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Five Hats, One Weekend

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Transcript of My Tacloban Testimony

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January 27, 2013

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Teaching Tips for Sunday School Teachers

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The official reply of Jubilee to my blog

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I really love my church. They are rigid in following what the Bible says, and yet they give room for creativity and growth. They listen to suggestions and promote peace over conflict. Better yet, most people tithe anonymously. Members of the church still serve and lead various ministries even when they are not officially elected as Elders or Deacons.

Likewise, I am glad they took time to response to my blog. (reread Language Barrier?)

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Join us in Jubilee! Here is the link to our official website: http://www.jec.org.ph

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Another day like this…

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Another jam-packed day today:

730am sound check at JEC sanctuary

750am song-led with Fil for sunrise worship

810am listened to the message by rev. Vicente Sia

910am sang the closing song

930am led kids praise and worship in JEC conference room with the help of teachers Ritchie and Cecile.
10am taught Sunday school with Nadine Or

1045am left New Manila to travel to Marina (near coastal mall)

1130pm arrived in the 1st birthday party of Alan and Cary’s daughter Sophie and had food cart snacks

1230pm watched Fil lead the thanksgiving prayer

1245pm left the party to travel to Malabon

120pm fetched Lu Vergara on the way

150pm arrived in pastor Asser’s church in time for a quick sound check with the covenant singers.

210pm sat thru the worship service celebrating the church’s third anniversary

330pm our turn to sing three songs

345pm said our goodbyes to travel to Caloocan

430pm arrived in my mom’s place to drop off laundry, have a quick snack and shower.

5pm Boyet, mama’s bodyguard, discovered that one of our car’s wheels had three pieces of screw stuck and he help us change the tire.

545pm left Caloocan to travel to Makati

6pm arrive in new world hotel in time for sound check and last-minute updates

8pm hosted the wedding of Michael and Florida Sze. Saw Ritchie Dematera, Leon and Karen yu, some past clients and other acquaintances from the Chinese community.

1050pm left Makati to go to new Manila

1120pm arrived at alan’s place to pick up leftover food from lunch party

1140pm left alan’s place

1144pm arrived home, tired yet thankful that God sustained us

1150pm took care of the needs of the cats.

11:59pm used the computer to write about this day.

If you think this is tiring, Fil’s even more tired because he drove me to all these places!

The Martha in the Power Camp

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I’m a self-confessed Martha. When it comes to organizing events, programs and activities for Jubilee Evangelical church’s Power Camp, my being a Martha is quite obvious. I want to work, work and work some more, and see to it that my closest companion (which is my husband Fil) do the same. I find joy in working for the Lord. For me, my ministries are not a burden at all. Sometimes, I am so into things that I demand others to do the same and I feel bad when they don’t.

Our camp this year was held in Hotel Kimberly, Tagaytay. We had 50 delegates under the leadership of Hansen Ngo. Our speakers were Rev. Reuel Tica and Rev. Dr. David Cheung. The theme? Semper Fidelis: always faithful.

Camps are like family vacations. Even when you see your church-mates often, it is still recommended that you go on trips together — to bond more, to create memories and to give special time for building up your relationships. For church camps, there is the added bonus of growing spiritually and learning more facts about what we believe in.

We organized a mystery party for the first night. It was hilarious to see everyone dressed up, trying to guess who committed the crime.

Anne Mariposa planned our group games during the second day — all indoors and yet, fun, fun, fun!

I learned how to play the wolf/villagers game in our camp during free time, and I want to specially mention Will Tan for introducing it to us.

I learned that the excellence the world demands for a particular task is applicable for both Christians and nonChristians. For example, in a singing contest, Christians will not be granted special favors to become champions. Though Christ is with you, there is still a standard of excellence that humanity follows. Being excellent in whatever we do is part of our duties as a Christian. We are making our Master happy when we use our talents wisely.

I also learned that the true test of faith is when we fail. Will we still be productive like Joseph when we are unjustly imprisoned? Will we still obey God when we are rejected by our family and friends?

Lately, God has been impressing on me (with the use of the people around me, and with the use of power camp) that I should learn to be still. To do nothing and simply wait and listen. I need to learn how to accept Fil for what he is and learn from him. He is such a fun-loving, laid back guy who, produces great outputs once he put his heart to it. In his own time, given a free reign, he creates great and meaningful works. Yes, he procrastinates, but his creativity is boundless and his intelligence is topped with a good heart and an approachable personality.

I wish to be more social and friendly like Fil. I want to be still and to relax, to stop rushing other people for my benefit. I want to spend more time with God and develop relationships with fellow Christians. I want to be more like Mary but still retain my Martha personality.

The camp was just four days, but it rebuked, refreshed, and renewed me. I came out feeling closer to my church-mates and loving my Jubilee family more.

I hope that if you are a young professional affiliated with Jubilee Evangelical Church in any way, you’ll consider joining our camp next year. If you are part of another church, I hope you will support your church’s camp by attending it. Retreats will give you time to reflect (call it a spiritual check up) and will hopefully get you back on track.