bring much fruits.

Metro Manila Campaigns… The Church in Cubao and Marikina prayed together as they work hard in planting the seeds. They believe that God will water every seeds they planted.Another monthly Metro wide door knocking house-to-house campaign held at Las Pinas City. It was hosted by Church of Christ in Las Pinas. The brethren went two by two’s proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus to everyone in that part of Metro Manila. As the results, the Las Pinas brethren will need to follow-up the souls who show interest in studying the Bible and willing to worship the Lord every Sunday.
A monthly meeting of the preachers in Metro Manila was held after the lunch fellowship provided by the host congregation. The leaders discussed the upcoming National Evangelism Workshop Seminar on December. They all agreed to finalize the committee that will handle on specific task. The regular monthly agenda was also discussed by the leaders and talks more about developing every activity of the Metro Manila Churches of Christ. The leaders also try to figure out on how to encourage some of the preachers who are not participating in monthly activities in bringing the Churches of Christ into next level.
Bible Studies…Brother Danni started teaching the IBS course to some of Cubao brethren. The class started last September 6 and will go on every Wednesday afternoon before the midweek class. The course is designed for the brethren who wants to gain more knowledge and grow spiritually.
Brother Joel and Steve started the office Bible study in some of LOVE electronics branches owned by a brother in Christ. The have class every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Brother Danni started new home Bible study in Quezon City. The class is held every Tuesday afternoon with three housewives studying the Bible with him.

I-Text Campaign…
The brethren in Cubao once again went to a busy streets of Cubao shopping area to distribute flyers of “I-Text Mo…Tanggap Mo” (Text your complete name/address and you will receive Free Bible lesson). It is one of evangelism works of the brethren here in Cubao and Marikina taking the advantage of technology thru SMS. People who receive the flyers and are interested to have the free Bible lesson reply thru SMS on their cell phones. There are souls who responded and they receive the lesson through personal delivery of the brethren. The brethren prayed together that God will bless their works and bring much fruits. They believed that their works are not in vain as God promised in the Bible. “IPIT” Evangelism Introduced…The brethren in Cubao and Marikina decided to do another method of evangelism in reaching the lost souls. It was called by brother Danni as “IPIT” evangelism. The system of “IPIT” evangelism will be done every Saturday morning at around 2 a.m. by brother Willie, an employee of LOVE Electronics Company. He will include the evangelism flyers upon inserting their company advertisement on Sunday newspaper before delivery to news stand in different places.

NEW BABES IN CHRIST…Five more souls were added by the Lord in His Church on the month of September. Last September 2, Vanessa and Eleanor Bacar decided to wash away their sins in baptism.
Last September 23, Nemia Alson, Maritess Gula and Marnelli Ducusin were immersed in baptism by brother Danni for the forgiveness of their sins. Brother Jess Montano helps brother Danni in teaching Nemia and Maritess every Sunday after worship service. Both of them are results of “I-Text Mo Tanggap Mo” evangelism campaign through constand sending of text messages by Danni. Nemia & Maritess attend Sunday services and study the Bible.
Marnelli Ducusin is a result of door knocking campaign in Marikina. She studied with Danni and Steve. She is now worshipping in Marikina . She was a former member of the Mormon church. The brethren are rejoicing for these new souls and pray that they will grow in their spiritual growth.

May our God bless us all as we continue planting the seeds of God’s Word in every heart of lost souls. Muntinlupa church Update: Thank you so much for your prayers James 5:16 tells us “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”.

Month of September was filled with good and sad experiences for us here but with God’s blessings and guidance we keep moving for His glory.

One of the oldest members of church in metro manila brother Serapio Bravo, 98 years old was hospitalized and his family requested to have worship service in the hospital including the other patients within the room was listening to the message from the word of God, he recovered and was back to his house after more than a week’s hospitalization.
This is where we meet in Pacita Complex. It is the kitchen & dining room of a member of the church which we use as meeting place on Sundays. See the attached pictures.
Baptism...One happy moment we have here because sister Renaliza Deang accepted Christ through baptism on September 10, 2006 at Villalim’s swimming pool. She used to be one of my students when I was teaching in Muntinlupa Polytechnic College. She is 25 years old lady who works in an advertising company. Right now she is the only Christian in her family, some of her brothers and sisters are member of other denomination and her fathers is a catholic, we pray and are looking forward into having Bible studies with her family soon.

Wedding…Another happy event in young people’s life is getting married. Bro. Ronald Allan Padua and Sis. Emma Domingo exchange vows last September 16, 2006 at Malakha resort in San Pedro Laguna 2PM. It was a very simple wedding attended by their relatives and close friends but you can see their happiness in their big smiles. Ronald is an engineer working in semicon company Amcor Anam, while Emma used to work in that same company as an operator but has decided to take a break for their wedding. We pray for their marriage to be successful for the glory of God.

Sad event on September 28, we were hit by a super typhoon, it was very strong that Metro Manila was black out no electricity, water and telephone lines were down, streets were flooded, thousand families have either lost their houses or their houses were badly damages, Many big trees were uprooted. In fact in Muntinlupa we have no water and electricity for 6 straight days, mobile phones were usable only till the batteries run out, we don’t have electricity to charge our batteries, some establishments with generators really enjoys it. At this time of my writing some places in metro manila have no electricity but the major areas have been fully restored and back to normal business. In the provinces of Luzon specially in southern part, many places still don’t have electricity because they still have to raise those fallen electrical post, it may take a little longer, however the good thing is they will be changed by new and durable post which will last for a long time.

Another sad thing, my mother who was operated last year with kidney problem has been hospitalized again last September 25 still with that same kidney problem, she was hospitalized for 5 days and my dad and mom decided to go out of the hospital for a number of reasons and one of them is financial, the medical expenses in just a few days is already 35 thousand pesos, we could only help very little because we don’t have much in fact we barely have enough, I wish I am rich so that I can be of help financially. My dad had been a gospel preacher all his life, receives little support and no medical insurance of course just like many local gospel preachers here in the Philippines they wanted also to have such insurances in preparation when they grow old its just that they don’t have the money to pay for it. This incident actually makes me think about our own situation, no insurances in preparation for old age if ever the lord allows me to live long life, its not that we don’t like it but simply we cannot afford it. Right now my mom is at home and we hope and pray that the medicine she is taking would be right to heal her sickness. When we went to Bicol to visit them, along the way we see the effects of typhoon Milenyo, and when we get there and stay for a few days, there was not electricity we were using candle lights, however before we left for Muntinlupa about 80 percent of electrical supply in Daet has been restored.

The van that I am using in our Bible studies and church activities has been needing maintenance for a long time but I don’t have the budget for it, now its injection pump, battery and tires needs replacement, I guess we just have to keep using it until its not usable, the good thing is that in spite of these minor difficulties our congregation in Muntinlupa is doing good with God’s blessings, we just try to do what pleases Him with the hope in our heart that He will always be with us, be protected by His mighty hand and we will all be with Him in due time in His heavenly kingdom.

The Lord is using you to inspire us in many ways to keep us going, thank you and may our Great God continue to bless you always.

In His service,
Greg Q. Gallardo, Jr.

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Philippine Mission Sale Finally Over (Wichita Update): The garage sale for Philippine Mission is finally over. It was held on Sept. 7-9, 2006. It was a huge success! The Lord blessed us with good weather, hardworking volunteers, and many buyers. We made $5,300.00 toward this cause. The Lord is continually blessing us as we continue to spread the gospel in the Philippines. We started working on this project 3 months ago. Volunteers worked hard to prepare for the sale. We collected a lot of “stuff” that we sorted, arranged and priced. We were blessed with good weather on the 3-day sale that we had. It rained a little bit on the last day but not for long and people just kept coming and buying. Thank you so much to those who were involved on this project. We will now start planning for next year’s mission trip. Our God is an awesome God! We give Him all the glory and honor for being so good to us. Please continue to pray as we give the proceeds to the hardworking evangelists who are tirelessly spreading the Word of God and those in need of the funds toward this ministry.
Cubao Church of Christ Update: Hospital Visitation: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matt. 25:40, NIV) Last August 27, the Cubao and Marikina brethren held their annual hospital visitation at National Children’s Hospital in Quezon City. This is the hospital for children needs chemotherapy, blood transfusion, those have been afflicted by acute lungs problem.

The brethren distributed toys and goodies to more than 100 kids and encouraged the parents to study the Bible and have a little prayer for their kids. It was really a hard to see the little children suffering with acute diseases under chemotherapy and operations on their small physical bodies. Tears flow upon seeing a baby Gerald isolated in one room due to acute blood and lungs diseases (sad to say baby Gerald died last Saturday morning). The brethren also decided to have financial contribution for one patient who badly needs chemotherapy.
They prayed in one accord before leaving the hospital that GOD will touch the lives of those kids as well as their parents.
Campaigns for Christ: Another monthly Metro wide door knocking house-to-house campaign was held in Lagro, Quezon City. This month campaign was hosted by the brethren in Lagro under the leadership of Brother Willie Franco. The brethren were divided into five groups and went on different areas to seek and encourage the lost to study the Word of God. This kind of activity brings the children of God not only in unity but closer to one another and to Him. There are sixty precious souls enrolled in correspondence courses after two hours campaign.
In the afternoon, the preachers and leaders have their monthly meeting and they discussed the evaluation of door knocking campaign every month. They all agreed that the host congregation will assign a teacher for the youth and teach the hows of evangelism approach. In preparation for another radio program, brother Randy prepared a one year program for the radio Bible class wherein all the ministers for every congregation has its own participation in teaching the word of God. The leaders agreed to encourage their respective congregation to support the radio ministry financially. Brother Danni suggested that the leaders should encourage every single brothers/sisters by pledging P5.00 (five pesos) every Sunday for the radio ministry. They all agreed to the idea in order to have a constant financial support coming from the brethren. The leaders also discussed the proposed program for this year N.E.W.S. (National Evangelism Workshop Seminar). The NEWS will be held this coming December in order to help all the brethren to bring the Body of Christ in a higher level. The leaders commended brother Randy of Caloocan congregation for the job well done in proposed program of activities for the two days workshop/seminar.
Institute of Biblical Studies: Brothers Randolph Gonce and Roger Wiemers from Nashville, TN. meet brothers Conrado Mapalo of Payatas, Roger Wanasen of Fairview and Danni at Manila hotel in order to introduce the IBS standard curriculum for diploma course. The lesson was designed for all the Christians in order to grow spiritually mature in Christ. The course is focusing about having the attitude of Christ while living in this world.
21st Thanksgiving: “FIT FOR THE MASTER’S USE”is this year’s theme for the 21st thanksgiving of Cubao Church of Christ. The brethren sing praises and pray with thanksgiving to God Almighty. It was a time to evaluate the works and ministry of the church on what accomplishment they have done in bringing glory to God for the past 21 years of serving and praising God. They are all in one accord as they give thanks to God for the Hendersonville Church who faithfully supporting the mission of the church in Cubao. They also mentioned the Rollins and the Kingsley on their thanksgiving prayers.
It was also time to commend the faithful men of Cubao and Marikina Church for edifying and encouraging the brethren on their service to the Lord. Brother Danni gave certificate of appreciation to those faithful men.

Annual Preachers RETREAT…The annual Metrowide/Cavite preachers retreat was held at Camp Jabez in Cavite City last August 25 & 26 and it was hosted by the Cavite Churches of Christ preachers. There were 22 preachers present in this overnight retreat and the theme “Bringing the Church of Christ into next level”. During the retreat a seminar on solemnizing marriage and securing license was conducted by authorized representative of National Statistic Office. It was required by the Philippine government to have the three hours certificate of
Finishing the seminar by the NSO. The preachers proceeded on their workshop and discussion on bringing the Church of Christ on the next level. Many ideas were contributed by every preacher and they discussed the implementation with unity among Churches of Christ in Metro Manila and in Cavite areas.attendance in this seminar in order to secure license to officiating marriage.
May our God bless us all as we continue working together in bringing the Lord’s Church in a higher level. Muntinlupa Church of Christ Update: Every first Sunday of the month, after the Sunday morning service we greet the Birthday and wedding anniversary celebrants with a song. Sarah the oldest among our 3 children visiting us, she is now 3rd year college in Nursing, we hope and pray that she could finish her course on time. Bro. Juan Gutierez’ baptism about 10 in the morning were witnessed by his wife and 3 children. Bro. Juan is a tricyle driver while his wife takes care of their 3 children who are all elementary students.

While we are baptizing bro. Juan Gutierez, Grace Serapio my niece is being operated in Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Las Piñas Metro Manila, the surgeon works on reconstruction of her cleft palate. Right after baptism we went to visit her in the hospital. As you can see in the picture, Grace who just turned 2 years old had her operation and would not want to lie down in bed when she was already conscious and just want to be cuddled just like the other children in the hospital. With God’s blessings she is doing OK and is fast recovering.

As you can see, just like other gospel preachers we fit our Bible Studies time on the availability of Bible students, so that every Sunday I have schedule of Bible study with this girl Liza and her boyfriend Mar. Mar is already a Christian, he was one of my students in college before who had come to accept the Lord as their savior. Next to it is me preaching about Christ as Lord of Christians.

I am leading the Sunday Bible Studies for the adult in Muntinlupa while I requested bro Joe Lazar to handle the young people. I preach for the whole month in Pacita which is an outreach of Muntinlupa and in our midweek services also. Then deliver messages in Muntinlupa every first Sunday of the month and requested those who are now able to preach on other Sundays.

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Muntinlupa Church Update:

We are happy to tell you this morning about 11:00AM, July 29, 2006, one precious soul accepted Christ through baptism at Villalim swimming pool. Ronald N. Padua has been studying with us the scripture for 5 months now, he is an Electrical engineer working in Amkor Anam Philippines. Though he is the only Christian in his family, we hope to reach out for his immediate relatives.

Cubao/Marikina Churches of Christ Update:

The Cubao hosted the monthly Campaign for Christ last June 10. Brethren around Metro Manila attended the monthly activity done by Churches of Christ in Metro Manila in order to promote unity among brethren and helping one another to seek and save the lost. The brethren were divided into six groups and went on to their target streets to do a house-to-house campaign heralding the Church of Christ in Palosapis street and inviting the people to enroll at free home or correspondence Bible lessons.
After being on the streets for more than three hours more people enrolled for the free Bible lessons. The worker of Cubao Church will visit and bring the introductory Bible lessons to all enrollees.
Metro wide preachers meeting…
The leaders of Churches of Christ also held their monthly meeting to discuss all the needs of every congregation when it comes to evangelism. They always discuss the results of every campaign in different places and look for more improvements on how to reach the lost souls. Each leader gives their suggestions on what are the best things to do and suggests more ideas for helping one another.
During their meeting they again discussed the upcoming activities of the Church. Brother Jun Patricio announced he was invited to be the lecturer for practical evangelism workshop on July 22 at Cubao Church. Bro. Danni talked about the next Metrowide Singing Fellowship and the new development about the National Bilibid Prison Church in Muntinlupa. The leaders also made another plan for airing the radio program in next few months. They encouraged one another to support the radio program not only in manpower but also in financial needs. They encouraged one another to seek the help of some fortunate brethren.
The next campaign and leaders meeting will be in July at Pasig Centennial Church of Christ.
OVERNIGHT PRAYER & DEVOTION…
The power and privilege of prayer is so important to all children of God. The Cubao held their quarterly overnight prayer and devotion last June 16. The theme of the activity is “Serving With Your Whole Heart”. The brethren have a group discussion after the devotion. It was a blessing to all of us that we have the privilege to call upon the Mighty name of God in prayer. The brethren believe the power of prayer is so great for their spiritual growth and for their service in the kingdom of God.
“I-Text mo…tanggap mo”…
Another work of the brethren is “I-Text mo…Tanggap mo..” (Text it and you will receive it) was held in Marikina City last June 24, Saturday afternoon. This is one of the methods of evangelism in order to reach out the lost through SMS. The One Mind group of Friendship Road Church of Christ went to busy streets and main roads distributing the flyers inside the market and to jeepney passengers. One of the texters was able to follow up by brother Danni and she was able to attend the worship service the next day. She also decided to study the Bible during her free time together with her friend.
After the hard work under the scorching heat of the sun, the One Mind group have their fellowship and singing at the chapel. They gave thanks before parting their ways. Getting Ready for a garage sale in Wichita, Kansas: It’s getting nearer! With the help of tireless volunteers, we are now busy getting the “stuff” ready for the huge garage sale on Sept. 7-9. If you are in Wichita and nearby churches, please contact us if you have anything to donate or you can help. We appreciate all the help we can get. All proceeds go toward the workers’ salaries and needs. Please pray for this effort to be a success. We are also fundraising for next year’s going to the Philippines. Also, your financial contribution to: Metro Manila Ministries, 1009 Noble Court, Yukon, OK 73009, is greatly appreciated.

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Cubao Church of Christ Update:

The brethren helped out each other in campaigning for the name of Christ and preaching His words. Last May 6, they went house to house campaigns for Vacation Bible School inviting the parents to send their kids for one week free Bible class.
The brethren continued to work hard inviting people to study the Bible. They went out again after worshipping the Lord proclaiming the Lord’s church in Palosapis Street. They are praying that God will bring much fruit to their works.

Another monthly campaign for Christ was held in Tondo, Manila last May 13. The workers of participated in this work to help the brethren in Tondo, Manila to preach the kingdom of God. As the rain pours heavily on that day, some brethren went to market and some distributed tracts on the mall and interviewed people along the way. It was so nice that family of God works together for the furtherance of His kingdom.

Metro wide preachers meeting…

Preachers around Metro Manila held their monthly meeting last May 13 at Tondo Church of Christ chapel in Manila. They are all in one accord as they discussed on how to help one another in the growth of every congregation in the cities. It was agreed again to encourage all the preachers and leaders of the congregation to attend the monthly meetings. At the meeting, brother Danni announced the congregation in Cubao about their intention to have evangelism workshop on July 22. The leaders found that monthly workshop was good to every congregation in the cities to bring the members in unity when it comes preaching Gods word. The leaders also discussed about the NBP ministry and Radio ministry. The leaders also encourage brother Danni to continue working on his project about the CD Bible lesson in tagalog.

Vacation Bible School…

A one week Vacation Bible Study was held in Cubao chapel at Palosapis St. Twelve kids in the neighborhood attended the two hours study with singing lessons. Brother Joel, Sister Nancy and Brother Danni de Vera are the class teachers. The kids learned more about Bible characters, Good attitude and Christian songs. Through this vacation Bible school we come to know the parents and be friend the parents of the kids.
After six days of classes, last May 21, the kids receive their gifts and certificate of completion. They also rendered the songs they have learned in their week school days. The brethren offered the kids with cakes and juices after their performance.

“I-Text mo…tanggap mo”…

Another work of the brethren is “I-Text mo…Tanggap mo..” (Text it and you will receive it) was held last May 27. They went to busy streets of Cubao shopping center. They distributed thousands of “I-text” flyers to all passerbys. There are new souls who send SMS and gave their names and addresses after the distributions. The brethren are thankful to God for giving them other new students.

Muntinlupa Church of Christ Update:

Here’s a letter from Greg Gallardo during his trip to Singapore:

I would like to share with you some highlights of my experiences in Singapore:

Memorable Church’s Camp

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to his purpose” Rom 8:28. Truly God blesses His children in various ways as the Lord sees fit for each one of us.

I came to know Pasir Panjang through Deacon Winston Chong who was the key note speaker in Philippine Mission Forum in Bohol, Philippines last October 2005. He inspired the Filipino preachers who attended the forum by his historical description of how Pasir Panjang has grown in number and spiritually (500 in 40 yrs).

Six Filipino Preachers including me (Greg) were invited to attend the PP’s Church Camp this year 2006 which was held in Seremban, Malaysia (Greg, Danny, Raj, Aldous, Elmer, David). The sound of the Singapore’s Church Camp was so exciting, especially that it will be my first time to go to Singapore and Malaysia. Having a break after long work sounds great and enticing so I decided to go to Singapore a week ahead of the camp’s schedule so I could meet more Singaporean Christians, get acquainted with the church’s leaders and observe how they do things that make them click.

I was housed at Deacon Winston’s residence, there I felt that I really belong to their family as a brother in Christ. I felt the warm fellowship and the genuine concern from a brother in Christ. Sister Hong Ngee patiently giving me instruction how to move in the city where I am a total stranger, and I like her soya milk and barley drinks in the morning. Alistair, assisting me in my train and bus ride taking their time to orient me, Basil and Gelyn would give me a nice conversation so that my ears would be tuned in as I speak to Singaporeans. Their hospitality was really commendable. It was so inspiring that I believe I get to see most of the city’s places and enjoy most of the rides, and I was surprised to learn before I left Singapore that I know more how to ride the bus and the trains than some of the Singaporean Christians who owns car and are not use to ride public transportation. What a blessing from the Lord to enjoy such.

I have the opportunity to be the first Filipino preacher to experienced being involved in their Care Team. The “Care Team” is undoubtedly an excellent tool in strengthening the bond towards each other and with their creator. The first group that I joined was Eileen’s care team where I met Keng Geok the mountain climber, Hwee Yee, Judy Ong and Li Mai. We visited sis Poly Lee, who was a pioneering Christian of PP and Bro. Charles Chan whose mother in law was baptized at age 90, amazing things that rarely happen. This was followed by Foon Yoong’s care team, where I met Soo lang, Christina Sim, Siew Gek (Pearlin) the girl with a unique laughter like Caroline Ang. I also came to know Uncle Pang who like to go fishing. Then Winston’s Care Team where I met Gerald Goh, Elder Beng Chuan and Peter Soh, we had a visitor then who raises a question on how Christian should react with unbelieving employer. The discussion was very enlightening and very casual with the conclusion that Biblical principle should be held high above opinions of men. Then I also attended Edward Lee’s care Team which was held at Elder Adrian Teo’s residence, there I first met Deacon Paul Lim, Elder Eric Tan, Deacon Swee Aun Lim, Ee Kai Ng. The warm fellowship in these care teams that I have experienced was very encouraging, finding solution to a situation in a very friendly manner while bonding each other and developing stronger faith to the Lord was excellent.

One Wednesday After Elder Eric Tan discuss “Serving with your whole heart” in SPC we had a small group discussion and I was requested by Elder William Wong to give a brief summary of our group’s discussion, I was a little bit nervous because some of the Elders and Deacons and Ministers of PP was present, realizing fact that what I was about to say were practical lessons from the group that might be of help to others raises my adrenalin and gives me the courage to do it for the Lord. I was glad I did it, because some of the Christians approached me after the service and thank me for those practical reminders, and I was glad to be of service for the Lord.

I really appreciate Deacon Terry Wan taking us to a City tour, Elder Eric Tan taking us to dinner, the dinner with the Deacons, the teasing, the laughter, the brotherly talks, sharing experiences and plans for the church, the joy of being a Christian is warmly felt filling the vacuum created by some disappointing circumstances while working in the vineyard of the Lord, like a battery being recharge after being drained of long use.

My first fellowship with the Filipino brethren in PP was in Sentosa, where Bro. Edward Lee, Kien Hwee and Yiu Huat Tan drive us there, however it was raining hard that we went to Labrador park and share God’s word and our experiences in life. It was beneficial for the Filipino, Indonesian and Malaysian ladies present, giving them hope to serve the Lord in spite of the difficulties in life, because christian’s real hope is being in heaven with the father. Sis Dorothy and Dr. Linda had also inspired these ladies by being considerate to each one of them. The ministers Bro. Henry Kong and Patrick Ong Oriented us about PP’s historical growth, and I like watching the pictures of these adult leaders when they were very young because they were more good looking today than when they were younger, their zeal and enthusiasm in serving the Lord never grow old but gets younger as years goes by. The song leading of KC Cheang and Kelvin Koo was commendable, and the youth is so energetic like a giant star giving joy and laughter and good memories for everyone to behold giving glory to our creator.

PP’s three days camp in Seremban was remarkable. The planning was well prepared, the lessons were soul searching, the speakers were all confidently delivering God’s word effectively with every illustrations appropriately illuminating the lessons. The group discussion would oftentimes go overtime , our group leader Deacon Paul Lim was very entertaining and an excellent conversationalist, the food was in abundance and the accommodation was excellent. We count it a blessing from God, rejuvenating our souls to be more zealous in the vineyard of the Lord. Some things that I have observed that PP practices which will be of help in our congregation: 1) Planning each activity ahead of time and in details. 2) Care Teams 3)Christ centered activities 4)Committing everything to God in prayer 5)Continuously striving to live a Christian way of life.

As I speak to the elders, Deacons and Ministers, I can easily tell their commitment to the work of the Lord which is displayed by their consistent persuasive actions to the brotherhood to spread the good news and showing Christianity by example.

I still have not sort out the pictures from Singapore, in fact Danny still has my CD of pictures given by Bro. Terry who is the official photographer of the camp. I will send you the pictures later. Thanks.

In Christian Love,
Gregorio Q. Gallardo, Jr.

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