A couple of weeks ago, Bee & I taught three sixth-grade classes in the public elementary school a few blocks away about various kinds of crisis that can happen in their lives. We told the kids over & over, “If you ever have such an emergency, you can find help at our home at any time, day or night.” All of them know where we live. A few days ago, a girl (we’ll call her “K”) came to us with such a crisis. Her parents live very far away. A relative K was staying with had been trying to molest her. K said she had been considering suicide during the previous weeks, but after she heard what I said about suicide in that class, she knew that wasn’t the answer.
We counseled K for hours. Working with the authorities & her other relatives, we helped her find a safe place to stay. Please pray for K to be healed emotionally, & for her to become a disciple of Jesus.
Also, two months earlier, another girl (18 year old “S”) told us she was being sexually harassed by a relative. She had already been coming to our church for a long time. We had seen symptoms in her emotions that led us to believe something was not right. After Gina & I questioned S about her symptoms, she finally told us what was happening at her house. We ensured that she got into a safe home, & Gina has been spending a lot of extra time with her.
(During our announcements every week, we remind our people that we are always available for counseling.)
Jesus said, “All who have given up home or brothers and sisters or father and mother or children or land for me will be given a hundred times as much” (Matthew 19:29).
Gina & I left behind beloved family & friends in the US.
We “claim” the beloved “prizes” in this photo as part of our reward.
A big reason why Gina & I are here is that Filipinos can get into nations that often reject Westerners, such as in the Middle East. Filipino missionaries typically adapt to new cultures more quickly than their Western counterparts, too (ask me the reasons why). And the Philippines is near to most of the world’s population, as well as within the “10/40 window.” So we’re here to prepare laborers for the Lord’s harvest.
We’re hoping to soon have a big announcement about that, BTW.
I have experienced this, but do not feel sorry for me!
“With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.” (Psalm 109:3-5)
I am blessed! My Savior in Heaven will vindicate me.
If you are telling truth motivated by love, then people will hate you, too. When it happens, rejoice! Leap for joy! Your reward in Heaven is growing!
This Sunday-morning group & the folks that came in the PM added up to our biggest one-day attendance ever. Many were attracted by a big distribution of donated items that were sent to us from our generous US friends. This was about a month ago.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the LORD.
Our home’s population dropped from 18 to 15. Joy & her kids went back to her parents’ property a few hours away to help. They had lived with us for several months. Joy thanks God for changing her life through our ministry. Not only was she empowered to repent of vices like smoking & drunkenness. The best part is that she now has a Father in Heaven who adopted her into his family.
We are eager for her & the kids to visit, hopefully for Christmas.
Thank you so much for considering a gift:
A friend set up a GoFundMe account for those who prefer to give that way:
We could never repay you for your generosity to Davao City Outreach, but certainly “you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:14)
Please forward this website to others who might be interested!
Please pray that God will send more laborers into his harvest field.