BCF’s teenagers and adolescents had a refreshing time with the Lord at the Youth Encounter at Al Manzil Suites on August 25-26, 2016. Tears were rolling down the faces of the participants as each activity brought them to the realization of who they were and who God was.
Youth Pastor Eric Mauricio, said “The encounter was liberating for both us the facilitators and the young people.It was an opportunity for us to break the barriers on our personal walk with God and our ministry with the young people.”
It did not only make the participants have a much clearer view of who they are and how big God is, it also gave them the opportunity to interact with each other deeply and grow stronger in their relationships within their LGs.They opened up, shared their burdens and uncertainties and soughtcounsel from their disciplers.
They also had fun-filled experiences as their character, attentiveness, skills, and patience were tested to the limits in every carefully and creatively designed activity that they participated in.
Here are some of what the participants said about their experience:
Jewel Green: “All changed when I experienced the encounter with Him, and that He is there beside me every step and challenge that I may have in my life.”
Carl Bituin: "The youth encounter was a breath of fresh air. I came without expectations. I had a much deeper understanding about the Lord and his love for us."
Danielle Perez: “It is such a blessing to be able to attend such events that bring me closer to God.I lean towards him more and more and for that, I’m truly grateful.”
And for Dan Dela Cruz, one of the disciplers, he said: ''It was a blessed opportunity to witness God's moving in the youth of the body of Christ -youth from different tribes and tongues.''
The event closed with the participants sharing their testimonies and their commitment to serve, lead and spread God's amazing love.
The second Breaking Barriers Retreat (BBR) in BCF Dubai took place last 11th September 2016 in Avenue Hotel, Deira, Dubai.With a total of 19 participants,the BBR was well anticipated by many in the church. Pastors and workers from BCF Bahrain journeyed to the bustling metropolitan ofDubai with one mission: To teach,minister, and serve our fellow brothers and sisters in the city.
In the morning of the second day of the BBR, eight participants publicly declared their faith in Christ by being baptized in water.The swimming pool of the hotel seemed small, yet it was big enough to accommodate each of the eight eager individuals who have left their old lives and are now walking in the newness of their lives in Jesus Christ.Janice Tayag-Rosillo, one of eight, said “My life totally changed. Lahatng hindranceskosabuhay ay naisukokosaKanya, at nakipag-isaakosaKanya through the baptism…dahilsa BBR, my purpose now is to seek God and obey Him, in such a way that will bring Him glory.”
The conclusion of the BBR Dubai Batch 2 was followed by the LG Disciplers’ Conference the following day in the same hotel. Leaders of BCF Dubai were gathered to learn all about discipleship the way Jesus did it.
Eric Delos Reyes, one of the LG leaders of the church, shared one of the highlights for him in the conference: “Isa samganatutunankobilangisang LG leader ay kung paanokomaibabahagiangSalitangatingPanginoonsamga unbelievers, nakagayakodati,” he said.The conference came to a conclusion with a simple answer to a simple question: “Why do we do discipleship?” The answer is: “Because we love God and we love people.”
Although many of the workers from Bahrain were not able to join the Dubai trip as originally planned, the Lord’s work did not stop at all. Dan dela Cruz, one of the workers said it best: “God proved that He can move whether it be through many or through few.”
A friend of mine once told me that there’s a difference between a fisherman and an angler.A fisherman catches with nets and cages while an angler catches with angle hooks and rods. For the love of fishing, he’s the kind of anglerwho doesn’t stop until he catches the fish he wanted.
Joining the Evangelism or EVAM team will make you botha fisherman and an angler for the Lord. They use nets, cages, and hooks and whatever else they can find to get the job done.For me, whether using nets or hooks to catch fish, it's fishing. In the same way, when you are called by the Lord to be a fisher of man, you do the work wholeheartedly and use whatever means you can to get the job done.
The EVAM team uses different strategies to share the gospel.
Basketball. It is a good bait for EVAM to amass a huge number of first-time visitors who love this game (See figures below). For this year EVAM is taking part in BSK’s Basketball Project Harvestwherein they share the gospel with the first-time visitors using God’s Law and God’s Son.
Bahrain Tour.The newcomers in Bahrain were booked on a two-day tour last September 11-12, 2016, the first and second days of Eid Al Adha. The places they went to were Tree of Life, Oil Museum,Royal Camel Farm, Al Areen Wildlife Park, and Bahrain National Museum. Most of the participants were employees of Al Rawabi School,Geant Hypermarketand Lulu Hypermarket.It was tiring yet fulfilling because the gospel was preached to them, which was the goal.
Hospital Visits.The Hospital Visitation Team, the anglers of EVAM, continues their rounds in Salmaniya Hospital every Friday after the worship service and reached 59 OFW patients in the past six months.
Camp Outreach! The team goes out to labor camps usually taking with them food and drinks to share to mostly Filipino laborers and of course, share with them the best news ever, the gospel of Christ.
Each of those shared the gospel were also given a copy of the Bible.
To the EVAM team, soul winning may only be considered a success when the new converts are integrated to LGs in the area they belong. Sharing the gospel is just the start.
RECEPIENTS OF THE GOSPEL and BIBLE
Spiritual breakthrough is the key to the fulfillment of the Lord’s great commission.
This was stressed by Pastor Almer John Villapando in his breakthrough message from the second book of Samuel (5:17-25) on the 32nd Anniversary of Bahrain Christian Fellowship or BCF at the National Evangelical Church (NEC), Manama, 21 March 2017.
“A total transformation is not a small change here or there,” the Area 4 pastor pointed out. “It should be radical!”
To ensure breakthrough and transformation, Pastor John tackled five (5) points -- believe in God’s power, reject our current conformity, eliminate excuses, allow God to use us, and keep God’s promises.
“Our church is changing drastically and we have to be aligned with our church’s vision and mission,” explained the area minister.
In testimony of breakthrough in his health, Pastor John threw his arm sling on the floor and raised both arms to show that he was healed of his medical concern.
“Praise God,” exclaimed Pastor John, “for the health breakthrough in my life.”
Different breakthrough activities were held on the fellowship ground right after the worship service. The whole congregation simultaneously hit the breakthrough wall and stage during the pictorial onstage of the newly installed BCF ministers, officers, deacons, deaconesses, elders, and pastors for the calendar year 2017-2018. Alongside the buffet, the dance mob took place followed by the graduation of the School of Ministry or SOM.
Senior Pastor Freddie Cudiamat led the other pastors in a symbolic breakthrough where he smashed with a big hammer, and got through, the wall of sins like bad habits, hypocrisy, lies, and gossip.
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When: March 3, 2017 - 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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