Dear Brethren in Christ,
Christian Greetings! May this letter find you trusting under the shadow of His wings.
The past 5 months were trying times not only for us but for the whole world. We know that the Lord is Sovereign and He is still on the throne. May these times make people think and ponder on the issues of life that really matters – that is, to seek the real meaning and purpose in life. When money, health, business, careers become uncertain, may people seek the Lord with all their hearts. We are certain that, God allowed all these natural disasters (pandemic, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc.) to come about because He wanted to catch man’s attention. Praise God, we read (heard) that so many people around the world are buying Bibles and some are seeking the truth and studying the Scriptures. Let’s pray that their hearts are sincere and earnest in finding Him by faith, through His Word. Even the sick ones and their families have all the chances to call upon the name of the Lord. The Lord is waiting for people to seek Him, as He longs for that.
The Lord allowed Christians all over to be creative in building up each other even during the lockdown. For us here, we use the zoom, messenger, and internet for regular fellowships, prayer meetings, and Bible studies. We thank the Lord for enabling many of us to use the zoom to contact many brethren (here in the Philippines and outside) whom we haven’t heard for quite some time.
With the zoom technology, fellowship, sharing time, prayers and regular Bible Studies became possible. Many are also sharing the gospel thru the internet to former classmates, friends, and neighbors and by God’s grace, several of them who heard the Gospel responded positively. We trust the Lord to work out conviction in their hearts.
For those that don’t have internet, we sent printed messages weekly for them to meditate on. We also encouraged them to continue their Bible Studies in small groups (with safe social distancing), quiet times, and meetings. In areas that are not so much affected by the pandemic, church services were already resumed after four months of lockdown. Before July ended, in the hinterland of Negros Oriental, more than 40 brethren went thru water baptism as they committed their lives to and under the Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who submitted themselves to water baptism (which was led and conducted by the ACMI leaders in Taluto) came from Guihulngan and Taluto, Negros Oriental (see picture).
With regards to the physical needs of the brethren, we continued to send relief goods in ministry areas which received minimal government assistance because of distance, The Higaonon (tribal) brethren in Kalipay and Dukdukaan in Gingoog City and those in Malahone, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte received rice and dry goods (picture).
The Lord Jesus promised never to leave us nor forsake us. He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Rejoicing in His sovereign grace,
Baptism in Negros, Oriental
Baptism in Negros, Oriental
Higaonon brethren receiving goods
Ladies' Bible study
Men's Bible study
Dear brethren in Christ,
The Lord is Sovereign over the affairs of man and of the whole world. We have seen the devastation wrought by COVID19 with so many deaths all over the world. Sin and death are the consequences of a fallen world. God is still in control. The Bible declares in I Samuel 2:6 which states, “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.” Nothing is hidden from God and He still is working His eternal purposes.
For people who don’t have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and haven’t trusted His death and resurrection for his own salvation, the recent calamity is being used by God as a wake-up call, for man to repent and humbly come to Christ as Lord and Savior. For those who have a personal relationship with Christ, there is a promise in II Chronicles 16:9a which states, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” God promised to strengthen the hearts of His children and assures them that “all things work together for good to those who love Him” Romans 8:28.
We praise and thank God that despite these difficult times, He has provided the ministry with resources so that we can extend help to our brethren who live in far-flung areas that the government is not able to reach and provide for their material needs. We thank the Lord for the Christian donors/Good Samaritan and for the leaders who helped facilitate the distribution of these goods. (Pictures: Note: More pictures are not posted/ included)
We also thank God for this opportunity to share the gospel with friends and love ones who are now ready to hear the Gospel. May their hearts be willing to respond positively to Christ’s claims in their lives.
Thank you for your prayers, support, encouragement, and co-labors in the Gospel. The Lord sees your hearts and will reward you accordingly (Hebrews 6:10). Let’s travel together by faith until Jesus comes again!
God bless you richly and your family.
In His vineyard,
Brethren from Poblacion, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental received goods on March 27, 2020.
Brethren from Sukudan received relief goods on April 16, 2020.
Brethren from Taluto, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental received goods on March 29, 2020.
Brethren from Dangkalan, Negros Oriental received goods on March 27, 2020.
Brethren receiving relief goods on the outskirts of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
Distribution of relief goods (house to house) Pikit, Cotabato on March 31, 2020.
Relief distribution in Pag-ao, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte on March 26, 2020.
Relief goods being repacked and readied for distribution to brethren in various ministry areas in Cotabato on April 13, 2020.
Relief goods distribution in Abacanhan, Cotabato on April 15, 2020.
Relief goods ready for distribution in Kilikili, Wao, Lanao del Sur on March 25, 2020.
Relief goods received by the Bagobo brethren in Makilala, Cotabato on April 16, 2020.
Dear Brethren in Christ:
Join us in praising and thanking God for His grace, loving-kindness, and guidance in our midst.
As the year started, the ACMI brethren from various ministry areas continued to discharge their commitment to the Lord by becoming more vigorous in fulfilling the mission He (Jesus) had called to them accomplish. After the planning coupled with much prayer (which most brethren did during the last weeks of December 2019 and the first week of January 2020), they carried out their plans with enthusiasm and sincerity. Here are some of the highlights of the main activities the brethren have conducted (pictures attached):
The brethren in Katingawan, Cotabato, distributed relief goods to the earthquake victims in Makilala, Cotabato. These victims are members of the Bagobo tribe living on the foot of Mt. Apo. Aside from distributing relief goods, the brethren also conducted bible studies and fellowship (which were done under the trees and bananas).
The brethren in Nasipit conducted the fourth leadership/skills training for the Higaonon brethren (tribal outreaches in Agusan and Misamis Oriental).
The brethren from Sukudan outreach conducted a house to house witnessing in the barangay of Rogonan (barangay near Sukudan).
Still in Katingawan, some brethren went house to house witnessing and Bible study in Grebona, Cotabato
The Iligan brethren went room to room (ward) witnessing in a hospital.
This weekend, many of our leaders will converge in Kalilangan, Bukidnon for the regular leadership training (LDP). After the training, the leaders will also meet to assess the progress of the preparation for the General Conference in April. We are expecting one thousand brethren to attend. We covet your prayers for the success of this ministry activity.
We thank you very much for your co-labors with us in the Gospel. God bless you richly.
In His vineyard,