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Greetings in Christ!
As we celebrate this season of joy, let us go back to the first Christmas, and the first visitors of Jesus at the manger, the shepherds. In Luke 2:9-11, it says, “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord”. Christ’s birth brings great joy to all mankind. He is the Savior. He offers forgiveness of all sins, and ushers man back to a close relationship with God. His death and resurrection bring healing and hope to man’s lost soul. This is the Good News that really matters. It’s worth sharing again and again.
Join us in thanking the Lord for what He has done in our midst. Last December 14, the ministry conducted a nationwide witnessing activity where most if not all members were encouraged to visit someone and share the Gospel. With one objective, that is, to share the Gospel one more time, reminding people what is the true message of Christmas, the brethren left the church after the worship service and visited their friends, relatives and officemates whom they previously contacted. Those who did not have appointments with someone else, they went to campuses, hospitals, restaurants, plaza and even malls. In the communities, the brethren went house to house. Many responded positively, others prayed and some agreed to be visited and be followed up. We thank God for opening doors and hearts for Jesus. This ministry-wide activity also encouraged the brethren to make witnessing a lifestyle, knowing that the Holy Spirit is the one who convicts sinners, and our job is to clearly present the Gospel.
We also thank God for the many blessings He showered upon us as a ministry. He answered prayers for more laborers to go to the harvest field. He provided finances for the ministry work, particularly, resources to help us in extending free medical services to the people in need of medical help, and funds to build fellowship centers. He also used talents of people to extend help and do good works to address some needs of the community outreaches.
As we face 2015, we are confident that He will perfect what He started. As we obey the Great Commission: Jesus has two-fold promises- His power and presence. “And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20b).
Thank you so much for your co-laborship in the Gospel.
In His service,
Ptr. Bernardo and Sis. Felina Mendoza
ACMI provides free Medical, Optometric services
and Feeding of Indigent Children
By: Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.
An early pre-Christmas present it was for 210 patients who availed of medical and optometric services rolled out by the Arise Christian Ministries, Inc. (ACMI) in tandem with the Arise Foundation, when its three medical doctors and a guest optometrist, with a host of support staff, gathered together to serve them this 22nd day of November 2014 at the ACMI Fellowship Center in Katingawan, Midsayap, Cotabato.
Out of the said 210 patients, at least 26 children were served by Dr. Megs Dauz from Nasipit, Agusan del Norte; 60 adults were able to received free reading glasses as prescribed by Dr. Reynald Flores of Midsayap, Cotabato; and the rest of the patients, some of whom were actually multiple patients, were served by Drs. Zeny Tauli and Glenn Manarpaac of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Cities respectively. Furthermore, at least 77 patients were able to undergo free Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) Test administered by the support staff.
After the blood pressure test and consultation rounds, the patients were provided with medicines. Prior to the conduct of medical and/or optometric intervention(s), however, the patients – with particular emphasis on those who could comprehend – listened first to the Gospel as presented by volunteering ACMI leaders.
There were patients invited from the periphery who came and there were patients too who came from ACMI outreaches in Cotabato such as Kitub, Bao, Abacanhan, Libungan, Pikit, Parang, Magpet, San Isidro, Pakao, Kampangi, Sukudan and Central Katingawan.
Ptr. Bernie Mendoza, ACMI Head Pastor based in Cagayan de Oro City, pointed out that the said outing was the second grand medical mission staged by ACMI at Midsayap, Cotabato and it became possible through the purposive support of the CHRISTIAN AID, a foreign donor which provided funding for its rolling out.
At the evening, Ptr. Santiago Evasco, who is the President of ACMI, exhorted during the fellowship service those who allowed themselves to be used as instruments in the furtherance of God’s mission through helping others by way of providing free medical services. He quoted I Corinthians 15:58, saying: “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
The following day, which was a Sunday, Engr. David Tauli, President of the Arise Foundation, followed through by sharing at the fellowship service the significance of Christ’s death, which led to the salvation and freedom of those who accepted and received Him in their hearts. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” this he quoted from 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Meanwhile, a week before the free medical and optometric services were rendered, the ministry also conducted a feeding spree for indigent kids in ministry outreaches in Cotabato. A total of 297 indigent kids in 11 ministry outreaches were served with nutritious food by the brethren from Katingawan, the Regional training center of ACMI.
These twin activities are in line with the ministry’s social concerns for the needy especially the indigents and tribal communities. We give God all the glory and honor for His provision, His enabling us to participate in the kingdom work in this part of the world.