NEWS REPORT :: December 2006

Dear Brethren:

A BLESSED NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

We were extremely excited to have reached 2007! With grateful hearts we can’t help but recall how we spent our yuletide season – the fun, the merriment and enjoyment and the renewed spirit of continuing to serve the Seminary.

Bro. Mike, who visited us recently, was so impressed because of the great courage of the brotherhood in continuing the ministry of the seminary. It’s his desire to really work with us through campaigning in the United States for the Seminary. He plans to come back next year after he left for the States. We praise the Lord for His burning zeal to serve.

We had our Christmas Cantata last December 14 at the Aparri Church chapel. Many came to watch with some brethren from nearby churches. After the Christmas party on December 15, the concert choir (20 members only from the 48 choir members) started their tour.

Below was the itinerary of the choir:

Date Place Time
Dec. 16 Toran Church 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 (a.m.) Tuguegarao Church 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 17 (p.m.) Sinamar Church 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 Lapogan Church 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21 Barumbong Church 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 22 Calanigan Church 7:30 p.m.

Aside from our own students, there was a special participation of Aparri kids in the cantata. Three of them –Caryle Angela Lopez as soloist, Lawrence Racho as the drummer boy and Stephen Louis Dalilis as the child narrator. Sis. Marites D. Peneyra, Sis. Jemima Columna and Bro. Alex Agresor were alternate adult narrators. We’re happy to have presented “WONDROUS GIFT” Cantata to these places although we have not gone to others who invited us. Students needed to go their teaching/preaching areas for their Christmas programs. The choir was dismissed on December 23.

Likewise, the kitchen construction was on full swing. We aim to have finished at the beginning of this New Year. This will surely enhance the stay of the boys when their kitchen shall be finished. Thank you again for your continued support. Glory to the Lord!

Our merriment to celebrate Christmas as fulfilled when we have received your gifts to us, staff (including our families and the students). We got our box (from NABSFIH), gifts from Bro. Joelo and Sis. Myrna Saldevar from Hawaii, and gifts from Sis. Vilma Barredo from Manila. Thank you very much for your love to us, your thoughtfulness and your concern for all of us here in the seminary. May the Lord continue to pour out more blessings for you and your families. How can we say thanks if not to lift all of you to the Lord who showers blessings to those who love Him.

Our hearts are filled with joy because of your support to the Seminary. Please continue to be our partners in the Lord.

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Administrative Officer, ABS

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON

Administrator, ABS