Wednesday was a quieter day (at least in the morning) - a good day for the delegates to catch their breath, and for some of us to get some work done in preparation especially for Thursday's Combined Consistory Meeting and Examination of Pastor-elect Vernon Ibe. In the morning, we took a walk in the neighborhood and looked over the city of Manila. In the afternoon, the delegates each attended one of the catechism classes that Rev. Smit and I teach, and then conducted family visitation. In the evening, we all had supper together at our home.
At "second floor" in our neighborhood, overlooking Manila
Avid Flower Photographer
Supper at Kleyns
"What's that creature on my shoulder?"
On Thursday, as mentioned, we conducted Pastor-elect Ibe's examination. Pastor-elect Ibe has accepted the call to serve as pastor of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church. The combined consistories of the Berean PRC and the First Reformed Church of Bulacan, who are working together toward federation, conducted his exam. They requested that Rev. Smit and I ask the questions. After preaching a sermon in the morning on Romans 7:24-25, Pastor-elect Ibe was then examined according to the requirements of Article 4 of the Church Order, with 15 minutes allotted for each section of questions.
A Surprise Visitor from Singapore!
Rev. Van Overloop chats with Sharon
.... and with Tricia
Rev. Overway meets the men from the First Reformed Church of Bulacan
(Elder Reden Zuniega, Deacon Lito Trias, Pastor John Flores, Bro. Ronald Mercado)
Rev. Van Overloop, Elder Ike Uittenbogaard, Rev. D. Kleyn
Meeting the Ibes (MJ and Sis. Melody) who were the most surprised to see him
.... and Pastor-elect Ibe
Delegates chatting with Pastor-elect Ibe before his exam
Rev. Van Overloop and Pastor John Flores
Pastor-elect Ibe preaching his specimen sermon
Being examined in Theology by Rev. Kleyn
Rev. Overway brings greetings from Doon PRC and the FMC
Lunch break in an Adjoining Room
Beef and Rice
Ike Eating Again
Coffee and a Chat before Supper
Supper at the Smit's House
Thursday was a busy and enjoyable day for us all, especially to have Pastor-elect Vernon Ibe successfully pass the examination so that the Berean PRC can now proceed to ordain and install him into office. This will take place, the Lord willing, this evening (Friday). We thank the Lord for this blessed gift of a man to serve as a minister of the Word and sacraments in the BPRC. It was indeed good to have the presence of the delegates for this exam, and they considered it a privilege to witness this significant event in the history of the Berean PRC and of our denomination's mission work here in the Philippines.