Forever Yours, Joni

Forever Yours, Joni

Ms. Joni Villanueva-Tugna’s life, if in one word, would be this: OFFERING. She regarded everything she had—skills, expertise, wealth, strength, character, spirituality—as something she could offer to the people entrusted to her care in the different roles she took and to the One whom she owes her whole life: our Lord Jesus Christ. In every preaching or speech she made, it would resonate with her earnest desire to give more, serve more, offer more. It’s as if hearing from her over and over again, “I am forever yours.”

Now, as the anniversary of Ms. Joni’s departure to heaven draws near, not only will we remember the songs she sang, the services she did, the impact she made, and the love she showered to us, but, more so, relive the legacy she left behind.

Join us in the next few days on our official social media platforms as we give glory to the Lord for the life of our dear Ms. Joni Villanueva-Tugna.

#MJVJustToPleaseYou Commemorative Song Cover

#MJVJustToPleaseYou Commemorative Song Cover


Be part of the #MJVJustToPleaseYou Commemorative Song Cover and join the entire JIL Worldwide family in celebrating Mayor Joni’s legacy through inspirational music this May 2021. Here are the mechanics:

  1. Participants shall cover Mayor Joni’s “Just to Please You,” record their performance on video, and upload it on their personal Facebook account (set the post to public) or YouTube channel.
  2. Include the following in the video’s caption:

    a. A description of how the participants have been inspired by Mayor Joni and her song, “Just To Please You”

    b. Names of participants in the video

    c. Area or location where the participant/s reside/s

    d. The hashtag #MJVJustToPleaseYou.

  3. All voice performance formats are allowed (e.g. solo performance, band, choir, acapella, acoustic, etc.), except for lip-synching.
  4. Send the link of your video via private message on our Facebook page: Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide.
  5. The deadline for uploading entries is May 17, 2021, at 10:00 p.m. (Philippine time).
  6. Selected entries shall be included in the “Just To Please You” video to be premiered on May 28, 2021 at our official social media accounts.

May this simple way of reliving Mayor Joni’s glorious contribution to God’s kingdom inspire millions more to desire a life that only pleases God.

We join the Filipino nation in commemorating the National Bible Week.

We join the Filipino nation in commemorating the National Bible Week.

Now more than ever, we must put our faith in the restorative power of God’s Word. Let us take hold of the life compass given to us so that we remain bold, resilient, and faith-filled amid the challenges of the year.

For more details on the National Bible Week celebration, visit the link below:

bible.org.ph/nationalbiblemonth21


The problems we are facing are indeed real. But as real as these problems is the Word of God – Bro. Eddie Villanueva

Every day, we are faced with the aggravating condition of the world and of humanity. We can see in the news the horrible deeds that people do just to satisfy their corrupt desires, even to the point of trampling other people’s rights and dignity or using other people for their own personal agenda. Aside from this moral degeneration, let us also not discount the tangible and undeniable sufferings of practically every person living on this planet because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting effects on businesses and world economies.

The problems we are facing are indeed real. But as real as these problems is the Word of God. And as people enlightened and changed by the Word of God, it is our moral duty to share His Word to the world. Let us be bold in sharing the life-giving and life-changing words of the Lord. We cannot just complain of the evils of the world if we are not sharing the Good News of salvation to them. And we also ought to be beacons of hope to everyone who is disheartened and discouraged by this pandemic.

The Lord is good and faithful. As we share His Word, we can be assured that we will be the first to be changed and encouraged by the message that we preach. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)

So receive the blessings and bounties of God’s Word! Receive His fresh revelations and impartations! Receive the refreshing and restoring power of God! Shalom! Shalom!

Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva

President and Spiritual Director


God’s Word indeed restores, but we need to read. We need to listen. We need to heed His Word. Revival is re-Bible – Ptr. Bobot Bernardo

We are hard pressed on every side. From the outside, there is a pandemic that has been threatening our health, depleting our finances, jeopardizing our mental and emotional well-being, and disrupting our way of life. From the inside, we have our personal battles: some of us may have fears and worries and stresses… others, loneliness and the pursuit of joy and peace… still others, a gnawing guilt, shame.

The answer to all those? God’s Word. Let us devour God’s unchanging promises—of protection, of provisions, of deliverance, of hope, of peace, of joy. Then let us allow God’s revelation of who He is drown us—He is Mighty Creator, Great Deliverer, Dependable Defender… He stills storms, moves mountains, and breaks bondages… and He cares for us, looks after us, even reaches out to us because He loves us.

That’s just a sampling of what we’ll uncover as we read God’s Word. So this National Bible Week, let us dive in and read. God’s Word indeed restores, but we need to read. We need to listen. We need to heed His Word. Revival is re-Bible. Blessings to us all!

Ptr. Bobot V. Bernardo

Executive Director

2021 is the YEAR OF GOD’S TRIUMPHANT HOPE

2021 is the YEAR OF GOD’S TRIUMPHANT HOPE

2021 is the YEAR OF GOD’S TRIUMPHANT HOPE, the fulfillment of God’s agenda—in our personal life, in our family, in the JIL Church Worldwide, in our nation, and in the world.

We declare victories and breakthroughs for JIL members and their respective families, along with the surpassing peace and unbreakable joy from God.

We declare that God will send us fresh fire, open new frontiers, and bring forth significant great successes for the JIL Church Worldwide.

We declare compassion and empathy, unity and solidarity among the Filipino people, as we declare wisdom, mercy, justice and integrity for our government officials.

We declare physical healing, financial recovery, emotional freedom, and spiritual revival for the world.

And as we receive all those, we also affirm our renewed commitment:
to deepen our faith in God, to intensify our service in the ministry, and to solidify our devotion to others.

We will all the more love God,

We will all the more serve God,

And we will all the more love and serve others,

Until the Lord’s Second Coming.

We say AMEN to this and receive God’s triumphant hope for 2021!

The Great Escape, the Blessed Hope

The Great Escape, the Blessed Hope

By Bishop Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva

Many are reported missing all over the world. Drivers suddenly vanish; vehicles on land, water and air collide against each other. Many people are rushed to hospitals due to accidents or mishaps. Medical people are in great panic as they attend to countless emergency patients while recovering from the fact that some of their colleagues have just disappeared into thin air. People in all the world make haste here and there in extreme terror. Family members groan as they realize some of their loved ones are gone and could not be found. Media headlines scream, “The world is in chaos!”

This is just a glimpse of what the world would be like after the Rapture.

What is the Rapture and who will be raptured?

The Rapture is the first phase of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is God’s great rescue of His believers from the wrath to come, the Great Tribulation, wherein the Anti-Christ would rule wickedly in seven years as one-world ruler, as prophesied in the Scriptures. An imminent event that will happen suddenly in just a twinkling of an eye, the Church will be snatched away from earth to be with God in heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, the Apostle Paul spoke of the Rapture to comfort the bereaved ones. He wrote:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)

The Rapture will be a great reunion for all believers both dead and alive during that time. The dead in Christ will be resurrected, with their old mortal bodies miraculously changed into glorified, immortal bodies. Then the bodies of the believers who are alive during that time will also be miraculously changed into glorified bodies and will be caught up together with those who are resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). And there in heaven they will face the Judgment Seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10), where all the believers will receive the due rewards as promised (1 Corinthians 3:13-15; Matthew 25:14-30), and join the Marriage Supper of the Lamb for seven years. (Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 19:5-10)

How and when is Rapture going to happen?

Nobody knows the date or the time. The Bible actually says that it will happen at the least expected time. Apostle Paul wrote, “Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)

Therefore, we must live as if the Rapture would happen right now. Because any moment, it may actually happen.

Why must everyone prepare for the Rapture and, in essence, for eternity?

The event that will immediately come after the Rapture is the Tribulation of seven years under the rule of the Anti-Christ, which the Bible declares to be terrifying. The Lord Jesus said, “if not shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.” (Matthew 24:22; Mark 13:20)

Therefore, to be included in the Rapture should be the heavenly goal of all the believers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For the 42nd anniversary of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide, the Lord has impressed upon my heart to declare at this point of history, in the midst of this long pandemic, a call for all to “Prepare for Eternity.”

The novel coronavirus had adversely shaken all the nations of the world and it gives a warning to the entire human race. Aside from this, false Christs or Messiahs and false prophets had already showed up and had been hiding in all the religions of the world since the birth of the Church. Wars and rumors of wars keep sending an alarm of fear. Famines and earthquakes shattered and continue to shatter many nations. Many believers had suffered severe persecutions in the past and it continues till today. Sin increases its speed so that the love of many has grown cold, and acts of unfaithfulness and rise of heinous crimes are but a few pieces of evidence. Most importantly, the Gospel today is being spread widely because of the internet. These are all preludes to Christ’s Second Coming.

Therefore, the time now is more than fit to call all people to repent, to go back to the Creator, to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ because we are now living in a very dangerous time. And if we fail to prepare for eternity, if we get left behind from the Rapture, our one precious soul would be at stake.

Let us remember that eternity is timeless, everlasting, forever, immeasurable, without end. And there are only two destinations of man: either eternal life with God in heaven or eternal death in hell with Satan. As Hebrews 9:27 tells, “And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.” And that judgment will bring us to our final destination, whether in heaven or in hell.

Existence on earth is very temporal. Sadly, millions of people exist only for the sake of existence. They do not understand that their destination is permanent and without end. It is not for one million or even one trillion years only but throughout eternity.

Who is the Anti-Christ and what is the Tribulation?

The identity of the Anti-Christ has been speculated for so many years but the Bible did not say anything specific about where the Anti-Christ will come from. But one day, the Anti-Christ will be revealed [although the spirit of the anti-Christ had been here already since the birth of the church (Matthew 24:5, 24; 1 John 4:3; 2 John 1:7)].

2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 tells us how we will recognize the Anti-Christ. “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

What prevents the Anti-Christ from being revealed? Paul said, “Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed… (2 Thessalonians 2:5-8a)

The Bible scholars agree that it is the Church endued with the Holy Spirit that holds back the revelation of the Anti-Christ. When Christians are taken away on the Rapture, that will be the only time that he will be revealed, then the Great Tribulation, a seven-year reign of the Anti-Christ in the whole world, is ushered.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Christ known as the Beast, will appear in the midst of chaos and anarchy. The world will need a “superman” in that era and many will be deceived, believing that he is the Messiah. Even the Israelites will believe him. There is no wonder in that for they have rejected the real Christ who had already come (Romans 10:1-4). The Anti-Christ’s regime will forge partnership or peace pact with Israel and during this time, the third temple will be built and a graven image will be constructed for the Anti-Christ. After 3 ½ years, the Anti-Christ will be revealed because the false prophet will require all men to worship him (Revelation 13:8, 12, 15). In full exercise of his power, he will require all men to receive the mark of the Beast, which is 666, in their right hand or forehead, for them to be able to buy or sell. (Revelation 13:16-18)

The Lord Jesus Christ substantiates that the Tribulation is going to be unsurpassed, a time of uncontrolled evil. “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” (Matthew 24:21). This dreadful period is narrated in Revelation chapters 6 to 18. During the first 3 ½ years the condition of the world will worsen and God’s anger will burn against the wicked. In the last 3 ½ years, the Anti-Christ will be empowered to sit at the center of Tribulation’s evil (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Extreme natural disasters will occur during the Great Tribulation: the sun will turn black, the moon will turn red, great earthquakes will become common, stars would fall out of the sky, mountains and islands would be moved, oceans would become blood, and waters would be poisoned.

How will the people be saved during the Tribulation? Those who will refuse the mark will be subject to torture, even horrible death. These people who will become martyrs for Christ will have the chance to be saved (Revelation 17:6).

Christ’s Second Coming and the Battle of Armageddon

Christ’s second coming is spoken of in greatest detail in Revelation 19:11-16, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.’”

During Christ’s actual Second Coming, a great battle, the Battle of Armageddon, would occur. The Anti-Christ would gather kings in a place called Armageddon, and they will gather their armies to wage war against Israel. Christ ultimately will win this battle, even if the enemy pulls armies from all the ends of the earth.

How will Christ defeat the Anti-Christ? Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:8b, “… (He will) consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.” Revelation 19:17-21 further tells, “Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, ‘Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.’ And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.”

What happens in and after the Millennial Reign of Christ?

This judgment of God executed in the Battle of Armageddon is described to be so sudden because Scriptures say it will last one day or one hour (Revelation 18:10, 17-19). This will end the reign of the Anti-Christ, who will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20; 20:10) and Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3).

This ushers the Millennial (or a thousand-year) Reign of Christ on earth (Revelation 20:4, 6). This will be a welcomed time of peace for all mankind. This will also be a fulfillment of prophecy where He will sit on the throne of David, ruling over Israel (Luke 1:32-33), and the world (Isaiah 9:6; Daniel 7:14), manifesting His glory. The words “one thousand years” are mentioned six times in Revelation 20:1-7, confirming that this kingdom would be literal, and very peaceful (Isaiah 11:5-7). And to reign with Him are His saints and the martyrs who died during the Tribulation. (Revelation 20:4, 6)

The 1,000 year-reign of Christ seem to be limited but it actually begins His everlasting dominion that will continue from the millennial kingdom into the eternal state in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 20:4, 6). But before the eternal kingdom comes, Satan will be loosed from the bottomless pit for a short while and then comes the final judgment throwing him at last to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).

Then the wicked dead will be raised again to be judged and thrown finally in hell. This is called the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:11-15 says, “Then I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, as recorded in the books. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and all were judged according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire; and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

After such, finally, eternity will begin. “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’” (Revelation 21:1-4)

How should we prepare for eternity?

  1. We must become a citizen of heaven or a child of God. It is not automatic that all creation are children of God. There is only one Son of God, the begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Our religion is not relevant. We should be adopted as a child of God. John 1:12 says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” This assures us that we can be accepted, an immigration or adoption paper as citizens of heaven being given to all who would receive Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. This is far better and beautiful. There is no charge to pay. It’s absolutely free, because Jesus paid for it. As 2 Corinthians 5:21 puts it, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
  2. We must accept the redemptive work of Christ. He bore our sins on the cross, as Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23 attest. 1 John 5:11-13 also says, “And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” Salvation is simplified by God Himself; we can go straight to His Son. Jesus says in John 14:6, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” It is the religious system that made salvation complex. What we need is right relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  3. We must come back to God if we have backslidden, or else we will lose such a great salvation. If we were adopted as American or Canadian citizen and we violate the rules of the land, our natural citizenship will be canceled. So we must be warned. Let us not subscribe to the belief that once we are saved, we are always saved. Let us keep a right relationship with God and repent and return if we must, before it is too late.

What are God’s last marching orders?

Let us accelerate the fulfillment of God’s marching order to you and me: the Great Commission. Let us redeem the time as we anticipate the Rapture, allowing for more and more souls to hear this blessed hope we are looking forward to, that they, too, might experience it.

Let us also be excited in learning the truths of God in the last days. We should not be afraid of studying the books of Daniel, Matthew 24 and 25, Revelation, and other books that are eschatological. Let us seek the truth for nobody can duel with the truth. It will happen. That is why there is an urgency to prepare for eternity.

Furthermore, let us seek to study heaven, the place where we shall be. Heaven is an extremely beautiful place, beyond words. The heavenward people of God ought to seek to study it since it is our final destination, the eternal home of God.

More importantly, let us heed what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” Hebrews 12:14 is also exhorting us, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

Inevitably, we are now in the last days whether we like it or not. Let us be prepared every single moment of our lives.

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The Heart of a Mother in Faith

The Heart of a Mother in Faith

There is always that one woman who knows us so well – oftentimes more than we do know ourselves. She is our mother.

She knows us so well that she recognizes the difference between how we look at a plate of vegetables and a cup of ice cream. And before we can even have our desired ice cream, she would make sure she’d put first the vegetables right in front of us. She has her ways.

It is also heart-warming to remember the times when we are sure that we are loved in our great or down moments and when we are zealous or frustrated. Love naturally flows from her heart. A mother’s love, that is.

We celebrate this incomparable love this Mother’s Day!

However, this day is not just for our biological Mommy, Mama, Mamshie, or Mudra. It is also a day to appreciate our mothers in faith in the church: our Life Group leaders, our Ministry Heads, and most importantly, our Pastors. We appreciate because we are blessed by their efforts, encouragements, and support to us while they are also very occupied with work on the expansion of God’s Kingdom. Indeed, it is only fitting for us to acknowledge all that they have done for us.

One example of a person who has mothered and mentored many workers in the church is Ptr. Beng Magallanes, Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church Regional Pastor of JIL Central Operations Region 4, which covers Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, and Muntinlupa. While she does not have biological children, she would always be heard saying with pure joy, “The Lord has blessed me with many children in the ministry.”

For her, being a pastor is a big blessing, but it entails tough challenges that could sometimes test one’s faith, endurance, and courage. Praise be to God for His abounding grace!

Fair mother

Just like in any family where conflicts arise among siblings, there are also disagreements among her “children” in the ministry. The number of workers in the ministry is equal to the number of different personalities she handles. Dealing with these individuals’ differences is never easy. Thus, as a pastor and a mother to all of them, it is always a must for her to observe everyone’s strengths and weaknesses in order to always render a wise and proper judgment in times of conflict. She sees to it that she doesn’t fail to be a mediator whenever differences tend to create conflicts.

“It’s a must to give both sides the chance to be heard. Mahirap din naman ang one-sided,” Ptr. Beng says. To her, listening to all sides is indispensable.

Her principle whenever individual differences clash inside the church is: First, there will be a warning given by the Life Group leaders. If the problems still are not solved, it will be dealt by the Ministry Heads. She makes it a point that no leaders will be by-passed before she deals with the issue. Ptr. Beng believes that the proper process should be followed to be able to come up with a good decision or judgment. Ptr. Beng is a true mother to her children – a listener, a mediator, and a peace-maker.

Mother faithful to her calling

Ptr. Beng is a good example of serving the Lord’s calling in her life. In the midst of many challenges in the ministry, she is always inspired to serve the Lord. She says that she is grateful everyday to God for His grace. This grace is what makes her stand in the face of many trials in being a pastor. “Many are called but only few are chosen,” may be a common Bible verse to many Christians but Ptr. Beng believes in this. That is why she always says that she will always be beyond grateful to be chosen by the Lord and Bro. Eddie and Sis. Dory Villanueva to serve God in the JIL ministry.

There are days when a pastor has to deal with her personal concerns. But for Ptr. Beng, she always makes sure that her own trials would not cause any of her children to be discouraged or disheartened. Yes, there are low moments, but Ptr. Beng values her calling and always trusts the Lord she serves.

“The Lord is my motivation and it is a great privilege to be called and be chosen by Him,” said Ptr. Beng. “And of course, Bro. Eddie and his principles have inspired me also. Kung si Bro. Eddie nga mas grabe ang pinagdaanan, sino ba naman ako para sumuko?”

Multi-tasking mother

Moms are always great multi-taskers. The same is true with Ptr. Beng. Although she is a full-time pastor, she also has a family to take care of. Ptr. Beng and Ptr. Jeric Magallanes recently celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary.

How could she handle both? Her answer is time-management. She sees to it that she allots time for her own family and for the ministry.

“Our family is a ministry as well. Kung nagagawa nga nating paglingkuran ang ibang tao, hindi ba’t mas kailangan nating paglingkuran ang sarili nating pamilya?”

For Ptr. Beng, her family is a living testimony of God’s salvation. And she’s doing her best to take care of both her biological family and her family inside the church.

“It is a must to have a balanced life, a balanced Christian life,” she said. “Time-management could also mean stewardship. Because they both contain your whole life, all aspects of your life. And to be a good pastor, one needs to be a good steward as well.”

Ptr. Beng Magallanes’ message to all the people she worked and is working with and have considered her as their mother in faith: “Regalo kayong lahat sa akin ng Diyos.”

To her, everyone has their strengths. Everyone has their weaknesses. But everyone has their purpose. “Dahil sa kanila, natututo ako. Nahuhubog. I value relationships. Dahil pinalalago ako nito at tinuturuan. Hangga’t nariyan sila, I’m being equipped to maturity,” she explained with utmost sincerity.

“To all the families I have inside or outside the church, you are all important to me. You are all a gift to me.” – Julia Ramos

Sis. Dory The Caring Mother

Sis. Dory The Caring Mother

At 5’3, Sis. Dory is a towering figure in the eyes of the leaders and pastors of the Jesus is Lord (JIL) Church Worldwide. She is looked up to not only because she is the wife of JIL’s Spiritual Director; but more so because she is her own person, one who is effortlessly a mother to all. A mother’s care naturally flows out of her.

In the words of Sis. Menchie Tobias, JIL’s Director for Budget and Management Department, “What does JIL have that other churches do not have? We are grateful to God because we have Ate Dory.”

Generous giver

Sis. Dory cares by being a generous giver. She is widely known in the JIL Church as a generous “mother of pastors.” On occasions where pastors and church workers gather, she is the happiest when she sees the smile of everyone as they all receive tokens from her. She is always prepared with something for everybody.

Whenever she is with Bro. Eddie for out-of-the-country apostolic missionary trips, she always returns to the country with a luggage full of her pasalubong (souvenir-gift).

Sis. Menchie recalls with amusement, “Ang nakakatuwa kay Ate Dory, hindi kayo pare-pareho ng pasalubong, iba-iba ang pasalubong niya sa bawat isa. Talagang pinaglalaanan niya ng panahon ang pamimili niya ng pasalubong para sa bawat isa. Minsan ay pinag-utusan ako na ibigay ang pasalubong niya sa mga pastors. Nasa paper bags, bawat isa para sa pastors. Sabi ni Ate Dory, ‘Menchie, ibigay mo ito sa mga pastors, ito ay para kay Pastor ______, ito naman ay para kay Pastor _____.’ Bawat isa, alam niya kung ano ang ibibigay nya.”

(“What’s nice about Ate Dory is that she gives no similar gifts, everyone has a different present. She really takes time to buy a present for each one. She instructed me once to distribute her souvenir-gifts to pastors. The presents were in paper bags, each one was for a specific pastor. Ate Dory said, ‘Menchie, please give this to Pastor ______, and this one is for Pastor ______. She knew what to give to each one.”)

But more than the material things, she is generous with counsel. In one of the most trying seasons in the family of Ptr. Recilyn Valdoria of JIL Taiwan, Sis. Dory was there to give counsel and encouragement. Her motherly presence during that period kept her and her husband, Ptr. Edgar, uplifted. Ptr. Recilyn said, “Aside from our God, we drew strength from our parents in the JIL Church, Bro. Eddie and Sis. Dory.”

Ptr. Recilyn also said that Sis. Dory’s being a mother to JIL pastors is also strongly felt when she gives counsel on finding and deciding on their life partner. Ptr. Recilyn explained, ”Si Ate Dory ay may gift of discernment. Alam niya kung tama ba ng naging pagpili ng pastor sa kanyang makakasama sa habang buhay.”

(Ate Dory has a gift of discernment. She knows if a pastor has chosen the right person for a husband or wife).

Life lessons teacher

Sis. Dory cares by imparting valuable life lessons. Sis. Menchie recalled that one of the most memorable teachings she heard was from Sis. Dory. And she still knows the title of that particular teaching, “Beyond Reproach”! Sis. Menchie fondly said of the teaching, “Punong-puno ng paalala ng mabuting asal o gawi base sa Salita ng Diyos. Nagturo sa akin na ang pinakamainam ay magbigay ng karangalan sa pangalan ng Diyos sa buhay na ito. Magbigay ng karangalan sa Diyos sa pamamagitan ng mabuting ugali, asal at gawi.”

(“‘Beyond Reproach’ is full of reminders of good morals based on the Word of God. It taught me that the best we could do in this life is to give honor to God. To give honor to God by being good in character, behavior, and actions.”)

Ptr. Recilyn said the same. She remembered that she once went to the JIL office in Ortigas thinking that she would be reprimanded along with others who got entangled in an administrative issue. But instead of being scolded in Sis. Dory’s office, all of them were called in a bigger room where Sis. Dory delivered a teaching. “It was the most powerful message of love and forgiveness I ever heard in my life,” said Ptr. Recilyn. She even ended going home with a lunch box of rellenong bangus which Sis. Dory herself handed her. Sis. Dory taught about love that day, in words and action.

Motherly instinct

Sis. Dory cares by understanding and protecting. Sis. Menchie is still emotionally stirred as she recalled this instance decades ago. No matter how cliché this may sound, but really, it is the little things that matter. Sis. Menchie was with her husband, Ptr. Dino, as they were travelling to Manila from Bulacan. The car was not in its best shape and the car stalled on then North Expressway. On hindsight, it was probably a careless cruise. But after fixing the car, Ptr. Dino and Sis. Menchie were able to make it to Manila.

In the JIL Manila office, Sis. Dory asked Sis. Menchie if it was their car that stalled along the highway. Upon confirmation from Sis. Menchie, Sis. Dory told her, “Nakita ko kayo, hinarangan ko agad si Kuya Ed mo. Pag nakita kayo, pagagalitan kayo noon.” (“I saw you, I immediately blocked your Kuya Ed’s vision of you. If he sees you, he would chide you [for not being careful.]”)

“Si Ate Dory ay Nanay na nagliligtas sa anak sa galit ng Tatay” (Ate Dory is a mother who protects her children from the anger of their father”), Sis. Menchie lovingly described Sis. Dory.

Motherly heart

Sis. Dory, in her own words, was “masungit” (surly) in her younger years. This self-pronounced description must have stuck in the minds of those who heard her. Because it was their impression of her. Or misperception. The truth is Sis. Dory is not surly. She is a strong-willed woman, a character apt for a mother of a worldwide church that is still continuously growing and expanding by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. “She is a strong mother with a soft heart and sound wisdom,” described Ptr. Recilyn.

Sis. Menchie could have summarized the thoughts of those who truly know Sis. Dory, “Ang una kong impression kay Ate Dory noon na masunggit, suplada, matapang ay naglaho. Natunaw lahat, wala ng natira nang makilala ko siya, makalapit ng malapit sa kanya, mabigyan ng pagkakataon na maging bahagi si Ate Dory ng aking buhay.”

(“My first impression of Sis. Dory that she was surly, unpleasant, and fierce vanished. That impression melted and was completely gone when I got to know her, got to be very close to her, and was given the opportunity that she become part of my life.”)

Assuring presence

In JIL worship services and other gatherings, Sis. Dory is oftentimes seen sitting beside Bro. Eddie. Her presence is commanding, and yet assuring. Just to see her around is a joy to the JIL Family. A known intercessor, Sis. Dory’s presence is assuring of her silent, committed, and powerful prayers.

There are still many unheard anecdotes of how she touched and encouraged people; how she reached out, corrected, and embraced them, and how she generously shared her life with them. Sis. Dory is a “Mother of Faith” for the JIL Family in its purest meaning. Just seeing her around lends an assurance of motherly care expressed in various forms.– Evelyn O. Katigbak

Christian Youth for the Nation (CYN) Paris Powerhouse on its 1st Anniversary

Christian Youth for the Nation (CYN) Paris Powerhouse on its 1st Anniversary

God is faithful to those who call on Him. He empowered the lives of these young people to declare His love and Word to the French, especially to the youth. Ptr. Vicky Tiesenhausen, one of the Regional Pastor of JIL Europe 1 was the guest speaker who anointed them with oil. The move of the Holy Spirit was very strong as they cried out to God surrendering their hearts.

– Julie Ubaldo

JILCW’s Awe-Inspiring Church Buildings:  Where Faith and Passion Thrive

JILCW’s Awe-Inspiring Church Buildings: Where Faith and Passion Thrive

Deep hunger for God’s presence, unrelenting devotion to prayer and worship, burning passion to share the good news of salvation, selfless service to the poor and needy – these are what united Bro. Eddie and his fifteen students with one heart and under one Name, our Lord Jesus Christ.

We may call them extreme, and they really were. Willing to leave everything behind, they persevered in opening Bible studies in various colleges and universities where students were longing for a genuine encounter with God. Days and months passed, they could testify to one resounding truth: the miraculous work of God can never be defined by the strength and imagination of man. The Spirit-filled Bible studies expanded until they were held in streets and school quadrangles.

Yet this was merely the beginning of God’s glorious plans for the church. With God’s unstoppable move, Bro. Eddie and the pioneer leaders intensified their efforts to spread the good news of His saving grace to every possible place. They became so consumed with the mission. And because of this, they relegated to the sidelines all other concerns.

Establishing businesses could have helped the budding organization financially. With financial stability, church buildings could have been erected to house the members. But these were not their priorities. As long as there were opportunities for giving hope to the lost, they found real significance in their existence.

Hence the tag, the church without a roof.

Despite this, the roofless church continued to experience phenomenal growth as God’s signs, wonders and miracles pervaded every worship service and Bible study. As proven in the rich history of JIL Church, God’s plan was even greater than what the church expected. The overwhelming spiritual blessings were eventually followed by abundant material blessings. The Almighty God, with His overflowing love for the church, can never allow His beloved children to remain on the streets.

In fact, over the years, the JIL Church has acquired a number of world-class facilities here in the Philippines and around the world all through the endless provision of the Living God.

JIL Calapan City, Mindoro

JIL Laoag City

JIL Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija

JIL Cornerstone, Toronto, Canada

JIL Australia

JIL Milan Italy

JIL International Center, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Praise Valley Camp Site, Norzagaray Bulacan

These church buildings have the ultimate purpose of becoming a dwelling place for God’s presence – where His people immerse in His nearness, witness signs, wonders and miracles, experience healing and restoration and enjoy fellowship with another. Spirit-filled places where Jesus is the real roof that lovingly protects the faithful. And God is not finished yet – for the JIL Church is anticipating the construction of a number of mega-churches in key cities in the Philippines and abroad.

Truly, if we look closely, extraordinary things have happened that led to the transformation of the JIL Church. Amidst all these, two things have remained: God’s faithfulness and JIL’s passion to share the gospel even to the farthest ends of the earth.

Steadfast faith and burning passion under the roof of these awe-inspiring church buildings – this is the inheritance of the young generation in the JIL Church. Now, the compelling challenge for them is to continue reaching out to the lost and leading them at the feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

All for the glory of our Living God!

Pastor Daddy is my “superhero”

Pastor Daddy is my “superhero”

By Sheryl Palmero

I thought that I had already seen every good deed of a pastor. But I was wrong. Sincerely wrong. It’s been over a week since the most personal and jaw-dropping sight of a prophetic gesture I ever witnessed in my Christian life.

The humility of pastors was explicitly experienced the moment they knelt before every Pastor’s Kid (PK) present at Ergife Hotel, Rome, Italy. I was shocked. I trembled. I welled into tears and shivered like never before. There was a sudden tremor that moved every vein in my body. (No, I’m not exaggerating.) I couldn’t even look at them. I was so ashamed. I bent down and inhaled deeply as my heart felt like pounding out of my chest. Tears shed at a speed I could no longer control. Who was I for them to be knelt before…

Rev. Ptr. Bobot Bernardo gave the most eye-opening and heart-changing teaching I had ever heard in my life (and that’s quite a lot considering I grew up in church!). He shared the most authentic and legit testimony as the life of a Pastor, living a dual role as minister and parent. In fact, his testimony was so transparent that I began to see things from his perspective. It was heart-breaking, yet love-compelling – so poignant, but sincerely dispensed. My entire outlook of being a PK suddenly turned (thank God!). After the session, I could not help but gather every courageous cell in my body and shake the hand of Ptr. Joey Crisostomo and Ptr. Bobot to simply say “Thank you for letting us see things from a pastor/parent’s point of view.”

So I don’t know if any pastor will ever read this, but allow me to publicly say: I SALUTE you for embracing your call despite the hardships and non-stop persecutions. I SALUTE you for facing every challenge with an unshakable faith. I SALUTE you for being selfless and putting everyone else’s needs before your own. I SALUTE you for loving God more than your wife (or husband) and children! It may not always be as easy for the family, but seriously… thank you Pastor dads and moms for doing the best you can. Loving God more than your family is highly admirable.

I guess I can speak for most, if not all PKs, that we are sorry. We are sorry that we were so caught up in our own PK-bubble that we forget that when birthdays are spent alone; graduation dates are forgotten; parent-teacher meetings are missed; our own names are mixed up; counselling comes first before holiday dinners; family times are not prioritized, and all our resources are used for others…  there are families being RESTORED, people are PRAYED for, brokenness is HEARD, HEALING takes place, SALVATION is offered, individuals are SAVED, lives are TRANSFORMED, perspectives are CHANGED, LOVE is given, FAITH is increased, and most of all, JESUS’ NAME IS MADE FAMOUS! Wooow.

Beyond the PK life under a microscope, double standards, identity crisis and (unusually) high expectations (so help us, God), our pastor-parents have left the legacy of genuine faith. We may not have always appreciated their work, nor supported them at all times, but after a life-changing PK session at the CYN Summit 2013, allow us to say – “Pastor Daddy/Mommy, we promise to do our best to take care of your legacy of a good name and to carry on with the legacy of selfless service and increasing faith.” (Ain’t that right, PKs?!) We may never match up to your noble and valiant works, but without doubt, I would consider myself extremely blessed if only I could reach half of what these pastors have done for the Lord.

It does shatter my heart to pieces that growing up as a PK, I had never seen things from my dad’s angle. But after a decade of hating being a PK (yes, that’s how much I denied it), I can finally say – I embrace my calling to be a Pastor’s Kid. I now agree, I AM blessed and privileged to be a PK. After all, I didn’t choose to be a PK – GOD DID!

Thank you pastors – the Shepherd of flocks, ministers to the church, counselor of many, advisers in confusion, servants of the Most High; teachers, lawyers, mechanics, nurses, janitors (yup, pastoring is like an all-in-one profession!) and the ones who do the most (but are the least recognized!), the ones who are most hurt (and always ignored!)… and in my opinion, the best description of all – the LIVING SUPERHEROES on the face of the earth, following Jesus’ footsteps!
 
Glory to God… because Pastor daddy is my superhero!


Sheryl Palmero is from JIL Baerum, Norway.
She’s a youth leader and the youngest daughter of Ptr. Gilbert Palmero of JIL Europe.