Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sharing Jesus through education


Children sing Jesus Loves Me at the Obadiah Learning & Development Academy.

A project for Love In Action this summer was building a school for our friends at Shiloh Bible Baptist Church in Punta, Philippines. They had the labor and know-how, but no resources. We put the word out and the good people in Dothan, Ala., and other places in the U.S. responded. Now, there is a new school building for the Obadiah Learning and Development Academy. Praise God!

This school provides quality education for indigent children who otherwise would not receive an education. The Philippines is not like the U.S. Education is not provided for everyone. There, if families don't have the money to send their children to school, then there is no formal education for those children.

The Obadiah Academy provides scholarships, when they have the money to do so, to children who otherwise would not be able to attend school. Education is a great way to fight poverty. Therefore, giving a poor child a quality education will help break the cycle of poverty.

But, as with everything LIA does and our friends in the Philippines do, everything we do is to lead people to Jesus Christ. That's exactly what our friends in Punta do with the Obadiah Academy. When parents accept scholarships to the Academy, they have to attend church services each Sunday and allow members of the church to come to their homes every week for Bible study. Entire families come to Christ during the school year. It's an awesome ministry.

We would like to thank all of those who have caught the vision of LIA Philippines and who have joined us to help reach the lost and unreached people groups in the Philippines. Because of your prayers and financial donations, people who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ are hearing it for the first time and surrendering their lives to Jesus. Because of your prayers and support, these precious children are now receiving an education, and entire families are submitting to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Our friend in Punta, Bro. Joel, who along with his sweet wife, who run the Obadiah Academy, sends their thanks.

"Please extend our best prayers, love and regards to Sister Martha, Mama Tuck and the whole family of Love In Action who have been there for the school outreach from the start, in praying and sacrifices," Bro. Joel wrote."On behalf of Obadiah Learning and Development Academy, Pastor we thank God so much for you. You just don't know how truly we humble ourselves to God in your behalf, always giving glory to His Name."

Joel asks that we continue to pray for them.

"Please continue to pray for us and the teachers, too, that God will continue to shower His wisdom and power and strength for these kids," Joel wrote.

It is exciting what God is doing. May we continue to work with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines to reach the unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and continue to make disciples who make disciples.
Click here for a photo slide show of the Obadiah Learning and Development Academy.

The new Obadiah Learning and Development Academy.