Mid-summer Updates

Greetings!

The Missions Rally held at Trinity URC two weeks ago was a great blessing! Rev. Lemme introduced us to his work alongside Rev. Green and to the special challenges (especially the false churches) in Latin America.

Please peruse the following updates:

Rev. Pennings asks for prayer for two important forthcoming events in the Hispanic Christian Ministry

Rev. Malabuyo and family send their update and request your help for the mission in the Philippines

Christ's peace,

Steve

Philippine Mission Update

Mission Update: July 2009

Ladies' fellowship at our home

Ladies' fellowship at our home

ANTIPOLO, Rizal, Philippines: July 2009—Greetings from the Philippines, in the name of our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope that all’s well with you and your family and the various ministries in the church. Although we are in unsure and difficult days, I’m sure that everyone’s enjoying their mid-summer.

We’re in a mixed mode beginning this month. The Philippine schools have begun their new school year, but Rachel only started her “summer.” I’m teaching Homiletics at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Cavite province. I’m also preparing a few classes to be taught at Mars Hill Study Center, but not sure if there will be interested interested students. I’ve also made contact with another school interested in using the study center for their research.

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Philippine Mission Update

By Rev. Nollie Malabuyo

Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines

It’s already sum­mer vacation in the Philippines (April-May), and it’s supposed to be dry and hot and humid, but instead we’re getting an almost daily dose of rains. The weather people are now saying that the country is experiencing a change in its annual weather pattern — a rainy season two months early.

Some of the men talking with Rev. Gil Baloy and Mike McClara from San Diego RCUS

This is a blessing in disguise for our mission church. Because of the rains and the overcast, temperatures have been abnormally lower, so our Sunday worship services are not as uncomfortable as we expected because of our lack of an air-conditioner.

We have had a few visitors these last few Sundays, so we now have up to 12-15 adults sometimes. Because the six children are very young and hard to control, Rachel started a Sunday school for them. They have enjoyed learning and singing together, but we need to get a better curriculum for them. Also, she has missed the preaching since she started teaching, and we have to rely on the manuscript for her to read.

The book of Numbers has been our focus these last couple of months, with the theme “Pilgrims in the Wilder­ness.” I didn’t expect to learn so much personally from a book that many others shun because it is boring and “irrele­vant” to Christians today. But like Israel sojourning in the desert on the way to the Promised Land, we too are pilgrims and strangers passing through this world on our way to the heavenly city of God.

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Mars Hill Study Center, Philippines

Mars Hill Study Center

Lord willing, Mars Hill Study Center, located in suburban eastern Metro Manila, Philippines, will open its doors to the public on July 15, 2008. Since our target communities are in Antipolo, Taytay, Cainta, Pasig and Mandaluyong, it will be centrally located in Ortigas Avenue Extension in the heart of Pasig City.

Our Name

Paul at AreopagusUpon his arrival in Athens (Acts 17:16-34) on his second missionary journey, one of Paul's first destinations was the Areopagus, the “Hill of Ares,” the Greek god of war, known by Romans as Mars. Proud of their great artists, writers and thinkers, Athens was also the cradle of democracy and the center of learning. It was in the Areopagus where the best philosophers of the civilized world - Stoics and Epicureans - discussed their “latest and greatest” ideas.

Areopagus LandscapeSensing that Paul was bringing some new “philosophy” and “a preacher of foreign divinities,” the Athenians asked him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? For you bring some strange things to our ears. We wish to know therefore what these things mean.” And day by day, as in the synagogue and in the marketplace, Paul reasoned with them, using their own poets and philosophers to preach the gospel of the risen Christ against their many idols.

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Philippine Mission

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April 2009

Philippine Mission

By Rev. Nollie Malabuyo

Associate Pastor, Trinity United Reformed Church, Walnut Creek, California

Calling to the Ministry

I grew up in a Christian home, as my father was the pastor of our church in Manila. I received my Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the Philippines in 1973, immigrated to the United States in 1976, and married the former Evelyn Roxas in 1977. The Lord has blessed our home with three boys and a girl.

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