Introducing our newest member, teener Abigail Lopez, baptized and received to membership October 1, 2017.
I had the opportunity to visit our sister church, the Sovereign Grace Church (SGC) of Manila, last Sunday afternoon, September 17, this time not to preach but to witness the ordination of their two new deacons. This is a tremendous blessing since they haven’t had an additional deacon for many many years in spite of their growing ministry.
Thanks be to God that He answered prayer. Brothers Junie and Robert were ordained as their second and third deacons. Brother Junie, a former deacon himself in his previous church, is a very humble, unassuming, and diligent man who can be trusted with the work of a deacon. Brother Robert (along with his wife Bubbles) are a very hard working and hospitable couple. Many times they have lent their house in Baguio to us when we were on vacation in that city.
I pray that with the addition of two new deacons, the work of God through SGC would indeed grow and prosper. With the recent additions in church membership especially of young people (and some more applying for membership), may the church be all the more encouraged to serve the Lord with zeal.
To God be the glory for His gifts to the church!
We had thirty one ladies gather last Saturday, September 16 for their quarterly women’s fellowship. I preached two messages on the theme, “The Trials and Comforts of a Godly Woman.” There was a question and answer portion after each message and then a time of small group prayer after the fellowship lunch.
May the Lord use these fellowships to strengthen the spiritual bonds that connect our ladies. Furthermore, may this particular topic enable our women to face trial better by drawing instruction and comfort from the word of God in their times of difficulty. Praise be to God for answered prayer.
I was happy to see 17 OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) attend our morning service last Sunday, September 3 . For two weeks now they have been coming in droves. They come from three employment agencies scattered around the community. We have a long-standing Saturday Bible study in one of them and hope to have an outreach in another. These ladies are headed towards Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East.
They need our prayers. They are leaving behind families and loved ones to go to a place where most of them have never gone before, with the risk of being hired by abusive employers and prevented from leisurely time to partake of the word of God. They do this all to earn income for their hard-up families. May God have mercy on these ones.
Above all, may the seed of the gospel that has been sown flourish and take root in the hearts of these young ladies.
The couples of MCBC had a good time of fellowship last Friday evening, August 25. In spite of the rains, 34 were able to attend, including a couple of visitors. I taught on the topic of “Adjustment in Marriage.”
We usually go through the course on pre-marital counseling to refresh ourselves with the basics of marriage. After all, it is in the basics where a marriage can either go well or go wrong.
It is our prayer that with these post-marital counseling sessions, we would have stronger couples in MCBC. With strong couples and stable families we have a strong church.
The Reformed Baptist Institute of Pastoral Training (RBIPT) resumed classes last Aug 11 but with a twist. We have temporarily shifted focus from training full-time ministerial students to helping preachers and potential office-bearers sharpen and determine their gifts and calling and who cannot leave their present employments. Thus, instead of the two-week modules that we usually have, our classes are now held only on Friday nights, the best time for these students.
Hopefully, from among this crop, future church leaders would arise. There are about fifteen students with ages ranging from below 20 to above 50. Presently, they are taking up a course on determining a call to the ministry.
As to a full-time course, there are some who are interested. But after interview we have deemed it premature for these potential students to be enrolled at the present.
In any case, our prayer remains the same–that the Lord who gives gifts to His church would continue to raise up able men for His harvest. May He bless our humble efforts at training men towards that end.