Sunday, January 14, 2018

An encouraging report for Sunday, Jan. 14

Psalm 126:3 KJV

"The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."

The Lord truly hath done GREAT things for us & we are so very glad!!

Fifty one precious children showed up for Sunday School today. Marcia had the opportunity to teach them the story about the lame man by the pool Bethesda. A young girl (probabbly around 11 years old) once again stayed for the morning service today & at the end of the service, she placed her faith in Christ to save her! Praise the Lord!

We had around 24 for the morning service including 3 visitors. We found out that 2 of the new people were ladies looking for a good Baptist Church. Their names are Lot & Bambi. They were looking for a new church because their church is turning contemporary. They were thrilled with the service.......singing the hymns & listening to the message. Pastor Courtney Lewis preached a fantastic sermon on "What Will You Do With Jesus?" in the AM service. Lot & Bambi returned to the afternoon service & they even pitched in & helped us clean the church before the afternoon service. We had a wonderful afternoon service with Pastor Lewis preaching a challenging sermon on "Sweet Hour of Prayer."

Thank you for praying for the church here. God is working in amazing ways. Please continue to pray with and for us.

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Would you please pray for these children and young people to continue their attendance and learn to sit and listen well so that they may understand the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? We know you would, and we appreciate that!

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This is Marcia with a photo of Cham - the girl who called upon the name of the Lord following the church service this morning. GOD is GOOD! Please pray for her mother. Her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. We will be visiting her mom this week.
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It was a blessing to be able to host Pastor Courtney Lewis. He preached two powerful Bible-based messages. He is headed to a conference in Bacoor, Cavite with Bro. David Cloud - pray for that meeting that many good brethren would be strengthened in the Lord and in the work of the ministry.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Faithfulness Sunday" and short recap for today

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Today is "Faithfulness Sunday" during the children's Sunday School. We honored 13 children who only missed one or two weeks over the last 3 months. We also honored 4 children who were perfect attenders (they didn't miss any weeks). This is a big deal considering very few of these children come with parents. We had around 51 children in attendance. Our morning service went very well with 21 in attendance. We continued our series in 1 John during the afternoon service. It has been a great day.
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Snacks and craft time give these children plenty to do after our morning reveille, songs, Bible verse memory work, Books of the Bible challenge (we are still finishing up the minor prophets), and Bible story and quiz.
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Our Bible Study Sunday School class (for adults and older teens) is studying the doctrine of Assurance of Salvation. It is a joy to see Christians grow and base their faith not in feelings but in the Word of God! In the AM service we heard a message on 1 Tim. 1:13-15, on God's "Superabounding" Grace. The Father is ready to forgive, and the Son is ready to save, if we would simply trust in Him - His grace is "exceeding abundant!" God's grace saved the chief of sinners, and therefore He can save any and all who would call upon Him. In our PM service we learned the differences between children of God and children of the Devil based on 1 John 3:4-10. The messages of our AM & PM services are accessible via sermonaudio.com/mzbmp.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Spreading Joy through Christmas Carols

What a blessing it was to be able to sing some Christmas carols at a local hospital in Tuktukan, Taguig City. We were able to give the folks in the waiting room some small misc. gifts, gospel literature, and a Tagalog John/Roman Scriptures. The many smiles in their faces was a big encouragement. The gentleman on the far right is the owner of the hospital. He joined us in singing! God is good! Our prayer is that many would take the time and think about the gospel message that was presented to them in song and in writing. Our church meeting place is only a couple of blocks away (within walking distance) and we also desire to see many attend our Sunday services.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Some Helps for the Hurting

The fact is that Christmas isn't so merry for many. No doubt that Death has slain his thousands and Grief his ten thousands. Here are some helpful hints with an earnest desire to fulfill Galatians 2:6.

MZBMP Christmas 2017 Greetings




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A short but merry Pre-Christmas Sunday update [12.17.2017]


Dr. Randy Starr ("Papaw") and Mrs. Shirley ("Mamaw") came over to the Philippines to be with us for a couple of weeks. It is a joy to see and be with them again. Their travel was arduous but the Lord gave them safety! Naturally, WT and Joe are so happy that Papaw and Mamaw are finally with them, again! We are so blessed!

This was our Saturday AM tract distribution and visitation team.

Dr. Starr distributing gospel tracts and inviting folks to our church services.

Marcia and her mom, Shirley, and WT are at the other end of the block distributing gospel tracts and also inviting folks to church.

We split the Children's Sunday School class to allow a more effective Bible teaching time with the children. Above are the 5 year old Sunday School children, and some visiting guests and some workers. The two teen boys (in the green and blue shirts) are brothers and they both trusted in Christ after the morning worship service along with their mother and their father. God is good! This family of four prayed and received the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour.

Mrs. Shirley Starr took the older Sunday School children and taught them a Bible story/lesson while Bro. Ronel translated for her. This allowed me to take the younger ones outside and go over the books of the Bible with them on a more personal level. The children are learning all the books of the Old Testament this year. By the time the New Year hits, they will have said by memory all the books of the Old Testament. We are so excited for them! Please pray that many of them would come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you!

Since it was our "Christmas party" Sunday School time, the children were given some small toys and goodies (fruits, snacks, and candy) in their bags. The biggest hit were the shades or sunglasses! They wore it like no one else's business! What a privilege and joy it was to see their faces light up. Merry Christmas, indeed!

Ella is sporting her new shades.

Evangelist Randy Starr preached both in AM and PM services, and I had the privilege of translating his messages. It was a joy to work under Dr. Starr over the years at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Brogue, PA, and it is still a joy and a huge blessing to work with him here in Tuktukan, Taguig. (Below is a sample video of our "tag-team" Preaching/Interpretation ministry).







In between Marcia and Mrs. Shirley is a lady who also prayed and believed in Jesus. Her and her husband both prayed after AM service and placed their trust in the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. Pray that these new converts would grow in the Lord. 

After the morning services (Children's Sunday School, Bible Study (adult) Sunday School class, and AM worship) we got enjoy lunch on the premises. We believe that eating is a Baptist distinctive! AMEN?! HA!

Now, first plates don't count (as far as calories that is), after all, we diet for occasions like this! As I always say!


And here is our happy and merry crew...Merry Christmas to you from the Hardeckers and from the Starrs! Thank you for taking interest in our ministry, and please continue to pray with and for us during this Christmas season. Stick by the stuff because Jesus is coming soon, and may we not be ashamed before Him at His coming!