4th Haiyan/Yolanda Outreach (1st Leg: Pastrana, Leyte)

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???????????????????????????????The Lord blessed our 4th outreach to Haiyan/Yolanda victims-survivors. The 1st leg of our 5-day journey was in Pastrana, Leyte. It was my joy and privilege to visit, fellowship with, minister God’s word to and pray for our brothers and sisters at Christ Baptist Church in the supertyphoon-devastated municipality. Our team also provided for them a substantial amount of church rebuilding assistance, meat packs for each family and a good meal together.

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Please continue praying for our Baptist brothers and sisters in Pastrana, Leyte. Ask the Lord to continue to give them much grace and strength.

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Gospel Seminar and Worship Service in Camiguin

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By Pastor Glem Melo

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Please pray for the Lord’s provision and blessing for the Open Eyes Mission team in Cagayan de Oro to respond to this great need.

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Bible Training Middle East Classes Continue

Open Eyes Mission:

“Please pray for our bi-weekly Bible Training classes (via Skype and videos) for Filipino workers in the Middle East.” – Pastor Glem Melo

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By Pastor Glem Melo

1980347_768336953184319_251689062_oOur bi-weekly Bible Training classes (via Skype and videos) for Filipino workers in the Middle East continue. It is tremendously encouraging and rewarding for me to see these precious brothers and sisters grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

Please remember to pray for them – that the Lord would make them more and more hungry and thirsty for His word. Let us pray for them as the apostle Paul did for the church in Ephesus:

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New Mission Post

Open Eyes Mission:

“Please pray for our new mission post in Consolacion, Cagayan de Oro.” – Pastor Glem Melo

Originally posted on KAGAY-AN REFORMED CHURCH:

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By Pastor Glem Melo

???????????????????????????????Yesterday, we conducted our very 1st mission service in the village of Consolacion, Cagayan de Oro. I preached on Matthew 3:1-2: “Repent Because God’s Kingdom Rule Has Already Begun.” Those who attended were all migrant workers from the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, and were members of a Pentecostal church there. Through Biblical preaching and teaching, we hope to see them become more and more rooted and grounded in the gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone because of Jesus Christ alone.

Please pray for Open Eyes Mission trainee and partner Ernnel Tacandong who is tasked to conduct weekly foundational Bible studies for these precious souls. Together, let us ask the Lord to sustain and prosper this pioneering work.

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God’s Story

Open Eyes Mission:

“God’s story… begins with creation and it ends with a new creation.” – Michael Lawrence

Originally posted on KAGAY-AN REFORMED CHURCH:

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Here’s some good, nourishing spiritual food for everyone. Read a simple but excellent summary of the Bible’s storyline in our God’s Story page here. In the article, pastor and author Michael Lawrence traces “God’s irresistible work in creation and new creation” (Jonathan Leeman). It is deeply enriching and tremendously edifying.

“What the Bible does, really, is not just give us God’s viewpoint; it allows us to walk with God through the course of human history. That way we can come to believe and trust the words, the viewpoint, and the heart of the One who is leading history.” – Michael Lawrence, Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church: A Guide for Ministry (9Marks), Kindle location 2156

Enjoy!

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New Members, New Milestone at Kagay-an Reformed Church

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Five (5) major milestones mark the history of Open Eyes Mission.

  1. We pioneered our ministry organization in 1997.
  2. On January 1998, I left the United States and started establishing the mission in Mindanao. April of the same year, in Cotabato, I was ordained as a minister of the gospel.
  3. On January 9, 2000, we conducted our very first local church service in our home in Cagayan de Oro City.
  4. On August 9, 2007, I started studying Reformed theology.
  5. On August 29, 2010, our local congregation was instituted as Kagay-an Reformed Church (KRC).

IMG_3761Yesterday, we witnessed the 6th major milestone take place. For two (2) years, Ernnel Tacandong faithfully attended our long-term Bible Training classes and served as a contractual worker for our “Relief to Rehabilitation to Church Planting Program” for flood victims-survivors. Last year, he and his wife Divine started attending our Sunday services. For 2 years, I have personally witnessed that they “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). They consistently show evidence that they “have fellowship with [the Lord]” because they “practice the truth” and “walk in the light”; therefore, “we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:6-7). They bear “the marks of Christians” as summarized in Article 29 of the Belgic Confession:

“They believe in Jesus Christ the only Savior,flee from sin and pursue righteousness, love the true God and their neighbor without turning to the right or left, and crucify their flesh and its works.Although great weakness remains in them, they fight against it by the Spirit all the days of their life. They appeal constantly to the blood, suffering, death, and obedience of Jesus Christ, in whom they have forgiveness of their sins through faith in Him.”

IMG_3794Having individually passed the membership interview, Open Eyes Mission trainee Ernnel Tacandong and his wife Divine made their public declaration of faith and were received as new members of Kagay-an Reformed Church. It was a day of great encouragement and rejoicing for the whole congregation. Now, I will begin teaching, training and mentoring Ernnel for future service as a local church elder. God willing and working, we will soon witness the restoration of the KRC consistory (council of elders). With a faithful eldership, we can expect God’s blessing upon the church, leading to the greater advancement of the work of the gospel, as promised in His word. Praise the Lord!

Please remember to pray for Ernnel and Divine.

“Lord, our God, we thank you for your Word and Spirit through which we know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. May those who confessed your name today never cease to wonder at what you have done for them. Help them to continue firmly in the faith, to bear witness to your love, and to let the Holy Spirit shape their lives. Take them, good Shepherd, into your care that they may loyally endure all trials and tribulations in serving you. May we, with all your children, live together in the joy and power of your Holy Spirit. We ask this, Lord Jesus, in the hope of your coming. Amen.” – Prayer in the 1976 CRCNA Form for the Profession of Faith

Covenant in Blood

Open Eyes Mission:

“God sent His Son Jesus to save us and to establish ‘the new covenant in his blood’ (Luke 22:20). Through His sufferings and death, Christ paid for sins, and God bound Himself to us with His solemn oath. His gracious, sacred commitment to us (gloriously manifested and displayed on the cross) guarantees the consummate fulfillment of all the promises of salvation and inheritance that He has given us in His word… Expel all doubts, fears and worries… Believe… Persevere…” – Pastor Glem Melo

Originally posted on KAGAY-AN REFORMED CHURCH:

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By Pastor Glem Melo

The Lord is merciful and gracious to His children. After confirming and reassuring Abram of His covenant promise, He set out to comfort and strengthen His child through a covenant ceremony.

And he said to him, “I am the LORD who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” But he said, “O Lord GOD, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. As the sun was going…

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