Romans 12:3-8 New International Version (NIV)
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
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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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....
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Praise and Prayer Reports
by Edna Bargan
Dear Balikatan Family,
By the time you receive this newsletter, the Balikatan Board had just concluded our face-to-face weekend Marathon Meetings (Feb. 27 - Mar. 1) in Vacaville, CA. Our gratitude to those of you who suggested meaningful agenda items in addition to the board's priorities. I look forward to giving a summation of all that transpired.
RESTRUCTURING OF IVCF PHILIPPINES STAFF:
The organizational structure of IVCF Philippines is undergoing some critical repositioning, and if you've ever been involved in one - either at work or at church - you must know it involves hard work, pain and sometimes resistance. The end results are always productive and ideal however, especially when the entire process had been submitted to God's purposes and plans. As a result, some of the staff have assumed dual, even multiple roles, without additional compensation! Talking about great sacrifice on top of already remarkable sacrifices. These colleagues include Di Fernandez, Rachel Jentapa, Reinstary Arlegui and Blair Aguil. Meanwhile a Junior Accountant, Josephine Sanchez, was recently hired to help in the very critical function of stabilizing and updating IVCF Philippines' financial systems and records. The rest of the staff members and student leaders continue to serve doubly hard for the Lord's Kingdom Building.
Please take a moment to pray for each of IVCF Philippines' staff workers and GT Volunteers. UpholdChristy Jutare, National Director, as well, as she leads this entire organization in all the refinement it needs to go through. Contact TulunganTayo@gmail.com if you'd like to receive more information about individual staff members.
BALIKATAN BOARD and BALIKATAN FELLOWSHIP LEADERS:
I implore the body to also remember us in your prayers. Very soon, we'll begin implementing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among us to provide succinct and well defined guidance pertinent to our organizational relationships and ministry partnership expectations. This endeavor encompasses our spiritual encouragement of one another, our unity pertinent to our Vision and core values, our ministry priorities both within Balikatan and IVCF Philippines, and our fund raising initiatives.
Although the MOU speaks of Fellowship Groups, Balikatan Members and Friends who are individually located outside of Fellowship Groups are equally as valuable. You are all significant as co-laborers in the Lord's work, and the Board will continue to pursue you, cultivate your confidence and trust, pray for you and seek your wisdom and recommendations on how we should continue to advance Balikatan.
In summary - our prayer items for this month are the organizational refinement of both Balikatan and IVCF Philippines. Our mission remains compelling while the enemy's temptation for complacency is ever increasing. We need to kneel before God as He leads us forward.
Thank you for your commitment to prayer.
Edna Eleanor Bargan - Balikatan President
IVCF 2013 - 2014 Year End Report