Last year was such a great year for the ministry in Anibong, Tacloban City. Below are only some of the highlights of the church activities last year:
JANUARY 2015. We started the year by doing some construction work at the church and wall behind it. With the help of the pastors and workers, we are so happy to say that we already have a church building where we hold our services and activities.
FEBRUARY 2015. We celebrated the Heart’s Day by having the kids write something for their parents. They ended up making customized Valentine cards which they gave to their beloved parents. The youth were there to help in making the activity successful.
MARCH 2015. The church celebrated its first anniversary. It was a day of thanksgiving and joy realizing how God has been so faithful to us.
APRIL 2015. It was during this time when Pastor Steve Coon from Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa came over and led the rice outreach. Many people in the community were able receive a few kilos of rice. They were also fed with a much important food- food for the soul which is the word of God.
MAY 2015. A very exciting time for the youth- UTFC’s annual youth camp was held during this month. We went to Lalawigan which served as the venue. It was a 3-day youth gathering and time of worship with the theme, “Love Your Brother.”
JUNE 2015. Our brethren from Calvary Chapel Creekside came and helped to establish a water facility through the Planet Water Foundation. It now provides a clean drinking water for the kids at the primary school in the community of Anibong.
JULY 2015. Some of the youth and I headed to Borongan during this time for the yearly youth conference. It was a 2-day activity which was a great time of fellowship with some of the American young missionaries.
AUGUST 2015. Our dear brother Symroni from Indonesia visited us and shared the word of God to the young people. It was also during this month when KARISYOHAN volunteers reached out to the church to help in the children’s ministry by teaching the word of God and teaching action songs for the Lord.
SEPTEMBER 2015. During this month, we held feeding for the children consecutively. It gives an overwhelming feeling to see them happy over the blessings which they receive- regardless of how little or big they may seem.
OCTOBER 2015. School supplies were given to the children sponsored by some of our brethren whose heart is into blessing other people through the gift of giving.
NOVEMBER 2015. We attended the Jesus Reigns movement. It’s a yearly event being celebrated all over the Christian churches in the Philippines every November 30. We joined the street parade and worship service held at Balyuan Park, Tacloban City. The event’s main goal is to proclaim Jesus as the Lord of lords and the King of kings.
The church also participated on the “Philippines for Jesus” crusade in Bgy. Anibong, Tacloban City. The kids had a dance presentation. Ministering to the people in the community was one of the highlights of the said event.
DECEMBER 2015. Putting to life the true spirit of Christmas, we started the month by giving bag of goods to some families in the community who are in need. The youth were there and assisted in handing the goods to them. It was such a blessing to see the smiles of these people who are truly in need.
We also held a Christmas party exclusively for children. After sharing God’s word to them, we facilitated games and gift-giving. It’s amazing to see these kids drawing near to Jesus at an early age.
Our church Christmas party, on the other hand, was also one of this month’s exciting church activities. It was such a great time of fellowship with co-believers in the Lord. Beyond the food and gifts, we were all overjoyed knowing that one Man up there gave His life for us to have an eternal life in heaven. Truly, Jesus is the reason for the season.
It was indeed an enormous year and I know that God has prepared greater things for us this 2016. The best is yet to come. Thanks to everyone for the support and prayers. Being in the ministry is very fulfilling knowing that you serve Him who is the very source of everything- Lord Jesus Christ. To God be the glory.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.