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LAMP Christian Fellowship
LAMP Development Foundation Inc (LDFI) is the registered Ministry in the Philippines under registration No.A199607679 on October 8, 1996 in Securities and Exchange Commission, Metro-Manila, Philippines.
LAMP Development Foundation Inc (LDFI) is an offshoot of the Christian discipleship training of a group of men, women and youth in 1993, who committed to answer Christ's call for missions in Matthew 28:19-20. It is a testimony of the lay people's spiritual empowerment and enlightenment from GOD's Holy Word. Because of their gratefulness to GOD's great love, they voluntarily offered their own resources, financial or otherwise, to share their joy of salvation and their lives to others.
The beginnings of the Lamp Development Foundation, Inc. started in 1993 from a little spark: the cracks on the wall and on the floor. One day, Mirlobin V. Gaa, then President of the National Laymen of the Philippine Independent Church (PIC) found out some cracks on the walls and on the floors of the PIC National Cathedral Side chapel. When he and the members of the Cathedral Council investigated the cause of the cracks, they found out that it was due to the deep excavations done beside the Cathedral where a fast food restaurant was being constructed. Soon enough, a group headed by Mr. Gaa together with the Cathedral Bishop sought the owner of the restaurant, Mr. Dick Ang who turned out to be a Chinese Born Again Christian. The outcome of that fateful meeting cum protest was friendship between Mr. Gaa and Mr. Ang. Not long after that event, Mr. Gaa and his wife Gloria were already attending Bible Studies in the house of Mr. Ang where they met Mr. & Mrs. Bonifacio Arzadon, National Director of the Lakas Angkan Ministries, a local Navigators Group in the Philippines. Through this couple, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was shared to the Gaa couple on September 18, 1993 and they joyfully accepted Jesus Christ in their hearts as their Lord and Saviour. The truth was, although the Gaa couple were active lay leaders of the men and women of the PIC, they did not know Jesus Christ personally, but were only very religious. After knowing Jesus, Mr. Ang continued to minister and to follow up the Gaa couple whom he later introduced to the elders of the Christ Commission Fellowship, who in turn organized Bible Studies for the couple and their emerging group. Because of these exposures, the new found faith by the group were steadily strengthened through the mighty working of the Holy Spirit.
The following months after, the Gaa couple along with some other members of the Cathedral Council who were likewise enlightened by the Word of God started the program called Lay Apostolate Ministry Program (LAMP), which was an Evangelism and Discipleship Program (EDP). They conducted EDP seminars in the Cathedral and then they went traveling to the different dioceses and parishes all over the Philippines using their own resources, sharing the Gospel of Jesus to groups of men, women and youth of the church who joyfully accepted Jesus in their hearts. The enlightened team of Mr. & Mrs. Gaa went to visit PIC seminaries also and shared Christ’s love to every one including the clergy, who gladly accepted at first this new turn of events among the lay people of the church. With the permission of the bishops and priests, Mr. Gaa’s group continued to lead Bible Studies during National Conventions of the church where thousands of PIC members were led to Christ. Due to these great awakening among the lay, many started reading their Bible, doing their daily devotional time, and learning to share the Gospel themselves and zealously sharing it with others, including their families, relatives and friends. Later on, as the members were being gradually enlightened by God’s Word, many questions arose about some practices done in the church which are not biblical and which the church leaders failed to answer. Instead, they were shaken and threatened Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the members who once were only listeners are now equipped to pray and to share the message and love of Christ to others!
In 1994, the Gaa couple was moved to start the Lamp Kiddie School out of their own resources for use as a parochial pre-school of the PIC in Calatrava, Romblon, their hometown. In September 1996, the couple received a Word from God to build a Center in their hometown in Calatrava to help in the wholistic development of their marginalized people. Mrs. Gaa being then treasurer of the microfinance group called Ecumenical Church Loan Fund or ECLOF wanted to help the poor in their area by giving them opportunities to access loans from ECLOF for their livelihood projects. Because of their eagerness to share the love of Christ to others, they were willing to share not only Christ’s Gospel but also their resources to others. The greatest commandment of God is to love God with all your hearts, with all your souls, with all your mind and with all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself, Matthew 22:37-39. Because of these leadings by the Holy Spirit of God in the lives of the original group of Mr. & Mrs. Gaa, they prayed and agreed to organize the Lamp Development Foundation which was registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission On October 8, 1996. Their ministry verse being Psalm 119:105: Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
From then on, the enlightened members of the church clamored for the church’s leaders faithful teaching of the Bible and to see a more committed clergy showing in their lives what they preached, but only to the frustration of many lay leaders and members. While they desired for more a meaningful Christian life and to hear life changing messages from the pulpit, they frequently heard criticisms instead for the government and its leaders, and saw many clergy fighting for peace thru militant actions and rallies. They reasoned that the PIC is a revolutionary church which should continue the critical stance against any existing government beginning from the Spanish and American governments who colonized the Philippines in the past and even up to the present, at the expense of the spiritual aspect of their duties to the church members. This cleavage between the enlightened members of the lay and the clergy deepened when more Bible Studies were organized by the enlightened group and more members are turning to Jesus and clamoring for realistic transformation in the lives of all PIC members. Long after, on February 28, 1999, the Gaa couple were excommunicated without due process from the church; the reason - for “invoking the sole authority of the Bible in teaching the people.” It was a painful and unjust process, but later on they are grateful to God for that event. Later, they realized that it was God’s will for them to be released from that bondage because God has greater plans for their lives. Soon , may more members got out from the church after they realized that the Bible was only one of the tools in the church teachings and not its authority, bringing to reality that it was a cult, not committed to following Christ’s Word alone in teaching. They praised God for their deliverance from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of light in Christ, Colossians 1:13-14!
From 1999 to the present, the Lamp Development Foundation, Inc. continues to commit to serve God and His people in building communities who are committed to Christ and His mission by making disciples, who area able to teach others, Matthew 28: 19-20, not only in Romblon, but also in Manila, and up to the ends of the earth, Acts 1:8.
Our Vision, Mission and Goals
We envision to expand the communities of believers committed to Christ and His Mission.
Our Mission is to bring and share the GOD's Good News "GOSPEL" to outreach for Spirituality & People's Empowerment and Liberation.
G = OSPEL
O = utreach for
S = piritually
P = eople's
E = mpowerment and
L = iberation.
To go and make disciples of Christ in Romblon and the whole world for human spiritual empowerment and development, for liberation from powerlessness, poverty, and ignorance through the power of Jesus Christ, the living Word.
Our Ministry Verse:
"Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
Evangelism and Christian Social Action.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
God's word, our lamplight: Social Action, our faith incarnate.
Community Service: is a program that enhances social transformation and helps address the physical needs and concerns of the community. This includes clean up services and tree planting in the surrounding vicinities of the town like the coastlines, streets, and other strategic areas. This program also offers medical and dental missions in coordination with the local municipal health officers and with groups who offer the same services. LDFI also cooperates with the municipal office in helping calamity victims and repair of damage houses and rehabilitation projects like livelihood programs for the needy.
To facilitate assistance to the needy and poor members of the community towards their economic self-reliance and self-capitalism.
To train, develop and equip the men and women of the community of Christian values towards building a happy Filipino Christian family.
To nurture and train pre-school children academically and spiritually trough the Lamp Kiddie school by inculcating Christian and social values.
To provide guidance and spiritual counseling to people who are emotionally and spiritually in distress.
To Provided that income derived from the following projects of the foundation, will not course to the benefit of any member/officer of the foundation, it aims to utilize mass media technology from time to time such as the production, promotion, and distribution or audio-visual materials, slide presentation, tapes or motion pictures, libraries, and other projects in, line with the purposes of the foundation.
To designate and channel aid for disaster relief, educational grants, and community development needs of the people, acting independently of, and in cooperation with other non-government and government organization.
Our Board Members
Pastor Mirlobin V. Gaa: President Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree holder and a former accountant of the Philippines Airlines before he established his own business in 1976, Ryan Machines Works. He is an effective Christian leader and is the founding President of the LAMP Development Foundation and the Senior Pastor of the Lamp Christian Fellowship. He is an active member of the community and loves to help others who are in need. He is 60 years old, married with 4 children and 5 grandchildren and lives at 47 A. Mabini St. Mandaluyong City 1501, Philippines.
Ronnie N. Fortu: Vice President Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree holder. He was the third Mayor of the town of Calatrava, Romblon and served for 6 years. He later became a Board Member of the province of Romblon and served for 9 successive years. He retired from public service in 2005 and now engaged in farming, at the same time serving as the Overseer of the LAMP Ministry in Calatrava, Romblon. His family donated part of their farm to LDFI for the site of the LAMP Prayer Mountain. He is 55 years old, married with 3 grown up children and 1 grandchild. He resides in Calatrava, Tablas Island, Romblon, Philippines 5503.
Dominador Pagbilao: Treasurer Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a Civil Engineer and currently a professor of the Technological University of the Philippines. He is a disciple of Christ and a Bible Study leader, married ans with one child. He lives in the province of Bulacan, Philippines.
Paraluman Arzadon: Secretary Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree holder and the wife of the founder and Chairman of the Lakas Angkan Ministries whose thrust is to train great Christian leaders and disciple makers. They have no physical children but they have thousands of spiritual children. She lives in D. Reyes, Pasay City, Philippines.
Romeo Fesalbon: Auditor Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree holder and a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently employed with the accounting department of the Philippines Foreign Affairs Office. He is married with three studying children. He is one of the Core Team members of the LAMP Christian Fellowship, V. Luna Outreach in Quezon City. His residence is in Fairview, Quezon City, Philippines.
Gloria F. Gaa: Executive Director Ã¢â‚¬â€œ is a Bachelor of Science major in Biology degree holder and was a former college instructor of Centro Escolar University in Manila 1970-1978. She is also a Diploma in Theology graduate. She was an active woman leader in the church serving as the President of the Church Women United of the Philippines (CWUp) 1992-1995, Philippines Representative to the Asian Church Women's Conference (ACWC) 1991-1998, Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of the Ecumenical Church Loan Fund (ECLOF Philippines) 1994-2004, Chairperson of the World Day of Prayer (WDP) and Fellowship of the Least Coin (FLC) 1996-1999. These involvements gave her the opportunity to attend meetings, conferences and consultations in several countries inside and outside the Philippines both on Micro Finance and issues concerning women in the church and society. She is married to Mirlobin V. Gaa.