Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Party






On Friday we held our church's Christmas party. It was an exciting evening. We began by singing some of our favorite Christmas carols. After our time of singing we ate dinner. We served adobo, rice, Chooks chicken, pancit, and dessert. Following our dinner and after a brief clean-up, it was game time. We played several different group games and everyone seemed to really enjoy them. Finally, we concluded our evening with our "secret santa" gift exchange. It was a good night of fun and fellowship. Merry Christmas!

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

9th Church Anniversary
















This past Sunday we commemorated our church's 9th anniversary and we thank the Lord for the tremendous success He gave us. We are thankful for the burden that God gave to Ptr. Nelson to come back to the Philippines and begin this work. We are thankful for his faithfulness and obedience to God's call. We are also thankful for God's faithfulness to our church and we marvel how He continues to see fit to use the Bible Baptist Church of Bahay Pare for His glory.

We were honored to have Ptr. Jim Scudder as our guest speaker for both our morning and evening services. Our theme was "Redeemed Through Christ" based on 1 Peter 1:18-19 where it says, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" Our children's choir and adult choir sang in both of the services and a special quartet also sang during the evening service. We praise the Lord that there were over 180 in attendance at our morning service and over 380 during the evening service (after which we served food to everyone). Around 40 of our church members volunteered to help in the many different areas of need - from registration, to food preparation, to cooking, to traffic, to ushering, to the children's programs, to clean up, to picking up and dropping off people - I am thankful for all of their hard work and selflessness. Service done with a heart that is for the glory of the Lord is always worth it. We also especially praise the Lord that many people professed their faith in Christ during both services.

We ask that you please continue to keep our church in your prayers. We are excited to see what the Lord will do as our church enters year number 10.

God Bless,

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-


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Visit from Ptr. Jim & Karen + Thanksgiving 2011









We were blessed to have Ptr. Jim and Karen join us here in the Philippines for about 12 days. Ptr. Jim had a busy speaking schedule, I think he spoke more than 12 different times. His schedule included a Pastor's conference in Zambales, a couple of churches in Pampanga, a Bible College, a church in Metro Manila, and of course our church. We are thankful for their visit and the time that we were able to spend with them. They were a great blessing to us and our church. We thank the Lord for the safety He provided while they were here and for the spiritual refreshment and fellowship that we had.

We had a full house for Thanksgiving this year. Along with Ptr. Jim and Karen, we were joined by Rachel and Reynan, Ptr. Edwin and his family, and Ptr. Resty and his family. It was an extra tasty Thanksgiving meal since Ptr. Jim and Karen bought a turkey for us from the U.S. and Dulce brought it with her in her suitcase. She also brought us some cranberries, stuffing mix, cornbread, canned pumpkin pie mix and pecans. The turkey was grilled to perfection on our Weber Grill (the first time we've ever done it that way - thank God for YouTube), Rina baked some delicious pies and we had a complete American style Thanksgiving meal.
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Course Complete

On Friday, November 18, I finished teaching my two classes at Asia Baptist Bible College in Sta. Mesa, Manila. I want to thank everyone for their prayers. The Lord provided safety travelling and a great group of freshman students. We learned about the many different aspects of both the church and our Christian life. I am especially thankful for the two books, Your Secret to Spiritual Success, and More than a Miracle, that were so graciously donated to all of the students in our class by Dr. Scudder.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Prayer Request - Teaching at a Bible College

Today I began my teaching assignment at Asia Baptist Bible College in Manila. This will be my second year teaching at the college. This year, I have two subjects that I will be teaching back to back: Basic Christian Life and Ecclesiology. I have around 30 1st year students in each class. My teaching block is four weeks long and I start at 8:00am and finish at 12:00 noon, Tuesday through Friday. I would appreciate your prayers concerning our safe travel since most of the days we will be driving back and forth from Baliuag to Sta. Mesa, Manila (around a 1 1/2 hour drive). I ask that you please also pray for wisdom teaching, for the students in my class, and for physical strength. Thank you and God Bless,

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Typhoon Update

We would like to thank all of you for your prayers for those who have been affected by the typhoons that just recently hit the Philippines. Our church was able to buy and give some basic relief goods to about 40 families who were affected by the flooding. We were able to give more than 220 pounds of rice, 100's of canned goods and instant noodles, soap, disinfectant, and anti-fungal cream.

We thank the Lord for His protection, and we really do treasure your prayers.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Pastor Edwin's 1st Church Anniversary


Last Sunday night we had the great blessing of being at the 1st anniversary service of Dayspring Baptist Church. It was exciting to see all that the Lord has done through Ptr. Edwin and his family during their first year in Angeles City. It was also a special honor to be the guest speaker for the service. I would estimate that there were around 150+ people in attendance, with a full house seated inside as well as a packed overflow area outside. We thank the Lord that several people received Christ as their Saviour that evening. Please continue to pray for Ptr. Edwin and Dayspring Baptist Church as they continue on full speed ahead into year number 2.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sunday Night Revival Service

This past Sunday night, 50 of us attended a special revival service hosted by another church in Manila. We filled two rented jeepneys along with our vehicle and drove 1 and 1/2 hours to the service. There were over 450 in attendance and everyone was challenged by the speaker to love their church. We thank the Lord for the protection he provided for us as we traveled.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Fiesta


Last Friday was the fiesta for Bahay Pare. It was really crowded. We had a Bible study at 2:00pm and it took us 45 minutes to drive about half a mile through the town. I was able to take this picture as we were driving to the church. For our second Bible study we decided it would be better to walk rather than wait in traffic and try to find a parking spot. There was an increased security presence due to the fiesta but to my knowledge there weren't any major problems.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Typhoon Update




Typhoon 'Pedring' made its way through the Philippines. Yesterday, we had brownouts throughout the day to go along with the heavy wind and rain. Thankfully, we only had some minor leaks at our house, but as you can see from the pictures, others were not as fortunate. Today we decided to drive to the church to see if there was any major damage. There were just a couple places with some very minor flooding and our small tent fell over and broke, but other than that we are thankful that it wasn't more severe.

I do want to especially ask for your prayers for our church people. Many of them have been affected by the flooding. We had planned to try to visit some of the different areas where they lived to see if we could help, but some of the flooded roads were too risky to try to drive through. As far as I know everyone is safe, but we did hear about a girl in the neighboring barangay who was killed yesterday due to a falling tree.

I would like to also ask you to pray for continued protection as the Philippine weather service, PAGASA, has said they are expecting another storm, named 'Quiel', to possibly arrive later this week.

Thank you for the continued prayers, God bless.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Monday, September 5, 2011

Men's Prayer Breakfast


Last Saturday we had a special men's fellowship & prayer breakfast. There were a total of 12 of us who gathered at the church at 6:30am. We prepared a delicious breakfast of rice, tocino, eggs, hot pandesal, bananas, rambutan, coffee, and iced tea. We had a short program of group exercises, and then we sat down to eat and fellowship. Following our breakfast, we all gathered together and spent some quality time both individually and as a group in prayer. There was also a short time of testimonies and praise. Everyone really enjoyed this time of fellowship and prayer and we have already made plans to do it again next month.

God Bless,

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Youth Fellowship


This past Monday was National Heroes Day here in the Philippines. Since there was no school, we thought we would try to have a small fellowship at our church with the youth from several other churches. Four other Pastors and the young people from their churches joined us for a total of around 80 youth. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. Each of the pastors gave a short challenge to the group and we also had some group singing and played a couple of group games. There were snacks and drinks available as well as basketball, volleyball, badminton, board games, and just sitting down and talking with each other. The whole event lasted around 5 hours and we are thankful for the safety God gave everyone as well as for all of the youth in our respective churches.

For His Glory,

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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