From the CBN Asia Family of Ministries to yours, have a joyful Christmas and a blessed new year!
“Marriage is a life – long covenant instituted by God Himself between one man and one woman held together in an exclusive bond characterized by selfless love, mutual respect, daily acts of kindness and enduring faithfulness.”
– Dr. Albert Clavo
This is one of the areas Mrs. Lenie R. Castañeda was struggling with.
She was a law graduate and master’s degree holder, a former faculty member of UP Cebu, and a former legal assistant at International Justice Mission (IJM) turned government employee.
Yet CBN Asia’s Ministering to Ministers (M2M) helped her a lot in this area of struggle, and in many other ways, when she attended their conference on July 22, 2016 in Dipolog City.
Her story before M2M
“Our marriage has been difficult from the start until that day. It’s an uphill battle for both of us. We have been dealing with a lot of issues, individually and as a couple. Besides that, we are raising our three kids, who are very young.
I thought I was the good one.”
After the M2M Experience, here’s what she has to say
“Through Ministering to Ministers, God showed me my heart and my attitude. I have been critical and argumentative. I nagged. I complained. A lot of things has to be changed.
M2M reminded me that my husband is a prize from God, a reward from Him. The Lord taught me to submit to my husband: revere him, respect him, nurture him, encourage and build him up.
Because I have a difficulty with it, I needed to surrender it to God. I learned – in subjection, I have adjust myself beside him. It is an affectionate, and cheerful subjection too.
Pastor Peter and Sister Christine provided us with a model of how it is to have a Christ – centered marriage.”
To a Better Marriage
“M2M was used to change me and transform me to be the wife that my husband needs and deserves.
The Bible and the books given to us helped me in our faith, to strengthen our marriage. It allowed me to grow in my walk with God, to put Him first and have the proper priorities in life. It encouraged me to pray. It helped me to humble myself before God. To ask His help to submit and respect my husband. I learned to admire my husband, to be loyal to him and deeply love him.
M2M was God’s way to heal our marriage. When we made Jesus Christ the center of it, God redeemed, resurrected and made our marriage thrive. The renewal of vows allowed us to renew our commitment to God and to each other, to God be all the glory!
We also started to have meaningful conversations. I can say that since that day, our marriage is better. Truly, marriage is an orchestra, like a symphony, we are working together in – sync and we are growing in the Lord.
As a volunteer in VCF Dipolog City, M2M encouraged me to serve God with joy as the joy of the Lord is my strength.”
Why should other CBN Asia Community Partners attend M2M?
“M2M is a great way to improve the marriage, to renew the love of the husband and wife and to grow together as Christians. With God’s Word, ideas, tips, the Bible, the books and other tools given to us, we were equipped to be a blessing to our local church and our community.
God bless CBN Asia for M2M!”
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ, so said Galatians. But how will a church do that? One church’s approach varies from another.
Four months ago, Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church opened its doors to pastors and church leaders of Dipolog City when it hosted CBN Asia’s Basic Counseling Training.
Pastor Michael Ursolino Venegas understood the need for such training. This eighteen – year old church at the Gateway to Western Mindanao has outreaches in Brgy Aseniero, Dapitan City and Brgy Del Pilar, Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.
One of their aims is to be relevant in their social responsibility, thus, leadership development and strengthening church management are requisites.
After the training, Pastor Mike was asked if his expectations were met. Here’s his response.
“Training was very good. Material was practical and biblical. Trainer was excellent in teaching and facilitating the training.
Today, I have learned what counseling really is. It has reinforced my previous trainings about counseling. It has also added some practical techniques in doing it.”
Where could he best apply the techniques he has learned?
“I could best apply them at my pastoral ministry. I had some leaders with me who attended the training. It will ease the burden on doing this ministry alone. The church now has a handful of counselors to go to, who are basically equipped in counseling.
I would also re – echo this training to my pastors and leaders under my supervision.”
It was July when CBN Asia conducted a Basic Counseling Training at Upper Turno Highway.
Recently, JIL MIS officer Jojo Tizon gave this feedback: “Yes, nakatulong po ng malaki sa pag – conduct po ng counseling.” (Yes, it helped a lot in facilitating counseling)
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.”
– Ecclesiastes 4:9 NKJV
CBN Asia takes part in the fulfillment of God’s mission in this world, bringing the lost to the light and the hopeless to the source of hope – the Lord Jesus Christ.
In 2010, a church in Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila signed up with CBN Asia’s Church Partnership Program. Since then, the Manila Faith Assembly of God has continually endeavored to follow-up on, pray for, and counsel c viewers or callers referred to them.
This partnership yielded good rewards. The presence of Christ has never been more evident. Meeting these viewers or callers is in itself a great pleasure. While they are being established in the faith, love and knowledge of the Lord, those who are ministering to them are also being encouraged.
Manila Faith gathered them three times within the year 2016 where two batches visited CBN Asia office and studio. Their stories are very uplifting.
It is both a privilege and a blessing to be in partnership in advancing the kingdom of God. There is surely good reward for the labor.
Partner with us in fulfilling the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ!
November 5, 2016
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