Under Care

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by Pastor Glem Melo

Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! (Psalm 106:1).

2016-01-26 17.56.04Last Tuesday, January26, 2016, I was officially examined and received under the care, mentoring and supervision of the pastors and elders of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in the Washington DC area (Potomac Presbytery). Following is Pastor Stephen Fix’s endorsement letter:

To the Clerk of Potomac Presbytery,

On behalf of the Session of Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bowie (RPCB), I am writing to request our Presbytery to receive Glem Melo as a candidate under care as well as enroll him in the Presbytery internship program.

Glem has been a church planting pastor for a number of years in a Pentecostal church environment in the Philippines with the goal of reaching the predominantly Muslim areas of that country. Over the past seven years, however, God has brought him on a journey to a growing conviction that Reformed theology is a more faithful understanding of the Bible. In pursuit of his long term goal to plant Reformed Presbyterian churches in the Philippines, a number of officers mostly from our Presbytery, in consultation with MTW, have organized an oversight committee to work with him as he completes formal seminary training in the United States and then returns to the Philippines.

Although Glem has been ordained previously as a Pentecostal pastor, he desires to go through the ordinary process of church membership and ordination in a Reformed church, both for personal benefit and to learn the ordinary process for this in the hopes of implementing it in the Philippines in the future. Glem has taken the first step in this process and was welcomed into membership in our congregation here at RPCB on May 24, 2015.

2016-01-26 16.21.52Glem’s membership at RPCB formalizes a relationship with our congregation that goes back many years. It started when the late Rev. Ed Bradley (Potomac Presbytery) met Glem through his work with Oakseed Ministries. Dr. Bradley began mentoring Glem and introduced him to a number of pastors in our Presbytery, including me. Since then our congregation has had the privilege of coming alongside Glem, along with his wife Aymi and three children, to support their work and encourage his theological growth in his Reformed convictions.

Over the years as we have watched Glem work in ministry both from afar and up close during a number of his extended visits to the area over the last few years, we have been persuaded both of Glem’s deep faith and his gifts for ministry. So our Session would like to recommend him for enrollment in Potomac Presbytery as a candidate under care to the end of transferring his credentials and officially sending him for Gospel ministry in the Philippines and other countries.


Rev. Stephen A. Fix

Screenshot 2016-01-07 17.46.41Next step: formal mentoring and internships (see official guidelines below), for which I am in close communication and working with Pastors Mike Coleman (Bowie, MD), Jim Thomson (Hammond, IN), Aaron Baker (Chicago, IL), Stephen Fix (Bowie, MD) and Brian Sandifer (Warrenton, VA).

I rejoice in the Lord’s mercy, grace and hand upon me, my family and our vision for the Philippines and the 10/40 Window.  And I continue to rest in Christ’s Person, life, death, resurrection, kingdom rule and intercession for us.  By His Spirit’s grace and help alone, I press on.

Please continue to remember to pray for me, my family and the pastors and elders who are supervising, counseling and mentoring me.

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A Christmas Message

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Merry Christmas, God’s world!



Celebrating Christmas by Being Up To What God is Up To


A messenger spoke to Zechariah. His wife was Elizabeth.
The Forerunner was Born.

A messenger spoke to Mary. Then to Joseph.
The Promised One was Born.

I wrote these ten years ago, on December 24, 2005.  To this day, I am in awe of the glory, majesty and power of the way God brought about and continues to bring about His new creation in Christ by His Spirit and word.

This is what the angel told Mary:

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

Mary’s response:

Screenshot 2015-12-24 13.16.32 “Annunciation” by Vasily Surikov, 1914

“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (verse…

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PCA Membership

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Aymi, Yanan and Giona Melo are now members of the Presbyterian Church in America (www.PCAnet.org). Praise the Lord!

New Hope

by Pastor Glem Melo

Having completed the 6-week membership class, Aymi, Yanan and Giona were interviewed by the pastor and elders of Covenant Presbyterian Church, a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (www.PCAnet.org) in Hammond, Indiana.  Having given a credible profession of faith before the leaders of the congregation, my dear ones were received as members of the church.

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he leads out the prisoners with singing…
(Psalm 68:6)

We are all deeply touched and moved by the Lord’s mercy and grace.

Thank you, Jesus!

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“Because of Christ, humility is joyfully given.” – Giona Melo


2015-11-17 11.35.34A Poem by Giona Melo*

Pride is a thing that can clog love from our heart.
Pride is a thing that can keep us apart.
Pride is a thing that can hinder our soul.
Pride is a thing that can crush us all-in-all.

The only thing I want you to know,
What the Bible said so,
“One’s pride will bring him low,
But he who is lowly in spirit
Will obtain honor.” Proverbs 29:23 (ESV)

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 2.20.38 PMI know that didn’t rhyme.
I just don’t have such time.
I just want you to know how to listen,
Because of Christ, humility is joyfully given.

* Giona is the unica hija (only daughter) of Open Eyes Mission founder and president Glem Melo. She is 11.

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InterVarsity Chicagoland

Pray for ministries to international students.


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My daughter Giona (girl, 11) and I were blessed and privileged to attend a monthly inter-chapter meeting of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the Chicagoland area. We were glad to meet the staff, student leaders and some alumni of the movement in Illinois and Indiana. We heard encouraging campus ministry updates, prayed together, ate pizza and spent time to get to know one another.

2015-11-13 20.15.16My family and I hope to help, serve and learn from their Large Group Meetings and Bible Studies for international students. Thousands from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and other “mission fields” are studying in American colleges and universities. A huge open door for outreach and ministry! Please pray that churches and ministries will respond to Christ’s call to reach them with His love and saving word.

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Letter to a Fellow Servant-Worker in the Mission Field

Pray for pastors and church leaders worldwide.


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Sharing my letter to a fellow servant-worker in the mission field. I pray and hope that this can serve as a source of encouragement and edification to you.

Thank you for opening up your heart to me. With the members of our International Oversight Committee and advisers, I assure you of our genuine and sincere love and commitment. By the Lord’s grace, we continue to remember you in our prayers.

I encourage you and our brothers and sisters there. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and surrender to Him all our plans and aspirations for the church. Let us ask if they are according to His word and will. If our plans and aspirations are from the Holy Spirit, then there will be unity among us and provision for their implementation. But if not, they will only cause stress and problems.

Dear brother in the Lord…

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Ministry to Students from China

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By Pastor Glem Melo

We thank the Lord for the opportunity that the Lord has given me and my family to serve, help and encourage an inter-church cross-cultural mission outreach to students from China who are studying at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. Please pray that the Lord would continue to bless and sustain this wonderful ministry, and that many of the students would come to know and trust in Christ as Lord and Savior.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

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