Monthly Archives: November 2007

Departure

Belmonte Balagso of Tu-i, Daguioman, Abra departed this world in the afternoon of November 4. This news was sent to us via text message by sister Naty Layugan-Corpuz, a relative of the deceased.

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Baptisms in Ramon, Isabela

First Sunday of November three were baptized into Christ in Barangay Aguinaldo, Ramon, Isabela. They are Justin Baroro who works in a bank and resides in Santiago City, Isabela; Roy Lingolinggo, a business man; and Jun Gamas, a self-employed friend. We are happy for these brothers who have submitted themselves to the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ed Tangunan)

Leadership training held in Davao City

Seventy church leaders from congregations in the Davao and Cotabato provinces attended the Nov. 12-16 seminar on “Building Spiritual Strength” that was held at the Bible Study Center along Uyangaren Street in downtown Davao City  The discussion and study followed the booklet written by brother Brian Garnett, minister of the Nueces Canyon Church of Christ in Texas.

Featured speakers were Joel Carpio, Josefino Costales, Roberto Ortega, Ken Wilkey, Richard Emperado, Gabriel Valdez, Sammy Facun and Bob Buchanan.

Our editor was in several sessions held on the first and second days of the seminar.  — (E.Tanicala)

Southern Mindanao Bible College holds talk on Islam and Christianity

Twenty seven are currently enrolled at the Southern Mindanao Bible College in Kisante, Makilala, Cotabato.  The downtown congregation in Kabacan directs the school. Families and local congregations in the area provide for the food of the students.

Brother Eusebio Tanicala visited the school on Nov. 7-8 and shared with the students a bird’s eye view of Islam. He especially noted that the person, nature and work of Jesus Christ show the big contrast between Christianity on one hand and Islam on the other hand. Christianity believes in the deity of Christ, that He is the Son of God, that he is a mediator and savior, that He died at the cross  as a propitiation for the sins of the world, that He was buried in a tomb, that He resurrected on the third day.  These are denied by Islam. Islam says that Jesus the Christ is one among the 25 notable prophets in its list.

Cotabato province has a Muslim population of no less than a third of the whole. Thus, these current students will likely interact with some Muslim friends, hence the need to have some ideas to talk about. — (E.Tanicala)

New congregation started in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur

On the second Sunday of September of this year, the new congregation in this town started its worship service in the family house of the Peraltas at Poblacion Sur.

This month of November, the average attendance is fifteen. The people who were contacted during the September campaign are being followed up by brethren Roger Nonog, Rolando Toquero and Roland Lazo.# — (R.T.Nonog)