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Victory in the Philippines - Update Report #1

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Editor's Note: This email is an update from our latest mission trip in the Philippines. Dr. Warren Ashworth received it and shared it with the team who went with us this past February 2010. Please continue to pray for our newly baptized brethren!

Hello again Pastor,
 


Baptismal Canidates During the Sabbath School Meeting, the newly baptized gave their testimonies about the joy they felt when they have decided to accept Jesus as their personal savior and be baptized in the spirit.
 
There were two young man who was baptized last saturday.  They both attended the crusade.  They are Javen and Josilito. Javen got perfect attendance in the crusade but have not decided yet during the first batch and second batch of baptism.  But last sabbath he was burried in the water through baptism at chrysanthemum church baptistry together with Josilito.
 
The work at San Francisco is not yet finished, please continue to pray for us and for our new brothers and sisters there.
 
By the way, using the court every sabbath is not advisable because saturdays and sundays are only the vacant days of our youth to play basketball.  There is no problem with the barangay chairman, but if we insist we will have a lot of enemies there.
 
Still, 
Luis

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Church Construction Progress report #1

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During our last mission trip to the Philippines we also started a new church construction project. We were able to get the land cleared, the grading done, and the septic system in. Here is a short progress report from Jasper who is the pastor working with us on this project.

 

Dear Brother in Christ,
 


Church Construction Progress I have just openned my email today because we'd been very busy this weekend because of the seminar I conducted. We are also garteful that you arrived safe and sound from a long trip.
First of all, allow me  to express on behalf of the conference our heartfelt gratittude of what you have done in San Francisco, Soro Soro, and most especially the amount you left for the Filinvest Church building. The souls that were baptized were evidenced that God blessed the effort of your team of course with  the help also of our local team and brethren as well. Words are really inadequate to express how grateful we are for the very nice team  that you have. Every one was doing their parts with passion and sincerity that was my observation. So please convey our warm regards and thankfullness to the team members. I hope we will see again  in your future mission trips.

 

This is all for the moment I'll keep in touch.
 
Your Friend and Brother
Jasper

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Victory in the Philippines - 66 Souls Baptized

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Philippine City Life & Culture San Francisco, Laguna Binan is the name of this community. There are very few Adventists who live in this densely populated community of people. Just like every other city in the Philippines, we saw the sites and heard the sounds of filipino life and culture. However, the community of San Francisco is more depress and needy than the average city in the Philippines. The narrow streets were crowded with Jeepneys and tricycles. Along the side of the road could be seen people walking to and from their destination. The children were playing with each other from one end of town to the other. Chickens and roosters roamed freely about looking for food. Famish looking dogs could be seen laying beside the road scatching their blistered skin, or licking an open wound. Everyone seem to be busy doing something. While some might be working around the house, others were seen shopping for food to provide for their family. Open sewer gullies of black murky water ran down the side of each road. Homes and businesses constructed with brick, motor, and rebar stood unfinished - yet occupied. In spite of the grim look of poverty and wretchedness in every direction, the people seemed very satisfied and content. While walking the busy streets we could hear the most courteous and friendly greetings. Every face wore a smile of contentment and satisfaction. The filipino culture is built around the family and religion. Individuals learn to be very industrious and purpose-driven at an early age. Fathers and mothers learn to plan wisely and develop habits of frugality and thriftiness. All share a determined quest for survival in spite of unfortunate circumstances. Take courage my friends, for God knows and understands!

        


Renovation of the Community Center A group of eleven of us traveled from America to the Philippines to participate in this work of evangelism. Almost all team members came out of the San Francisco International Airport in California and arrived in Metro Manila on Feburary 2, 2010. We met the pastor and other members of the Southern Luzon Union Office. We traveled to Adventist University of the Philippines were we would stay for the duration of our trip. Pastor Bon took us over to look at the site where the meetings would take place. We rented a large community gymnasium for the meetings. When we arrived we noticed that a lot of work needed to be done to make the site conducive to our meetings. Team members started patching drywall, painting blocks, repairing wood, fixing old electrical lines, and installing new light fixtures. Everyone in the community was pleasantly surprised by our benevolent work. Many people began helping us clean and patch the stage and basketball stands. One young man decided to stand over team members with an umbrella to shade the blazing sun. All were surprised and very grateful for the new look brought to this community center. The barangay captain was especially thankful along with school teachers and local small business owners. This work of benevolence paved the way for many to accept the lifechanging truths of the Bible.

    


VBS Children's Program The meetings began each night with a VBS type childrens program conducted by Kathy and Neil Spiva. Mrs. Kathy Spiva is a long time VBS coordinator in her church. The program would begin with lots of singing to the computer generated music videos. The children would participate in the song and thus learn how to read, write, spell, and even memorize bible verses. After the singing program, the children would participate in the various arts and crafts provided by Mrs Spiva. Each night we had well over 100 children. The children enjoyed the program so much that they would set up the tables and chairs before we arrived. All the children were very friendly and would greet us with a loud happy greeting each night. Some of the most enjoyable moments took place during the children's program. As a result of the children attending on a regular basis, the parents started attending as well.

     


Medical Ministry of Health & Healing On one designated day, we were all involved in food and clothing distribution, blood pressure, diabetes, and general medical treatments. We had over 40 staff members, many of whom, were medical professionals from Manila. We conducted over 120 dental examinations and extractions, over 130 surgeries (with more than 40 circumcisions), and over 100 pediatrics evaluations. We are told: "In the ministry of healing the physician is to be a co-worker with Christ. The Saviour ministered to both the soul and the body. The gospel which He taught was a message of spiritual life and of physical restoration. Deliverance from sin and the healing of disease were linked together. The same ministry is committed to the Christian physician. He is to unite with Christ in relieving both the physical and spiritual needs of his fellow men. He is to be to the sick a messenger of mercy, bringing to them a remedy for the diseased body and for the sin-sick soul." (MH p. 111) Many of the people in this town can't afford to go to the doctor. Our work of health and healing was freely given to all!


Evangelistic Meetings Each night during the main meeting, well over 225 attended consistenly. We had a team of 11 people working together to help make these meetings a success. A retired surgeon, Dr. Neal Spiva, who went to give medical assistance, but who is skilled in building and went to help repair/rebuild some damaged or destroyed dwellings. The surgeon's wife, Kathy, is a longtime specialist in childrens' evangelism and went to do VBS style programs for the kids. A building contractor, Hovik Torosssian, went ready to work in the rebuilding of dwellings. His wife, Edee, (a great granddaughter of Ellen White) is also a specialist in childrens' evangelism and went to aid Mrs Spiva in the VBS style programs for the kids. Bert Leverett who has an insatiable heart for missions, went to lead out each night in the evangelistic meetings. Tom Ward is the 19 yr. old son of the church secretary and a dedicated Christian went to work hard at whatever is needed. Paul Bergeron, also went to do whatever needed to be done. Pastor Dan Freedman, the pastor of the St. Helena church, attended the meetings to assist and help wherever needed. Charinette Guerrero is a very capable R.N. and loves evangelism and sharing her special gifts and talents in music. Charinette's Mom, Dee Guerrero, is a medical technician and went to work wherever needed. Warren Ashworth, a retired professor of more than 35 years in denominational work at PUC, Andrews University, and various colleges and universities overseas. More importantly, the Holy Spirit worked with us to inspire 66 souls to surrender to Jesus and be baptized. We praise God for his mercy and love.  


Baptism and Dedication      What a great blessing it was for me to see sixty-six (66) souls surrender to Jesus and be baptized. All heaven rejoiced to see these souls take their stand for Jesus. Pastor Bon had been working with many of the canidates prior to our arrival. There were a total of 11 of us working together to make these baptisms possible. We surely do have a lot to praise the Lord for? We thank all the dear folk who sacrificially donated to make the trip a success and allow us to leave the conference with $7,500 toward the new church, Dan and Tom's vital help in arranging the transportation, Melanie's getting used clothing and packing it all, Dee and Nona's contacts that would make the medical/dental outreach a genuine success, Neal and Kathy's planning that would make the children's evangelism touch so many lives, Edee's planning and preparing the music. What joy the singing would bring to all of us, Hovik's cheery, supportive spirit, Paul's joy at being involved and his big heart, Bert with his sonorous voice and wonderful smile, ready to preach the Christ-centered SDA messages every night. But most of all, we praise God for Jesus Christ his son. We thanks Him for the attending angels and the Holy Spirit. For without these heavenly agencies, no one could have ever accepted Christ's invitation for baptism. We thank God! 

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Philippines Mission Trip #3

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Youth Extreme      We had another spirit-filled weekend this past Sabbath with the youth here in Bohol. In spite of much rain many of them still came out for our Youth Extreme meetings. On friday night we had a general youth gathering in the church. By Sabbath morning more people came out. We had well over fifty (50) in attendance. They came because they wanted to know Jesus and learn more about His word. I was inspired to see many of them come on their own. Some would show up walking, others came on motorbikes, and still others came in the back of trucks and vans.

 

    On Sabbath morning Ray spoke at 8am on the subject of health. It was a very simple and clear message for all the young people to understand. At 9am I spoke on the importance of obedience to the law of God, especially the Sabbath. Dean Ferrel led out for the divine worship hour encouraging the youth to go forward. We had a very good youth group chior sing several songs for special music. What a blessing! Brother Dean made an altar call at the end of his sermon and many came forward. What a blessing it was to see so many respond to the call of Jesus to follow Him. Then we had lunch and provided food for all the youth while they stayed around to make friends with others. This group of young people came from different districts in Bohol. Most of them stayed around until 3pm for the afternoon meetings. I spoke on the subject, "The Daniel Challenge". This message was taken from Daniel's 1, 2, 3. Our objective was to challenge the youth to live like Daniel and work whole-hearted for God in Christian service. After the meeting most of the people stayed around to reflect on the life of Daniel. We plan to have a follow-up meeting in a couple months. We solicit your prayers as we continue to work with this group.

     On Sunday morning three of us drove out to Carmen Bohol to the radio station. We were invited to broadcast live on the radio. I was first to speak and I shared health principles from the Bible. We looked at about 8 different bible verses on health and lifestyle. After about 45 minutes of live broadcasting, the power shut down in the whole city. Even though we didn't get to finish, we know that many heard the broadcast even as far as Cebu city. We plan to follow up with more meetings and lectures on this subject at a later time. We also plan to train the bible workers and laymen here in the medical missionary work.

 

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Philipines Mission Trip #2

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We praise God for the miracles and lifechanging experiences here in Bohol, Philippines. The video here is a short clip of the work that has been done so far. We had a wonderful experience and the Holy Spirit is still working with us here. Dean and Blanca had the first Youth Extreme meetings and we are having another one this weekend. Bert will be presenting practical Christian principles and bible study methods with this group of young people. We will have health classes and share pre-loaded MP3 players with those who made a committment to surrender their rap/hip-hop CD's.

 

In the video below you will see many of the youth here in the Philippines experiencing lifechanging sermons by Dean Ferrel. Many of them were willing to give up the ways of the world and learn new ways of having good clean social fun without compromising Christian principles. I really enjoy working with the youth here. They are so willing to learn and love Christ in spite of their peers. Cross Roads International has established a mission station and training center here in Bohol. The youth extreme meetings were held here at the new facility. Thanks God for his wonderful mercy and life-changing love. We give Him all the praise!

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Philippines Mission Trip #1

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     It is almost time to board the plane – as we’re headed to Korea, and the Philippines. Our mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will also work on the final details for the media mission station in Bohol.

     About four (4) years ago, we had an evangelistic meeting and baptized more than fifty, (50) souls for Christ. It was decided that we should do something different then we had done in the past to follow-up with the newly baptized candidates. We decided to purchase land in Bohol and build a church, together with another building that would serve as a radio/T.V. station to reach more people in that area. So we purchased property and built two (2) buildings as planned. The one building (a church) would be donated to the Mission Conference in Cebu. The other would be the Media Center for training in missionary work and lifestyle education.

      Ray and I are scheduled to arrive in Cebu on January 19, 2010 in the late evening. We will spend the night at East Visayan Academy. In the morning we will take a boat over to the Island of Bohol. We will work with the youth and young adults to better establish them in the faith of Jesus. More than twenty young people surrendered their hip-hop CD’s last week after hearing an appeal from Dean Ferrell to live a more godly life. The entertainment industry has a strong hold on many young people around the world. After hearing about this we decided to purchase MP3 players and preload them with good Christian music, stories, and the Bible. We will give them to those who have maintained their commitment to Christ.

       On Feburary 02, a team of fourteen (14) of us will meet in Manila for the second phase of our mission trip. We will work during the day to finish the construction of a church. If you remember, Manila was hit the hardest by the typhoon last year. Many homes in that area need major repair. During the evening I will lead out in an evangelistic meeting on the prophesies of Revelation. May God be with each team member as we travel and share the good news of salvation. We solicit your prayers! We will update you weekly with our report and pictures as the trip develops.  

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Gospel MP3 Mission Work

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We are going on a mission trip to the Philippines next week. We're planning a special project for this mission trip. Recently Dean and Blanca conducted a "Youth Extreme" (a GYC replica) Many lives were changed. Blanca wrote us an email (see below). As a result, we decided to purchase (low-cost)MP3 players and download the Bible, sermons, stories, and good music on them for the youth. I will be conducting a youth conference when I arrive next week. As that time I will pass out 20 MP3 players to those who make a special committment and follow through. Please pray and keep an eye open right here for pictures and video. Here is Blanca's email to us:

 

"These past 2 weekends have been a real blessing for us ...we had the youth last week very busy unlearning and learning what true worship  is.  Many commitments were made...about 100 youths were present and all but 2 youths came forward to rededicate themselves to the Lord.   It was a beautiful scene...many heads bowed in humbleness and many tears.   Then in following up with their commitment, they returned this  past Sunday to do a cd, dvd, book, poster burning... I surrender all was the main song which they did not mind singing 3 times...   We offered to show them a video and about 15 of them decided they wanted to stay overnite...so we chatted with them some more and showed more vidoes...Monday morning it seemed they did not want to leave ....they were getting high on the Word!!! What a blessing it was for us!!!   They want to meet with us one Sabbath a month.... we want them to organize the program but they still want Dean to speak for the divine worship service.  Thank you for your prayers...we see how they are working here.   There is another group we will be visiting tomorrow in another island that want to meet with us and hear Dean's testimony.   So we will be going to encourage and motivate them as well.   God is so  good!!! This is our true time of joy ...   Blessings to you all!"

 

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Literature Evangelism 2009 Presidential Inauguration

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A mission project of literature evangelistic work was organized in Washington D.C. with laymen from Hartland College, Los Angeles, and New York City. We were able to pass out 14,000 pieces of literature on Sunday January 18, 2009.

     A group of approximately fifty of us from Virginia (Hartland College), New York, and Los Angeles began to assemble in and around the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. by 10:30am on Sunday January 18, 2009. We began working from one end of the public mall to the other sharing the magazine entitled “Last Generation”. The crowd begin to swell by 12:00 noon. People from all over America began to converge on the grounds in and around the Lincoln’s Memorial. We were scattered all over from end to the other talking with and sharing with anyone we came in contact with. I personally shared with many people all day and during the night. By the end of the music concert on Sunday we concerted our efforts to the streets in and around the Metro station. Security was very, very tight! Police officers saw what we were doing and designated a convenient spot for us that would not impede the flow of traffic. I thought to myself, thank God! By 6:00pm on Sunday the crowd of people had begun to swelled to a dangerous proportion. But to my surprise the people readily accepted the magazines as fast as I could hand them out. Many people came back and ask for extras to give to family and friends. God truly blessed our work! By 7:30pm a motorcade came by escorting Barak Obama inside a black limousine. It would seem like the whole city began cheering. We had discovered that we were standing in the midst of a crowd on the same street as the White House and the Blair building. The crowd had intensified so much that we could not get into the Metro station. So we decided to walk to the next station not realizing that many others were doing the same thing. As we walked, we continued sharing the magazine to people and even police officers. Many people were very receptive. By 8:00pm I went back to my cousin’s house for the night. Many of the students from Hartland College drove back to the campus in Virginia.

     On Monday January 19, 2009 I came back to the Mall area just to see if I could determine the outcome of our work. While I couldn’t determine the effects of our work one way or another, I knew the Spirit of God had been working with us to reach many. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, kindred, and tongue and people.” Matt. 24:14; Rev. 14:6-12 Even as you read this God has many people around the world sharing the gospel. Many people are coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. We are living in the last days. Jesus is coming, He’s coming very soon! Let us work while it is day. Let us all do something to reach one person with the gospel and thus hasten His soon return.

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