NEWS REPORT :: January – March 2013

Dear Brethren:

Christian greetings to everyone!

Despite the busy schedules we have we don’t want to miss the opportunity of letting you know what’s going on with Aparri Bible Seminary.

January

Back to school after the two-week Christmas break. From the hectic schedules of practices for the Christmas Concert, we needed to go back to our classes. Just after two weeks when we came in January 5 we had our mid-term examinations. Simultaneously, we were busy preparing for the Inter-Seminary Fellowship for February. Members of the Rhetorical Literary Society (RLS) also are preparing for their night. Students are starting to work on their Piano and Voice Recitals.

February

As we approached the month of February, we needed to have extra time for classes in order to replace the class days we’ll be missing during the three-day Inter-Seminary Fellowship in Baguio.

The RLS students presented their program last February 14. Superb! They have displayed varied talents with splendid presentations. All for the glory of God – Rhetoricians, may those gifts from the Lord be used for Him.

On February 20-23 was the Inter-Seminary Fellowship hosted by Philippine College of Ministry (PCM). This program is an annual activity of the three seminaries – Philippine College of Ministry (Baguio), Philippine Bible Seminary (Vigan), and Aparri Bible Seminary (Aparri).

Students as well as faculty joining were all blessed. Talents are developed and displayed, their camaraderie is deepened and their leadership abilities are strengthened. Hurray to the seminaries! We’re not to compete but to complement with each other. Praise the Lord!

When we came home we were ready for the Piano Recital on February 25. There were thirty-one recitalists. May those students continue to learn in their playing the piano. 

March

This is one of the busiest months of the year because of the closing activities. The Piano Recital was followed by a Voice Recital on March. Because of the many recitalists, we needed to have another recital on Piano and Voice on March 8. How amazing to see a great number of students serving the Lord through their talents in singing and playing the piano!

After the final exams on March 6-7, came the Candidates’ Banquet on March 12. Bro. Joffrey Barba was the speaker on the theme “Set Apart for Service.” Twenty-one students joined the banquet.

Conference on Evangelism was on March 14-15. Bros. William Falla and Samson Lubag were speakers on this conference. There were around two hundred attendees.

Please find below the list of Graduates:

Master of Arts in Ministry Associate in Christian Educ.
Agresor, Alejandro A. Alvaro, Czarinah Mae B.
Pagaduan, Eduardo G Baguana, Ave B.
Baysa, Marineth A.
Bachelor of Theology Bello, Ruthmel D.
Lista, Jhone Ruel C. Cacal, Jinky A.
Tumamao, Michael C. Collado, Krissel Anne P.
Diagan, Noemi S.
Bachelor of Christian Education Francisco, Arghie B.
Alupay, Wendelle S. Garcia, Pamela D.
Malto, Jhony V. Lumabi, Gliezelyn D.
Medina, Ferdimarc S. Ragojos, Cris John F.
Associate in Church Music Ramos, Valerian Warren F.
Alvarez, Gracielle Anne L. Singson, Leda Clarizze S.
Apil, Joanna Joy A. Viterbo, Billy Joe D.
Carvajal, Jince B.
Gascon, Harmony S.  Ministerial Certificate
Valle, Febe R.  Antolin, Albert A.
Valle, Raquel E.

Bro. William Falla was the guest speaker who challenged the graduates for “A Ready Harvest.” Congratulations to all the graduates.

On the other hand, finishing of the boys dormitory is being rushed for students to be able to use it comes school opening on June 3. Its inauguration will be on June 10 at 2:00 p.m., God willing. We’re inviting all the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches in Cagayan Valley, through their leaders/representatives; even members to witness and join us in this significant event. To all supporters of this project, both local and abroad, especially Bro. Phil Campbell and his family, thank you so much for your love and generosity. He and his company will join us on June 10 to spearhead the inauguration of the facility.

May our good Lord continue to bless your lives abundantly.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: February 2012

Dear Brethren:

As we approached the end of January, we also started preparing for activities for the end of the school year.

ABS is hosting the Inter-Seminary Fellowship on February 9-10. Philippine Bible Seminary (PBS) from Vigan City and Philippine College of Ministry (PCM) from Baguio City will join with ABS for their special fellowship.

This Inter-Seminary Fellowship is designed for students participation only. We let the students plan and organize and be approved by the office of the school. It really develops the leadership of students.

PBS came on February 8 spending the night before the opening day. There were thirty-nine of them with their faculty and thirty nine also from Baguio. Our student facilitators were Kenneth Reyes, Gracielle Alvarez, Hamony Gascon, Alfred Geroy, Ferdimarc Medina and John Mark Valdez. They did an excellent performance in heading up the fellowship. Congratulations for a job well done!

We really appreciate what the leader did – creating four teams so that every student has his own team (Sapphire, Chrysolite, Amethyst, and Onyx). Around one hundred twenty (120) students attended.

From their acquaintance with their team yell, team clap and banners, they had team building activities sports – basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and chess. They also had drama, literary, musical and Bible quiz bee activities. Amazing race was one of the activities they so much enjoyed. It was two o’clock in the morning when they had their closing activities. A tarpaulin of the photo taken was handed to PBS and PCM by ABS for a token. Key chains were also given to each student by the ABS students. Oh, what a time of fellowship they had! Aside from the spiritual learning they got, they had fun together with other seminarians. Maintain that spirit of unity, seminary students!

After the two-day fellowship, we were back to our regular classes. The Forensic Literary Society had to get ready for their annual talent program on February 17. Forensians need to keep busy in their preparation again. Besides, they only have a week before the program.

On February 17, FLS presented their annual Talent Program. Despite the pelting rains we were having many came to watch. It was another splendid program with varied talents presented. Thumbs up for you, Forensians! All for the glory of God.

Meanwhile, students are busy with their practice for Voice and Piano Recital. Hurry up students, final examination is fast approaching.

The last phase of the project is still waiting for God’s provision. Please pray with us that this project will be finished very soon. Come and see what the Lord has done to ABS.

God bless everyone!

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: January – February 2011

Dear Brethren:

We’re so excited to share you about the seminary on the first two months of the year.

We were back to our classes after the yuletide season. As we kept ourselves busy in our classes, coping our last class days due to practices of the Christmas musical concert last December, the music department has started organizing and preparing for the recital – both piano and voice. Hurry up students, practice very well for a very good recital for the glory of God.

On the other hand, one important highlight on this beginning of year was the reconveyance of the properties and facilities at Lallo, Cagayan, on January 20, by Christians Haven, Inc. (CHI) and its assignee Cornerstone Christians Home, Inc. (CCHI) to the PMCCNLl. CHI decided to dose its operation in northern Philippines (on December 2010) and concentrated in the south. The orphanage, (with the facilities and properties it occupies), was one of the decentralized ministries of the PMCCNLl before its missionary, Bro. Lloyd Selby, finally stopped and decided to go back to the U.S. mid of 2004.

For now, the properties and facilities in Lallo are vacated and are open for interested and capable entities within the brotherhood, foreign or local, to operate a Christian ministry that builds glory and advances the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Likewise, we’re really excited to see the on-going construction of the third phase of the building. On the last week of January, the ground floor had been concreted already. We’re just praying and hoping for the Lord to provide the needed funds to finish the project. Despite the occasional rains the construction continues.

Meanwhile, our students attended the Inter-Seminary Fellowship participated in by three seminaries – Aparri Bible Seminary (ABS), Philippine Bible Seminary (PBS) and Philippine College of Ministry (PMC). It was held in Vigan City on February 21-23, hosted by PBS. Twenty-seven students attended accompanied by five of the staff. It was such a week full of experiences with other seminarians –wishing together through songs, feasting with the Word through messages, fun with ball and parlor games. This Inter-Seminary Fellowship was initiated by students (not the faculty) six years ago. This is a sign that students from the seminary can be trained to be good leaders. Keep up what you’ve started, seminarians!

When we came back, the concreting of the second floor of the new building was ready. So, for two days, from February 24-25, around sixty (60) men, including ABS staff, students and brethren from various congregations, worked hard to complete the concreting. Hurry! Come and visit ABS! The second floor is all done! Praise and thank the Lord!

Please pray with us and for us. We still need Php 5 million to finish the new ABS building.

God bless all of you.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: January – February 2010

Dear Brethren:

Greetings in Jesus’ mighty name!

After the very hectic schedule we had last December, we went back to school, even busier in our classes. There was only two and a half months left before the end of the school year. Faculty needs to finish their class syllabus and students need to finish requirements – outside reading reports and research. Everyone must keep busy for the Lord!

Our new building has been occupied by classes only it was so cold last January that we needed to use the old building classrooms. Nevertheless, we keep praying that the windows be installed very soon. We believe this and we thank you Lord, for providing. Bless the lives of people who made commitments for windows.

As we approach the end of the school year students kept busy also for the closing activities. The Forensic Literary Society (FLS) with Sir Alex Agresor, their adviser, had their annual Talent Night last February 5. Everyone enjoyed and was entertained, not only the parts but also the lessons from their theme, “Reaching for You.” What a splendid program! Hurray Forensians! Job well done, use your talents only for His glory.

We also had to prepare for the Inter-Seminary Fellowship (PCM-PBS-ABS). It was held at Philippine College of Ministry in February 17-19. There were 35 students who attended. Some faculty members accompanied them including our two benefactors – Bro. Mike Burns and Sis. Daisy Cajigal. There were lots of experiences our students had. They really had close bonding with other seminarians. We also had fellowship with other staff if PBS and PCM. Truly, how good and pleasant it is when brothers work in unity! Together we stand, divided we fall!

Now, we look forward to the Voice and Piano Recital of music students. Ma’am Grace Alvarez and Ma’am Marlyn Racho are both very busy preparing for these. We need to move the piano (the only available for use) from the old building to the new ABS Hall. How we pray that this old piano be replaced with a new one.

Lastly, there are two things we’re so thankful for – the arrival of the eight boxes of computers from the States, donated by brethren through the instrumentality of Bros. David and Andrew Powell, Mike Burns and Sis. Daisy Cajigal. They’re ready for installation at the new Computer Laboratory. We’re so grateful for the presence of Bro. Mike to help. Also, how grateful we’re that the windows of the new building are being installed. The Hall shall be ready for the closing activities of the seminary.

We’re really blessed and we keep on praying that the Lord will continue to bless all of your for your support to ABS.

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS

NEWS REPORT :: January – February 2009

Dear Brethren:

Greetings to all of you, faithful workers of the Lord!

After the Christmas break we went back to our classes, so busy to cope up with all the lessons missed during the practices. Along with this, we also had to make plans for upcoming activities.

The Rhetorical Literary Society (RLS) started their preparations for their annual night with the joint effort of all members, the good influence of their officers and the continuous support of their critic, Mrs. Marlyn Racho. They presented a very splendid program with their theme, “People Need the Lord.” Superb program, Rhetoricians! Keep on for the Lord really needs you!

First week of February, Bro. Michael Burns and Sis. Daisy Aguas Cajigal of Cornerstone Christian Church in Illinois, US, arrived for a 3-week visitation to the country, particularly to the Aparri Bible Seminary. They (and their whole congregation) are supporters of the ABS ministry. They brought with them Bro. Larry Ferguson, and his wife Cathy, who conducted Church Encouragement Services Seminar on February 3-4. It was such a blessing to the brethren in Cagayan Valley. The 2-day seminar was attended by not less than 150 leaders and workers of the Churches of Christ in Cagayan Valley who represented at least 35 churches.

As the seminar participants were leaving, the delegates of the Inter-seminary Fellowship were coming too. This fellowship hosted by ABS started the following day, February 5, and ended on the 7th. Participating seminaries were the Philippine College of Ministry (PCM) in Baguio, the Philippine Bible Seminary (PBS) in Vigan and, of course, the Aparri Bible Seminary (ABS).

A warm welcome was given by the ABS students to the PCM delegates as they arrived at about 2:00 a.m. of February 5; then, came the PBS around 10 a.m. There was an atmosphere of joy and merriment at ABS when the delegates came. How good and pleasant to see two of our sister seminaries.

The program was designed to strengthen the bonding of the three seminaries. The theme was “Breaking the Walls” (of Pride, Bitterness and Indifference) and Building the Bridges (of Humility, Forgiveness and Care).

All the students were grouped heterogeneously; not according to school. We found it very fitting with their theme. They have enjoyed a lot and learned so much from their theme. They were grouped not just for competition but for closer bonding with one another. Praise the Lord!

We continue to plan and pray for the closing activities – Voice and Piano Recital, the final examinations, the Candidates’ Banquet, the Conference on Evangelism, the Commencement Exercises, the ABS Alumni meeting, and the VBS Clinic.

Brethren, please pray with us as we look forward to these activities.

Again, thank you for your continued support. May God continue to bless you richly.

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: February 2008

Dear Brethren,
Greetings!

Time passed by so fast that we’ve got just a month left for the rest of the school year. We’re on the busiest part before the school year ends.

However, we want to continue to update you about Aparri Bible Seminary. February, the month of heart, has been a busy month already. Aside from the regular activities of our school, same was invited too to join the Inter-Seminary Fellowship at Vigan City last February 21-23, 2008. Participating seminaries were the Philippine Bible Seminary (Vigan City), the Philippine College on Ministry (Baguio City) and the Aparri Bible Seminary. Thirty five (35) students attended, accompanied by at least three faculty members and the administrator. Our students enjoyed this fellowship as manifested by their cooperation in the activities they participated in. In sports fellowship, ABS won both in volleyball (ladies) and basketball games – the only events that were competed. Congrats, ABS! Hold up high ABS banner for His glory!

We were not only blessed in athletics but also edified in the messages in devotions and lectures and in the uplifting worship and praise services we had. Truly, it’s wonderful to have fellowship with the brethren in Christ!

Another activity our students prepared was the Forensic Literary Society (FLS) Annual Program. Members of this society presented this program last February 29. It was splendid! Many talents were displayed and some were discovered. First year students of the FLS did an excellent performance. Keep up the good work! Let’s all pray that these talents be used for His glory!

More activities are coming up – Piano and Voice Recitals on March 7 and 14, respectively. Students are very busy mastering their respective pieces for these occasions. Keep busy for a good presentation!
We rejoice in the Lord for all of you, brethren! Thank you for your concerns and supports.

We praise the Lord for your prayers especially for Him to meet our need for the purchase of a service vehicle. We believe He will provide because it’s needed in His work here.
Thank you again and God bless you…

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS