1 Corinthians 13:48 New International Version (NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not selfseeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Lea Ana Chinn and Charles Weston Caswell will be joined together in marriage on April 11, 2015 at Seabrook Island, South Carolina. Lea is the youngest child of Balikatan founding members, Leiton and Lisa Chinn; and a former member of Junior Balikatan. Lea’s sister, Lani ChinnKoontz, will be the matron of honor while her brother, Eric Chinn, will be one of the groomsmen. Lea graduated from Wheaton College, IL, with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Spanish in 2010, whereas Weston received his B.S. in Government and Religion from Wofford College, SC, in 2012. Lea will wear her mother's wedding dress made by her grandmother, Nanay Ana Espineli. Samantha Chinn, Lea’s sister-in-law, will do the dress alterations. Lea requests prayer from the Balikatan family for their engagement season and upcoming marriage, that it may bring glory to God.
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Interview by Valerie Agbayani-Malabonga
Jody: It started a year before when I was at a point in my Christian walk where I could finally put my whole trust in the Lord. I told Him I would do whatever he asked of me. I found myself open to any possible path and it was a little scary not knowing. I told Ate Lisa Chinn, the director of the next conference, that I was available for whatever she needed, so I came a day early to the conference. She needed me to pick up three people from the Baltimore airport, and one of them was Mila....
By Ivy Fornoles-Santos
July 7, 2014, was the day I left Manila and arrived at New York’s JFK Airport that same night. Finally, after waiting for almost one year and three months, my spouse’s visa was approved. I remember being so anxious about a lot of things.......
Praise and Prayer Reports
by Edna Bargan
Excerpts from "The Gift of Gifts"
Valley of Vision A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions
What shall I render to Thee for the gift of gifts.
Thine own dear Son, begotten not created,
My Redeemer, proxy, surety, substitute,
His selfemptying incomprehensible,
His infinity of Love beyond the heart's grasp.
...Herein is wonder of wonders:
He came below to raise me above,
Was born like me that I might become like Him.
...Herein is LOVE:
When I cannot rise to Him
He draws near on Wings of Grace, To raise me to Himself.
...Herein is Wisdom: When I was undone, with no will to return to Him,
And no intellect to devise recovery,
He came, Godincarnate, to save me to the uttermost,
As man to die my death, to shed satisfying blood on my behalf,
To work out a perfect righteousness for me.
Lord Jesus Christ, in this commemorative month of Love and Devotion, thank you for being the very Epitome of Compassion. For defining Life itself to me, and saving me from eternal destruction. Help me O Lord to love like you without condition nor pursuit of selfpraise. And not only for this season but a lifetime
IVCF 2013 - 2014 Year End Report