How hungry are you for the Word of God? Would you ride a motorcycle through a typhoon to receive a Bible and discipleship material? That’s what our indigenous pastor friends in the Philippines did last week.
Love In Action shipped several Balikbayan boxes filled with King James Version Bibles and Discipleship Phase 1 books. It takes about three months for the boxes to ship from the U.S. to the Philippines. The boxes arrived earlier in September, but our good friend Pastor Greg kept them for this month’s LIA Philippines Pastors Prayer & Fellowship.
This is the rainy season in the Philippines and last week our friends received a lot of rain as another typhoon moved through the area. The roads there are nothing like here in the U.S. Most are dirt, and during the rainy season many are washed out.
As the heavy rains came down, the pastors, most driving motorcycles, determinedly made their way to Sindangan.
“Despite the typhoon and the heavy rain and the strong winds, pastors and missionaries were able to make it through despite the harsh weather,” Pastor Greg wrote in an email. “Most of them are traveling through motorcycles. That’s why when they came, they are really soaked by the rain. There were almost 22-25 pastors who were able to join. Others were not able to come because of the very bad weather and they were trapped in other places because of the rain.”
The pastors who made it received mostly new KJV Bibles and new Discipleship Phase one books, written by my pastor, Ralph Sigler of Harvest Church in Dothan, Ala. All of the indigenous pastors and missionaries were very excited.
“We are able to distribute the Bibles and discipleship materials to the missionaries and pastors who were able to be present,” Pastor Greg wrote. “All were very happy. Smiles were painted on each faces. It is our first time to be blessed with so much Bibles and discipleship materials. That is why each pastor and missionary were so happy. When they get home, they have something to give to their church members who are deprived of Bibles. All are so thankful and grateful. That is why we can’t help but to keep on praising God for this. Thank you so much Pastor Ken for the partnership and for all the Christians there who give for us needy missionaries here in the Philippines.”
Those who couldn’t make it will still receive their Bibles and discipleship books.
“Some of the pastors who were not able to come because of the typhoon text me,” Pastor Greg wrote. “By next week, they will be coming to get their share of Bibles and discipleship materials.
“You don’t know how much your partnership has been blessing us missionaries here. Each missionary who is weary from the battle in the mission field who got revived during the LIA Prayer Vigil, will not forget your partnership, and I know that wherever they will go there’s no moment that they will forget to be praying for you. We love you all there! We do always pray for you.”
Making disciples who make disciples and encouraging indigenous pastors and missionaries in the Philippines is such a tremendous blessing. When you support LIA Philippines, you help make blessings like this happen. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please don’t stop, and please spread the word about what God is doing through Love In Action in the Philippines.
Each month Love In Action International Ministries provides food for impoverished children in Sindangan, Philippines. These children are extremely poor and in need of food. Many are on the brink of malnutrition.
Thanks to our pastor and friend in Sindangan, Greg Begafria, we are able to help meet this need. Pastor Greg and his church, Shiloh Bible Baptist Church, do great work reaching the indigent children in Sindangan.
It started with just Pastor Greg and his wife Lilia ministering to the children, but through their passion and example of serving, many members of their church are now serving alongside of them.
We were blessed to take part in the children’s feeding program outreach when we were in Sindangan back in January. It was an incredible experience seeing the joy in the children as they enjoyed lunch.
It’s not just about food, though. Pastor Greg and his church do a great job of reaching the children and their families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Just last week alone, 57 people accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And, they follow up with discipleship.
We heard the children quote many verses of the Bible from memory. They are learning the Word of God while at the same time receiving vital nutrition for their bodies.
Please help us help the children. There are many, many more children who need our help. Your donation will help provide food and the Word of God to these precious children.
Please mail your tax deductible donations to: Love In Action International Ministries, P.O. Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302.
Or, you may click here and donate online.
Please keep the indigent children in your prayers.
Thank you and God bless you.
So far this year, Love In Action has sent more than 2,000 Bibles to the Philippines. We praise God for that, because those Bibles have gone to precious people who didn’t have Bibles and others whose Bibles were worn out. Many of those Bibles have gone to new Christians, some to people who had never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ before.
We need more Bibles, though. We have reached about seven of the approximately 32 unreached people groups in the Philippines, and we need to get more Bibles into their hands. We need King James Version Bibles and also New King James Version Bibles as we are sending Bibles to another church on the other side of the island of Mindanao, and their translation of choice is the NKJV.
Victory Christian Fellowship does a wonderful job of reaching the city of Koronadal, South Cotabato, with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They do great work with the street children, and on Saturdays they visit the sick in the hospital and prisoners in jail. The NKJV Bibles would be a great blessing to their ministry.
The KJV Bibles will continue to help our brothers and sisters of the Shiloh Bible Baptist Church family throughout Mindanao, Basilan, Jolo, and near Manila.
If you live in or near Dothan, Ala., you can purchase KJV and NKJV Bibles at Lifeway Christian Bookstore and tell them they are for Love In Action and they will put them in a box for us and we will come pick them up. You may also purchase the Bibles online and have them shipped to: Love In Action International Ministries, 279 W. Main St., Suite 2, Dothan, AL 36301.
Or, if you would like to donate money to purchase Bibles or help with the shipping costs, mail your donation to: Love In Action International Ministries, P.O. Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302. Note that the donation is for this cause.
Thank you and God bless you.
All I can say about what happened this week is “Dalaygon ang Diyos!” That’s “Praise the Lord” in Cebueno.
As most of you know, Love In Action has been helping to build a school building for the Obadiah Learning and Development School for Shiloh Bible Baptist Church in Punta, Philippines.
We were $2,000 short of the needed funds, then $500 came in to knock it down to $1,500. Then, on Tuesday night, a wonderful Christian man gave us a check for $1,500 to complete the school building in Punta. Tears filled my eyes as I praised God and thank the young man for this wonderful blessing.
This school is used mightily for the sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As they provide a great education for the children, they also teach them about Jesus. As parents of the indigent children they reach out to accept scholarships to the school, they agree to host a weekly Bible study. Through this outreach, children and their families are reached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Decisions for Christ are made almost daily through this ministry, and the people are baptized right away. Bro. Joel and has wife Sis. Leah run this amazing ministry. Needless to say, they are very excited about the donations so they can complete the building, which cost $5,000 total to build.
The U.S. dollar goes a long ways in the Philippines, so your gifts, no matter if you think they are big or small, get a lot done there. And, in our eyes, no gift is too small or too big. God uses all of it to spread His glory throughout the Philippines.
I want to say a special “thank you” to everyone who gave to make the construction of this school building possible. We will post photos as soon as it is completed. You are laying up treasures in Heaven. (Matthew 6:20)
Please consider sponsoring scholarships for children. So far we have supported the schools in Punta and Sindangan. There are other churches that have schools we would like to provide money for scholarships. Families have to pay for their children to go to school in the Philippines. In a Third World nation, it is often too much for families to afford so the children grow up uneducated.
However, for as little as $15 a month you can help provide an education for a precious child. That covers fare to school and daily snacks. Other months government fees are due and that costs $50.
You can help make a difference in a child’s life by giving monthly. Please help us provide these children with an education and a chance to hear about Jesus Christ.
Please keep the Obadiah Learning and Development School in Punta in your prayers. Thank you and God bless you more.
When we first answered God’s call to go to the Philippines we knew He was opening an exciting door of opportunity. On our way to the Philippines God spoke to us through a fellow Christian about the Philippines. His name was Jim, and he was very excited about what we were doing. He said to plant churches in the Philippines and we will have an untold harvest waiting for us in Heaven. That encouraged and confirmed some things to us.
To God be the glory, we have helped plant 23 house churches so far. The majority of the churches, 16, have been planted in areas where there are only Muslims. These new saints are excited to hear about Jesus for the first time. They are telling others and the churches are growing. Dangerous? Yes. Worth it? Yes, every soul needs a chance to be saved. Everyone needs to hear about Jesus.
Always remember His Great Commission, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB)
These new believers are not hiding their faith as they have publicly been baptized as well. It’s incredible the doors God is opening to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Philippines. Throughout the island of Mindanao and three other islands called Basilan, Jolo and Tawi-Tawi, people who have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ are now hearing it and surrendering their lives to Jesus.
Jesus tells us to reach all nations. That means people groups. The Greek word for nations in the Bible is “ethne,” which means people groups. Of the 16,652 people groups by country, 7,009 are still considered “unreached.” The definition of unreached is: An unreached or least-reached people is a people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.
There are at least 32 unreached people groups in the Philippines, and we have so far reached six or seven of them. Our prayer and plans are to continue reaching into these areas and planting more churches to make more disciples.
Other doors are being opened on other islands and in even more Asian countries where there are hundreds of millions more unreached people groups.
Please keep our indigenous pastor friends in your prayers. Please keep us in your prayers. God keeps opening doors to share His Word with those who have never heard it. And, if you are led, please give financially to support this incredible work. You may not can go to the Philippines, but your financial donations will help carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ there.
The education system in the Philippines is very different from that of the U.S. For one, students are charged a fee to attend. In a Third World country, that takes the opportunity for education away from many children. That’s where our friends there come in to help.
Most of the churches Love In Action works with in the Philippines have schools to provide an education for their children and those in the community. The government still charges the fee, so the churches work hard to come up with money for scholarships. Seeing how poor most of our friends and their congregations are, this is not an easy task.
Thankfully, Love In Action was able to provide money for 25 scholarships at the beginning of the current school year, which began in June. We pray we can provide more scholarships for more children in the future.
Now, we are helping our friends at Shiloh Bible Baptist Church in Punta, Philippines, build a school building. The land was donated, which was a big blessing, and the construction of the school is just $5,000. Thanks to people giving, we have been able to provide for $3,000 of that amount. We have just received $500 for the construction, so we are just $1,500 away.
Please click here to see a photo slide show of the current construction. You can see the size of the building as it begins to take shape. This is the rainy season in the Philippines, so it’s very important to finish the job before the rain damages anything.
Can you help? If so, please mail your tax-deductible donation to: Love In Action International Ministries, P.O. Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302. Or, you can give online via PayPal by clicking here, then clicking on the “Make A Donation” button. Please note that the gift is for the school in Punta.
Thank you and may God bless you as you pray and give.
One of the indigenous pastors in the Philippines who Love In Action sponsors each month is Pastor Aries Vailoces. He is pastor of Shiloh Bible Baptist Church in Taguig City, which is in the southeastern portion of Metro Manila.
As you can tell by the photos, the church is very small, but a great work of God continues there despite not having much space to conduct services. Pastor Aries has a great vision for the work God has called him to do in Taguig City. Part of that vision is the church owning it’s own lot and building a larger church to hold all of the people they are reaching and will be reaching in the future.
Pastor Aries does a great job reaching the young people in Taguig and the children, many of whom are extremely needy and undernourished.
Please keep Pastor Aries, his family and his church in your prayers. Please also pray about helping us sponsor more pastors. We are currently sponsoring seven indigenous pastors with $100 a month. That amount helps support the pastor and his family. These pastors are very poor and the stress of trying to take care of their own family while reaching their villages and towns with the Gospel of Jesus Christ can become great, because the people they reach are very poor as well.
For just $100 a month, we can help alleviate that stress and allow them to concentrate on doing God’s work, while putting food on the table for their family.
Pastor Aries is a great example of the importance and success of sponsoring indigenous pastors. When we first met Pastor Aries, he was struggling with health issues. It turned out he was at the beginning stages of malnutrition. Today, he and is family are doing well.
It is hard for Americans to believe that $100 will help take care of a family of five for a month, but in the Philippines that’s the case. The U.S. dollar goes a long ways there.
Please help by sending your tax deductible donation to: Love In Action, P.O. Box 85, Dothan, AL 36302. Or, you can donate online via PayPal by clicking here and then clicking on the “Make A Donation” button. Please denote that your gift is to sponsor an indigenous pastor in the Philippines.
Thanks and God bless.