End of Autumn Newsletter...
I hope all of you received our 'End of Summer' update and you were excited about
all that is happening. It was filled with pictures of smiling children and
info about the neighborhoods we are expanding into. Then... there were the
pictures of the continuing community service that the youth do on a regular
basis... Then, there was the new certification by the Dept. of the Interior for
the moral recovery of the city.... Then, there were the personal testimonies of
Rinalyn, Anabelle and the update from Ptr. Eric. And last, but not least we
reminded you that this is our 10 year anniversary (2011-12).
Just to let you know... The work continues in three regional areas: First
(1st), on the ridge of the Taal Lake and volcano in the section of Tagaytay
called the Mendez- Tagaytay Road (this is now our headquarters). The second
(2nd) area is on the island of Occidental Mindoro in the lowland rural villages
near the sea, and third (3rd) to the mountain tribal people called the Mangyans.
This coming year we are planning many outreaches to the mountain tribal people
in different areas as well as continuing the ministry in the Island of Mindoro
and to our local squatters. Mitzu will share more about that with you in our
'End of the Year' report.
Youth YWAVERs Community Concerts
If you didn't guess already "YWAVE" is the name of our youth group.... It means
"YOUTH WITH A VISION FOR EXCELLENCE"! The youth held two community concerts
during the last couple of weeks that ministered to hundreds of young people.
The pictures on the right tell part of the story. First, you can see the FMI
Youth pastor (Eric) singing at the evening concert. The first concert was in the
daytime and then a few days later was the 'evening' concert. Both concerts
were held at our FMI Center. In order to get ready for the concerts Ptr. Eric
first started a music and worship school to create a youth band... all the
players on instruments have been trained by him and quickly risen to stardom
(smile). The concerts enjoyed scores, if not a couple hundred youth who came
and were ministered to responding to the call to come and be rescued from the
mud and filth of this miry world.
The theme was that we all were lost in Egypt (a type of this world) and
finally a 'deliverer' came and rescued us out of slavery and bondage. He
"Came to my Rescue"! The youth of the Philippines are in desperate need to
hear this message.
The Philippines today is tormented with various social afflictions –
poverty, crime, corruption, and indifference. Just as Jose Rizal (the George
Washington of the Philippines) and others like him exclaimed, the task of
cultivating the motherland is burdened upon the youth. Hence, how can we
address these social ills plaguing Philippine Society? What role does the
youth play in addressing these social ills? Answering that question is what
FMI is all about!
On the right you can see some of the photos of the FMI youth who have
experienced life saving experience... Just look at their faces and tell me
what you see.
Direct update from Ptr. Eric received right now.... Praise
God! It was a great and special day for the students because it was the
turning point of their lives, they cried out to God and accepted Jesus.
Actually, as we do the follow-up now through visitation and sending them
message through text, one of them her name is Michelle sent me a message
saying: "I'm so thankful that I've attended your concert, I really enjoyed
and I was really touched by God. All of you there became my inspiration to
change my life and do the will of God. Thanks. God bless". That message
really touched my heart and motivates me to continue the ministry. We can
see now the success of the concerts now, many youths committed in dance,
music and drama/skit ministry and the same time many youths from Pabahay and
crossing are now attending our services in both morning and afternoon.
Youth Water Baptism
FMI shares with the youth the classic journey that every person must make.
When you find yourself in the chains of the world, when you find yourself
in bondage to habits, alcohol, drugs, sex, broken relationships... it is
time to get out of Egypt and go through the Red Sea (water baptism) on your
way to the promised land.
We all seek a way to be washed not just on the outside but 'inside' our
hearts, our minds. The Youth need a fresh start, a new beginning... and
Jesus has shown the way. So, here they are following the Lord in the waters
of baptism. They are on their way to a new life in Christ. They are on
their way to fulfill the purpose for each of their lives.
Near the bottom on the right side of photos you can see some University
students preparing blessing packages for the squatter children who come to
the FMI Center in Tagaytay. In addition to teaching, singing and gift
giving we always have a nutritious feeding program for the kids.
So much to share...
I will need to send another short news letter soon as we have unfolding
developments. Just as I am writing this we received a phone call about
entering into negotiations for the purchase of land for a permanent FMI
homebase headquarters. Of course the property is a perfect location. The
purchase price is $75,250.00 and must be paid in 6 months. If the Lord
places this on anyone's heart just let us know (smile). Please say a little
prayer for us as we progress in this direction.
Thank you for all your encouragement, prayers and support.
Love in Christ,
David, Mitzu and Natalie
YWAVE Youth Concerts
Eric singing at the Evening Concert
YWAVE Youth Band
Everyone was excited!
The FMI Youth YWAVErs smiling!
The concert was filled with youth.
Youth wanting to get out of Eqypt..
"I want to have a new life"
"those who know the joyful sound"
Changed lives of a generation...
Youth Water Baptism
Filling the jeepney to get there...
Waiting in line...
It's time to get baptised!
Renewed, happy lives!
Youth Community Service
University students preparing packages
Giveaway program to squatter children
Students being a blessing to little ones
Possible FMI future property