By David Bates, Austalian SOS Volunteer
John Robles is one of the SOS Volunteers in the team at Calapan, Mindoro in 2010. He is in his final year at Bethel Bible College in Manila.
John received Jesus into his life in 2004, when SOS volunteers held Bible studies in his house, in Jordan, Guimaras. He was baptized and he becaome a Core Group member of the church. John has dedicated his life to following Jesus. After completing Bible College, he will pastor a church-planting church.
David Bates and Bill Smart from Australia were amongst the SOS Volunteers at Jordan, Gimaras in 2004. Here is the Bible study where John Robles received Jesus as his Savior.At this time John is a beautician and hardresser, and is married with two chlldren.
Six months later in 2005 David Bates and Pastor Rick Lewis from Australia visited the church in Jordan, Guimaras. The owner of the karaoke bar had been converted, and the church, led by Pastor Jerry Arsenia and Pastor Rianne Bullones, met in the converted karaoke bar. John Robles is at this time an active member of the church, leading mens ministry, childrens ministry, every kind of ministry!
By the grace of God, he will pastor a church-planting church!
There were 4 other Australians who were with David Bates that joined the SOS team in Calapan, Mindoro. For more of their testimonies, click this link: Team Australia 2010
Last August 18, 2006, Rev. Rey Calusay installed the new board of Mindanao Regional Bible College (MRBC) in Gen. Santos City. After the new members were inducted as board of directors, they also elected the new set of officers namely: Rev. Cres Fernandez, Chairman; Rev. Fred Castillo, Vice-Chairman; and Rev. Fred Fredeluces, Secretary. The other members of the board are: Revs. Orthodomy Madula, Otho Cooley, and Darrell Blatchley. The board made a decision to retain Rev. Felipe Bercero as president of MRBC for another term.
The president of Bethany University, Dr. Max Rossi & Bethel Bible College president, Dr. Fermin Bercero doing a symbolic exchange of yearbooks as Articulation Agreement as partner schools during the May 31st visit of the Berceros to the BU campus in Scotts Valley, California. Dr. Rufino Hipol witnessed the exchange.
[An Articulation Agreement between schools enable students from both institutions to receive acceptance of their academic work. Bethany University and Bethel Bible College are hereby partnering to launch such an arrangement to facilitate the transfer of students’ coursework between both institutions.]
The formal signing of the agreement will be done on July 6th at Pacific Christian Center in Santa Maria, CA on the memorable occasion of the 30th Fil-Am Christian Fellowship convention. (www.filamfel.org )
GS Rey Calusay installed the newly appointed board of directors of Immanuel Bible College last Saturday, August 5, 2006 in Cebu City. Elected officers are the following: Rev. Gerry Cabajes (Chairman), Rev. Danny Arceo (Vice-Chairman), and Rev. Jose Ababat (Secretary). Other members of the board are Revs. Evie Larano, Cris Ganar, June Lebret, Danilo Custodio, Dave Johnson, and Leo Munoz. The meeting was also attended by OICs Herb & Karen Johnson and GenSec Joseph Suico.