RESURRECTION DAY

HE IS ALIVE


This month, the whole of Christendom, is remembering the passion and death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection. But, many of us may have forgotten that to be able to enter fully into the celebration of Easter we have to go through Lent to experience grief and sorrow for our sins. We are all like the prodigal son who had gone into the far country, not wanting to have to do anything with his father. We want to run our own lives, away from God’s sight and to do what we want – with no restraint but to enjoy “life” to the fullest. And there, in the far country – we realize how wrong we are! In the distant country, we ended alone and impoverished, unloved, abandoned, and forsaken.

But God, the merciful Father, sent His Son Jesus Christ to the far country to share our lot, to bear the consequences of our own folly, to lead us home to the waiting Father. Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God, was crucified for us. He died as our representative and substitute. He paid for the penalty of our sin. We have rebelled against Him who is our Father, Maker and Creator. Jesus, His only Son, died for us, for our sins, on the cross – that He can bring us back to God. “God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself….” (2 Cor. 5: 19). God made Him (Jesus Christ) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). “God showed His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Jesus the giver of life, died that we may be brought back to the waiting Father. He opened the way back to God, if we would repent and mourn for our sins and folly.

Yet, Jesus’ death is not the end of the story. Jesus Christ, the One who died in the far country, did not remain dead. God raised Jesus from the dead. He conquered death. He rose again, triumphant and victorious! Our sins are fully paid for by His death on the cross and because Jesus lives again, the way has been opened for us to go back home to God. Now, we can sing and dance, rejoice, laugh, shout and celebrate because the Son Who died is now alive ready to accept us and to take us home to the Father.

There, we can start anew our relationship that was broken by sin. There, we can have fellowship with the Three-in-One. We are no longer forsaken and abandoned, but loved, embraced and fully restored to Him. For, “The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17).

Hallelujah! What a Savior. Happy Resurrection Day everyone!

Lina Padilla, MEANS Board Chair

NCF Gives Back

The Life Transforming Project

This Summer 2011, God has given us another opportunity to help. The new BSN graduates were challenged to move on to the next level of NCF Young Professionals group and have accepted the opportunity to submerge themselves in Community Health Nursing which will be integrated with PND Church’s Daily Vacation Bible School in Batasan Hills. This Life Transforming Project will be a joint venture of MEANS (Missions East Asian National Support), NCF Philippines and PND Church. This will be the first time 3 groups will be collaborating to help an urban poor community.

The Life Transforming Community Project : is our NCF’s Mission Immersion Program.

Get Involved
• Date : April 25-29, 2011
• Cost: 500.00 Pesos/ child ($10.00)
• Objective : To minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the participants by sharing the gospel of Christ and by teaching health education and providing materials/supplies for health care.
• Target participants : Each year about 40 children attend a 2 week vacation bible classes conducted by PND Church in Batasan Hills.
• Venue : Barangay Batasan Hills and PND Church are located in an urban poor community in Batasan Hills, Metro Manila, Philippines.
• Facilitators: 15 NCFers will join efforts with 5 PND Church teachers.

NCF Gives Back
As the project will entail some costs, we would like to invite you to help us bless the poorest among the poor in Batasan Hills. Your gift will help provide health care materials that will teach participants how to prevent common diseases. Each family will be provided with basic health care tools and supplies. The Barangay Captain in the area will provide a meeting place and some logistics for the project. We will also provide bible materials and supplies for the Daily Vacation Bible School Classes. When the project has been completed, the remaining funds will be re-allocated to where most needed.

Budget is: 500.00 / child ($10.00)

We are very much aware of the current world economic crises. I encourage you to take this opportunity to give when it truly hurts the most because that is when we will experience God’s blessings from our heavenly Father, the Giver of all good gifts. He who owns the cattle on a thousand hills and who is able to multiply a few loaves of bread and fish will NEVER fail you in your time of need.

Sincerely,

Phebe Pendon,RN, PhD Cand
President
Nurses Christian Fellowship of the Philippines