“I can’t help but to compare each of them, and I feel blessed about [Pasig Covenant Reformed Church] because his church preaches the real Gospel of Christ. The church is not a megachurch but it is more than that.” ~ A regular attendee
Greetings from rainy Metro Manila, Philippines in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The following is our July 2012 update of our activities. You can download the newsletter (PDF) here.
Pasig Covenant Reformed Church
Because of our steady stream of visitors, we now have about 20-25 in our Sunday afternoon services, most of them in their early 20s and 30s. Many of the visitors have now become regular attendees, and one of them wrote this public endorsement:
While talking with my husband about the different churches that we’ve attended. I can’t help but to compare each of them, and I feel blessed about Pastor Nollie Malabuyo’s church because his church preaches the real Gospel of Christ. The church is not a megachurch but it is more than that. They are nailing the gospel every week, the pastor cares for the flock and they are full of love for each other—they even conduct free Bible lessons at their cost wherein even non-members learn a lot. I praise God for this church and I will always pray that He will bless each and everyone there. I hope this church will grow according to the will of God so He can use it for His greater purpose.
A member of Grace Church (URC) in West Linn, Oregon also wrote this note to me publicly:
Well I have been very excited to see the Lord blessing your efforts and your faithfulness to serve in that capacity and to train godly men to serve as elders… BTW, watching your congregation is what prompted my research into the URC and what eventually brought us to be in one of their churches, which is a huge blessing so far… I love watching the progress and the growth you all are achieving, may the Lord make His face to shine upon you all!
These two letters have been a great encouragement to me.
I have resumed Sunday school for adults using a workbook called Christ’s Living Church: A Journey from Then to Now from Reformed Fellowship. It’s a church history class.
Almost every Lord’s Day now, we run out of chairs, and the air-conditioning is not nearly sufficient. So our financial needs include buying ten extra plastic chairs and a bigger split-type A-C unit which would cost about $900. Today I learned from the building manager that a second floor room is vacant, and it’s almost twice the size of our present room on the third floor. The monthly rent is 13,000 pesos ($313), compared to the present 7,500 pesos ($181). Please pray that we will be able to afford this rent.
Lord willing, I’ll meet with the two elders this Saturday afternoon, July 14 to discuss various things related to the two churches. We also plan to have a congregational meeting on July 29 to update the church on our finances, plans and future.
Trinity Covenant Reformed Church (Mission church in Imus, Cavite)
Our regular attendance here has also grown to about 20-25 people, most of them also in their early 20s and 30s. But since our rented place here is bigger than the Pasig church, we’re not as crowded here.
Pastor Jayson Santiago and I still alternate in preaching and leading worship here. He also started a Bible study for the youth on Saturday evenings, and about 6-7 attended the first two meetings. He has also started regular visits to a family that has worshipped with us for about three months.
As in Pasig, I also resumed our adult Sunday school here using another workbook called Facing Faith’s Challenges from Reformed Fellowship. It covers defending opposition to various Christian doctrines, worship and practices.
Lord willing, we will have a congregational meeting on July 22 to update the church on our finances, plans and future.
Lectures at Mars Hill Study Center
I continue to hold informal lectures and discussions on Saturday mornings, going through Berkhof’s Systematic Theology. I provide supplementary reading materials, mostly from Westminster Seminary California’s faculty, in our website at www.twoagespilgrims.com/marshill. About 4-5 attend each lecture, and Lord willing, several more will come as we progress through the book. One of our biggest needs for this ministry is a multimedia projector, which costs about $400, so we can also show videos.
We thank God for a great family reunion during the first two weeks of June when Tim, Lem and his friend Shannon Drach, and Oli and Nem visited us from California to attend Rachel’s graduation from Faith Academy. We had a great time visiting the historic Walled City of Manila, swimming in Taal Volcano’s crater lake, and seeing old friends and teachers and new buildings at Faith Academy. In Davao City, we all enjoyed visiting our familiar haunts when we lived there from 1995-2001. You can view all the pictures at www.timches.com. We will always treasure those two wonderful weeks of family time!
Rachel went back to the Bay Area last June 14, and is now working for a camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She will start working for Peet’s Coffee in Santa Cruz this week. If there’s such a thing as empty-nest syndrome, these first weeks after she left surely felt like it because we miss her so much.
Evelyn and I postponed our trip to California until the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. The last time our family was together for the holidays was in 2004. Our three boys assured us they will take care of settling Rachel in college this Fall.
As I’ve mentioned above, we have many ongoing needs. Please consider supporting the Philippine mission through Mission: East Asian National Support by sending your gift to: MEANS, Inc., P. O. Box 8434, Bartlett, IL 60103. Please write “R1612 (FEURM)” on the memo line.
Special Request: For those who do not need a tax deduction, would you do us a favor by sending your gift directly to us? We still have bills and a student loan to pay in the U.S. You can mail your check c/o: David & Irma Crow, 3266 Tioga Rd. Apt. 101, Concord, CA 94518.
Pasig Covenant Reformed Church
RCJ Bldg. Room 305, Ortigas Ave. Ext. cor. Countryside Ave.
Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Trinity Covenant Reformed Church
T. De Castro Bldg. 4th Floor, Aguinaldo Highway
Brgy Palico I, Bacoor, Cavite
0927-863-6364 (Philippine cell) • 925-969-7951 (U.S. home) • email@example.com