December 27 -30, 2009, DAP, Tagaytay City

How do I start to report the results of our recent National Conference? Let me present this first report to you.
1. God With Us. During NC we experienced God’s presence among us during worship times, expositions of His word, meals and fellowship times, plenary sessions, and seminars.

2. Matthew 28:18-20. This was the recurring challenge for all of us. We were united in our commitment to obey this command of the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. God had abundantly provided for our financial needs.

4. A total of 259 joined NC 2009 (69 students, 119 graduates, 25 speakers, 35 staff, and 11 children). The conference was well represented from the region

5. Significant developments: (1) formation of the National Graduates Executive Committee, now called Inter-Varsity Graduates Encounter or IVGE.
(2) creation of sectoral graduates groups: business & development.

6. Top 10 Feedback of participants on what NC had accomplished:
(1) recommitment,
(2) corporate worship and celebration,
(3) renewal & new inspiration,
(4) reuniting & reconciliation,
(5) corporate reflection,
(6) passion for the Great Commission,
(7) filling the inter-generational gap,
(8) camaraderie, friendship, & fellowship,
(9) sharing of future directions & exploring of new strategies,
(10) humility and repentance.

7. Some commitments made by NC participants:• “I commit to be a GOER.”
• “To be a living Gospel in our campus and unite the different Christian organizations towards the fulfillment of the great commission.”
• “Continue providing sound doctrinal and practical input to IVCF as foundation to flagship programs”
• “Truly live for Christ’s glory by being involved in NCF and ISCF as well as financially support the movement.”
• “I will be a regular donor of IVCF Phils and I will do my best to be connected again with the campus ministry in my workfield.”
• “Continue to work as GT in Kabacan IVCF, be an agent of transformation”.
• “I pledge to give P100k to IVCF in 2010”.
• “I will continue to support IVCF in prayer, and financial support.”
• “Help form the SVDil Alumni, start giving financial support to IVCF”
• “I will cooperate and collaborate with IVCF in reaching out to people in the marketplace and bless IVCF.”
• “I would like to pray for IVCF and be a volunteer.”
• “To organize, mentor, support and sustain new grads in development work”
• “Seriously involve in Missions Team of IVCF”
• “I commit to take more active role in discipling students beyond those in my regular group in YD…to be involved in the lives of young grads in CDO.”
• “To obey God in all areas of my life and to help my church and my IV chapter.”
• “To endeavor to reach out and bring reconciliation and love to the IVCF constituents in Panay.”

Our National Conference has produced meaningful results for our movement and we will be sharing these things to IVCF constituents very soon, through our NC2009 website. Pray that we can rally more people to join us in fulfilling the Christ Great Commission in the new horizon.

Posted on Behalf of IVCF:
Erickson M. Velardo
National Director
EMAIL: info@ivcfphil.org

Lessons Learned in 2009

Lessons Learned in 2009.

2009 had a lot to teach us. Here are the highlights of what God had taught us at MEANS:

1. FEBIAS College of Bible Scholars – We learned to trust God. We committed to help finance Gilbert Yanson and Jessie Torres’ study at FEBIAS College of Bible. God has been faithful in providing this need. We will be able to send support for school year of 2009/2010.
Jessie Torres was a former Batasan Hills gang member and leader who committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ through a bible study conducted by ISACC staff in the area. As he grew in faith, he expressed a desire to study at a bible school. He was able to get a high school certificate which helped him to enroll at FEBIAS.
By the grace of God, Jessie and Gilbert are doing well in their studies. Both are expecting to graduate in 2011, by God’s grace. On weekends, Jessie is helping his home church in Batasan Hills, while Gilbert is helping Cornerstone Bible Christian Fellowship Church in Quezon City.

2.Typhoon Ondoy – We learned to respond! The devastation brought about by Ketsana (typhoon Ondoy) to the Philippines in September 2009 mobilized many NGOs and Filipinos in the Philippines and around the world to help those who were affected. MEANS, by God’s grace, was able to help by sending Balikbayan boxes to Samaritana and IVCF Philippines and financial help to staff of some of our ministry partners including ISACC, Help Ministries International, Samaritana, Diliman Campus Bible Church and Food for the Hungry.

We also helped Cornerstone Bible Church as they conducted a medical mission in an area affected by Ondoy. With the help of MEANS, they provided antibiotics, cough medicines and vitamins. About 224 received medical consultation. They were also able to share the gospel in the area.

3.Leadership training – Coach and Train. We learned that we can do it! One of our dreams is to help in training future Christian leaders in the Philippines. God has opened this opportunity for us.
ISCF Bible Camp – MEANS sponsored 15 high school students from Good Shepherd Orphanage and Academy in Guimaras, Iloilo to attend a week long bible camp last summer. The students who came from indigent families of farmers and orphans received training in basic Christian disciplines like having a daily quiet time with God, praying, studying the bible and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
ISCF Thanksgiving Party- The IVCF Iloilo Leaders’ Council together with some students & graduates coordinated the Thanksgiving Event at Good Shepherd’s Fold Academy. MEANS gave 100 bibles to high school and college students of Good Shepherd.
IVCF Philippines National Conference 2009 – MEANS sent a student delegate from Iloilo to this convention. The convention’s theme “New Horizon God With Us” challenges both students and graduates to become bold witnesses of the Gospel wherever God has put them, whether in the market place or in the student world.
Care for Creation: Seminar on Environmental Stewardship – MEANS sponsored 18 leaders from our ministry partners including pastors and NGO leaders and some seminary leaders to the seminar. The seminar was very timely after typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy. Hosted by ISACC, the seminar was held at Breadcom Center, Mandaluyong City from Nov. 8-10, 2009. Ed Brown, founder of Care for Creation and author of Our Father’s World, was the speaker.
Global Leadership Summit – Eleven delegates (11) from MEANS ministry partners attended the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) in Manila from November 6-7, 2010. The GLS was set up in cooperation with Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, IL. GLS is an excellent conference on leadership training for pastors, NGO leaders and Christian workers.

A Prayer for New Year

A Prayer for the New Year

Holy Father,
God of our yesterdays, our today and our tomorrows. We praise you for your unequaled greatness. Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead. Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them. To teach others to love by loving them. Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us. So that Love could be with us, and we could know you.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise, In the chirping of sparros in our backyards, In the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs, So that we may know You better and better. We rejoice in the world You loved into being. Thank you for another new year and for new chances everyday.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year. We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.
We accept your gift of a new year and rejoice in what’s ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want. I say it again, we rejoice! Amen. – Anonymous