Beloved in Christ,
Warm greetings in Christ’s most blessed Name, from which we draw our inner strength, hope, love, and joy regardless of the circumstances. I praise God for His constant assurance of care and companionship. By faith, we rejoice in the midst of challenges, of peril, and of opportunities to carry His message of salvation to the lost and to encourage believers. Romans 12:12 “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”
1. On August 25th, we celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the church in downtown Sta. Maria. Praise God for a rural church that is a lighthouse for believers and seekers. God has saved people and, by His grace, they are growing spiritually. Many people have left for livelihood reasons or, in the case of young people, to pursue college education or work in cities. Praise God that they remain faithful. They have found other Bible churches and some are Sunday school teachers or deacons in those churches. This church, which was pioneered by my late husband, continues sound in doctrine and in God’s grace. God has given us a new pastor, Pastor and Mrs. Umbod. They also have the heart of a shepherd.
3. Our government permit was renewed for one school year for our day school, Morning Star Academy. However, we were also given a stern warning to upgrade the building and facilities. Nevertheless, whatever happens, the Word of God is being taught daily without fail, along with an excellent academic program. We trust God to keep this Christian school going despite all the pressures from some dignitaries.What if God preserves this school until the Rapture? He is the One Who is truly in charge anyway! Just this week, 3 teens got saved: Nichole 11, Kyle 12, and Dorothy 12. Our churches are open only 3 days a week but MSA is open 7 days a week and produces strong Christians. Praise God!
4. Mrs. Carlson donated a big box of library books for the school and church, and a sewing machine for the children’s Home and Livelihood Education. This is another confirmation, showing us that God is able to provide for and will operate this educational ministry.
5. Thank you to the matching funds donors. I have a laptop to ease the workload and was able to finish one room in the school where kids learn cooking, planting, sewing, and crafts.
6. Always, I praise God for your prayers and concern. Your love and financial support allow us to fulfill the work of reaching people with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in this part of the world.
7. My son, Daniel Unno, is now a full-fledged doctor! Thank you so much for your prayers and love. He will be on duty in our rural town’s primary hospital and is applying for the position of Municipal Health Officer in the nearby town of Malita. He’ll probably be a rural doctor for 2 to 3 years as part of the scholarship agreement before he can proceed to a hospital residency. Please continue to uphold him before the Lord so that he may be where God wants him to be.
8. Our location was not affected by the flooding caused by the typhoons.
1. Comfort for the Christians in the typhoons and for the flood victims. Many storms hit our country last year and this year. May Christians find the reason in Christ alone and may unbelievers believe the Gospel as it is preached.
2. The follow-up of newly saved Christians. May they grow spiritually and become fruitful for God’s glory.
3. Our church and the outreaches in the far-flung barangays. May these local bodies of Christ in action be a living testimony around our community and beyond.
4. The outreach work in the towns of Sta. Maria and Malita. May God continue to nurture the Christians here and establish a strong church.
5. Morning Star Academy’s building and facilities. We urgently need $4,000 US.
6. The feeding program for indigent children every Friday. Cost is $150 US each month. We are still praying for the funds to buy big pots and pans and utensils. We need $500 US for this. Whenever God the Holy Spirit touches your heart regarding these projects, kindly forward your gift to the IGM office.
7. Work opportunities in our town or factories where our people can work. Up until now, there is no college and very few stores. Employment is very scarce so moving to other places to find a job is always the reason that people leave the church. The majority of the church members look for jobs in other provinces or cities. Young people pursue school in other places. Many, however, cannot afford to go to school and many are unemployed. In many barangays, robbery of crops and livestock is rampant and even houses are ransacked. Pray for our people to be diligent in fishing and as laborers, to do menial jobs faithfully, and to be honest and hard workers as we continually encourage them to work for the Lord.
My daughter, Dannel, is in the 4th year in the proper medicine program at the state-run West Visayas University. She performs her clerkship duties at the government hospital. She maintains her daily medicines to prevent hypertension. The doctor found out during the fitness exam that her heart has a blocked valve on the right side, which makes her blood pressure shoot up. She is doing well in school and in her hospital duties and, Lord willing, will graduate in April 2014. She praises God and declares, ” when I am weak, He is strong…”
My son, Unno, graduated from the Davao Medical School Foundation in April 2012. He finished his hospital internship in April 2013. For the past three months, he has been doing review. On August 10, 11, 17, and 18, he took his licensure board. Praise God, he made it! He is now a licensed medical doctor.
My son, Arno, is in his 2nd year of General Education. He is also the music director in our church and is involved with the showing of Christian films. He asks for prayer that he can finish his education program and, Lord willing, his pastoral program.
God has molded us to trust Him day by day, without an earthly father for more than 6 years since he was called to glory in December 2006. God gave all my children academic scholarships throughout college and post-graduate school medicine. Arno enjoys a full scholarship as a member of the university choir (he sings 1st tenor). It is really hard, but the discipline, hard work, and moment-by-moment reliance on God’s provision are the real blessings. It is your faithful prayer, support, and encouragement that inspire us to keep going, knowing that God goes with us and with His ministry.
I, personally, by God’s grace alone and His enablement, have dedicated the rest of my life to serve Him in any way that He makes me effective–with children, with young people, with adults (especially the widowed and abandoned), in the church or school, in evangelism, or in edifying the brethren. I am happy and contented to serve God with my children and church. From the depths of my heart, I daily praise God and thank you. May God bless you and us. Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Sincerely, in Christ Alone,