Thursday, December 29, 2005

Calvary Chapel Bacolod story




Well, as most of you know, I am the chief for the Okinawa Marine newspaper. I recently sent a news reporter down there to cover a news story about gifts being delivered by Marines and sailors to 14 nonprofit organizations down there. I copyedited the story and released it to Stars and Stripes (www.estripes.com) and to the Marine Corps Web site. It is covered with Calvary Chapel stuff and pictures and quotes. Praise the Lord. No manipulation on my part, just the Lord's blessing. The CC Bacolod Pastor Joe Rosmarino is quoted in it and pictures of him are above. Here is some of the story:
The service members arrived in Bacolod at approximately 12 p.m. aboard a KC-130 “Hercules” piloted by a crew from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Air Group 36, 1st Marine Air Wing. After the service members unloaded more than half the goods from the plane, they enjoyed a Christmas play performed by the residents of the Calvary Chapel Bacolod Orphanage.
“(United States service members) came from Okinawa to bless us with these gifts,” said CC Bacolod Pastor Joe Rosmarino, the founder of the orphanage and retired Marine gunnery sergeant. “We want to bless (the service members) with a (Christmas) program we put together and give them some gifts.”

Here is a link to the full story:III MEF Marines, sailors deliver tons of toys to Philippines

Praise the Lord once again!!! All4Good

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas Parties






Merry Christmas to everyone. We have been very busy and blessed this year as many friends have come together for fellowship and fun. Souhki and Derek Forbes have their family here from the states and they have been a blessing to us. They have made cookies, gingerbread houses and had a party at their house..Take care all. Pictured above is a photo that we will be sending to everyone in cards this Monday. The beautiful girl with Rafael is Mylee, a girl who Rafael loves to be with...:) He is a little ham. The boys are hangin with Jayson, Souhki's brother. They love the video games. More photos can be seen at http://community.webshots.com/user/makiyatorres All4Good

Monday, December 19, 2005

Surgery and Christmas



Well, Rafael had his eye duct surgery today. It lasted about 30 minutes and the doctor said he tried to remove the blockage from his eye but had a hard time. We are hoping this will fix the problem he has. He has a tear come out of his eye all of the time. To keep it on a lighter note...I put some photos of the boys and Mona with Sandra and Souhki...from this past week. God bless you all...Praise the Lord!!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Promotion

It is official. We received the word this morning that I was selected to the rank of Master Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. It has been a challenging few years here, but God put me through some serious trials with different leaders and family decisions...I feel that it was for good to prepare me for this rank. I know that we can do nothing as Christians apart from Christ Jesus and the best part is we know that God promotes. Passage Psalm 75:6-7
"6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Thank you all for your prayers and guidance in our life. Thank you Lord for the promotion.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Rafael's 3rd Birthday


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We had a great time at Rafael's Birthday. It was awesome to see so many turn out to share their time and lives. Thank you Lord for a wonderful family...in the home and as the body of Christ. All4Good

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Tim and Ayu Newell


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Tim and Ayu Newell were awesome in their wedding. It was a wonderful night filled with God' s love and it was great to celebrate with them. They have meant so much to our lives in the past year. Enjoy the video and their are great pictures that Jason Arbogast took at http://rfp.smugmug.com/ We took some photos also at http://community.webshots.com/user/makiyatorres
The song on this video is by my friend Phil Baquie. He dedicated this song to his wife "Jesus in Me." He is at http://www.philbaquie.com
We love you Tim and Ayu....
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