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11 thoughts on “Contribute

  1. Ruthanna

    I would like to contribute articles. I found the publication very interesting.

    I pray that God will continue to bless your ministry.

    God bless!

    Ruthanna Sombero Uy

  2. DouglasLeCroy

    One of the most encouraging developments that I have been made aware of thru the past several months of Word Ministry is that there seems to be a real outbreak of evangelism going on in many areas of the Philippines. The long blog from Edgardo Maquiling on his regular work in Cebu province is just one example of this. I remember him as one of the finest students that Philippine Bible College ever had, and it is clear that he is a good theologian also. I commend his work and thank his supporters for keeping him on that motorcycle and preaching in many places where the Good News is being received with great joy. It is worth anyone’s time to read his long contribution here in the Word Ministry. The meetings up in Ilocos Sur are another example. Good that Romeo Nonog is still using up his aging years in leading an evangelism team to lost souls in that hard region. But what region is not hard? They all are. The Devil wants to keep them all, and the struggle will always be fierce. But one of my happiest observations from far away is that there is growing up a strong “second generation” of preachers, Christian wives, teachers and just faithful, everyday Christians. Sons and daughters of some like Tanicala, Ciencia, Tangunan, Barroga, Nonog, Palitayan. Luther and others that we see mentioned means that Christ’s flag has been planted and His people are there to stay.

  3. Ed Maquiling

    If debating is wrong, then I had just committed this “great sin.” I debated, argued, with a minister of the Calvary Open Hearts Fellowship. He had debated Reuben Emperado; now he’s debating me. As always, the Analytical Bible that brother Lecroy gave me years ago (November 20, 1975, to be exact) is the ever useful companion. I used Machen’s Greek Grammar brother Barry Murrell supplied (vintage book from the old PBC), and other books my US benefactor sent (he does not want to be identified, but I know he’s my director at PBC when I was a student). My, oh my. The people who listened to me knew that 1 Corinthians 12:13 does not say the Holy Spirit is the baptizer of Christians. Danny Go, that is his name, insists that the object of preposition “Spirit” (by one Spirit) is the subject. I argued that the subject is we (as in, we are baptized). He brought his Greek-English interlinear but never used it. He’s afraid to open it. He wanted to trick the people into believing that even my Cebuano Bible says the Holy Spirit is the baptizer; got my Bible, read it, and stopped in the middle. The audience laughed. Because that Bible favors my proposition than his. I just smiled. And before he finally lost face, I extended my hand to him, and we hugged each other. Now in low voices we exchanged arguments. Enmity vanished like bubbles in the wind. Now we exchange invitations to have coffee, but I promised him we are not going to stop arguing because I care for his soul. That is friendship evangelism in action.

  4. DouglasLeCroy

    One of the very lively and bright Christian spiritual songs encourages us to “Brighten the corner where you are.”: In recent contributions to Word Ministry in recent months, I have been so encouraged to see that very many Filipino brethren are doing just that, brightening the corner where they are. Reading of the preaching missions and travels and seminars held, I can but be so proud of the work of men like Dodoy Sameon, Pablo Lachica, Felipe Cariaga, John Quionones, Emilio Panday, Lito Batoon, Rogelio Barroga, Edgado Maquiling, Dick Baguioen (who is a servant like Timothy was a servant), and I cannot leave out your busy, over-worked editor, Eusebio Tanicala. I do not mean THAT THESE ARE ALL that are working; but just to say that God sees all your labors and He above all knows that you are bringing souls to Him. Keep up your good work; and from time to time, write of it so that we can be glad with you.

  5. Ed Maquiling

    Yeah, news. Whoever heard of Bert Brana’s ministry up there in Bayombong? Bert is engaged in a tentmaking ministry of sorts–he teaches in a state university and preaches on the side. He now has a blog. The first post is the award winning project he had organized among the Bugkalots, teaching them to plant citrus; now that project is giving income to its beneficiaries. The other post is the award itself given to him for this effort he has spearheaded among this least of our countrymen. But it is noteworthy to know that Bert is actually ministering to the campus students and residents of Bayombong (the Bayombong church of Christ) and to the mountain people of San Mariano. Visit his blog: God bless this “tentmaker”!

  6. DouglasLeCroy

    As I write this out, it is the eve of the day that America has designated Thanksgiving. That is a day supposed to be devoted to turning our hearts toward God and saying a sincere “Thank You” for all His goodness toward our country in general and ourselves in particular. As I look around, I see how abundantly I have been blessed–reasonably good health, most of the necessities of life, and a hope of a future without end.
    But there is something else this past year has brought me that I want to comment on here in this blog. A year ago I would have thought that a blog was something like blocked arteries, or some such. But when I learned how to reach Word Ministry, I was able to hear news about so many of you Filipinos who have been such an important part of my life. So my memories of you all is a part of my Thanksgiving Day that spans the U.S. and reaches across the Pacific. I cannot write all that I am thankful for. But I can say that God has richly blessed my life by letting my pathway of life cross with so many of you.
    I am grateful that long ago, Kenneth J. Wilkey and I compacted together to go and live in the Philippines for a while. Ken has been thru the years a friend closer than a brother; and when it comes my time to die, I hope that he is there to say the final amen and to close the casket.
    Living in the Philippines opened new vistas all the time. I have met and have many precious friends over there. I remember Rolando B. Sameon, my earliest best friend. long now gone to join Jesus. It did not take so long to meet and work closely with my Manong, Alejandro Ciencia. He can’t walk so well now; but I know that he wore out those legs and knees in 100’s of Filipino homes and barrios taking the Gospel far and wide. And I am grateful for the Philippine Bible College and for the dozens and dozens who passed thru those portals, for my fellow teachers and the students who have impacted my life. Thank You, Lord, for the life and work of Felix Bravo. And for dedicated teachers like Adriano Limbawan, Antonio Lagadan, Cristino Sacayanan, Teofilo Alcayde, Dodoy Sameon, Simeon Reyes (sweetly singing among the angels)–and what about Becky and Duffy Braga? For many others who came to teach the Word–Ray Bryan, David Daniels, Charles Davis, Charles Smith, John Robinson. And I will always treasure Alvin and Fe Luther and their precious family down there in Bacolod City. They led me to great friends like Bart and Chit Dayao on the Iloilo side.
    I’m thankful for 100’s, names unknown, who helped furnish the funds for the Sameon-Gregorio Hall there on Rimando Road. That building’s name honors Ben Gregorio, one of the great ones. And there was and still is a church that meets there. Faces come before me–Gabina Yen, John Irving, Eddie Tenefrancia, Clemente Libatique–so many others. Thank God for you, one and all.
    But from the PBC, as I think up and down the nation, I see face after face, works springing up all over–Eusebio Tanicala, Dick Baguioen, Pablo Lachica, Vic Dumaya, Eugene Awingan, Daton Palitayan, Rogelio Barroga. Erasto Fuentes, Eddie and Greg Gallardo, Abelardo Mayor, Higato Tulan, Edgardo Maquiling, Reuben and Richard Emperado, Emming Enriquez–I could name hundreds, like Lito Batoon, and on and on. How good God has been to me to let me know at least some of you. HOW ABOUT THAT? Though Thanksgiving Day was for being thankful, I’ve used it for precious memories. If not before, let’s all meet in Heaven. Doug LeCroy

  7. Pablo M. Lachica

    Bro. Doug,

    So great to hear from you. Those were the days! I posted a picture at the pbcaa blog site. You were there. The pictures I posted speak a thousand words. please visit the site. You will be amazed that we generated more than a hundred comments from alumni throughout the world in a weeks time.

    Join the community of PBCians!

    Bro. Pablo

  8. Ed

    I have announced this to alumni in our PBCAA blog; I am announcing this to readers of this blog. What is this about? This is the story of brother Erasto Fuentes Sr. and his journey of faith (from Mindoro to Baguio to Manila, then to Bicol). Some of our readers may not know him, but this man’s life has cross-linked with hundreds of other lives. He came to PBC in 1954, when PBC yet had no campus of its own. He saw how the Lord’s work expanded, and he moved along with it, becoming the director of Philippine Bible course with office then at Pi y Margall, Manila. Philippine Bible course, the forerunner of our Bible Correspondence Courses, had become God’s instrument for the conversion of many in this country. He volunteered to become our first missionary to the Bicol region because he saw that Christ’s name had not yet been named in that part of the country, and in this endeavor he was supported by the Fil-Am congregation in Angeles City, Pampanga. He had taught and baptized his wife. He also had taught and baptized the husband of his eldest daughter, Eunice May. They have six children. Two of his sons, Erasto Jr. and Jedidiah, had been students of PBC. His other daughters, if I am not mistaken, all had married Christians (Scott Saboy, for instance). Brother Erasto Fuentes Sr. is now 82. I visited him and his family December 5, and preached in the midweek service. His days at PBC are some of his most memorable moments, says his son Jun, and a visit from a fellow PBCian is something he appreciates. Visit my blog, and read more about him.

  9. Ed Maquiling

    You brethren must have remembered Danny Hernandez, who was formerly a student of PBC. Danny is now one of the deacons of Naga City church. He also ministers to a church somewhere in Lagunoy, if I am not mistaken. Lagunoy was one of those places brother Erasto Fuentes preached to before he settled in Naga City.

    You also must have remembered Adi Toreda (?), who stayed only for a year at PBC. I visited his place in Pilar, Sorsogon. There is a church meeting in his house.

    You also must have remembered Expert Belista. He was the one who sent Adi to PBC. And it was brother Erasto who sent Expert to be educated in our Bible College. Expert had established a group in Pasacao, about 50 strong. But the Lord took brother Expert Belista home, according to brother Adi. What happened to the church in Pasacao? That is the unanswered question.

    Visiting Pasacao and reviving whoever remains in that mission is the challenge of the new group, if not new breed, of preachers among us. Who shall take up the challenge? That is a question that could only be answered by…you/me/anybody.

  10. Quintin M. Balagot

    It’s nice reading all those blogs and comments on the work of preachers, ministers and church leaders all over the country. I would suggest that some kind of a forum be organized for old-time Christians to tell their story or stories on how their respective congregations came into being and grow. I remember the Lacuata family relating stories and how they became a Christian and how, as a new believer, debated with the Iglesia ni Kristo (INK). It was kind of funny, according to ‘nang Talin, because while Uncle Ebiong was standing face to face with a Manalista, he could not exactly quote the verse and passage that he needed. Meanwhile, my father would rush to find those passages and alas, they immediately found the passage they were looking for….
    Such accounts of our elderly brothers and sisters in the Lord could serve as inspiration to our youth. The Holy Spirit really guides us in our encounter with false teachers and He sees to it that we succeed even in the face of those who are already well acquainted with the Scriptures but teach the wrong things.

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