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 :: 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

NEWS REPORT :: June – July 2012

Dear Brethren:

We enjoy so much to share you what had transpired in the seminary since we started this new school year, 2012-2013. By the grace of God the ministry of the seminary is continuing. Praise the Lord!

For this school year, we have seventy (70) students – twenty-four (24) new and forty-six (46) old ones – all fulltime. As we begin we needed to do something for boys to stay. The Boys’ Dormitory is about to collapse. Two families of our staff needed to transfer so that the boys can use their abode. The temporary housing of the boys now is the right part of the structure that had been vacated by said staff.

The Lord touched the heart of a brother who is very generous to extend his help to build a new Boys’ Dormitory. (May the Lord bless him more!)

Bro. Philip Campbell, who supports ABS, commissioned Bro. Abel Navarro, an architect (now residing at the U.S.), to assist in planning and designing the proposed dormitory; likewise, to spearhead the launching of the project. On the first month of the school year, we held the groundbreaking, witnessed by Board of Trustees, staff and faculty, students and workers. Some PBS staff came to witness this significant event.

On the other hand, the last phase construction of the seminary’s instruction building has been continued. Though the remaining fund may only roughly finish the structure, we hope to make it operational the soonest because we really need more rooms for our classes, specially this rainy season. With all these developments going on, we really can see how the Lord is working – providing needs for ministry programs to continue and (its) projects to come to completion.

June 21-22 was the 60th Anniversary celebration of ABS. It was such a very successful occasion – well attended by about three hundred and fifty alumni, church leaders as well as students. To challenge the participants on the theme “Your Legacy,” was Bro. Henry Turda, an ABS graduate and an elder of Cauayan church; and, “My Portion,” by Bro. Samson Lubag, one of the professors of our Graduate School. So timely that those who came were awakened, encouraged and challenged to do something for and share in the ministry of seminary to realize and advance its mission. Hurray for ABS! You’d withstood many trials, had gone far, had molded people for the ministry and still continuing to develop workers for Him. What a noble task. Keep it up ABS!

The Lord is really good. Those brethren who came were so delighted to have seen the on-going projects. How wonderful how God works in those who love him!

Also, this school year, we have an additional part time faculty member, Bro. Kenneth Paul Reyes, one of our graduates last school year. He’s teaching Introduction to Bible Study, Life of Christ, and P.E. for boys. Surely he is an asset to the seminary.

Shall we continue praying for His ministry. For all of these, we’re so grateful to all of you, brethren.

God bless all of you.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: July – August 2011

Dear Brethren:

Christian greetings to everyone!

How we rejoice in the Lord for the great things He’s doing to us. We also believe he has been working in you, too.

Our annual program on Stewardship commenced last July 5 and ended July 27. On those four successive Wednesday chapel services four speakers were used by the Lord to challenge everyone – Bros. Federico Bueno, Kenneth Paul Reyes, Angelo Larugal, and Fernando Ulep Jr. All messages given were edifying, encouraging and very uplifting for stewardship. Praise the Lord!

On the last Friday of July was the New Students’ Talent Night. Thirty one (31) students displayed varied amazing talents. The freshmen, headed by their president, Anabel Sison, presented a very excellent program. This shows how united they are through the untiring efforts of Mrs. Marlyn Racho, their adviser. Congratulations, freshmen! Let your talents be developed in the seminary and use them for the Lord!

As we approached the month of August, it kept us very busy promoting the 3rd Grand Alumni Homecoming on August 19-20. ABSAA president Solomon Valdez sent out letters to alumni (graduates or not) to attend this significant event. Some ABS staff took time to go around promoting and soliciting support for the occasion. To all of those who in one way or another extended help in cash or in kind – we thank you so much. To those who came and helped prepare the campus, we thank you, too. All of your support contributed much to the success of the homecoming. May God continue to bless you more.

Came the day we’ve been waiting for, the 3rd Grand Alumni Homecoming. Some came on Thursday but most came on Friday morning. Old and new acquaintances were present. Delegations from Abra, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Manila, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao and Cagayan happily exchanged greetings with each other. We saw mixed feelings – so glad to see one another yet sad to know some did not make it. Much more, when they saw the new building – those did never see before, to their amazement there were tears of joy!

After the lunch fellowship was the ABSAA meeting. Everyone in his colorful green homecoming T-shirt was encouraged and challenged to do something to support the ongoing project. Long live ABSAA!

The main program was a very joyous one. The alumni were presented by batch – from 1950 to 2011. Each batch presented a short number, reminiscing their days, displaying their talents, reviving their spirits and recalling their ABS days. What a joyful moment we all had – a time of merriment, fun and fellowship. Bro. Dionisio Bautista gave a powerful message on the theme, “Bring It to Completion” after the special song of the ABS Concert Choir. The program was hosted by Sis. Profetiza Israel Daniel to the 134 alumni who attended. To all of you who came, thank you very much. May your spirits be renewed as you committed to share in the ministry of ABS.

There’s still lot of things to be done for the ongoing project. Give and send your share for the completion of the project – the new ABS building. Praise the Lord for the agreement made by the alumni (who are church leaders and ministers) to initiate/make a simultaneous one-time congregational offering in all the provinces/regions represented on October 30, 2011 for the ABS project. May other concern congregations and generous brethren follow the same so that the last phase of the project may be started and ultimately finished.

ABSAA, bring the project into completion! God bless you all.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: June-July 2009

Dear Brethren,

We rejoice in the Lord with grateful hearts to let you know our new school year, 2009-2010.

We had our opening of classes last June 8, 2009. We had prayed to the Lord to send more male students because of the need of more preachers. The Lord answered our request! He sent 46 boys and 14 girls, totaling to 60 students in all. Praise the Lord!

The flow of classes went on smoothly. The six (6) full time and one part time teachers are continuing to teach. Our students are not only blessed with their classes in the seminary but also with related skills development trainings conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), one of the linkages of the seminary. It is the desire and objective of the seminary to provide for would-be preachers and teachers of the Word a well-rounded and comprehensive education for them to become more effective, efficient and committed in the service; hence, it’s making linkages with entities and institutions that could provide related and needed skills for seminary students.

Meanwhile, the Faith Promise Rally of the Seminary is going on. We have been blessed so much from the campaign messages of speakers – Bro. Alex Agresor (Hardwork), Bro. Arnel Peneyra (Investment), Bro. Rodolfo Alvarez Jr. (Savings), Bro. Ryan Paul Torino (Give), and Bro. Perry Alan (Contentment). All of these make up the theme, “The Five Steps to Prosperity.” What an enrichment we received from those blessings!

Our thirty (30) first year students are very busy preparing for their Talent Night presentation. They will display their God-given talents and, perhaps, some will discover hidden talents they have. It is such an opportunity for their talents to be developed! May those talents be used for Him, dear students.

We’re looking forward to the ABS Alumni Homecoming on August 21.  Everyone is excited to come. One of our main concerns now is the venue for the homecoming. The initial structure that has been erected in the ABS’ new building project is not fully finished yet, though it’s now being prepared for painting to be used for the occasion. Help us pray that there will be good weather so that we can at least use meantime even without windows and door panels yet. This is our main concern and prayers now because rainy season is approaching. The finished structure has to be secured with such windows and doors for us to be able to use. Please help us pray for this brethren.

Thank you again for your continued support to the ABS. Please continue to pray for the ministry of ABS as we continue to pray for all of you…

In His service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: July-August 2008

Dear Brethren,

We greet you a warm Christian greetings.

We’re really excited to give you an update of the seminary. We urge you to come over and see the progress of the new ABS building construction. To all sponsors, we thank you very much. More blessings to all of you! This construction of the new building is another remarkable history to be included to the PMCCNLI. Truly, an answered prayer! Everyone – the member of the Board, the faculty and staff, the studentry and many concerned brethren, both here and abroad, are united in prayer that the building project will soon be finished. Aside from hired laborers, some volunteer brethren and students spare their time to help – all for the glory of God!

Please keep us in your prayer. We fully believe that the Lord will make a way that the first phase of the building construction be finished within 3 months – Two million twenty eight thousand seven hundred one and eighty five centavos (PhP2,028,701.85) was spent already. Funds are exhausted but we are praying that the Lord will touch the hearts of dedicated and generous brethren so that the needed supply will be provided to finish it.

Meanwhile, we have started our Faith Promise Campaign in July-August. Series of messages are given by chosen speakers every midweek service. This annual program of ABS really challenges and encourages everyone to give for a better ABS. Praise the Lord!

For almost two months, we missed ABS Administrator, Bro. Esmelito L. Acson and BOT Vice-chairman Dr. Noel P. Daquioag. Both of you are in our prayers. Hurry up, brethren, come home and bring home good news from USA!

After a month from the groundbreaking, we had the “Buhos” (concreting of the floor and beams) on August 13. Many volunteers from churches in Cagayan came – Palao, Tuguegarao, Palagao, Lallo, Sta. Ana, Aparri, Toran, together with students and staff. Around one hundred men worked together from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. How good and pleasant it is to see brethren working in unity! Glory to the Lord!

This “Buhos” was followed by another schedule on August 25. Brethren from Isabela also came with Battalan, Cambong, Toran, Aparri and some other volunteers. Thank you very much for your support. God bless you!

Just recently, we were visited by two typhoons, Karen and Lawin consecutively. We experienced many damages. However, we had to go on with all our function in the midst of dripping water from the leaks of the old, old building.

Patiently, we wait until the new building is ready for use. Let’s all pray that no typhoon will hit Aparri again.

We ended the month with the freshmen students’ Talent Night. Many witnessed the program where many talents were displayed. Use them for God!

To all of you, brethren, thank you for all that you do for ABS.

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS

NEWS REPORT :: July 2007

Dear Brethren:

We continue to lift up the name of Jesus because we have been strengthened in our ministry knowing you’re our partners. Thank you very much!

We’ve started our STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM in July-August. A series of messages on giving were delivered in all our Wednesday chapel services. This will end on the last Wednesday of August. What an enriching program for everyone to participate in as a challenge to be a part of the ministry of the seminary!

Moreover, we also have started the SPORTSFEST of the Seminary. It was opened last July 16 with a simple program participated in by all students. They are grouped into four with two sponsors for each team from the faculty. This program will develop a better camaraderie among students and a closer bonding with the faculty. This will culminate at the end of school year having games at the end of the week only.

Good news for all of those who had been students of the Seminary! There shall be a HOMECOMING on September 28, 2007. All of those who were once a part of ABS are invited to attend this homecoming. This will be highlighted with the launching of the ABS new building.

We’ve been very busy going out to churches and to individual brethren promoting this launching. We’ve been looking for individuals who can be sponsors of this project through the “PLATE FOR A CAUSE” program. Tickets for this program are being distributed at one thousand pesos each (P1000.00). Please consider not the cost of the plate but the cause of it. All proceeds will be for the ABS new building. Said program will be held on the day following the Homecoming. Please come and see ABS and be a sponsor of the new seminary building. Praise the Lord!

Again, we express our thanks to all of you who support us and the Seminary.

God bless you…

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA
Administrative Officer, ABS

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS