Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Where UMC Biao Currently Hold Services

On the right side of the store owned by Ginalyn is an unfinished building,  which belongs to the Nazarenes. The Nazarene church has run down since their pastor left. The Nazarenes have agreed to allow the UMC to utilize the building for services. Some of the Nazarene members are now attending the UMC Sunday Services. The blue motor cycle is what Pastor July uses in doing his misson work.



Road in front of the UMC Biao lot

Bishop Leo Soriano, Pastor July, Ginalyn, and Mylene pose on the road. The vacant lot on the right side is the lot purchased for the future church site. Immediately across the lot is a  sari-sari store (a small variety store), which is owned by Ginalyn. Ginalyn and Mylene are among those who regularly attend Sunday worship.


UMC site in Biao

District Superintendent Irene, Pastor July, Ginalyn and Mylene pose for a souvenir photo. The vacant lot behind them is the future site of the UMC in Biao.


Future Site of UMC Biao

District Superintendent Irene and Pastor July standing on the future site of the UMC in Biao.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Biao Church Update from Bishop Soriano -Sept 2011

On September 22nd, 2011 I received an update from the Bishop on the Biao Church. He said that he, along with District Superintendent Iren, Pastor July visited Biao and took pictures of the lot that bought for the church site. He is traveling and will send pictures at later date. I will post these when I receive.

The documents for the land is now being processed and in due time they will be able to transfer the title in favor of the United Methodist Church. Pastor July is doing a great work in Biao and the Bishop is please with his achievements. He does not have any sure support but somehow the district has been able to sustain him up to this time. He is being supported with something like 1,000 to 1,500 pesos a month, which is around $35.00 U.S. dollars. This money actually comes from 2 or 3 people who have committed to support the pastor. District Superintendent is one of the supporters and she is working with the Korean Missionaries in hopes to obtain further support. The Bishop said the Korean support are bright and they may even help support building a church.The $250.00 provided by the Methodist Church in Fort Branch was a real blessing. Cherry and Gordon Rogers continues to provide Pastor July with a mode of transportation and housing.

The Methodist Church in Fort Branch helped plant the seed and we are seeing fruits of their efforts. Please continue to lift up the Biao Church in your prayers.