Christian Fellowship Church News, December 2014

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      “I will not offer anything to God that costs me nothing!”  2 Samuel 24:24;  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.”  Romans 12:1
     These were the theme verses of my message at the 44th Anniversary Celebration of the Guihulngan City Christian Fellowship Church on December 29!  I explained the background of chapter 24, and how, when David came to make an offering to God, he refused to accept something less than his own great sacrifice!  God deserves the pure and complete commitment of His people, offering continually day by day their bodies as a holy sacrifice to Him!   As David followed his principles and did not give way under pressure, we are to be people of principles, too!  Among other things, I stressed seven principles to follow: be consistent in your Christian walk; have a tender conscience; make sacrifices; pay the price; have a heart attitude of holiness; let your life speak; and give to God what belongs to God!
     The Guihulngan City church was full to the brim with maybe 500 people, including the city mayor  who also gave a short, encouraging talk!  The praise and worship was so lively and spontaneous and everyone was so happy and blessed!  We celebrated the 44 years’ anniversary of this church, which we planted in 1970!
     I also was blessed to speak to our Fellowship Thanksgiving in Pacuan, in the mountains of northeastern Negros on December 22.  The Pacuan church was also one of the first churches pioneered here in Negros Island in the early 1970s.  I rode as a passenger on a motorcycle over the very rugged and slippery trail 18 kilometers up in the hills!  Our local pastors came from their villages in the area to join in the celebration and we had seven dedicated pastors!
     We look back at the many wonderful victories of the past year, and forward to great things ahead in 2015!  Thank you so much for your prayers that help so much!
     We love you in the Lord!
     Sis June Pacleb

Christian Fellowship Church, December 14, 2014

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Christian Fellowship Church, December 14, 2014
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us.”  Matt. 1:23.
     We celebrate the Christ of Christmas, and we’re so happy He is here with us!   All praise and glory to God!  The Christian Fellowship churches all have their own thanksgiving celebrations this month so it’s such a busy time for all.  On Dec 22 I’ll be going to the northern Negros district to join their celebration in the mountain village of Pacuan.  It’s a 28 kilometer rough ride up the hills by mountain bike!  Several pastors of that district will gather together for this district thanksgiving!
     We had our Christmas party at the Bible school Saturday December 13, with the students and faculty.  The students decorated freehand the big chalkboard with colored chalk and did a beautiful job!  It was a happy time of special songs by faculty and students and games for the students before we had exchange gifts and a wonderful meal!  The students especially enjoyed the treat of young coconut with the coconut water and milk!
     After lunch the students prepared to go back to their homes for Christmas break.  They will be ministering in their home churches during the break which will be a big help to their pastors.
     I attach a few pictures of the occasion!  Thank you for your prayers for the School of Ministry!
     Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year!

     June and Benito Pacleb

Christian Fellowship Church of the Philippines Update, November 2014

Christian Fellowship Church of the Philippines Update, November 2014
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear your Name.”  Psalm 86:11.  How wonderful it is to walk in the ways and truth of the Lord with an undivided heart!  How blessed is each and every day!
     The Lord has been moving in the churches here giving encouragement and strengthening the pastors.  We have divided the churches into districts such as north, south, east and west districts.  A dedicated supervisor is over the churches in his area.  The district churches have monthly and quarterly fellowship meetings, and this is a great source of encouragement and strength.  The fellowship meetings are growing!  Our northern Negros Island district has a hundred pastors and lay workers attending from his district alone!  Many of the churches are located in the secluded mountainous areas which are difficult to reach except by walking or riding a mountain bike or horse!  But that doesn’t hinder the pastors from coming from far distances from their own villages to fellowship together.  Monthly fellowships are held in various village churches, to give everyone a chance to host them!
     The southern Negros Island district has a two days’ monthly Bible training, or equipping, to give supplemental training to local lay pastors.  This local Bible training has been going on for several years and is very helpful!
     A few of the Negros churches are in church construction, or renovation, and they are believing God to supply the building materials.  When work on a certain project is scheduled, the district pastors get together to donate their free time and labor to lay cement blocks or put up walls or roofing!  This practice is a part of Philippine culture called “bayanihan”, which means working together to accomplish a task.  Willing hearts and hands working together!
     Our Bible school students from the School of Ministry here in Dumaguete City are going out every Friday afternoon to evangelize and teach Bible studies.  They go two by two as Jesus recommended!  Immediately, they became successful!  After the first door to door visitation, they were invited to hold Bible studies in homes.  One elderly lady admitted that she had only attended church twice in her whole life!  But now she invited the students to teach in her home every Friday!  Now our students are conducting three new weekly Bible studies!
     Our students are anticipating going back to their home churches at Christmas to preach and do outreaches and they’re getting pretty excited!  Truly, it’s “harvest time”!
     Thank you for your prayers for us and for the good work the Lord is doing here!  The Lord is really answering those prayers!  God bless you!
     Sis June Pacleb