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New National Director Appointed; 22 February 2008

<>The wait is finally over. After more than six months of searching and praying, the Board of Trustees has recently chosen a new National Director (ND) to lead IVCF Philippines. Mr. Erickson Velardo, regional director of the IVCF ministry in Northern Luzon based in Baguio City, is the new ND effective June 1, 2008.   <>In the meantime, the current OIC-ND, Mr. Ramon Tecson, Jr., will continue to lead the movement until Erickson will have assumed his new post.  Let us uphold Erickson in prayer even as we thank Ramon for faithfully "holding the fort."

The Velardo's

 Dol, Zeik, Erickson & Jahd Velardo 


From:  Elsie C. Calalang, National Director, IVCF Philippines
10 March 2006

Dear Friends,

I am back and I bring greetings from our brethren in Mindanao and CEV!

Thank you for praying for safety and protection in all my travels and for a fruitful time with our brethren
in Mindanao and CEV.

I left for Davao last Feb 24. I almost missed my trip because we were caught in a traffic jam. Thank God I came 30 minutes before the flight and the check-in counter was still open. Upon arrival in Davao I learned that GMA has just declared a National State of Emergency. In Davao it was very peaceful. I spent that afternoon listening to Rod and Nellie, our staff
couple based in Davao.

We had the Southern Mindanao Regional Assembly at Mt. Carmel, Bansalan, Davao del Sur last Feb 25-26. There were around 70 students and graduates who came. The different areas and campuses were represented and they all gave reports of what God is doing in their areas. I gave two messages from God&#8217;s Word. Three new Regional Advisory Council members were elected. The finances and budget for next year were discussed. The different campus groups were challenged to pledge to give regularly to the regional general funds. Praise God for sustaining the work in this region. Let us uphold the IVPM Mindanao as they prepare for and host the National IVPM and GT Conference in May.

I traveled to Malaybalay by bus last Feb 28. I had lunch fellowship with some students and a graduate in Malaybalay. Let us thank the Lord for the fast growing group at Bukidnon State College. They have a set of officers and seven CGs. Around 50 to 60 students regularly attend their meetings. Let us thank God for Mrs. Beth Cruzado Kuizon, an IV alumni and faculty
member who started this group.

In the afternoon, I proceeded to Cagayan de Oro just in time for a joint students and grads dinner fellowship.  I led the group in reviewing God&#8217;s over-all plan, the vision of our pioneers and our present vision and mission. I challenged them to take part in fulfilling God&#8217;s mission for us. It was a time of fellowship with the older IVCF alumni and the young students.

The next day, March 1, I traveled with Nikko and Angel(our staff based in Cagayan de Oro) to Iligan.  We had lunch fellowship with students and graduates also. We were encouraged to see a good number of new members of the chapter in MSU IIT. We prayed for the prospective KC delegates.  We came back to CDO that afternoon and had dinner with our GTs Rudy and Donna Mijares. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with one prospective associate staff for CDO.

On March 2, I had dates one after the other because some graduates whom I knew many years ago (some were former students and fellow GCFers when I was a a GT in CDO) wanted to meet with me. It was a good time of catching up with each other and of challenging them to continue supporting IVCF.

I took the boat that night to Cebu. We started the Central Eastern Visayas Strategic Planning Retreat that night. I shared reflections and lessons learned from Nehemiah and I also refreshed them of God&#8217;s vision and our vision and mission as a movement. Their RAC Chairman, Ed Balali, led the group in their strategic planning workshop that whole day of
Saturday. Representative students and graduates from Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol and Leyte participated in this planning.

I spent Sunday, March 5, with my two brothers and their families. I was able to rest and relax.  I spent the morning of March 6 with Celgen and Lala (our CEV staff). I thank God for giving me strength and wisdom and for bringing me safely home last March 6.

I thank you Eric for serving as the OIC in my absence.  We thank the Lord the salaries for February have been released. We continue to look up to the Lord for the allowances and for the accumulated expense accounts for the past several months.

We are now in the midst of our preparations for the summer camps. Please uphold us in prayers and pray with us for God's provision for these summer camps and for the staff salaries. We will have our Prayer Retreat this coming March 13-14 before we plunge into the busy summer.

Thanks for your partnership in prayer and giving


P.S. In behalf of my family, let me thank all of you again for your prayers and words of comfort for the final coming home of Papang. By God's grace we are adjusting with his absence. I go home every weekend to be with my Mom in Pampanga

Elsie C. Calalang
National Director
IVCF Philippines
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Telephone #: (02)931-7794 ; Telefax: (02)932-1339

"Equipping Servant Leaders for Christ in the 21st Century."

Gifts to IVCF can be deposited directly to: IVCF Phil. BPI Commonwealth Peso CA # 0421-0008-83 or to MBTC Commonwealth $ SA # 032-2-03200020-1.  If you are in the US you may send your donation to: Balikatan  c/o Monina Davids 731 Quebec Place, Washington DC 2001 U.S.A. or MEANS c/o Carmena Cruz P.O.Box 8434, Bartlett, IL 60103 U.S.A.
October 10, 2005

Dear Partners and Friends,

Warm greetings!  The new school year started in the midst of political instability in the country brought about by the clamor for the President to resign and the attempt of the opposition to impeach her. The staff have just come back from the different summer camps, physically tired but deeply moved and inspired by the fruit of their labor – witnessing God’s transforming power and love in the lives of the campers. They were recharged in the staff conference through the ministry of the Word and the refreshing times of fellowship with each other. I came back from my six-month sabbatical leave in August, thankful for the rest and refreshment the Lord gave me, and for His sustaining grace to my fellow staff.

Rejoice with us and thank the Lord for the good beginning He gave us. Let me share with you some highlights.

1.     College Ministry - During this first quarter we witnessed the growth of the work among college students especially in the Bicol Region where three new groups were started in Daet, Camarines Norte. There are 97 college chapters all over the country.The largest college chapters are: UP Diliman (79 members), PCU (50), PNU Taft (50), PUP Maragondon (60), Bicol Univ (40), PNU Cadiz (40), and MSU GenSan (35).  We have a total membership of 963 and have made contacts to 1,290 students through various activities.

2.     ISCF Ministry - The work among high school students is equally encouraging and challenging. There are 51 ISCF groups in the country. The chapters with the largest membership are: Philippine Science HS (90 members), QCSHS (55), UP Integrated School (30) Del Pilar Academy, Cavite (42) and Impasugong NHS in Bukidnon (70). We have a total membership of 431 and 813 contacts.

3.     The NCF ministry is very strategic because of the growing population of colleges of nursing and because only IVCF Philippines has a specialized ministry to nurses. There are now 17 NCF chapters and most of these are pioneering and small in membership. The established ones with the biggest membership are: Mary Johnston (55 members) and West Visayas State University (30 members). We have a total membership of 168 and 98 contacts. We thank the Lord for Miss Phebe Pendon and Ate Jane Sta Ana who are helping us tap and mobilize graduate Christian nurses who are in strategic positions like deans of colleges of nursing.

4.     Several Freshmen Treats and other evangelistic activities were held like filmshowing, concerts, and mime presentations. There were 120 evangelistic Bible Studies (EBS) with a total of 1,042 regular attenders and 88 evangelistic events attended by 2,018 students. Through the different EBS and evangelistic activities, 2104 students heard the gospel and 347 received the Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

5.     Cell groups and Small Group Bible studies have been effective means in discipling the students. Students leading their fellow students provide opportunities for greater growth both in the leaders and members. There are 220 existing CGs with total attendance of 1,000 students. One on one discipleship between older and younger members of the fellowships are also being done. Inter-fellowship discipleship trainings are being held regularly in the IV Homes or IV Centers in Legaspi, Naga, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao.

6.     More than 100 graduates and students came to the July 30 IVCF Homecoming Reunion in CPU Iloilo.  It was exhilarating to see everyone hugging, laughing, reminiscing and expressing gratefulness for God’s work in their lives through IV! It was very encouraging for the students, especially. One student from UP Visayas said that she felt so encouraged to see where they are now and to think that these graduates were once students like them!

7.     IVCF-Humayan Campsite in Bago, Negros Occidental. We entered into a usufruct agreement with the owners who are IV alumni. We did not buy the property nor was it donated. We will use it for free for the next 50 years but we are to help in developing and maintaining it.  We are again deeply thankful for this gift! We thank the Lord for the generosity of one IVCF couple who donated $25,000 for the construction of the cottages. Our target is to make this campsite ready for use by KC 2006.

8.     There will be seven (7) Leadership Discipleship Camps in the different regions to be held this third and last week of October. We thank the Lord for the student leaders, mostly Kawayan Camp trained, who planned, prepared, and will run these camps. We expect around 350 college students to come. We will appreciate your prayers for the campers, staff and counselors, speakers, and for the Lord’s provision.

9.     Board of Trustees this year:
Mr. Ramon Rocha III               Chairman
Engr. Jose Rizaldy Harder         Vice Chairman
Carmencita Aragon                   Secretary (newly elected)
Prof. Rowaldo del Mundo        Treasurer
Raymundo Poral                       Member
Jose Cabugao                           Member
Joseph Astrophel Ongkiko        Member
Atty. Delano Sta Ana                Member
Phebe Pendon                           Member

We appreciate your partnership with us in this ministry among the students and graduates. Please continue to uphold us in your prayers. I hope and pray you will continue to support us.
In His service,

Elsie C. Calalang

National Director 
Annual Balikatan 2006 Conference
Subject:       Balikatan --THINGS ARE HAPPENING
(November 2002 IVCF Ministry Update)
TO:  IVCF Balikatan member in North America 

Dear Friends,

Thank you for praying for us. We are back from the different Leadership and Discipleship Camps held in seven regions around the country. We are physically tired but our hearts are renewed, strengthened, and inspired. We are full of thanksgiving and praises to our God who once again amazingly 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 counselors, 26 graduates who helped and 31 staff who served as the main teaching force 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 counselor 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 her counselor, J found joy in the Lord and in the acceptance from her small group. The counselor asks for prayer for enabling to continue ministering to J even after the camp.

M, a freshman girl, and B, a fourth year boy, were both 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 transform them. Then they joined the camp. They were among those with the most tears during the sessions. We believe the Holy Spirit was convicting them.

W, a camper from Pangasinan had finally understood that 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 never had an assurance of her salvation. During the camp, she was helped to understand how one becomes a true child of God. For one last time she prayed an acceptance prayer and now she is very sure of her status as a child of God.

Let us hear some of these campers testify of what God has done in their lives.

“Camp is not just about lectures. It is also about friendship. Thank you that through this camp, you made me realize what true friendship is all about. What my gut is telling me to do now is that when I go back home, I need to resolve and restore the broken relationships I have – with my parents and my friends. I don’t know how it will happen but I believe in Him who knows. The expositions really gave me a lot to think about what I really want to do with my life. Should I pursue a career or go to missions? I really wanted to have a good and comfortable life, but then I would be serving myself and not the God I love. If I go to the mission field, life is hard and difficult. It’s hard to choose. All I know is that I love God 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. Secondly, serving my fellow campers wholeheartedly, washing a lot of dishes as well. 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 because I know this is a training and this training is for the Lord.” M from Southern Mindanao

“I have come shattered and broken. I was bleeding and 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 myself in the light of the cross. My forlorn entity, Christ enveloped with grace--grace 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 shame. 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. Seeing students give their heart out, making wise and unwise decisions, learning patience as they rub elbows and cram, seeing them loving work and exercising grace, hearing their deep sigh of resignation and surrender (when they were faced with seemingly impossible task), overhearing their discussions or arguments, and watching their tired and yet contented faces—all these and more leave me satiated. Of course I was tired, I got angry, I hid from people, withdrew at times, but lovingly God opened my eyes to the beauty 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 you for allowing me to be part of this exciting task of building and changing lives.” Mutya Febre, Western Visayas Regional Coordinator

“ The student leaders led the Bible study workshops, prepared the small group program, made the quiet time guides, conceptualized the missions meals, missions night and banquet night, as well as the acquaintance, orientation, testimony time and final challenge. Even the camp menu was prepared by a student leader. When confronted with the water problem, they also prayed and decided well. It was truly an honest-to-goodness student-led 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, 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 things. My heart is enough and the love that the Lord has put in there.” Gary Celis, HRD Coordinator 

These are but some of the many stories from our students 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 carry on and be encouraged to know that you are a significant part of this ministry.

I will be in Mindanao from November 13-18. Remember me 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 the 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. They 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 (BOTChairman) and myself as we give ministry updates and plans for the Golden Anniversary 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 years. There will be a time of prayer from 6-8 in the morning at the IVCF building and then a thanksgiving lunch at Jade Valley Restaurant, 39 Scout Torillo  corner Timog Avenue in Quezon City.

Thank you for your partnership with us.

General Secretary 
IVCF Philippines

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