NEWS REPORT :: April – May 2012

Dear Brethren:

It’s so uplifting and very encouraging for all of us here with the success of our summer activities.

VBS Clinic was the last activity in March. We prepared for summer activities – Youth and Junior Camps. Simultaneously, a group of faculty visited the churches, particularly their young people, to promote on them before they would opt to enroll in secular schools. We have prayed that God will send more young people to be equipped for the ministry.

Following that, was the National Convention of the Churches of Christ in the Philippines on April 20-22 at Davao City. We met brethren, old and new acquaintances, in this great gathering. At least, one thousand three hundred (1,300) participants registered.

Two days before youth camp we needed to prepare the campsite at Jurisdiction, Lallo, Cagayan. We are so blessed with the opportunity of utilizing the Children’s Home facilities here. On May 1-4, was the Youth Camp, ages 13-up. There were eighty (80) campers who attended. Out of them, eight (8) souls were brought to the Lord. The theme, “Adventures with Christ” was so fitting and timely for all of us to have enjoyed. Aside from classes were exciting activities led by volunteer young people – Keziah Anne Columna, Coleen Gail Lopez, Gracielle Anne Alvarez, Christopher Willis Lopez, Kenneth Paul Reyes, Ferdimarc Medina, and Allen Jay Agresor. “Job well done,” and thank you very much. We’re so blessed that we have young people who are willing to be used by Him aside from us. The camp was culminated with counseling and prayer.

After three days, came the Junior Camp, ages 8-12, on May 7-10 at ABS grounds. Nine (9) of them were baptized at the Aparri Church of Christ baptistery by Pastor Angelo Larugal. We pray that these children will grow spiritually as they “adventure in Christ” in their lives. Congratulations! Keep growing in Him!

Just after these two activities, we went back to our planning for the coming school year. Grades were submitted, schedule of classes and calendar of activities were readied for the new school year.

Before June, we need to prepare the dormitories, classrooms, pertinent facilities and the whole physical setup of the seminary. We not only prepare for the opening of classes but also for the great 60th Anniversary celebration of ABS which is slated on June 21-22. All church leaders and workers, as well as interested members; ministry partners/supporters; previous and current students of the seminary, are both encouraged and invited to come and be a part of this significant and momentous event. We’re looking forward to seeing you on these days.

Further, we appeal anew for your prayers and support to our urgent need. We’re expecting more students this school year and we’re worried where to house them. Last year, we stopped accepting part time students as dormitories were not spacious enough to accommodate them. It is our prayer that God would provide us better and more spacious housing facilities for our seminarians, especially for the boys now since their wooden dormitory is not only overcrowded but also too old and unsafe for continued occupancy.

THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN, BRETHREN, FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIP with us in the work here. May God continue to pour His abundant blessings on you.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

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

NEWS REPORT :: April-May 2009

Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus!

The two summer months passed by unnoticeably. We’re happy to share you what we did this summer. We had VBS Clinic last April 6-8. There were at least 54 teachers who attended. Almost thirty seven (37) teams in around sixty three (63) places with more than eight thousand (8,000) children taught in Cagayan and Isabela.

VBS ’09 theme is “God’s Big Backyard.” Those VBS children were surely blessed through the teachers trained by ma’am Gina Vinagrera, ma’am Marlyn Racho and ma’am Grace Alvarez, our VBS trainors. Praise the Lord!

ABS also had the opportunity of ministering at Batac City through music.  A couple from the U.S. celebrated their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary last April 10. The ABS Ensemble and the Praise Team were in-charge of the music throughout the wedding. It’s another way of promoting the Seminary. Mabuhay ABS music department!

Following the week was the promotion to different churches in Cagayan province. We were able to go through all the three districts of the province challenging and encouraging interested young people to come to ABS.

Simultaneously, we also had the opportunity of sharing to individuals and churches the urgent need of the ABS new building – doors and windows. For us to be able to use the instruction rooms come school year, doors and windows of the initially finished structure must be installed. God bless those brethren who already gave their initial help on this. We have separate letters with estimate costs of the said doors and windows.

Nevertheless, summer was not just all-work. We were also blessed when we attended the 6th Tri-Regional Convention of the Northern Luzon Churches of Christ/Christian Churches at Nagsangalan, Vigan City. The ABS staff with some members of the Board, along with ABS Concert Choir were uplifted and edified from this occasion on May 1-2.

Right after that we prepared for the Junior Camp on May 11-15. It was our prayer that many children, ages 8-12, would come. There were at least fifty seven (57) who responded represented by around twelve (12) churches. Aside from our own staff, there were 12 young people who volunteered to help in this camp. Junior Camp is the most tiring camp and needs most sufficient number of staff. To you young people who helped, congratulations and thank you very much! We praise the Lord for you including the six kids who accepted the Lord.

Only two weeks was left before school year starts. We needed to follow up those who expressed their desire to enter seminary. For the third week of May, we went throughout Cagayan, reached Isabela and even Ifugao. As of now, we expect around twenty five (25) new students to be added to the expected thirty (30) old students to continue. Very inspiring! May we continue to pray for all of these students. May God be praised!

Brethren, please continue to bear with us with your wholehearted support – financially and morally.

You may visit the seminary and see the progress of the construction of the new building. God bless you…

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: April-May 2008

Dear Brethren,

Good day!

Time passed by so swiftly that summer is gone. It passed by inconspicuously because of the busy months we had here at ABS.

After graduation and the Conference on Evangelism, we started going around to promote the seminary. However, we gave time for the planned activities for summer. To wit:

April 8-10 Vacation Bible School (VBS) Clinic.
There were 43 teachers who attended the clinic. Around 80 churches in Cagayan Valley held VBS and more than 12,000 children were taught. Praise the Lord for these committed teachers.
April 11-12 Promotion at Sta. Ana and Gonzaga, Cagayan.
April 13-16 Youth Camp (ages 16-up).
50 young people came to this camp; 12 accepted the Lord. All glory and honor to Him!
April 19 Promotion at Palao, Parog, Nambutuan, all of Cagayan province;
Babalag, Kalinga province.
April 24-27 Churches of Christ National Convention at Iloilo City.
What a wonderful opportunity for some of us to have attended this 96th National Convention of the Churches of Christ it the Philippines. The ABS quartet – Jeffrey Mark Alvarez, Rex de Guzman, Ruth Osorio and Carissa Lopez – had the opportunity to sing in this national event. They were accompanied by Sis. Grace Alvarez, their trainer. To all the sponsors, THANK YOU! MABUHAY KAYO!
May 2-7 International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE)
Regional Conference.
Bro. Esmelito L. Acson, the Administrator, attended the Regional Conference of the IAPCHE at Taipei, Taiwan. He went on his personal expense, but we know the knowledge gained is for the Lord. God bless you!
May 6-9 Junior Camp (ages 8-13)
76 kids came to this camp; 12 among them were led to the Lord. They are very young but praise the Lord for accepting Jesus as their Lord. Let’s keep them grow in Him.
May 12 Promotion at the Eastern Churches of Cagayan.
May 17-18 Promotion at Lakambini, Tuao areas.
May 21 Promotion at Sta. Praxedes, Namuac, Bidduang, Ballesteros, all of Cagayan
province; Tumog, Apayao province.
May 27-28 Promotion at Isabela province.

On this writing, we’re counting 60 students already. We pray that God will send young people who are really interested to study in the Seminary.

Finally, the Board of Trustees decided to start the ABS’ new building. Almost all papers needed are ready and we have started evacuating things out of the buildings that are to be demolished by the project. Hurray!

Let’s build the new ABS building! Join us, and be a part of this great project for Him! Thank you Lord!

Again, thank you for all your support. May God continue to bless you!…

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS