New Hope:

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

Originally posted on OPEN EYES MISSION:

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

New Hope:

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

New Hope:

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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Understanding THE GLORY


Jonathan Edwards

By Pastor Glem Melo

I wrote this 7 years ago. On the end goal and sure destination of all things: THE GLORY OF GOD. Chief, root, fountain, foundation, rail, fuel, goal and end of faith and all of life. Read and re-read. Memorize the Scripture references. Ponder and meditate. This is key to nurture, growth, sanctification and perseverance in, through and for Christ.

Then, drink deeper from this most nourishing, most heart-and-life-changing, most empowering and most essential study and meditation. Read:

1. The introduction and first chapter of Sean Michael Lucas’ God’s Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards. It’s FREE at

2. John Piper’s book-length introduction to Edwards’ book. It’s FREE at

3. Jonathan Edwards’ book itself. The End for Which God Created the World is FREE at

It is the hardest book that I’ve ever read so far, but the fruit of days and nights of patient, thoughtful and prayerful reading and re-reading, studying and re-studying, pondering and meditation of what is to me Edwards’ magnum opus… The benefits are incalculably enormous. I think that it’s a must read and study prayerfully and meditatively for all pastors and pastors-to-be.

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Vision Center for World Harvest, 3rd flr. Vicky Tan Bldg., Hayes cor. Quirino Sts., Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City 9000

Understanding THE GLORY

By Pastor Glen Melo

Mindanao, Philippines

September 15, 2008

God is doing great things in my life, marriage, family, our church and mission. And at the very heart of it all is a fresh, Biblical revelation of the glory of God.

I slowly and patiently read an old book, “The End for Which God Created the World” (1765) by Jonathan Edwards for 2 months. Written by the leader of the Great Awakening in the eighteenth century, it reveals what truly fuels a revival. Needless to say, I am totally and radically revolutionized by the author’s meditations on the glory of God.

The glory of God is the chief and ultimate end of all life, ministry, history and all things. It sets the purpose and context for everything. It is the “why” of all that we are, say and do, and is the only right heart motivation for developing the right character, right teaching and right practices in life, family and ministry.

1. God is infinitely glorious in and by Himself — in His infinite, eternal, unchanging, divine attributes and characteristics.

2 . God expressed, revealed, manifested, and displayed His infinite glory through His works of creation, providence and redemption (from election to glorification).

3. God’s glory includes His people’s knowing, loving and enjoying His glory through “the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

4. God’s glory includes His people’s transformation into Christ’s image from glory to glory by knowing (“beholding”), loving and enjoying His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) in the gospel.

5. God’s glory includes the church’s reflecting and displaying Christ’s character for the world to see.

6. God’s glory includes the church’s verbal witness/proclamation of “the gospel of the glory of Christ” to the world.

7. God’s glory includes our patient and joyful endurance and perseverance for Christ and the gospel in the face of sufferings, tribulations and persecution.

8. God’s infinite glory will be most fully expressed, revealed, manifested, and displayed at the consummation of all things (the second coming) for the eternal enjoyment and exultation of His people.

9. All things (from eternity past, through all of creative and redemptive history, and forever and ever in eternity future) will absolutely and ultimately produce and lead to the eternal worship of the infinitely glorious God.

I feel very strongly in my heart that knowing, loving and enjoying (i.e. finding all-satisfying joy in) the glory of God as revealed in Christ and His works of grace (from election to glorification) is key to developing a right heart, character and conduct before God for life, family and ministry.

Character, pure doctrine, diligence, persistence, etc. are all essential. And we must pursue them with all our heart, mind and strength. But with the right end vision and motivation. Because character, pure doctrine, diligence, persistence, etc. are not the end to themselves and by themselves. They are all means to an end. And the end is the glory of God — knowing, loving, enjoying, reflecting, sharing and spreading “the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

Please prayer for me as I continue to learn and grow in knowing, loving, enjoying, reflecting, teaching and spreading Christ’s glory in the gospel. Ask the Holy Spirit to give the body of Christ in Mindanao the right heart and spirit that glorifies and reflects God in all things — in life, marriage, family, ministry and sufferings.

All the best,

Pastor Glen, family and team

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Pray for Child Sex Slaves in the Middle East


By Pastor Glem Melo

In Mosul (Iraq), ISIS executed 19 girls for refusing to have sex with fighters.

Meanwhile, a UN official has confirmed an ISIS price list for sex slaves, with children under nine years of age being sold at the highest price.

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“The girls get peddled like barrels of petrol,” Zainab Bangura, the U.N.’s special representative of the secretary-general for sexual violence in conflict, told Bloomberg. “One girl can be sold and bought by five or six different men. Sometimes these fighters sell the girls back to their families for thousands of dollars of ransom.”

In October, Bangura reported, “They [ISIS] have a machinery… They have a manual on how you treat these women. They have a marriage bureau which organizes all of these ‘marriages’ and the sale of women… They have a price list.”

In November, a video of an ISIS “sex slave market” was released showing fighters talking about buying Yazidi girls who are priced according to ‘desirable’ physical features.

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Just last month, several women escaped from ISIS captivity and told of the pain and sufferings that they and others endured. One of them (21 years of age) tried to kill herself when sold to an ISIS fighter. She said, ‘The man who had bought me took me to hospital.

“He raped me about five times a day… My sister was barely 14 when they raped her… I could hear her screaming but I couldn’t do anything as I was tied up.

sex-slaves“He told me he was going to rape me that same day, however ill I made myself. He took me home, tied up my hands and feet, and raped me.”

This is most heinous beyond words. Let us pray for the salvation and deliverance of child and women sex slaves who are being held and sold by ISIS. Let us ask the Lord to bless, strengthen and advance the ministry of the gospel in the Middle East.

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Nurturing New Church Plants in the Philippines

Worship Service in Iligan
Worship Service in Iligan

By Pastor Glem Melo

Church PlantsThree weeks ago, my family and I went on a Bible Training and ministry trip to three (3) mission congregations.  Pastor Phil, our adviser at our denomination Presbyterian Church in America’s foreign missions committee, Mission To The World (MTW), was with us. He reports,

It was good for me that Glem’s family was included in most of the itinerary.  In the Antique trip only his daughter, Giona, joined us.  Glem has developed the habit of doing things as a family and it is important to model Christian family life. It turned out that family relationships became a major theme for our various visits as well as reflection on Presbyterian polity.

Seminar in Malolos
Church Government Seminar in Malolos

Malolos The congregation in Malolos is the newest of the three. Having embraced reformed theology and church government through Bible Training classes that I have been privileged to conduct in the city since 2012, a core group decided to establish a new reformed congregation. Building on our previous training classes and seminars, I (Pastor Glem) focused my preaching and teaching on the establishment of the Kingdom of God and the church in Christ as taught in the Matthew 1-7. Complimentarily, Pastor Phil taught on church government, which he also did in Iligan and Antique. He reports,

Worship Service in Malolos
Worship Service in Malolos

The main source for the content is from Stuart Robinson’s The Church of God. The approach was (1) establishing church government as an important teaching of Scripture, including some hermeneutics, and (2) presenting some basic principles upon which Presbyterian polity is structured. The aim was to help guide these congregations in their growing convictions as they decide how they want to be connected and structured. Also to help them to understand who we are.

I hope to visit the brothers and sisters in Malolos next week. Lord willing and working, I will teach and expound to them the structure and government of the church in the book of Acts.

Church Government Seminar in Iligan
Church Government Seminar in Iligan

Iligan In addition to Sunday preaching and the church government seminar, Pastor Phil and I spent much time meeting with the interim leaders and the congregation in Iligan. We discussed with them our future plans, clear positions/directions and the option of affiliating the congregation with a future Presbyterian body. In the days to come, I hope to draft a Memorandum of Understanding for the group. Meanwhile, my family and I continue to drive to Iligan every Sunday.

Worship Service in Iligan
Worship Service in Iligan

We thank the Lord for new regular worshipers in Iligan and for the mission congregation’s growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to use our new series on Matthew, preached during the worship services and taught during the afternoon Bible training classes, to nurture, purify and build up God’s precious children in this precious city.

Church Government Seminar in San Jose
Church Government Seminar in San Jose


The trip to Antique took us to three localities:

  1. Anini-y
  2. San Jose
  3. Bugasong

In Anini-y, I focused my session on the spirituality and holiness of the church as taught in 1 Peter 2:4-5, while Pastor Phil taught on the nature of the church and principles of church government. In the evening, we conducted a Bible study for the members of the congregation and their neighbors.

Bible Study in Anini-y, Antique
Bible Study in Anini-y, Antique

In San Jose, Pastor Phil taught on the Biblical Gospel. In the afternoon, I taught and expounded on the structure and government of the church in the book of Acts, the very same lecture that I hope to share to the brethren in Malolos next week. In the evening, we visited, counseled and prayed for a brothers and his family in Bugasong. On our trip to Antique, Pastor Phil reports,

This is the most remote of the three areas we visited. This group is substantially shaped by their shared past in a ministry, which three men left together abruptly a year ago. The handful of others who are involved share a background in the same ministry. Work turned out to be one of the big issues of our time with them. Unlike in their former ministry, Presbyterianism values work and considers providing for your family well as a prerequisite to leadership in the church. We want to establish a model of hard work and of self-funded churches.

Visitation, counseling and prayer in Bugasong
Visitation, counseling and prayer in Bugasong

Please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Iligan, Antique and Malolos. May the Holy Spirit continue to comfort, nurture and mold them in faith, life, worship and ministry.

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