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ROLIM Mission Caroling 2009
by: Bro. Jojo Balatbat
date posted: 12/12/2009 10:55:19 AM

Pastor Shane Torres’ vision to reach out and help poor pastors in the Philippines did not just came about in a spur of the moment but it was his long time dream.  Since he himself experienced being a poor pastor who cannot even meet his basic needs while serving God, and yes even momentarily clinically pronounced dead because of starvation.  But now just like Joseph the dreamer who dreamt and now things came into being. 

Pastor Shane would like to thank the Praise Team headed by Pastor Gary Pondang when they embraced the vision of supporting the cause through the Christmas spirit of giving through the Pinoy culture of caroling. It is truly a great success too.  Pastor Shane is also thankful to all the Rolim and non-Rolim members who were touched by God and reacted with such great support through their most generous giving.  After about three weeks of caroling the carolers already collected approximately more or less $2,000 (Canadian) and still growing.  This amount will be distributed to poor pastors in the Philippines who were selected by our Rolim leadership in the Philippines. Taking into consideration that they are not part  of a rich church in the Philippines that is more than able to support them. 

This will just be the start to continuously help poor pastors in the Philippines.  An Adopt a Pastor Program will be organized for this cause. Cloned from an “Adopt a Child” program, wherein a Rolim member will pledge to a monthly giving for the benefit of a selected pastor in the  Philippines.  Pastor Shane would like to appeal to all Rolim members to support this Godly and benevolent cause.  Filipino pastors have a monthly budget of  more or less  seven hundred pesos a month. Thus a $5 or $10 contribution will already help a lot. But our pastor knows that Rolim members tested by so many situations are generous givers, and it is all for the glory of God. If we could help other people in our giving how much more will it be counted to God’s heavenly realms if we do it for our brethren. 

"The king will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.'   Matthew 25:40 (God’s Word Translation).

 Let us also remember God’s word:

“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." Matthew 10:42 (NIV). Also in Mark 9:41 (NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

If we as temporary residents of this world invests in so many things that will perish, how much more should we invest our money, talent and time to our permanent residence in heaven where everything is eternal.  It is just like sending our treasures “door-to-door” or “balikbayan boxes” to our permanent home.

May God’s wisdom and strength help us all in this endeavour, not for Rolim’s glory or any personality but to the glory of our Father in heaven in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and to the communion of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

…Thank you..thank you..thank you..and Merry Christmas to you!

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