Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas and Praise report…

My heart is filled with excitement as I start to see the JIL churches in British Columbia ignited in bringing the Good News of Jesus. This Christmas season, where we proclaim Jesus as the real reason, is the best time for us to share His free gift of salvation, especially to those souls who have not believe yet, because they have not heard yet, as the apostle Paul says in the book of Romans (Rom 10:15).

God has called us to preach the good news and it is indeed a part of our calling as Christians. The Bible says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the Good News”. In other words, no matter how ugly our feet here on earth, if we bring the Good News of Jesus, it is beautiful in heaven’s view, in the sight of our Faithful God. Let us help one another through the power of the Holy Spirit to stir up that desire of having beautiful feet just like our brethren in the book of Acts. May the Gospel spread in our day, as it did in theirs and let the Word through the prophet Isaiah (Isa 52:10), “… and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of God”, be fulfilled through us!

In JIL Burnaby, we are pleased to report that in just two weeks, ten lost souls have heard the Gospel of Jesus through our GPS intentional evangelism program. God had opened the door for us to share with challenging souls like a member of INC, a person at the verge of becoming an Atheist, a couple oppressed by disease, or just ordinary people who were not yet reached by the Gospel. Thank you for all the prayers and the power of God! All of them have accepted the free gift of salvation. More and more souls are still coming in, ready to listen to the Good News that we bring and we are all very excited.

Winning the lost souls for Christ is an important factor in satisfying our Christian walk, so let this testimony ignite you in fulfilling what our Lord Jesus Christ has commanded before ascending to heaven. Merry Christmas and be ready to Overflow this coming year 2009!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Body of Christ Prayer Activity


It was Dec. 6, 2008, the day of prayer for the Olympics 2010, the Prayer of "More Gold Today" Prayer Focus.

Under the rainy, cold morning of Dec. 6, 2008, faithful and never be shaken workers of the Lord in different churches of lower mainland, come together in front of PNE entrance where the two brothers statue standing.
We were led by Ptr. David of Mission Fest with his team, intoduced each other, welcome one another with warmth and feeling of belongingness.

The JIL BC was a part of the big event wherein members of our prayer Warriors were present from Fleetwood, Richmond, Vancouver 1 and myself.

The Lord did an amazing manifestation. Some saw vision, shared the vision to the crowd, praying and praising God for we believe He was with us throughout the time. God touches our team, and never be at the last but opened each mouth to pray vocally, individually without thinking the accent of our English. God put words in our mouth to speak.

A loud sound of the horn was blown in every place where our foot tread upon and such a previlege to be part of what God has done. There was unity in the spirit for the Body of Christ especially when we do God's will.

But this is not the end but just a beginning, that is why we are encouraging each one to join with us in moment like this. You will be a part of it. I thank God to everyone who joined with us on that day, may the Lord reward your doings and please pass it on. God bless.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ministry Updates-JIL BC Events - Re Encounter

Yesterday and today was the JIL BC Re-Encounter with 25 delegates and candidates to become new Cell Leaders. Praise the Lord and they completed their JIL 12 journey including this Re-Encounter weekend. A big congratulations to all of you!!!!! Just keep your eyes on the prize, i.e., Jesus Christ. You have to prepare now for your upcoming SOL 3.

It was a complete success full of God's favor and blessings. Our food was prepared by the cooking team from JIL North Vancouver Church... Thanks guys for the best food there is and cheers for the the whole Re-Encounter team headed by Ptr Myra Paguntalan who also celebrated her birthday yesterday and spend it with all of us. Happy Birthday again!!!!

To the whole team (Music, Teaching, Physical Prep and everybody else)...congratulations and thanks for spending your time this weekend. May the Lord bless you for your labors....

Over-all, it was another evidence of God's enduring faithfulness and grace that causes us to exclaim praise and worship to give Him the highest form of glory....Thank God for His abiding presence always.

Friday, November 28, 2008

In Memory of Jasmin Javier - VIA Head, JIL Burnaby


Jasmin is a true friend, an employee, a song leader, a cousin, an aunt, a sister, a daughter, and most of all a faithful worker of God.

I know that when she was still a small kid around three to four years old . She loves to dance, yup she moves her body so gracefully. People around her in our City Town in Bago Bantay, Tacloban Street knew her.

Onetime when there is in a competition of dancing for all toddlers like her age. She participate, yup she dance gracefully, did her best as she can. And of course, the winner is …..the most promising dancer ever after..JASMIN! She handed the trophy (the gift) hold it tight. Then run went back home as fast as she can, to show it to her family. To make her family be happy that she did it. Her face, you could see it how the happiness filled her heart on that very hour BUT… She fell down on the ground, instinctly did covered her body by her hand with that gift still holding on.. A sound of break heard outloud, the box (the gift) showed nothing happened.. Got up in her feet, run again seems nothing happened. Happiness in her face, eyes, in her act, while she’s running reaching home…. At last she made it, got home. Showed her gift and start opening …. Happiness faded in her beautiful face, then staring at me . It looks she’s saying something, want to send me a messages …. Her eyes not blinking... tears coming out... I pick her up, console her. And telling her, gifts are only a simple things. Your love is great more than those gifts and never get broken. She smiled at me and then hugged me. Yes that is Jasmin when she was a child… My Jasmin is a good dancer….

When she is became a teenager, she found out that she is a good singer. So always do the singing inside the washroom as a part of her training. Her mom bought her a key board Yamaha. Not satisfied, because her mom knows Jasmin have a potential being a good singer. Again bought her a karaoke stereo, it means her future is bright and shining. She became a part of our church choir....She sang good and leading for better...

When God moved her into more responsible works for Gods glory, she became a song leader and an assistant HEAD in music ministry. Yet the task was so tight and hardtime goes in her way. Endurance and dedication still in her heart.

NOW she left this world …. Ascended into heaven..singing with our Almighty God..... Filled up the vacant spot where God needed her most……

A father who misses her most…thanks God….Thanks to all good Samaritan whom got a pure heart and willingly giving their effort to bring back my daughter. Thank you all and may our good Lord blesses you all and may He touch your heart and become His children and have life eternally…. Continually give your love until this unforgetable mistake and unbearable experience gotten justice.

by: Bro. Bobby Javier


Every one of you would agree that Jasmin is a true friend, a loyal employee, a dedicated song leader, a caring cousin, a thoughtful aunt, a loving sister, a respectful daughter, and most of all a devoted worker of God.

To me Jasmin is a sister my younger sister, the youngest out of all the four of us siblings. As my younger sister, Jasmin has given me that privilege to be a Kuya. Jasmin has never treated me in any way or form of disrespect. In my own perspective, Jasmin has a very pure heart. All that she has ever done is to ensure that we as a family are always together and connected. Jasmin has always been the one who gathers all of us in the house to get together to call upon the Lord in times of troubles. Jasmin with his soft voice but powerful demand tone of voice has enabled all of us to get together to pray to Him our Lord. Jasmin is truly gifted. Jasmin has offered her singing talent to God. She enjoys singing for him and it truly shows every time she is out there on the stage singing praises to Our God. Jasmin loves to sing for him. Her bedroom is full of Christian music. Jasmin has truly portrayed herself as a living testimony around her surroundings. Her sweet sound tone of voice every time she opens her mouth to speak is just truly inviting and fulfilling.

God is a God of Mercy and Loving. Imagine regardless of who we are God has already chosen us for him. Remember God has chosen us first before we even make an effort to choose to love him. True God we already have the victory and blessings. God loves for us is so great that the number of the strands of our hair put together as a whole is not even close to how much God truly loves us. All that we need to do is to completely depend on Him as our Lord of everything. I believe that Jasmin has understood that love and Lordship true Jesus Christ.

What is so beautiful about Jasmin’s life on earth is that she has demonstrated the joy, love, and blessings she has received for following our God’s standard way of living. Just as you will all agree with me, Jasmin will not be remembered as an individual who has been hit by car nor as a person with many friends, but as a true devoted worker of God. Jasmin has not rendered anything merely for her own interest but for our God’s Glory. I remember that every time we have a talk Jasmin has always reminded me the goodness of our Lord and to continually worshipping God. As well as Jasmin has always declared “It is for the Glory of God”. Jasmin merely follow the standard way of living written in the words of God. She keeps significant number of verses in her wallet, on top of her desk, and a book of verses in her bag. Her life revolves around how she can be a better person in God’s eye. Through series of lessons the she has completed, bible reading, and participation to prayer meeting were an act of striving to be a better worker for God.

As a one year older sibling of Jasmin, I have been given an opportunity to watch live a true dedicated pure hearted worker of God. I have seen how Jasmin has chosen to live her life every single day. I can remember ever since we were young Jasmin has always been the person who cares about her surroundings. Jasmin has always shared her belongings and blessings. Back in the Philippines where Jasmin and I have mostly spent our elementary school, I remember that every Christmas Day most our Ninong and Ninangs have given us gifts in a form of monetary. (Cash). During those time Jasmin will always share her gifts and sometimes as nice as she has been I have seldom took advantage of it, not in a Bad way but as a loving brother way. As such a young little girl, Jasmin has already portrayed her spontaneous goodness.

Jasmin is truly a caring person even in her last moments she has touched many lives. Jasmin’s objective is to win soul for God as she has found Love, Joy, and Peace with God. Therefore, Jasmin is looking at every soul best interest as she desires to share that phenomenon freedom she has received from God to everyone else. Sometimes she may be direct to inform me of my inequities, but through her life I can see her caring for me as she only desires that I become a better individual. Jasmin is truly a loving person as she forgives anyone immediately as she understands the definition of Jesus death on the Cross.

There are a lot of things that we as human cannot understand. I know and I believe that my dear sister is with Him. Our head is measurable and therefore the way we think is measurable in which disable us to truly comprehend our God’s plan for each one of US. I believe in my heart that God has a better plan for my family and I pray that we as a strong family be able to fully grasp Our Lord’s plan for us and for Jasmin. Life is indeed short, it is not ours to control for we do not have that power. Everything in this world belongs to Almighty God.

Jasmin, thank you for being our dearest sister. I am very proud to be your Brother and we both know how blessed we are to be given a family like ours today. Thank you Nay and Tay for building that important God’s core value in our family as the solid foundation of our Family.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those 3 witnesses Heinz, Simon, and Bal who were there with Jasmin during her last moments. Truly, it is not an accidental you 3 were there; I believe that God has a plan for all us involved in Jasmin’s last moments.

I would to thank Jasmin’s co-workers led by Chie, Dennis, Buboy and John their Boss for providing Jasmin a work place where she has enjoyed so much. As well thank you for that continues support for my family and I.

Thank you JIL church for allowing Jasmin to express her love to God true her singing. Thank you Music Ministry for the challenging but loving experiences you all shared with my Sister Jasmin.

Thank you for all her friends and acquaintances and for all of you for being a part of Jasmin life here on earth.

I believe you all will agree with me that Jasmin is not meant for temporal life here on earth but for all eternity. One day our turn will come and join Jasmin in worshiping our God.

by: Bro. Jerome Javier

Musikatha Acquaintance Fellowship: Nov 12, 2008

On Nov 12, 2006 the Churches of JIL Vancouver 1&2, North Van, Richmond and Outreaches held an Acquaintance fellowship with the Musikatha Team. The Fellowship was held at the Jesus Is Lord Church Vancouver Worship Hall and the team was met by the stairs with a warm and loud (emphasis on the loud) welcome by the JIL brethren. The theme for the night was Hawaiian and every member of the team were given Lei flowers.

The food indeed was overflowing that night as Sis Edith, Sis Dinah, Sis Joanne, Sis Karmi, Bro Paul, Bro Graham, Bro Marlon and Bro Joey were seated at the front and the congregation was treated to a massive buffet table in the middle of the hall. After having dinner, the team gladly gave their testimonies on how they met the Lord and how they became a part of the Musikatha team. When the mic was passed to Bro Joey, he mentioned that he had been previously part of the Eat Bulaga dance team. Of course, the congregation did not want to pass at the opportunity of seeing Bro Joey give us a sample of his dance moves. Amidst cries of "SAMPLE! SAMPLE! SAMPLE!" from the congregation, Bro Joey went to the stage and danced as if there were no tomorrow. Hilarity of course ensued.

After the team had given their testimonies, the congregation asked them to render a special number of their favourite song/songs. Sis Dinah sang "Sayo" from the album Harana sa Hari. Sis Joanne rendered her version of the song, "Pursuer of my Soul'" One of the unforgettable highlights of the night was when Bro Graham stood to render his favourite song "The Warrior is a Child." And of course who could forget the dance off between Jumping Joey and our very own Dancing Pastor: Ptr Raymund! I don't believe I've ever seen Ptr Raymund jump so high and I don't think Bro Joey has ever been as worthily challenged as he was that night.

We had so much fun and so much food that night that we will never forget it. The team will be going home next week and we will surely miss all of them! To the Musikatha team, our love and prayers will always go with you.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

WORSHIP NIGHT at JIL Vancouver Church

Last November 21, 2008, a WORSHIP NIGHT was held at the JIL Vancouver Church. JIL Vancouver 1, JIL Vancouver 2, JIL Burnaby, JIL Richmond and JIL North Vancouver joined together in worshipping God in this momentous event.

The Musikatha Team, composed of Paul (Guitar), Marlon (Keyboard), Graham (Bass), Karmi (Drums), Joanne (Worship Leader), Dinah (Back-up), and Joey (Back-up) led the Praise and Worship. Sis. Edith Mendoza was supposed to deliver the message for that evening but because of the awesome and great presence of the Lord that night, the program was changed by the Holy Spirit and the whole congregation was led into a new level and height of worship - not just into WORSHIP BREAKTHROUGH but into WORSHIP OVERFLOW. We truly experienced a different move of the Spirit of God that evening. During the praise and worship led by Sis. Joanne, I felt so much in love with the Lord - an overflowing love. God also responded by letting me know and feel how much He loves me. When I talked with some of those who attended, they also felt the same thing - an overflowing love to the Lord.

Sis. Edith released a prophetic word that evening stating that the "JIL Vancouver Church is a birthing place. A birthing place for new things . . . . ."

During the Victory Proclamation, everyone was so excited to express their explosive worship to God. The congregation can't stop praising God and even though it's quite late already, nobody wants to go home. They keep requesting for more songs until Sis. Edith ask the Musikatha to sing the song "Undignified." When everybody understood the meaning of this song, everyone started to express their worship to the Lord in their most undignified way. Some of these moments were captured in the video camera and I would like to share it to all of you. But of course, it's different when you're there! I hope you'll enjoy it!

I pray that this kind of worship will not end on this Worship Night but will continue even in our Church activities and services in the coming days.


Monday, November 24, 2008


What a great week that JIL BC Churches had, two Worship Nights (last Wednesday and Friday) and a Worship Breakthrough (last Saturday) that provided us a new level of worship expressions. Even more important were the teachings that provided new insights and deeper perspective to experience a worthwhile time of personal and church level worship that will surely bless the Lord.

But one distinct manifestation that all of us including the Musikatha Team experience was a genuine release of personal reservations and inhibitions in giving God a lavish expression and undignified worship to the Lord and all for the Lord.

I found this video with the lyrics of "Undignified Worship" and just wanted you to understand what it means.

No matter who we are, we are believers that need to worship as well. Therefore, let us worship Him with all our might and if you could do it without moving (though I doubt this could be done!), then so be it and try to have fun in doing it as well....

But no matter what, let us glorify God in all that we do and He will honor and bless us indeed.

Monday, November 17, 2008

JIL BC 18th Anniversary

I would like to express my gratitude to all JIL Pastors, leaders, workers and congregations of JIL BC for the success of the 18th Anniversary celebration yesterday. It was a culmination of prayer, planning and perseverance. Everyone who was involved in the whole program whether known or unknown was key to our success. When we honor God with our service, He will honor us back for sure.

The whole atmosphere from beginning to end was excitement. It was made special by God's presence during praise and worship, the preaching of the word and during ministering time. Our family members from JIL Philippines headed by Sis. Edith Mendoza and the Musikatha team was an added bonus. Sis Edith spoke with anointing and authority the truth of God's word. While the people were clinging to every word spoken with readiness and anticipation.

God showed up in His own way to stamp His approval as the JIL people gave honor to God's faithfulness in the past 18 years.

Altogether, this anniversary catapulted JIL BC to another level of revelation and ministry towards the next years.

I would like to encourage all of you that we have just begun to see what God could do with people totally given over to His will, word and way today, tomorrow and until he comes!

Be ready to receive it and let us run together with it as we follow our destiny in God's hands!

Blessings to all of us!!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This Week's Events!

Hello again!

This week was filled with events that sure to excite everyone. The Musikatha team has arrived last Monday headed by the JIL International Music Chairman, Edith Mendoza. There were eight people altogether composed of three worship team vocalists, Joey Alberto, Joan Amparo and Dina Armesin. The JAM members headed by Paul Armesin as the guitarist, Graham Guimilet as the bassist, Marlon Oliveros as the keyboardist and Karmi santiago as the drummer.

They led the one-day seminar last Thanksgiving holiday from 10am-6pm attended by the VIA and JAM members of the JIL BC Churches. Almost 200 people came to take part in the general sessions and seminars designed to provide additional training and enhancement in every member and it was a huge success!

Then there were Acquaintance Fellowship done in two locations (Vancouver Church and Burnaby Church) to accommodate the JIL people from Vancouver 1& 2, Surrey Newton & Fleetwood, Burnaby, North Vancouver, Richmond and Multicultural Churches. Both locations were jam-packed with people who left satisfied with the food, fellowship and fun. But never forgetting the picture time with the Musikatha members and Musikatha cd's signed by the team themselves.

And there was the Billy Graham School of Evangelism that some JIL BC Pastors and leaders attended with me last Nov 11-13, 2008. We were all renewed in our passion for the gospel. I believe that you will hear their testimonies as well in this blog.....

Today during the general rehearsal, the participants were given some additional tips to improve their presentation tomorrow at the JIL BC 18th anniversary celebration. It is because we need to give the best for our audience of one- the Lord Jesus Christ!

Let me congratulate all JIL Pastors, leaders,. workers and the JIL people of Area 2-BC for being part of this milestone. Don't forget to come tomorrow at our anniversary and bring someone with you to experience God's presence and power in a new level...

There will be more updates to come and pictures will soon follow...God bless us all!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

JIL MC Church High5

Ephesians 6:18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
The JIL MC church has already started it's prayer warfare with an extended prayer 2 weeks ago and a High5 prayer meeting early this morning.
Everyone was excited during our High5. Someone was encouraged by everyone's testimonies. The word of God was shared and digested and nobody was left behind. It was truly a successful morning and the Spirit was hovering above us. His hand was indeed long enough to reach us and we believed that our prayers reached the crevices of His ears. Hallelujah!

JIL MC Church

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


On October 6, 2008, the day after the JIL 30th Anniversary Celebration in Luneta Grandstand, the JIL Thanksgiving and Appreciation Gala Night was held at the Isla Ballroom of Shangri-la Edsa Plaza Hotel.

On this occasion the birthday of Bishop Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva, the Founder, Spiritual Director and International President of the JIL Church, was also celebrated. The whole Villanueva family was present to celebrate with him this momentous night.

It was a red-carpet event that was well-attended by close friends of the JIL Ministry as well as Pastors and Staff from the Central, National and International Operations of JIL.
A red carpet was rolled out to welcome the attendees to this glorious and historic event. The attire for the night was strictly formal. Ladies were asked to wear gowns and the men were asked to wear coat and tie.

Before the program started, a cutting of the ribbon was held to launch the JIL Exhibit featuring the 30 years of the JIL Church. Bro. Eddie & Sis. Dory led the cutting of the ribbon, followed by the members of the Executive Management Board (EMB).

The highlight of the evening was the appreciation done to all the Pastors, Staff and faithful workers of the JIL Church since it started in 1978. Awards were also given to outstanding Churches and Chapters of the JIL Church in different categories.

Those who reached 20 years of service as Full-Time Pastors and Staff of JIL were also appreciated and given an award. Included in those who received an award were the drivers, cameramen, office staff, pastors, etc. who have served the JIL Church faithfully through the years.

The JIL Canada Chapter was one of the recipients of the "OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD" in appreciation of its continuous support to the I-CARE Ministry of the JIL Church and the unparalleled Christian service rendered above and beyond duties and expectations to the holistic development of the community and people served. CONGRATULATIONS JIL CANADA !!!
Sis. Herminigilda "Aida" Romero of JIL Edmonton also was one of the recipients of the Outstanding International Church Pioneer Award for starting the first JIL Church in Canada in Edmonton, Alberta. CONGRATULATIONS SIS. AIDA ROMERO !!!

Pastor Aldrin Navo became a recipient of two awards. He was one of those who were awarded with the "Dr. Adoracion J. Villanueva EXCELLENCE AWARD", in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the theological advancement of the Church through excellent academic undertakings and research initiatives to the continuing consistent furtherance of the work of the Lord in Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide.

He was one of the recipients of the "Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD", in recognition of his unparalleled and magnanimous Christian service rendered above and beyond duties and expectations epitomized by a life of integrity, influence, and accountability to the holistic development of the community and people served and the greatest glory of Jesus Christ, King and Lord forever! GLORY TO GOD !!!

The Appreciation Night was concluded by acknowledging five out of the fifteen students of Bishop Eddie Villanueva in PUP who pioneered the JIL Church in 1978. These 5 students were still faithfully serving in the JIL Church after 30 years. They were Sis. Menchie Tobias, Pastor Dino Tobias, Sis. Daisy Babiano and Sis. Amor Adela. CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR PERSEVERANCE AND FAITHFULNESS !!!

Bishop Eddie ended the event with a word of exhortation and encouragement and a prayer for all the JIL workers, leaders and Pastors.

I was personally encouraged by the life of those who have persevered and served the JIL Church through the years, through thick and thin, and though all circumstances, whether good or bad. Indeed FAITHFULNESS is a virtue that we should all possess to remain a strong and an unmovable servant of the Lord!


Pastor Monette Navo

Friday, October 17, 2008


Finally, we are back in Vancouver last October 14 after a two-week trip in Manila, Philippines to attend the celebration of JIL’s 30th Pearl Anniversary and the other activities related to it.

A General Rehearsal was set on Luneta Grandstand on October 4, Saturday,at 5:00 p.m., a day before the 30th Anniversary Celebration. But even before the rehearsal started, strong winds came and rain started pouring out at around 4:00 p.m. that broke the initial set-up done by the Physical Preparation and Technical Committees. But after two hours or so, the winds and rain stopped, and everything was put back in order. The rehearsal pushed through at around 7 p.m. Most of the International Pastors coming from different countries were able to attend and fellowship with one another. Bishop Eddie & Sis. Dory Villanueva were also present and greeted everyone with a warm welcome.

I was not able to take pictures during the Anniversary because we were seated at the backstage. But I found some posts in YouTube posted by JIL members that will give you a glimpse of what happened during the 30th Anniversary celebration. Please allow me to share them to you . . . .


Even though it was raining in other parts of Metro Manila on the day of October 5, the Lord gave us a very good and perfect weather at Luneta Grandstand, it was cloudy but no rain. It was really a grand, glorious and victorious event attended by JIL Pastors and members from all over the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao) and all over the world. Presently, the JIL Church exists in 42 countries around the globe with a total of 10,000 Churches.

The celebration started at 4:30 p.m. with the Praise & Worship led by the Musikatha Team headed by Sis. Edith Mendoza. If you want to view the full coverage of this celebration, just log on to and watch the archived video streaming on-line. At the beginning of the program, a parade was held showcasing the JIL Chapters all over Metro Manila, in the provinces and all over the world. While the parade was being held, the song “Lord, You Are Good” was sung by the Musikatha Team in different dialects and languages. It was very encouraging to see all the JIL Pastors representing their own Churches, Areas and Regions and the flags of the different countries raised, waved and paraded to declare that JESUS IS LORD ALL OVER THE PHILIPPINES AND ALL OVER WORLD!!!

It was also a touching moment when Congressman Joel Villanueva asked all the JIL Pastors to stand up and acknowledged all their labours and sacrifices for the ministry of the Lord. Many Pastors were teary-eyed as the congregation clapped their hands in praise to God in honor to the mighty servants of the Lord.

An AVP featuring the song “Ilaan Mo”, sung by Gary Valenciano, was shown to present the Compassion Ministry of the JIL Church through its I-CARE Ministry. Dr. Dory Villanueva, the Executive Director of JIL Church, now heads the I-CARE Ministry. The AVP showed the different activities and outreach programs done by our I-CARE Ministry in the past and at present. The I-CARE Ministry is the humanitarian arm of the JIL Church for social responsibility and to minister to the needs of the Filipino people.

The JIL Church also honoured and gave tribute to two great evangelists of our times, Dr. Greg Tingson, known as the ``Billy Graham of Asia``, and Dr. Pat Robertson, founder of Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) for their evangelistic efforts and achievements in the proliferation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ around the world.

Bishop Eddie Villanueva stressed out the significance of 30 years in the lives of some Biblical characters. Jesus started his earthly ministry when he was 30 years old. David was crowned as king of Israel when he was 30 years old. Joseph became the governor of Egypt when he was 30 years old. Now that the JIL Church reached its 30 years, it has come up to its full maturity and is now ready to take on greater challenges and do greater things in order to hasten the evangelization of the whole world before the Lord Jesus Christ comes.

In relation to our theme, ``ALL PEOPLES WORSHIP HIS MAJESTY``, a parade of nations was done at the culmination of the program with the students of the JIL Christian School paraded wearing the national costumes of the different nations of the world with their national flags while the song "We Speak to Nations" is being sung by the Musikatha Team. After this, Bishop Eddie prayed a prophetic prayer for all the nations of the world and declared "Arise shine, for thy light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."

A prayer for all the nations of the world was uttered as each one stretched forth their hands to pray for the globe. In this prophetic prayer, Bishop Eddie mandated the JIL Church to reach ALL the nations of the world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and to establish a JIL Church in all these nations.&nbsp This prayer has really made an impact in my heart when I heard it because, right now, the JIL Church is present in only 42 countries and according to the United Nations, there are 192 nations in the world, so this means that we still need to reach the 150 nations in the next years to come.&nbsp There is still so much work to be done. . . We are just beginning . . . . . . .

The celebration ended with a Victory Praise Celebration as magnificent fireworks lit the skies in front of Luneta Grandstand. The people who graced the event remained until the end of the celebration even though it ended around 11 p.m. Everybody was excited and renewed in their spirits to continue the next years of the JIL Church until the Lord Jesus Christ comes. It was indeed a glorious celebration!

Congratulations to the JIL Leadership for the success of our 30th Anniversary Celebration! ALL GLORY, HONOR, THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE BELONGS TO OUR GOD!!!&nbsp HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY JIL CHURCH !!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

JIL 30th Anniversary - Part 1

Wheww!!! What a great time it was to be part of a grand celebration of 30 years. Truly it was another experience of God's faithfulness. Seeing many faces expecting God's move was truly exhilirating.

I am most excited seeing JIL Canada Pastors become part of such a huge celebration. Finally, they were there to see first-hand and to feel being up there on the stage overlooking the throngs of people who've attended the event. Wait until you hear their first-hand testimonies and experiences as I believe they will share to their respective congregations.

For now, let me just say that this year's celebration was one of the best that I've experienced. I am praying that more JIL people from the International will come to attend and to experience what we had for themselves.

First and foremost, I thank God for His favor on the JIL Church and the JIL people as a whole. Congratulations to all JIL people worldwide for being faithful.

To Bishop Bro Eddie and Sis Dory Villanueva and their family together with the JIL family...our prayers for you will never fail. God bless!!!!

TESTIMONY: JIL 30th Anniversary Celebration

It was truly an awesome experience to be part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of Jesus Is Lord Church in Manila, Philippines. Being able to attend this grand celebration for the first time on October 5, 2008, I saw the multitudes of people in Luneta Grandstand who came from different parts of the country, and even the world, who have passion and love for the Lord. I feel so grateful to be part of the International Pastors and Delegates from other countries and it was a great opportunity for me to meet both National and International Pastors of JIL.

The Gala Night on October 6, 2008 in Edsa Shangri-La was also an inspiring night for I was able to witness God's faithfulness to JIL Church for the past 30 years, and to the people who have faithfully followed Him.

During the Pastors' Conference on October 8, 2008 at Music Museum, we were once again reminded of "The Standards for Pastors" and "The Costs of Leadership".

The Bowling and Dinner Fellowship on October 9, 2008 was an encouraging event because all the Pastors were able to mingle with one another and the reports presented by each Director motivates us more to continue in serving Him.


- Ptr Louie Figueroa

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ministry Updates -JIL BC Events

The past two weeks were filled with important events. Let me share them....

JIL Victoria had their 9th anniversary celebration. It was an excellent time to showcase what God has done in the past 9 years. Seeing the people who were there since the start and still serving faithfully provides great encouragement to all of us. I fully remember how we travel weekly to Victoria in those early pioneering years to provide guidance and leadership. Well, looking at them now, it was all worth it. Congratulations to JIL Victoria for reaching this far. Be ready for more!!!!

Last Saturday afternoon, JIL Richmond celebrated their 10th anniversary. A decade of God’s faithfulness was declared to all who witnessed the celebration. The whole leadership was excited and brimming with joy as the celebration began. It was a simple celebration filled with exuberant atmosphere that showcased JIL Richmond’s desire to live God’s life. One of the highlight was the Kiddoz presentation of “Livin’ Inside Out.” Everyone was delighted to watch how these young kids shared through song and dance God’s principle of living a Christian life victoriously. High five to the JIL Kiddoz for an excellent job. Thumbs up to JIL Richmond leaders and workers for a job well done.

Finally, JIL Seattle had their quarterly Prayer and Healing Service yesterday. A special time of prayer was done to those who came to the front. The Lord honored the gathering and I believe that it was a great opportunity to plant God’s seed to the first-timers who came to attend the service. Thanks to the JIL Music Ministers from JIL Burnaby, Surrey Fleetwood, Newton and North Vancouver for their support. JIL Seattle leaders and workers have done an excellent job as well. Keep it up!!!!!

Until next time...

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Worship Camp and Conference 2008

If there is an event that will stir up a renewed passion to praise and worship God, this was the place to be! The three-day event last Aug 29-31, 2008 was held at the JIL BC Prayer House and Retreat Center with 24 participants from the JIL BC Churches Music Team Heads of the Worship Team (VIA) and Instrumentalist Team (JAM). The sessions were all pointing towards excellence in fulfilling each ministry as assigned to both teams not just on Sundays but each day of their life.
One of the major impacts of these two events was creating a clear picture of what a Music Minister looks like and it was received with enthusiasm. Now, I believe will begin to usher a new level of praise and worship for every VIA and JAM; Sound System and Graphics members of how a team must function together for God to come and inhabit the praises of His people having a united heart and mind for this goal…..
It is an unbelievable time together as God’s lingering presence came down to stamp His approval for entering His throne with a mighty praise…
Congratulations to all participants, leaders, workers and all who took part in this events. Be ready to experience a new way of praise and worship!!! Become excited……..Hallelujah!!!!!!!

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