Message from Kalibo Reformed Bible Church

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Ph_locator_aklan_kalibo“I form light and create darkness. I make well-being and create calamity, I AM THE LORD, who does all these things.” (Is. 47:6)

15 November 2013

Pastors and Brethren,

First, I would like to apologize for sending this letter only this time, as there is difficulty sending wire through the net. Also, after the typhoon, our immediate task was to assess the situation by going the rounds to see what happened to members and their houses.

All souls were accounted for; there were no reports of injuries sustained by any member. For that we are very grateful to the Lord our Preserver. Another thing we are thankful to the Lord for is that the typhoon did not bring with it too much water and mud. Nevertheless, the landscape was one of rubble and ruins more than I could have conceived before; but unlike during the typhoon Frank in June 2008, we did not spend time clearing mud, though the volume of debris from broken trunks, felled trees, blown away roofs, collapsed houses, and strewn wires from electric poles, were more than what typhoon Frank left. Because of this, the skyline received more than its fair share of light and glare, as a result of trees and bushes torn, if not snapped, from their trunks. Volumes of leaves blown away rendered standing trees shorn of their green.

When we made the rounds later, and also due to communications coming from members, we found out that four (4) houses of our members collapsed; while another five (5) houses were partially damaged.

As some of you may have been made aware already, the church building – built of light materials – was struck hard by typhoon Yolanda, as what happened to innumerable structures and houses also made from native materials. The roof of the church building was blown away to the adjacent lot because of the very strong winds – the strongest so far I’ve witnessed in my entire life. As a result, the whole structure was rendered weak when the wind blew the roof off snapping in the process all the bamboo posts from where they were planted; because of this, the whole structure leaned – if you’re facing the church premises from the street – to its left. So the following Sunday we gathered at another place for worship.

The elders of the church praise God for the spirit of the members – especially those whose houses were damaged; though, at first, shock overwhelmed them, the clear teaching on the sovereignty of God, that God is the author of this calamity, gave much comfort to them, especially, in the light of other passages (especially Rom. 8:28) that show that God will definitely do good to His people, despite the seeming incomprehensible disaster that struck us. Yes, there were signs of sadness; but I thank God, as an elder of this church, there was no sign of bitterness in their hearts. The messages were centered on hammering the sovereignty of God over these things. We are blessed, indeed, for knowing that God sends these things, not out of caprice or whim, but – and we are sure about this – to do what is good (best) for His people at this time.

Another cause of praise is the immediate response of brethren from other places; having known that there are many who would want to help, and exerted much effort to communicate with us, strengthened the hearts of the brethren here – I know of a member who was moved to tears knowing that brethren from other places are willing to render aid.

Earlier this day, I got information from a staff of the electric cooperative here that 140 posts (which include those in the province of Aklan) were felled or snapped, so that it will take at least two (2) months before our province could be re-energized.

I’ve tried to attach pictures to this message, however, the line is slow in transferring them from the files to this letter. The brethren could view the pictures by going to the facebook account of our member who is presently studying in Los Banos, Laguna. Her facebook account is novelyn revesencio.

For the moment, we would like to solicit your prayers and help for the following:

1. That the lives of these members would return to normalcy soon;
2. That the houses of members could be rebuilt soon, so that they will be able to return to their normal way of life;
3. There are members who really need help, at least financially, because they have to face two things: their collapsed houses and their livelihood;
4. The safety of everyone during nighttime because total blackout is a convenient cover for criminal activities;
5. That we will be able to worship comfortably in our present worship place, and that the visitors who regularly visit us will not be discouraged from attending (as the alternative place of worship is some kilometers off from the present site, and transportation fares slash sizably their already meager budget);
6. And in relation to this, that God would provide us with the finances to be able to rebuild the worship place with stronger materials, since we expect that this phenomenon will become the new ‘normal’ for the coming years. Also, the church finances will not sustain a prolonged lease of worship place;
7. That God will give wisdom for the elders on how to distribute aid to needy members.

We seek your prayers, most especially, for the whole church to mature more out of the spiritual exercises that this providence brought us to. Our hearts also go out to the brethren and the people in Leyte whose houses and livelihood Yolanda ravaged, not to say the least thousands of lives perished.

In behalf of the elders and brethren,

Ptr. Andy Ingente
Kalibo Reformed Bible Church of
Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

Surveying Areas Affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) – Update

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xcentral_philippinesErwin one of our members has left and he will be joined by a Pastor from Naga City. They will seek to rent a truck there and fill with relief goods to take by road and cross on the ferry to SAMAR.  Erwin is from Samar and they will seek to go to small towns not yet really visited. They will also seek to contact churches in the area. This is really a survey mission with others expect to join a team eventually there.

Second team of 2 members from the island of Leyte are seeking to get to Cebu city by plane. They could not get a booking until Monday.  They will then also get a truck there and relief goods to take to Leyte.  Both men are from Leyte and they will seek to contact churches they know there and assess how best we can help.

We also need to send someone to Aklan. Which is in western visayas.  North of Iloilo.  This area, Capiz and norther part of province of Iloilo were also affected. We have at last made contact and hear of the destruction of the RB Church building in Kalibo.  We will be seeking to help them rebuild but we need to contact others in the area.

We have members very concerned about family members in this area as well.

There is a team of 5 coming from the USA. The leader has experience of relief work in India and they come from a RB Church in Texas. I know the pastor. We will try and help them get to the areas affected and provide translators.

Value greatly your prayers. This is going to be a long operation because of the need to rebuild lives as well as homes.  We are beginning to collect clothing and anything we can ship to replace lost things. Churches will be helping in this way.

Thank you everyone for your prayers.

If you wish to help with donations please send money through Christian Compassion Ministries.

Send donations online: http://www.ccmmanila.org/donate

Philippines Contact Address
CCM, 44 Notre Dame St., Cubao,
1102 Quezon City, Philippines
(+632 9125062)
eap@ccmmanila.org

UK Contact Address for donations
CCM c/o Mrs. Angela Green
Netherfold, Heath Road, Woolpit
Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9RU
UKTreasurer@ccmmanila.org

USA Contact Address for Donations
Mr. Aaron Schavey
402 Studebaker
Mishawaka, IN 46544
USATreasurer@ccmmanila.org

AUSTRALIA Contact Address
Mr. Cliff Langton
23 Kipara Road
Thagoona, Queensland 4306
australia@ccmmanila.org

NEW ZEALAND Contact Address
Warwick Worth,
P.O. Box 217237
Botany Junction, Auckland 2164
nz@ccmmanila.org

Surveying Areas Affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

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Central Philippines

We have two teams consisting of two men in each basically doing a survey but also hopefully taking a truck load of relief goods into the areas most affected by the typhoon.  They leave today or tomorrow.  Two are going to the island of Leyte and hoping to contact churches in the central part of the island and the west coast.  The two men going there are from that area.  That is where the City of Tacloban is located.

The second group is going to the island of Samar where many small towns and villages are still cut off and no news.  The man leading that group is from that place as well.  Again they hope to be able to take a truck of relief goods in there.  This is basically a survey team which will be followed up by a larger group of our members very soon.

There are also other islands in need of help and we hope to contact churches in some of the other badly hit areas.  We seek to work through the local evangelical churches in those areas in the distribution of relief goods also medicines as well as seeking to
proclaim the hope of the gospel.  However this is going to be long term relief work as millions are without homes.

Relief Team from the USA

We were also contacted by Grace Community Church in San Antonio Texas (a Reformed Baptist Church in Texas) to discuss the possibility of then sending a team to help with the relief efforts.

Please continue to pray for wisdom as we desire to elevate men in the misery of this tragedy and also to call them into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If you wish to help with donations please send money through Christian Compassion Ministries.

Send donations online: http://www.ccmmanila.org/donate

Philippines Contact Address
CCM, 44 Notre Dame St., Cubao,
1102 Quezon City, Philippines
(+632 9125062)
eap@ccmmanila.org

UK Contact Address for donations
CCM c/o Mrs. Angela Green
Netherfold, Heath Road, Woolpit
Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9RU
UKTreasurer@ccmmanila.org

USA Contact Address for Donations
Mr. Aaron Schavey
402 Studebaker
Mishawaka, IN 46544
USATreasurer@ccmmanila.org

AUSTRALIA Contact Address
Mr. Cliff Langton
23 Kipara Road
Thagoona, Queensland 4306
australia@ccmmanila.org

NEW ZEALAND Contact Address
Warwick Worth,
P.O. Box 217237
Botany Junction, Auckland 2164
nz@ccmmanila.org

Effect of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and CRBC’s Relief Work

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Tacloban Survivors (Photo courtesy of the Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Manila was not affected by the Typhoon but areas in central Philippines were terrible devastated.

The worst affected area is in northern Leyte and particularly the City of Tacloban as well as parts of the large island of Samar. It is very difficult at the moment to get any personal news except what is coming over on the News Channels.

However other areas are also affected and needing help such as northern Panay, Bohol and parts of Cebu. There are Reformed Baptist churches in these areas.

Some of the members of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church have family members in these areas. We are seeking to contact them and learn more of how we can help. However in many areas communications are down.

CRBC and our CCM Foundation will be seeking to help with relief. We cannot do much at the present moment due to lack of communications almost everywhere in the typhoon affected areas. Travel is also very restricted as airports are closed and bridges and roads affected. However relief will be needed in the long term as well as the immediate needs which the government and major relief organizations are seeking to meet.

We are sending two of our members to give us better information. One of them is from the major affected area.

CRBC/CCM Relief work however seeks to work with local churches, first those which are Reformed Baptist and then other evangelical churches. We send a small team  to work with the church and its members in distributing relief goods. The gospel is also preached by our team. The extent of the present needs seem to be vast and long term relief work may well be needed as many homes have been destroyed over a vast swath of the country in many provinces. Only slowly are needs being made known.

Be assured we shall be seeking to help in any way we can. Our particularly concern is also to help fellow believers who are in desperate need but also any to whom we can be of help and comfort.

If you wish to help with donations please send money through Christian Compassion Ministries.

Philippines Contact Address
CCM, 44 Notre Dame St., Cubao,
1102 Quezon City, Philippines
(+632 9125062)

UK Contact Address for donations
CCM c/o Mrs. Angela Green
Netherfold, Heath Road, Woolpit
Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9RU

USA Contact Address for Donations
Mr. Aaron Schavey
402 Studebaker
Mishawaka, IN 46544

AUSTRALIA Contact Address
Mr. Cliff Langton
23 Kipara Road
Thagoona, Queensland 4306

NEW ZEALAND Contact Address
Warwick Worth,
P.O. Box 217237
Botany Junction, Auckland 2164

Relief work for those affected by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

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Initial planning for the relief work headed by Deacon Louie Lim

Initial planning for the relief work headed by Deacon Louie Lim

Below is a statement of Pastor Brian Ellis about the recent typhoon that swept in central Philippines:

Dear Brethren

We are getting inquiries from many people about the Typhoon.

This was one of the most destructive ever according to news channels.

It did not affect Manila area but went through the Central Philippines.

Communications are down, no electricity in those areas due to poles down etc. Therefore we
have had no contact with churches or brethren in those areas. We are praying for them and
seeking to try to contact them but nothing as of the Lord’s Day morning (November 10, 2013).

We value your prayers as we seek to find out ways particularly to help our Christian brethren
and churches.

Thank you for your loving concern and prayers.

Brian Ellis

 

Since 2009, Cubao Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC) together with its benevolent arm, Christian Compassion Ministries, engages in relief operation work for those that were heavily affected by typhoon in the Philippines.  This was made possible by the donation of churches, friends and believers from abroad.  CRBC in turn reaches these affected places and distribute relief in accordance to the needs of the people which is usually food, portable water and medicine.  The Lord has been gracious by giving us churches who we can partner with in this endeavor to ensure that the relief items are given to those who are in real need but most especially to deliver the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and open the Word of God to tell people the will of God in this trying times.  As we once again look unto the Lord to help those who are badly affected, the church is planning to send relief to Tacloban, Leyte, where news reports says is 95% destroyed by the typhoon.  We do value your prayers for this work. Soli Deo Gloria!

For your donations you may contact:

Cubao Reformed Baptist Church
21 Harvard St, Cubao, Quezon City
Philippines
Tel.: 911-0626
Office Tel.: 438-4681

 

Christian Compassion Ministries

Australia
Christian Compassion Ministries
Berean Bible Church
c/o Mr. Cliff Langton, 23 Kipara Road, Thagoona, Queensland 4306
Australia

New Zealand
Christian Compassion Ministries
c/o Warwick Worth
32 Leithom Close Glenleith Dubedin 9010, New Zealand
Website: www.ccmnz.org.nz

North America
Christian Compassion Ministries
c/o Mr. Aaron Schavey
402 Studebaker, Mishawaka, IN 46544
United State of America

Philippines
Christian Compassion Ministries Foundation Inc.
44 Notre Dame St., Cubao 1102 Quezon City,
Philippines
Tel: — (632)912-5062; (632)438-4162; (632)421-6381

United Kingdom
Christian Compassion Ministries
c/o Mrs. Angela Green
Netherfold, Heath Road, Woolpit
Bury St. Edmunds, IP30 9RU, United Kingdom
Email: uktreasurer@ccmmanila.org
CCM UK – Registered Charity Number: 1084104

Pastor Brian Ellis’ 75th Birthday

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Pastor Brian Ellis and Ate Necy Ellis

Pastor Brian Ellis and Ate Necy Ellis

Yesterday, the church remembered the goodness of the Lord in the life of Pastor Brian Ellis.  The church prepared a short program after the afternoon worship service.  Pastor Ramon Macapagal (one of the three elders of the church) hosted the program. He together with his wife prepare some questions about the life of Pastor Brian so that the people in the church will be able to know more about him.

In answering the questions, Pastor Brian was able to give us a glimpse of his life and his experiences. He shared to us that back in England he no longer has a family.  He is the only child of his parents and he doesn’t have any relatives.  He always stresses to us that everything that happened in his life is because of the providence of God.  Because of that he was able to give his life to missions and the work here in the Philippines.  Before he was a missionary, he worked as a school teacher.  He taught math and later on he was assigned to teach science.  He told us that while conducting an experiment in a chemistry class, he was trying to extract hydrogen.  .  His experiment went wrong and blew up the school.  He just thank the Lord that at that instance no one got hurt.  We also know now why he doesn’t like the color violet, particularly light violet!

Pastor Ramon also asked about Pastor Brian’s hobbies.  Of course for many of us, we know that he really like to go out and do bird watching.  On one occasion when  the Christian Compassion Ministries staff went for a retreat, his camera, instead of having pictures of people, was filled with pictures of birds!  Before, Pastor Brian enjoys growing orchids in his garden.  But when personal computers became a hit, he totally left taking care of his orchids and spends his time learning how to use the computer.  He was so enthusiastic to it the he learn how to make a network.  He even was the one who made the very first website of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church.   But in the process all the orchids died.  Then he also shared with us that when he was young he used to join long distance running.  He also like to drive in a car race.  Pastor Ramon joke and said that when you are in a vehicle and Pastor Brian is driving, you will become more spiritual!

Members and visitors

Members and visitors

Pastor Brian told us the story of his conversion experience. It is not dramatic, but he knew very well that the Lord dealt with him.  There were people who came to his life that God used, for him to start going to church.  But he knew that the Lord particularly dealt with him when he participated in a camp in Keswick.  They went to hike in one of the mountains in Keswick, but he was too sick to continue.  He stopped and laid down because of fatigue and he said that it was there that he was converted.

Later on, he joined the Overseas Missionary Fellowship.  From England he traveled by ship to Singapore because it is cheaper, but that takes longer. Going to the Philippines was not his plan for missions.  His first choice was Japan, but that didn’t materialized.   He thought of going either to Laos or Thailand.  Later on, OMF decided that he will be sent to the Philippines.  He mostly work in the island of Mindoro, that is at the south west end of Luzon before Palawan.

It was at Singapore where he first met Ms. Necy Goco, who later became his wife.  Ate Necy (as people use to call her) was Pastor Brian’s Tagalog language teacher.  When Ate Necy visited Manila from Singapore to study, Pastor Brian took a plane and visit her.  His flight back to Mindoro was delayed for some days, because the runway in Mindoro was made of grass and frequently flooded.  Because of the situation, he surprised Ate Necy a visit everyday.

Members and Children

Members and Children

Back then, the regulation of the OMF was a hindrance for him to marry Ate Necy and then continue stay in the Philippines as a missionary, but again by God’s providence, they were able to.  On the day of their wedding, Pastor Ellis was sick with German measles. He said that his cheeks and the back of his neck was very red, but that didn’t stop him from going to the wedding.  They were married in an Alliance church and had their reception at the original Max’s restaurant down in Quezon Avenue.  The cost per plate back then was 15 pesos!

Food was served in the fellowship hall

Food was served in the fellowship hall

We ended the program by singing the hymn Light up this house with glory Lord, which was Pastor Brian’s choosing. After the program we shared a very nice meal prepared by the ladies of the church by the leadership of Deacon Louie Lim.

We truly thank the Lord for the life of Pastor Brian Ellis.  The Lord our God by His providence truly used him for the life of of His people in Cubao Reformed Baptist Church, the children of Christian Compassion Ministries, the students at Grace Ministerial Academy and also the churches of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ both here in the Philippines and abroad. To God be the Glory!