Philippine Mission Update May 2012

Pasig Covenant Reformed Church is now organized with a pastor and two elders. A new mission in Imus, Cavite, called Trinity Covenant Reformed Church, started worship services in September 2011. Bible school students interested in the Reformed faith attend our services and lectures.

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Greetings from hot and humid Manila, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We give thanks to Him for your faithfulness in praying and supporting us these many years.

Family Happenings

Rachel’s high school days are quickly coming to a close, so she’s quite busy with her preparations for her next stage in life: college. I plan to travel with her sometime this summer back to California to settle her in one of her choices: Providence Christian College, Simpson University, or Biola University.

All three of our boys will be visiting us for 2-3 weeks in June to see Rachel graduate from Faith Academy. We haven’t been together as a family since 2008.

Mission Update
On February 26, 2012, Pasig Covenant Reformed Church reached a memorable milestone in its young history: the organization of the church with the installation of its officebearers. With the approval of the supervising Consistory of Trinity United Reformed Church in Walnut Creek, California, two men were ordained and installed as elders of the church. One of them will double as our interim deacon. The two men will each serve a three-year term of office.

Imus-Pasig Joint Service, with Rev. Stephen 't Hart of Free Reformed Churches Australia as guest preacher, February 5, 2012

Imus-Pasig Joint Service, with Rev. Stephen 't Hart of Free Reformed Churches Australia as guest preacher, February 5, 2012 (click to enlarge)

We will now proceed with the Profession of Faith of several regular attendees in both Pasig and Imus congregations. There will also be at least one adult baptism and several children’s baptisms after their parents have made professions of faith.

A Second Mission Church
Since September 2011, a small Bible study group in Imus, Cavite (about 20 miles south of Manila) started meeting for worship on the Lord’s Days. Most of those who started attending were longtime members of a Pentecostal church that has become a part of the G-12 cultic movement from Colombia. Because of this background, almost all of them are only starting on their Reformed pilgrimage. So I was not surprised when after only three months of attendance, one family of three said goodbye to us because the church did not fill their needs.

Today, our regular attendance is about 15 adults and 5 children. In December 2011, they agreed to call the mission church Trinity Covenant Reformed Church.

Weekend Retreat at Rizal Re-Creation Center February 18-19, 2012

Weekend Retreat at Rizal Re-Creation Center February 18-19, 2012 (click to enlarge)

So my Lord’s Days start early, leaving home at 7:30 a.m., arriving at Trinity CovRC at 8:45 a.m. Worship services start at 9:30 a.m., followed by a short fellowship time and Sunday school from 11:00-12 a.m. Then we drive back to Pasig CovRC, arriving there about 1:30 p.m. Worship services here start at 2:30 p.m. followed by a short fellowship time and Sunday school from 4-5 p.m.

A local pastor, a graduate of a local Bible school, is the prospective minister for Trinity CovRC. Because his denomination is more or less Pentecostal in doctrines and practices which he does not agree with, he was struggling against his conscience. So I asked him to consider being called by the Pasig congregation to serve in Imus. After a year, he was finally convinced that it was time to leave.

Preaching at an anniversary service in Cavite Province, about three hours from Manila, December 11, 2011

Preaching at an anniversary service in Cavite Province, about three hours from Manila, December 11, 2011 (click to enlarge)

So on March 1, he finally left, and was told to vacate the parsonage. Having just started his family, with a wife and a one-year-old baby, it was a difficult transition. The couple essentially did not even have the very basic things to start: no bed, no table, no chairs, no stove. Even worse, now he had no access to books for his studies. We found a very reasonable apartment for them, and provided those basic things from what we found in our home that we do not use anymore. They still need a couple of beds, a couch, a few more chairs, and a bookcase so I can give him some of my books. I already gave him two of my study Bibles, both of which I rarely use because they are available online.

The congregation has heard him preach and lead worship several times, and are satisfied, so we the elders have decided to examine him. If he sustains the examination, we will present him to both congregations the matter of calling him as mission pastor of the Imus church on May 27.

Contact with Bible School Students
In the last several months, I’ve had contact with about 10-15 students from a local Bible college. They started visiting the Pasig worship services, and later on asked me to conduct regular studies. Soon, their school officials learned about their activities from other students, and were told to stop visiting the church and talking to me because of doctrinal differences. The ones who were graduating this April were warned they would not graduate if they did not agree with the school’s beliefs.

Bible school students visit our home, April 2012

Bible school students visit our home, April 2012 (click to enlarge)

I advised them to keep a low-profile until the school year is ended, so the seniors were able to graduate. Now, a few of them are leaving the school, seeking to continue in others that are less restrictive. Since the school is in summer break, most are now back in their home provinces, but the ones still in the metro Manila area still visit the church and our home for discussions on various subjects. After every Lord’s Day worship, they would ask me for a copy of the sermon manuscript so they could make copies for themselves and discuss them.

Please pray for these young men and women who desire to be faithful to Scripture, gain more knowledge, and walk in godliness and righteousness worthy of their calling.

Financial Needs
For our personal expenses, in 2011, our shortfall was $9,383. Because of this, we have not contributed to our retirement account since 2009, and we owe self-employment taxes for the years 2010 and 2011.

Preaching with an interpreter at a Chinese church in Vigan City, about ten hours by land from Manila, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012

Preaching with an interpreter at a Chinese church in Vigan City, about ten hours by land from Manila, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012 (click to enlarge)

For the Pasig church, we usually break even in our offerings and expenses. Our one-time needs are as follows:
1. Split-type A-C unit: $800
2. Chairs (10): $50
3. Sunday school materials

For the Imus church, we have a monthly budget shortfall of $350, and one-time needs as follows:
1. Split-type A-C unit: $800
2. Chairs (10): $50
3. Psalters
4. Sunday school materials

General needs for mission:
1. Multimedia projector: $300-400
2. Wireless sound system consisting of microphone, amplifier, speaker, etc.: $400

Churches that Support the Philippine Mission (54 percent of total support)

Trinity United Reformed Church, Walnut Creek, California (since 2008)
Escondido United Reformed Church, Escondido, California (since 2008)
Immanuel’s United Reformed Church, Salem, Oregon (since 2011)
Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church (since 1993)
First Baptist Church, Daly City, California (since 1993)
First Presbyterian Church, Redding, California (since 1997)
Third Presbyterian Church, Richmond, California (since 1999)

How to Send Tax-Deductible Funds:

1. Please make your checks payable to MEANS with the memo line saying “R1612 (FEURM)”.

Mission: East Asian National Support (MEANS)
P. O. Box 8434, Bartlett, IL 60103 • 1-630-542-2168
Email: info@meansusa.org • http://www.meansusa.org/
Member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability since 2000

Rachel with some of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe cast

Rachel with some of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe cast (click to enlarge)

2. If you don’t need tax deduction for this donation, you can send your check directly to our address below:

Nollie & Evelyn Malabuyo
c/o David & Irma Crow
3266 Tioga Road Apt 101
Concord, CA 94518

If the Lord so moves you, you can designate your gift to any specific need above.
 

 

 

 

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