Sufferings Because of Philippine Typhoons Continue

Glimar "Glem" Melo:

The death toll nears 100. Quezon province is reported to be the worst hit area. Please continue praying for our suffering people, especially for local pastors and workers who are reaching out and ministering God’s love to affected families and children in word and in deed.

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Typhoon victims stand outside their homes damaged by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in a village of sea gypsies, also known as Badjaos, in Batangas city, south of Manila, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Typhoon victims stand outside their homes damaged by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) in a village of sea gypsies, also known as Badjaos, in Batangas city, south of Manila, July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

By Pastor Glem Melo

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A family in Lipa, Batangas rebuild their house after it was blown away by the strong winds of Typhoon Glenda. (Rappler.com)

Jay Hallowell, missionary of OMF International, posted the following on Facebook:

“Life is not yet back to normal for many after Typhoon Glenda/Rammasun… Some still have no electricity. Others are only getting electricity for part of the day… Damage reports from the networks of churches with which we work are still trickling in. There are many opportunities for good works and good words… Please pray for our Lord to strengthen His people here for these works and words.”

A woman hangs newly laundered clothes at a damaged house after Typhoon Rammasun battered the town for two days, in Rosario, Cavite city, south of Manila July 18, 2014. REUTERS A woman hangs newly laundered clothes at a damaged house after Typhoon Rammasun battered…

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New Philippine Tropical Storm Update

Glimar "Glem" Melo:

Thank you, Lord. Thank you, prayer partners.

“The outer spiral rainbands of Henry [international name: Matmo] have started to affect the eastern part of Visayas and Mindanao, but the storm is not forecast to make landfall.” – The Philippine Inquirer

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Track of Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry)
Track of Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry)

By Pastor Glem Melo

We thank the Lord that the new Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry) has moved eastward and is not going to make a landfall in the Philippines. But please do keep praying for our country. Thousands are still struggling and suffering in the aftermath of typhoon Rammasun (Glenda). The death toll is now at least 64. And the southwest monsoon enhanced by Matmo is causing added problems and miseries to affected areas.

Rammasun chinaLet us also remember to pray for Rammasun-affected areas in China. Accuweather.com reports,

Rammasun brought widespread winds of over 100 mph and caused wind damage to the Leizhou Peninsula. Damaging winds will also be possible across southern Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces Friday night in China as well as northern Vietnam late Friday night into Saturday. Flooding rain, mudslides and coastal storm surge will also be risks associated with Rammasun.

In wrath, may…

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[Updated] Typhoon Rammasun’s Aftermath

Glimar "Glem" Melo:

At least 51 dead, more than 1 million individuals affected. Tens of thousands lost their homes and livelihood, and without power. New tropical storm Matmo (Henry) is forecast to hit the country on Saturday. We are in consultation with pastors and ministry leaders in affected areas. Please pray as we plan to help and serve our suffering people.

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Fishing boats are pictured amid heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun as it hit the town of Imus
Fishing boats are pictured amid heavy winds and rain brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally named Glenda) as it hit the town of Imus, Cavite southwest of Manila, July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

By Pastor Glem Melo

  • 7 areas placed under a state of calamity: the provinces of Bataan, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Cavite, the city of Muntinlupa and Gumaca town in Quezon
  • 40 dead
  • 4 missing
  • More than 1 million individuals or 1,006,360 people were affected
  • Tens of thousands lost their homes and livelihood
  • Hundreds of thousands without power
  • 525,791 persons in evacuation centers
  • New cyclone moving closer to the country
Children take a break inside an evacuation center after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun battered the coastal bay of Baseco compound, metro Manila July 16, 2014.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
Children take a break inside an evacuation center after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun battered the coastal bay of Baseco compound, Metro Manila July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

We are in consultation with pastors and ministry leaders on the field. Please pray as we plan to help and serve our suffering…

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Pray for the Philippines

Glimar "Glem" Melo:

The Philippines is being battered by a typhoon. Three (3) provinces have already been placed under a state of calamity. Please pray.

Originally posted on OPEN EYES MISSION:

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“As of 11 a.m. EDT Monday in the U.S., maximum sustained winds have increased to an estimated 125 mph” – The Weather Channel
Typhoon aftermath in Polangui, Albay. Photo from www.facebook.com
Typhoon aftermath in Polangui, Albay. Photo from http://www.facebook.com

By Pastor Glem Melo

Once again, our beloved nation needs the prayers of Christian brothers and sisters worldwide. Please do so.

As I write, the northern and some central provinces of our country is being battered by a typhoon that is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane.

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Signal No. 3 has been hoisted in 18 provinces, 4 islands and Metro Manila

The Weather Channel reports,

“Typhoon Rammasun (also known as Glenda in the Philippines) has undergone a last-minute spike in intensity while making its first landfall in the Philippines Tuesday. The typhoon will continue to move west across that island nation through Wednesday, bringing a dangerous combination of damaging winds, flooding rainfall, and storm surge.”

Three (3) province have already been placed under a state…

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If Micro-Interviewed…

Sixteenth-century portrait of John Calvin by an unknown artist. From the collection of the Library of Geneva
Sixteenth-century portrait of John Calvin by an unknown artist. From the collection of the Library of Geneva

If I was micro-interviewed by Kevin de Young…

1. Where were you born? Alicia, Isabela, Philippines

2. When did you become a Christian? Since I was baptized as an infant “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). But it was 18 years later, in 1988, that I did “repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Note: If you want to learn about God’s free gift of forgiveness of sins and eternal life in Christ, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Pastor Glem Melo
glemmelo@gmail.com

P.O. Box 40
Cagayan de Oro City
9000 Philippines

www.openeyesmission.org

3. Who is one well known pastor/author/leader who has shaped you as a Christian and teacher? John Calvin, of course! Next to my spiritual conversion, reading his magnum opus, Institutes of the Christian Religion, in 2007 is a major milestone in my personal journey. More and more, I see myself needing to study and refer to his books (the Institutes, most especially), commentaries and sermons.

Note: You can download Calvin’s Institutes for FREE here.

The Synod of Dort 1618–1619
The Synod of Dort 1618–1619

4. Who is one lesser known pastor/friend/mentor who has shaped you? Dr. Wes Bredenhof, minister at Providence Canadian Reformed Church in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2010, when I was beginning to study Reformed Biblical Interpretation and Preaching, I asked him what the best Bible commentary is. His answer: John Calvin’s! Then, he gave me my first commentaries on the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort and the Church Order of Dort. In short, Dr. Bredenhof pointed and guided me in the right direction during my formative years of studies on Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics and Preaching, Reformed Worship, and Church Government… and how crucial and important it is to study and interpret the Bible in its original language, i.e. Hebrew for the Old Testament and Greek for the New Testament.

5. What’s one hymn you want sung at your funeral? Psalm 103. It’s my favorite. Always will be. “Bless the Lord, O my soul… forget not all his benefits…”

6. What kind of nonfiction do you enjoy reading when you aren’t reading about theology, the Bible, or church history? Books on World History and Cultures

Herman Bavinck, author of Reformed Dogmatics (4 Volumes)
Herman Bavinck, author of Reformed Dogmatics (4 Volumes)

7. Other than Calvin’s Institutes, what systematic theology have you found most helpful? Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics (4 volumes). Reading him, I always come away spiritually filled, enlightened and edified.

8. What are one or two of your favorite fiction authors or fiction books? I don’t read fiction books, but I love fiction movies. And to me, Christopher Nolan is the bomb! ;)

9. What is one of your favorite non-Christian biographies? Austin C. Craig’s Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal. Reading it in 1990 made me love my country, and commit to serve our people for life.

Note: Rizal is the Philippines’ national hero.

Geerhardus Vos, the father of Reformed Biblical Theology
Geerhardus Vos, the father of Reformed Biblical Theology

10. What is one of your favorite books on preaching? Well first, let me tell you what my favorite Biblical Theology book is. I don’t have to think about it, because to me there’s only one, really. It’s definitely and most assuredly Geerhardus Vos‘ Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments! Next to the Bible and Calvin’s Institutes, it’s #3 on my list of the most heart-, life- and ministry-changing books that I’ve ever read.

Note: Read Vos’ uncollected works here.

Edmund Clowney, author of Preaching Christ in All of Scripture
Edmund Clowney, author of Preaching Christ in All of Scripture

About preaching… It has to be Edmund P. Clowney‘s Preaching Christ in All of Scripture. It teaches Jesus-centered, redemptive-historical and applicatory preaching. A faithful guiding light for preachers like me who live and serve in post-modern times.  I love it!

11. What is one of your favorite books on evangelism? Will Metzger’s Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully and Lovingly. Reading it in 2007 contributed greatly to my becoming a  Reformed believer and pastor.

Cornelius Van Til, author of The Defense of the Faith
Cornelius Van Til, author of The Defense of the Faith

12. What is one of your favorite books on apologetics? Another “of course”! It has to be Cornelius Van Til‘s The Defense of the Faith. The Lord used it to get me rooted and grounded in the centrality and sufficiency of the Bible in defending and spreading the Christian faith.

Note: You can download Van Til’s book for FREE here.

13. What is one of your favorite books on prayer? Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer. It teaches Bible-rooted, Bible-driven prayer.  It’s true… When it comes to prayer, there’s nothing like the Puritans.

Note: To learn how to pray the Bible, visit MatthewHenry.org.

Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation: Restoring Christ to Counseling and Counseling to the Church
Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation: Restoring Christ to Counseling and Counseling to the Church

14. What is one of your favorite books on marriage? Winston Smith’s Marriage Matters: Extraordinary Change Through Ordinary Moments. I’ll let Wayne Mack say it: “Marriage Matters is different from and goes deeper than many of the other biblically based books on marriage. In keeping with the Scriptural emphasis on being Christ-centered and heart-centered in all of life, this book helps Christians see what being Christ centered and heart centered actually means when applied to the marriage relationship. After personally perusing this volume, my recommendation to all married people is: read the book and apply its contents and, if you do, you will have a marriage that truly matters.”

15. What is one of your favorite books on parenting? Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. Because the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. ;)

16. What music do you keep coming back to on your iPhone (or CD player, or tape deck, or gramophone)? Joe Satriani! ROCK AND ROLL!!!

17. Favorite food? SuTuKil!!! Sugba, Tula, Kilaw!

Translation: Fresh fish barbeque, broth dish and Philippine “ceviche”.

18. After the Bible, a hymnal, and a shipbuilding guide, what book would you want with you on a desert island? At the current stage of the personal, family and ministry reformation journey that I am in, I really need to study Bavinck. It will be great if I can have all the 4 volumes of his Reformed Dogmatics. But if not, the abridged version edited by John Bolt will do. ;-D

Expanding our Network of Mission Partners

Glimar "Glem" Melo:

Please pray for my continuing efforts to promote missions, and mobilize churches, ministries and individuals to pray, support and be active contributors in advancing the cause of Bible Training, Church Planting and Mercy Ministries from Mindanao (Philippines) to the Middle East for God’s glory and kingdom.

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Prayer Breakfast in Virginia Beach

By Pastor Glem Melo

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With the officers of the Foreign Missions Committee of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC)

Recently, I have been privileged to share on the vision, accomplishments and ministry expansion plans of Open Eyes Mission to a prayer group in Virginia Beach, VA, U.S.A.

So far, I have visited and conducted meetings with pastors and leaders in 16 churches and 9 ministry organizations in 8 American states. My goal is to establish contact, visit and meet with the leaders of at least 4 more churches and 2 more ministry organizations.

With URCNA ministers
With ministers of the United Reformed Churches in North America (URCNA) in the East Coast of the United States.

Please pray for my continuing efforts to promote missions, and mobilize churches, ministries and individuals to pray, support and be active contributors in advancing the cause of Bible Training, Church Planting and Mercy Ministries from Mindanao (Philippines) to the…

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God Our Rock

Glimar "Glem" Melo:

Believer in Christ, be secure in the LORD. The All-Sufficient One is your covenant King, Protector and Preserver. Put your trust fully in the salvation that Christ accomplished on the cross for you. And set your hope completely in the eternal inheritance that He promised to give you on His second coming. He will unfailingly and completely fulfill all his covenant promises to His people.

Originally posted on OPEN EYES MISSION:

By Pastor Glem Melo

“God’s covenant with Abraham” by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677)
“God’s covenant with Abraham” by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607–1677)

The LORD Himself is the solid-rock foundation of our covenant assurance and security. His name is YAHWEH, the One Who Is (see Exodus 3:14), the Self-Sufficient One, and the Source of all life. Because HE IS, the fulfillment of all His covenant promises is 100% sure. Because HE IS, our salvation and preservation is 100% secure.

Note: This video is from a message on Genesis 15:7-21 that I preached at Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. You can watch the introduction at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204502248861327. The final portion is at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204565981734609.

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