Have you ever opened an email and just started shouting for victory and crying tears of joy at the same time? That happened to me this morning.
No, for those who know me well, it wasn't the news that my Washington Redskins are going to draft RG3. It was something a jillion times better, even more than that.
My good friend and brother in the Lord, Pastor Jun from the Philippines emailed me about the amazing things God is doing there. For reference's sake, let me remind you about Pastor Jun.
He is the senior pastor of the Shiloh Bible Baptist Church family on the Philippine island of Mindanao. He is also the one who took us to four military camps while we were there back in January. In those Bible studies, 93 soldiers accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Since that day, God has opened even more doors for Pastor Jun to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the military. This past week, Pastor Jun traveled and ministered in two training camps and 18 camps and 600 soldiers and officers made decisions for Jesus Christ. Praise God! Or, as they say it in their dialect of Cebuano, "Dalaygon ang Diyos!"
Listen to some of the praise reports about soldiers being saved over the past two months:
- One soldier attended a Bible study, accepted Jesus and continues to attend. His wife testified that since her husband attended the Bible studies, she doesn't have black eyes any more. Praise God! He got saved and the violence at home ended.
- Three Muslim soldiers who accepted Jesus testified that there has been a transformation in their lives since they opened their hearts to Jesus.
- A senior officer who is being witnessed to testified that he observed and is convinced that there is a great difference in Christ. This man has great influence, so pray he will accept Jesus.
Now, five more military camps have been open. Praise God! It is simply incredible the doors God is opening. And, it gets even better.
Pastor Jun said God has opened doors in four Muslim communities to start four churches. Praise God! He said there are already four houses available to be used for Bible studies.
Is God doing an incredible work in the Philippines or what? And, as Pastor Jun says, pray that in a "few days, weeks or months from now, God willing, a group of believers in these Muslim communities would start serving the true and living God." And then he wrote, "Every soul saved would be your part and portion in glory." And he ended the email by writing that he prays "this partnership would continue to cause wonder."
Love In Action's partnership with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines is amazing. We are now able to sponsor six pastors/missionaries, and we just shipped 900 Bibles to the Philippines. After reading about what all is going on there, you can see we need thousands of more Bibles and more financial commitments to supporting these pastors and missionaries.
We are also helping with traveling expenses and helping to purchase land and plant churches. This can only be done through prayer and people giving financially. Please pray what God would have you to do to help us continue spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those in the Philippines, many of whom have never heard of the name of Jesus Christ.