Unfiltered ramblings

“…Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.” John 2:24,25

Since that weekend of March 13, 2020, the world has spiraled for the worst; getting a heaping of obfuscation here, paranoia there. These things can easily side-track us. “…fear not, be of good cheer…”. Jesus Christ has overcome the world! Our prayer is that as you read, you will be encouraged you, all to the Glory of our God and Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

As you flip through these pages, that these are “one mans” thoughts and observations through the lens of Scripture, the standard we all ought to live by. God’s truth becomes personal when I read and apply what His Word says to my everyday. What you have is our continuing journey for “such a time as this.

Leaving 2019, great hopes were in the horizon for the new decade, 2020 started with promise for my wife and I. This is our report…as of June 30, 2020.

The New Year was welcomed with at the home Errol (our son), his wife Cynthia, their children(Nathan, Anya (Nathania), and Nicolas) in their home. Nenita and I spent 2019 Christmas and New Year with them as in previous years.

1st On January 1, 2020, we drove up to Baguio (summer capital of the Philippines). Joining us were Lorenza, (Cynthias mom); coming along were friends: May, her husband Mike and their two children; and Boni, his wife Judith and their two kids.

Baguio City, family & friends January 3, 2020

That was how we kicked off 2020.

2nd …entering the second week, we settled in. But then, a passenger jeepney ran into us, a rear-right-end collision. The cost of the damage was not cheap, for parts and labor, however, the Lord provided the funds through two of the brethren. No one was hurt, thank you Lord.

3rd. Those were followed by the eruption of Taal Volcano near Tagaytay on January 12th. Portions of Northeast Calabarzon received a pungent dose of briny ashfall. You remember that Tagaytay was where MFHBC started the Lord’s work in 2013.

4th Spring Semester started the second week of February. Classes were held at Kingdom Ministries in Silang, Cavite. As you might recall, Pastor Sandy Molo had gone home to be with his(and ours) Lord earlier in December, the relationship the Lord forged between Bro. Sandy and MFHBC continues to this day.

5th The last week of February found us alongside the saints of Fortify on the island of Palawan, in Puerto Princessa, southwest of Luzon. Fortify, God’s vision received by Pastor

Team FORTIFY 2020 in Palawan

Rod Thompson, builds partnerships through the equipping of independent churches in the Philippines. Fortify first came to the Philippines via Tagaytay, the week my journey for a CABG4 bypass began in 2016.

We arrived from Palawan March 3, to continue the semester in Silang. The following week, Nenita celebrated her birthday, a Tuesday, March 10. The remainder of that week is as we say, shaped into what is now history.

6th The events we’ve witnessed and endured since that week truly is unfathomable. How that one weekend in March was transformed into a Sping nightmare in the Orient, and a Fall ordeal in the west. You don’t need me to rehash what we’ve all been through these last three and a half months, or 108 days beginning at March 13…but God.

Our students continued to stay in touch the first few weeks since that weekend in March. Thinking the “shut-down” would be short and temporary, we gave the students “homework” to keep occupied. They were to apply what they had learned in the past semesters, IBS/ Hermeneutics.

As circumstance would have it, most of the students faced limitations in distance learning. They all thrive on learning collectively and not individually, like a competition; in addition, they were faced limited WiFi and financial capabilities.

The first month, two of the students made the effort of submitting their assigned work. Demands of family along with other effects of the “quarantine” mandate from government, homework added to their already stressful days. The semester came to a grinding halt. The Lord has directed us to smoothly reboot the semester in August.

As we wait, I urge you pray our students. God has allowed this “interruption” all to His glory. For His body the church, that we may stand fast in His Word. This was something Nenita and I got to do. In addition to personal time with the Lord, we also found ourselves fellowshipping via the internet with other saints. These 112+ days showed me that I must needs to avail the much more of God’s grace from Jesus Christ, by His Spirit, thoughtfully and purposefully.

March, April, and May are normally the summer months. Curiously, when the government imposed the Philippines version of a “lockdown” and “ECQ (enhanced community quarantine)”during those months, we did not experience the anticipated heat. These were the months new words, acronyms, and phrases were introduced into our vocabulary: ECQ, flatten the curb, DOH, social distancing, CDC, virus, WHO, mask, and so on.

Another noticeable result due to shutdown of factories, minimized movement of motor vehicles, and people, pollution was also on a hiatus. The air we were breathing was cleaner, the sky was bluer and clearer, walking outdoors was conducive to everyones health, then government imposes limitations on such a “healthy” activity.

Nenita further reflected how the Lord has used the shutdown to bring revival, restoration, and rest to weary lives.

1) give earth time to heal from our reckless attitude toward it (Psalm 60:1-5);

2) allow families to be restored to Him, and to each another(Galatians 6:1-5);

3) remind His body, the church, to remain faithful (Jude 20, 21);

4) call attention to a Christ rejecting generation to God’s gift, His love, His Word to be received (Acts 2:38,39, 4:12; 2Corinthians 6:2).

Our dependence on the internet became evident these nearly four months. Again, an instance where evil meant to use for bad, God has used it for good: the Gospel reached the once unreached; Christian fellowship continued online; bible studies became more accessible; Church became a reality for many, no excuses; and many more.

On the ground was a little more challenging as we had more physical face to face, up close and personal encounters others (security guards, neighbors, soldiers, community enforcers, and so on). Regardless of how I view this “_demic,” which I believe to be a ruse, my main duty is to exhibit Christ in me to all men (Roman 13:3). Did I always succeed? No. But because of the grace of God, I am always able get up each time I fall.

Because we do not have a television, Nenita and I were more tuned to reports coming from the USA through the various “non-msm” information outlets off the internet. As Oswald Chambers calls it, we got to exercise the “ministry of the interior,”prayer, as the Lord brings to our remembrance those He reveals through the news, President Trump, our nation, Rodrigo Duterte, the saints around the world.

All in line with what we are called to do, “…seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace…”; “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving thanks be made for all men…kings…all who are in authority…that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life…”

The months rolled in and out, we welcomed the new days as we experienced breathing room, for everyone. These days of isolation, the Word in Jeremiah comes to mind. The prophet was told by God to limit his social and personal activities; that was what the Philippines did the first three months of the _demic. This country is a people who loves to celebrate, looking for any and every reason to do so, during the days of ECQ, no celebration or mourning of any kind was allowed.

However,we got to celebrate; on May 28, the arrival of Isadora Jr., youngest grand-daughter to date; then in June feasted on God’s blessings for the birthday’s of Nicolas (11) and Cynthia; on the 21st of June, twenty-eight years of love and grace, our wedding anniversary.

Where we go from here is in His hand. We’ve committed the remainder of the year to Him who called us, which includes a planned sabbatical. Thank you for your faithfulness in coming alongside us through these last seven years.

God bless you and your house, Rizty & Nenita.

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Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”
Luke 21:33

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O woman, great is your faith!

“Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire…”
Matthew 15:28

Do you remember the mother of the baby with hydrocephalus who came just in time of my arrival at Yakal in Biñan the past Saturday?

Aleli Santiago and the other families who live in Kaingin, Santa Rosa apparently do not get relief or any type of help from the government. Perhaps there is not even a church that has gone to do compassion services.

You recall her witness, she wasn’t supposed to be there but her feet brought her back in that street. It was appointed by God that she will come to know who His Son truly is, the One True God who can forgive sins and bring salvation. Praise His Name!

Now Aleli knows peace because of Jesus. You should have been there to see the witness of the new born spirit in her. I saw His peace on her face. Her whole countenance was changed. You must know that she waited for me to get settled at least, she could have decided to leave. In the noon day sun!

That was the first day the sun came out after almost 10 days of rain. I saw a sense of urgency in her. Of course we didn’t have a clue what the Holy Spirit had in mind.

Do you know that I almost missed that opportunity because I was focused in my own comfort? I was barely out of the Avanza and here she is begging for mercy because their house was flooded and they have no food. But for the love of God, I couldn’t just shoo her away because she was quietly persistent. And now we all know why! God wants to save her and show His miracle.

I believe that Angelica is miraculously healed from hydrocephalus even whilst we were praying.

Over the next three days His Spirit led me to pray and believe that she is healed. So when He led me to fast and pray for her, the Lord was also leading me to pray for the teachers here who are always thrown darts to doubt that Jesus is our Divine Physician and that they can run to Him first!

He gave me Isaiah 65:24, “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.

Prayer & Fasting: Week 3

…Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God…
Isaiah 58:2

August 15

Wednesday is chapel day so I was able to take pictures. Last night I spent two hours just updating…the usual stories of the day. It has been a few days since my last “story telling” through word pictures.

Did I tell you I was called to sub for Grades 4, 5, 6 Pilipino class on Monday? Three teachers called in due to an illness of some sort, personally or that of a family member. Since I’ve arrived, the woes I hear have been all related to health…and the Holy Spirit showed me why and what He requires.

On Tuesday I was led to fast and pray. What I am seeing, and what I had seen in the past, brings me to believe that the root cause of sickness and diseases, family/relational problems and financial difficulties, and much poverty in the most of the Two-Thirds World is lack of faith. The absence of a genuine prayer life. We cannot discount the fact that the same holds true for the Western World.

But is it really a sin to doubt? When our faith is lacking, do we not doubt then the omnipotence, omniscience, and faithfulness of God? The Bible commands us to pray without ceasing. James tells us to count it all joy when we are faced with trials of every kind knowing that the testing of our faith produces perseverance.”

…Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Isaiah 58:8

Paul exhorts that we are to rejoice in Him always; and with thanksgiving we are to present our petitions before His throne. And the peace of God which passes human understanding will guard our hearts in Christ Jesus. When there is doubt, peace is absent. Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace.

God desires that His people should fast and pray according to Isaiah 58.

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.

How to pray begins in praying.

The unreached-reached peoples of the Philippines await the gentle love of the Father in Jesus. Won’t you pray for their awakening…

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3John 1:2

  • Our health insurance is God. We ask that we be kept from all manners of physical attacks.
  • For our bones to be strong, our muscles to be flexible and our nerves to be steady and stable.
  • For our emotions to keep joyful, our minds to be peaceful, our ears to be alert, our eyes to stay bright, and for our hearts to be pumping at steady pace always.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy…” Jude 1:24

“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete [it] until the day of Jesus Christ…” Phil 1:6

That the Christ life may be exhibited in us, through us and for us in all things! That whatever we do in word and deed, it will be done in in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him….EVERY SINGLE DAY!