Dear Brethren in Christ,
May God’s presence and love abound in your lives as you receive this letter. Join us again in thanking the Lord for His manifold graces poured down on all of us, His children, as He promises in Deuteronomy 28:1-3, that as we obey Him, He will overtake us with blessings- spiritual, emotional, physical and material, so that we can be the persons He designed us to be.
We would like to share with you some major ministry developments/events that took place the past three months. Here are some highlights.
Last week of September, we (some ministry leaders from Cagayan de Oro) visited a Tiboli community (an Indigenous People’s group) in South Cotabato, Southern Mindanao. We had a short fellowship/meeting with some Tiboli leaders and discussed some of their needs and how Arise Christian Ministries (ACMI) could help them. They expressed their need for support on how to follow up their tribal members, equip them in the word and strengthen them since many cults and false teachers are around and have swayed many of their fellow leaders. We commissioned some of our leaders to follow them up regularly. After the brief visit to the Tiboli brethren, our team travelled to General Santos City and also had a short fellowship with the brethren there.
Third week of October, a Leadership Development Program (LDP), a regular leader’s training being carried out by ACMI was conducted in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. Ministry leaders from Surigao, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Butuan City, attended the training. The leaders from Region 4 (or the ministry areas and outreaches in the Southern part/towns of North Cotabato) had their LDP during the second weekend of October. Very recently, about two weeks ago, the brethren from Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur and the Northern Towns of North Cotabato also had their Leadership Development Program (LDP) in Kilikili, Lanao del Sur. Around 75 leaders attended.
As the month of October ended, a mission summit was conducted at the ministry center in Cagayan de Oro City. The objective of this summit was to get/hear some reports/experiences of the brethren in the mission field (delegates were participants to the missions training previously conducted). All the delegates/participants were blessed to hear life and near death experiences the brethren went thru as they fulfilled the mandate the Lord commanded them to engage in. After three days of messages and few words of encouragements from ACMI’s leaders, the delegates went back to their respective areas/mission fields encouraged and fully charged to continue the work the Good Lord had called them. Delegates from each of the four regions identified at least one unreached people group in their region to pray, reach out and follow up. At present the ministry has a work with Higaonons, Tibolis and Manobos. The summit was facilitated by Bro./ Dr. Franco Teves, who himself was a missionary to China.
Last weekend, Nov. 18, the ministry conducted a free medical-dental mission at Carmen, Agusan del Norte. It is a collaboration of local sponsors and ACMI. There were 670 people served, including children. The Gospel was shared to the patients before they were attended to by the doctors and dentists. By the grace of God five medical doctors, two dentists and many volunteers helped to make the mission successful. Brethren from Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Nasipit and other civic organizations worked together during the conduct of the free clinic. Meanwhile, some brethren went house to house and shared the Gospel to the people who did not go to the free medical clinic. Many of these who were witnessed to accepted the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior. To God be the Glory. Hopefully a local fellowship will be established as a result of the free medical clinic.
This December, some of our leaders will be travelling around to visit and encourage our brethren in various ministry areas and outreaches, and also share some material gifts to the poor.
For all these things, we give God the glory for the works He has done in our midst. Thank you for your co-laborship in the Gospel. Attached are some pictures taken during the conduct of the above activities.
Rejoicing in His faithfulness,
Pastor BERNARDO A. MENDOZA
Dra. Tauli looking after a patient
Kuya Franco Teves giving a message during the Mission Summit