“…the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” – Luke 4:18
WHEN CLSF-PASAY MOVED to its new place last July, its heart was set on the promised Great Harvest. It is with great joy, therefore, that the church welcomes people coming in during Sunday fellowship. Presently, the satellite’s combined attendance from its morning and afternoon Sunday services has risen to over 120 from 80-90 at the old church center in F. Francisco St.
Because of this, Ptr. Albert Carasig was prompted to open last Feb. 9 the discipleship trainings for new and regular members alike. These trainings are held every Sunday before the start of the morning and afternoon fellowship. The basic modules, “Who is God?” and “Beginning Your New Life with God” currently have a total of 15 new trainees. The other modules in the series, namely, “First Principles” and “Cell Leaders’ Training,” have 15 and 16 students, respectively.
In addition, the coming in of new young people led to the opening of another teens’ cell group, composed of about 10 youths, handled by Kiert John Ramos. This is in addition to the 3 existing cell groups – for younger teens, newly graduates, and working adults. Similarly, a new cell group for new attending couples was started on Feb. 16, led by Elders Marlon Nuñez with wife, Ate Dang. This brings the cell groups meeting on Sundays to a total of 5.
Another harvest is ripe for reaping in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Pasay is working out to establish a new community church (CSS) there. It shall be attended largely by relatives of Elder Rudy Tadio-an and their friends. Their number is expected to reach 50.
The opportunity came about after Kuya Rudy and wife, Ate Petty, attended the wake of a relative in Cavite. Blessed by the prayers of the couple, the other relatives offered a vacant space in their place for a weekly bible study. The first service was held on February 22. Ptr. Dante Sombilla of CSS Ascaño is also leading the new CSS. Pasay satellite has 3 existing CSS, which are small community churches held every Saturday. These are in Ascaño (Pasay), Bangkal (Makati) and Taguig, which is also handled by Kuya Rudy Tadio-an and Kuya Eugene Cardona.
With these developments comes a successive impartation of the Lord’s anointing: anointing of holiness (priesthood), anointing of a warrior (warfare) and, recently, the anointing of the work of hands. Surely, these are precious gifts girding up the church for the Final Harvest. (B&A)
CLSF-Pasay conducted a Basic Life Support Training on Jan. 18. It covered basic first aid and rescue seminar facilitated by Red Cross volunteer & Pasay member Dan Asher Sombilla (far right in right photo).
Acknowledging the fact that disaster-preparedness is a life-saving skill, the training was opened to all members of Pasay satellite.
Pasay, a coastal city, has many flood-prone areas, particularly in Malibay where the church is located.
CLSF KICKED OFF THE NEW YEAR with a call for repentance for the sins of idolatry, with a 3-day nationwide fasting and prayer from Jan.3-5. This is in line with the recent camp and 30th anniversary message “Sounding the Trumpet of the Lord.” Being a recipient of various prophetic messages that are aligning to fulfillment these last days, CLSF holds a “great responsibility to blow the trumpet of the Lord, sound the alarm and show the way of salvation to people,” said Bishop Dan Balais, CLSF Senior Pastor.
Together with the call “Philippines, Return to God”, the message of sounding the trumpet becomes even more significant. Living now as we are in the last days, which according to Matthew 24, is marked with shakings on the one hand and redemption on the other, CLSF must be a trumpet giving warning and direction to people so they can choose the way of blessing and salvation.
With God’s grace, CLSF has been providentially prepared for this end-time task throughout its 30 years in the ministry. At the Ynares Sports Arena where the 30th anniversary was held on Nov.3, Bishop Dan declared that CLSF has “come of age, ready to be released to the fullness of her purpose.”
Only five days later, a super typhoon (Yolanda) would hit Central Visayas and CLSF was immediately confronted with the reality of the warnings given earlier by Indian prophet Vincent Selvakumar. Like a wake up call, it called forth the mantle of “coming of age and fullness” to sound the trumpet of the Lord and shed light on a grievously dark hour. CLSF then, together with IFP, actively sent out the warnings of God’s judgment and promise of blessings to the people, while at the same time intensifying intercession, preaching repentance and calling the Philippines to return to God.
CLSF satellite churches picked up the burden and launched community meetings to share the warnings to the people. In Pasay, Ptr. Albert Carasig met with the city officials – the mayor, vice-mayor and councilors – to trumpet the warnings. The same was done in two barangays in Malibay, in the form of a film showing. More meetings are planned to be held in communities in Bangkal (Makati) and Taguig where the church has CSS (community churches). The church sees these harvest fields to spark the fire of the great revival, which is already at hand.
By MARIA BOBIER
“Therefore you preach righteousness. Tell the word to God’s people. Tell the people openly the dangers that are before them. Preach to the people that they tear their hearts. Preach righteousness to them that they will repent. Teach them about the coming danger and warn them.”
These were Bro. Vincent Salvakumar’s words that triggered our desire to go to my mother’s native land in Llorente, Samar last Dec.20, 2013. The initial plan was just to visit our relatives who were already experiencing shortage of food a few days after super typhoon Yolanda devastated Samar and Leyte .
But by God’s leading, what we brought them was not just food for their stomach; we brought them food for their souls as well.
We left for Samar as early as 5AM of Dec. 20. We arrived in Bo. San Miguel, Llorente, Samar at 2PM the next day, Dec. 21. With no time to spare, we re-packed the groceries, rice, children’s toys and some toiletries that we had brought with us. Our “mission day” began on Sunday, Dec. 22.
In the morning, upon the invitation of Ptr. Jun Royo, we joined the fellowship at CLSF-Sawang. Later in the fellowship, we showed a video of the “warnings and judgments” to the Philippines prophesied by Vincent Selvakumar in April 2013 at the 24th National Prayer Gathering (NPG). Afterwards, we blessed the families with our gifts. At least 20 families received them. We left with so much joy in our hearts as they accepted the challenge of establishing a 24-hour prayer chain in their town to be spearheaded by their elder, Ate Lucy.
At 2PM, we went to the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) and shared also the prophetic warnings in a video. As it was in the morning, the people who flocked to the church that afternoon and saw the video came to understand that they do have a choice between disaster and blessings. As we led them in prayer, more than 70 people received Jesus on that day. They promised to be diligent in their prayers and attend a bible study group with Ptr.June Royo, who pledged to visit the place once a week. Before we left, we gave away gifts to 30 children and groceries to 80 families.
As we believed that it was God’s appointed time for the people in Bo. San Miguel, Samar to return to Him, the possibility of opening a CLSF church/satellite in the area is now being discussed.
By Monday, Dec. 23, we hit the road at 5AM, headed for CLSF Giporlos. We passed the town of Hernani, and it grieved our hearts to see how “Yolanda” devastated this town. We arrived in Giporlos at 7AM. We showed them the video, too, and took time to listen to our brethren’s experience of the typhoon Yolanda.
Those had been four fruitful days for our family. We were thankful to get home by Dec. 24 – just in time for the Christmas celebrations .
All glory to the Living King, Jesus!
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