International Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse, selected us as an implementation partner for a program they have in the Philippines. Volunteers from churches in first-world countries like the USA pack a shoe-box full of small toys, hygiene and school supplies, etc. These gifts are then shipped to war-torn and poverty-stricken countries to be used in sharing the Gospel among school-age children.
We have chosen 100 needy Filipino children (outside of our church family) but that one or more of our members has already established a direct relationship with, and can more naturally follow-up on for the Bible study lessons that follow. None of the children know or expect that they will receive a gift when we invite them to a special program. So it is exciting and joyful to watch kids get surprised with an unexpected blessing from a loving Christian friend overseas whom they have never met before. This very dynamic is one of the points we use to explain God's undeserved gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
Would you join us in praying for both these children and us (the workers) during these events? (Saturday 1:00pm Philippine time).
Prayer requests for the children:
a. Receptive hearts and open minds (both kids and guardians)
b. They will understand the Gospel, and see Jesus as the greatest gift to receive.
c. They will encounter God, have fun, feel loved, and be grateful
d. That they will return for a 10-week Bible study class
e. Many kids and their families will become planted in the church
Prayer requests for the teachers & workers who will minster to the children over the next 3 months:
a. More workers who will commit to teach & mentor
b. Love, wisdom, strength for those who will minister to the kids and guardians
c. Boldness and clarity in sharing the gospel
d. Filled and led by the Holy Spirit
e. That Jesus be honored and glorified in all we do.
9-11 year old boys wait patiently to open their shoe-box gifts
Here is a short video that tells more about the shoe-box gifts, and how we use them for sharing Jesus with Filipino children.
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