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 :: 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 :: November – December 2012

Dear Brethren:

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all!

Our last two months of the year is so exciting and fruitful. As we started the second semester, we had six (6) students added to our first semester. We praise the Lord for our seventy- five (75) students, all full time. Thank you, Lord!

As classes started, the music department became busy preparing for the Christmas Cantata, an annual Christmas musical concert activity of the seminary. Patience and perseverance were seen among our students as they faithfully attended choir practices with Ma’am Grace Alvarez. They met barely twice a week but they needed to extend their time just so they could master their parts ready for the presentation on the fifth week (second week of December).

The full choir, seventy three students, presented successfully at the Aparri Church of Christ (ACOC) chapel on December 12. Many brethren from nearby churches came and watched the cantata. It was such a marvelous program that everyone who came was blessed. After this big presentation, a core group (composed of 22 students) was chosen to tour the concert to various churches in Cagayan Valley and Ilocos regions. The following was the ABS concert tour itinerary.

DATE DAY & TIME CHURCHE(S)
December
12 Wednesday 07:30 p.m. Aparri COC
14 Friday 07:30 p.m. Minanga COC
15 Saturday 07:30 p.m. Gonzaga COC
16 Sunday 10:00 a.m. Tuguegarao COC
07:30 p.m. Babalag COC
18 Tuesday 07:30 p.m. Roxas COC
19 Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Ballesteros COC
07:30 p.m. Sanchez Mira COC
20 Thursday 07:30 p.m. Batac (Ilocos Norte) COC
21 Friday 7:30 p.m. Battalan COC
22 Saturday 07:00 p.m. Northern Isabela Churchesof Christ Association (NICCA)

NICCA composed of seventeen (17) churches and no less than a thousand individuals watched the concert.

This choir tour was tiresome yet very uplifting, encouraging and challenging to all of us as we visited brethren and presented once again the birth of Jesus through music.

To all our brethren, churches and individuals who, in one way or the other, helped and supported this ABS choir thank you so much.

To our students and other members of this concert, congratulations for a job well done! Hurray for Ma’am Grace! Thank you very much!

Again, we continue to ask for your prayers. The on-going construction of seminary building project is temporarily suspended since resources have been exhausted. We’re appealing to you all, brethren, please join us and support this urgent ministry project. May the Lord bring all the needs of this project that it may be finished the soonest.

God bless you all, brethren.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: November 2011

Dear Brethren:

Merry Christmas! How thankful we are for the Lord has blessed us to go through this year. Praise the Lord for His goodness.

The seminary finally opened classes for second semester last November 3. We have sixty two students enrolled (six were added to our first semester). We’re very busy in our classes along with the preparation of our Christmas Cantata on December 13, 2011.

Truly, God is so good. ABS has been very blessed through our answered prayer again. We have received the blessings from the one-time offering program on ABS initiated by the Aparri Bible Seminary Alumni Association (ABSAA) during the last homecoming. It was decided that on October 30, this program be made. All glory to Him because of the fruitful result of the program.

Below is a list of churches and individuals who participated in this program.

CAGAYAN CHURCHES ISABELA CHURCHES NUEVA VIZCAYA
  1. Aparri
  2. Aragao
  3. Backiling
  4. Battalan
  5. Bidduang
  6. Calayan
  7. Cambong
  8. Canayon
  9. Catayauan
  10. Dalaya
  11. Gonzaga
  12. Kapanikian
  13. Marede
  14. Minanga
  15. Palagao
  16. Palao
  17. Parog-Parog
  18. Paruddun
  19. Rebecca
  20. Roma Norte
  21. San Francisco
  22. San Jose
  23. Sta. Ana
  24. Sta. Clara
  25. Toran
  1. Antagan
  2. Baligatan
  3. Barumbong
  4. Bayabo
  5. Biga
  6. Calanigan
  7. Calaocan ( Alicia)
  8. Calinaoan
  9. Calinaon Sur
  10. Cauayan
  11. Lapogan
  12. Roxas
  13. San Andres
  14. San Guillermo
  15. Santor
  16. Sinamar
  17. Sto. Rosario
  18. Villa Domingo
  19. Villa Pereda
  1. Aritao
KALINGA
  1. Babalag
ABRA
  1. Maguyepyep
INDIVIDUALS
  1. Columna, Keziah Anne
  2. Jove, Aladino
  3. Turda, Henry

To our brethren from these churches, thank you so much. It’s our prayer that God will bless you more abundantly. On the other hand, to our brethren who have not participated in this One-time Offering program for the seminary yet, we’re praying and appealing to your generous heart and faithful service to extend your support and blessings to the ministry, for His glory. He’s faithful to give you back, even a hundred fold, the blessings you share to His ministry.

Consequently, we again appeal that everyone be encouraged to continue supporting for the continuance of the last phase of the project. Very soon, it will be finished through your support.

God bless you all.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: November – December 2010

Dear Brethren:

We’re so happy to have experienced joyous Christmas season. We know everyone of you had one, too. As we prepared for the annual Christmas Cantata we encouraged the choir members to be diligent and cooperative in order to have a very good presentation for His glory. We undergirded this program with fervent prayers.

We really had busy days in preparation – checking the sound system, props to be made, making posters and fliers and program printing for the thirteen places the concert choir is going perform.

Before we embarked on this Christmas musical concert to the different congregations in the region, we first held a simple Christmas party/picnic for the whole ABS family on December 10. Following that were the initial presentations at Toran and Centro, Aparri, churches on December 12. The full choir performed in the latter with the attendance of some heads of schools/offices in Aparri and other guests aside from the brethren here. It was such a splendid performance!

We give God all the glory and honor for having a program wherein unchurched people have witnessed once again the story of Jesus’ birth. Well done, ABS choir!

The concert choir (twenty three members only) accompanied by four of the staff went to various places as indicated in the following itinerary:
DATE (December) TIME PLACE/CHURCH
12 9:00 a.m.

7:30 p.m.

Toran Church

Aparri Church

13 7:30 p.m. Minanga Church
14 7:30 p.m. Gonzaga Church
15 2:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Ballesteros Church

Sta. Marcela Church

16 7:30 p.m. Battalan Church
17 7:30 p.m. Roma Norte Church
18 8:00 a.m. Roxas Church
19 10:00 a.m.

7:30 p.m.

Tuguegarao Church

Palao Church

20 7:30 p.m. Babalag Church
21 7:30 p.m. San Andres Church
It was such an experience again – a time to visit brethren, a promotion of the seminary, a way to evangelize people and a mean to strengthen brethren. To the concert choir – a great exposure. Our congratulations to all the members and to Ma’am Grace Lopez Alvarez, their directress. Thank you to all the production staff and to all the brethren who invited the choir. God bless you all.

Meanwhile, construction of the third phase of the building project is in full swing. Available funds may be able to finish up to the flooring of the second deck. Thank you so much, brethren, for the help that you’re extending to us, particularly for this project. Please continue supporting us and this project so that the classrooms and roofing of the second floor may all be finished and that we shall finally move out of the old wooden building that we’re still using.

May the Lord continue His abundant blessings to all of you who are continually supporting the seminary’s ministry and projects.

God bless you all.

In His service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: November-December 2009

Dear Brethren:

A blessed new year to everyone!

After we resumed our classes on the second semester, we went through our regular classes and activities. The music department, particularly the choir, worked on their songs for the Christmas Cantata. To have extra time for choir, we needed to meet three Mondays to augment time for choir practices. We planned that the concert tour shall be on December 6-22.

There were 19 presentations of the concert choir – 16 of them are churches and the rest are schools. Many invited the concert choir and we even missed some of them because of the lack of time. Below was the choir itinerary:

CHRISTMAS CONCERT ITINERARY

DATE (December) TIME VENUE/CHURCH
6 7:30 p.m. (Sunday) Paruddun Norte COC, Aparri, Cag.
7 7:30 p.m. (Monday) Marede COC, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
8 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday) San Jose COC, Gonzaga, Cagayan
9 7:30 p.m. (Wednesday) Gonzaga COC, Gonzaga, Cagayan
10 7:30 p.m. (Thursday) Dalaya COC, Buguey, Cagayan
11 7:30 p.m. (Friday) Minanga COC, Buguey, Cagayan
12 7:30 p.m. (Saturday) Buguey COC, Centro, Buguey, Cag.
13 9:00 a.m. (Sunday) Toran COC, Toran, Aparri, Cagayan
14 2:00 p.m. (Monday) Calanigan Nat’l. High School, Isabela
7:30 p.m. (Monday) Antagan COC, Sto. Tomas, Isabela
15 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday) Calinaoan Sur COC, Isabela
16 2:00 p.m. (Wednesday) Calinaoan Elemen School, Isabela
4:30 p.m. (Wednesday) Barumbong COC, Sto. Tomas, Isa.
7:30 p.m. (Wednesday) San Andres COC, Isabela
17 7:30 p.m. (Thursday) Babalag COC, Rizal, Cagayan
18 7:30 p.m. (Friday) Roxas COC, Roxas, Isabela
19 7:30 p.m. (Saturday) Recording for Radio Program, Tug.
20 9:00 a.m. (Sunday) Tuguegarao COC, Tug., Cagayan
7:30 p.m. (Sunday) Battalan COC, Battalan, Lasam, Cag.
21 6:00 a.m. (Monday) Back to Aparri
22 7:30 p.m. (Tuesday) Aparri COC, Centro, Aparri, Cagayan

It was a long, tiring tour yet very rewarding because everything was done for the Lord. May His name be praised!

To all our brethren who supported us – sumptuous meals, nourishing snacks, accommodations, your love to us – we give you thanks. May the rich Lord bestow you more blessings.

Meanwhile, we continue to pray for our supporters (churches as well as individuals) who continuously extend their help to ABS. We praise the Lord and we thank you for your love to the ministry. Your demonstration of unrelenting support is giving us strength to move on in fulfilling the mission of the seminary.

God bless you all…

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS

NEWS REPORT :: October-November 2008

Dear Brethren,

With joyful hearts we greet you in Jesus name!

For about two months, we’re back for the second semester. We praise the Lord for bringing back the 55 students – 47 full-time and 8 part-time. They’re lesser in number but we know the Lord has plans for this.

We have been having rainy days since the second semester. The old building where we are having our day-to-day functions is really dilapidating. We hold classes in the hall amidst basins and vessels collecting dripping rains.

Nonetheless, the first section of the instruction building that is under construction is being prepared for use, only, intermittently because of financial constraints. We don’t stop praying to the Lord that He may provide the needed resources to finish the building. Again, we thank all the brethren who are continuously sharing their blessings for this project; likewise, those who gave their free labor services during the crucial stage of the construction. May the Lord continue to richly bless all of you.

Our music department is now busy preparing for the Christmas Cantata. All students are required to be in their (choir) class. Aside from the final presentation some shall be chosen to go on tour to churches who are inviting the ABS concert choir. Such is a part of our extension service to our partner congregations and a good venue for the exposure of our students.

Indeed, God has given His advance Christmas gifts for the ABS family which likewise answered our primary concern for this annual Christmas Cantata tour – service vehicles. Through His faithful servants, the ministry was able to finally acquire its long time dream and prayer of having even just a coaster/shuttle bus for its extension program. Now, we don’t only have one but two. Apart from the newly purchased coaster, the Philippine Bible Seminary, a sister ministry of ABS at Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, has donated one of their vehicles – a van. Long live PBS! How kind and thoughtful your are! God bless you more!

For all of these, we lift our thanksgiving to God with stretched arms and grateful hearts! Truly, God is good, God provides! Let’s continue to pray for the Aparri Bible Seminary that her ministry will go on… THANK YOU SO MUCH BRETHREN FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT! GOD BLESS YOU ALL…

In His service,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON