Dear Brethren in Christ,
Christian greetings! May this letter find you experiencing His peace, joy, and love as you walk with Him.
We are confident that you are praying for Mindanao, especially Marawi City, which is presently undergoing difficult times. Marawi City is now in disarray. But we believe the best is yet to come. There are verses in the book of Isaiah which many Christians (including my wife -Babes) claimed while they were studying in Mindanao State University (MSU), many years ago. The promises of God to Israel in Isaiah 2:3 which says, “Many peoples will come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem”, were claimed by Christians for MSU (a university located on the mountains of Marawi City). God fulfilled (and continue to fulfill) these promises. For ACMI, many of the ministry leaders are graduates from MSU, Marawi City. Also, many Christian groups/churches were also founded at MSU. Those students and faculty members who heard and responded to the Gospel, who are now residing in various places in the Philippines and around the world, are being used by God for His kingdom and glory. We believe, MSU and Marawi City will be rebuilt again, not just physically but spiritually according to God’s sovereign purpose.
The Lord is indeed our leader and guide as we fulfill His plans and directions for the ministry. As we celebrate the ministry’s 18th founding anniversary, allow us to share some of the many blessings the Lord had showered upon ACMI. Right before our eyes, the Lord God fulfilled His promises in Isaiah 60:5, which say, “Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come”. The Lord gave us people who are serious in loving and serving the Lord as our co-laborers, through the years. He also touched the hearts of brethren from other Christian organizations and churches (locally and abroad) by committing to pray for ACMI. They also shared their financial resources to address the material needs of the poor brethren the ACMI had reached out for the Gospel. Praise the Lord, many of our community outreaches (farmers, fishermen, laborers and tribal folks), were extended financial help for their livelihood needs. Four local fellowships/outreaches were able to avail of financial help to finance the construction of their church buildings and training centers. Some deserving but poor students are being considered for educational scholarships. God willing, as the Lord blesses the work of their hands, blessings will be extended to many more recipients in the future.
Meanwhile, here are some highlights on the 18th founding anniversary celebrations conducted by the various ministry areas last June, 2017 (although many anniversary celebrations will still be conducted these months of July and August). Celebrations were festive and of course there were feasting by the brethren, the most common way of thanking the Lord’s faithfulness the past eighteen years. Aside from the usual cheerful and happy celebrations, the other activities conducted were; national witnessing, youth leaders’ camp (Commitment Conference), Bukidnon general youth conference and Regional Leadership Development Programs (LDP). By God’s grace all these activities were conducted successfully. Attached are some pictures taken during the conduct of the said activities. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Pastor BERNARDO and Sis. FELINA MENDOZA
witnessing in Cebu City
Youth Leaders' Camp
community witnessing at Carmen, Agusan del Norte
witnessing in the classroom at Cagayan de Oro College PHINMA