Our disciples have been working in a ‘harvest field’ near Bacalso. They invited me to speak to these mostly-un-churched folks for 40 minutes recently. Everyone listened intently. Please pray for them to enter the Kingdom by grace through faith.
The man in the back owns the home. That’s his ‘sari-sari’ store behind him, where he sells everything from cell phone loads to little packets of shampoo.
Wednesday night prayer meeting. If you are a supporter of Davao City Outreach, we pray for you!
At our house, learning the C.H.E. method of blessing needy neighborhoods and/or tribes with the Gospel and with material needs. There are six churches represented here.
We are really excited about our evangelistic Bible studies. This one led by Oning has grown from about six people a few months ago. Groups led by other disciples have won souls as well as brought a lot of seekers to the doorstep of the Kingdom. Please pray that all of these seekers would take the next step:
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)
Prescy testifies of God’s healing power at our PM Buhangin location. She really didn’t want to attend the morning service in Bacalso (our church plant), because she had a painful UTI for several days straight, and pain off and on for weeks before that. But she felt God stirring her to go that morning, and she obeyed. We brought her up to the front for prayer, and she was immediately healed! I said, “Try to do something to make it hurt. Either you’re healed or you’re not.” Moving and jumping around, she could not make it hurt! More than a month later, still no symptoms! God is on the throne! James 5:13-15!
By the grace of God, we have had 14 first-time baptisms this year! Plus baptisms of some who said they wanted to rededicate their lives to the Lord after backsliding. Plundering Hell and populating Heaven!
An outreach to Marilog, about 3 hours away, at a public high school that we have ministered at several times. Our friends Tom and Donna bought a lot of cleaning materials and paint for the school, and we also brought lunch. Bee emceed, Meljun shared his testimony, I preached, we worshiped together, and then we had plenty of small group time to connect with them more personally.
We also had a big outreach to a poor neighborhood that involved preaching, basketball, testimonies, games, singing, skits, food, and kids’ face-painting.
Our first-ever youth camp was a great success! It was mostly preaching, teaching, discipleship, and small-group time, with not really a lot of fun…but the teens loved it!
Our One-Day Samal Island Adventure
The last time I had slept somewhere besides my own bed was in 2017. We love our three house-mates, and we love our job, but… It was about time I took my Gina on a one-day vacation to Samal (a nearby island). Transportation, hotel, food–everything–only cost about $115! (We used my pension money, of course.) It was sooooo nice to have 24 hours with just us two hanging out together. Exotic animals, idyllic scenery, no noise except fascinating bird calls, delicious food…super nice.
I just began another semester teaching at Fire School of Ministry. We are involved with two seminaries as well as other missions-training ministries here in Davao City, doing everything we can to prepare laborers for the Lord’s harvest. I believe training future missionaries is our most important work here.
I got to perform my third wedding! Congratulations to Jinnefer and JR!
Gina and I would love to talk with your fellowship group, Bible study, or church via Skype. We could talk about whatever you’d like: the Philippines, our mission, our personal testimonies, or to urge folks to prayerfully consider serving the Lord in another culture. I think it would be encouraging for your group–it would certainly encourage us!–and it might inspire more prayer supporters and financial supporters for Davao City Outreach. And it would be a chance for us to “see” the US again for a while. The time factor should be easy enough to work out–in the US, your evening is our morning.
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