Super Typhoon Ompong Response

The Aparri Bible Seminary compound became haven for more than 700 evacuees during the super typhoon Ompong. Praise the Lord for another kind of ministry to the community.

NEWS REPORT :: April- June 2018

April 5, 6 and 7 – Conference on Evangelism and ABS 64th Commencement Program

Amidst  the  many  trials  and  hardships we encountered, we  greatly  praise  the  Lord  for  allowing  us  to  finish  this school  year.

Evening  of  April  5,  the  candidates  and  their  parents  were  honored  with  a  banquet  at  the  St.  Patrick  Garden  Hotel.    Bro. Daniel  Aguidan,  an  elder  of  Logac  Church,  principal  of  Logac  National  High  School,    and  a  member  of  the  PMCCNLI  Board  of  Trustees,  as the Guest Speaker,  gave  a  very  inspiring  message  in  expounding  the  banquet  theme  “Shine Like Stars”.   Earlier,  two  of  the  candidates  gave  their  talks:   Elmer R. Acosta  “Becoming Pure and Blameless” and Kelly T. Maramag  “Holding out the Word of Life.”

Another  highlight  of  the  night  was  the   candidates’  surprise  expression  of  gratitude  to  their  parents / sponsors. Everyone’s  enjoyment was  compounded  by  the  witty  job  of  Rommel  Damian  as  the  master  of  ceremony. 

In the evening   of  April  6   was the   ABS  64th Commencement Program  in  honor  of     eight students who  successfully  graduated  in their chosen courses: Mark Anthony F. Cabanilla of Toran, Aparri,  and Christian R. Nidoy of San Gabriel, La Union  were conferred with the degree of Bachelor of Theology (BTh);  Bachelor of  Christian Education (BCE) are  Kelly T. Maramag and Rommel A. Damian, both from Ballesteros,  and Elmer R. Acosta of Catotoran, Camalaniugan; for Associate in Church Music (ACM) are  Mark L. Maribbay of Tuguegarao City and Sis. J-Lynne I. Tabalno of Centro, Sta. Ana.   Bethel R. Valle of Buguey  finished   Associate in Christian Education (ACE). 

Part  of  the  program  were  the  talks  of  Mark Anthony F. Cabanilla “Into our Troubled World” and Christian R. Nidoy “With the Blessed Word”.   Ptr. Romeo S. Gorospe,  the Senior Minister of the First-Fil-Am Church of Christ in Hawaii,   as  Guest Speaker, eloquently explained the theme   “Be Strong and Courageous”.  He,  together with his better half Mrs. Mercy Juliet T. Gorospe,  came   home   to the Philippines   to  attend the  commencement  to  show  his  full  support  to  the  PMCC – ABS.

Along  with  the  Banquet  and  Commencement  programs  was  the Conference on Evangelism with the theme “Walk Worthy of Your Calling,” attended  by  more  than  a  hundred  from  the  local  congregations. Ptr. Leonardo B. Gamata of Estefania, Amulung, spoke  on  “The  Believer’s  Calling”, followed  by  the  group  workshops on  the  subtheme  “Make Every Effort for Unity”. 

Church Leaders’  group   was  handled  by Ptr. Enrique F. Ferrer,  minister of Baguio COC;  Ptr. Rogelio F. Tenorio, presently the School Administrator of Central Isabela Christian Academy (CICA) at Ilagan City, Isabela and the newly installed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Charles W. Selby Memorial Hospital for the  Ministers’  group   while  Sis. Mercy Juliet T. Gorospe  for the Ladies.   The next  morning,   Ptr. Romeo  Gorospe  gave  the  concluding  message  of  this  year’s  conference. 

April 11-13 – DVBS CLINIC

This  year’s  VBS  Clinic,  with  the   theme  “SHIPWRECKED… Rescued by Jesus”,  was  conducted    through  the  teamwork  of  Ma’am  Janet   Marquez,  Grace   Alvarez,  Adelaida  Ibarra,  Lyngelle  Peneyra  Remoroza. They  were  assisted  by Gracielle  Alvarez and  Harmony Gascon ,  plus  the  support  of  some  of  the  students  of  ABS:   Eichon  Somera,  Jay-ar  Apao,  J-lyne  Tabalno,  Olivia  Marcos,  and  others.  There  were   seventy  (70)  participants  who  were greatly blessed and  prepared for the   VBS  ministry. 

Classes were divided into two:  Primaries/ Beginners,  led  by   Ma’am Adelaida  and  Ma’am  Harmony.   Ma’am  Janet , Ma’am J-lyne Tabalno , and Sir   Emmanuel Josephus Somera  led   the Juniors / Teens  class.  Part of their training was the  participants’  lesson demonstration and   giving of testimonies.

At the close of the activity,   Sir  Ed  Marquez gave the exhortation. After his exhortation, lights were turned-off,   replaced  by  lit up candles  as  the  congregation  sang  their  commitment  song  “Carry Your Candle”.   The culmination program of the two and a half  days   clinic was a  simple  program  that  served  as  a  sample  for  the  would – be  teachers,  especially  the  first-timers.   Certificates  of Participation  were  awarded  to  all  who  attended  the  clinic. We  praise  the  Lord  for  another  victory  He  has  given  us,  though  the  task  was  again   new  to  some  of  those  who  led  the  program.  We  also  commend  all  those  who  have  supported  the  clinic  in  many  different  ways.

May – SUMMER MUSIC TUTORIAL

SUMMER MUSIC TUTORIAL – a month long tutorial was offered by ABS for young learners willing to enhance their skills in playing the different musical instrument like the piano, guitar (acoustic and electric) and drums.  Sixteen (16) students enrolled.  J-lyne  Tabalno of Centro, Sta. Ana, and  Mark Anthony    Cabanilla   of  Toran, Aparri, handled the classes.

At the end of the training,  one  of the requirements is taking  part in the “Musical Recital”. Each participant played  their piece to show what they have learned  during  the whole duration.  The  parents   felt  happy  as they  witnessed their children perform  on  stage.

Though  the time  was  short for them,   they   were  very  thankful for  they  have  learned  something  that  made  their  children’s  summer  profitable.

We extend our unending thanks to all  our local and  global  benefactors  for sending their continued  support to the ABS  to defray overhead expenses in the operation. We share the same objectives of bringing back the  glory days of this institution. We pray that it may continually grow in her mission and vision in teaching, training and equipping  young men and women   who  will  dedicate  themselves to become fishers of lost souls. 

Above  all  we offer  all the glory and honor  to  the  Lord  for  all  that  He  enables  us  to do.

JUNE – HALLELUJAH TO THE LORD!

This is an expression of praise and great joy for the new  school  year of  ABS.

June 18 – classes started with 17 new students and 22 old students.   Praise God for sending us  these  students.

“Orientation” – Before the opening of classes, an   orientation  on  Christian  values  was  led  by    Ptr. Victor   Serquina of  Baligatan  Church  of  Christ,   Ilagan City   and  member  of  the  PMCCNLI  Board  of  Trustees.  He  was  accompanied  by  Bro.  Rustico  Manuel  of  Arcon  Church  of  Christ,  Tumauini,  Isabela,  who  is  the  Vice  Chairman  of  the  PMCC  Board.  Another  BOT  member,  Bro.  Joel  Valiente  of  Maxingal,  Lal-lo,  was  also  in  attendance.  

The  activity  set  a  new  beginning  for  the  school  year  as  it   prepared   the hearts and minds of the students as well as the faculty  and  staff.

June 20—First Harvest of Souls

Ptr. Joseph B. Sy, a graduate of ABS and presently a professor at CSU-Aparri  was commissioned as the first speaker for the first regular midweek service of the school. After his powerful message 5 students surrendered  their  lives   to  Jesus  Christ and were eventually baptized by Ptr. Jhonnyfer U. Rufo, one of the ABS instructors.

They were Lea Rufo of Pamplona; Jocelyn Crisostomo  of Sta. Teresita;  Brandon Layugan of Buguey; Dominick Gammad of Tumauini, Isabela  and  Richard  Bayani  of  Sta.  Marcela, Apayao.   They  are  the first fruits  for the school year.

Thank  you   Ptr.  Joseph,    for  allowing  yourself as instrument  that  these  souls found salvation  in  Christ.

Music Teacher Hired

Ms. Harmony S.  Gascon is newly hired as additional staff of ABS. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Music from  the   University of Baguio at Baguio City.   She  is  a  great help   for Ma’am  Grace L. Alvarez.  Their tandem  would  surely  help   boost and build  the  music  talents  of  the  students,  for  the  glory  of  the  Lord.

Last week of June, Sir Nick Ulrich  arrived from his vacation at Kentucky, USA. He is  handling  most  of  the  higher year  classes: Greek ,  Epistles,  and  Church  History.  Students have  gainfully  benefited  from  his wisdom and expertise. We are grateful to him for his continued  dedication  and  support to the cause of the ABS. 

 June 29 and 30 –  Youth Fellowship

The Northwestern Cagayan and Northern Apayao Churches of Christ Youth Fellowship (NWCNACCYF) held their sports fellowship at ABS. There were more than 70 young  people  in attendance,  including the ABS students.  Games like basketball and volleyball were played.

Everybody enjoyed the fun. Their camaraderie and sportsmanship were enhanced. Their fellowship and solidarity with one another were  strengthened.  Their physical strength and fitness was exercised and  also their spiritual well-being was greatly transformed. The ABS were glad that you chose as the venue of your sport fellowship. Looking forward for your continues partnership with us. God bless as all.

MINISTERS AND ELDERS OF NWCNACCF

With warm regards,

Dr. NOEL P. DAQUIOAG
Chairman BOT-PMCCNLI-AB

 

 

 

 

NEWS REPORT :: January- March 2018

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January 2018

Praise God for bringing us  into  the  new  year  2018.

After  enjoying  the  Christmas  break,   our students came  back  for  the  second  semester. Two new students were added namely: Paolo Calucag from Tuguegarao City and Jay Mar Macasibang from Toran, Aparri.

Not  long  after  the  resumption of classes,  the  members  of  the  Forensic Literary Society (FLS) and Rhetorical  Literary  Society (RLS) merged as one group.  With the supervision of their advisers, Mr. Jhonnyfer U. Rufo for RLS and Miss Harmony S. Gascon for RLS,  they  went  on  with  their   nightly practice for their society night presentation slated  on February 15, 2018.

We  are  grateful  for  the  opportunity  given  to  three  of  our  students:  Elmer A. Acosta,   Mark Anthony Cabanilla  and   Mark Maribbay,  to  conduct  campus  ministry  at    Camalaniugan  National  High  School  Annex  at   Catotoran, Camalaniugan.  They  had  been  tapped   to  handle   Values Education   classes  to  the  students.  Thanks to Mr. Renon C. Daguro, Officer-in- Charge,  for giving   them   the  slots  every Tuesday and Wednesday. Thumbs up for these three young blood good guys used by God in shaping the lives of the students. God smiles at you. Continue the good works. Great is your reward on high.

January 19

We  also  praise   God  for  giving  some of our students   the  privilege  of  availing scholarship  from  the  Cagayan  Provincial Government. Many  thanks to  Mrs.  Aurelia  U.  Bosito  who became  instrumental   in coordinating with the provincial   government.  Praise  God   for  working   even  in   unexpected  ways

January 27

To other people whom God is using in so many ways, please accept our deepest gratitude.  God bless you.

To our sponsors and supporters, please continue to share your blessings. God bless you  all.

February 2018

February 15 – Joint FLS and RLS Society Night – Joint FLS/RLS Society Night

This is the first time to happen in the history  of  the  Aparri  Bible  Seminary with the theme “WHO AM I?”. The whole studentry participated.

What an amazing display of their various talents. Catching audience attention was the outstanding acting ability  of  Christian Nidoy. Of course with all the support of the other cast characters. We  praise  the  Lord  for  the  leadership  and   wisdom of Jay-ar Apao and Josephus Emmanuel Somera who directed the program. They were able to relate the issue  with the trending lifestyle of the youth today. They are no longer  mindful on the eroded values of life and caring  about the existence of  God. They just spend their life according to the standard of the world. At the end of the story, the question of “WHO AM I” was answered and everybody came to realize that after all they are all children of God.

February 24 – ABS welcomes Sir Mike Burns

Bro. Mike P. Burns from Chicago, Illinois,   a  member  of  the   PMCCNLI  Board  of  Trustees,  arrived  from  the  USA.  His commitment to Aparri Bible Seminary is beyond measure.

Throughout  his  visit,  he  made  himself  available  for  the  promotion  of  the  Seminary  and  the   Selby  Memorial  Hospital.

March 2018

March 2 – Voice Recital

After  months  of  Voice  lesson  coaching  from  Ma’am  Grace  Alvarez,   the  ABS Freshmen   took   the  stage  to  display   their  musical  talents.  The  night  seemed    like   a  “The  Voice”   episode,  the  all  who  attended  expressed  elation  and  appreciation.

Praise  God  for  the success of the     program.

March 10 – 2nd PMCCNLI General Assembly

The   PMCCNLI   2nd  General  Assembly ,  which  had  been  planned  as early  as December,  pushed through  on  March  10,  2018.

 

March 16 – 20th Foundation Anniversary

 





The 20th Foundation   Anniversary  of  the Charles W. Selby Memorial Hospital, Inc. (CWSMHI) held a double celebrations.  In  the  morning,   the  hospital  celebrated  the retirement of Mr. Benjamin Dugay, Sr.   as President of the BOT.  In  his  place  will  be  Mr. Rogelio  F. Tenorio.    In the  evening   the  celebration  of  the  hospital  foundation was held. With Bro. Joey Bosito being their Guest Speaker. Gracing the occasion  was  the  presence  of  Jim  and  Karla  McElroy,  together with    Mr. Bill Warren, the  director  of  FAME  (USA). The first salvo of the  event was a motorcade around the town in the morning participated by the ABS employees and the students followed by the program proper. What a joy to  celebrate together,  which  is  a  picture of an harmonious relationship.

March 22—Commencement Program and 3rd Moving Up Ceremony

The 60th Commencement Program and the “3rd Moving Up” ceremony of the ABS Kindergarten. Fifty (54) pupils, comprising of 21 boys and 33 girls has completed the course for the school year ready for promotion to Grade school.  The theme “Mag-aaral ng K-12: Handa na sa Hamon ng Buhay” for this school year was expounded by Ptr. Rogelio V. Sinoto, ABS Administrator.

March 21-23

Part of the  requirement  in   their  Music class under Ms. Grace L. Alvarez is the Piano Recital which is likened to the “Music Hero.” It  was participated  in  by the seventeen (17) students with their individual pieces.  Although  some  showed  feeling  of  nervousness,  we  believe   it  was   a   good   start.

One  of  our  very  promising  first  year  students –  Jay-ar   S.  Apao,  had  been  offered  by  BOMBO  Radio  Station  Management  for  a  two-year  scholarship  in  Mass  Communication/Broadcasting  in  Manila. It gave  him many  sleepless nights  to make  a   final decision. Finally,  with  lots  of  prayers, he chose to stay and  continue his  studies  in the Seminary. We  praise  the  Lord, and  we  greatly  commend  you,  Jay-ar, for  a  bold  decision  you  made  in  choosing  to  prepare  yourself   to be  a  broadcaster of the Word of God. May  God  continue  to  bless  you!

With warm regards,

Dr. NOEL P. DAQUIOAG
Chairman BOT-PMCCNLI-AB

NEWS REPORT :: November 2017

May the grace of our Lord be with you all!

November 06

Classes resumed after a five-day vacation in time with the celebration of the All Saints’ and Souls’ Days. Students spent their long weekend vacation with their families and in their respective churches.

November 13 – 15

The ABS team that has gone to Northern Isabela Academy (NIA) at Calinaoan, Sto.Tomas, Isabela a month earlier, with the addition of two other members, was again invited to go to Central Isabela Christian Academy (CICA), Marana I, Ilagan City last November 13 – 15 to lead in their Religious Emphasis program. The CICA theme was with the theme “Rebuilding our Faith in Obedience to Christ”. Sis Grace L. Alvarez and Bro. Nick Ulrich were again the team leaders. A big big hand for Mrs. Grace L. Alvarez who always find time to lead the praise team, in spite of her hectic schedule practicing students for the Christmas Cantata.

Highlights of the activity were the early morning services with all the students, competition in the different categories like Scripture recitation, Slogan and Poster Making and Essay writing, Skit and Vocal Solo. The team also went from room to room sharing the Word and teaching new praise songs.

The power of His Word was again greatly manifested. Sixty nine (69) students received the Lord and were added to His fold. This was another big harvest for the Lord. To God be all the glory and praise!

Our big bang to the leadership of the Central Isabela Christian Academy (CICA) through Mr. Rogelio F. Tenorio, School Director. More harvest will be reaped as we work together in His vineyard. Your support to our team plays a great deal in bringing salvation to many and developing our students in their preparation for ministry. We share the joy with you. Let us strengthen our partnership in reaching the unreached, the unchurched to bringing them into His church.

November 08

The Chicago Suburban Christian Church (CSCC), Chicago, Illinois, USA, in cooperation with “Kids Against Hunger” Fox Valley International, in partnership with the Charles W. Selby Memorial Hospital (CWSMH), through the able leadership of Mrs. Ofelia T. Tabilisima, Administrator, CWSMH, sponsored a feeding program for 2017 last November 8 at the Aparri Public Gymnasium. This activity was spearheaded by Sis. Lynette Cajigal Torres, with the assistance of the Peneyra clan, as it was conducted in time with the celebration of the 100th birthday of the late Esperanza Peneyra Aguas and and in memory of Sis. Daisy Aguas Cajigal. About six hundred (600) elementary grade school children from adjacent barangays of Aparri Centro, Punta, San Antonio, Minanga and Macanaya, accompanied by their respective teachers, were recipients of the program.

Sister Lyngelle P. Remoroza facilitated the distribution of the gift items. The smiles on the faces of all who attended, both the young and olds, are the evidences of their appreciation of the program.

ABS students, accompanied by Ma’am Grace Alvarez, led the praise singing at the start of the program. Bro. Nick Ulrich gave the opening prayer. Mrs. Ellen Andaya and her fellow hospital staff facilitated in the socialization games. The rest of the ABS personnel and other students helped in the distribution of food. Ptr. Rogelio V. Sinoto closed the activity with a closing prayer. To all the people that had contributed and had taken part in the program, may the Lord give you more blessings as you continue serving Him.

The advocacy of promoting one’s health and the sharing of blessing were highlighted. What a joy of seeing brethren working together as a team serving the Lord even in small ways. We offer you Lord all the glory and honor

ABS in ACTION…

 

 

 

 

 

To our benefactors, please don’t get tired in praying for us and sending your support as we join hands as partners to continue His ministry through this institution.

 

May God bless you richly!

 

Yours in His service,
ERNESTO R. ALARIAO
OIC Administrator

ROGELIO V. SINOTO
Administrator

Dr. NOEL P. DAQUIOAG
Chairman BOT-PMCCNLI-AB

NEWS REPORT :: August – October 2017

APARRI BIBLE SEMINARY IN ACTION

To our beloved brethren:

Greetings to all of you from ABS – PMCC, Aparri!

August 04, 2017 – ORIENTATION and SPIRITUAL RETREAT

The usual June opening of classes was moved to August 07 due to unexpected event. Before the opening, an Orientation and Spiritual Retreat was held with the theme “MOVING FORWARD”. Ptr. Rogelio Sinoto retraced the Israelites’ march from slavery to their Promised Land. Ptr. Rogelio F. Tenorio, lectured to the new ABS leadership and personnel, while Ptrs. Arjay del Rosario and Joseph B. Sy concentrated on the students.

At night, Ptr. Domingo D. Tallud, resident minister of Church of Christ , Tuguegarao City, continued to expound the theme. An inspiring and challenging message. Culminating the activity was the re-dedication of the ABS and the recommitment of the new leadership, teachers and students led by Arjay del Rosario. Thanks a lot for all who had been used by God inspiring us for a new beginning of ABS.

August 07, 2017 – OPENING OF CLASSES

There were thirty (30) students: twenty three (23) are freshmen, with four (4) part-time among them, and seven (7) old students. Also the entry of four (4) new teaching staff. We are so glad for a wonderful start. To God be the glory!

August 23, 2017 – THE FIRST FRUITS

On the third chapel service, six (6) new students accepted the Lord, and were baptized at the Aparri Church chapel on August 25, 2017. How joyful it is for the bountiful harvest, as we are just starting. God truly is at work. He is the one who gives the increase!

September 22, 2017 – Presentation of Freshmen’s Talent Night – 2017

What an amazing and impressive performance displayed by the nineteen (19) students (except the part-time). A big batch, with so much talent from the Lord. Congratulations to Emmanuel Josephus Somera, the elected Class Chairman, who directed their presentation. We have asked for them and God provided them. All
glory to the Lord!

After the program, a memorial tribute, was given in honor of Ma’am Daisy Aguas – Cajigal. “With deep gratitude for your much needed support during a difficult time, you have helped us beyond measure.” To you, and to the whole family, thank you very much. We know that your labor is not in vain.

October 06, 2017

After two months of school activities culminated by the Mid – Term exams, the students were treated to Ein Gedi (Acebedo) Resort in Ballesteros, Cagayan. After the devotional service led by Mr. Federico Bueno, they enjoyed relaxing their minds and physical bodies playing in the pool. We believe that such activity helps develop a closer bonding with one another. Thanks to Ptr. Fortune Savellano for the coordination.

October 16 – 20 – SECOND CROP FOR THE LORD

A team of six (6) students was sent to Northern Isabela Academy, Calinaoan, Sto. Tomas, Isabela for the Religious Emphasis Week with the theme “Let Faith Arise”. Mr. Nick Ulrich and Ms. Grace L. Alvarez were the team leaders. The group led worship services, went room to room sharing the Word and teaching some praise songs. Ptrs. Rogelio V. Sinoto, the new Administrator, Patricio Bagayao, Jefferson Marquez and Jomar Bartolome, delivered the messages of God.

At the end of the activity, sixty one (61) souls accepted the Lord, and were baptized. What a big harvest, a second crop for the school year! Heaven must be rejoicing with shouts their praise. Thanks to the leadership of the NIA for inviting the ABS team. We consider it a joy to be partnering with you in serving the Lord.

October 27, 2017

Our heartfelt thanks to the Administration of Charles W. Selby Memorial Hospital (CWSMH) and the Board of Trustees. Hazel Bacuyag Banada, the hospital chief nurse, her companions, Daryll Renz Sapp and G-nnel Lorenz Delector, conducted a free half- day lecture, with free snacks, about Health and Hazard Safety Training Course, all as preventive and precautionary measures for one’s health.

It is so good to be able to work together, after years of severed relationship between the two (2) institutions started by the couple Charles and Roberta Selby. All glory and honor to the Lord who has given us the opportunity of serving Him.

All these are what God is doing in this part of the globe, through the Aparri Bible Seminary. Thank you very much for being a part of this ministry. “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them” (Heb. 6:10). God bless you all, brethren.

Yours in His service,
ERNESTO R. ALARIAO
OIC Administrator

ROGELIO V. SINOTO
Administrator

Dr. NOEL P. DAQUIOAG
Chairman BOT-PMCCNLI-AB

NEWS REPORT :: October – December 2014

Dear Brethren:

We continue to give glory to God for all of you who are our partners in the ministry. Here’s an update of our ministry.

October

Another busy month in preparation for final examination for the first semester.

The Forensic Literary Society (FLS) worked so hard for their FLS Night. They presented a very unique and splendid program last October 3. It was here that the Forensians proved their abilities despite the situation of their critic, Mr. Alex Agresor, who had his motor accident last September 7. Keep up the good work, Forensians!

A piano recital was held last October 10. It was a good opportunity for those who missed their recital last March. There were also selected freshmen who joined in the recital. Congratulations!

The following week was the final examination; aside from that, it was time to complete requirements for students and submission of grades for teachers. After this, students were off from classes for semestral vacation. Teachers had a follow-up with prospective students for second semester. We really had a hard time reaching our target places for promotion for we lack mobility for it. Please pray with us that He may provide a vehicle for the ministry to use.

November

Before the start of the second semester, the girls needed to move to the new girls’ dormitory. What a joy for them to have a new and more spacious housing! As they settled, there was emphasis in the maintenance and cleanliness of the dorm and taking good care of the place. Our second semester opened last November 4 with sixty-five (65) students. God answered our prayer. To Him be the glory.

The music department has started preparing for the ABS Christmas musical concert which will be presented on December 12.

December

The whole academe became very busy as faculty tried to finish a section of their subjects’ syllabi and, simultaneously, made full-swing practices with the students for the fast approaching Christmas Cantata.

The full choir that involved all the students had their first and grand presentation last December 12. After this, the choir’s core group started bringing the cantata to the different partner-churches and schools in the region who invited them. The concert tour ends by the 22nd.

As we approach the closing of this year, we thank you again, brethren, for your patronage and continuing support to the Aparri Bible Seminary. Your faithful partnership, prayers, and service here have kept the ministry fulfill its mission of spreading the Gospel to the lost souls through the competent and dedicated teachers and preachers it continually produces.

We fervently pray that our generous God may continue to pour His abundant blessings on you and your families; that He would give you better health and strength, deeper and more dynamic faith, real peace and joy.

 

Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year!

 

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: July – September 2014

Dear Brethren:

May the peace of Christ be upon all of you as you continue serving Him faithfully.

While classes in the seminary were in full swing so also with finishing of the new Girls’ Dormitory. Everyone is excited to see the building already finished. We all continue to pray for the completion.

July

The Freshmen kept themselves very busy for their Talent Night, a program to discover and display their God-given talents. Mrs. Marlyn Racho spent so much time in the preparation of their program.

The said program was presented last July 25. It was much a splendid program. All the nineteen Freshmen participated actively. Congratulations to all of you! Thumbs up for you and Koby Kesler Peneyra, their president. May all of your talents be used for the glory of God.

August

ABS was very excited too for the 4th Grand Alumni Homecoming slated August 21-22. We all have to make preparations. ABS graduates Batch 1990-2000 headed the preparations. Bro. Fernando M. Ulep, Jr. was the president of their batch. With gratefulness and appreciation to this batch, we salute you for a job well done. All glory to Him!

The one hundred fifty (150) alumni attended the homecoming with much joy. One can see expressions of nostalgia, the feeling of longing to see acquaintances after two to three years. There was merriment in the campus.

“Exalting Christ” was the theme of the gathering. It was expounded by Pastor Victor Serquiña, an ABS alumnus and the resident minister of Baligatan Church of Christ, Ilagan City. What an edifying message he has brought to all. It was reinforced by the life testimonies of Pastor Antonio Columna and Dr. Abraham Flores of San Mateo, Isabela. Aside from these three was an overnight fellowship hosted by the host batch. It was such an invigorating, refreshing and strengthening get-together. ABSAA elected new sets of officers. Bro. Fernando Ulep, Jr. is the new President-elect. Congratulations! You really proved to be President in your hosting.

The highlight was the inauguration of the new Girls’ Dormitory. Bro. Daniel Rayray Roca of Philippine Bible Seminary (representing Bro. Phil Campbell) cut the ribbon in which Pastor Quirino Galolo offered the special prayer. Some members of the Board of Trustees of the PMCCNLI were also present. May this be a place where love, joy, and peace reign. Glory be to God!

September

Before the ladies will move to this new abode, cabinets, beds and cupboards are being rushed for use. The girls are so excited to transfer now – at least we can promote and encourage more students to come to the ABS. They now have a better place to stay. Thank you, dear Lord!

Meanwhile, the ABS Kindergarten will soon move to the main building leaving their rooms from the Aparri Church compound. There are many things to prepare yet that we still need to complete before the second semester – 2 restrooms and electric fans (or aircon, much better for the kids) for the 2 rooms, playground and recreational facilities, canteen, higher perimeter fence, customized electrical layout, and waiting area for parents.

Please pray with us that these immediate needs be met very soon. To our brethren, please don’t get tired in sending your support to the ministry of ABS. Thank you and may God bless more.

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: April 2014

Dear Brethren:

May the presence of God through our Lord Jesus be upon you all.

We get excited to share you our activities in April after graduation last month, we had the opportunity to go around and promote to youth interested to the seminary. Then we conducted the Daily Vacation Bible School (DVBS) Clinic last April 2-4. Sixty-eight (68) teachers attended the clinic and are now teaching around forty (40) teaching areas. As of now, we have reached almost eight thousand (8,000) children already. Praise the Lord for all the lessons taught the children as well as the teachers. All glory to Him!

We continued our promotion to churches both for students and for our summer activities such as camp. The Junior Camp 2014 was slated April 13-17. The campers, ages 9-14, came and enjoyed the 4-day camp with the theme, “Got to Believe In Jesus.” The sixty-eight 68 campers had so much fun in the Bible classes, praise and worship, team meetings, night activities, athletics and team-building activities. The camp was culminated with their Amazing Race 2014. Congratulations, Junior Campers! Tell your older brothers and sisters to join the Youth Camp 2014. Young people ages 15 – up, come and experience the youth camp on May 5-9.

Following this, we prepared for the 99th National Convention of the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches in Cagayan Valley which was held at Ilagan City, Isabela last April 25-27. It was such an uplifting Christian gathering (despite the very hot days we were there). We were blessed and edified from the lectures and messages brought by our preachers (from nationwide) with the theme, “The Power Of Love.” The Convention was well attended by more than four thousand (4,000) brethren from all over the country as well as from abroad. The Parkcrest Praise Team from USA headed the praise and worship of the convention and the theme song was composed by Mrs. Grace L. Alvarez.

How invigorating to have met many brethren from different places and how pleasant it is to have fellowship with everyone.

Meanwhile, the construction of the ABS Ladies’ Dormitory is in full-swing. We’re so grateful and thankful for all of you, brethren, who gave initial fund just so its construction would be started. We’re praying that the ongoing work won’t stop as available funds are only good for the foundation, columns and concreting of the slab of the second floor. We’re praying and aiming that the whole (2-storey) structure would be (even just rough) finished by June so that our coming (lady) students would have something to use, lest we’ll use some of the classrooms to temporarily house them. We’re needing at least $70,000.00 to fully complete the building. This, we’re again appealing to your kindness and generosity, brethren, to please help us and be partakers of this urgent project for His glory.

May our rich God pour His abundant blessings upon you and your families and ministries. Thank you so much again for your continued support and partnership.

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: March 2014

Dear Brethren:

It has been a long time since our last update. We had such busy month before the end of the school year.

For our activities in March we had recitals after the Inter-Seminary Fellowship at Philippine Bible Seminary in Vigan in February. The Voice Recital was on February 28. Almost all the old students (35) performed and 39 freshmen did theirs last March 10. Our congratulations to all the voice recitalists. Use your voices for His glory!

The Piano Recital was last March 3. Aside from being a requirement to all first and second year students enrolled in Associate in Church Music had their recital, too. How uplifting to have watched ABS students display their talents in playing the piano. Continue to develop your talents and use them for the glory of the Lord. Thumbs up for Ma’am Grace Alvarez and Ma’am Marlyn Racho again.

Following these activities was our Final Examinations. Students kept busy reviewing and completing requirements in order to take the final exams. Faculty were also tied up correcting papers for final grades.

The Candidates’ Banquet was last March 13, held St. Patrick Garden Hotel. Bro. Perry L. Alan and his wife, Luz, came along from Hawaii visiting us. Bro. Perry graced the occasion with his message, “Be Steadfast In Your Calling.” There were twenty-two candidates honored in the Banquet.

Joining the Banquet were Bro. Michael Burns and Sis. Daisy Cajigal who, along with Sis. Renate Denton, were also visiting the Philippines particularly ABS. It was such a joyful reunion!

The annual Conference on Evangelism was March 17-18 wherein almost one hundred fifty church leaders and preachers attended. The 60th Commencement Exercises of ABS was on the evening of March 17. We were able to harvest 22 in the undergraduate and 6 in the graduate school, making it a total of 28 graduates this year. We were blessed with the presence of Bro. Philip Campbell, together with his son, Wes, and their preacher Michael Clarence, along with Bros. Abel Navarro and Daniel Roca. Bro. Phil dedicated the graduates in a special prayer.

Bro. Perry Alan was again used to speak in the commencement and gave a lecture on the Conference on Evangelism. Bros. Philip Campbell and Michael Clarence spoke in the Conference on Evangelism. One of the highlights of the conference was the ground breaking of the new Girls’ Dormitory. Bro. Philip Campbell offered a special prayer for the ground breaking. It is our prayer that this very urgent project will be finished the soonest for our lady students to have better housing come next school semester (which will commence on June). With the initial fund ($30,000) that we have, we just started laying the foundation with strong faith that the good Lord will bring the other ($105,000) needed for the full completion of the structure. We’re praying that the ongoing construction won’t stop as we’re aiming that it will be finished before August 2014, ready for the next Alumni Homecoming!

Brethren, as we embark on this very important and urgent project we again appeal to all of you to please help us by sharing your material blessings so that this project may be realized for His glory! Rest assured this project will have positive impact on our mission of equipping many dedicated servants of the Lord as our enrolment keeps increasing since we began replacing the old facilities of the institution. Praise the Lord because He provides!

Our twenty-eight graduates must be replaced. We have started promoting and campaigning for new students. We know that the Lord will send students as we have been praying for it. Thank you Lord for sustaining all of us.

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: June – September 2013

Dear Brethren:

We’re settled for school year 2013-2014. We have prayed earnestly that the Lord should give us eighty (80) students and He gave us eighty-eight (88). However, eighty-four (84) remained for the rest of the semester. We want to update you of the Seminary.

June

We started classes on June 3, 2013. It was such a blessing to see eighty-four (84) students in the first day of school. Much more, we had guests from the United States, Bro. Phil Campbell and company. It was this day when the Men’s Dormitory was inaugurated. Bro Phil did cut the ribbon and gave the message. We’re also grateful for the presence of brethren from Philippine Bible Seminary (PBS) – Bro. Daniel Roca and Architect Abel Navarro – may this building be used for His glory! Cheer up, boys, for your new abode!

July

As an annual program of ABS, we started our Stewardship Campaign for July. It has been observed that this program has been progressing. It really helped everyone grow in their giving and a very good lesson for all Freshmen.

Likewise, the Freshmen, forty (40) of them, had their new students Talent Night last July 21. Another very splendid program! Many varied talents were displayed and discovered. They are all useful if used for Him. To all the organizers, mabuhay!

August

Another month of celebration for ABS! We celebrated the ABS Day (commemoration on ABS turn-over to an entirely new leadership). The celebration was a simple one yet it was full of fun. The eight (8) Care Groups had different contests – solo, duet, chorus, and skit. Winners received prizes. Everyone enjoyed the day culminated with a worship service in the evening. All glory to Him!

On the last week of August was the Deeper Life Week – the most awaited week of the semester. Everyone – students as well as staff is excited as we prepared for this. It was a whole week spiritual deepening and strengthening activity. We listened to a series of messages reflecting the general theme “CONVINCED,” which were delivered by various speakers. The program was culminated with an outing at the Green Star Resort at Camalaniugan, Cagayan. It was truly refreshing, enriching, and challenging undertaking. Praise the Lord for another successful Deeper Life Week.

September

As we come to an end of the semester, we keep praying for the Rhetorical Literary Society program. They presented their RLS Night last September 27. It really was a night of fun, laughter and very uplifting and invigorating. Another excellent program as a result of the leadership and unity of all RLS members. Their maroon T-shirt added color to their program. Rhetoricians, Hurray!

Consequently, we keep praying for the concerns of the seminary. Right now, the boys enjoy their stay in their new dorm, while the girls really need a place to stay. Some of them temporarily stay at the old (condemned) mission house; we’re remedying a place for them to be transferred because the government had ordered the seminary management to immediately vacate, close and cordon the area because it’s already ruinous. It had to be demolished the soonest.

On the other hand, the Mission House on the third floor of the main building is coming to its completion. Again, we’re praying for the Lord to provide for a new and more spacious dormitory for the girls as students continue to increase each year. Please pray with us as we trust God’s mercy to accomplish and meet these needs of the ministry.

Thank you again.

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON