With the conclusion of the 2014 Balikatan Conference last July 6, I hand over the reins for Balikatan to Edna Bargan, even as I’ll continue to serve on the Board for the next two years. I have been on the Board for eight years, the last seven of those as President, and I’m blessed to have had the experience of working with gifted individuals who shared their talents, time, and resources with the Balikatan Board to help ensure that Balikatan forges on, especially in providing sustained prayer and financial assistance to IVCF Philippines. To those who have served with me on the Board, thank you for your support and friendship. I specially thank Jojo Remigio, who served with me on the Board as the President, Vice-President, and Chairperson of various committees in those eight years.
Thank you also to the Alumni Liaison and Communications Specialists (ALCS) and e-newsletter editors who have worked alongside the Board; the Balikatan Advisors who have given me and the Board timely and valuable counsel; and the members, adherents and friends who have encouraged, prayed for and helped me, Balikatan and IVCF Philippines. May you not grow weary of praying for and giving your full support to Balikatan in the coming years.
My special thanks to my wife, Annabelle, for her undying support, counsel and patience as I provided leadership to Balikatan. She is one with me in thanking you all as well.
Above all, thanks be to God, who, by His grace and mercy, enables us to accomplish all things for His glory.
Outgoing President, Balikatan
by Lilia Salazar-Nigro
by Norma Andres
The total amount raised for IVCF Staff Salaries and General Fund from the Balikatan Conference held in Zion, Illinois is as follows:
Staff Salaries US$ 15,753 (from Sunday offering, Auction, & Sales of Donated Items)\
General Fund US$ 1,016
Total US$ 16,769
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Balikatan Conference 2014
The 31st Balikatan Conference at Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center in Zion, Illinois was attended by about 88 IVCF alumni and friends from the US and Canada.
This year, we met old and new friends from California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin in the US as well as British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario in Canada.
By Ivy Veridiano Viterbo
I am a computer engineering graduate from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila. I am 42 years old and happily married to Jeff Viterbo. I joined IVCF-PUP, Sta. Mesa, Manila (Kalasag Christian Fellowship) in college and participated in the LCDC camp and the Day of Prayer. I came to know Balikatan through Ate Lheng Salucop Vasil........More>>>
Praise & Prayer Reports
1. Crossroads Fellowship in the Midwest (CFM) - the newest Balikatan Fellowship Group composed of alumni, family members and friends from the Midwest had their first meeting on July 26. Praise God for this development!
2. Ongoing health and financial concerns - please remember to pray for some of our own Balikatan family members who are going through some health challenges. May God hear the deepest cries of their hearts.
3. IVCF Philippines Annual Corporation Meeting - scheduled for August 30 (8 am-1 pm Philippine time, 8 pm-1 am EST, 5 pm-10 pm PST). Meeting will be streamed online.
4. Kabalikat Sa Alberta team for Balikatan Conference 2015 preparations.