UMC Dubai The VISION (UAE) UMC Members (PHILIPPINES) UMC Members to establish in Dubai, UAE
...the LORD heard our prayers. DUBAI, UAE The Lord touched the hearts of some members from Knox UMC and revealed to them to form the Dubai mission. Rev. Nathaniel Letana was sent to Dubai together with his 4 year old son Edrei. Financed by some memebers of the KNOX UMC and made arrangements for their visa, Rev. Nathaniel Letana arrived in Dubai on 21st March 07 filled with the Holy Spirit to search for the flock. Dubai, UAE Philippines KNOX UMC
The Mission Rev. Nat arrived in Dubai with his son but stayed in Sharjah (one of the 7 emirates in UAE) for more than a week. Equipped with the Holy Spirit and with contact numbers of members from different Local UMC’s, Rev. Nat started to gather the… ...FLOCK in Dubai. Gospel UMC-Pampanga CNC UMC-Pampanga St. Peter UMC-Pampanga Pulungmasle UMC-Pampanga Little Baguio UMC Pasay First UMC-Pasay Immanuel UMC-Pampanga Planas UMC-Pampanga Taytay UMC Mexico UMC-Pampanga Gethsemane UMC-Nueva Ecija Wesleyan Church-Cainta Trinity UMC-Bataan Calantas UMC-Pampanga Knox UMC-Manila Candaba UMC-Pampanga
The challenge. … but bro. Jeffrey Bautista and Sis. Eunice Marcelo (from Gospel UMC-Pampanga) responded to the call…and invited Rev Nat to meet them in Satwa, Dubai. However, it turned out to be a great challenge for Rev. Nat in gathering the flock to establish the church basically because most of the members already have commitments in their own Fellowships in Dubai…
...the answer That very next morning of 06 April 07 , Rev. Nathaniel Letana together with his wife Ederlinda whose currently in Um Al Quain, UAE and with their son Edrei went to Satwa, Dubai to meet Bro Jeffrey Bautista. Rev. Nat was really surprised and overwhelmed that a group of members are residing in one compound and there the first worship service was held.
The first worship service for the United Methodist Christian Fellowship was held on 06 April 07 (Good Friday) at Bro. Darwin & Deaconess Olivet Marcelo’s small room in Satwa. Singing the opening hymn “ HOLY, HOLY, HOLY” Pastor Nat for the closing prayer. The first offering amounting to AED 261. A breakfast was served before the worship service. A meeting was held after the worship service and matters were discussed to inform other members all across Dubai and other Emirates that a Pastor from the Knox UMC was sent to establish the United Methodist Church-Dubai. the first worship service
13 April 07 (SATWA Dubai) Sharing time. Pastor Nat delivers the word of God.
20 April 07 (SATWA Dubai) Amen… UMCF Dubai congregation is increasing in numbers… 20 April 07, Bro. Nelson Villena from the Church of the New Covenant – Pampanga offered his place in Deira, Dubai to be used as venue for next Friday worship service to accommodate the fast growing number of members attending the worship.
SATWA DEIRA On 27 April 07 the place of worship moved from Satwa to Al Rigga Deira, Dubai to accommodate the growing number of members attending the worship service.
27 April 07 (DEIRA Dubai) A total of 30 members attended the worship service at Bro. Nelson Villenas’ apartment in Deira, Dubai.
27 April 07 (DEIRA Dubai) Lunch was served after the worship service. … after lunch, choir practice. UMCF Choir
11 May 07 (DEIRA Dubai) An electric piano purchased by Bro. Nelson and wife Evelyn Villena to be used for the worship service. Luncheon fellowship after the worship service. 37 members attended!!! Amen.
11 May 07 (DEIRA Dubai) Wonderful developments did happened and UMC members attending the worship service quickly grew. Together with Pastor Nat, it was decided to create the adhoc committee. On May 11, 2007 election took placed with Bro. Nelson presiding.