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Dreaming Big in the
■ by Janet Price
Philippines
A
NTHONY VELASCO, a Filipino unreached people group in the north. This journey for Pastor Velasco, a for-
pastor in Dasmariñas, Cavite, In June 2007, they began an elementary mer Manila businessman, has not been
Philippines, began the church school . . . all testimonies of how putting without frustration, hindrance, great
in 1990 with only three widows evangelism first brings the favor of God. sacrifice and weariness, but that has made
in a tiny house next to a pigpen. Today, Finally, with a completed sanctuary, the the victories all the more sweet. All night
Sunday attendance tops 6,000. Anthony church continued to move forward. each Saturday, he stays on the premises
had a vision, and it is turning out to be Now more space is needed for the and prays for the upcoming Sunday
greater than anything he could have pos- constantly growing congregation. A services. God has repeatedly proven His
sibly imagined. faithfulness and honored the pastor’s
The congregation began construc-
Anthony and
vision to win lost souls.
tion on a new facility in 2002, and built
Gigi Velasco
Here is the congregation’s mission
as they could statement:
afford it. Located We are a Jesus Christ-centered, Bible-
in an extremely based, full-gospel church, believing that
low income area,
this church is commissioned by God to
progress was slow.
spread the good news in Dasmariñas,
For a while they
Cavite and in its neighboring com-
worshiped with
munities. So determined in this divine
endeavor, we make every opportunity a
no walls, no ceiling, no doors, no win-
time to evangelize and to disciple every
dows, and no flooring. But the people
lost soul towards Jesus Christ. Hoping
continued to come and several services
that someday, during our lifetime, this
were conducted each Sunday to accom- community where we live will be called
modate the crowds.
a ‘born-again’ city.”
Additional staff was eventually added. proposed seven-story building will add
Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord
Students from a nearby university cam- 15,000 square feet. One floor will accom-
builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
pus were encouraged by their headmaster modate an overflow of church attendees,
Anthony Velasco, along with a dedicated
to attend services, the church reached while the third floor will be devoted to
team, is not laboring in vain. He is dream-
out to the less fortunate by feeding and recreational activities for youth. Another
ing big and trusting God.
teaching children who were living in a floor will be designated for discipleship
nearby cemetery, and a team from the training of workers, and an additional Janet Price is media team leader for
church took medical aid and relief to an floor will house a seminary. Church of God World Missions.
Sunday Service Schedule
DASMARIÑAS
5:00—6:30 am 3:00—4:30 pm
Church of God
7:30—9:00 am 5:30—7:00 pm
www.cogdasma.com
10:00—11:30 am 8:00—9:30 pm
12:30—2:00 pm
Outreach Congregations
COG Jabez
8:00 am—9:30 am
10:30 am —12:00 pm
COG FCIE
10:00 am—12:00 pm
2:00—4:00 pm
COG Lalaan
10:00 am—12:00 pm
2:00—4:00 p.m.
18 EVANGEL • JAN 2010
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