Thursday, December 24, 2009

Maligayang Pasko (Merry Christmas)

Merry Christmas to all of our family and friends!

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

Luke 2:7-14
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

7th Church Anniversary

On December 6, our church celebrated its 7th anniversary. Even though Rina and I have only been here for 7 months, the testimony of the faithfulness of Pastor Nelson and Dulce was evident as God has protected and blessed this church through another year. We pray that God will continue to watch over and bless this church as we strive to serve Him and share our faith.

During both the morning and evening services we had some special singing by our adult choir, children's choir, and ladies group. I was able to preach during the morning service on our theme for the anniversary -"No Regrets" Acts 20:24 "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

For the evening service we were blessed to have Dr. Jericho Samson as our guest speaker, and we served food to all in attendance. We had around 350-400 people attend the evening service and many accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. It was a very busy day and many of the church members worked hard in preparation for the anniversary as well as with the following cleanup. We are very thankful for the great outcome that God provided during our church anniversary celebration.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Overdue Posts

I have decided to post some pictures and updates from some of the different events/experiences that took place towards the later half of November. It was a busy month with a variety of activities. We had one of our friends from the states come and visit us for a week and a half, we attended two youth conferences and had a youth/church fellowship with another church, we did some scheduled construction around the church, and had a church cleanup day.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

Youth Rally #1

Some of the youth in our church attended a Youth Rally themed "Holy Ambition" at the church of Ptr. Carlos Darlucio (Heritage Bible Baptist Church).

Youth/Church Fellowship with the Bible Baptist Church of San Simon

Keith Visits the Philippines

Our good friend Keith visited us for around a week and a half. We had a great time seeing him again and his trip was a big blessing to Rina and myself.

Church Construction and Cleanup Day

We made some shelves for our storage room and the church members helped to clean in preparation for our church anniversary celebration. Everyone worked extremely hard and a lot was accomplished.

Youth Rally #2

I was asked to be a guest speaker during the divided session of the 3rd Baptist Youth Jubilee at the Bible Baptist Church of Caloocan. I spoke to the high school group about the theme of the jubilee, "Navigating Against the Current." Twelve of our young people were able to attend the conference and be blessed by the preaching, activities, and fellowship.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Prayer Request

We would appreciate everyone's prayers for our church anniversary this Sunday. Please pray that many new people will attend so that they are able to hear the gospel. Also, please pray that God will give Rina and I the physical strength we need since both of us haven't been feeling well recently. Thanks and God Bless.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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