Greetings to all our supporters and friends in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We rely on you all for your support in prayer and financially. It is now over twenty years since the first work team went to the Philippines and you have been so faithful in your support over all these years. Thank you so much, daghan salamat.
ORO BIBLE COLLEGE. Mm Fe Mendoza reports “It’s Monday morning, beautiful day that God has given to us, fresh air, renewed strength for the day. There are so many things that we can thank God for. The song says, count your many blessings name them one by one, it’s countless blessings.
We are all doing fine here at OBC as a whole, except for minor illness such as colds, a little cough, this is because of the weather it’s wet (rainy) season, almost every afternoon it rains, but no floods. Next week will be our mid-term exam. Imagine how time runs so fast we’re already on the mid-year of the first semester. We don’t really have much activities for this month, except for the midterm exam, and also the class of Sir Jeff will be going for their activity in Indahag this coming Saturday, they will be working with our children there, doing some teaching and feeding program.
For September will have our annual Foundation Activity 16-17, and we are still on the process of working the program, Billy is now in charge of the the Co-Curricular Activity and Pastor Pablito Molina is our speaker, the present Pastor of Maranatha Cagayan. Area of Concern, our Registrar’s Office needs a new computer, very slow already almost dead, Myriam is working in my office computer.”
INDAHAG. Mm Fe continues “Regarding our Indahag Ministry, we are still working there every weekend with four students from OBC teaching Sunday School. According to the owner we can stay there up to March next year, and the barangay captain promised to relocate the church to somewhere else, we don’t know yet. Just continue to pray for us. This is God’s ministry and He will do something for this area of work.”
MACANHAN. PASTOR BENJIE RAGAS reports that the ministry at Macanhan is going well with the people there. Over the last few weeks two new families have come to fellowship there. The number of young people attending is very encouraging. Some of the members have moved away and therefore no longer attend. Macanhan is a dormitory suburb of CDO and has a very transitory population.
JEFF AND RHONDA WALSH AND FAMILY write “Oro Bible College is now halfway through the first semester of the 2010-2011 school year. Jeff is again the chaplain of Oro Bible College (OBC), teaches four classes (Basic Doctrines, Pentateuch, Church History I, and Missions -as a correspondence course with the interns) and has also put together a new method of student mentorship in which every student was evaluated as to their Christian maturity and assigned to a group to be mentored by a faculty/staff member. Rhonda continues to take care of the finances of the mission, homeschool the boys and visit with the neighborhood children every Wednesday at noon. The boys work hard at their studies and play baseball with the children of Iponan every Saturday.”
PASTOR JONATHAN NAVACILLA continues with his studies at CGST and has Midterm Exams this week. As well as his Study he continues with full pastoral activities including youth ministry, kinder registrar, and Saturday children’s ministry in a squatter area several kms. from the church.
PASTOR ROY ROCHA writes “Praise God for all of you who always praying for me, my family, and my ministry! Thank you for your continuous support!
I thank God first of all for the providing the needs of my kids in school. Through this help we were able to provide my kids their school uniforms and other stuff. That was a great help for us.
Secondly, God is doing great things in my ministry. Kids Sunday school is going well with lots of fun and exciting games. Kids in the community are joining our kids. My 8 year son, Peniel James Roie is now playing the drums. He substitutes my eldest son Jojo who plays drum for our praise and Worship.
Last Sunday, August 8 was the start of our men’s fellowship, we expect 20 men to come but because there was heavy rain due to Typhoon Esther (local name), many did not come to join us because the water in the river begun to rise. But for those who attended, we were able to set men’s choir and schedule activities that focus on developing church leaders. We also thank God for the new bridge that connects the other side of the river where most of church members are living.
THANKS GIVING SERVICES. The annual Thanksgiving Services season will soon begin. Most of our churches celebrate Thanksgiving between now until the end of the year. Pray that many who attend who do not usually go to church may be challenged to renew their relationships with Christ.
Prayer requests from Jeff and Rhonda Walsh
1.Work -that we will be able to do the things that God has for us each day with joy and faithfulness.
2.Home -that we will be able to work through difficulties in ways that bring glory to God.
3.Future plans -that we will trust completely in the Lord’s leading and not feel anxious for anything.
4.That God will raise up new Filipinos who are called to bring the gospel to unreached groups in the Philippines.
5.That God will raise up strongly committed and biblically informed leaders for our churches in the Philippines.
Prayer requests from Roy Rocha:
- Please pray that there will be no more floods just like the one last year.
- Protection for all of us from Dengue. Dengue cases are rising nowadays.
- For God’s leading in our Ministry. Our slogan for this year is M&M (Making Movements). We are asking God to move us in making Spiritual Movements in our community where we can make greater impact towards community transformation. We desire to “Know Him, to make Him known”
- Pray for the Walsh family that each of them would know your hand on them as they near the end of their time in the Philippines
- There are at least two Pastors needing replacement motorbikes (One bike was stolen the other is dying) so that they may more effectively fulfil their ministries. Pray that they will be able to find the necessary funding.
- 16 – 17th Pray for the OBC Foundation Activities being held that it would bring honour to God’s Name and be a time of fellowship and testimony.
- Give thanks that the work at Indahag has a few extra months to find an alternative place to worship. May the Barangay captain be able to help in this regard.
- Pray for the work at Macanhan that Pastor Benjie Ragas would be encouraged as he ministers there amongst a transitory population. Give thanks that there are new people coming into the fellowship there.