May this New Year be a refreshing year to all of us. Together let us claim His promise in
Ps. 147:12-14 which says, “Extol the Lord O Jerusalem; praise your God O Zion, for he strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you. He grants peace to your borders and satisfies with the finest of wheat”.
Before the year 2017 ended, a strong typhoon visited the island of Mindanao which devastated many provinces. Houses in some areas of Cagayan de Oro City were under water and countless families stayed for quite some time in covered court in their barangays. In our little ways, we tried to extend physical help by distributing clothes and rice, and fed them with hot porridge and bread for breakfast. But before they received the goods, we shared the Gospel to them and many responded positively.
Last weekend (January 27-28, 2018), the ministry conducted two Leadership Trainings (LDP) in two places - one in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte and the other in Midsayap, North Cotabato. The LDP in Nasipit was attended by leaders from ACMI ministry areas in Surigao, Butuan City, San Francisco and Nasipit while the one in Cotabato was attended by brethren from ministry outreaches nearby. We were able to attend the LDP in Cotabato. During the sharing time, some leaders shared breakthroughs in their ministry areas, where every member now shares the Gospel regularly and each one has started following up those who responded to the Gospel. According to them people are very receptive to know Jesus and to grow in His Word. To God be the glory.
Simultaneous with the leaders meeting (LDP in Cotabato) is a regional youth conference, which was attended by 48 youths from ministry outreaches in Cotabato. Many were challenged to really grow in the basics of Christian Life – i.e. word, prayer, witnessing and fellowship.
The following day, Sunday, during the regular worship service in Katingawan, eight pioneering members of the fellowship who started the ministry 45 years ago were honored. Most of them are in late 60s and early 70s, and are having physical ailments. The congregation laid hands on them, thanked the Lord for their lives and commitments. During the sharing time, it was announced that 9 others already joined Jesus in heaven, and recalled how they have sown in tears, and reaped in joy, as they shared the gospel. They finished the race victoriously. Their lives had big impact to all those who are still living, an encouragement that even in old age, and even in death, nothing can stop them in giving honor to Jesus.
This March 29-31, the couples will hold a 3 day couples conference and retreat at Mt. Moriah Camp, Malaybalay, Bukidnon. We are expecting 100 couples to attend. We covet your prayers for this conference that this will help build up marriages as designed by God, and will overflow into the couples’ commitment to obey the Great Commission.
Together, by His grace, “Let’s press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Ptr. Bernardo and Sis. Felina Mendoza