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July 2016
Philippines

Grace Ministerial Academy, Philippines

31 March 2016 was a special day for Grace Ministerial Academy (GMA), as nine men completed four years of study in the academy. They came from various locations in the Philippines, and most will be returning to the churches they are from, although some will take up pioneering work in different situations. GMA is a ministry of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church, which is located in Quezon City, a very busy and bustling part of Metro-Manila. The academy has been training men for the ministry for at least 20 years. Faculty We are greatly blessed to have Pastor Noel Espinosa as our principal and main lecturer....

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October 2015
Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan two years on

This coming November will see the second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, which left over 7000 dead and more missing in the Philippine provinces of Samar and northern Leyte. Tacloban City was particularly hit, with thousands being killed and displaced. Over the past two years, Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM), the benevolent arm of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church located in Metro-Manila, has continued to help displaced families and schools in the Tacloban. We have continued to give relief packs where such have still been needed and where families have little income, if any. Schools have been lacking books and often have had no electricity or ceilings in...

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December 2013
Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan and Relief

TYPHOON RELIEF Manila was not affected by the typhoon but areas in central Philippines were terribly devastated. The worst affected areas are in northern Leyte and particularly the City of Tacloban as well as the large island of Samar. It is very difficult at the moment to get any personal news except what is coming over on the News Channels. However other areas are also affected and needing help such as northern Panay, Aklan, Capiz, Mindoro, Palaway, Bohol and parts of Cebu. There are Reformed Baptist churches in many of these areas. Some of the members of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church also have family members...

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Reflections on giving
May 2012
Philippines

Reflections on giving

Reflections on giving One of the most difficult issues to think through for missions and missionaries is that of money. Here are a few honest thoughts and reflections from my time here in the Philippines. Poverty When I first came to the Philippines, I remember being really struck by the poverty. I’d never seen anything like it before. And yet, a few years ago, arriving back in Manila and driving down the main roads, the thing that struck me most was the riches.    Cubao is one of the best examples of how poverty and riches exist side by side. Ten years ago, it was an...

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Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines
November 2011
Philippines

Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines

Compassionate ministry Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines We carefully stepped out of the canoe into the filthy flood waters on the small street leading to higher ground. As we waded through them, we were not reassured to be told that these waters also flowed out of a local cemetery 40 yards away. We were there to bring relief goods to just a few of the thousands of people affected by two typhoons and incessant rains. I still had my umbrella up as we waded through. The floods had been exacerbated by the fact that three reservoirs in the mountains had to open their flood gates...

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Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)
August 2011
Philippines

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines) Website: http://www.ccmmanila.org/ In 1994, Cubao Reformed Baptist Church, situated in Quezon City — part of the Manila complex of towns and cities with a population of about 24 million people — received a gift. The gift was US$3,700 from a church in the USA, with the stated aim of ‘helping the poor and needy’. For us, this was a large gift and we were a little flummoxed as to how we should use the money.    Some of us in the church were concerned with how we could help the street people who slept on the pavement less than 100 yards...

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The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’
August 2011
Philippines

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’ http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Not her real name, but the story is true as told to Virgie Biala, the CCM social worker responsible for following up ‘Annie’s’ case. ‘I do not know anything about my mother. My father told me that she left when I was still a baby. I lived in a small room with my father and brother.     One day, after playing, I went home, but found that my father and brother had left. I asked our neighbours, but they could not tell me where my father and brother went.     ‘I waited and waited for them to come home...

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Missionary Spotlight – Rocks and Pebbles
September 2010
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Rocks and Pebbles

Rocks and Pebbles   The writer of the book of Hebrews instructs us to consider how to ‘stimulate one another to love and good deeds’ (Hebrews 10:24). The apostle Paul encouraged churches to trust and serve God, to give generously, to be faithful and an example to other churches.      I would like, therefore, to give the example of a church in Manila, Philippines, which may stimulate you not just to copy another church but to continue to grow in grace and the knowledge of Christ.      Higher Rock Christian Church is a fellowship of about 500 in Metro Manila, Philippines. It rents facilities in...

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Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines
September 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines

A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines   One afternoon five young men armed with knives robbed a Jeepney in Cubao. It wasn’t the first time, but for at least two of them it was to be the last. The robbery went badly wrong for them when police warning shouts and bullets arrived at the same time.      Shortly after, two men lay dead in the street. Joseph fled the scene but ended up in hospital with a wounded foot. Some years later, and a few hundred metres from where the robbery took place, Joseph limps down the aisle of our church building to give...

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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines
June 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines

Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines   It’s Thursday night again and time for the Drop-in Centre. It’s strange remembering back to when we started more than five years ago.   Tonight I’m on the gate checking who comes in and whether they are allowed to attend. Plenty of people from the slums, especially children, would be glad of a free meal, but the aim of this meeting is clear – it’s for those who are sleeping rough.      Numbers have dropped recently, with the average weekly attendance down to around 90. Standing at the gate means I get to talk to everyone. As...

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Bringing families to Christ

Bringing families to Christ   In addition to daily social and educational work, Christian Compassion Ministries also holds several Bible-based evangelistic camps each year. The camps are tailored to specific groups, such as those on the Educational Assistance Programme (EAP) or those living on the street.   EAP camps   Last April, the ninth EAP camp was held at Crystal Beach, Zambales. This was the first joint camp for couples and teens and the main theme was on strengthening family relationships.      Around 150 campers attended the three-day camp and each sponsored child came with their parents or parent. Most families were from slum areas,...

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