Friday, December 31, 2010

Ladies Tea Party

This past week our church hosted the 1st Annual Mother & Daughter Tea Party. We had 36 ladies, high-school and older, who attended this event. There was singing, special games (how well do you know each other?), and Rina and Dulce gave a devotion asking the question, what kind of "tea" are you? (beau-"tea", availabili-"tea", modes-"tea" etc.). All of the ladies received a calendar and some tea to take home. The event concluded with everyone snacking on some baked goods and of course, drinking iced tea!

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

-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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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Interview with Dayspring Baptist Church

Last week I was interviewed via skype by Ptr. Daniel Reehoff of Dayspring Baptist Church in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Their church is trying to raise some money for the upcoming medical mission here in the Philippines this February. Click here to watch the video.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Thursday, December 9, 2010

8th Church Anniversary

This past Sunday, December 5th, we had our 8th church anniversary. During our morning service we had over 150 people and during our evening service there were over 360 people. We had many visitors attend the services. Pastor Matt spoke at the morning service and Pastor Edwin Samson was our guest speaker during the evening service. We were blessed to have our children’s choir, adult choir, and several special numbers sing during both the services. We also provided food for everyone who attended the evening service. It was a lot of work, but we are thankful for many of our church members who did a great job helping us prepare for the anniversary.

Our theme this year was “Looking Back, Reaching Forward.”

Philippians 3:14
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We are thankful in remembering, how God used Pastor Nelson to start this ministry in Bahay Pare eight years ago and we are excited and looking forward to what God will be doing in and through our church as we continue to press toward the mark.

We praise and thank God that it was a successful anniversary and that many new visitors were able to hear the clear gospel for the first time. Thank you to all of you that prayed for us during our anniversary. It was a blessing!

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Prayer Request

We would appreciate your prayers for our church anniversary this Sunday. Please pray especially for the visitors we will have that their hearts will be open to receive the Gospel. Also, please pray for safe travel for all those who are going to attend. Thank you!

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ladies Conference at Ptr. Resty's Church

Saturday morning from 9:00-12:00, 17 of our church ladies attended a conference at the church of Ptr. Resty Rivera. There were well over 150 ladies at this conference from many different churches. Dulce gave a testimony, and Rina and Anna Samson were two of the featured speakers.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Our Thanksgiving

I just wanted to share a couple of pictures from our Thanksgiving. We were joined by Ptr. Edwin and his family along with another American man and his wife (Mark and Angeline) that live close to us. We had a great evening. Dulce and Rina did a wonderful job cooking a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

God Bless,

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Teaching Opportunity

I was given the opportunity to teach a class at the Asia Baptist Bible College in Sta. Mesa, Manila. There are around 100 students currently enrolled at the college, which has been in existence for over 35 years. Dr. Boyd Lyons, president of the college, asked me to teach on the subject of Ecclesiology, the doctrine of the church. I taught the 5th Block which consisted of four weeks, Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm. There were 17 students in my class and thankfully, they all passed! It was a good opportunity for me to teach this class, and I am thankful that the Lord provided wisdom and safety travelling.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Church Fellowship Night

Two Sundays ago, we had a church fellowship during our evening service. We started the evening with some songs and Bible reading. Then we played a hula hoop game and a “get to know you better” game. And of course, what is a Christian fellowship without food! We had spaghetti and soup for all those who attended. It was a fun night of fellowship and encouragement!

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Youth Lock-in

Several weeks ago, our youth group had a lock-in at church. There were around 20 of us who slept over night at the church. We played some board games like chess, chutes & ladders, jenga, and a memory game (the “Finding Nemo” preschool game which they really enjoyed!). We even had a pair’s badminton tournament in the auditorium. After the games, we watched the Disney Pixar movie “UP,” on a projector in the auditorium while eating some popcorn and some other snacks. We ended the night by splitting up the youth group and having devotions. We praise and thank the Lord for giving us the opportunity to spend time and get to know our youth better.

The following morning, after only 2 or 3 hours of sleep, we had sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school, take a trip to Asia Baptist Bible College (which is in the church of Dr. Boyd Lyons). The kids got to sit in on one of Ptr. Matt’s lectures on Ecclesiology and were then able to stay for the chapel service which was also given by Ptr. Matt. We are glad that the youth were exposed to Bible college and saw what it’s about. The time we spent with them was a blessing and we just ask that you continue to pray for them, that they will stay faithful in church and most importantly to God.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Keith's Visit

We were blessed to have our friend Keith visit us for a couple of weeks. I just wanted to share a couple of pictures from his visit.

-Matt & Rina-
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