The last week of April is a time when the church celebrates its anniversary. This year is IBC’s 36thbirthday. On Sunday night during Anniversary Day we had “Old Fashioned Night,” and it is a very unique service.
At the end of May we will honor the veterans of World War II and also active and retired military from the Armed Forces of the Philippines. This is the
9th year we have done this. We had a neighbor who was a veteran of WW II and retired as a colonel. For about 25 years we invited
him to church and tried to witness to him. He was a good neighbor, and he was good to our church but he didn’t respond to the Gospel. Finally when
we started having Veteran’s Day he decided to come. He liked the fact that our church showed its appreciation for veterans. It opened up his heart
and he received Christ as his Savior. We were so excited. The Lord knew it was his last chance to get saved as he died a few months later.
In May we’re celebrating the first anniversary of the radio station, The Anchor. The Lord has blessed this ministry and we believe it will continue to be used to reach
people for Christ and help in the growth of Christians who listen. In our next prayer letter I plan to write more about the radio ministry.
The Lord also blessed the annual youth conference. We asked several pastors who lost their parsonages and/or churches in the typhoon last November to come and preach to
the teenagers. Brother Ruel Abellano, whose 14-year-old son died not long after the typhoon, was one of the speakers. These speakers were
especially effective as they challenged the young people to put things that are eternal, not temporal, first in their lives. It was my favorite of all the youth
conferences we have had. At each service an invitation was held for young people. On the last night a large group of young people surrendered
their lives to become future pastors and Christian workers.
In the picture above you can see the many young people making public commitments. It was so encouraging for me to see so many teenagers surrender their lives to God.
Sincerely in Christ,