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Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2010

Reports From Our Gospel Frontiers

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Letters and reports from our missionaries are regularly received. These customary communications are both information and tokens of mutual accountability on the part of our church and our missionaries.

I value the letters (emails, SMS, etc.) from our missionaries. It helps us to cement our partnership in Christ and to coordinate and enhance the work of the Lord. Especially when these letters come with good news of spiritual victories and advances, they enormously refresh our hearts. “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25).

Today, I would like to publish, firstly, an email from Ethiopia in which Rev Ephrem relates how the Lord has turned around adverse circumstance our Ethiopian brethren experienced in obtaining a permit into build the church and the Bible college. Secondly, testimonies of blessings that our brethren in the Philippines received through our recent mission trips to that nation. May we also praise God for the blessings our brethren have received; and let us also continue in our prayers for all of them.

Joyous news from Ethiopia

Dear Rev Koshy,

Receive my heartfelt greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

Thank you for upholding us in your prayers in this most difficult time of our Church’s life. Last time, I shared with you the great difficulty we were facing in getting the ‘change of use’ for our property in Alem Gena to be used for the purpose of church and Bible college. Mr Abdallah, the head of the regional land authority, has been opposing the Gospel outreach being established there. He strongly stood against our request to build a Church there.

When the plan institute told us to bring a letter of recommendation from the Mayor’s committee, we were very much troubled, knowing that Mr Abdallah is a prominent figure. It was really asking for the impossible.

Therefore, we fasted for three days, praying and crying to God to intervene and change the mind of this man and turn the hearts of other committee members to our favour. God’s miraculous intervention was the only way out. “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

After seeking the face of the LORD in prayer, we submitted our request to the Mayor’s committee and waited prayerfully and yet anxiously for the answer. “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Psalm 56:3). God’s sovereign wisdom and power overturned the counsel of the enemy as the committee unanimously agreed to make the requested change and the chief objector was the first to put his signature on the minutes. Truly, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will” (Proverbs 21:1). This is God’s victory! God triumphed over the wicked one! Christ Jesus triumphed over His enemy! The Gospel of Christ triumphed over its foes! And feeble people of the LORD found favour in God’s sight. “My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2). What mercy! Amazing grace how sweet the sound!

Today, we have submitted the recommendation of the Mayor’s committee to the plan institute and the office agreed to endorse the change. The plan institute will write a letter of endorsement to the Mayor’s office, which seals the whole matter. We are given an appointment on 5th of August to collect this letter. Praise God for what He has done for us for His name’s sake! And pray that what remains will be completed according to God’s gracious purpose for Gethsemane B-P Church.

Once again, thank you for all that you have done for God’s work with much sacrifice. Please convey our thanks and greetings to all Gethsemaneans and friends who have been standing with us in the battle for the cause of Jesus Christ.

May God’s peace abide with you for ever. Looking forward to hearing from you.

With grateful heart,

Rev Ephrem Chiracho

Testimonies From The Philippines

From San Antonio

Pastor Koshy,
Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I would like to convey my words of gratitude to you and the entire mission team for ministering to us and spending time with us before and during our 2nd anniversary thanksgiving service. Our members and worshippers were greatly encouraged by our home visitations. The children and the youth were also blessed by our Saturday afternoon ministry in San Antonio. Honestly speaking, we want you to stay with us longer. But God’s providence did not permit. Nonetheless, we praise and thank God for having you and the whole mission team with us on our 2nd anniversary thanksgiving service.

Pastor, by the grace of God, the people love your preaching and have asked me when you will be coming back.

In His service,

Bro Dominino

From Cebu

Praise God for the very fruitful and blessed time of studying God’s Word through the nightly lectures by our beloved Pastor Koshy. Truly, we have been instructed and warned of the dangers of apostasy of our time. As they say: “To be forewarned is to be forearmed”, let us then be on the guard, always striving for the truth, contending earnestly for the faith.

Pastor Reggor

First of all, I would like to thank the Lord for bringing Pastor Koshy and other brethren from Singapore here in Cebu. Thank God for their time and effort in coming for our church anniversary and for the nightly Bible study on the Epistle of Jude. I thank God that He has raised a preacher like Pastor Koshy and used him mightily for His glory. I thank the Lord for the 5 nightly Bible studies which has increased my knowledge of God's Word and helped in my spiritual growth. Thank God that in spite of missing two of the nightly meetings, He has made a way for me to know His Word through the notes taken down by my mother. I thank God that He has taught me many things through Pastor Koshy about my standing as a Christian. I thank God also for constantly reminding me of Him through His Word. Thank God for the wisdom that He has given me to be careful and discerning with regard to myself and my environment. Praise the LORD!!!

Sis Junko Yamamoto

Thank God for all the brethren that came all the way from Singapore. Thank God also for the life of Pastor Koshy for always being mindful of our spiritual affairs,  and for the messages he taught for 5 days. I thank God for enabling me to attend, hear and study His Word in greater depth, especially the Epistle of Jude. The message was an eye-opener for every Christian like me. I am able to examine myself if I am really a Christian or an apostate? Thank God, for I can always call upon Him for wisdom and guidance. Thank God also for the messages; they reminded me to be watchful of
the people around me who may be wolves in sheep's clothing. I will be more careful not only for myself but also for others. Thank God also for reminding me that God loves us so much and He is able to preserve us from falling. If I always call upon Him, He is always ready to take care of us. All glory and honour be to the LORD and SAVIOUR!

Sis Riza Mortel

I praise and thank God for the opportunity that He has given us to attend the past nightly meetings. Truly, it was an enlightening experience. I learned that apostates are the type of people who attend church and try to be a blessing to the body of believers but secretly feed the church with false doctrines - these people are heretics. We must ask God for His wisdom and guidance in order that we ourselves may not be carried away by their false teachings and immoral doings if some do ever show up in our church. Instead, we must try to be a blessing to these people so that they will see the truth. If they reject the truth, then must we be vigilant and avoid this type of people. May God’s name be glorified for ever and ever. Amen.

Angelo Tiu

In the 5 nightly study on the Epistle of Jude, I learned many things from Pastor Koshy. I learned many things about the apostates, etc. I also learned that Jude was the brother of James, and also about Peter being an apostle just as what Pastor read in the Bible "Peter and the 11". Though I missed one night (Monday), I still learned many things on the succeeding days. I thank the Lord that I could listen to His Word through Pastor Koshy's message every night. On the day of our anniversary, I was happy because I came early and saw the place before everyone could…I thank Pastor Koshy and the mission team for their valued support to our congregation and I also thank the Lord for the provision of a place in Diplomat Hotel and Hotel Asia for our nightly study and our anniversary thanksgiving service.

Miko Teñedo

Praise and thank the Lord for His providence for impressing upon the hearts of Pastor Koshy and the mission team from Singapore to visit, minister and encourage us in the work of the Lord.

Praise and thank the Lord for the nightly lectures on the Epistle of Jude, I could see the great anticipation and excitement of the brothers in the Care Ministry ever since they heard of such meetings. They read and reread the Epistle of Jude in preparation for the nightly lectures; more so for myself since I could once again be a student of my lecturer and Pastor. It was indeed a blessed time of learning and relearning. Though I had taken this subject under Dr Khoo, the learnings I had then were made afresh through the nightly lectures and even the addition of new insights and practical applications from the verse-by-verse exposition of God’s Word. The study and learning of the Epistle of Jude would really cause such a one to take a close examination of oneself. I thank the Lord that through the lectures, I re-examine my personal life and my service to the Lord. Thank God for His mercy and grace that He has upheld me in His arms to continually purge me from my personal sins and count me useful in the ministry. All glory and honour and praise be unto Him alone!!!

Praise and thank the Lord for the rest of the mission team who took time to teach the children concurrently with the nightly lectures. It was indeed a night of learning without distraction. Praise and thank the Lord for the sweet fellowship we had with the mission team, encouraging one another and provoking each other to greater love for the Lord and His Word and service to Him.

Praise and thank the Lord for the mission team’s visit and encouragement to the Care Ministry brothers. Praise and thank the Lord for morning devotions led by Pastor Koshy and attended by the rest of the mission team. We in the Care Ministry would always be thankful to the Lord for your visit and encouragement to us. “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10). ALL GLORY BE TO GOD!!!

Bro Eliezer Ortega

Praise and thank God for the nightly lectures and study on the Epistle of Jude conducted by Pastor Koshy. Thank God for the privilege and opportunity to study God's Word through this book. I have already read this book several times during our family Bible reading but I haven’t had the full understanding of most of the verses. When Pastor Koshy started to expound and taught us verse by verse, I started to understand this book. Some of the lectures, especially during Monday night, became too scary for me that I really focused on listening to the lectures because during this night, Pastor Koshy identified and explained through the verses one by one who are the apostates. It made me ponder and think of my own personal life if I should have a trace of such characteristics, knowing of the danger if we are one of those described. I resolve all the more to be careful and wise in the kind of life I live and be properly grounded in the Word of God. I pray in my heart that God will help and strengthen me not to become an apostate. I am looking forward to another book study soon. Lastly, I would like to thank God for the life of Pastor Koshy and the team in our midst. To God be the glory!

Sis Arlaine Ortega

I thank the Lord for the blessed and fruitful time of studying God’s Word through the 5-night lectures conducted by Pastor Koshy on the theme “Earnestly Contending for the Faith”. The Epistle of Jude, though a short book, is rich and full of instructions and warning on apostasy and apostates and how to identify them. Also, I am very much comforted to know of the distinguishing characteristics of a Christian; that a Christian is sanctified, preserved, called and blessed in the Lord. Praise God for such wonderful blessings that I have in Christ Jesus! I am eagerly looking forward to the next round of nightly meetings and lectures by Pastor Koshy.

All glory be to God!

Sis Tinkerbel Pernito

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