Monday, May 23, 2011

Youth Camp 2011


We had a wonderful time at youth camp this past week. The theme for this years camp was "God's Perfect Will." We left early Tuesday morning to make the 4-5 hour trip south of Manila to the town of Calauan, Laguna. We took two vehicles and a total of 16 campers. When we arrived on Tuesday we registered our group and then spent a couple of hours getting situated. We all were divided into four different teams, the Blue Patriarchs, the Red Martyrs, the Green Apostles, and the Purple Prophets. There were different competitions and awards throughout the week to determine the overall winner (which was blue). We had our first meal that evening and then we were blessed to hear Dr. Lyons preach during the meeting that night.

On Wednesday, we were up by 6:00am and had our cabin devotions followed by breakfast and then a short morning session where the focus was on God's will in soul winning and God's will in prayer. Following the morning sessions we had some brief activities and then it was lunch time. After lunch there were group competitions and games, a brief rest time, another group session, and then it was on to dinner. All of the food at the camp was very good, the Word of Life staff did a fine job cooking for all of the campers. During the evening meeting, Pastor Meljun Laurena challenged all of us with a theme of "When God Says 'Wait'". We had fellowship time after the meeting until it was lights out at 11:00pm.

Thursday morning was another early morning with group devotions, breakfast and then back to back preaching concerning using your money for God and growth through God's Word. Throughout the day we had another busy schedule full of games and challenges, lunch, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and a divided session/Q&A about relationships. That evening the main speaker was Dr. Jericho Samson and he spoke from 2 Corinthians 6:14 and challenged all of the young people to follow God's principles when it comes to finding a future mate. There was no curfew that evening since it was the last night, and we all enjoyed talking and being together until the early morning hours.

On Friday, we cleaned up our cabin, got our bags ready to go, and then had some breakfast. After breakfast we had the opportunity to go for a brief hike to a waterfall that was close by the camp. It was a lot of fun. We were the only group that went, and the water was really refreshing. Following the hike we loaded up the vehicles and headed back home.

Overall, everybody had a great experience at youth camp this year. I want to ask you to please continue to pray for the youth of our church. Please pray that God will continue to work in their lives, that they will make good choices, and that they will continue to seek after God's perfect will.

God Bless,

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mother's Day Sunday


We had a great Mother's Day at our church this past Sunday. We had many new people at church and there were a total of 26 mothers in attendance. We honored all of the mothers who came to church and gave them a small gift along with a rose. One of the young girls at our church, Jashmaine, gave a special tribute to her mother and I don't think there was a dry eye in the church. After the service we had a special Mother's Day meal. Our youth group did all of the serving and cleaning while the mother's took a well deserved rest and enjoyed the Chooks chicken, rice, pancit, and gulaman.

Rina and I are very thankful and blessed because of the mothers that God has given us. While one is with us here and one is back in the States, both of our mothers will always be near and dear to our heart.

God Bless,

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Youth Rally


On Friday I had the privilege of being the guest speaker for the youth rally of the Baptist Bible Church in Sta. Mesa, Manila. There were over 350 young people in attendance including 33 from our church. We had a great time of fellowship and we thank the Lord for the safe travel. The theme of the youth rally was "All for His glory - Romans 11:36". In my preparation for the message I was overwhelmed at the vastness of this one verse. Our magnificent God truly is beyond measure and worthy of our praise. "...to whom be glory forever. Amen"

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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