Local NZ Paper Promotes Our Concern for Philippines

We thank The Timaru Herald for publishing about our concern for the Philippines.
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How I Wish Everyone Would Just “Love Your Neighbours as Yourself”

Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15:2
For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14

Seeing a video on Facebook about how thieves (called ‘sliders’) operate in the US sparked my wishful thinking.

Indeed, when we love our neighbour as we love ourselves, there’s always peace and order in the community.

Committing to this law is much much cheaper than building a fence or installing a state-of-the-art security surveillance system.

Real estate developers in the Philippines try to recreate a neighbourhood and make “peace and order”, “security” and “safety” as their primary selling point. Some would even attach the term “exclusive community”.

A friend in Auckland forgot to close a rear window remained untouched.

A friend in Auckland forgot to close a rear window but his car remained untouched through the night.

We thank the Lord for making it possible for us to live in a community where neighbourhood values are very strong.

A schoolmate who lived in downtown Auckland, parking on the street for the night forgot to close his car window. He was so happy nothing was lost nor his car was ever touched.

Well, we could say he was just lucky.

How about these.

We were living in Forrest Hill, Auckland and we were about to sleep at past 10:00 PM when someone knocked on our door.

It was our Korean neighbour. She apoligised for disturbing us. Then she told us that we left our car door open.

Yes it was wide open because our 7-year-old forgot to close it after getting off the car and we’re just parking on the street.

Living in Timaru now, one of our Kiwi friends noticed how I would unlock and lock the door when he comes to visit.

I told him that it’s been a habit in the Philippines to always keep the door locked even if we’re in the house.

There was a time we get off my car as I parked on the side street. Then I locked the doors. He said out loud, “Oh Jonan, you don’t trust your neighbours?”

I blushed a bit and laughed telling him, “It’s just a hard habit to break, mate.”

Well, these are just bits and pieces of why New Zealand is the safest country in the world.

I do believe when people bind the law “Love your neighbour as yourself” in their hearts there would be much peace and order in the community.

In Timaru, the Presbyterian Home Support provides food delivery and home cleaning for the elderly.

In Timaru, the Presbyterian Home Support provides food delivery and home cleaning for the elderly.

A Multicultural Event at Wilson Street Baptist Church


Let us pray for the multicultural event that will unfold at Wilson Street Baptist Church on 20 April 2013 – 7:30 in the evening.

I believe that the evening of praise and worship is just the first event for the multicultural response that the Lord God has started with Wilson Street Baptist Church.

Those who are living in South Canterbury area, you are all invited to come and join. Please read the text below for more information.

Evening of Praise & Worship   Wilson Street Multicultural Response

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Not For the Faint Hearted – Christ the Only Way Movement


And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace,
a message that is able to build you up and to give you
the inheritance among all who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

There is one letter I found from my father’s Christ the Only Way Movement files that reads like Paul encouraging Timothy to take courage and continue the ministry for Christ.

On 13 December 1972, Malvar Castillon received a letter of encouragement from Nene Ramientos about their work in the Christ the Only Way Movement.

Reading through it, I could feel the spirit of friendship and Christian brotherhood that pervaded in the ministry. Also, I could sense the passion in the Christian ministry of both the sender and receiver.

As you read the letter below, may you find inspiration to seek and share the gift of salvation that God has given through His son, Jesus Christ.

COW Movement - Ramientos to Castillon letter  12-13-1972

Christ the Only Way Movement Philippines – Learning through Letters

christ the only way movement philippines

The Christ the Only Way Movement was a national, inter-denominational, cooperative, and coordinated program of evangelism and church growth which began as a vision at the World Congress on Evangelism in 1966, was formulated at the Asia-South Pacific Congress on Evangelism in Singapore in 1968, and approved at the All Philippines Congress on Evangelism in Cainta, Rizal, in 1970.

My father, Rev. Malvar Castillon worked with the Christ the Only Way Movement in the 1970s. He was the District Coordinator of the Romblon-Mindoro Area.

I am able to get a glimpse of how the mission went about during that era through the letters that Rev. Castillon received from the COW movement leaders.

The letter below from Field Director Jim Montgomery describes the financial situation of the organization. It also gives us idea about the financial situation of pastors working with them.

Christ the Only Way Movement Philippines

This is just one of the many letters about the COW Movement that are in the Rev. Castillon collection. We will be blogging about Christ the Only Way Movement so that we will know what really took place during that period.

As a son of one of the COW coordinators, the information give me so much memories of my father who was always away on an evangelistic activity or coordinators’ meeting. It also make me proud of him for being a faithful and diligent ‘soldier of Christ’.