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”

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.

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Tribute to Ptr. Ruding Babiano

 

An experienced pastor, Kuya Ruding was dubbed as “Amang Tondo” (“Father of Tondo”). He had trained a lot of our pastors and church leaders. Even for those who became preachers of the Word in other churches, he remained a trusted consultant on both church and personal concerns. He was just that loved, respected and trusted. He truly was a loving father and mentor to them. All of them.

A preferred leader, he was respected by every pastor in the International, National and most especially, Central Operations. A reliable co-worker, he’d always volunteer himself “Tutal ako naman ang matanda dito, ako na magsasalita” (Well, as I’m the oldest here, I’ll have to speak [on behalf of everybody]). And he was admired by all as his kind heart was always ready to give unsolicited advice to his colleagues.

A compassionate man of God, his compassion extended even to people outside the confines of our church organization. Even when he began battling the Big C and his health was at its poorest, his obstinate heart would not allow him to cut on the visitations and follow-ups. He was relentless in graciously reaching out to those in need. Even when circumstances were not favorable, nobody could sway him to not go and visit those in need of fellowship and encouragement. He is proof that inner conviction is neither shaped nor hindered by outward condition.

A servant to all, Kuya Ruding exemplified a life of resourcefulness, creativity and reliability. During JIL anniversaries, he’d help in practically everything – from the most essential like lights and sounds, to the most trivial like securing nails and screws. In his passion to minister, he served without being mindful of what position he occupied. A true servant, the ball rolls on and on.

We all have imprints of him: the Kuya Ruding that we all know.

We all had the joy of sharing our lives with this great man of God and now that he is home with our Lord, it may seem that our connection with him has ended. But like that song, he is “a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace… a heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly [life].” In the simplest words, he was, is, the reflection of every servant of the Living God.

Even now, at this very moment, he speaks to us with such clarity that moves us deeply and genuinely. At this point, as we look at our beloved pastor, we are also compelled to look at ourselves – to examine our faith and service to our Master. This is an urgent call for us to give our best in serving our Living God. From this very moment up to the last second of our life.

May Kuya Ruding remind us of what awaits us in the future – a glorious graduation day to mark the end of our earthly service and a warm welcome in heaven as we share the joy of our Lord.

This is the reason why at the end of his life, Kuya Ruding was a picture of true strength and good courage. Despite physical pains and emotional struggles, he did what only a brave man can do – to give a “two-thumbs up” on life. He knew he lived life to the full and gave glory to the Most High God.

It’s inescapable: His death has brought inexplicable pain to our hearts and to our entire JIL Family. We’ve lost a great general, a seasoned pastor, a mentor, a father, a friend… Yet, what keeps us going despite the pain is this unshakeable reality – Kuya Ruding will remain alive in our hearts and his memories will be celebrated forever and ever. 

     •His Christ-like character touched the hearts of many

     •His competence and excellence blessed the JIL Church as well as other churches

     •His strength and courage showed the world that we can choose to be victors by the grace of God

     •His faith, hope and love remained sheltered in his heart despite the most extreme challenges

Kuya Ruding’s fruitful and meaningful life is a constant inspiration to each one of us – a life that wasn’t overcome by death, simply because the Author of Life is in him. 

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Our Lord Jesus has given us this promise of a complete and satisfying life. Our very own Ptr./Kuya Ruding claimed this promise for himself. But at this moment, he is enjoying the reward that this earthly life can never give – he is with our Creator and Father, the One who holds our life in His loving Hands. 

May our own graduation from the Hallways of Life be marked worthy of the same reward. To look back and have no regrets. Like an online poem, at the threshold of eternity, may we, too, celebrate lives lived to the fullest with these words: 

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times,
a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now. He set me free. 

Salamat po, Kuya Ruding…

 

Poem source: http://www.poetry-inspirational.org/dontgrieveformefornowimfree.htm


 

“Dreams do come true” – JILCF alumna

Tell us something about your childhood dreams.

“I’ve always dreamed of being part of GMA News and Public Affairs. I’ve always been amazed at how their reports and documentaries could change you – your mindset, your heart, and your actions. I told myself I want to be part of such passionate team and be a catalyst of change. Back then, it was like dreaming Prince William will make you his princess – too good to be true; too far from reality. But cliché as it can be, dreams do come true, mine did become a reality.

I remember my first few days in GMA – I couldn’t believe I was face to face with reporters I used to watch on TV – Kara David, Sandra Aguinaldo, Michael Fajatin, etc., staring blankly in front of them. I started as a news writer for Unang Balita (news segment of Unang Hirit), I was very happy, thankful and proud of my job – couldn’t ask for more. But God has planned something bigger for me.

From the grave yard shift, I was hired as a pioneer writer for Balitanghali (BT) in QTV 11 and eventually 24 Oras got me as a writer as well. After some time, I was promoted to be the Associate Producer of BT, then promoted again and became its Executive Producer (EP). Again, I was living my dream that time – an EP of a newscast and concurrently a writer for the primetime news, 24 Oras. But wait there’s more.

I remember praying the prayer of Jabez and God did enlarge my territory. When I was offered the position of being the EP of 24 Oras, I was overwhelmed – with fear. I thought I was too young to handle such humongous responsibility. I was afraid I would make a mistake that would stain the credibility of the news organization I highly regard. I even asked my boss – why me? The problem with chances is that you’re not sure if you’d have a second shot. So when you are given the bullet, take the shot.”


What was your ultimate philosophy as a student? What was your life verse?

“My college days were not easy. My family was going through bankruptcy that time. That became my motivation – I need to graduate because I need to get a good job so I could help my family. To support my studies, I became a working student.

In dire times, I just held on and told myself “Things will get better.” I didn’t want to regret how close I was to the finish line, if I quit too soon. As my favorite poem goes – it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. I’m glad I didn’t. Because things did get better. I received my miracle – a scholarship grant during my junior and senior years so I was able to graduate on time.

My life verse is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, ‘Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize… I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.’ Simply put, I run to win.”

You have with you a young person who doesn’t want to study anymore. Knowing the value of education, how will you convince him to change his mind?

“I will take him/her to Isla Puting Bato in Tondo where there are “sisid kids” – children who scavenge the dirty waters so they will have money to go school. I will also make him/her smell the stench of Payatas dumpsite where there are also children who labor for some coins and wished they were in school.

I think the secret of success is loving what you do and giving it your best. When you achieve your goals already, never say ‘hanggang dito na lang ako, ok na ‘to.’ Always be open for change and never ever turn down an opportunity because you’ll never know if it will open doors for you. The possibilities are endless.”

 

Y-AM equips JIL men

By Gary Magpantay

Men members of the Jesus is Lord (JIL) Church Worldwide Central Operations trooped to the Gateway Suites in Cubao, Quezon City last August 4 for an afternoon of learning and sharing experiences on “manhood.” This Men’s Conference, called “Made to be Courageous,” was convened by the Young Adult Ministry (Y-AM).

JIL’s Central Operations cover Metro Manila and nearby provinces, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna.

Conference speakers were men who have made an impact in their respective spheres of influence: Businessman Ace Aguilar, pastor Ed De Guzman and life coach Ian Barcelona.

 

Bro. Ace talked about financial stewardship. Men as “providers” should learn to be good stewards of God-given finances; not only learning to gain profit, but also learning the blessings of giving. “Live a simple life,” he emphasized. He also expressed his hope for the time to come when Christians would learn contentment and enjoyment with blessings just enough for them, and the excess, they would freely share with those in need.


Pastor Ed talked about the “Spiritual Leadership in Building a Family” where he emphasized to the men who attended that “As we build the foundations of the family, we build the foundations of a nation.”

Bro. Ian, meanwhile, emphasized the importance of working with excellence in the market place. He enumerated worthy examples of excellent men who enlightened and inspired young men. “Excellence starts with the mind. There is nothing impossible to those who believed!” he said.


The aim of the Conference was to build a solid foundation for the men of churches today so that they could be mobilized for God-centered communities. It was also aimed to equip young men in fulfilling the vision the Lord has for them as future fathers in this end-time generation.

Boracay Moment: Thank you Pastors!

by Karen Santiago

Every year, our beloved JIL pastors and staff from all over the Philippines and the world come together to be a part of the celebration of God’s goodness and faithfulness to His church. Conferences, strategic planning and evaluation, submission of various reports and meetings are also part of their itinerary. But, let us come to know the fact that they also deserve a treat: a chance to relax, unwind, and mingle with their fellow pastors and workers.

I was given a chance to join these people to spend a short vacation in Boracay. I was thrilled because I will be given a chance to get to know them beyond “church hours”. And also, this is a perfect time for me to savour the Lord’s greatness through His creations. The sea, the fine white sand, the skies, the coconut and palm trees—which come together perfectly just through the command of His voice. Truly His power is way beyond measure.

First Day – Travelled. Slept. Ate.

That Wednesday morning, I went to the airport way earlier than usual. I had the fear of being left behind by the plane. I don’t want to spend extra bucks just for being late. The check in of baggages went smoothly, and I waited at the pre departure area. No stress, though I spent a few minutes looking for a vacant seat because several other pastors checked in early too. It was a pleasure to see the pastors and leaders that I came to know only through Facebook. I looked at the camera I am holding, and I’m not used to it; because I’ve been used to holding my DSLR camera during my trips, but this time I have to let it go for a point-and-shoot camera that I just borrowed from my mom. I had to send the DSLR to the service center for repair.

I’ve come to like the service of a budget airline this time because we flew and landed just in time. I was also able to sneak in some sleep to recharge a little bit, but it was not enough (but I’m still thankful anyway). After the short air travel, we took on a loooong two hour bus ride to the port (this time I slept the entire trip). Then a short shuttle ride. Then a fifteen-minute boat ride. Then an estimated five minute shuttle ride to the hotel. I was assigned to stay at the Boracay Regency Hotel, which for me is one of the best hotels in Boracay. Upon checking in, we were welcomed with a refreshing drink and warm smiles from the hotel staff, which made me smile inspite of a tiring travel. After settling our things at the room, we went to the buffet hall for our early dinner.

I may be a “threat” to the all-you-can-eat restaurants because of my strong appetite and love for food. But this time, after taking on a diet, I was not able to eat much than before. And no rice. It felt good. I had no plans of taking exercise during my stay in Bora, but my good friend Rencel tagged me along to the gym. I decided to shed off some calories through a 30-minute cardio workout. After that, I dozed off. That was my first day.

Second Day – Sea-sighting. Soul searching. The “fun side” of our pastors revealed.

I woke up a little bit late and excited. One of the things that I look forward to in a hotel is their breakfast. I hurriedly freshened up and went to Sea Breeze Café. I must admit I ate a lot . I tried almost all of the food except the rice. You know, carbs.

After eating I went back to the room to put on some sunblock lotion and change to my comfy swimming clothes. I was planning to just become an ordinary beach bummer, walking on the fine sandy shores, carrying my slippers, taking pictures, and feeling the cool breeze on my skin.

It was a gloomy day. No sun, cloudy, and drizzling. I tried swimming on the hotel pool, and I found that it was a good idea because it was only I and a few Koreans who were there. Later on Rencel joined me. I missed her.

The second night is a special one because all of the pastors and workers will come together for a special dinner, dancing and singing, and loads of fun. It was a Hawaiian/floral themed event. I just realized that I have nothing yet to wear for that night, so I hurriedly went to a nearby shop to buy one. I am not really a fan of floral clothes, but I found this one cool:

I braided my hair and I’m all set. The dinner took place at the seaside in front of our hotel. When I saw the pastors in their attire, I was like, wow. They looked great in their get ups. It was amazing to see them in their flowing floral dresses, sarongs, beach polos and shorts. They looked more youthful and care free. I saw that they are enjoying the night with their fellow leaders.


It was a night of fun filled music, sumptuous food, laughter, and games. I just realized that they need to experience moments such as these. They need to be refreshed by means of relaxation and recreation, just like any other people. I felt encouraged when I saw the priceless smiles on their faces. And lastly, I came to realize that working for the Church is not all about sacrifices and carrying burdens. Recreational activities like these serve as an act of appreciation to the pastors and workers for their efforts for the church, and for continuing the mandate that the Lord has instilled in their hearts: to win souls and letting Christ be known to the world by His love and His word.


After that, I had a short chit chat with my friends from JIL Canada. And that was my second day.

Third Day: Swim, Surf, Sleep

I woke up early because I want to do more things than yesterday. I ate breakfast and changed to my swim clothes again. I was walking along the shore with my friends when I saw this boy on a mini surf board, making his way against the small waves that hit the shore. I was curious on how he was doing that. So I asked him I want to learn what he’s doing. He asked for 200 pesos and he’ll teach me how, and I agreed. It was an hour of stumbling, splitting, and falling on the sand for me because I failed to maintain balance while learning how to “surf”, simply because I’m afraid to fall on my head hitting the shore first.
After that I spent the whole day swimming at the sea and at the pool alternately, with lunch and snacks as breaks. That was about six hours. I enjoyed so much that I forgot the time went by fast. My last time at the pool was memorable because I spent a few minutes sipping my fruit shake with my friends and had a rare picture taken with Bro. Eddie-all soaked in pool water.

I was so tired that I slept from afternoon until the next day.

Fourth Day: It Ended Fast and Well

I spent the last day taking my last snapshots of the sea. It was a sunny day. I was thinking of what I can take home for my family and friends. I bought a burger from Jammers, a famous burger corner at the beach for my dad. I was thinking of buying the rest of the pasalubongs at the Kalibo airport.

Indeed time flies fast for those who are enjoying the day. The four days and three nights spent at Boracay, for me, were unforgettable. It was not only a moment of enjoyment, pleasure and relaxation. It was also an opportunity to extend gratitude to God for the privilege to work for Him and for His ministry, all for His glory alone.

This is the church’s way of appreciation for the works of our beloved pastors who have their own share of efforts exerted for the expansion of God’s kingdom here on earth. They don’t only need this. They also need our fervent prayers and support for them to fulfill their missions as God’s messengers of His word.

My salute goes to our dear pastors. May God richly bless you and your families in ways you cannot imagine. We pray that you will not lose your focus on God and on your purpose, so that on that very day, God will say unto you, “well done, my good and faithful servant!”