davao-bomb
Muslim terrorists killed 14 & wounded nearly 70 here in Davao on 9/2, but the vast majority of Muslims in our city are peaceful. We have hundreds of Muslims in our neighborhood (there’s a mosque a few hundred meters from us), & it is well known that Muslim teens often visit our meetings, yet we feel very safe.
Please pray for our city.

9-22-036
Teaching sixth-grade kids in a nearby public (yes, public!) school about how science proves God is the Creator. The kids–including nine Muslim girls (I don’t how many of the boys were Muslim)–listened cheerfully. We also visited two other classes. In this class, Gina’s & my “daughter,” 18 year old Justine, was translating, but she was stumbling over a few scientific words (the topic was how the universe points to a Creator). The class’s teacher happened to be there, & she offered to translate! We had a great time.
We appreciate Justine’s initiative in reaching out to these classes week after week. She has been bringing several of these kids to church. One Muslim girl has come seven or eight times.

Friends of ours are raising funds for Davao City Outreach by hosting an online sale. Until 9/29, all profits will go to Gina’s & my labor of love. https://www.mymaryandmartha.com/MARCIA/shop/eventhome.aspx?eventId=E44293&from=DIRECTLINK

lyn-lyn
Lyn-Lyn was hospitalized with dengue fever. The doctors at one point said she only had a 50% chance of survival. But she is OK now, thank God. Davao City Outreach gave her parents cash & food to help them after they had missed work to stay with their baby.

9-3-16-010
I thought I had dengue again (I had it 14 months ago). I was experiencing 6 of the 9 symptoms for dengue, most of those symptoms since Thursday, 8/25. But I was way too busy then to go to the hospital. We actually took a friend to a hospital for half of the day on Friday, then I taught Friday night Bible study. Then we had a Saturday class from 8am to 2pm. Then that evening, for our wedding anniversary, we renewed our vows in a beautiful ceremony entirely put together by our friends…but I was doing my best not to faint or something. 😛 Then on Sunday, preaching & hosting in our house church for two services–& the feeding program–all day. On Monday morning (8/29), Gina ‘put her foot down’ & made me check in to the hospital. They treated me for dengue the entire time. It was not until the doctor was signing my release Wednesday at noon that she told us I did not have dengue! She realized it because my blood platelet count never went below 100 (dengue sufferers normally see their count go below 30). She said I had a viral infection, whatever that is. 😛 Within the next week or so after my release, I felt as good as new.

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split” (Matthew 27:50, 51)
While I was talking about Jesus’ crucifixion during our communion on 9/4, we felt a 5.0 earthquake!
EDIT: After I started sending out notices that we have a new update here, we experienced a 6.5 earthquake! The epicenter was out in the Pacific Ocean, but it was the strongest & longest quake I ever felt! And it was the fourth quake we felt this year, & the third quake within the last two months.

gina-the-48-yr-old-hot-chick
I should know Gina pretty well by now, but sometimes she still amazes me, like she did on our 10th wedding anniversary. Gina has become accustomed to lots of fun & romance for all of our anniversaries (especially when we lived in the US & we had money). 🙂 She may have been expecting an even bigger one on that day, since it was the big 10. But I had been very sick, & we spent much of that day in the hospital caring for our friend Joy. When we got home mid-afternoon, I had to work on that night’s Bible study. So Gina got absolutely nothing on her special day. (She didn’t know about the surprise our friends planned for us the next day.) Yet she never uttered a word of complaint or even a hint that she was disappointed. She was focused on caring for me (& for Joy). I’m adding this to the long list of reasons why I love my wife so very much. Thank you, Gina, for being such a blessing to me & to so many others.

queenie
Queenie turned 14 on 9/18 (which was also my birthday). She had been living with us for several months, but her parents needed her at home for a couple of months. She came back to us some weeks ago…so skinny! She had not been eating well. Queenie was already slender before she left. But now Gina’s cooking is helping her regain weight.

We are facing the heartbreaking possibility that maybe we’ll have to stop feeding our poorest friends during our meetings, which is the only healthy meal many of them get every week. We have already dramatically reduced helping people with medical emergencies. We keep meeting families in our neighborhood with desperately sick kids who should see doctors. We used to be able to help those regularly.
We believe we’re here in Davao to stay, even if we do have to make severe adjustments. But we want to keep you informed. The wonderful ways that lives have been changing here lately give us confidence that God is blessing this work, so he will provide for us through your generosity.

Thank you so much for considering a gift:
http://www.ripeforharvest.org/about-john-and-gina-allcott/

BTW, a friend set up a GoFundMe account for those who prefer to give that way:
https://www.gofundme.com/2a4rjhx8

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.

On 8/8/2013, Gina & I left LAX for the adventure of our lives. No regrets! I hope we keep serving here for 33 more years. 🙂

Gina tells me that in the three years since we moved to the Philippines, I have only spoken out loud twice while sleeping/dreaming. She said both times I spoke only in Visayan. Siyempre! Pinoy ang akong kasing-kasing. (Of course! I have a Filipino heart.) #‎ThePlaceOfMyDreams‬

Our dear friend Sandra (pictured with daughter Liezel) & her husband Joel ride their bike/carts around looking for recyclables to collect & then sell. It’s their only source of income. They have always been careful to lock the bikes at night…except one time recently, one bike was left unlocked, & it was stolen. So Davao City Outreach bought a cart & paid for it to be welded to another bike Sandra owned.
7 20 16 005

We have a lot of Muslim neighbors, so we wanted to wait a few months before we did a big outreach to our own neighborhood. We wanted to establish a reputation of being generous & loving to the community before we directly presented the Gospel in a widespread manner. We believe we have such a reputation now. We have outreached around here twice since our last report, & we have people who are coming regularly who were reached during the first one.
outreach church service 7 23 24 062
It’s common for Filipinos to use umbrellas in the hot sun.
We simply went house-to-house & gave everyone greetings, fliers, & bags of candy. If we had opportunity to witness, we took it.
outreach church service 7 23 24 065

During the first outreach, we met this mom her son. He was extremely sick with a fever, & she asked us to pray for him. The next day, they came to church. He was good as new, running around & playing with the other boys.
7 3 16Bee 018

A couple of days ago, we felt the second earthquake of over 5 on the Richter scale within 2016 (this one was 5.5). I was freaking out when I felt my first quake in 2013, but now I’m kinda used to it. 🙂

We recently had a two-part sermon series on a topic I had never preached on before: “Sex: What’s good, & what’s bad?” It was challenging to cover this subject sufficiently, because traditionally such things aren’t talked about in polite settings in this country. Therefore, most Filipinos are seriously under-informed or else badly misinformed by corrupting elements such as the entertainment industry. So we have symptoms such as high rates of child molestation, homosexuality, & unmarried pregnancy. Thankfully the messages were well-received–though I did have one complaint–with more than the usual number of people asking for printed copies of the sermon notes.

We’re back in school! Justine, Cathy, & Gina are ministering to four 6th grade public school classrooms every week in the Values Education program. They are allowed to quote the Bible freely, share the Gospel, & even invite the kids to church! In fact, six kids have recently visited our meetings because of this opportunity…two of them Muslims, who came last Friday & again on Sunday!
Fire Class 2016 Tebow 003

Concerns:
–A church member’s 20 year old sister went to live in another part of Davao City two months ago. The family has completely lost contact with her for the last month or so. They don’t know if she is safe or even if she is still in our city. Human trafficking is big business here, so of course we are worried.
–A 10 year old told us during our time of small-group prayer in recent a service that her 18 year old sister is being physically abused by her boyfriend.
Please pray for the families involved, & pray for us to know how we can best serve them.
We had one more emergency, but the situation turned completely around by the grace of God. An older teen who began coming to church a few months ago was physically abused by her older sister about a month ago, so we helped her move in with relatives in another part of the city. Later, the two sisters reconciled. Now the older sister has been coming to church, too!

Gina is often in the kitchen on Sundays before 4am. She is quite gifted at cooking, whether it’s a meal for 2 or for 72. Our feeding ministry goal has been to make it as nutritious & delicious as possible, since some of our friends do not eat well throughout the week. But we have to change that goal; we’re phasing it toward making the meals as cheap as possible. Giving toward Davao City Outreach in July was lower than it has been since April of last year, & we were struggling before July. (We’re not panicking. 🙂 We believe we’re here to stay. But we want to keep you informed.) We have been putting off buying things we’d really like to have, such as a screen for kids’ ministry (now, when we want to show a video, we have up to 30 kids squinting at a laptop).
7 9 16 Bible study 007
And we have been delaying renewing my visa (costing an extra P1000 [$21] per month for one-month renewal fees) because we don’t have the money for the long-term visa.
We are so thankful for those who have been giving so generously to DCO, as well as those who continue to lift us up in prayer. We hope some more will be able to give & to pray for this mission. All of the wonderful things that have been happening here lately give us confidence that our God is blessing, & he will provide.

For those who would like to help Davao City Outreach financially:

http://www.ripeforharvest.org/about-john-and-gina-allcott/

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.

UPDATE: A friend set up a GoFundMe account for those who prefer to give that way:
https://www.gofundme.com/2a4rjhx8

Many thanks to our wonderful friend Jeremy here in Davao for setting up this website! If you need a website, please ask me for contact info to reach him.

A generous donor saw that we were driving all the way to a pool every time someone wanted to be baptized, & he offered to pay for a container of some kind that we could use to baptize at our place.

053016B 046

This ugly thing once was used to haul liquid soap around. 😀 We removed the top bars & cut the plastic off the top.

Congrats to Hannah for obeying the Lord’s command to be baptized! 🙂 We have also baptized three others since our last report.

GAP Ate Des, DBF church etc 141

Cathy is one of our MVPs. She has only been following Jesus for about nine months, but she has already helped us in so many ways including cooking, cleaning, assistant worship leader, & she has overseen the kids’ ministry from its beginning. She’s very mature & capable for an 18 year old, & she always has a joyful spirit. Gina & I thank God for Cathy.

DU30 house , Ate Des 007

Ma’am Lourdes Reyes (the older lady on the right) visited us from Manila. She gave our women & girls a seminar on making everything from bowls to purses using recycled materials. And she gave an inspirational talk about investing in the lives of the poorest children among us, a topic which she is well acquainted with: She has raised dozens of kids as her own, kids who were taken from abusive situations.

Some of the ladies are making extra income selling the items they make.

I have known “Mommy” Lourdes for 12 or 13 years…I met her just before I met Gina. 🙂

053016B 089

Our guests from Manila wanted to see one of President-elect Duterte’s houses. When we got there, we saw CNN Philippines hovering around. Then they began to video me while I was taking pictures of our friends at his house. Then they came up to me with a mic & started asking how long have I been here, what do I do, etc., & also about my thoughts about Mayor Duterte!

053016B 109

Then one of Mayor Duterte’s “two wives” (as he calls them) showed up, & things got more interesting!

brent bday

Brent just turned 8 yrs old. This was his first birthday cake ever. He was so eager to blow out the candles, he didn’t even wait until the birthday song was over. He’s such a good boy, well-behaved & helpful. Gina & I love his whole family.

Our disciple Bee organized this outreach to the Jangan tribe, bringing food, clothes, school supplies, toys, & the Gospel. Many thanks to Rachel Pafin for putting together this video & the one posted farther below.

Our church just turned 1 year old! We had been teaching a Bible study for a year & a half prior to that, but we felt like God was leading us to start a church. For our AM & PM anniversary services, we had about 120 people, perhaps our highest one-day total ever.

6 27 16 011

Here are some highlights from the past to the present:

We thank God for all of you who faithfully pray for us often, as well as for those of you who give & give & give to this ministry!

For those who would like to help Davao City Outreach financially:

http://www.ripeforharvest.org/about-john-and-gina-allcott/

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.

If you’re new to this ministry & you want to see our old posts, please check out the blog here:

https://davaocityoutreach.wordpress.com