Saturday, July 16, 2011

What God Can Do | Philippines News!

Dear Friends and Ones at home,

As we made the bumpy, 7 hour trek back to our base in Dumaguete yesterday, I was reminded of a quote that I absolutely love. It was a friend of D.L. Moody's, named Henry Varley who said, "The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him."

My heart is full of thanksgiving after a week of intense evangelism in Dumaguete!

500 of my students made professions of faith in Jesus Christ this week! Praise the LORD.

How can or could I begin to describe this past week to you??

The zeal that these young Filipino Christians (who we worked with this week) have, inspires & encourages me, and yet humbles me for my own lack of fervancy & passion for the ministry & evangelism. These young Filipino Christians who we worked with, get paid about $85 a MONTH, and yet, I didn't once hear any of them complain about how poor they are. They absolutely love to serve God. (*By young, I mean 20 to 30 year olds)

A week ago on Sunday, I was visiting with one of the young men from the church here in the Philippines who was sitting at my table for lunch. He is only 22, and is mentoring under the main Pastor to become a Youth Pastor. He shared with me of his desire for service in youth ministry & the needs of so many young people in our generation. But my heart was especially gripped & challenged when he said this, "We as Christians have no business being in the ministry if we cannot first go & evangelize." How true it is of so many "Christians" today. We might be willing to do some kind of service in the church, but we are not winning souls for Jesus Christ -- the number one priority for us as believers!

Me and my church team flew from Dumaguete back to Manila today. My team is flying out early in the morning & heading back to the States. I however am staying until Friday, June 22. Tomorrow I am meeting up with my good friend, Heather Jorgensen, and her husband and will be staying with them for the next few days!! I am getting very eager and anxious to go back home to Colorado, but I know these next few days with my friend, Heather, will be special too.

Your continued prayers for my health & safety through the coming week are appreciated. Manila has 17 MILLION people living in it, and Manila is, in general, a dangerous city. People in Dumaguete gave me all kinds of stories and warnings about how dangerous Manila can be. If street people see something they want that you have, they'll go as far as to hold you up by knife or gun point, and kill you... just to get what you have. I know the driving alone here in Manila is quite scary! People drive all over the roads and cut in wherever they please... 3-4 lanes of cars on a 2 lane street... you get the picture. It's VERY scary, no joke.

THANK you all so very much for your prayers throughout the week. God has indeed worked wonders among us. Nearly 50,000 TOTAL highschool and college kids made professions of faith in Christ this past week!!! (We had many team members working together on various parts of the island of Negros.)

It's supper time here in Manila, so I will close up. Mom, I think I'll enjoy another mango slushie tonight... The mangos here are simply heavenly & divine! I want a Filipino mango tree outside my mansion in heaven someday. Just sayin...

Love to each one,

"Around the corner, around the world,
A soul needs Jesus, a soul thats never heard.
We'll take the good news, we'll take God's holy word,
around the corner, around the world."





Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Greater is HE that is in you.

How could I possibly put the last few days into words? All I can say is that God is indeed working here in the Philippines, and (literally) thousands are making confessions of faith in Christ. Praise Him!

My eyelids are heavy after a very long day (I preached the gospel in 8 classrooms today!) but I wanted to write a quick update.

Today has been quite a day! First, we woke up to a 6.2 earthquake here in the Philippines, 240 of all the students I preached the gospel to today made confessions of faith (praise the Lord!), and our team had 1 student that was demon possessed. The girl went crazy the minute that Pastor Randy WALKED into the classroom... He hadn't even been speaking to the class yet! WOW. A local Filipino Pastor (Pastor Mitch) laid hands on her and prayed the blood of Jesus over her. It took her a minute to calm down, but she eventually did. The girl said that she saw dark figures, and that they were coming to take her with them...! This is a real spiritual battle we are fighting, and the enemy does not like the work God is doing -- but praise God, HE is GREATER!

Thank you for praying. God is answering, I know!

As far as the earthquake goes... we had an aftershock of about 5.2 or so, this afternoon -- just shortly after we left the school where the girl was demon posessed... Um, can I say... interesting?? I was thinking today how the Bible says that earthquakes are just the birthpains of the Lord's second coming. Satan knows his time is short, and that many souls are turning to Christ here in the Philippines, and he hates it.

There HAS been a tsunami warning issued (contrary to news reports...), but it is in another town 3 hours away from us... even though we here are around about 18 miles or so from the coastline.

DO be in prayer for other team members that are quite sick and weak.

SO happy & excited to be serving in His kingdom advancement,

Our team having our first breakfast in the Philippines on Friday!

Pastor Mike Redick (who we're working with here in the Philippines)