Thank you for praying for the Operation Shoebox. On the first day, 13 kids were blessed with these gifts; and a good number of parents/ guarding joined-in to listen. Many were noticeably touched by the various ways the Good News was being presented.
Then last Saturday, another 41 children showed-up; and not only received the shoebox gifts, but also accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ. The kids were very expressive of their gratitude, as they came to understand that they were selected as a target of grace. Praise the Lord!
The next step is 10-weeks of follow-up discipleship classes for the kids that choose to grow more in God.
Zion wanted to be a part of the program; so he: led the opening prayer, recited "Scriptures from the heart", and joyfully passed out gift to the children -
This boy had his dream come true. "I have always wanted to have a Lego toy". In his box, there were two!
Another girl (not pictured) was so happy to receive a stuffed toy, because, she said, "I want to give it to my younger sister".
A Very Fruitful and Eventful January We are off to a good start. By the grace of God, January proved to be an eventful month. The last weekend of January ended with a special guest speaker all the way from Pennsylvania, U.S.A.---Jeremiah Kingshipp, a missionary pastor. Working for Mission Imprint , a Christian-based disaster-relief, non-profit organization, Jeremiah visited the Philippines to deliver water systems to villages and orphanages. Mission Imprint’s mission is to provide the hope of Jesus Christ during hard times and to do it in ways that are lasting, relational, and that have eternal impact. Assisting him is 20-year old Vito de Carlo . Together they visited the Yolanda victims. They also graciously donated one water filter to San Fernando Christian Community. This center is sort of an oasis for people 24/7. Neighboring kids and passers-by know that they could always come here to get a free drink of clean water any time of the day. It is our joy to quench
While planning and constructing the 1,500-seat worship and recreation center in San Fernando, Philippines, Jake published a number of status updates to keep us informed and updated with the building progress. To read the reports he wrote and see some of the photos he took in the Philippines, download the reports here: https://cutt.ly/wjmBWBs