I read an interesting article from Psychology Today last Saturday.

It tells us that though our ‘web connections’ have grown broader but shallower. Stephen Marche and his research team tells us that we are more isolated that ever before, and also more accessible than ever imagined.

This means  that while we have hundreds of friends in Facebook and scores of followers on Twitter, the relationships are actually shallow.

We can know what Lady Gaga ate for breakfast and what city One Direction is in today but there’s very little relationship if any.

Stephen Marche, in his article in The Atlantic says,

Loneliness and being alone are not the same thing, but both are on the rise. We meet fewer people. We gather less. And when we gather, our bonds are less meaningful and less easy. The decrease in confidants—that is, in quality social connections—has been dramatic over the past 25 years. In one survey, the mean size of networks of personal confidants decreased from 2.94 people in 1985 to 2.08 in 2004. Similarly, in 1985, only 10 percent of Americans said they had no one with whom to discuss important matters, and 15 percent said they had only one such good friend. By 2004, 25 percent had nobody to talk to, and 20 percent had only one confidant.

Hebrews 10:25 says, Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Let me encourage you to get into a small group, volunteer or continue to build meaningful relationships.

Ferdie works for a Cable Company.

When God radically changed his direction in life, he made a choice.

His desire for God was to use him wherever God has placed him.

As you watch his story, you’ll notice the truth that weaves – God uses ordinary people to make disciples.


Two weekends ago, we had our Leaders Appreciation 2010. It was fantastic. Pastor Dennis led the charge with Mae Perez working on the production/logistics. (BTW, what a team)

That day, we unvelied “JUST ONE”. The battle cry for next year is that each leader lead/train/raise even JUST ONE leader (to go through one2one, Victory Weekend, Making Disciples Training and Training for Victory). So by the end of 2011, we are trusting God to double the number of our Victory Group leaders.

Can this be done in one year? I believe so. Many if not all that came that not thought so too. With God’s grace and us working together, we can continue to see God’s kingdom advance in 2011 as we honor God and make disciples.

Here are a few pictures of what happened that evening.

The Dance Team from Victory Malate started the evening with a bang!

Our amazing hosts (Pastor Jeff, Donita Rose and James Muleta) led us through the program that night.

Jose "Quest" Villanueva sang the baptized version of JUST ONCE to making it JUST ONE!

Pastor Joey shares a powerful message from Isaiah 54 on ENLARGE, LENGTHEN and STRENGTHEN.

Premier Balladier Jeffrey Hidalgo encourages the Victory Group leaders with the song "You Raised Me Up".

"JUST ONE" notebooks for all our Victory Group leaders.

Here are other pictures from that event thanks to Anson Yu (click here), Anne Centeno (click here) and Alfred Albarracin (click here).