Calvary Chapel Dumaguete to Focus on Missions
For quite some time now the Lord has placed upon the hearts of the Elders of Calvary Chapel Dumaguete, led by Pastor Jo, to focus on missions. One initiative for missions focused on Thailand and to support the Calvary Chapel Dumaguete (CCD) church workers there. This resulted in a trip to Thailand composed of a group dedicated to do missions work – an activity supported generously by the CCD Church family. At the same time the Holy Spirit revealed a need to do missions work as well in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao. Where exactly in Mindanao was not known yet…But prayers continued to be lifted up to the Lord for His leading.
Local Missions work to Start in Dipolog City, Mindanao
God has a way of putting things in place and in perfect order… A series of events and situations all happened in rapid succession clearly revealing God’s plans for CCD to direct its attention for local missions work to start in Dipolog, a city located in Mindanao.
First, the Take No Glory Band (TNG) from the United States, came to Dumaguete to do an evangelistic concert. Pastor Jo gave the message during the concert after which more than 600 individuals came forward and received Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior..God’s mighty hand indeed was evident during this concert. People then approached Pastor Jo to do a similar evangelistic concert as a follow up to the TNG concert. Calvary Chapel Dumaguete has its own core of musicians who comprise the Praise and Worship team and a good choir that can provide top notch Christian music. When and where to hold a concert was then the prayer.
In God’s wonderful synchronization of His plan unfolding and being revealed – during this period: numerous cellphone text messages from individuals were coming forth from the Dipolog-Dapitan area (both of these cities are located in Mindanao) as a result of having been touched by the Lord through the CCD radio and TV ministries. People were expressing appreciation for the messages being aired regularly (replays of the sermons given by Pastor Jo during the Sunday and midweek services here in Dumaguete); inquiries were received curious as to what Calvary Chapel was; shortly thereafter, the CCD choir director, Jing Guevarra, approached Pastor Jo and shared with him how the Holy Spirit placed upon her heart to do an evangelistic concert in Dipolog.
First Visit to Dipolog City
This vision from the Lord of doing the first CCD evangelistic crusade in Dipolog was confirmed by several members of the church. A visit to Dipolog was organized to put God’s plan to fruition. Through contacts amongst God’s servants a meeting with the association of local church pastors in Dipolog, ZANEMA (Zamboanga del Norte Ministerial Association) was arranged. On October 4, 2008r 4, 2008
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The association responded with great enthusiasm. “…we have been waiting for something like this to take place in our hometown…the Lord must love us for giving us this event to be able to share God’s word through a concert…”
God also opens doors to hold a concert in Dapitan
Lifting this activity to God, the Lord continues to open doors of opportunities for CCD. Upon hearing of the planned Dipolog evangelistic concert, a pastor from the association suggested to Pastor Jo and the Elders that since Dapitan is very near why not do a concert there as well? Indeed God is awesome in the ways He makes everything work together. Co-workers in God’s vineyard in Dapitan have eagerly embraced the idea of the concert and volunteers there are coming forward to help out.
CCD Evangelistic Concerts to be held February
So finally, plans are being put in motion to hold evangelistic concerts on the 20th of February in Dapitan and Dipolog on the 21st. The CCD Praise and Worship team and the choir are now fervently busy with their practices. The committees are in place, the technical support and logistics groups are now meeting to map out the details of the the trip for the two cities.
Photos of the first and second survey trips to Dipolog
Here, we share with you some pictures of the first and second survey trips to Dipolog:
Invite Your Friends and Family to the “Hope for You” Concerts!
The two concerts entitled “Hope for You” will feature a message from Pastor Joseph Jo and music from the CCD Praise and Worship Team and the CCD choir. Both concerts will begin at 7 pm and admission is FREE. If you have friends and relatives in both Dapitan and Dipolog, this is a great opportunity for you to introduce them to God’s GOOD NEWS! Email them a copy of this article and invite them to attend the concert.
Contact us at email: email@example.com or phone: (035) 225-0407 & (035) 422-9093 if you want more information.
Please pray with us as we continue to lay before the feet of Jesus the two evangelistic concerts. We pray for the Lord’s PROVISION, His constant LEADING, GUIDANCE and of course, the HARVEST.
See you in Dapitan on February 20 and Dipolog on February 21!
These concerts are presented to you by Hope For You Outreach Ministry of Calvary Chapel Dumaguete City, in cooperation with Zamboanga del Norte Evangelical Ministerial Association (ZANEMA).
Dapitan Multipurpose Cultural Sports Center
7:00 pm February 20, 2009
Amando B. Amatong Civic Center
7:00 pm February 21, 2009