Greetings dear friends and fellow disciples,
We are writing to inform you of the beginning of what we hope and pray will be an exciting and fruitful new phase of our life – to the glory of our gracious God.
For years, we have sought to encourage disciples, build local congregations, and to strengthen God’s church all over the world. Through teaching, preaching, presenting workshops, writing books, consulting with church leaders and training up staff, elders, and local leaders…by means of all of this – and more – we have sought to help advance the gospel and strengthen God’s people.
"In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." – Luke 15:10 (NIV)
We are super excited in Lagos, Nigeria for all our great God continues to do in the lives of his disciples and especially for the nine people baptized on November 27th across the Lagos churches.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them." The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy. - Psalm 126:1-3 (NIV)
ICOC Abuja celebrates nothing greater than the joy of having a growing family from the salvation of souls in Abuja, Nigeria where over three million people live and work. Being the capital city with a large Muslim population along with challenges of insecurity, we are constantly reminded that on a daily basis, our light must shine and reflect Jesus as we seek to live out the mission to save as many as possible.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we started the Five Day Challenge (FDC) in 2015. The five day challenge is a one of many ways of studying the Bible with people. We invited friends, neighbors and colleagues to commit one hour daily for five days to hear the gospel. At the end of 2015, God added 15 souls to our numbers.
This short video shares the vision of the disciples of Christ in the Bolivian churches. La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba have united with the purpose to focus on Matthew 28 and make disciples of all nations.
The elders and sheparding couples of ICOC Nigeria hosted a young Christians reception in Lagos on October 31. The reception encouraged young Christians to continue to grow in Christ.
The church planting was spearheaded by the three missionaries –Junny Marcial, Malou Bajaro and Villa Sitoy. The kickoff service was well attended by families, friends, acquaintances and at least 90 disciples from across the Philippine family of churches (Manila Coastal region, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Camanava, Cebu, Davao, General Santos and Zamboanga). The planting was the fifth in the Mindanao region.
Prior to the inaugural service, a Butuan City Medical and Dental Mission was held on at Barangay 8, Lapu-lapu, Butuan City. Manned by three dentists and one medical doctor, an estimated 130 dental and medical patients were given medical attention. Over 100 adults and kids were also fed during the program.
In Jonah 4:11, God showed his concern for 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left. Now, for a city with a population of more than 330,000, God has surely extended his arms and ears to wrap his love and hear the prayers of the Butuanons.
The Tijuana church is excited to announce that this December they will be planting a church in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The first official service is slated for early in December 2016. Team members are already arriving in Tijuana and Ensenada, and more will be moving there in the coming months. Regular weekly church services will begin soon. We are looking for others to join us!
San Fernando, La Union, Philippines—With five missionaries led by Ace and Carmela Bordarays and three new Christians, the Metro San Fernando Christian Church successfully celebrated its inaugural service on October 23, 2016 with an astounding attendance of almost 300! The support from other Northern Luzon churches, including disciples from the Quezon City sector, made the event a huge success.
Good news from the perspective of a church volunteer
Who knew God could use our social media accounts to reach so many people? For the last several years, I have served as Social Media Communications Manager of the South Bay Church in Manhattan Beach, California.