Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|Philippines Typhoon Update|
Two weeks ago, the Philippines were hit with the Super-Typhoon Yolanda, which killed at least 5,235 with an additional 1,613 still listed as missing, according to the last government count. More than a million homes were destroyed or damaged, including some of our churches. If you would like to make a donation to help, click here.
Here are some reports from Bishop Roger Justiano, National Overseer of the Philippines.
As National Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy, Philippines, in behalf of my family and our people, let me express my warmest gratitude and appreciation for all the help extended by the International Office, Harvest Partners, local churches in the US, local members, friends and everyone who helped our churches and brethren and the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). During those trying days, your prayers, message of encouragement, concerns, love, personal notes and messages really meant so much to us. We appreciate very much those who dropped some words of encouragement. Your prayers, moral and financial support will not be forgotten. May the Lord bless you, your family, work, business, ministry, as you responded to the need.--Bishop Roger D. Justiniano
A day after Super-Typhoon Yolanda (local name) land fell, the wide-spread devastation is just heartbreaking as news updates are beginning to come a midst power outages. The grim reality of the typhoon's strength is slowly unfolding as reports are coming in from the severely affected areas. The Philippine Red Cross estimated 1,200 casualties. Our church brethren from Panay, Romblon, and Mindoro are along the path of the typhoon. Please pray for our brethren and for the Filipino people who are affected with loss of lives, properties, agriculture and business.--Bishop Roger J
It took us a while to receive a report from our district overseer from Panay to give us an idea about the extent of damages among our church family since the cell sites in the area are down. He has to drive several towns just to get a signal to send his messages to us. Most of our church people's houses were damaged. Our church in Bacong was totally destroyed; in San Antonio, we lost several of the roof tin sheets; in Culasi, we lost the extended parts of the church building; in Buenavista, the cottage that the Work Team used this year during the construction of the church was destroyed. Praise God that there was no loss of lives among our church family according to the district overseer.
After several days of confusion and the seeming unpreparedness of the authorities to respond, the relief operations and help coming from different sectors and countries are beginning to pour in. Our fellowmen who were directly hit by the storm are receiving some relief goods, but other areas who were battered with same magnitude are also calling for help. This is part of the challenges the rescuers are facing since several islands of the archipelago were also badly hit.
Presently, our church is focusing on helping our church family in Antique, Panay where 4 of our churches were damaged and houses of our members were lost or destroyed. According to our pastor in Bacong church, members are just meeting in a tent now after their church was totally destroyed. Our Women's Ministry Directress, Sister Salvie, and Sister Luz are now on the their way to bring some food and assess the damages and move to the next stage of our help--building and repairing church building and houses of our members. We want to help as many as we can do, but with the fund that we have, we need to focus in with the churches and members. Anyway, the authorities are now helping the people in general who are affected by the typhoon.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
HYDRATE TOUR: Fall Update
This Fall we’ve taken the Hydrate Tour to three different areas. In a four week period, we were in 5 schools and witnessed over 550 salvations! God is pouring out His Spirit upon the hungry and obedient. At each location students and adults rushed to the cross. If you know anything about our meetings, we stress the necessity of surrender. It’s more than a prayer. It must be more than a decision. Surrender and Lordship are the hands that uphold the gift of salvation. Jesus is looking for those who will be all in and stay in! This is the Gospel that demands. The is the Gospel we preach!
This will be our last revival gathering of 2013. We have experienced the power and presence of God in each of these sessions. Fresh fire continues to fall as the hungry gather. There are still those who believe revival can become a lasting reality in our day. We cannot and will not let up. There is way too much at stake. This nation is hanging in the balance and the only solution is a Burning Church! Please join us Sunday evening, November 24th as we present our 3rd Fire & Fragrance service. This will be a time of intense worship and intercession. If we call, He will answer!
Friday, August 23, 2013
Lucas Englebert, born and raised in the Woodland Hills COGOP, is presently the first ever COGOP youth to ever be enrolled in the Birmingham Metro Master’s Commission program, hosted by Kingwood Assembly of God in Alabaster. The Master’s Commission is a Pentecostal, world-wide international discipleship and training program preparing young people for ministry, missions, and Christian leadership.
A partial scholarship was awarded to Lucas by Master’s Commission in honor of the late Mike Mojica, a groundbreaking Pentecostal minister and missionary. This scholarship will be offered every year by Birmingham Metro Master’s Commission to a young person from the Church of God of Prophecy in Alabama in honor of Pastor Mojica.
Lucas Englebert has been an excellent representative of Christ in Master’s Commission this past year, and is embarking on his second year beginning in September. Lucas is earning college credit from Ecclesia College while attending Master’s Commission, and can hopefully be instrumental in opening up the Master’s Commission program to more young people from the COGOP.
Mark Sims, director of the Birmingham MC program said,
“We are so proud of Lucas and of his contribution to Master’s Commission.
Lucas has leadership potential that must be tapped and brought out to be used
in the kingdom of God. Perhaps Lucas Englebert is part of the future of youth
discipleship in the COGOP.”
Master’s Commission will be glad to come to any Alabama church with Lucas and a team of on-fire youth to do ministry in any church. Also, college age youth who are interested in college AND discipleship training at the same time can contact BMMC at firstname.lastname@example.org.