A new season to serve Him above all
J. RIZALDY HARDER
Greetings in Christ and may His peace be with you all.
“To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.
When the IVCF-BOT chair, Ramon Rocha III, announced my appointment as
incoming IVCF National Director, it signaled the forthcoming
transition, ushering in a new season of change towards growth and
fruitfulness. I take this appointment as God’s direction for the
Movement and for me; and I will proceed from hereon with this clear
understanding of God’s call.
I accept the call, will stand by this mandate and commit that for this
task I will continue to trust Him fully for every strength and wisdom.
It is enough for me at this time, His will has been clearly revealed
and I, too, will wait for His equipping to surely follow. I will need
your constant prayers to keep me strong and intensely focused in this
mission amidst the challenges and pressures that lie ahead. Like many
of you, I have faith that all will be well as God directs us in this
ministry of IVCF-Philippines as He has proven constantly in the past as
in the present.
I acknowledge that I have never seen God’s direction so closely at work
in my life than in this call. In prayer, it finally dawned upon my wife
and me that this is no longer a consideration on the scale of simply
having to choose one career option over another, but it is something
much bigger than what we perceive it to be. For me, it finally became a
singular issue of obedience to God; one that required my quick
response. Thus, through His grace, I accept the task with calmness and
full assurance of God’s enabling grace.
To all in the IVCF family: to our trustees, our elders, our dedicated
staff workers, Graduate Team members, our former staff and General
Secretaries, our graduates from all walks of life in various workplaces
all over the world, our faithful Balikatan family and ministry
partners, and finally to each of our dear students from whom this
movement draws its inspiration and purposes for being, I now call on
you all to allow God to renew the spirit of faithfulness, zeal,
excitement and joy of working TOGETHER as one family in this ministry.
Let us remember and put Christ, our first love, at the center and above
it all. I also enjoin each one to really thirst and to obediently seek
God, inquiring of Him your specific role in this season of change for
this movement. Find your place and space in this ministry. Then let me
hear, pray, share and work with you about it. God and this movement
deserves the very best from all of us.
The season of change has again come for all of us. Let us receive it
with gladness of heart and thanksgiving. Be part of this active,
exciting and life-changing journey. Anticipate and celebrate this new
season. Come. Share. Taste the new wine! Hope for the best! Feel His
spirit all over us and among us! Allow and freely offer to God the best
of your gifts and the richness of your resources to achieve His divine
purposes. He deserves nothing less. Be possessed, be consumed and find
your life’s purpose and passion in God’s call for our times. Let us all
join hands, share and work together with renewed visions to serve Him
above all in this new season of our lives.
whole family … my wife Jane and our children, Rian Angelo, Keia Joy and
Caroline … happily greets all in the IVCF family and we pray that each
one may receive a refreshed spirit that brings new hopes, new joys and
new inspirations from God in this new season of our lives. May grace
and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all and always.
Yours sincerely in Christ and in His service,
J. RIZALDY HARDER
Incoming National Director
Email : email@example.com
Cell : 0920-575-8750
A Worthwhile Journey
Elsie C. Calalang
seems like it was only a few months ago when I heard and heeded God’s
call to serve as General Secretary (now known as National Director) of
IVCF Philippines. It was a bold step of faith, a clear act of
obedience. With fear and trembling yet with assurance of God’s
equipping and companionship, I faced the challenges of a higher degree
of leadership and responsibility. And now my term is about to end and
it is clear to me that my time is up. Allow me to share a little of
what it has been like to tread this path of leadership.
If I may use the metaphor of a journey, I would say that I have traveled different roads:
- the road of faith as I learned to trust God for the greater needs of the movement
- the road of courage as I faced the many challenges and perils of leadership
- the road to growth as I learned a lot in the process of doing my responsibilities
- the road to humility as I faced my failures, mistakes, and misgivings
- the road of pain and agony in moments of loneliness, aloneness and discouragement
- the road to joy and celebration for miracles, answered prayers and accomplishments
- the road to interdependence and community as I worked with colleagues and partners in the ministry.
I can go on enumerating the many more roads I have trod but space won’t
be enough. It was not an easy journey but it was a worthwhile one
because of what I have become along the way. I have not accomplished
all that I have planned but I have no regrets at all in accepting the
call and the task. God has been faithful and He saw me through. He
journeyed with me and I am grateful. I am honored to have been given
the opportunity to serve Him in this capacity. And I am truly grateful
to all of you for making this journey more worthwhile as you came
alongside me, praying for me, encouraging me, and supporting me.
heart is still gripped by the vision and mission of our movement. IVCF
remains a very strategic ministry. With our dedicated Board of
Trustees, staff, volunteers and student leaders, I am confident that
the Lord will continue to bless the movement and to raise many more
faithful disciples and servant-leaders for our country and the church.
One of these is no other than our incoming National Director, Engineer
Rizaldy Harder, whom I commend to you. I ask that we give him our
all-out support as he is about to embark on one of the most worthwhile
journeys with and for the Lord.
So let us all continue working together in “changing the world one student at a time.”
For then at the end of such a wonderful and worthwhile journey , we shall have achieved one goal, one hope in our Lord Jesus.
Pahiram Ng Antipara… A Peek Inside A Staffworker’s Backpack
Ni Hadassah Leung
“Oh, my, how fast time flies.” Is it faster than the wind?!
Anim Na Taon Na Nga Ba? Panahong lumipas. Simbilis ng hangin, ng
hanging habagat. Oras, araw, linggo, mga taong nagdaan. Animo’y
kumakaripas ng takbo. Ano nga ba ang nangyari? At ngayon, paano
magpapaalam? May dapat pa bang balikan?
Nakatadhana? Isang pagbabalik-tanaw. Isang pagsilip sa nakalipas. Isang
pag-alala sa nakaraan. Pahiram ho ng inyong antipara. At sabay nating
silipin ang tinadhana…
Ito ang tinadhana. Seeds were
sown, and seeds died in order to grow and inevitably they swelled and
multiplied in my backpack each nanosecond of this hard-to-spell-out
life. In the final analysis, these two truths remain: God’s
overwhelming faithfulness and greatness, and man’s resounding
brokenness and weakness!
Backpack. Yes, the backpack
of my being was filled to the brim as though I were again being
prepared for a long journey into the unfamiliar. Now with the seeds
seasoned by time, budding as an opulent love story, and eventually
bearing tiny juicy fruits I called quotes, songs, stories, questions,
Quotes. If only words could fairly and
graciously define life, I could be one of the world’s richest persons.
Come, feast with me over a few of my journey’s delights and comforts as
articulated by some good friends.
“As a father has
compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who
fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are
As for man, his days are like grass,
he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it
is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear
him, and his righteousness with their children’s children- with those
who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” ~ The
“No snail crosses a garden path
without leaving a trail to mark its passing; a testament made silver by
the light of the sun.” ~ Mike Riddell
“Measure thy life by loss instead of gain;
not by the wine drunk but by the wine poured forth;
for love’s strength standeth in love’s sacrifice,
and whoso suffers hast most to give.” ~ Ugo Bassi
It is a broken earthen jar, which most reveals the jewel within.’ ~ Isobel Kuhn
My mother influenced me to love music at a very young age. Since then,
my soul found its language. A language that is nothing less than lush
_expression of gratitude to the ever faithful One.
you guess the fave five in my heart’s chart through the years? Here
they are: song #5 is Unashamed Love by James Cotterrell, #4 is Casting
Crown’s Who Am I?, #3 is Lord In the Fullness Of My Might by Thomas H.
Gill, and #2 is Thomas O. Chisholm’s Great is Thy Faithfulness. Be Thou
My Vision (an Ancient Irish melody, translated by Eleanor H. Hull, and
harmonized by Hughes M. Huffman) is my top choice.
Can I let the songs speak for themselves?
“Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art -
Thou my best thought by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.” (sniff, sniff…)
Here’s another hanky-soaking, tear-inducing tune:
“Lord, in the fullness of my might, I would for Thee be strong;
While runneth o’er each dear delight, to Thee should soar my song.
I would not give the world my heart, and then profess Thy love;
I would not feel my strength depart, and then Thy service prove.
I would not with swift-winged zeal, on the world’s errands go:
And labor up the heav’nly hill, with weary feet and slow.
O not for Thee my weak desires, my poorer baser part!
O not for Thee my fading fires, the ashes of my heart.
O choose me in my golden time, in my dear joys have part!
For Thee the glory of my prime, the fullness of my heart.
These are colorful and quiet moments of inspiration and grace. These
came in various forms and packages - witnessing changed lives, stories
of mercy and healing, experiences of forgiveness and love! Their colors
came in varying shades of joys and pains, life questions and even
desperations, but never hopelessness. Having pilgrim companions and
co-witnesses of God’s unfailing love is more than what one can ask for
and imagine in this lifetime!
Questions. Can there be
fear greater than the wrath of God? What makes my heart bleed? Why do
we keep on moving? Why the incessant comings and goings? Why do we do
what we do? So, who is Michael L. Tan? What makes him think the way he
does? What makes him who he is now? I realized it is dangerous and
disturbing when people stop asking questions and cease to be shaken.
So, what better resolve than to embrace questions and disturbances with
Dreams. Literally, I am a dreamer. I can
clearly remember several dreams each night. Marahil ay dahil sa mahilig
kasi akong matulog, hehehe. But some dreams do not need slumber. Here
are some of them - my dreams for the movement.
The Financial Stability of the Movement. Just enough resources for
people to witness God’s unfailing love and declare His glory, and for
the family to continue to put their complete trust and utter dependence
on Him alone for everything! Lest we forget who we are and who He is!
- For ‘kings’, ‘priests’ and ‘prophets’ to emerge from within the movement.
students to emerge as relevant witnesses, who are able to live in the
here and now both as Filipinos and as world Christians, while looking
forward to the there and not yet!
He Knows. Wherever I may go from here, whatever I will do next, I will
carry these seeds with me. Forever rooted in my heart - sown, died,
grew. Continually multiplying. As a messenger and a message, for His
honor alone! Salamat sa pagsama. Salamat sa antipara…
Leung is a pen name of one of IVCF staff having served for six years
with the College Team (two years as Dept Head), she now looks forward
to her sabbatical leave. But before she leaves she will direct Kawayan
CONFESSIONS OF A LEADER
Mary Louise L. Tilles
" Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say. ”
from now, my batchmates and I will be getting our diplomas. I have
mixed feelings about graduating from high school. I look forward to
college life anticipating its complications and excitements. However, I
will miss ISCF.
It was late in my high school life that
I became close to this ISCF family. But in the little time I have spent
with ISCF, I have learned more than books could teach me. ISCF taught
me how to deal with life, with my peers, with my critics, with my
family, and with God Himself.
In ISCF, I learned to
be faithful, to be strong, to be obedient to God’s commandments and to
be patient when things get out of hand. Being the chapter president, I
felt I had to be all of these. I was also challenged to go beyond what
I thought I could do because I knew God would enable me. He became my
strong foundation whenever Satan attacks me.
president made me cry, too. I was scared that I couldn't fulfill my
duties as a leader because of the pressure of expectations. But God
revealed Himself and made me realize His expectations are more
important because after all, we are not doing this for men, but for God
I would like to take this
opportunity to thank everyone, especially Kuya Nono, Ate Gerlen, Ate
Edra & Sir Roy who believed in us, despite the mistakes we already
did, will be doing (and the mistakes we're doing right now). It was a
valuable experience being chosen by God to lead and being part of a
family that values the souls of young students. To my co-officers, hats
off! To the next in line, heed the call.
Mary Louise L. Tilles is the president of the ISCF chapter in Del Pilar Academy, Imus, Cavite.
Musings on my IVCF Experience
By Eric Sabacan
nagging question has been staring me in the face, “What have you done
with your life for nine years?” Persistently it asks: “Look at your
contemporaries, they have MAs and PhDs, they have gone abroad, they
have held strategic positions in the government and private schools,
they have received scholarship grants and have become members of
prestigious organizations, they have hobnobbed with distinguished
people and some have carved names for themselves, they have built homes
and established their families; what about you, what have you done with
your life?” The question kept me silent for a time and then came my
The Word in Community
have enjoyed Bible studies with students and fellow staff. In these we
always break the Word, gain deep insights and warm impressions from the
Spirit. We wrestle with issues that plague the country: poverty,
corruption, apathy, restlessness and hopelessness.
part in nation building is to influence the youth. We journey with
them; we feel their pain and sorrow. We help them have stronger resolve
in life - to have hope and faith. Mentoring students is a life-long
process and the fruits are not always seen overnight but when students
exhibit leadership in whatever form, for me that is enough comfort for
it means we have achieved our goals. I once journeyed with a student
who had a very poor self-image, who came from a poor family. But now he
works in a multi-national company enjoying the experience and the
perks. I followed three former students who became my colleagues when
they joined the IVCF staff. My own sister who rose to leadership in our
church was also very involved with IVCF. Some students I followed
became good counselors in the LCDCs and Kawayan Camps. These and many
others are now carving their own path in their chosen fields. On the
other hand, there are those who are still struggling professionally,
those who need to make greater progress in their discipleship, and of
course, there are those who have wandered far from the Lord. In all
these students, I only see the sovereignty of God who is ultimately in
control and who will intervene in their lives.
and camps made me go places not only locally but abroad. I visited
Thailand, South Korea, Spain, Indonesia and Singapore. I marveled at
God’s handiwork - mountains, caves, seas, lakes, rivers, falls and
valleys. At these places I experienced inner peace and God’s
affirmation of His love for me. They became places of immense comfort,
exhilirating experiences, exciting escapades, endearing encounters with
people, enchantment and empowerment, and enormous provisions of God.
Leading by Serving
in InterVarsity honed my leadership knowledge and abilities through
various expressions of service. I directed Kawayan Camps 2000 and 2001
and led the College Department and the Luzon Region. I also served on
the Management Team. In this rather awkward position, I made decisions
for people we serve and cared for. In my honest opinion, I sought to
make decisions on the basis of the Lordship of Christ and for the sake
of His Kingdom. I know some of those decisions did not seem favorable
to some but in the long run may have proven worthy. It is a humbling
and thrilling journey to trust God, to lead others and to mature in the
process. The proverb “as iron sharpens another” proved true in my
experience. Receiving constructive criticisms however painful they
sometimes were, as well as accepting my personal failures and
incapacity to deliver proved helpful for me.
InterVarsity, I gained true spiritual friends who walk with me and pray
with me. They share my joys and pains, my laughter and tears, my
excitement and fears. These friends bring more meaning to my life, they
lighten up the load, they share blessings, and they walk the extra
mile. Some of them I don’t often see because of geographical distance,
but whenever we do see each other it is always pleasurable time
together. These friendships go beyond just working together - we share
deep experiences and spiritual insights. We journey with God together.
all these not only made me nostalgic but made me see the profound
meaning and significance of those nine years. It was a rich and
essential experience that developed not only my spirituality but my
character as well. This then is the answer to that nagging question
“What have you done with your life for nine years?” My nine years in
InterVarsity have made me a better person, a better disciple of Christ.
These nine years in InterVarsity is a significant
juncture in my life. Here God trained me, humbled me, loved and
pampered me, encouraged me, corrected and rebuked me, strengthened and
prepared me for a lifelong journey of faith and obedience. Like what
Moses experienced in the desert and Elijah in the cave, for me it was
an experience with the living and personal God. My stint with IVCF is
an incredible experience with the Sovereign and Personal God. I praise
Him and give Him back all the glory!
joined the College Team in June 1997. He led the College Department
from SYs 1999 to 2003. He also served as NCR Field Ministry Coordinator
and Management Team member from SYs 2002 to 2006. He is married to
Jeanne Toralba with whom he has a 2-year old son, Ethan Josiah.
Be still and know that I am GOD
still and know that I am GOD." (Psalm 40:10a) I felt that this was
God’s personal concern for me seeing how I was tiring myself out with
worry. This verse is used so much by many people and yet it is awesome
how God touches us personally by the very same verse.
Personally, I faced many challenges this semester. There were high
walls to climb and some God had to topple down. I guess these all
started within me. I put up walls of pride and self-righteousness to
protect me from painful circumstances, but I found out that instead
they prevented me from leaving my comfort zone to find Jesus. Have you
ever experienced traveling very far and yet not getting anywhere at
all? I felt just like that - tired, lost, defensive and empty. I longed
to find the fullness only Jesus can give me. I missed the times when I
could stand firm and be brave amidst the angry torrent of waves not
because I have walls built around me but because I knew God was always
there to protect me. I badly yearned for the passionate talks I once
shared with Jesus, talks that I lost because of busyness and
negligence. Then I also lost the passion to control my sinful nature
which easily comes up when I lose fellowship with Him.
Fellowship had its ups and downs as well. The leaders and the members
either had so many things to handle or had issues to settle within
themselves. During these times I felt hopeless, but I continued to
praise God for the people who still remained in the Fellowship and
helped by encouraging those who were struggling. They were God's
instruments in lightening our burdens and in comforting us with His
Having personal struggles and difficulties in
the Fellowship, it was tempting to complain and argue with God. I first
thought He had abandoned me, but I realized that it was really I who
left Him. I had been hooked to many ungodly things and had been
disobeying Him many times. I dwelt on what I wanted to do for Him
rather than on what He wanted me to do. My heart aches even now when I
realize how much I had forsaken my first love. I felt I was
indispensable that I had to work or else everything will fail. It was
pathetic. But God really works miracles that I cannot understand and
even see. I can say that I still haven't seen the majestic ending God
has planned for this, but I know and feel He is indeed working on it.
He enabled me to persevere amidst the adverse difficulties and He
increased my faith. He held me close even when I was drifting away. He
talked to me even when I was too busy. He blessed the fellowship in His
great and amazing way that keeps me hoping when all things seem
impossible. I am working with a friend and God now to keep myself
hooked on to Him, for through all this, God made me realize that ‘when
the pressures rise and the noise around confuses some more, I will soar
with Him above the storm.’ Indeed, when all else fails, and I am
tempted to worry, God reminds me that He is King and He is in control.
I will be still and know He is GOD.
Nichole is President of Torch Christian Fellowship, the IVCF chapter in
West Negros College Chapter. She is a 2nd year BS Nursing student .
Lorah Grace Singson
I first joined the IVCF Trek when I was first year in college. The Trek
is a different kind of missions exposure. We were taught “shadowing” as
a missions approach. It means we are not there to directly evangelize,
but to journey with the people and live how they live, feel how they
feel. We introduce Jesus to them by just being a friend, someone who is
ready to listen. Before attending the Trek, I felt confused in my
Psychology course. The Trek helped me understand people and their
culture and it gave me an idea in ways to strategically help them. In
addition, because of the hands-on experience of observing and
appreciating cultures through the Trek, I can now meaningfully
participate in discussions in my major subjects in psychology and
sociology. I now have a better picture of the path I am taking through
the new lenses the Trek gave me.
"The greatest single cause of atheism in the
world today Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips
Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.
That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable." ---D.C. Talk
Lorah Grace Singson
4th year Psychology student
Philippine Christian University
Evangelistic and Discipleship Retreat, Feb. 3-4
Twenty four young people from University of Northern Philippines,
Ilocos Sur National High School and some out-of-school youth attended
an overnight retreat in San Vicente, Ilocus Sur. The retreat with the
theme “P.S. I Love You: Learning to Love Prayer and Service.” was
conducted by Erickson and Dot Velardo together with Eric Sabacan (NCR
Field Ministry Coordinator) in partnership with Precious Christian
Mission Church. Eighteen young people accepted our Lord Jesus as Savior
Eighty graduates and students gathered for a Macedonian Dinner last Dec
26 at Benjo’s Restaurant, Legazpi to raise funds for the region. Some
IVCF’ers also raised P6,000 through caroling. Similarly, IVCF’ers in
Naga collected P3,000 after caroling.
Graduate Teams (GT) in Action
Ptr. Abe Wang, a KC 95 grad volunteered to help pioneer an IVCF campus
chapter at Camarines Sur Science and Agriculture College (CSSAC).
Ferdie Maraño started his sabbatical on February 15. GT's and
volunteers will work on his behalf in Legazpi, Albay and Sorsogon
Western Visayas Region
Bacolod Sports Fest, Dec 19
Twenty-eight sports enthusiasts trooped to Bacolod Christian Center and
played Table Tennis, Badminton, Chess, Volleyball, Basketball, UNO and
Game of the Generals.
Retreat at Camp Humayan, Jan 20-21
The Light and Salt Christian Fellowship (IVCF chapter in University of
Saint La Salle-Bacolod) had a meaningful and refreshing retreat at Camp
Humayan. The students were also able to meet members of the IVCF Board
of Trustees who were visiting at that time.
Central & Eastern Visayas
Gift Giving, Dec 18
Dumaguete graduates and students in partnership with Jesus Loves You
Christian Fellowship shared the Gospel, gave Bibles and gifts to the
less fortunate families in Brgy. Taclobo, Dumaguete. This is an annual
event of the IVCF Dumaguete community.
Missionary Visit, Jan 28-Feb 7
Yvette Romero, IVCF Mission’s Coordinator and Liberty Belandres, OMF
Missionary in Thailand, fellowshipped with IVCF members in Cebu and
Tacloban and shared topics on Missions and Evangelism.
Evangelistic Dinner Party, Feb 18
IVCF Graduates in Cebu: not only did these graduates treat their seeker
friends to a free valentine dinner but they also shared a great message
through their speaker, that true love is found in the source Himself
who is no other than our God. Some fifty people attended the dinner.
IVCF Day, Iligan City, Nov.15.
“Press On!” was the timely message by Engineer. Ephraim Ibarra to the
sixteen students and graduates who gathered for the annual celebration.
The ministry has been facing commitment challenges recently; the event
became an opportune time for the participants to recommit themselves to
IVCF graduates in Bukidnon convened and formed their own IVPM chapter.
The appointed officers are: Mr. Boy Parel ,Chairman; Mrs. Beth Kuison,
Vice-Chairman; Mary Ann Tibangan, Secretary; Mrs. Nancy Vilbar,
Treasurer, and Mrs. Grace Ayala, Auditor. The newly formed chapter is
committed to serve the growing student ministry in Bukidnon.
Southern Mindanao Regional Assembly, Feb. 25-26
“Graduates and Students in a Team-Working Movement” was the theme of
the annual regional assembly where Ms. Elsie Calalang, IVCF National
Director, gave an exciting challenge as the Biblical expositor.
National Capital Region
True Love Waits Workshop, Feb 15-16
ISCF conducted a two-day workshop for all of the senior students in
Diliman Preparatory School. Volunteers and staff joined together in
urging the young people to commit to sexual purity. Two hundred
forty-three students responded to the call.
Narnia Film-showing, Feb 18,
Imus, Cavite The ISCF chapters in Imus Institute and Del Pilar Academy
in Imus, Cavite, jointly sponsored an evangelistic film showing of C.S.
Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. 180 students heard a
Gospel presentation in addition to the film-showing. It was a
Jesus Revolution, Jan 27
Even the rain did not stop the worship celebration of over two hundred
college students who gathered at Philippine Normal University. It
became a heart-rending event as students accepted and released
forgiveness to those who wronged them. Worship and praise and genuine
reconnections flowed among the participants.
Graduating Students’ Retreat, Feb 11
Six graduating students learned valuable insights into the great
importance of God’s calling over and above a high paying job or a
career path focused only on professional achievements. IVPM Makati
graduates shared their practical knowledge and experiences in the
SUMMER CAMPS and CONFERENCES
Please pray for:
The IVCF staff. Pray for wisdom and creativity in their camp
preparations. Pray for the extra strength as they make these
preparations while wrapping up campus work for the school year. Pray
for the unity of heart, mind and purpose as they run the camps.
volunteer staff and counselors. Praise God for the many student and
graduate volunteers who have made themselves available to serve with
us. Pray for the students seeking permission from their parents and for
the graduates as they file for leaves from their work. Pray also that
God will prepare them to serve well at our camps.
expositors, speakers and resource persons. Pray that they will present
God’s truth faithfully, relevantly and creatively. Pray that the Holy
Spirit use their teaching to convict the minds and move the hearts of
The student and graduate participants.
Pray that even now God will prepare their hearts and minds to encounter
Him in the camps they will be attending. Pray for teachableness,
openness and a sense of expectancy in each of them. Pray for parental
permission for the students. Pray that the graduates be granted leaves
by their employers. Pray for the way God will enable them to raise the
funds they will need. Pray also for traveling mercies.
and financial resources needed. Pray for the people who will give
willingly and sacrificially for the subsidies. Pray also for people who
will give in kind to these camps.
May God be our wisdom, strength,
inspiration, courage and hope in these camps and conferences. We look
to Him as the source, the center and the goal. May all these endeavors
equip the Body and bring glory to Him who is the Head, Jesus Christ our
ISCF Evangelistic Camps by Regions
camps are designed to help high school students understand their need
of a Savior and introduce them to the treasures and joys of communing
with God through prayer, Bible study and fellowship.
NCR ISCF Sibol Camp
April 18-22, 2006
Philippine Missionary Institute
Director: Nika Perez
Target: 40 pax
Central and Eastern Visayas ISCF Camp
May 23-28, 2006
Camp Karis, Ubay, Bohol
Director: Antonio Viz Silva
Target: 60 pax
ISCF Leadership-Discipleship Camps
camps are intended for high school students who are growing disciples
and future leaders in the campus. Here, we aim to build a solid
foundation on discipleship, train students to become servant leaders
and equip them for service.
NCR ISCF Leadership-Discipleship Camp
May 7-13, 2006
Community Resource Center,
Director: Nono Orozco
Target: 70 pax
ISCF Creativity Camp
3rd week of May
Director: Roselle Rosario
Target: 20 pax
Northern and Southern Mindanao ISCF Camp
“The Lion, the Pit and the White Robe”
Camp Alano, Toril
Director: Cherryl Combatir
Target: 70 pax
Subsidy: Php 30,000
National Camps and Conferences
KAWAYAN Camp 2006
Emerging True to the Call”
April 10 - May 5, 2006
Bago, Negros Occidental
Director: Cheery Orozco
Target: 60 pax
Subsidy: Php 115,000
is a month-long intensive training for Christian students who desire to
be effective witnesses of the Lord Jesus in their campuses and
churches. KC’s total camp program seeks to relate the Lordship of Jesus
to every phase of life: work, study, recreation and personal
Inter Varsity Professional Movement (IVPM)
/Graduate Team (GT) National Congress
“Celebrating Life’s Journey”
May 23-27, 2006
Camp Alano, Toril, Davao City
Director: Jordan Reyes
Target: 100 pax
GT & staff subsidy: Php 70,000
is a gathering of professionals from different regions and spheres of
work. This year’s GT conference invites graduates to pause from their
hectic schedules to consider God’s design for their lives and how it
can be lived abundantly. The expositor, Kuya Herman Moldez will tackle
passages from the book of Ecclesiastes.
Nurses Christian Fellowship National Conference
"Nursing Towards Global Transformation: By Whose Standards?"
April 20-23, 2006
Garden Plaza, Paco, Manila
Director: Phebe Pendon
Target: 80 pax
is the first national conference for Nursing students and professionals
for the purpose of defining global transformation the Christian Way,
demonstrating application of spiritual implications to different
nursing fields and fostering wholesome relationships among members. It
also aims to share the uniqueness of NCF Philippines through its
vision, mission and core values.
May 21-June 2, 2006
Dingalan, Aurora Province
Target: 40 pax
OS ensures our students to put some flesh to their faith through
immersion. Students and graduates of nursing and other medical courses
will venture in a two-week trek to Aurora Province to share God’s love
and care through medical service and community work.
Missions Trips and Exposure
Summer Trek ‘06
“My Place in His Heart for the World…
...Am I ready?”
April 10-15, 2006
Cost: Php 2,000
Subsidy: Php 11,600
students are taught to reflect on the circumstances of marginalized
people in light of the Kingdom, live with and learn from a tribal
community in Mindoro and seek to bear witness to God’s transforming
love through service. This mission exposure is done in partnership with
Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF).
Reach Out Team (ROT’06)
Short-Term Mission Exposure Trip
“Into all the World…Will I GO?”
May 6 - May 31, 2006
Betong, Yala, Phangnga,
Teamleader: Yvette Romero
Target: 5 pax from Phils.
Cost: $550 (includes airfare)
is an opportunity for the young graduates to venture into a cross
cultural mission trip. The team plans to execute an on-campus outreach
ministry, run an English Camp with the Church (Betong, Sungai Golok)
and participate in the Post-Tsunami Rebuilding through Grace Supplies
(OMF) in Phangnga.
For more information please
contact the Missions Coordinator: Ms. Yvette L. C. Romero mobile#
+63920-5503280 tel# (02) 931-7794 (ivcf staff house);IVCF-Ph 912-5988
Ms. Mutya Febre rejoined the HRD Department after her sabbatical leave.
Ferdie Marano went on a sabbatical leave last February and will be back after six months.
HIS SOUNDS CONCERT
Fundraising Concert for Kawayan Camp ‘06
March 24, 2006, 7pm
Faith Baptist Church
#8 Bulletin St. West Avenue, QC
Join the IVCF Philippian Connection!
Invest by giving regularly towards your staffworker’s financial support.
For more information, please contact our Resource Development
Coordinator, Dennis Merano: 0917-4224133 (mobile), (02) 931-7794 (ofc).
Placing Literature in the hands of the students
IVCF Literature House is proud to announce our new revised titles
- A Manual for Cell Groups
- Start Right
- Spiritual Care
- How To Lead Bible Study
- IVCF Stories of a Dream Fulfilled
This summer watch out for:
- THINK STRAIGHT
- ISCF Counselors’ Handbook