Executive Director Report- September 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 communities, embrace them the way they are, and offer them, first and foremost, Jesus the 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, up to the planes of Cavite, and the mountain slopes in Cebu in the south, Companion With The Poor has not forgotten the poor in these. The verse above 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 medicines for the sick, clothe the scantily-clad, organize communities, help bring education through Adult Learning System, share the gospel of Jesus, provide livelihood programs, help develop the poor communities, lead in Bible studies and worship, build structures for community meetings, regular prayers and worship. Children, men, women, fathers, mothers, young people, all destitute, drunkards, pickpockets, prostitutes, drug dependents, thieves, all half-hearted saints, all worst of all sinners, are included in this sacred task of bringing people to the knowledge and grace of God through Jesus. These are the men and women of CWTP—humble, sacrificial, willing to die for the Lord.
Here are the names of our beloved brothers and sisters who have dedicated to serve Christ among the poor: Enrique Cubillo, Jose Besmonte, Ramon Radilla, Marcelo Boot, Ronnel Severa, Ely Cotanas, Bartolome Valeriano, Michel Sabalza, Jeffrey Samontanez, Abril Galang, Godjell Quinones, Moises Maaghop, Nehemiahs Buloron, Joyce Dispulo, Reggie Garcia, Joel and Marjorie Sena, Marivic Bigay, Ederlyn Rosialda, Queenie Matias, Therosebeth Tolentino, Rufino Resurrecion, Liway Bitangcol, Irene Basijan, Ligaya Esquirda, Rebecca Bataonon, Talah Aguilar, Floripen Encomio, Raymus Viscaya, Christine Basco, Marvin Cerina, Renato Milca, Hadassah Rosialda, Paulette Rosialda, Delia Guera, Abraham Tiangco, and Danilo Mercado. Asher Micah Pinzon is training to become a missionary pilot to serve the poor in the hinterlands of Indonesia or African nation, which are unreachable by land or sea. I should include those who provide wisdom, counsel and pastoral care for our missionaries: Raineer Chu, Leonardo Armas, Ammi Armas, Mila Chu and the rest of our spouses who remain strong and steadfast in supporting and praying for their spouses who go the field and get their hands dirty of the Lord.
The exciting work of bringing the good news to the poor is an enormous task, so are the needs. We need chairs for the growing number of people who join our churches, food for the children, finances for the purchase of lots and construction of worship places. We believe that what we are doing is the work of the Lord. We are not ashamed to work for the Gospel, even if 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.
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!