* Reformation 500, October 31, 2017 (#1)

A Reformation Day Conference was held in Provident Christian Church on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation.  We had a thrilling day remembering the great heritage God has given us through men that He raised up to return His church to the truths of the Bible.  



Registration started at 8 am.
Some of the members from Maranatha PRC were willing to take care of this.


Book sales were steady right from the start of the day.


The first speech was given by Rev. Kleyn on the history of the Reformation.

Rev. Ibe led in devotions and introduced the speaker.


A good crowd was gathered to enjoy the speeches.
Attendance was just over 150!




There was a short break for coffee after the first speech.  Members from Provident Church helped, not only with the set up, but also with the snacks and lunch.


Good conversations and fellowship

Elder Dave Kregel enjoyed the day immensely -- meeting the people and seeing their love for the same truths that are held dear in the PRCA.

Lugaw was the nutritious snack -- a thick rice porridge often with chicken, ginger and garlic. 

Can't get enough of those books!


The second speech was given by Rev. Smit on "The Legacy of Martin Luther."

Rev. Trinidad introduced the speaker.

Seven things we can be thankful to God for from Martin Luther.


[More to come!]
  





* Miscellaneous Pics

FIRST SOME PICTURES OF MARANATHA PRC

Rev. Trinidad teaching catechism to the little children
[All posing for a picture after class] 

Rev. Kleyn went on some family visitation visits with the consistory of Maranatha. 
They started with visiting a couple of the widows of the congregation.

Rev. Trinidad, Sister Herminia Gutierrez, Deacon Johnny Madiam, Elder Alvin Castillo.

Visiting in the home of Sister Mercedes Subior.

Eating lunch on Sunday with the consistory and some members.


NEXT, SOME PICTURES OF THE HOLSTEGES

The kids made this birthday card for me!

The three riding in our car


WE WERE INVITED TO THE BIRTHDAY PARTY OF A
7 YEAR OLD GIRL IN PROVIDENT CHURCH

The birthday girl with her friends and sisters.

Time for some fellowship


OUR AIR CONDITIONING WENT OUT ON OUR CAR. 

Do you wonder if they fixed it?  They did!


A NIGHT OUT WITH IBES

Rev. and Sis. Leah, Charity and Kirsten, VJ and Sis. Melody


A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT ON THE WAY HOME FROM CHURCH ONE SUNDAY

Rev. Kleyn and Rev. Holstege saw this beautiful rainbow on the way home from a
Steering Committee meeting in Provident Church one Sunday 


* Mission Internship of Sem. Matt Kortus

As you've seen from recent blogs on the mission trip to Leyte, Seminarian Matt Kortus (who will soon begin his 3rd year in seminary) and his wife, Sarah, are in the Philippines for an 8 week mini-internship in missions.  Sem. Kortus has been able to visit and do work in many of the groups besides Leyte.  Here is a brief summary of what he has been doing under the supervision of Rev.'s Kleyn and Holstege.


Sem. Kortus was able to worship and also speak a word of edification in the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela (where Rev. Trinidad is the pastor - pictured above).





He has also been helping out with teaching catechism in Provident Christian Church ......

and has led the worship services there.



On July 17 and 18 we traveled to Sipalay City on the Island of Negros
for the pastors' classes there.


Sem. Kortus spoke on the errors of theistic evolution.




We have also enjoyed Matt and Sarah's interaction with our families.

A quick way to make friends with the Holstege children!

Our 4th of July celebration



Yes, Sem. Kortus is brave enough to drive here!



We also spent a Sunday with the saints in the PRC in Bulacan.

Getting ready to preach

Fellowship between services

Lunch with the Consistory

Outside the PRCB's church building




Sem. Kortus was also able to be a part of 7M for a day.



We have thoroughly enjoyed the company of Matt and Sarah, and are thankful for their willingness to come here, their eagerness to help, and their keen interest in our denomination's mission work.  May God bless them as they return home toward the end of August and as Matt takes up his seminary studies again in preparation for the gospel ministry, the Lord willing.
  
  

* A Few Items Of Interest


Driving from Holstege's house to ours one day, we came across someone's pet! 


This was just up the street from our house.  Let's hope they don't lose track of it!  ;-)




The back route to the airport from our house has deteriorated into a muddy mess.  They are working on the road.  Hopefully it's done soon!


The arrival of the rainy season has made the road much worse.


This guy had a heavy load.  Not sure how long it took to pull him out.




One day, coming up the hill to our house, the traffic was at a standstill.  People walking by told us that a RC Cola truck had lost part of its load. 


We turned around and found a place to park our car.  And then we walked home.


Within a couple hours they had it cleaned up and Rev. Kleyn could go and fetch our car.






* Visit to Leyte July 7-10: Home Visits and Worship

On Saturday (July 8), the men of the PRCP's Delegation along with the Steering Committee members of the PRFA visited with the families and individuals of the PRFA at their homes.  Brother Eric Mescallado and Rev. Kleyn visited some of the families together and Rev. Flores and Seminarian Matt Kortus visited the other half of the fellowship.











On Sunday, Bro. Eric Mescallado read a sermon for the first service.  Rev. Kleyn preached (mostly read) his sermon for the second service in Tagalog.

The group gathered for the church services. 

Brother Eric leading the first worship service

Rev. Flores greeting the congregation

Rev. Kleyn leading the second worship service