Pastor David Byers, Philippines, Sunday, February 18:
It was such a blessing to be back with our Calvary church family in Pasig City! There is always a sweet flow of worship and prophetic, and it truly feels just like home. Pastor Melbien and Sis. Zeny was there with the youth group from Calvary-Laguna, and members of the Antipolo Bible Study joined the service too. The Calvary Christian School teachers also were in attendance, and at the end of the service, they came to the platform to sing a beautiful song of consecration. We prayed a blessing over them that the Lord would continue to fill them with His grace and strength as they teach and train the next generation. We were humbled that they would all attend, as most of them have responsibilities and work to do in their home churches.
After service, we enjoyed a leadership luncheon of delicious stir fry and chicken adobo…cooked by Pastor Melbien, and spent time fellowshipping and catching up with our friends that we haven’t seen for almost a year.
Before the leadership meeting, Ronda and I gave “pasalubong” to the church leadership and Praxidio family – the Filipino custom of giving gifts to your loved ones and friends when they welcome you home from a trip. We love seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces, and watching as they choose their gifts from the pile!We had a great meeting with the ministry team, and Pastor Nelson and others shared news of the ongoing work and ministry in Tanay and Antipolo, Laguna, and now Calvary-Tarlac. I was able to share with the team what great admiration and love Calvary-Michigan has for them, and tell them how privileged we feel to be able to partner with them and financially support the many ministry outreaches. I also told them that we presently have 18 people signed up for this summer’s Team Mission Trip, and they can hardly wait to see and meet all of you!
The day ended with a visit to the home of one of the church leadership member’s for their son’s 6th birthday party…and…my first tricycle ride because most of the streets are too narrow to get cars through.We got back to the Rose of Sharon to fall into bed, tired, but so full of thankfulness to have the opportunity to be a small part of the amazing things God is doing here in Calvary Philippines.