Monday, July 6, 2009

The baptism in Area IV church of Christ

Last July 5, 2009 we have a great rejoice in the Lord for the new sister in Christ named; Stelita Bajos a widow and a former Catholic. She was invited by the couple brother & sister Mentong and Adela Jabagat in our every sunday worship services. We are so thankful for this couple for their active and earnestly for the Lord in inviting people to draw near to God. Mrs. Stelita joined us only four times and we are thanks to God, for He touched her heart to obey the gospel of Christ. She was confessed and baptized into Christ at that time. Right, after our worship services we did the baptism of her.

The some brethren accompany to witness the baptism. You will see in the left side photo from front is my wife Nizhy, followed by Stelita Bajos [the candidate of baptism], Adela Jabagat, Hazel Gundao, Mentong Jabagat and Leonardo Jabagat. We are walking almost 400 meters along in the rice field and crossing in the salvage tree as bridge with nipa plants [right photo] to go in the river to do the baptism.

Paul says, "I will therefore that men PRAY EVERY WHERE, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." (1 Tim.2:8).

" the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were SAVED BY WATER: The LIKE FIGURE whereunto even BAPTISM doth ALSO NOW SAVE US...! (1 Peter 3:20-21).

I congratulate her for being a new creature in Christ. She looks happy for she knows that her sins are already forgiven. May God be with her to walk in newness of life (Rm.6:4).
We are all happy for the Lord to this new addition to his church. Please! include sister Stelita Bajos in your prayers to be faithful unto death...! (Acts 2:47; Rev.2:10)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Visitation and Wedding Invitation in Jolo, Roxas, Palawan...!

On June 27 & 28, 2009 we are invited by brother Victor Bacaltos in Jolo, Roxas, Palawan to attend the wedding of his daughter sister Mary Vic Bacaltos. From Roxas town I rode only in bus to go in that place where the preachers from south are already there when I come around 4:00 P.M. In the waiting shed along the Hi-Way we are glad to meet and regards to each other with a shake hands. We are all also happy to see and greet the brethren there who are continually to strive in serving to the Lord Faithfully. After our dinner prepared of brother Victor Bacaltos, we had opportunity to visit the brethren in Bayugon about 12 kilometers away from Jolo. We spent our night there and had a wonderful time talked about our futures plan in the gospel and encouraging the brethren there to be,"..stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Co.15:58)
The photo of gospel preachers in front of church building in Bayugon, Roxas, Palawan. From left brother Emmanuel Sapitula (Brookes Point), Yoli Buncag (Roxas), Judson Montimor (Narra), Eddie Favila (Espanola), Edward Belando (Narra), Dario Belviz (Puerto Princesa City), Sammy Cabansa (Brookes Point), Bonifacio Buncag (Roxas) Reuben Tiburan (Aborlan), and Mitozyl Sanchez (Roxas). Brother Jonathan Sapitula was the photographer in that time.
This is the photo of brother Yoli Buncag who preaches for this Bayugon congregation. Despite of no support, with the great love he is continues to enduring as a servant of God and His church. He will appreciate to anyone who would like to have fellowship to him financially. Please! know that even $25 of monthly help to him from any interested brethren there in the U.S. will be a great contribution already towards the work of saving lost souls in our country. It will be fully acknowledged and appreciated for Christ's sake and to Gods glory. If there is any interested brethren there in the U.S. who want to fellowship with this brother financially, please let me know and I will put in contact with him. Please! pray for him, to his loving family and to the family of God whom he served in this place.

The photo of the wedding marched where the flower girl and the ring bearer and the ushers first come in the chapel followed by the groom and bride in the back.

Brother Jonathan Sapitula was the officiating minister of this wedding. He is rendering his message to the groom and bride, encouraging them to be faithful to each other. "Marriage is honourable in all..." (Heb.13:4)

After some ceremonies, the wedding officiating minister delaclared: "Ushers, please unveil and unchord Balbino and Mary Vic and the husband Balbino, you may now kiss your bride with every honor before all men and God"..

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The baptism in Jolo church of Christ on June 21, 2009

When I was in Bayugon on June 28 brother Bonifacio Buncag told me a good news that he has baptized one soul into Christ on June 21, 2009 in Jolo church of Christ with these pictures of baptism during that time. It was good to see his efforts to the Lord to serve Him faithfully despite of his situation of no support. He works in the constuction building in Puerto Princesa City to provide his family which is very short to their needs, especially his wife is sickly. He only come home in Bayugon [which he live] every sunday early morning and then go in Jolo church of Christ where he preaches. He was seeking a willing individual Christian or churches of Christ who would be able to support him even with the amount of $25 monthly, it will be a great contribution already to really be effective and productive for the Lord. He will certainly fully appreciates to anyone who want to have fellowship with him for the Gospel to Gods glory. If there is any interested brethren there in the U.S. who want to fellowship with this brother financially, please! let me know and I will put in contact him for you. Please! include him and his loving family and the family of God whom he served in this place in your prayers. God bless us! --In Christian love, Mitozyl A. Sanchez

This is the brethren in Jolo church of Christ in which brother Bonifacio [Dongdong in short] Buncag Jr. served as a gospel preacher. This photo is taken after their worship services who are almost ready to go in the sea just walking distance near in front of the church building to witness the baptism!