--THINGS ARE HAPPENING
(November 2002 IVCF Ministry Update)
TO: IVCF Balikatan member in North
Thank you for praying for us. We are back from
Leadership and Discipleship Camps held in seven regions around the
We are physically tired but our hearts are renewed, strengthened, and
We are full of thanksgiving and praises to our God who once again
demonstrated His great love and power in our midst. There were a total
of 285 campers, 111 student leaders who served as camp staff and
26 graduates who helped and 31 staff who served as the main teaching
and who coached the student leaders. I gladly share to you some stories
and I invite you to rejoice with us.
J has scars on her left and right wrists. Her
noticed them and she knew J was suicidal. She (the counselor) had been
there before. It was no accident that J was in her small group. Like
counselor, J found joy in the Lord and in the acceptance from her small
group. The counselor asks for prayer for enabling to continue
to J even after the camp.
M, a freshman girl, and B, a fourth year boy,
wayward. M smoke and drank alcohol. B was a drug addict. They have been
attending the fellowship in their campus. The Lord has started to
them. Then they joined the camp. They were among those with the most
during the sessions. We believe the Holy Spirit was convicting them.
W, a camper from Pangasinan had finally
accepting Christ as personal Lord and Savior must be done only once. W
has “accepted Jesus” many times in the past, every time she felt guilty
of her sins and in almost every Christian activity she attended. She
had an assurance of her salvation. During the camp, she was helped to
how one becomes a true child of God. For one last time she prayed an
prayer and now she is very sure of her status as a child of God.
Let us hear some of these campers testify of
has done in their lives.
“Camp is not just about lectures. It is also
Thank you that through this camp, you made me realize what true
is all about. What my gut is telling me to do now is that when I go
home, I need to resolve and restore the broken relationships I have –
my parents and my friends. I don’t know how it will happen but I
in Him who knows. The expositions really gave me a lot to think about
I really want to do with my life. Should I pursue a career or go to
I really wanted to have a good and comfortable life, but then I would
serving myself and not the God I love. If I go to the mission field,
is hard and difficult. It’s hard to choose. All I know is that I love
so much.” E.U. from Bacolod
“I learned a lot of things in this camp.
First, I learned
to wake up early in the morning, which I do not usually do at home.
serving my fellow campers wholeheartedly, washing a lot of dishes as
Most of all, I learned how to be patient in all my responsibilities as
a camper. In our house I easily break the rules, but not in this camp
I know this is a training and this training is for the Lord.” M from
“I have come shattered and broken. I was
hurting. Constant reminders of failures and frustrations trample every
thing good within my inner sanctum. I am a captive of a horrible past,
I am a prisoner of impending memories. But LCDC ushered me to see
in the light of the cross. My forlorn entity, Christ enveloped with
so amazing; grace that prompted me to fall on my knees, shaking. Never
can I say I deserve such love, but nevertheless my soul understood and
let go. Christ held me nearer and healed my bruises. The Cross tells of
a victory won. The Cross is a symbol of victory over filthiness and
Thank you Lord for your stubborn and radical love for me. “
F. A. from UP-Visayas
God works not only in the lives of our
students but even
among us staffworkers. Now hear some of the staff share:
“As a staff, camp time is always filling time.
students give their heart out, making wise and unwise decisions,
patience as they rub elbows and cram, seeing them loving work and
grace, hearing their deep sigh of resignation and surrender (when they
were faced with seemingly impossible task), overhearing their
or arguments, and watching their tired and yet contented faces—all
and more leave me satiated. Of course I was tired, I got angry, I hid
people, withdrew at times, but lovingly God opened my eyes to the
He is patiently doing in each of them. And this is enough to again give
me strength and grace to say, Lord, this is indeed your doing, thank
for allowing me to be part of this exciting task of building and
lives.” Mutya Febre, Western Visayas Regional Coordinator
“ The student leaders led the Bible study
the small group program, made the quiet time guides, conceptualized the
missions meals, missions night and banquet night, as well as the
orientation, testimony time and final challenge. Even the camp menu was
prepared by a student leader. When confronted with the water problem,
also prayed and decided well. It was truly an honest-to-goodness
camp.” Ramon Tecson, Central Eastern Visayas Regional Coordinator
“I realized that I am called to continue
serving the Lord
Almighty among the students. Even while studying for my M.A.degree, and
I have these opportunities to be with students and such fulfillment can
never be described when I counsel them, challenge them, joke with them,
and journey with them. I don’t need a master’s degree to do these
My heart is enough and the love that the Lord has put in there.” Gary
These are but some of the many stories from
and staff. Things are happening in the student world. Let us give glory
to our God! Your prayers and support are bearing fruits. So please
on and be encouraged to know that you are a significant part of this
I will be in Mindanao from November 13-18.
in your prayers as I encourage our brethren in the CARAGA area. This is
a pioneering region and we do not have any staff assigned here. Two of
our key graduates here lost their wives in less than a year. Our young
GT, who remained faithful despite difficulties, recently lost her job.
She is the only one now who is able to visit campuses and she manages
IV Home, which they started to rent only last month.
From Caraga I will proceed to Cagayan de Oro
to join our
graduates in the first ever IVCF Mindanao Graduates Congress.
are expecting around 100 graduates from all over Mindanao. Please pray
for Dr. David Lim who will be the expositor and for Mr. Dionne Ang
and myself as we give ministry updates and plans for the Golden
Celebration in 2003.
Join us in a time of thanksgiving and
celebration as we
celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness to IVCF for the past 49
There will be a time of prayer from 6-8 in the morning at the IVCF
and then a thanksgiving lunch at Jade Valley Restaurant, 39 Scout
corner Timog Avenue in Quezon City.
Thank you for your partnership with us.
ELSIE C. CALALANG
Tel. (632) 931-7794
TeleFax: (632) 932-1339
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