Christian Fellowship Church of the Philippines, November 2013 News Update
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” Ps 91:1, 2
Praise God for His shelter in time of distress and trouble! As you may know, on November 8 and 9 last week, we here in the Central Philippines had a terrible disaster named “Yolanda”! It came as the strongest tropical cyclone in history, with 200 mph winds sweeping a massive swath through the islands. The storm, known internationally as “Haiyan”, made landfall in the eastern islands of Samar and Leyte, with those horrific winds and a five to 10 meter storm surge like a tsunami. It wiped out thousands of towns and villages, including Tacloban, the capital city of Leyte island with a population of 250,000. The death toll is 4,000 and rising every day, as more dead bodies are recovered. The people there are suffering so much with no food, water or shelter on a truly massive scale. International aid agencies are getting in to help the people.
The storm passed from those eastern islands, over the island of Cebu, and hit northern Negros Island. Thankfully, here in Dumaguete City in southern Negros, we only had storm intensity signal #2 and #3. Praise God, for delivering us, as the center of the storm passed over the northern tip of our island! He kept us sheltered in His Shadow! We have heard many victorious reports from our pastors in our branch churches in different places that God has kept them safe, too. All praise to the Lord! He is a loving and caring God!
Thank you so much for your prayers for all God’s people in the Philippines. God bless you more abundantly!
Benito and June Pacleb
Christian Fellowship Church of the Phillipines – October 2013
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4
This verse was the theme of our Christian Fellowship Church pastors’ semi-annual convention here in Dumaguete City on October 21 and 22. It was a great time of fellowship and revival! Pastors came from all over Negros Island, as well as from Siquijor and Mindanao Island. We enjoyed the good, inspiring messages of our pastors. On the first night there was a powerful time of prayer and refilling of the Holy Spirit at the altar. The pastors went back home with new joy and inspiration to serve God!
The Bible school rounded up the first semester on October 11, and we had a farewell service for our graduates. They have begun their six months training in churches as interns under their senior pastors. Now we are enrolling new students for the second semester that will start in November and run through March 2014. Please pray for the school and the students and for much-needed finances.
We here in the Central Philippines had a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake on October 8, that has killed 222 people. The area affected was Bohol, Cebu and Negros Islands. Dumaguete City was badly shaken, but the damage here was minimal and we had no loss of lives. We’ve had 1,800 aftershocks! Scientists say the quake showed a new fault line running under Bohol Island, just to the east of us. I’m reminded of the Scripture that says that “whatever can be shaken, will be shaken, that the things that cannot be shaken will remain”!
Perhaps you’ve heard of the kidnapping and massacre by Muslim extremists in Zamboanga City last month. The Muslim rebels took many hostages in this Southern Philippine city and demanded their autonomy from the Philippine government. Many were killed in many days of fighting before the army was able to subdue the rebels. Please pray for peace in the Philippines.
God has called us to bring the Gospel to the world and we have this commission to keep. As a young man, Jesus said, “I must be about my Father’s business”. We can say the same! Let’s ask God to make us more effective in serving Him.
Please help our ministry with your prayers and gifts. The School of Ministry needs your support. You’re an important part of what we’re doing here. Thank you so much and God bless you!
Benito and June Pacleb