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Rolim Goes to Mission
by: Bro. Jojo Balatbat
date posted: 1/30/2010 5:30:31 PM

Vacation time is always fun and exciting especially if it is going back to our native country the Philippines and  it is Christmas and New Year time.  For two of our Rolim family this has been really enjoyable and satisfying, since they did not only enjoy their hometown, family and friends but also made time for a mission in Rolim Baco, Oriental Mindoro, to bless the pastors and church there. 

The families who went home and made the mission are the Pondang and Roque family.  The Pondang family as you all know composed of Pastor Gary, sister Cem, brother Adam and brother Atha-Boy, while the Roque family headed by brother Boyet (now promoted to pastor since the mission), sister Aida and brother Mark. 

They were met with great reception by our Mindoro brethren and the missionaries are all very thankful to Rolim Toronto congregation for allowing them to experience such an honorable endeavour.  They are so thankful and joy filled their hearts as they imparted blessings to Rolim Mindoro congregation and to the pastors there.  The twelve pastors there were interviewed by our missionaries and will be under probation to be included in our Adopt a Pastor Program.

Before actually travelling to Mindoro, the enemy as you all know tried but did not succeed in discouraging and instilling fear to the heart of our missionaries, since  prior to their scheduled departure to Mindoro, several news about suicide bomber came about and also the ill-fated sinking of one RORO (Roll-on Roll-off) ship travelling the same route last December 2009.  Pastor Boyet Roque even e-mailed the Canadian brethren for encouragement and prayers as he is greatly affected.  But in all that God be praised, since God’s favour and protection were upon them.  Thus even during the time for them to go back to Manila, lots of passengers were stranded but not them, though they also spent some time waiting, still not that bad.
The Pondang and the Roque departed from Pearson International Airport last December 24, 2009.   Then in January 3, 2010 they proceeded to Oriental Mindoro by way of Batangas - Calapan port.  They boarded the ferry boat - SuperCat and reached Mindoro after an hour.  Together with Pastor Jun Torres, overseer of Rolim Mindoro church they  all went to a house that Pastor Jun is renting.  The following day they went to Rolim’s Baco church.  This small church has been literally built by its Senior Pastor Jay Ramos and his wife sister Michelle, of course with the help of its members and  most certainly Rolim,Toronto. That church has more than fifty members, but since our Rolim missionaries could not make the service on a Sunday, they had the service on a Monday and thus only a few members made it.  Pastor Jun Torres introduced our missionaries to the congregation.  Pastor Gary Pondang preached to encourage the congregation.  Brothers Adam, Mark and Atha-Boy also rendered a praise song to the congregation as well as Pastor Gary.  That day was also the Second year Anniversary of Rolim, Baco, Mindoro.  They also proceeded to Grace Mission Hospital at Socorro, Oriental Mindoro and also to the Grace Mission Church after lunch that same day.  There they were met by Pastor Raymund Tuvera and sister Grace Tuvera.
January 5, 2010 – Bless the Pastor, venue: Dolce Vita Di Jo Resort, Oriental Mindoro.  Twelve pastors together with their spouses were given a treat and were blessed by our missionaries.  That evening a Praise and Worship Service was held.  Pastor Gary Pondang  delivered the preaching to encourage all the pastors.  Each pastor introduced themselves.  Games were played like Hep-hep hurrah (Hallelujah praise the Lord), Pinoy Henyo, Deal or No Deal, Balloon bursting and blowing, Charade, and Trip to Jerusalem.  Each pastor were given three thousand pesos (P3,000)  excluding the cash prizes they won during the games.  The pastors were all so blessed and thankful to God for meeting our missionaries as well as receiving Rolim, Canada’s gifts and future project of helping them financially in their work to God.  This was the culmination of their mission in Mindoro. 

While it was true that our missionaries enjoyed the mission, sister Cem as she happily recounted to us about their experience riding the jeep going to places in Mindoro as if one is riding a horse because of the bumpy ride, which is a due to a combination of  dirt road and paved road. And also her stomach problem during the mission probably because of  the water quality in the area.  But in all that sacrifices, joy filled their hearts and very thankful for having been a part of the mission.

Pastor Shane Torres, our beloved pastor was so thankful and excited, since his vision for the Mindoro mission has been a great success, thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ and to the passion of our two families to serve God.  Special thanks as well to Pastor Jun Torres and sister Mhaan, who has been truly hardworking and dedicated to their service to God by serving as overseers of Rolim, Mindoro.  And also to the Tuvera family headed by Pastor  Raymund Tuvera  who has always been a great servant of God and supporter of Rolim’s visions and plans.




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