Ministry Partners Update – August 2009

Christy (name withheld for security reasons) shared that she has been given a bigger area of responsibility as Regional Secretary of a faith based organization in Eurasia. The Eurasia region includes countries like Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, etc.  Christy has to raise support for her region and also for herself.  While in the US to attend a conference hosted by IVCF alumni in North America and Canada, she also visited several cities in the US to meet with prospective donors.  Pray for physical strength, stamina and good health.  May God honor her faith in taking this new adventure for the Kingdom.

Pastor Vic Bernales – Vic shared: “This month we will be going to Cagayan de Oro City, an eight-hour drive by bus from Davao City.” Pastor Glen Melo invited Vic to do a training-seminar for the short-term missionary students at the Asian Center for Missions (ACM). These students will soon be going to a ‘dangerous’ area in Mindanao island to bring the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to people who may have never heard about Jesus Christ. Pray for safe travel as a family and a fruitful ministry there. Pray also for Cathy Bernales’ father who is sick with prostate cancer.  He is 71.  Pray for provision and for healing as God wills it.

Peter and Ochie, Daniel and Maria Bangcong–  New Tribes Mission missionaries based in Thailand.   Maria Bangcong will be coming to the US to take nursing in the same school where Daniel is studying.  Pray for provision, safe travel, and a good adjustment to a new environment and culture.  Praise God for a good children’s camp this year.

 Ramon Rocha III – OMF international missionary and Dr. Luis Gatmaitan, author of children’s books, published by OMF Litt, did a very productive training session on how to start and run a Christian publishing house, while Luis led a workshop on writing.  Currently there are few publishing opportunities for Christian writers in Mongolia. “We are in great need to learn how to run a publishing house,” wrote Pastor Timothy, their local coordinator.  After the workshop, Mongolian Christian Writer’s Fellowship was formed.  Thank the Lord for the growing numbers of new believers in the country. In 2008, there were 24,000 Christians living in the capital city of Ulaan Baatar (U.S. State Department). Ramon also attended Balikatan 2009 where he was one of the invited resource persons who shared his ministry with OMF International. Praise God for Ramon’s daughter who recently passed the board exams on nursing.  Pray for another daughter who will be taking the medical board exam this August. 


 Melba Maggay, Founder of ISACC–  After her stay at Calvin College for about 3 months as a visiting scholar,  Melba Maggay  flew to Peru to attend a meeting with a small number of scholars doing research on primal religion and its relationship to the Christian worldview.  While in Calvin, she was able to form a gathering of Filipino and American friends at a pre-Balikatan 2009 dinner which gave all the Filipinos an opportunity to share Filipino hospitality and culture.  Melba also spoke at Balikatan 2009 and coordinated the workshop on Keeping Faith and Identity in a Multi-Cultural World.



Summer in MEANS does not mean a lull in the volunteers’ lives and activities.  This has been a busy summer for all of us with visits from friends and family from out of state, taking care of personal and family needs and attending seminars and conferences.   Some of us have taken short trips to refresh ourselves, but we have all been coming faithfully to our regular 3rd Saturday MEANS workday.  We want to share with you some news about us and our ministry partners!

 MEANS Ministry – This has been a busy summer for Lina Padilla and Carmena Cruz connecting with ministry partner, Melba Maggay, founder of ISACC (Institute for Studies of Asian Church and Culture) who was a visiting scholar at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The college was also the venue for the 26th annual conference of Balikatan (IVCF Philippine alumni in Canada and North America).  The conference offered a great opportunity for fellowship, meeting new friends and networking for the MEANS ministry. Both were involved in coordinating the mission session at the conference and helping as facilitators in Keeping Faith and Identity in a Multicultural World.  Rob and Hannah Mooi, MEANS volunteers, helped provide technology support to Balikatan 2009 conference.

 Lina also attended Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit on August 6-7, 2009 where she talked with prospective missionary partners in the Philippines.  She was able to promote MEANS to some leaders of NGO organizations in the Philippines.

 IVCF Resources Center – the 4 Balikbayan boxes filled with books from Kiyoko Foster has reached IVCF Philippines.  The center will be officially opened to IVCF staff and students this month during their corporation meeting. We are in the process of applying for a grant from a foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The mission of this foundation is: “To provide quality academic books and journals to the libraries of seminaries, colleges and universities in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East that provide theological training toward the development of leaders, teachers and clergy in the Christian Church.” Pray that our grant application on behalf of IVCF and other ministry partners who will benefit from this project will be approved.

 MEANS retreat September 5-7, 2009 – will be the annual MEANS retreat.  Speaker is Dr. Lilia Salazar Nigro, Christian psychologist from San Francisco, California.  Pray that this will be a refreshing time for all of us, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  Pray for wisdom, insight and discernment for Lilia as she shares from the life of Joseph.

 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3

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Sponsored 15 High School students attended the Training Camp sponsored by Inter Varsity Philippines,  “Dead Now Alive: reborn identity… this year’s camp theme rightfully invites the students to rediscover their true identity – redeemed in Christ, living in the knowledge of His Word. This camp is divided into three tracks Evangelism, Discipleship and Leadership” Rachel IVCF Staff

 IVCF RESOURCE CENTER – Have you visited a public library in your neighborhood lately? One way to cut cost for entertainment is to visit your local library. We visit our library to borrow some DVDs, to borrow books or sometimes just to read a magazine. What a convenient and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.  It does not cost you anything (of course our taxes support our libraries). Can you imagine a community without a Learning Resource Center?

   Our commitment to our donors is to work on this project diligently until we complete the IV Resource Center hopefully by end of June 2009 just in time for the school opening in the Philippines. Here is an update from the IVCF side:

  1. Installation of lightings and additional electrical outlets.
  2. The old sofa set has been re-upholstered
  3. The bookshelves are being constructed at this time of writing.
  4. Painting of the bookshelves after the construction
  5. Installation of the Air Condition
  6. Kiyoko Foster has donated Dave’s valuable theological books
  7. We are in the process of shipping 2 big boxes of books
  8. MEANS has already sent $2,000.00 towards this project

 Once again we appreciate your partnership for this worthwhile project to help IVCF Philippines rebuild their library.  This will not only serve the IV staff, but also the students and eventually the community.


  • Annual Retreat – September 5,6 and 7 2009 – pray for our speaker Lilia Salazar Nigro
  • Audit of MEANS Financials for 2008 has been completed – here are the words from our auditor and we are proud of our volunteers:  “MEANS volunteer personnel continue to perform excellent work and the records are kept in excellent order”