Pray for Kagay-an Reformed Church

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By Pastor Glem Melo

IMG_6292Last Sunday was a most special day at Kagay-an Reformed Church as we celebrated God’s love and grace in Christ for His covenant children, specifically for Lovely Rian Eve, daughter of our brother Bryan Ranalan and his wife Mighty Love. There was and still is much rejoicing and thanksgiving in our hearts. We give all the praise and glory to God our Savior and King.

IMG_6219Please continue praying for our church family here in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

Heidelberg Catechism
Lord’s Day 48

Question #123: What is the second petition [of the Lord’s Prayer]?

Answer: Your kingdom come. That is: So rule us by Your Word and Spirit that more and more we submit to You. Preserve and increase Your church. Destroy the works of the devil, every power that raises itself against You, and every conspiracy against Your holy Word. Do all this until the fullness of Your kingdom comes, wherein You shall be all in all.

Mourning with Those Who Mourn

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By Pastor Glem Melo

2I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to visit, listen to and offer words of comfort to the bereft loved ones of Philippine National Police-Special Action Force personnel who died in what is called the “Mamasapano Carnage”(http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/focus/01/30/15/fallen-44).

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Bible Training in the Middle East

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By Pastor Glem Melo

Teaching VideoI am deeply encouraged to learn that our partner church of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East continues to study and benefit from our Online Bible Training Program. The message on the picture that they sent to me yesterday says,

Thank you Pastor Melo for teaching us online about “Covenant relationship with God.” God Bless you and your ministry. Amen! God bless all the Covenant keepers! Amen!

Praise the Lord!

Basics Seminar Session #4 in Iligan

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By Pastor Glem Melo

By the Lord’s grace and work, our month-long outreach in Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines, is advancing. Last Saturday, we IMG_5845continued our studies on the following core, essential doctrines/teachings of the Christian faith:

  1. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God for faith and life.
  2. There is one God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man.
  4. Salvation is by faith alone.

Session #5 will be conducted this coming Saturday. Lord willing, we will hold our first worship service there in a week or two.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to cause these precious ones to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

Church Government 2 in Malolos

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Seminar Session #3

By Pastor Glem Melo

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Seminar Session #1

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of conducting a 9-hour ‘Church Government 2′ Seminar for the pastors and members of ‘God is Faithful’ Grace Community Church in Malolos, Bulacan. It dealt with how the early church was governed as recorded in the New Testament, and how to establish a Biblical form of polity in the church today. (The 16-hour ‘Church Government 1: The Basics’ Seminar was conducted there last October 2014.)

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Moreover, it was a joy and honor for me to have preached God’s word in Matthew 4:1-11 during their worship service last Sunday, January 11.

Please remember to pray for this precious congregation of Christ.

Christ Builds His Church in the Philippines

Kagay-an Reformed Church in Cagayan de Oro City
Kagay-an Reformed Church in Cagayan de Oro City

Annual Mission Report for 2014

By Pastor Glem Melo

“… I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Jesus Christ, Matthew 16:18

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I am happy and excited to share with you how the Lord is building and growing His church in our beloved nation.

  1. The upbuilding of our church in Cagayan de Oro continues.
  2. We have a new mission congregation in Antique.
  3. Another new mission congregation is forming in Iligan.
  4. Gospel preaching, teaching and discipleship continues at our mission congregation in Puerto, Cagayan de Oro.
  5. The Lord continues to use our Theological Training Program to equip, edify and reform one (1) church in the province of Bulacan and two (2) in Pampanga.
  6. I continue to teach a church of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East through Skype, teaching videos and online materials.
  7. We served five (5) churches in supertyphoon-ravaged areas.

Kagay-an Reformed Church

In Cagayan de Oro, four (4) new members were added this year, and Bro. Ernnel Tacandong was ordained as an elder. More applicant members are learning the foundational truths of the Gospel through Catechism Classes for adults every Tuesday, and for children, teenagers and young adults every Saturday. Moreover, three (3) Evangelistic Bible Studies are conducted weekly to introduce more individuals and families to the gospel of salvation by grace alone though faith alone in Christ alone.

New Mission Congregation in Antique

Worship Service in Anini-y, Antique
Worship Service in Anini-y, Antique

Since they first contacted us last May, our new brothers and sisters in Anini-y, southern Antique have been visited and ministered to twice by Open Eyes Mission trainees Ernnel Tacandong and Bryan Ranalan, and twice also by yours truly. In both my visits, it has been my joy and privilege to preach the gospel, conduct “Basics of the Christian Faith” seminars and lead church government meetings. Eight (8) have already been interviewed for church membership. They were encouraged to continue studying, believing and applying the core truths of Christ’s saving work in their hearts and lives. I look forward to visiting, teaching and preaching God’s word, and interviewing them again in February 2015. Lord willing and working, they will all then be received as members of the congregation.

Another New Mission Congregation Forming in Iligan

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Basics Seminar in Iligan

Beginning last November 22, we started conducting a 3-session seminar on the Basics of the Christian Faith to a small group in Iligan. They have all shown great hunger for the word of God and were greatly comforted and edified by the Bible’s teachings about itself (its divine inspiration, inerrancy, infallibility and authority), the Trinity, Creation, Providence and our Salvation in Christ, especially the truth about Justification by faith. During the last session, there were discussions about conducting worship services in the city, starting in January 2015, Lord willing.

Mission Congregation in Puerto

In the barangay (village) of Puerto in Cagayan de Oro City, the work of Gospel preaching, teaching and discipleship continues. Last November 30, the first congregational meeting was held for the brothers and sisters there. This month, one-on-one meetings are conducted to instruct and guide them in the faith.

Theological Training Program

Seminars in Cagayan de Oro
Seminars in Cagayan de Oro

This year, the following classes on the following subjects were conducted in Cagayan de Oro City:

  1. Biblical Theology, Rev. Glem Melo, Philippines
  2. Belgic Confession, Rev. Carl Vermeulen, Australia
  3. Forgiveness and Peace-Making, Rev. Stephen ‘t Hart, Australia
  4. Reformation Church History, Dr. Wes Bredenhof, Canada
  5. Introduction to Apologetics, Dr. Wes Bredenhof, Canada
  6. Introduction to the Redemptive-Historical Interpretation and Preaching of the Bible, Rev. Glem Melo, Philippines
  7. Ecclesiology and Ministry, Rev. Glem Melo, Philippines
  8. Science and Christianity, Dr. John Byl, Canada
  9. Reformed Church Order, Rev. Jan deGelder, Canada

In Bulacan, the following modular courses were taught:

  1. Introduction to Biblical Theology, Rev. Glem Melo, Philippines
  2. Reformation Church History, Dr. Wes Bredenhof, Canada
  3. Science and Christianity, Dr. John Byl, Canada
  4. Church Government, Rev. Glem Melo, Philippines
Seminar in Manila
Seminar in Manila

In Manila:

  1. Introduction to Biblical Theology, Rev. Glem Melo, Philippines
  2. Science and Christianity, Dr. John Byl, Canada

In Antique:

  1. Belgic Confession 1, Bro. Ernnel Tacandong
  2. Introduction to Biblical Theology, Rev. Glem Melo
  3. Introduction to Covenant Theology, Rev. Glem Melo
  4. Introduction to the Redemptive-Historical Interpretation of the Bible, Rev. Glem Melo

In Surigao

  1. Belgic Confession 1, Bro. Ernnel Tacandong
  2. Introduction to Biblical Theology, Rev. Glem Melo
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Seminar in Betis, Pampanga

In Pampanga, it was my joy and privilege to teach modular courses on the following subjects:

  1. Introduction to Biblical Theology
  2. Introduction to Covenant Theology
  3. Introduction to the Redemptive-Historical Interpretation of the Bible

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Bible Training in the Middle East

Moreover, life-giving teachings on the following subjects were provided to a church of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East:

  1. Basics of the Christian Faith – Skype, blogs and online correspondences
  2. Basic Biblical Theology – Skype and teaching videos
  3. Basic Covenant Theology – online correspondences

Indeed, we look back with joy and thanksgiving at the significant progress and expansion of the ministry of the gospel and church planting that the Lord wrought among us this year. We praise the Lord for them, and thank all who prayed and supported our mission in various ways. We hope and pray that you will continue to pray for our team and support our endeavors for Christ and His church-gathering work.

May the Lord continue to establish the work of His hands.

PRAYER ALERT: New Category-5 Super Typhoon Approaches the Philippines

MONSTER STORM. On December 4, 2014, at 02:10 UTC, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite took this visible image of Super Typhoon Hagupit approaching the Philippines. Image Credit: NASA Goddard's MODIS Rapid Response Team
MONSTER STORM. On December 4, 2014, at 02:10 UTC, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite took this visible image of Super Typhoon Hagupit approaching the Philippines. Image Credit: NASA Goddard’s MODIS Rapid Response Team

By Pastor Glem Melo

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32 million are in the path of Super Typhoon ‘Hagupit.’

A new Category-5 Super Typhoon ‘Hagupit’ (local name: Ruby) is expected to make a landfall in the same areas that were devastated by Super Tyhoon Haiyan 13 months ago. CNN reports:

The strongest storm system so far this year bears down on the Philippines, terrifying residents still shaken by the devastating impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan last year.

Out over the ocean, the storm was displaying its formidable force, generating maximum sustained winds of around 287 kilometers per hour (178 mph), the equivalent of a strong Category 5 hurricane, according to the U.S. military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

With Hagupit’s precise path still uncertain, Philippine authorities issued storm warnings for 56 of the country’s 81 provinces, covering around 70% of the country’s population of 100 million…

(http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/04/world/asia/philippines-super-typhoon-hagupit/)

From The Philippine Star:

Storm surges up to four meters high are likely to hit coastal communities in Northern Samar and Leyte, including the capital Tacloban City, and possibly the Bicol Region and Surigao provinces, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

(http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/12/05/1399241/super-typhoon-ruby-storm-surge-alert)

Tacloban residents wait for a government vehicle to bring them to the evacuation center in Tacloban City on Thursday in anticipation of typhoon Ruby's impact. Ruby, packing winds of up to 195 kph with gusts of up to 230 kph, was expected to make landfall on Saturday. (ABS-CBN News)

Tacloban residents wait for a government vehicle to bring them to the evacuation center in Tacloban City on Thursday in anticipation of typhoon Ruby’s impact. Ruby, packing winds of up to 195 kph with gusts of up to 230 kph, was expected to make landfall on Saturday. (ABS-CBN News)

And regarding the evacuation of Haiyan victims-survivors, The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports:

At least 15,761 families in Tacloban and 3,000 in Eastern Samar started to evacuate on Thursday, two days before the expected landfall of [the super typhoon].

(http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/654848/yolanda-survivors-rush-to-evac-centers)

Please pray:

  1. That the Lord will spare the lives of many.
  2. For grace, wisdom and strength for our mission team.
  3. For the finances needed to serve those who will be affected by the super typhoon.