Winchester Rural School still thinking of philippines

Winchester Rural School – Still Thinking of Philippines

Winchester Rural School still thinking of philippines

A friend who’s driving home yesterday took this photo and shared it with me.

Being a Filipino, this is very encouraging and heart-warming.

Winchester is a small town in the South Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island.

Thank you Winchester Rural School!

Thank you New Zealand!

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PHOTO CREDIT: Grant Holland


ministering to the elderly

The Magic of Psalms, Singing Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you,
with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another
with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)


ministering to the elderly Yesterday, we had the opportunity to hold a devotional with some residents of The Terrace Rest Home.

The place is home to elderly people offering care, comfort and companionship.

I asked Jewel and Errol to come with me.

We started the meeting with the singing of two stanzas of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”.

Then after I gave the invocation, Jewel sang “His Strength is Perfect

Errol read Psalm 27, the scriptural basis of my devotional message.

I gave a very short reflection, maybe five sentences because prior to speaking the Holy Spirit prompted me to dwell more on singing hymns and spiritual songs.

I asked for prayer requests and prayed for them.

Then, I called on Jewel to sing the second song she prepared for the moment, “O Holy Night”.

I told them that this will be our closing song and I thanked them for listening and spending time with us.

As Jewel sang “O Holy Night”, the audience became animated and I could see several lips singing with her.

They clapped in appreciation of Jewel’s singing.  Just when we thought we’re done, one of the staff members came to us and requested Jewel to sing another song.

Smiling, the lady said, “I’m sure she has one more song to sing”.

Running through our memory as to what song to sing, Errol suggested “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.

Again, perhaps being familiar with the hymn, some sang with Jewel.

Thus, we ended the devotional with that hymn.

What peace and joy seeing the residents and staff very happy and thankful for what we have shared them.

The atmosphere yesterday reminded me of the lines of the popular chorus, “The Time To Be Happy“, which says:

And the way to be happy is to make others happy
And to have a little heaven down here

Yes, I saw a glimpse of heaven yesterday because we taught and admonished with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.


… Errol for your presence and reading Psalm 27.

… my dear wife, Jewel for sharing your talent and ministering to the elderly through singing.


multicultural believers fellowship

Let Us Sing Praises

The Multicultural Believers Fellowship had the chance to be part of a multi-ethnic Christmas concert that the Church Street Bible Chapel organised on 23 November at their auditorium.

One of the two songs that we sang was “Let Us Sing Praises” and its Tagalog-translation.

“Let Us Sing Praises” is the English-version of the song “Mag-Amba Sang Pagdayaw“, which is a popular Hiligaynon (or Ilonggo) praise song among Baptist churches in Western Visayas and some churches in Mindanao.

Please read the English and Tagalog lyrics below:


Let us sing praises to our God
For He created us.
Let’s give Him all our moments and our lives
Worship His Holy name!
For when we give our faith and trust in Him
We gain the joy of the Lord
Let’s forsake our sinfulness
And praise His Almighty name.

Jesus Christ has come to seek and save who are lost
He is coming back again, our final victory!

Let’s praise Him every day of our lives
Let’s shout out loud hallelujah
Let us be His witness into all the world
He is the Almighty God!

Raise up your hands in praise,
Believe in His mighty pow’r.
Go and tell it to the world
Go and tell it to the world
Go and tell it to the world
That God… God is love!


Umawit ng papuri sa ating Diyos
Diyos na May Likha
Mag-alay ng papuri sa bawat oras
Sambahin ang ngalan Niya
Sa ating pagpupuri at pagsamba
Nagagalak ang Diyos
Kasalana’y iwaglit at papurihan natin Siya

Si Kristo’y narito sa pagligtas sa atin
Siya’y muling magbabalik tagumpay nating lahat.

Purihin nation Siya sa bawat araw
Awitin natin ang Hallelujah
Sabihin natin sa sanlibutan
Ang Diyos ay makapangyarihan

Itaas ang mga kamay
Sa ating pagsamba
Isigaw sa sangkatauhan
Isigaw sa sangkatauhan
Isigaw sa sangkatauhan
Ang Diyos… ay pag-ibig!

Pastoring a multicultural church, it is my desire that this song will be translated to other languages.

Learning a song in many languages has impact on the unity and fellowship of the church.


Calm After the Storm

Sunset scene at Marbuena Island, our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo Philippines (2011).

Sunset scene at Marbuena Island, our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo Philippines (2011).

For whatever destruction the Typhoon Yolanda brought on our hometown of Ajuy, Iloilo province, Capiz, Panay Island, Cebu, Samar, Leyte and the many places of Visayas, Philippines, our prayers are with you all as we rise up and build again.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippines 4:7)

[note radius=”5″]This was my last year’s meditation, the day after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit our hometown and for 24 hours we had no communication nor any news about the aftermath.[/note]

From Earthquake to Typhoon Yolanda – Philippines Find A Shelter in the Time of Storms

Super Typhoon Haiyan as of 8:00 AM (Philippine Time)

Haiyan 2013  Tracking Map  Weather Wunderground


Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has started whipping its fury on the Philippines as of writing, particularly towards the Visayas, the central area of the country.

Still recovering from the 15 October earthquake, here comes Super Typhoon HAIYAN (Philippine name: YOLANDA)… when would my beloved country have a respite from all these calamities?

Complicating the situation is the on-going Senate investigation on the issue of squandering billions of public funds by politicians.

Let us pray for the Philippines.

I believe that the Sovereign and Almighty God has the best options for the Filipinos.

Please calm the storm Lord, spare your people, hoist them to safe and higher ground.

Having been through all trials and storms in life, I testify that Jesus is still and only the rock in the weary land and our strong shelter in the time of storm.

Now is the time to be strong in our faith in Jesus Christ.

May this hymn encourage us all:


Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of strongest storms ever, heads for central Philippines

Friday classes suspended in metro, affected provinces

Storm Signal No. 4 raised as mighty Yolanda barrels toward the Visayas

As of November 8 – 1:00 AM (Philippine time):

PAGASA update on Typhoon Yolanda (November 8, 1AM)

Monster storm roars into Philippines