June Buds
The month of June is normally the start of the rainy season in the Philippines. And with the rains come the buds, the new leaves, the hope for a coming harvest. In the past month of June, we saw new contacts, new prospects, and new plans for the opening of new CCI equipping classes.
We don’t have classes yet in Siquijor, but a close look at Google Maps shows several churches on the island. Pastor Melvin Caindoy went on a boat and stayed in Siquijor for two days to promote CCI. He rented a motorcycle and drove around the island looking for the churches indicated on the map. Some of them no longer exist or have moved to other locations. But he was able to meet with the leaders of two churches and told them about CCI. He left flyers at those churches where the pastors were not present. He intends to go back another time to follow up on these contacts.

For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “’I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:47
We appreciate your prayers and support.

Henry Ventura
CCI Philippines National Director
Staff Update
Pastor Roland Tagud started a new class of 15 students in Cebu City. Pastor Roland is a CCI graduate and he is already teaching a class in Valencia, Bohol. Please pray for Pastor Roland to have perseverance. It takes 12 hours to travel to Cebu by bus, van, boat, and taxi. He leaves from Valencia on Friday afternoon, teaches the class the whole day on Saturday, and then travels back to Valencia for another 12 hours. He has to be back home by Sunday morning to preach at his church. He intends to do this once a month.
We praise God for a total of six classes that were started in June with a total of 55 students. These classes are in Cebu, Marikina, Bataan, Iloilo and Bacolod.
Pastor Anthony Syjuco held a Seminar on Advanced Expository Preaching in Bacolod City with 19 participants. This seminar helps pastors build messages that are accurate to the Bible and relevant to the needs of the audience.

The Life Resources Foundation (LRF) in Iligan City held a God’s Financial Principles (GFP) seminar with three participants. The GFP seminar is now part of the regular curriculum of LRF. We pray for these participants and future attendees; that they will become good stewards of the resources God has entrusted to them.
Pastor Manny Gocon and I held the first part of a Teacher Training Workshop (TTW) with Pastor Michael Fernandez of Melbourne and Pastor Rudy Baja of Surigao del Norte. The second part of the TTW will be held this month.

Pastor Melvin Caindoy held a TTW in Antequera, Bohol for Pastor Cecilio Vallente and four other leaders in his church. Pastor Cecilio is a graduate of CCI and is training the leaders in the church that he planted.

Pray for these six TTW attendees, that they will use their knowledge and ministry skills to multiply biblically equipped disciples.
TTW with Henry & Manny
TTW with Melvin
Testimony From a CCI Student
“I thank the Lord for the opportunity to be trained. I do not have a high educational background, am poor, and need to work everyday for my family and still be involved in the ministry. I’m thankful that I am able to study, even though my classmates are college graduates and have achieved much in life. I was able to immediately use the principles of correct Observation, Interpretation, and Application. Now, I’m better prepared for my ministry of leading small biblical communities and preaching at our outreach. I am challenged to appreciate, study, and read the Bible. I will do my best to share the Word of God with the people who are in darkness and are perishing so that they will be enlightened through the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

Pastor Niño Malazarte
Missions Pastor
Santo Tomas, Batangas
Prayer Requests & Praises

Please pray for wisdom, health, and physical and spiritual strength for our staff and their families.

Pray that God would bless the hearts of the churches that Melvin visited in Siquijor. Pray that they will want the training and that God would identify key leaders who would help CCI to start training across this island.

Pray for the attendees of the TTWs to begin classes to help make more disciples and equip more leaders to expand the gospel.