Reminders…its been a month

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three…
1Corinthians 13:12-13

Happy Monthsary! A common practice in the Filipino culture is the celebration of life in its beginning. It could be a birthday, a wedding anniversary, or any occasion one finds important to mark as a monthly reminder of the first year.

A beginning….that is continually celebrated, just as we celebrate our life in Christ Jesus. It can last a lifetime, or till the end of one’s faith in the life or occasion being memorialized. May that not be so!

…but the greatest of these is love.

I am celebrating with my Savior our 1st Monthsary in Dasmariñas. It is a temporary holding place He set up for me, and Stephen (a.k.a Rizty) whom He chose to detain until such time He deems perfect to re-unite us.

Today He takes my feet to Robinson’s Galeria, and I await the doors to open. The ” mallers”, “coolers”, and the true shoppers, walk into a Jollibee fast food outlet. World (as in world of Pinoys) famous for its “Chicken Joy”, it surprised me to see the people traffic wanting to be fed breakfast or brunch so early in the day. Lunch maybe? Or like me, waiting for the doors to open.

What is the purpose in every one’s heart as they sit and wait? What might they be attempting to remember, or perhaps forget?

Suriin natin(selah):

What do you consider worth remembering while you live this life on earth (eretz)?

“I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.”
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

Do you know where you are going when your transitory life is over?

“I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.”
Ecclesiastes 3:14

What the author of Ecclesiastes is reminding us is that it is God who does it, and is doing it everyday. Why? John 3:16

If you hear His voice, do not ignore Him because the Bible tells us,”For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.How? I’m glad you asked, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

He also tells us,”But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

That’s right, when you receive the gift of salvation from God through Jesus Christ, you become a child of the King of Kings!!!

Who you are…

Amidst the Storm

“Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.” Psalm 107:28-29

Letter between Nenita and Jackie of Harvest Christian Fellowship, Quezon City.

To Nenita:

8/10/12

Hi Ate(big sister),

I apologize for not replying sooner. We just got our electricity back yesterday and I’m now just using a prepaid internet card to access my emails.

From Monday night to Thursday evening, our place was submerged in floodwaters by 6 feet. Kuya(brother) Juni, his house was submerged by at least 8 or 10 feet. Yun van po nila(Their van) submerged din (also), which would require big repairs. There are 3-4 other families from church severely affected by the floods. We’re just now getting back on track after being trapped for so long. We are thankful the Lord protected everyone. I, for one, minimized my movement so as not to induce contractions, baka mapaanak po ako bigla (I might suddenly give birth). I am due to give birth anytime soon.

We’re glad safe po kayo dyan(you are safe where you are), Ate. Ano po ang(What is your) plan niyo moving forward, by saying di po muna kayo sa QC area (Too bad you cannot be in Quezon City for now)? Does that mean we won’t see you in church for the time being?

We agree with you it is the Lord who provides. Where He leads He will provide.

We continue to pray for the Lord’s leading regarding the Bible College.

God bless us all!
Armand and Jackie

To Jackie:

8/12/12

How is everyone, Jackie?

I am sorry to hear all this flood stories. We have been just praying over all the towns and cities affected by the calamity. I have sent reports to the church in the States so they can pray and ask God for mercy. I myself have been holed up in the school apartment due to the inclement weather for three days. I will do what I do best and that is to keep on interceding for the Church to be united and serve each other’s needs together and not separately.

It saddens me to see what I am seeing and experiencing for the first time. Man’s depravity does all these. We pray for God’s mercy and fresh outpouring of His Spirit that there will be revival in the country. Repentance…need to be realized by every believer.

I was in Biñan on Saturday. God had me start a Bible study for the family I have there. It is His plan again, an answered prayer. It was very nice to be used in this way. God is truly pleased. Two of my brother’s homes were ravaged waist deep by the flooded river and they didn’t even let me know. Please include them in your prayers too.

So there you have it, I will be driving to Biñan every Saturday to teach them how to fall in love with His Word. There are two photos in a following mail for you to see them and the woman, Aleli Sandoval who was saved by God’s love just when I arrived from Dasmariñas. It was a beautiful testimony of God’s appointment…her salvation and I got to lead her. Her story is for another day. Pray for her faith to grow, that her one year old baby Angelica who is hydro-cephalic will be healed and God will receive glory.

You are right my little sister…it is to trust His Word. He will build it… Also, it teaches me to re-start a life of utter dependence in His care and provision in all things. I know how it is to have much and how to have little. I am content where He has me, in Him. He is my All in all.

It is my desire to stay in QC for at least two weeks, even a month, and get to know all of you…but God has set up for me a camp where He is providing everything and not only that, I am being poured out here as an offering. God is using me in His ministry to the teachers and to the children. I will see you from time to time when the Lord permits.

I would hope to be there for the Pastors Conference so I can meet with P. John Michaels and the other pastors too…

I have another sister in the Lord who is..part of this Christian Montessori here in Dasmariñas. She has been asking me to help her…She has offered me this apartment which is in campus and in the beginning I was striving to get based close to QC but God had me pegged for this work even while we were fasting and praying for the Bible College two years ago. He is Sovereign. He is faithful. He knows what’s best.

When there is a struggle, when there is striving, we all know there’s flesh involved. Wanting to be in QC is my spirit mingled with flesh. God will work out the best time for us to huddle.

I am confident that He will be glorified. I hope you had a beautiful worship service and that our Father was pleased by the services all over the world. I had a wonderful time with the Jabez church family in Dasmariñas .

It brings me great joy to meet with the kapatiran (brethren) all over the world. This is the heart of missions. The Church as one big family of believers who do not know each other apart from the blood of Jesus that unites us and I get to meet them as the Holy Spirit directs me.

May you continue to grow in His grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and let me know when you get tired of my long letters…I hear a new typhoon is threatening the land again, Helen of Troy.

Dear Jesus rebuke the typhoon spirits that are thrown our way and bring peace and healing through a revival in this country that you caused us to love. Amen.