Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Recap Part 1

Hello everyone! We’ve just wrapped up a busy and exciting summer. We thank the Lord for His protection and blessing and we also thank you all for your constant prayers. Here are some of the highlights.

MARCH

Asia Baptist Bible College celebrated its’ 42nd commencement/graduation. We are proud of the three students from our church who worked hard during the school year. One of the young ladies even received a special scholarship for next year because of her academic excellence. Please continue to pray for those students from our church who will be continuing their studies at ABBC.


We had an awesome year with our Awana ministry. We had an opportunity to share the gospel with an average of 70 kids each week. As a conclusion, we had a special "Awana Sunday." We celebrated the achievements of the Awana clubbers throughout the year and enjoyed a time of singing, testimonies, and food thanking our Savior for another successful Awana year. Please continue to pray that the Lord will use and bless our Awana ministry. You can see a short video of our Awana program from this past year by clicking here


We are so thankful that we serve a risen Savior! We had a special time of celebrating our Lord’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. Our worship service was held early in the morning and then we served breakfast afterwards. This Easter was also special because Rina’s cousin and her family came to visit from the U.S. We enjoyed spending some time with them and Liam and Luke especially loved playing with their cousins. 



APRIL

It was encouraging and exciting to see 5 people follow the Lord in believer's baptism. One of the ladies who was baptized came to faith in Christ through our Awana ministry. Her 2 children started attending Awana last year and her daughter invited her to come and see the Awana program. She came out and we were able to share the gospel with her and she came to know Christ as her Savior. Please pray for those who were baptized that they will continue to grow in their faith and serve the Lord. If you would like to see a short video of the baptisms, please click here.



On a Sunday night, we honored all the students and teachers in our church who received special awards and honors this past school year. We also recognized those who successfully completed preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and college. 


For 1 week we joined the 1st BBF Youth Camp held in in Lipa City, Batangas. The theme was “Souled out for Christ.”We had a total of 27 campers from our church and everyone had a wonderful time. Our youth enjoyed the games, food, hiking, activities, preaching, and fellowship with the youth from Baptist Bible Church Sta. Mesa and 3 other churches. It was an encouraging time for all the campers and we are thankful to see how the Lord worked in their hearts during camp. A special thank you to our friends Pastor Keith and Rebecca Birginal who did a fantastic job in the planning and execution of the camp.









At the end of April, it was exciting for us to see one of the young ladies in our church get married. She was led to the Lord by Ptr. Nelson when she was in high school. Rina was the matron of honor, Liam was the Bible bearer, and I shared the gospel and gave the charge to the couple. It was a beautiful wedding and we are excited to see what God has in store for Arman and Mona. It is also a blessing to have another godly couple in our church. During this same time, Marian, our friend from the States, came and visited us, she was also part of the bridal entourage. It was nice to spend a couple of days with her and we are thankful for her love and support.



Thanks for taking the time to read part 1 or our 2016 summer recap. Part 2 will be coming soon...

- Matt, Rina, Liam, and Luke - 

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