* Conference in Southern Negros Occidental

 
This past week Monday through Wednesday (May 20-22), Rev. Kleyn and Rev. Smit traveled to Southern Negros Occidental for their monthly classes (SNO) with the group of pastors there.  However this month they stayed an extra day and delivered the same conference speeches on God's Sovereignty that they gave here in Manila last month.  Although the SNO classes are held in Sipalay, the conference was held in a church in Hinoba-an, a town a few miles south of Sipalay.  Pastor Jonathon Barroca, who attends SNO, is the pastor of that church.
 
Entering the town
 
The church where the conference was held on Tuesday
 
Rev. Smit beginning the conference
 
 
The audience - 12 pastors and 1 elder and 1 member attended.
The pastors we are working with also asked friends and acquaintances from the area
to attend the conference.
 
 
 
Snack time
 
Singing
(For those who get this in your email, you will have to go to the blog itself to see the video.)
 
Time for fellowship
 
The ladies and young people who helped with the food
 
Lunch time.  The two silver bowls are fish (boiled) the two other dishes are lechon baboy or roasted pig.  This is a famous Filipino dish, where the whole pig is roasted over an open fire.  Rev. Kleyn said it was delicious.
 
The attendees were given a free copy of Rev. Smit's new book, "The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ."
 
More fellowship
 
Group picture
 
Pastor Rosal ready to head home for the day
 
The SNO classes were held Monday evening and Wednesday morning.   These are the classes that are held once every month.  Rev. Smit teaches Dogmatics, and Rev. Kleyn provides instruction in Reformed Church Government.  The men pictured above are as follows: Front: Bro. Alfredo Ladeca, Pastor Ariel Labrador, Pastor Jonathon Barroca, Pastor Rodolfo de la Cruz.  Middle: Pastor Ezequias Rosal, Pastor Eduardo Donasco, Pastor Michael Mayang.
 
Once again some literature was sold and God's word was spread to more contacts.  Pray that God will use the work for His purposes.
 
 

* Election Campaigning

May 13 is Election Day for the Senators and Representatives.  There is a lot of campaigning going on - posters, tv ads, speeches and rallies.  Another unique way of campaigning is with vehicles sporting banners and often very large speakers which play the campaign song of that particular politician.  A couple of Sundays ago, when we were in the First Reformed Church of Bulacan, many of these campaign vehicles were going past on the street outside the church.  A few times Rev. Kleyn had to pause in his preaching because of the noise.  Thankfully though, most of the vehicles went past while we were eating lunch.  We were told the vehicles were heading to a rally at a nearby school where there would be a lot of handouts and speeches given.  Here's a short video we shot.
 
 
video
 
 
The other day on the way to Faith Academy to pick up the Smit children from school we videoed the vehicle we were following.
 
 
video
 
 
Next Monday is election day.  After that everything will hopefully be quieter and return to normal for another three years!