October 2012 Newsletter

 

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ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines, October 23, 2012—Greetings on a beautiful sunny but mild Metro Manila, Philippines in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We apologize for the long delay from our last update in July.

Pasig Covenant Reformed Church

Pasig Covenant Reformed Church family on a typical Lord's Day

Pasig Covenant Reformed Church family on a typical Lord's Day (click to enlarge)

We celebrated our 4th anniversary last September 30. We had around 35 people, eight of them first-time visitors. It was a good time of fellowship, with several meeting for the first time after “knowing” each other on Facebook for months. We praise God that we were able to move to a bigger room on the 2nd floor, from the 3rd floor, so we can squeeze as many as 40 people in.

We continue our Sunday adult class on church history, led by an elder. The little children started Sunday school, with a couple of the women teaching. Our Saturday discussion group was moved from Saturday morning to Saturday night and to a coffee shop at a mall in the main artery traversing Metro Manila. We made these changes to make the class more accessible to those who come from different parts of the metro area and those who still work on Saturdays.

On November 2-4, we will be celebrating Reformation Day with a weekend seminar and a Reformation Sunday with Rev. Allen Vander Pol as our guest.

Trinity Covenant Reformed Church (Mission church in Imus, Cavite)

Trinity Covenant Reformed Church in Imus, Cavite, after 1st Anniversary worship service

Trinity Covenant Reformed Church in Imus, Cavite, after 1st Anniversary worship service (click to enlarge)

We celebrated Imus’ 1st anniversary last September 23. We also had around 35 people, with about 10 first-time visitors. I preached from Revelation 3:7-13 (the church in Philadelphia), encouraging the congregation to persevere in keeping the Word of Christ, even though they’re small and has “little power.”

Pastor Jayson Santiago alternates with me in preaching and leading worship services. Our elder continues to teach Sunday adult class about basic Christian doctrines. Pastor Jayson also teaches the youth on their Saturday Bible studies. Lord willing, we will install Pastor Jayson as pastor of this church next month.

Expository Preaching Class

I started a class on expository preaching open to all pastors and elders and others who have preaching duties. This is a critical need I’ve seen in my visits to other churches here, and in my conversations with other pastors. About 5-6 have attended each lecture so far in our Imus church.

Family

Evelyn & Rachel glad to be reunited at HIU (click to enlarge)

Evelyn & Rachel glad to be reunited at HIU (click to enlarge)

Evelyn and I are excited about our coming furlough. She left last week for LA and was very glad to see Rachel for the first time since she left for college in June. Oliver & Nem were also glad to have her for three days. Then she flew to the Bay Area where she was reunited with Tim & Chesney and their three little boys, and with Lem & Shannon.

I have mixed feelings about our furlough, mainly because of the two congregations that I’ll be leaving for ten weeks. But we have a preaching schedule all set for both churches. Lord willing, we will be back in the Philippines on January 29, 2013.

We praise God that Rachel has settled in college, and is doing well in her studies at Hope Intern-ational University in Fullerton, CA. She’s very happy that she got a job at HIU’s library.

Praise & Prayer Requests

We praise and thank the Lord for providing another pastor, two elders, Sunday school materials, and psalter-hymnals and Bibles from another URC congregation in California.

As I’ve mentioned above, we have many ongoing needs. If you want to help, please let us know by writing us at

dvopilgrim@gmail.com or evelyn.malabuyo@faith.edu.ph

You can support the Philippine mission by sending your tax-deductible gift to through Mission: East Asian National Support (MEANS):

Mission: East Asian National Support, Inc.
P. O. Box 8434
Bartlett, IL 60103

Please write “R1612 (FEURM)” on the memo line to designate your gift to the Philippine mission.

About Nollie

Associate Pastor of Trinity United Reformed Church in Walnut Creek, CA. Assigned as missionary to the Philippines. Lives just outside Metro Manila with wife and daughter. Three older boys live and work in CA.