Dear Brethren in Christ,
Praise God from whom all blessings flow! May this letter finds you trusting in our Savior’s unconditional love.
Join us in thanking the Lord for what He is doing in our midst. In several occasions, God opened doors for the Gospel to be shared: in school openings among students, parents and teachers; at the wakes of friends; gathering with family members and neighbors; among officemates who lent their searching ears to hear God’s Word; during birthdays; one-on-one encounters, etc. The Holy Spirit indeed is working in convicting men of sin, righteousness and judgment.
We also praise and thank the Lord for blessing the UAE ministry with new believers, and strengthening our leaders there to help in the growth of members. One of their leaders, Jerry Suello, was assigned lately to work in Qatar. His going there is primary to be used by God for the Great Commission. His work in a certain company is only secondary. Let’s pray for him.
We thank the Lord for strengthening the ministry among the Higaonons by using the livelihood projects to encourage them and bless them in their walk with God. The ministry started to work on other tribes, particularly; the Tibolis, Iranons, Maguindanaos and Bajaos. A team to work and focus on the ministry’s tribal work had been formed. One of the of the identified activities to equip the brethren involved in tribal work is a language/dialect training and culture study. This is being conducted by a sister (a convert) who is willing to share her time to train the brethren (the tribe is purposely not identified to protect the Sister). The other project was the distribution of school supplies to the children of the tribal folks our brethren are trying to reach out. By the grace of God, there were no negative responses from the tribal folks. In fact, they were very receptive and thankfully welcomed the assistance. Soon, Lord willing, livelihood projects will follow.
With regards to the ministry’s assistance to the brethren thru livelihood projects, God had blessed this ministry endeavors that many of the recipients had repaid their loans. The recipients testified of God’s goodness to meet their physical, material, financial and spiritual needs.
The ministry recently bought two motorbikes to be used by our ministry leaders in Lantungan, Zamboanga del Sur, and another full time worker who regularly does follow-up of believers in 3 places in Negros and two in Cebu, in the Visayas. Travels to far flung areas are now faster and easier. Some brethren even bought their own motorbikes for ministry use.
This year, the ACM celebrates its 19th founding anniversary. Several ministry areas and outreaches have already celebrated the ministry’s founding anniversary by conducting various activities, such as; family outings in beaches, mini conferences (Leadership Development Training), distribution of school supplies (coincided with school openings) and water baptism of brethren (pictures attached). Many more areas will celebrate the ministry’s anniversary this coming month of July. A common activity of all ministry areas and outreaches to celebrate the ministry’s founding anniversary was a witnessing spree conducted on June 24. This was conducted simultaneously in all areas after the worship service. Together we give God all the glory and honor for being our Shepherd and Guide through these years. We look forward with much anticipation to seeing His promises fulfilled in our midst. Thank you so much for travelling with us as we co-labor in His vineyard.
Regional Youth Conference in Fortchacu Tres, Bukidnon
Distribution of School Supplies in Malahone, Nasipit, Agusan del Norte
Distribution of School Supplies in Taluto, Negros Oriental
Water Baptism at Kitub-Bao, Alamada, North Cotabato
Rejoicing in His faithfulness,
Ptr. BERNARDO and SIS. BABES MENDOZA
For the Arise Christian Ministries, Inc.