NEWS REPORT :: April – May 2011

Dear Brethren:

We bring you greetings from all of us here at Aparri Bible Seminary. We’re happy again to share you our busy schedules and very exciting summer activities.

After the commencement last March, we prepared for the Teachers’ VBS Clinic last April 6-7, 2011. At least eighty-two (82) teachers attended the clinic, around sixty (60) places were teaching centers and almost ten thousand (10,000) children were taught. Praise the Lord! To all of those who have part of the VBS this summer, we thank you and praise the Lord for all of you. God is faithful to forget not your labor for Him!

The following week, it made us so busy to go around churches to campaign for the nest school year. It took us a week to promote ABS and the two Christian Camps approaching – the Youth Camp and the Junior Camp as well.

Came the Tri-regional Convention on April 22-24 held at San Andres, Delfin Albano, Isabela, and the Centennial Celebration of the Sto. Tomas Church of Christ, Sto. Tomas, Candon City, Ilocos Sur, on April 29 – May 1. On both of these occasions, our students were invited to lead the praise and worship and to render a special number in song. Attending such activity would really contribute to the exposure of our students and a way for them to be strengthened and encouraged in their faith. They were accompanied by one of our staff. We give all the glory and honor to the Lord.

It was also last April 17-21 when Prof. Samson Lubag came to hold a class for the ABS graduate students. Prof. Timothy Thomas also visited his masteral students to check on their course requirements. Move on preachers! Continue to pursue higher learning for your growth and for the growth of the church/ministries.

It’s our joy to welcome a missionary from Kentucky, USA, Bro. Nicholas Ulrich, 28 years old, who willingly came to help teach at ABS. He’ll be teaching at least four classes. Praise the Lord for Sir Nick. Enjoy your stay in Aparri.

On May 3-10, we had the Youth Camp, ages 14-up, at the Children’s Home, Jurisdiction, Lallo, Cagayan. Thank you PMCC Board for allowing us to use the facilities of the Home. It was a very enjoyable camp, full of fun and experiences as testified by the 82 campers. We had classes, worship services and night activities as usual. The camp was culminated by an “Amazing Race” led by four of the students – Kenneth Reyes, Kit Lopez, Philip Savellano and Jeffrey Marc Alvarez. Kae Anne Columna spearheaded the planning of that activity. Thank you very much. It was really a mountaintop experience with Jesus. Praise the Lord!

The Junior Camp came next on May 10-14 at the Aparri Bible Seminary. At least ninety four (94) campers came and enjoyed the 4-day camp. The children learned a lot in their theme, “Jesus and Me.”

The next days were utilized to follow up around twenty five (25) new students for this school year. Aside from the thirty (30) students coming back, we expect to have fifty five students again. We pray that the Lord will send more – keep going ABS!

As this letter is written, the old main building, worn out and dilapidated, is being demolished. This prompts us to rush the rest of the ongoing phase of the construction. New classrooms have to be readied because the finished ones being currently used for classes are temporarily utilized as library and store rooms for the stuff and equipment from the demolished building. This week, we’re starting with our regular classes but, practically, the new classrooms have not been fully finished yet because of financial constraints. That’s why we keep appealing to you, brethren, to continue your service and support to the ABS not only for the provision/finishing of these urgent instruction facilities but also for the continued operation of the ministry.

Thank you so much brethren for your love and continued partnership. Praise the Lord for you’ve become among His instruments to sustain the operation of the ABS and to accomplish significant projects/programs here. We pray that our good Lord would richly bless your lives and ministries.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA
Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

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