Indeed, we have seen God’s amazing grace manifested because this is the first time the NexGen 5 Luzon was held in two different places: in Palawan and in Baguio City. Both retreats were done successfully by God’s grace and mercy.
On December 17, 2017, members, family and friends of EFC-Padre Garcia, Batangas, gathered together to celebrate their 11th year milestone with the theme “Experiencing God’s Amazing Grace”
On June 25, 2017, EFC-Solano celebrated its second year church anniversary. They celebrated the occasion at a new rented building. God provided them a bigger place of worship.
After the fiery trial that reeled the JECPP family in Luzon, our young people took the lead in rebuilding. Like a baby learning to walk, each wobbly but determined step is a break through, a new confidence to firmly stride and march in to new assignments and positions in the Kingdom.
Last September 22, we lost a dear church planter named Pastor Jessa Lachica, assigned at Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. She’s the youngest daughter of Rev. Salvador and Clarita Lachica. She’s resilient and strong in the Lord. She had a big heart for church planting seen in her own church and in more than ten cell churches she supervised.
JECPP Luzon held its 3rd Regional Retreat with the theme NextGen(To empower the Next Generation) in Making Disciples and Planting Churches at Teachers Camp Baguio City.
When God opened the doors of help, the pastors and members helped each other rebuild the church.
Excitement. Overwhelm. Delight.
By Joven Sierra-Llabore
The end of May ceremoniously marked another beginning chapter for the Evangel Family Church (EFC) Quezon City as its leaders and members held their 3rd founding anniversary at the 6th floor of Marian Medical Arts Building.
May 31st might seem an ordinary day to others but not to Rev. Jessie Yu, Regional Director of EFC Luzon Region.
He considered this day as one of the breakthroughs made by Jireh-Evangel Church Planting Philippines (JECPP) as he blazed a trail of putting up the first Evangel Church in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Armed with the vision of stretching the wings of JECPP in reaching out those who are in dire need of the Word of God and hope through Jesus Christ, he, together with his family and ECME students, swooped to Luzon and found his nest at 27 Buick St. Fairview Quezon City where he conducted the first service last May 27, 2012 with 16 people ready to listen.
Three years has already passed, and the church has built its roots.
Homes have been visited.
Several approaches to evangelism have been tested.
Lives were transformed.
Many were reached out and water baptized.
Community services have been rendered.
And as the saying goes, “The rest is history.”
The church has proven its growth in numbers and has shown development through the lives of each member who voluntarily serves to disciple others.
“For three years, we have visited and did evangelism with a lot of homes and families and even coordinated with the Barangay Captains and Councilors for community projects,” said Pastor Jessie.
“As a result, a number of people and families regularly attend the church from the surrounding community, not counting those from other cities within Metro Manila,” he added.
Celebrating its 3rd founding anniversary, the church was jam-packed with around 148 people to share in the momentous event.
Asked on the theme of the Sunday message which zeroed in on “Give Praise to the Lord”, Pastor Jessie explained why we need to, “Simply because we have seen how God has showed His grace and goodness to the church. He has given us more than a hundred people including children that attend every week plus the new place He has opened for us at a reasonable rate.”
“There are three significant events that happened in EFC-QC for the last three years: the numerous ‘Blessing the Community’ we have done to various barangays especially if there’s flood in the Metro, the visit of Rev. Dr. Robert Lim and Rev. Dr. Marion Lim during our Missions Sunday last September 28, 2014, and our moving to the new location now at the Marian Medical Arts Building on February 2015,” he narrated.
During the service, seven members were given the privilege to speak on “Evangel Quezon City and Me”.
“The main point of those testimonies was how the church made an impact on those selected people,” Pastor Jessie said.
“I found a niche here. I considered the church as my second home,” Bro. Alvin Jungco testified.
The fifteen-year-old Mark Quiambao confessed that he “used to wonder why the house across their home was throwing a party every Sunday because he found it noisy”. Nevertheless, when he was reached out and started to believe, he considered the church as agent of change in his life – from a timid and silent type of teen to an outgoing and talkative lad.
Bro. Nelson Acedera thanked his daughter for inviting him to church. He considered the church as source of moral support, encouragement and transformation for his family.
Through the concerted effort of the members and leaders, several dishes were shared after the service.
Meet and greet took place as members from different community discipleship groups and cell churches in Veterans, Caloocan, and Taytay, Rizal were able to attend the celebration.
“The Grace and Goodness of God alone make Evangel Family Church-Quezon City what it is today”.
And for the years to come, Pastor Jessie said that EFC-QC will continue to “reach more souls and families; raise and disciple more leaders; plant more cell churches; send more missionaries in other parts of Luzon provinces; and plan for a much bigger place of worship as the Lord leads and provides.”
At the end of the day, he thanked God for sending good people to the church and for His provisions. He was also delighted seeing the people get to know God and grow in their love, faith, knowledge and service to God.
“I feel very fulfilled inside but I know there are more wonderful things and events to come and lives to be touched by God,” he added.
Surely, Evangel Quezon City is yet to tell more stories as the church has opened another chapter for new endeavors.
All praises and glory be to God alone!
by Joven Llabore
Holding the retreat for the second time, the Evangel Family Church (EFC) Luzon had it this year inside the metro with around 107 delegates coming from four sections: Mindoro, La Union, Batangas, and Palawan plus EFC Quezon City as the host.
Spending the holidays with the family or mountain climbing and skydiving with friends would be the best thing to start off the summer season; however, these gregarious campers consist of young and “once young” (as others would call it) gave up those ideas and humbly gave in to this amazing “stay-cation” with God.
So off they went from down south and uptown provinces and cities to the base church of Luzon at Fairview, Quezon City. Little did they know that this was one exhilarating three-day summer adventure that began on April 1.
“Equipping and Releasing the Next Generation” was the theme of the of year’s retreat, and the speakers mainly focused on re-infilling of the Holy Spirit, keeping the spiritual life attuned, and challenging the youth to take a step to answer the call.
Eager to experience the moving power of the Holy Spirit, the delegates listened attentively to the messages delivered by the speakers and savored the sweet presence of God during praise and worship. Altar call followed after each session.
Loud cries echoed out as lifted hands and voices were raised. Tears continuously fell as the young people were touched and filled by the Holy Spirit. Some received the gifts of the Spirit, others answered the call. God truly moved in and fully released His power and presence to equip them all.
The tasks performed by the leaders and the delegates were a bit physically and mentally demanding, nevertheless enjoyable. For some, being in Manila was like a dream come true. The campers toured around and strolled the two famous historical sites in the country: the Intramuros and the Luneta Park.
The young walked around the streets and went to a souvenir shop and busied themselves taking pictures with the calesa, the insignia, the building, and other “social media worthy” photos. Given an hour to relish the Luneta Park, each did not waste a second to enjoy and have fun with their friends.
They also enjoyed swimming at the pool on the last night of the retreat. Others preferred to talk with their new-found friends and elated themselves with stories they could laugh about.
Waving goodbye to each other the next morning was hard, but the friendship and the lessons they had built and learned would always be there until the next retreat. One thing was certain, they were now fully equipped and ready to be released for the expansion of God’s work as they confidently geared themselves with great IDEAS (Innovation, Dedication, Excellence, Anticipation, Speed)they learned in this youth convention.
Testimonies of the young people are powerful in this three-day retreat. They give the listener the hope that God is alive and truly working in the lives of His people.
Among the many who experienced personal revival, two sisters share their own stories below:
I’m Katherine Joy Manzanero Apuyan of Evangel Family Church Quezon City. I had three marvellous days of experiencing God’s great power. There’s a restoration of stolen joy, replenishment of empty faith, revival of my weary heart and renewal of my soul.
It was indeed a fulfilling experience to be blessed and renewed! At first, you can feel the need of the Holy Spirit covering the place. And I know everyone was waiting for the touch of the Holy Spirit. The piercing sermons of different pastors rebuked and gave me hope.
The burdens of my heart that kept me from moving forward disappeared. The discouragement, doubt and hatred were replaced by the love and peace coming from my Heavenly Father. And as I looked upon the other believer, I have seen every spirit humbling themselves before God.
My name is Fe Ellana, 24 years old, a young professional from Evangel Family Church-La Union. Three days of encounter with God and I answered the “Yes” to His call. Short time, right? Well, the truth is, it has been my heart’s desire since I was sixteen.
This retreat has made me give up everything I have right now. I’m spiritually filled.
I prayed and asked God to forgive me for making Him wait for too long. The burden in my heart was lifted up. And now is the time to move forward and take a bold step of faith.
I was so grateful to God for this retreat. I’ve been blessed by the preaching of His Word and meeting fellow Christians encouraged me more.
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