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 :: August – October 2012

Dear Brethren:

We continue to lift up everyone of you who is faithfully serving Him, our faithful and true God.

Time passes by so quickly that we are about to finish the first eight weeks of schooling, which means mid-semestral examination is approaching. It is scheduled on August 9-10.

The Freshmen had their New Students’ Talent night last August 3. We have been very blessed, entertained and encouraged with the program presented. We again have varied talented students this school year. All for His glory if they use them for Him. Thumbs up for all the freshmen and Ma’am Marlyn Racho, their adviser. The name of the Lord is really blessed through your talents.

We celebrated a Special day last August 21 – ABS Family Day. We commenced the day with devotion. Following that was a contest on different events wherein our students enjoyed so much. Our eight care groups with their advisers participated in the following: Solo, Duet, Chorus and Skit. In the afternoon, we started the contest with Group Cheering followed by a cook fest – sunny side up and team’s specialty (recipe). It was such a delightful day. Everyone enjoyed with laughers and full of fun. Winners received prizes as compliments.

This activity created a very good atmosphere and brought closer bonding among students as well as faculty members. Congrats to the winners and better luck next time for the losers.

September is another exciting month. The Deeper Life Week was held last September 4-7. This is an annual program wherein everyone is recharged spiritually. We were edified from the theme, “Useful to the Master.” The theme was expounded by Pastor Angelo Larugal. Four other messages like “Useful to the Master by Being Prepared” was delivered by Bro. Kenneth Paul Reyes, “Useful to the Master by Being Prayerful” by Bro. Jefferson Duquez, “Useful to the Master by Being Holy” by Pastor Angelo Larugal, and the last message “Useful to the Master by Being Available” by Bro. Joffrey Barba. We’re thankful and we praise the Lord for the Deeper Life Week – very rejuvenating and uplifting!

We ended the semester with the Forensic Literary Program last October 12. Everyone who watched was fascinated, pleased and entertained. It was a program that all who came were blessed from the splendid and excellent presentations. Forensians, congratulations for a work well done! We give God all the praises.

As we end that semester, we ask you to please continue to pray for the on-going project – the Boys’ Dormitory. Construction continues and we pray that more churches and brethren would bring their support to this ministry project.

Thank you again to all of you.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: September – October 2011

Dear Brethren:

We know you’ve been waiting to hear from us here at the Aparri Bible Seminary. We now give you update for September and October.

On the first week of September was the Deeper Life Week (DLW), an annual program of ABS wherein we feast on the Word, have special worship services, conduct different contests like poster and slogan making, essay in three categories – Iluko, Tagalog, and English – and scripture memory contest. The theme of the DLW 2011 was “Living a Life Worthy of Your Calling.”

In preparation for the DLW, we had the contests a week before to set minds and hearts. Posters and slogans were displayed for everyone to see. The theme was delivered by Pastor Angelo Larugal followed by “Bearing with One Another in Love” by Pastor Rodolfo Alvarez Jr., “Keeping the Unity in the Spirit” by Pastor Edwin Ramos, “Speaking the Truth in Love” by Pastor Angelo Larugal and culminated by “Attaining to the Whole Measure of the Fullness of Christ’ by Pastor Solomon Valdez. Surely, everyone was spiritually recharged from the messages. May the Lord be praised.

Then on the first week of October, the Rhetorical Literary Society (RLS) had their annual night. A remark was made that it was such an excellent program. The Rhetoricians displayed their amazing talents graced by their colorful pink-violet T-shirts. Congratulations for a job well done! Glory to God!

A week later, came the final exams of the students for first semester. Everyone kept busy in preparation for the exams – completion of projects, submission of requirements, securing of clearances and permits and reviewing for the exams, all for a good semester ending. Thank you, Lord!

Following this was a two-week break from classes. Students went home for vacation; some went to their preaching areas while some were sent to the Religious Emphasis Week 2011 at Southern Isabela Academy (SIA) in Isabela.

The REW team 2011 was headed by M/M Rodolfo and Grace Alvarez. Students who were with the group were Kenneth Paul Reyes, Eliseo Tabilog Jr., Ferdimarc Medina, Kyronne Amiel Peneyra, Gracielle Anne Alvarez, and Harmony Gascon.

We praise the Lord for their talents – all of them can sing, teach, and preach. For the five-day teaching, there were ninety souls who accepted the Lord – eighty nine students and one faculty member. Praise the Lord!

Simultaneously, the masteral classes with Prof. Tim Thomas taught Old Testament Overview and Prof. Nicholas P. Ulrich handled the New Testament Introduction. We’re so thankful that they’re so willing to continue sharing their expertise to our faculty as well as preachers in the area. May the Lord bless you more, Sir Tim and Sir Nick!

As this letter is made, we’re moving to the new office and the books to a temporary library. Praise the Lord! We’re now occupying the designated new office. What a nice place. Only some of the things we’re now using are no longer good for the new place – old old electric fans, desks and sala set.

Please sympathize with us brethren, come and visit us. We pray that concerned churches will participate in the one time offering for ABS – this will be of great help for the completion of the ongoing project.

Thank you to everyone again.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: October 2009

Dear Brethren:

We cry for help!

You would have seen us during the two successive typhoons, Ondoy and Pepeng, that visited Aparri. As this news report is made, typhoon Ramil (Lupit) is fast approaching toward Aparri again.

On the first week of October, we were threatened by typhoon Ondoy. It brought great calamity in Northern and Central Luzon. Then came typhoon Pepeng which targeted Northern Luzon and Ilocos region.

People in Aparri sought refuge and evacuated into nearby and high places. This was because of the rise of water that added to the fear from strong winds and continuous heavy rains.

Here at ABS, we had suffered great damages. The roof of the main building is no longer a help. Things got wet. We feel the roof still needs fixing for the safekeeping of properties – books, instruments, and others. The mission houses need repair, too. The windows are blown away making allowances for water to come in. Both dormitories are almost blown apart. Everything got wet now because of so many leaks of the roofs. Brethren, we cry for your helping hand. Please extend you help to ABS.

We have a partially finished part of the new building but we can’t possibly transfer things there. We still need to install windows and doors. If typhoons visit us again, we surely lose most of our valuables for instructions. Let’s spare what we have, by all means!

Just after the two typhoons, some of us have to go to churches and brethren. We were able to meet parents of our students, got some evaluations of our interns and especially updated our sponsors what’s going on in the seminary. Thank you very much for all of those supports – financial as well as your prayers. May the Lord continue to richly bless you more.

Before we had our semestral break, the Rhetorical Literary Society (RLS) had a splendid program last October 9. Congratulations, Rhetoricians! Continue to develop those talents and use them for Him.

Brethren, we’re happy that the Lord has blessed our first semester. We praise Him for that and for bringing Bros. Federico S. Bueno and Edison G. Marquez into the ABS teaching force. Both of them got to teach classes left by Bro. Perry L. Alan who left for Hawaii last month. We know everything works together for Him!

Please continue to pray for the seminary as we keep praying for all of you. Thank you for all the support and love to all of us. May God be praised for all of you.

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON

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