Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas


Luke 2:11 
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

Merry Christmas to you all! 

-Matt, Rina, & Liam




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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Church Anniversary




Earlier this month we celebrated our church anniversary. Our theme was “Christ Alone”, based on the text from Acts 4:12 which says, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."


We were blessed to have Pastor Resty Rivera from Mabalacat, Pampanga as our guest speaker for the evening. He spoke from Genesis 6-7 and related how just as the ark was the only hope for people to be saved from the flood, so too is Jesus the only hope for our salvation. 

We were blessed to have over 270 people attend our evening anniversary service and we praise the Lord that there were people who indicated that they understood God's plan of salvation and for the first time put their trust in Christ alone to save them. 


We praise and thank the Lord for our church members who volunteered to make this anniversary a success and we thank all of you for your constant prayers!

-Matt, Rina, and Liam-
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Mission Team Recap

Last month a large group from the U.S. came to the Philippines for a mission trip. They were able to be at our church as well as several different areas during their busy week and a half visit. The following is a short summary of their trip. A special "thank you" to Marian Todd for the photos.

One of the events that our church was blessed to be able to have was a medical/dental clinic. We opened the medical mission at 8:30am and continued until about 4:00pm. Our records show that there were over 150 people that come to the clinic to receive free medical attention.


We also used this opportunity to talk to each one of those people and clearly share the gospel with them. The members of the mission team partnered with the people from our church to share and translate the message of salvation and we believe that many people trusted in Christ during that time of personal evangelism.



Also during that day, some of the people on the mission team were able to join a couple of teachers and students from our church and go to the local high school and elementary school to pass out tracts and talk with the students. The local students were very excited to have some foreign visitors at their school!



We are especially thankful to Dr. Tanney and Nurse Meg for generously supplying the medicine and for graciously attending to all those who came to the clinic. We also are grateful to the local dentists who freely gave of their time and spent the entire morning at the clinic. Lastly, we are thankful for all of the mission team members who came to visit our church and help with the clinic as well as all of the volunteers from our church who helped to make this event possible.



The following day we traveled to Pastor Edwin Samson’s church in Angeles City to continue the medical mission. While the clinic was going on, the team had a unique opportunity to go to one of the largest schools in Angeles City, Holy Angel University, and play some exhibition games against their volleyball and basketball teams. There were probably over 1,000 students who were gathered in the gymnasium to watch, and they loved every minute of it. In addition to the games, Pastor Paul Julian was given a chance to speak to the crowd and share the gospel with them! It was a great opportunity and another busy, successful day!



The next three days were spent at a special conference. The mission team traveled farther north to the town of Iba, Zambales for a pastor’s/church worker’s conference. There were over 600 people who attended the conference. Along with the other scheduled speakers, Pastor Paul Julian, Pastor James Muscerino, as well as myself were able to speak to the delegates at the conference. I was asked to speak on the importance of children’s ministry and share about the AWANA program. Dr. and Mrs. Tanney were also able to give vitamins and medical care to many of the pastors who attended. It was a wonderful experience and we thank Pastor Edwin Tan for organizing and leading the event. 




As the mission team finished up their busy schedule, we were blessed to have them come to our church one final time for a special Sunday evening service. We had the privilege of having Pastor Mucerino as our speaker. He had a great message and challenge for us all. Following the service, we had a special meal for everyone which included the traditional lechon baboy (roasted pig), as well as rice, bananas, and coconut juice.



The mission team was a great blessing to our church and we are thankful that they were able to come and visit us. We were so blessed to have them come and spend time with us, to minister to our people, to encourage us, to challenge us, and most importantly to share the gospel to the Filipino people. We are also thankful to the people from our church for their hard work in volunteering, preparing, and helping to make everything possible.

-Matt, Rina, and Liam-


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Awana Update

It has been just over six weeks since we began our Awana Club on Saturday mornings. We thank the Lord for the good outcome He has given us. We have been averaging about 65 kids per week. Some of the themes that we have had so far were “favorite color day,” “sports day,” “crazy hair day,” and “banana day”. The kids seem to really enjoy it, and the volunteer leaders are doing a great job! The best part is that no child leaves without hearing the gospel! Thank you for continuing to pray for our Awana Club!

Matt, Rina, & Liam












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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Update

Hello everyone! Thank you for your patience since we haven’t updated our blog in a while. We've had a busy past several months. We traveled back to the U.S. and have been working on many different projects since we've been back.

The Sunday before we left to visit the U.S., a young man named Ryan decided to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. Ryan's mom and sister have been faithfully attending the church for many years and they were always praying for assurance of his salvation. We rejoice that the Lord has answered their prayers. Please continue to pray for Ryan to continue to serve the Lord. He’s been plugging himself in to different ministries at the church and we are thankful that God is using him.


We were able to visit Chicago for a little over a month last July. We were happy to introduce Liam to his grandpa and grandma, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. We had the privilege of speaking at some churches and sharing about the Lord's work in the Philippines. 





We also had the privilege of attending the Grace Conference hosted by our home church, Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church. It was a blessing to reunite with old friends, meet new pastors/friends, eat the delicious food, sing in the choir, hear the special music, and listen to the wonderful messages from the many different speakers! It was a refreshing time.


It’s always hard saying goodbye to our family and friends, especially since we had such a wonderful time being with everyone again, but at the same time, we are happy to be home again in the place where God has planted us. Since we've been back in the Philippines, one of the things that we've been busy getting ready for is the start of our AWANA program. The opening day was just this last Saturday, August 31st. We have over 20 people from our church who volunteered to help out with the AWANA program. We thank the Lord for a successful start to this new ministry. There were over 90 children ages 3-13 years old who attended our opening day. Please continue to pray for this ministry, and for these children. We are planning to hold AWANA clubs on almost every Saturday until school finishes in March. We thank you for praying for us always! God bless… Matt, Rina, & Liam


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Youth Camp 2013



  

Last May 14-17, we attended the 9th Baptist Youth Camp. There were a total of twenty-three from our church who made the five hour journey to Calauan, Laguna. The theme for this year's camp was “God’s Word In Our World". The theme verse was 1 John 2:15: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."


I was able to speak during one of the divided session on Thursday morning. I spoke to the 1st and 2nd year high school students about peer pressure.

The campers were split up into four different groups: Readers of the Word, Doers of the Word, Hearers of the Word, and Learners of the Word. The days were packed with many different activities. We started each day with morning exercise/devotions at 6:00 a.m. We ate a filling breakfast and then headed to the auditorium for the morning session. After we ate lunch, there were group activities, competitions, and team building exercises. After that, everyone had an opportunity to take an afternoon siesta or use their free time to go swimming, play basketball, volleyball, soccer, or just sit around and talk. Following our evening meal, we headed back to the auditorium for the night session which included singing (our group sang "There is Nothing Greater than Grace"), special presentations, cheering, and preaching. When the evening session was finished, everyone stayed up to fellowship and enjoy the company of the other campers.

Please continue to pray for the young people of our church. Please pray that they will always look to the unchanging Word of God for direction and guidance in the middle of a constantly changing world. 

God Bless,

-Matt, Rina, & Liam-



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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mother's Day 2013



On May 12th we celebrated Mother’s day. There were over 20 mothers in attendance and each mom received a small gift given by the church. After the service, we enjoyed a special lunch that some of the men helped to prepare and serve in honor of all the mothers. It was a great celebration and we are very thankful for all that our mothers have done for us!

God Bless,

-Matt, Rina, & Liam-



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Friday, May 3, 2013

Vacation Bible School 2013


Last week we had our annual Vacation Bible School (VBS). This year our theme was “Bug Zone…Transformed by Our Big God.” We are especially grateful to Belmont Bible Church for kindly donating their VBS materials for us to use here in the Philippines for our VBS .

This year's VBS was our busiest yet. We had an average attendance of over 200 kids per day. Tuesday was the biggest we've ever had with 226 kids! Every day saw kids returning and also new kids attending for the first time. All in all there were over 300 different children, ages 4-13, who registered for VBS this year. We are thankful for the opportunity we had to share the love of Jesus with them!

Every day was packed with different activities. Our program officially started at 8:30am and finished before lunchtime. Each day the kids enjoyed story time, memorizing Bible verses, snacks, games, crafts, singing, and awards.

We are so thankful for each of the volunteers from our church who helped make this VBS a success. Also, thank you to all of you who prayed for God's blessing and protection. We ask that you please continue to pray for these children as we look to continue to share the gospel and minister to them. We hope you enjoy the pictures!

God Bless,

Matt, Rina, and Liam











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