Executive Director Report- October 2017
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1).”
MEN AND WOMEN of courage, love, and service they are all. They choose to love the poorest of the poor, enter their slum or relocation communities, embrace them the way they are, and offer them, first and foremost, Jesus Christ, the Lord. Ten teams are presently advancing the cause of the Gospel of Christ. From the far rolling hills of Bulacan and Rizal in the north, to the swampy lands of Taguig in the east, and down to the plains of Cavite and the mountain slopes of Cebu in the south, Companion With The Poor has not forgotten the poor in these areas. The verse above, penned by the prophet Isaiah, which Jesus claimed fulfilled in his person, is our trumpet call, our statement of commission from the Lord. We can do nothing less. It is our joy to do this sacred task.
Our work and our missionaries do not get headlines in major newspaper platforms. Unnoticed, they feed hungry children, provide medicine for the sick, clothe the scantily-clad, organize communities, bring education to youth and adults, share the gospel of Jesus, provide livelihood programs, develop poor communities, lead Bible studies and worship, and build structures for community meetings, regular prayers and worship. Each one of us, and those we serve — children, men, women, fathers, mothers, young people, and orphans; the destitute, drunkards, pickpockets, prostitutes, drug dependents, and thieves; and the half-hearted saints, self-righteous, and worst of all sinners – are all included and invited into this sacred task of bringing people to the knowledge and saving grace of God through Jesus Christ. Humble, sacrificing, and willing to die for the Lord – these are the men and women of CWTP.
Here are the names of our beloved brothers and sisters who have dedicated their lives to serve Christ among the poor: Enrique Cubillo, Jose Besmonte, Ramon Padilla, Marcelo Bo-ot, Ronnel Severa, Ely Cotanas, Bartolome Valeriano, Michel Sabalza, Jeffrey Samontanez, Abril Galang, Godjell Quinones, Moises Maaghop, Joji Limjoco, Nehemias Buloron, Joyce Dispulo, Reggie Garcia, Joel and Marjorie Sena, Marivic Bigay, Ederlyn Rosialda, Queenie Matias, Therosebeth Tolentino, Rufino Resurrecion Jr., Liway Escleto, Irene Basijan, Ligaya Esquierda, Rebecca Bata-anon, Cristal Aguilar, Floripin Encomio, Raymond Vizcaya, Christine Basco, Marvin Cerina, Renato Milca Jr., Hadassah Amoroso, Paulette Rosialda, Delia Guerra, Amado Reyes Jr., Mcloyd Llamar, Mary Ann Flores, Abraham Tiangco, and Danilo Mercado Jr.. Asher Micah Pinzon is training to become a missionary pilot to serve the poor in the hinterlands of Indonesia or an African nation, which are unreachable by land or sea. Paul Rollet is currently in the States and hoping to return soon. And then there are those who provide wisdom, counsel and pastoral care for our missionaries: Raineer Chu, Leonardo Armas, Ammi Armas, Mila Chu, and the rest of the spouses who remain strong and steadfast in supporting and praying for their husbands or wives, who go to the field and get their hands dirty for the Lord.
The exciting work of bringing the good news to the poor is an enormous task, as are the needs. We need chairs for the growing number of people who join our churches, food for the children, and finances for the purchase of lots and construction of worship places. Presently, we are building our Transformation and Prayer Center with a One Million Pesos budget (Twenty Thousand US Dollars) — an amount that is only one-tenth of the total budget we need to finish the whole structure. Included in this building is a chapel that will be opened every day for anyone to pray and to worship. People of any religious background may come and join in our worship and prayer times. We believe that what we are doing is the work of the Lord. We are not ashamed to work for the Gospel, even if it includes begging for the needs of the ministry. Only when we work together will the words of St. Paul, when he wrote, “They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do” (Galatians 2:10) become true to us.
To all our friends far and near, we thank you for your enduring partnership with us in the cause of the gospel for the poor. We cannot do the work by ourselves alone. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Our lives are fully surrendered to the Lord and unreservedly dedicated to God’s work among the poor. We rise to the drumbeat of the Lord, we march to the trumpet call of God, we work till we see the full redemption of all the believers. Et gloria Dei est!
Winston V. Pinzon
Executive Director, CWTP