Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Recap Part 2

Hello Everyone, this is part 2 of our 2016 summer recap. If you haven't yet read part 1, you can click here and read it. Thank you for your continued prayers.


I was honored to have the opportunity to speak at a youth camp located in the mountains near Baguio. I spoke for four nights and I thank the Lord for the safety He gave me in commuting to the camp as well as for the response of the youth who attended.

On Mother's Day, we honoured each mother with a rose and a special gift. We also enjoyed some delicious food after the service. 

One of the highlights of our summer is our daily Vacation Bible School (VBS). For one week we have a special program for children that starts at 8:00am and ends just before lunch. This year we praise the Lord for the record amount of kids that participated. On the first day alone we were amazed to see 166 kids! 

There were 35 volunteers who helped make this VBS possible and we are grateful for every one of them. They did a fantastic job and we are thankful for their servant's heart. There was even a group of youth who went above and beyond in designing the set, it really looked awesome! 

The kids (and leaders) enjoyed the Bible lessons, the funny skits, our famous water games, crafts, yummy snacks, and much more. It was such a blessing seeing everyone come together to further the gospel by giving their time, money, energy, and talents! A special thank you to Belmont Bible Church for providing the VBS curriculum. 

Also, we want to thank our friend Josh who came to the Philippines on a mission trip and helped out with our VBS. We met him last year in the U.S. at the Grace Conference and it was good to spend some time with him over here and we appreciate his love for the Lord. 

Toward the end of the month we joined a youth rally hosted by Dayspring Bible Baptist Church in Angeles City. The youth were challenged by messages from Sam Samson (Pastor Edwin’s son), Sean (his nephew), and one other pastor who spoke on the theme, “Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example”, taken from 1 Timothy 4:12. 


The youth enjoyed one last hurrah before school started again by having a "lock-in" at the church. They stayed overnight at the church enjoyed some food and playing games. Then they woke up early in the morning to go jogging and watch the sun rise. 

To help the students prepare to go back to school. Our church had a special "Back to School Sunday". We gave away pencils, pens, and notebooks to all of the students who attended the service. There were over 100 students aged K-12 who came - praise the Lord! We thank the Lord we could be a blessing to them and we are grateful for another opportunity we had to share the gospel. Please pray for the students and teachers as they begin another school year.

I would also like to give a quick update on our family.  

Rina and I just celebrated our 9th anniversary. We are grateful for all of your prayers, especially for wisdom and continued spiritual strength and physical health.

Liam just finished his 1st year of preschool and he did great! Rina did a fantastic job teaching him and it has been fun to see how much he has learned and grown since the beginning of the school year. Liam will be turning 4 years old this June 18.

Luke likes to copy what his kuya does and he really is talking a lot more now.  It’s fun to see his personality come out. He also started potty training this month. Luke will be turning 2 in August.

Mom will be heading back to the U.S. on July 3, so please keep her in your prayers. It is a blessing having her help out in many different ministries, but I know she will enjoy her time with her other grandsons and family back in Chicago. 

It seemed like the summer flew by so fast. We are thankful for what the Lord allowed us to accomplish and we look forward to what's ahead in the coming months. Thank you for praying for us!  

-Matt, Rina, Liam and Luke-


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