Mamerto Duque, a young good looking man from Samar and
who is a WBS student was baptized last Feb.5 in Taguig by Makati
brethren . He was referred to us by WBS Cebu (Salvador), after he
texted to be enrolled. He saw a sticker advertising WBS in one of
the passenger jeeps he took while doing his job as a delivery/collector
man of a flower shop. This writer invited him to the services of
the Makati City Church of Christ which he did the following Sunday
after he was contacted. Since then he came to worship services off
One day, we received a notice from his WBS teacher, Ruth Orr, via
Alex Coloma of Baguio, informing us that a certain Mamerto Rivera
Duque who lives in Bgy. Commonwealth, Quezon City, wants to be baptized.
Without realizing that this is the same WBS student who has been
coming to worship in Makati, this writer asked brother Willie Franco
of Lagro Quezon City to do the follow up. Well, he didnt
find him there. Mamerto works and is a stay-in in
Manila. So, through text he was contacted again and showed up in
Makati. After some more exhortations his baptism was finally scheduled.
He attends the Makati City Church of Christ and is asked to serve
in the youth and children ministry. Francisco and Myrna Pratts,
brother-in-law and sister of bro. Vic Echegoyen, were finally baptized
on Feb.19,2006. It was reported that they wanted to be baptized
earlier but were hindered by work and sickness. Before that beautiful
day of their baptism, bro. and sister Echegoyen had arranged for
some of the Makati brethren to visit and have Bible studies in the
couples home. This was done a few times last year. They had
decided then to be baptized but Mr. Pratts thought it would be good
to wait later to be baptized because of his illness. On Feb.19,
they attended the worship services of the Makati City Church of
Christ and their baptism was set in the afternoon.
IN LAS PINAS
One more precious soul was baptized in Las Pinas. Susie
Ramos was baptized on Feb.9 by bro. Ruben Arnaiz.
Love, Courtship and Marriage Seminar this year was held
at Camp Jebez, Dasmarinas, Cavite.
Lectures started at around 9Am, even before late comers arrived.
Topics discussed were of course about Love, about courtship and
about Marriage. Brethren, Ems LAyco, Sam Abenoja, and Neph Sico
were the lecturers.
It was arranged by churches in the area.
The first Sport Fest of the churches of Christ youth happened
in Camp Jabez, Dasmarinas Cavite on February 25, after the L.C.M.
seminar on the same day. About 120 young men and women registered
for the event which was hosted by the Cavite churches of Christ.
NEW BENCHES FOR MAKATI
Makati congregation saw the need of having new benches
for the growing number of children attending Sunday school in the
morning and in the afternoon. And so palochina were
purchased and the late bro. Allan Julian built the first bench the
day before he was ill. Brethren Ian Fuentes and Jun P. finished
the job the following day.
NEW TABLES AND CHAIRS for L.P.
New table and chairs were also built by Las Pinas brethren to meet
their needs for Fellowship lunch and for childrens class.
Brethren, Paro Nueva and Ruben Arnaiz are the carpenters.
Churches of Christ mobilized own forces to help countrymen
affected by the mudslide in Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, So. Leyte.
By the time this writer has suggested to the MARCH president, Chito
Cusi that it is good for March for Christ Medical Mission to go
to Leyte, an initial plan was already going on and this writer was
immediately listed to join. Unfortunately, this writer
didnt join the first trip of volunteers because he has to
hold the fort in Makati. Allan Julian the full-time preacher was
already sick then. More missions are scheduled. This writer hopes
to join in the near future.
SALAWAG PAYS MONTHLY AMMORTIZATION
Salawag Church of Christ pays her monthly amortization
last Feb.14, after many years of failing to do so. Arrears soared
up and its good that U.S. brethren came to the rescue.
Now, the congregation has to pay the monthly amortization religiously
or face the same problem in the future. With the help of all the
concerned members this will not happen again.
A BROTHER FREED FROM PRISON
After l6 years and months, our brother Agustin Sotto, who
used to lead the church inside N.B.P is again a freeman. He was
freed on parole on March 6.We are praying that he will be used by
the Lord for His cause. More news about him later.
Allan Julian, my co-worker/preacher, and is the full-time
preacher of Makati City congregation passed away on March 7, after
undergoing an expensive and painful three times operation at the
Manila Doctors hospital in Manila. He was hospitalized for more
than two weeks. And most of those days were spent at the I.C.U.
Everyone was praying and hoping that he will survive the hospital
ordeal but he never did. His remains were laid at the Sto. Nino
Murtuary where brethren, friends, and relatives had vigil (wake)
for a week. His body was buried at the Heritage Memorial Park, Ft.
Bonifacio, Makati City.He left a wife and eight children. We are
still in the process of paying hospital bills. We are raising PhP190.00.
Any help will be appreciated.
ANOTHER BROTHER DIED
Rogelio Dodong Velazquez of the Salawag congregation
died March 14, a week after Allan Julian died. (In both instances,
this writer was in their death bed).
Dodong was sick of Lymphoma and was under medication. He already
had one chemotheraphy. On Monday, before his death, he reported
to work hoping to get his salary but he was brought to the emergency
room of the Phil.General Hospital. He died the next day. He left
a wife and three young kids.
We are grateful for a couple who shoulder the expenses for the mean
N.B. Filipinos hold a nightly vigil or wake until the body is buried.
So we had nightly devotionals.