Leading students to obey the Great Commission in this generation

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Back home

The teams have been home now for little more than a month, and everyone is feeling the same. we all miss each other and our Filipinoes so much. Most people have started school by now and are trying to get used to the atmosphere. Several team members have already spoken in front of different groups of people in churches and in the community, trying to share what they have learned and seen.

As excited as we all are to be home, we are just as sad at leaving such a magnificent place where God worked in us and through us every day to reach each other and people we had never met. This past summer was a special one, and only God can take the credit. My prayer is that everyone involved would not soon forget what we have all been blessed to witness. I pray that we would be able to encourage each other as we transition back to life here in America and that we all might be able to encourage those around us to go or support missions in the present and in the future.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

the Agusan team rented a boat this past week to go up the river and they landed on a small island to go exploring on. here they all swam out to a rock in the middle of the river.

some of the team playing around one Friday night after a long day of hard work.

Every week the Agusan team goes to the market to buy their groceries. It is a crowded and smelly place, with the scent of raw fish and blood wafting through the air.

Eric decided to finally go after the brush waiting to be cleared, much like the Scottish into battle when led by William Wallace in Braveheart.

the Agusan team has been working very hard this past week clearing brush and plant trees on a hillside near the camp. their only tools- a machetee and some elbow grease

(from left to right) Inday, myself, and Jaimee all sitting on Kuyah Tata's front porch one Sunday afternoon. Every week the team visits Kuyah and his family to fellowship and have a Bible study. This past weekend Tata decided, with his family, to be baptized in the faith. This is a big step for them, as it could lead to persecution from their surrounding community and from the local Catholic church.

Inday, at Agusan, sharpening her machetee before the team went out to clear some brush on a hillside.

Back on Siquijor, the team was invited to present the Gospel at another local school and were given 10 minutes per classroom to pass out wordless books and explain their meaning.

on Sundays the team attends a local church that they have contacted and worked with through the week. Part of the goal of staying on the island is to help local church grow and disciple new believers.

Joy passing out a tract to a woman in a window. The team hiked out every day to surrounding homes and communities to pass out tracts, and the motto adopted by the team to reach people is that the arm of the Lord is not too short to reach anyone!

through out the island the common religion is Catholicism, though many people practice a kind of fold Catholicism involving amulets and things of that nature. The people here need so badly to trust in God and not in the powers of amulets and witchcraft.
the view from the Siquijor team's July 4th break! the team was very grateful to have this break-to refresh and recouperate.

Friday, July 07, 2006

School children from San Juan came to the barangay hall to get ready to plant trees for the community, so the team to this opportunity to pass out wordless books and explanation cards

Pastor Ramir and his family outside of their church, San Juan Baptist, on Sunday.

Meagan and Joy teaching Sunday School with some songs and Bible stories

An old man sitting on the side of the road on a recent hike. every time the team changes villages they hike between them to pass out tracts along the way.

Wes leading the adult Sunday School at San Juan Baptist.

the sunset from San Juan

some of the younger kids playing basketball. they get so good because they start out so young!!!

Wes and Erwin exploring a local tree.

Siquijor is known as the Mystic Island because of witchcraft and spiritism on the island. this particular, in legend, has been inhabited by evil spirits.

Meagan, Joy, and Erwin taking a break one afternoon.

Monday, July 03, 2006


How beautiful are the feet of those who serve God? I’ve never been one to like feet, but as I sat out in the hammock this morning, looking at my own feet, I saw them in a way I never had before. God created feet, so they are beautiful regardless of my opinion. He created them to be used. He created them to walk. He created them to go. Go? Yes, go and make disciples of all nations. God connects with serve. So if we use our feet that God created to go, to serve, then aren’t they truly beautiful? Let’s compare feet to the Christian. If you sit on your feet and pamper them all the time then they won’t be strong. Same as a Christian- if you sit on your bottom and never do anything then you won’t grow and become stronger. However, feet that work get tired and become rough- reflecting a Christian that desires to follow and obey. They reflect a Christian that does go, that does serve. They are beautiful because they have been used they have become stronger. How beautiful are the feet of those who serve God!

Friday, June 30, 2006

Praises to God

Over the past few weeks, different circumstances in my life have caused me to struggle in different ways. I began to ask God to Give me peace and to help me; however, these circumstances seemed to prevail every week in my life. I began to feel really overwhelmed and wondered when these situations would end. In life we will all go through different circumstances that will either help us or hurt us. Those that help us will only make us stronger simply because our eyes were fixed on Jesus solely- Him and Him alone. When we begin to loose focus on God in our lives this causes us to worry and grow weary… and that is what has happened to me so many times. However, praise God that He is our deliverer and strength! Through my circumstances I face whether spiritually or emotionally, I have learned that when we “fix our eyes on the author and perfector of our faith.” (Heb. 12:2), God will begin to comfort us and fill us with Him. I am learning to praise God no matter what the situation, to praise Him when I can “feel” Him and when I cannot. To praise Him when I am lonely and to praise Him by whom I am surrounded with love. God is worthy of my praise no matter what. In 1 Peter 1:3-5 it talks about praising God for our salvation that will never perish, spoil or fade!

God is powerful. I usually overlook His creation and power in my day to day life- especially if I am weighed down with emotion. However, in Isaiah 51:15it says, “For I am he Lord your God who churns up the sea so that it’s waves roar.” Today, I was reminded of God’s power and control in everything- even the waves! As I sat watching the waves crash up and over one another, God reminded me of another way that I could praise Him… to praise Him for His control not only over the waves, but over my life! So, as I began to think of what to praise God for, and how to praise Him, I was reminded of a simple way to praise God… I started singing praise songs to God, declaring His majesty and control. There is a song that reminded me of how we should praise God and when we should- the songs says, “praise God in every season of the soul.” This reminded me how God should be praised in my life no matter the situation or how bad I am feeling.

When I began to focus the attention off of myself and focus on God, I was reminded of His love and the things I worried about for the day faded away. Praise God for this simple reminder He showed me!
~from Meagan

Monday, June 26, 2006

Psalms 86:8-13

God, there is no one like you. No one can even compare to you. Your wonderful creation alone can prove that. I looked up to the stars tonight. the sky was so incredibly clear. The same moon and stars I see here are the ones I saw at home. How amazing is that? I wondered once before what it would be like to see that here. It is honestly breathtaking. It seems more beautiful here than at home. Thank you God for allowing me to see such beauty! Just to see the way the clouds enclose the moon and the entire sky is amazing. It’s not really cloudy, just a little extra fluff, it seems. Beauty given to us at only the sound of your voice. Makes me realize that all countries share your creation. Sometimes I forget that we share the same God! That’s why I am glad you chose this scripture to speak to me.

“All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they
will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you
alone are God.”

My God that made the same sky we all share will be the God we all sing praises to one day together. That will be stinkin’ awesome! Imagine praises of all nations raising to God. It has been amazing just being able to worship with the Filipinos. I know that Heaven will be much more than any of these experiences.

~ from Jaime

Friday, June 23, 2006

planting trees with some fellow Filipino believers in service to the camp!

getting ready to go to the village for a day of fun, laughs, and minstry... yes, that is 5 people on one motorcycle. the ratio is usually 1 American: 2 Filipinos, so in theory about 9 Filipinos could fit on this.

a family the team has met and begun discipling. Kuya Tata and his family are welcoming, warm
and eager to learn about their Lord! Keep them all in your prayers that they might be the beginning of a mighty army that God will raise up in this land.

a little b-ball and some sweat make for the perfect evening! Filipinos will never turn down a game.

after last Sunday's basketball game the Americans took their Filipino opponents to a store for some refreshments and ministry. One team member was able to share his testimony with them.

Hard at work! Being the only girl on the team is o.k. with Jaimee, who gets to just be "one of the guys."

The American Medical team and Construction team from the States. They stayed for a week and worked hard during their time here. the med team traveled out past camp about 2 hours on 2 days of the week, while staying a bit closer for the rest of their time here. They were able to give out vitamins, toothbrushes, toothpaste and some medicines for the locals. The Construciton team and the Nehemiah Construction team worked together this past week to produce about 80 bunk beds, built by hand.

The team was lucky one day when we were all blessed to see a symbol of God's promise after a rainy day!

All for the Lord

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing
that from the Lord you will recieve the inheritance as your reward. You
are serving the Lord Christ. ( Col. 3:23-24)

This seems to be the theme verse for the Agusan Construction team as they work hard every day to accomplish whatever task is set before them. Whether they are helping a Men's convention plant trees
as a service to the camp or if they are building bunk beds for future camp inhabitants it is all for the glory of the Lord. The team's general schedule is to work 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon every weekday, travel to a nearby village for ministry, and a day of rest on Sunday. All in all this can lead to be a very tiring week when the work is hard enough.
When asked what the most rewarding part of being on the Construction team is, team leader Daniel replied, "Getting to look back at the end of the day, and see what we've accomplished- to know that people will be impacted for years to come."
Though every team deployed through out the islands have the chance to impact people everyday through ministry opportunities and passing out tracts it can be a bit defeating because any real change in the people spoken to must happen on the inside and may not occure for years to come. Frequently 1 Cor. 3:6 is referenced when Paul says, " I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth." The teams are ready and willing to plant seeds all across this beautiful country.
Since being here Travis has said that he has learned just how big and powerful God really is. "Seeing Filipinos worship the same God that we worship has made it more real to me that God desires all nations to know him and praise him." Perhaps that by being in the Philippines doing something as "trivial" construction work God will bless this team by using them to bless the lives of the Filipinos around them.