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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