Archive for June, 2013


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by: Jezreel Dawn Senina Tan
Every ministry starts from a heart whom God touch. 8 years ago i recalled pastor and I flew here in Thailand with a burden to help in God’s ministry . For  years Pastor Tonieth volunteered as pastor in one of our missionary church here in Thailand along with some of us here. Before the 6th year, the Lord has put a burden to pastor to open another church. Just thinking of it made us cry already as we know where we are at that moment in our comfort zone. Many months of fear and sadness troubled us with thought of living our current church. It was one of the church activity where Pastor Selorio preach about ” sometimes we have to live our comfort zone and be scattered and be an instrument of where God will use us” it was only then that we confirmed Gods plan for us. With that confirmation many concerns came to us, as we know its not easy to start a church. But if God plans for His work,  He will provide for everything. It was one Sunday during lunch time it is very clear in my mind when Maam Avin sat beside me with a teary eye and said ” you are leaving? Can i apply as your pianist?” I was so surprised but at the same time overwhelmed. We have now a pianist but we have no building yet. We are only praying for it when one Sunday at the back of our church before, ate Sally came to me and told me that they are going to open a school along with the church, in that way our rent won’t be that heavy. Again i was surprised. Quite hesitant at first with different thoughts running in our mind but we know God has put a burden in this people the same as what He had put in ours.We ask permission from our church without any perspective on where to open a church yet. We’ve tried to look for a building along with the De Paz family and Joanna. It wasn’t easy, it was very hot and believe me we never targeted for a simple place but instead point on buildings that are big and presentable .It was because we know in our hearts we have a big God. It was when ate sally saw the ad of a building that says for rent.Concerns were raised about the building and it was one Saturday afternoon that we closed the deal with the owner. The building is no other than where we are right now. The building is provided, the pianist is provided and comes our first Sunday may 8,2011. We’ve invited people to come. Our first speaker was Pastor Gilmore ,it was a fruitful first Sunday morning as many had joined us visitors from Baguio that went along with pastor Gilmore. I remembered him saying that If God opens a ministry ,He will surely make it grow and He will provide for it. It was a big encouragement and comfort for us. Second Sunday came and it was late in the morning already as were trying to wait for some people that we have invited human as we are we felt discouraged and there is only around 7 of us not including the children. Then 3rd Sunday still the number is not getting bigger. We’ve shared our frustrations and wonder if we really made a right decision. Chairs started to break as it was only made of cheap plastics.The church flooring doesn’t have anything in it except cement coating we brought in carpets to at least make it presentable, no air con. i remember 2 electric fans is facing one side and the other one facing the other side. Sometime you get scared of maybe some cars have bump each other because of a very clear sound of car breaks and sometimes we have to close the window even without aircon to avoid being distracted by the street noise. But our God is faithful, He gave us strength inspite of all the frustrations. We are always reminded of the reminder on our first Sunday. Together with the pioneers of this church, we pressed on. We stood by it and by God’s blessings more were led to the church and more people are used to provide for all the church needs. Ministries to unite christian Filipinos was initiated, social works were included in the plan, reaching out the Thais through English, ministering to our fellow Filipinos in a construction site these and many more are evidences that God is truly faithful. We have hold on to each other inspite of frustrations, personal differences, misunderstandings and even in sickness we’ve been there for each other and only because Gods love covers us.And now celebrating 2nd year of God faithfulness to NCF, just second year I can’t afford but to thank God for everything that He has done to us here in NCF. He has showered us with faithful men and women of God. In behalf of my husband we would like to thank you all for making yourself available for His ministry. God has not just touch one or two lives but many because of your love for His work. To all of this To God be the glory!

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What is NCF and how it came to be? Actually, NCF which stands for Nonthaburi Christian fellowship is now 3 years old since its inception; however since we don’t count the very year that it started it is now on its 2nd year.

When Ptr. Tonieth asked me to tell the story and recall of how NCF has started I was just thinking of presenting it through a slide show but as I went through all the pictures from our FB page and our group’s page as well as Jeje’s photo albums of NCF, I knew that it will take me weeks to compile and put it all together. Thus, I decided to write it and just tell it to you instead.

So, what is NCF? Nonthaburi Christian fellowship is a fellowship of Filipinos who has a personal relationship with Christ. However, not all of its current members may have the same belief than most of us but we are bonded with one common denominator. Our being Filipinos, some may come or attend NCF simply because they have friends here or simply would like to meet fellow Filipinos every Sunday. NCF was not meant to become just a venue for chikahan or any social gatherings where after attending a service all will just go his or her own way and just let the day pass by without gaining or learning anything at all.

NCF started with just a few members and most of them were families, this of course includes mine, and we held our very first worship service in this same place 2 years ago with several visitors from the Philippines and our very first speaker was from the Philippines as well. 

Way back then, I asked myself… what was in the minds of Ptr. And Jeje and why did they decide to leave a fold where most of the members seems to be comfortable. Why do they have to start on their own and turn their backs on the fellowship of a stable church and venture on something on their own without any support from any Mother church way back in the Philippines?

What drives them to start a ministry on their own that is entirely on their own? But here is one thing that I am certain that they have the same kind of strong faith in God that I have when I joined them and came with them to this place.  Pastor and I have the same prayer that time that God will not allow this fellowship to become a stagnant church and be content with a few members but become an instrument in opening doors not just for Filipinos but for Thais as well. Thus, in the span of two years, by the grace of God, NCF has been an instrument in so many ministries that some of them I may not be able to mention or remember anymore.

The fellowship had been shaken for so many times, many have come and go while most of them remained. There were struggles and challenges, there were trials not just physically but emotionally but with God’s grace NCF were able to withstand all of these for I believe that this fellowship is founded on the Solid Rock with is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Pastor’s boldness and passion for the souls always moves him to go far beyond what a human mind could comprehend and venture on ministries without thinking of its cost. Thus, the ministry on the Construction site was started and today we are reaping what we have sown into the hearts of our kababayans. Every Sunday they look forward to that time where they will be able to hear God’s word which they know will fill them not just physically and emotionally but spiritually as well.

It is also through the burden of uniting Christians with the same belief and creed that the Inter-Church Fellowship came to be, it is our church that started such a big leap of faith to unite churches of the same faith in this land.

As I’ve mentioned there are still so many ministries that I may have forgotten but I know that God has a record in heaven to show to us what we have done while we are here in Thailand.

More than 2 years ago, NCF has only more than 20 members or church attendees but today it has more 30-40 listed and enlisted members and an outreach ministry that is continually growing and reaching out to our fellow Filipinos. There will come a time that this small but active and alive body of Christ will not only reach out but open its heart and door to Thais who are willing to listen to God’s word and follow the same Living and true God that we Filipinos worship.

As to what lies ahead to this small fellowship it is entirely between God and the man whom He has entrusted this growing ministry. As long as we as members and of one body continue to work and serve our Living God more blessings and more ministries are up ahead for us to minister, and as long as we continue to seek God’s kingdom first, ALL of the things that we NEED will definitely be given to us.

So, Happy 2nd Anniversary NCF and may we continue to grow numerically but spiritually as well.