Founded In Faith, By God's Grace
Pastor Joe Rosmarino was called by God to be a missionary long before he came to the Philippines
It all started when God put the desire in the heart of the Rosmarino family to serve their Lord full time. Being Sunday school teachers with a heart for missions, Joe, Billie, and their children were being prepared to go to a foreign country in 1986. Joe felt a little like Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, not sure where, what, or how. So Joe waited on God. After Survival's Missionary School and many short-term missions, the Lord provided everything needed - the support, the place and the mission.
God sent the Rosmarino family out through Survival Ministries, supported by individual families and their home church, Murrieta Country Church (now Calvary Chapel Murrieta). In 1988, Pastor Joe and his wife Billie, with their 14-year-old daughter Elizabeth, and their 12-year-old son Bill, moved from Temecula, California to the Philippines.
With a heart for people and kids, throughout the world they trusted in the Lord's guidance
God guided them to the city of Bacolod, on Negros Island in the Philippines. God directed them to build a building and start a feeding center for the starving street children, in the poorest and roughest areas of Bacolod called Barangay 40. Previously, no Christian ministry had ever been allowed into this squatter's area. Many outreaches for children started out of that first feeding center, one of which was called Kid's Praise. Kid's Praise spread ten Bible clubs throughout the city.
With a strong burden to pray for the people and children, Joe sensed God telling him to start a bible study. After several months of heavy spiritual warfare, an adult Bible study was welcomed in a home of Barangay 40. This Bible study later became a fellowship they now call Calvary Chapel Bacolod. Prison, Helps, and Hospital ministries came out of this small fellowship of growing believers.
By 1989, the Rosmarino's were caring for an abandoned and disabled child through the fellowship 's hospital ministry. After a while, the Lord brought two abused girls to them. Both the girls really needed a family and a temporary home.
With that, the Rosmarino's opened their home and became foster parents, simply extending their family a little, for what they thought would be temporary. They never expected where God would take this. The Lord, continued to add children until their home became a large family in Christ.
The Lord miraculously moved Mary Jung, the mother of the Rosmarino's, to be a missionary “gramma” to this large family of God.
Serving the Lord over the years, they grew and continued to be blessed by the Lord. God showed Pastor Joe that the children under his care needed more permanence from the people in their lives. So, thru prayer, the Rosmarino's committed to the Lord to become permanent residents of the Philippines. It was then that they started to seek to become a licensed children's Home.
In 1993, through many struggles and joys, they bought a land in the farmlands of Bacolod, Barangay Handumanan. They cleared the land and started to build and plant. A building large enough to hold a growing fellowship of believers and a Godly home to house the growing homeless children that God had brought.
The Philippine Government Steps In
In 1994, the Philippine Government DSWD licensed the Home as a shelter/orphanage and Calvary Chapel Children's Home was born. Temporary or long term, children need to belong, to feel wanted. They need a family and not an institution. The Home has always strived to maintain a true family atmosphere. Through God's grace it is a loving family. One by one, God has brought and accepted needy, unwanted and abandoned children of all ages. Even some who have grown up in the orphanage or even graduated from college have stayed to serve the Lord with the Rosmarino family as missionaries. They understand and give the younger children the love that they received as kids.
Children are being taught the love of Jesus Christ in a family numbering over a hundred. The Home grew so big and the kids so many, that problems arose in educating the large tribe in the public schools. By 1995 God started a small Christian school on the land, that later became known as, Calvary Chapel Christian School. Most of the teachers are the grown up children who had finished college to come back and teach God's truth and His word. Through a Christian curriculum and Filipino studies, God is honored. Not only recognized as a private Christian school with ACSI, Calvary Chapel Christian School is recognized by the Philippine Government under DepEd.
In 1999 the Lord saw the need for our handicap children also to enjoy special education with God's compassion. So a special teacher with God's heart and patience came from among the kids to teach, special-ed. Then just this last year, Calvary Chapel Christian School has become a satellite school for 8 home schools thru out the Philippines.
God is Still Working
After many years, God has called many short-term teams like Calvary Chapel Big Bear, Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship, Calvary Chapel Greece NY, Calvary Chapel Montery Bay, Calvary Chapel Murrieta, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Calvary Chapel Dickson TN, Calvary Chapel Juneau AK, Calvary Chapel Alpine, First Baptist of Greenville Michigan, Agape Fellowship, Rock Harbor Christian Fellowship, Calvary Chapel Desert Hot Springs, The Bridge Calvary Chapel Palm Springs, and others with a heart for His mission to serve Him here. He has even called missionaries like Suzanne Kesling Lefler from 1989 to 1991 of Calvary Chapel Laguna Hills. Suzanne is now married to Lance Lefler, lives in the USA, and has three children. Other missionaries include Teri Rotherham (1993- still serving) of Calvary Chapel Cypress, and Misty Wright (2002-2003) of Michigan. The Rosmarino's (the little R's) are still many.
Elizabeth, a Philippines educated doctor is married to Kenneth Bongcac with two sons & one daughter (Elijah, Luke & Mikayla Marie), serving the Lord in Bohol, Philippines. Bill, a businessman is married to Joanne and living in Manila, Philippines, has two sons, Will and Nathan (our grandchildren). Of course, there are many Filipino missionaries that have come to serve the Lord.
All together, we minister to His children and become a part of this LARGE family of God. And on it goes... Be fruitful and multiply... The kids come and go. None are perfect, but our prayer is that they always strive to walk and shine as lights for Jesus, in this world.Proverbs 22:6
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