Friday, February 18, 2005

Tired, but totally blessed

Doing missions work for the Lord is worth all the energy and effort put forth. As you read this, the team has returned back from the Philippines. We had a great time, and it was awesome. I personally was blessed to be a part of this group from OCSI and CC Okinawa. We look forward to what the Lord will be doing with this group and all the ministry that was done with the church in Ilo Ilo and the Filipino people. If you would like, you can click below and see all of the picts that we took, from start to finish. May the Lord bless you and all of you that will be venturing out in faith for the Lord Jesus Christ. Posted by Hello Pastor Tommy

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Ministry in the Barangay La Puz

This is a picture of the end of ministry in the Barangay for the day. The kids were great. Everyone fell in love with them. The beautiful thing about children in the Philippines, is that they are so grateful when you come and minister to them. Taiko Toma was overwhelmed afterwards when the kids wanted to hug and kiss her goodby. The church in Ilo Ilo has been ministering in the barangay for about 3 years. Continue to please pray for the children of Ilo Ilo, that they will come to the saving knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Posted by Hello

Worship leaders for Wednesday night service at CC Ilo Ilo

Great time of worship at CC Ilo Ilo when the girls led us in song. It is cool when people are willing to serve. To my knowlege this is the first time that Taiko (left) and Mara (right) have ever led worship for a large group of people. Jessik (middle) always does a great job on the guitar. Posted by Hello

3rd year anniversary at CC Ilo Ilo

The room was packed with over 100 people in attendance at Calvary Chapel's 3 year anniversary. The team from Okinawa had the privilege of helping lead worship for that mornings service, and Pastor Tommy Ruiz gave the mornings message. It is always a blessing to see how far a church has gone in a few years. The first service was held downstairs in a small room. Now that area is the children's ministry, and Pastor Mike is praying about buying the building. Please continue to pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit in the area of purchasing this site. They are presently renting, and beginning to bust at the seams.Posted by Hello

Basketball tournament at Barangay La Puz

The basketball tournament was a great sucess. This was our second tournament in the barangay, and just as many people turned out this year as last year. You might remember, last year we took a team over to the PI and Darrel Balancier led the tournament. It was such a blessing to see everyone turn out for this great event. See more picts at Posted by Hello

Beautiful sight at the Baptisms

Just one more thing to love about Ilo Ilo. We took this pict as we were leaving the baptism site. Posted by Hello

Baptisms at Calvary Chapel Ilo Ilo

When you get a chance check out the picts of the baptisms. We were so blessed to be a part of the work that God is doing. . The koinonia was sweet, we felt like we were taking part in the book of Acts. The only one missing was Paul the Apostle. Posted by Hello

Ministry at University of the Philippines Islands

Monday, we were invited to minister at the College and High school in Ilo Ilo. We began by playing the guitar and instruments, then, we shared the Gospel through testamonies and songs. We were blown away to see the students that we brought, being so bold to share the Gospel. The UPI students were very receptive. Please continue to pray for the work that God is doing in young people and how he wants to use this team in the future. For more pictures of this outreach click onto Posted by Hello

The team for OCSI and Calvary Chapel Okinawa

What a good looking group of people from Okinawa. This is a pict that we took on the last night that we were in Ilo Ilo. If you notice, a few people are missing, Laura is AWOL, probrobly ministering to the students, and Jasher was sick. You might be wondering who is the guy in front. Well that is Melford, he is part of the church there is Ilo Ilo. We all fell in love with this great brother, he is from Nigeria. So we thought, "Melford, jump into this picture and represent Jasher, since he is back at the hotel sick" so we made him an honorary member of the team from Okinawa. Wow! We had such a great time on this missions trip. Posted by Hello Pastor Tommy

Monday, February 07, 2005

Three Tomadachi's

The three amigos. Everyone remembers Krystal, (left) she served in Okinawa at CCOkinawa for 3 months. She is now in cosmetology school. On the left is Tamiko, she will be graduating from OCSI this year. In the center in Ayu, she faithfully serves the Lord at CCOkinawa and all three of these girls were in California during Christmas. If you would like to see the pictures from California that Ayu took, click below at . If you want to see the pictures that Tamiko took, please click onto There are also some Okinawan picts there too. Please keep these girls in your prayers as they continue to serve Jesus Christ every day. Posted by Hello Pastor Tommy

Philippines trip February 2005

Praise the Lord gang! This is part of the group that will be leaving for the Philippines on February 8th, 2005. There are 14 other people missing in this group, but they were not around for the pictures. We will get a picture of the rest of the group later. But pictured above are John Maraveles, Lewai Han, Jasher Calcabean, and Jessika Rhode. They are all students at OCSI. They, as well as the rest of the group are blessed with the opportunity to travel to the PI and serve the people there. Please keep us in your prayers, and if you would like, we will be posting pictures on the web while we are on the trip, so click below to see the picts. Give us a few days though, I don't think that we will have the opportunity to post them for a few more days. . God bless you all. Posted by Hello Pastor Tommy

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Nago Cherry Blossom Festival

In Okinawa around the end of January, the beginning of February, the Cherry Blossoms come out. It is a big festival in Okinawa. Everyone comes from all over the Island to Nago(Northern part of the country) and they visit this area and take pictures and celebrate the new season. Tradition states that the Cherry Blossoms has much significance in Okinawa. It signifies the new year is upon us, and with that comes new beginnings, as well as a beautiful blooming for our lives, prosperity and happiness. The Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa are stronger and heartier lasting up to a month, while in Mainland Japan, they last about a week. So when we visited Nago this weekend, not all the trees were in bloom, but as you can see from our pictures, it was a beautiful sight to see. If you would like to see the pictures from the trip, click below at God bless you all Posted by Hello Pastor Tommy

Rosie, Jean Marie and Inessa

Hi guys,
This is a recent picture that Rosie sent us from Israel. She is walkin with Jean Marie, and their new friend Inessa (her name means Miracle). Please contine to pray for these girls that the Lord will continue to lead, guide, direct and draw them closer to Jesus Christ. We are starting a picture album of Rosie so you can click below to God bless you all. Posted by Hello Pastor Tommy

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Newest member to Calvary Chapel Watsonville

Hi everyone! Let me introduce to you, the newest member of CCWatsonville. His name is Ethan Caleb Grajeda Smith. It is such a blessing to see this little guy. In the near future we will be posting new pictures of the work that God is doing up on Watsonville California through Pastor Dylan Smith. If you would like to see some more picts click on to . God bless you all, and keep CCWatsonville in your prayers. Posted by Hello Love, Pastor Tommy