Heart of A Servant by: Marlene Natividad Suarez

Amid the ongoing pandemic, the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church, headed by their Board of Evangelism and Mission strives to feed hundreds of street dwellers housed in Delpan Sports Complex through their Tend My Sheep Program.

An initiative that started months ago in order to minister to the need of our less fortunate brothers and sisters around the said community. The program not only aims to feed hungry mouths but also feed hungry souls as they distribute Bibles sponsored by the Philippine Bible Society. To help sustain the contributions for the program, would-be contributors may contact the Head of BEM, Ms. Rowena Soria at 0919 792 0234. #SpreadHopeNotFear

In the UCCP Cosmopolitan Church service today, we celebrated Missions Month by highlighting TEND MY SHEEP, a feeding and gospel sharing ministry for the street dwellers and homeless in Manila during this pandemic lockdown.

What started as a response of our pastors to share what they had to the hungry outside the church walls a few months ago, is now a thriving program for 50 to 100 street dweller beneficiaries, twice a week. The beneficiaries are temporarily lodged in DSWD managed areas in Del Pan and Canonigo Streets in Manila.

Notwithstanding the danger of exposure to corona virus, one member of the Ministerial team goes early morning to buy food and supplies in the Paco wet market. They altogether cook, pack, and distribute the food. More importantly, the team prays for and shares the Gospel to the street dwellers. Church members and the Board of Evangelism and Mission also lend their hand and provide financial support in the implementation of the project.

This July, TEND MY SHEEP received funding from Make Me A Blessing Foundation and Operation Blessing Foundation (www.obphil.com) enabling us to feed up to 300 to 350 street dwellers per day, bi-weekly! Bibles were also distributed through the help of The Philippine Bible Society. Thank you so much dear ministry partners. Truly, our Lord Jesus Christ has blessed, is blessing and will continue to bless this project. Jesus hears our cry, He knows our plight, and He sends help thru His willing servants.

I especially thank our Ministerial Team, Rev. Callum Tabada, Rev. Fritz Mata, Rev. Grace Fe Inocentes-Magan, Rev. Veronica Tio Estayo, DM Jeffrey Ramirez Jr., Kenan Magan, Alicia Mata, Elder Sefamar Espina, Elder Rowena Fontanos Soria who are the moving forces behind this outreach program. God bless you all mightily for your genuine compassion to serve the least, the lost and the needy.

This is the time when Christians should step up and step out to concretely help the needy in big and small ways during this perilous season of fear, loss and lack.

Matthew 25:35, 40 (Excerpts)

35 ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink..
40…..‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Below is the music video shown in today’s service featuring photos of TEND MY SHEEP with the offertory song, Heart of A Servant.

May we truly become salt and light in a darkened world. May we all try our best and strive to live our lives following Jesus in all of our ways.

 

Posted by Marlene Natividad Suarez on Sunday, August 2, 2020

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I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

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