Saturday, February 25, 2012

Prayer Request

Late last night we picked up a group of 12 people from the airport, they are part of a mission team from Dayspring Baptist Church, Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church, and Dayspring Bible College. We are excited to have them with us here in the Philippines for the next week or so. They have a busy schedule planned and will be travelling to several different churches and conducting medical clinics. Please pray for God's blessing and protection on their trip. More details to come...

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-
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Friday, February 24, 2012

College Day

This past February 15th, the Asia Baptist Bible College in Sta. Mesa, Manila hosted their annual “College Day.” There were a total of 198 people in attendance, ninety-eight of whom were visitors. I was asked to give a mini, sample lecture to a section of the prospective students based out of the “Basic Christian Life” class that I teach. I was also given the privilege to preach during the chapel hour. Please pray for the prospective students who attended, that they will decide to follow in obedience in whatever way God is leading them.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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Annual Love Banquet

Our church celebrated its’ annual Love Banquet. We had around 45 adults who attended the event and the youth of our church acted as the servers. Starting at 6:30pm, the evening consisted of some group singing, special numbers, good food, games, and a challenging message from God’s Word. Pastor Resty Rivera from Mabalacat, Pampanga was our guest speaker for the evening. He spoke from John 15:13 and talked about the greatest kind of love. It was a good night of fun and fellowship for all.

John 15:13
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Ladies Conference

This past Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, my mom and I attended a ladies conference in Rizal, Laguna, hosted by the Baptist Bible Church of Sta. Mesa (Dr. Lyons church). Our theme was a “Value of a Godly Woman,” based out of Proverbs 3:15.

We had two visiting American speakers during the conference - Ms. Mary Herman, who is a teacher and speaker to many conferences abroad, and Mrs. Lujean Stone, who is a pastor’s wife and missionary to Hong Kong.

Some of our topics included: “Being consistent in the Christian life,” “Giving our burdens to the Lord,” “Not being fake,” “Being pure and moral,” and “Being ready when the enemy attacks.”

There were 205 ladies from approximately 10-15 different churches who attended the conference. Among the attendees were seven ladies from Vietnam. I was personally touched by some of their testimonies. One Vietnamese woman gave her testimony about her husband being beaten and put to jail several times for sharing the gospel and even carrying a Bible out in public. Another woman shared how her father was killed for his faith, but because of the testimony his faithfulness, she is now a pastor’s wife and is willing to serve the Lord no matter what the cost.

It made me think about how thankful I am for the religious freedom that we have here in the Philippines (as well as in the U.S.). We can freely worship the Lord and share our faith without the fear of being beaten or put in prison. I am challenged to boldly take advantage of the opportunities that God has given me.

It was a packed three days full of lessons, testimonies, singing and fellowship. I was so blessed that I was able to attend with my mom. She was also able to give her testimony about her mom (Nanay), and shared how she was thankful that she had a godly example to follow.

This conference was a reminder for me to be thankful for the blessings God has given, as well as to continue to grow in the Lord and be more Christ-minded until He returns or calls me home. To God be the glory!

-Ptr. Matt & Rina-

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