Sunday, 30 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
My husband and I recently spent three weeks in Cambodia. It was our first trip to Asia, so we had no idea what to expect. We knew only that God had ordained for the door to open, so we surrendered and stepped out in faith. This was a big step for us, especially because we were married less than three months ago!
While in Cambodia we served under the supervision of missionaries, Noe and Grace Pulmones. We taught one week of VBS in the Prey Nob orphanage, then spent another week assisting the orphanage children as they reached their own people in a similar VBS at the Sihanoukville church. It was a joy to serve with these children. We were amazed at all that God has done in their lives - first saving them from the clutches of Buddhism, then allowing them to be brought up to serve God with their lives. Students of the Bible, in addition to solid educational subjects including English, they are becoming well-equipped to reach the Cambodians.
Seeing what God has done in the lives of these children, my husband and I were thrilled at the potential to reach many more Cambodian children with the Gospel through similar ministries.
Josh & Susan VanMeter
Monday, 24 August 2009
Recently a sweet young couple joined our work and served temporarity in one of the orphanages. They loved it – but when asked what struck them about the work it seemed to be the fact that they had learned people hadn’t come initially to the church to learn about Jesus – they had come for the lunch, for hope of a job, for freebies – “rice Christians!” They were appalled!
I began to think about it – rice Christians – frankly the term offends me--but probably not for the reasons you might imagine. It offends me because I think when we use it, it’s a lot like the pot calling the kettle black!
Just think for a minute, why do people in the western world go to church? The single man comes to church to meet a wife. The lonely widow comes to find companionship. The jobless man comes to ask for prayer or hoping to link his skill with an employer. The cancer patient seeks healing. The deserted mother seeks answers. The victim of a violent crime or domestic violence seeks an escape from fear! The homeless person seeks refuge and sustenance---seems to me those are just different words for “rice.”
People are drawn to Christ in Christians because they somehow “know” there is help there. It’s not their fault that in the beginning they may not know what the real need is that must be met! The Lord draws them with a need. They come hungry and thirsty not realizing their need of the bread of life and living water. And they take. Sometimes we feed them many times physically before the Spirit brings them to the understanding of their true need and Christ’s answer! I’m ok with that. Because the reality is – we are all – rice Christians at first – needy people with burdens and fears – not always understanding what is best for us or what our true need is. Some come to trust Him, some choose to take and run but as my husband reminded me just yesterday, even our Lord had one false convert. He didn’t stop giving.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Greeting to you in His name.
I just want to let you know the urgent prayer request that we have.
We had been praying to God to be able to conduct the salvation campaign at least for 2 or 3 days at Khalohchaih village which is a new field. we always have many new observers and for them that we wanted to conduct salvation crusade. On 21 August 2009 we could conduct the whole day.On that day itself the problem started. On 22 August, we just went to start the meeting and after two hours the local leaders with three police came and disturbed us. we dismissed the people and could not continue. Very sorry for that. lost people were so eager to listen to God's word which can save them from eternal Hell. I don't know why God is allowing to happen so. we can not understand God's work. I know for sure it is with the knowledge of God. we are called by in the office. Looks like we are reported by one of our neighbors. This being the reason, we need your prayer support for this situation. Let us approach the throne of grace that God will touch the hearts of those people and be blessed by God. May God bless you all.
Wishing you every blessing
Thanks so much...
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
By Melody Leow
These were sent in from Melody, one of team members on the SMCI Crusade. PMIke asked her to note down some of the amazing answers to prayer they experienced during the 5 week crusade... more coming!
The following are the prayers answered and miracles by our Almighty God:
Manila 11 July
-The weighing machine read 193kg and we were given 195kg in total as a group. Thank God we didn't need to pay a cent for the transport of all the "Be Sure" booklets.
Dumaguete 12-18 July
-The rain miracle in the NORSU, Bayawan Campus
- We prayed and God held back the rain for the ROTC students to hear the gospel
- The Bridge to Tanjay was repaired in 2 days miraculously in what would have normally taken 5 days
- The Ferry to Bohol was up for service again on Sunday afternoon so we would not have to take a long bus ride to Bohol
Bohol 19- 25 July
- On the way back from Candijay where we had a night film showing the tyre on our jeepny was punctured. Thank God that everyone was safe.
Cebu 26 July - 1 Aug
- 5 in the team were down, but thank God for 3 days of rest. The Lord knew we needed it.
- On Sunday morning in the University of Cebu, it was supposed to be mass evangelism for the ROTC students but it rained. Hence, room to room. Thank God for sustained strength and boldness to declare the Word.
Leyte 2-8 Aug
- 7 High Schools in 1 day, by God's grace
- Opening to Southern Leyte, Sugud
- Prayed for openings with teacher in the morning, Jill met an angry teacher who softened up and even praised and prayed for Jill after the gospel sharing
Davao 9-17 Aug
- Thurs, Fri & Sat - God opened 3 more additional classrooms each day. Total of 9 extra classrooms open to us.
- Tuesday, we were supposed to have film showing in a classroom of MATS. The president did not approve the use of the covered court as he was afraid we would disturb the owner of the school whose house was adjacent to the covered court. In the afternoon, Ivan approached the owner of MATS and asked for permission to used the covered court for the evening film showing. By God's grace, the owner graciously agreed even let us use the chairs from his house. Truly, the king's heart is in the Lord's hand. It started to rain mid-way through the film, we prayed, and thank God that the rain did not hinder the students gathered from hearing the gospel.
- Ivan prayed and asked God for a chance to share the gospel with a gay guy who was working the night shift in the pension house we were staying in. The very next day, God answered his prayer. That night, Ivan came back later than the rest of the team as he was out eating with some students. As the lift door opened, there he saw the guy he was burdened for, seated by the window. The Holy Spirit led Ivan to share Romans 1 and convicted the gay of His need of the Savior. There and then, he accepted Christ.
- Ray shared the gospel with 4 girls at the KTV lounge a floor below out SMCI student center. 3 of them made a decision to trust Christ. We prayed for the other girl to come to know the Lord too. After Ray talked to her personally, she too made the choice to accept Christ.
- We received news that "we are approved to organize SMCI and conduct a weekly Bible study in all high schools under the province of Bohol" Praise God for this open door!
- We received a text from Bohol that the electricity went off just before Elzon preached at TSN. We prayed and soon received a text that the lights came on again. Our God answers prayer!
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Even more, we praise Him for the clear drawing of 29,838 of them to make salvation decisions!
And yet even more, we praise Him for the ongoing discipleship of 100's of students meeting on the 5 islands for follow-up! What a glorious LORD we have!
Be watching the blog for details and testimonies. Other sites that record info about the crusade include our missions blogsite: http://www.abigmission.com/ where you can find a slide show of the crusade. A wonderful video chronicling the SMCI Ministry is in the works!
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
As of today, the LORD has allowed the team to
proclaim the GOSPEL to 40,724 people
with 28,204 making salvations
To God Be The Glory!
Monday, 10 August 2009
Please remeber to pray for them as they try to see many come to understand the answer to life's most important question!
Saturday, 8 August 2009
As of Day 27, Saturday, 8 August 2009
The LORD hs allowed the team the joy and honour of proclaiming the truth these past 27 days! Eight more days to go! So far...
38,967 persons have heard the Gospel
26,977 have made decisions
PMike is preaching on Leyte tomorrow, (in Pastor Sinon's former church!) In the afternoon they will take an all night ferry to Cebu and then all of them will fly to the last location... 8 days left!
This will be a time that they will need much prayer again
Friday, 7 August 2009
It was a really busy day and they are thanking the LORD for allowing them to preach the Gospel to almost the entire student population of 7 new high schools.
2818 people heard the Good News
2175 made decisions!
Follow Up News From Bohol Team:
"Thanks for praying! Tonight was so much better than last week! We had 74 people who came for the follow-up session and 5 came forward when Jovinelle preached! The drama team did an excellent job.! Keep praying!"
Mike & Lisa,The situation is not getting better. Everywhere we found
armies and witnessing no freedom at all. We have to be wise in handling the ministry. Price is coming up again.We are really pressed by the environment, situation, authorities. Prayer can change things."T"
Just a few days later, a North Korean freighter was seen headed for Myanmar that was suspected to have long range missiles in its cargo hold. After the UN issued a warning to North Korea that it would intercept and inspect the vessel, the ship turned away and returned to its home port.
Finally, in late July the US State Department expressed concern that North Korea has been selling its nuclear technology to the Burmese military.
In defiance of UN resolutions, embargos, and economic sanctions, Myanmar's leaders are indicating their willingness to embrace the North Korean blueprint for maintaining power (an iron grip on its people and advanced offensive weaponry).
Clearly, political tensions are growing.
Since 2000, tens of thousands of Myanmar's people have come to Christ, and more are doing so every day. But how long will Christians worship without interference? (crackdown in Rangoon) And how long will we be able to assist and encourage these believers before the door closes?
So the team looked for opportunities to do personal soul winning. Visayas National Univeristy had a carnival and so they headed there!
Thank God for the opportunity to share the Gospel with 227 persons and see 196 souls saved! Pray for them today... that the seed will remain!
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
32,653 persons have heard the GOSPEL!
22,422 persons have made decisions for CHRIST!
The team is on Leyte doing room to room evangelism on several campuses!
Today, 5 August was a public holiday so the team hit the streets soulwinning!
It seems all have recovered and are tired, but well! Thanks for praying!
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Why do you read this blog? I was just wondering. Is it just because you are curious? Or are you conscious of the fact that when you were born again, you were born into a battle? I hope it is because you have put on the armour, intentionally joined the fight, and are praying in faith believing God for the harvest and all this needed to accomplish the LORD's purpose and plan! The battle is a real one. It is for the souls of men and women, just like you. Please do remember to pray.
As you may know, PMike is winning thousands with the team in the Philippines. The LORD has opened what we believe to be the biggest door ever in all the doors He has opened. However, it is a dark place, a centre for black magic and demon worship. The way in was a clear answer to years of prayer!
I am just recovering from H1N1 and praise the LORD for allowing this for His purpose. On Friday night though, while Mike was in the Philippines and I was home in "practically crime-free Singapore", 4 men tried to break into our house while they knew I was inside sleeping. They got the door open about 4 inches and tried to break the bolt, but were stopped somehow. This is disturbing for many obvious reasons.
We need to ask you to pray! Pray for the new "J" work, for the teachers, their protection and support. We are sending pioneers literally into the fire!! For me, pray for safety, strength and wisdom. For PMIke, for peace of mind while we are apart--he has been battling regarding this he said—and for power in preaching. Pray for the SMCI teams as they follow up and carry on the crusade. Even though the team has moved on to Leyte, the CEBU team is carrying on on their own and reached over 2000 students today. The main team was delayed one day by typhoon but has travelled on to Leyte and have begun reaching out to universities and communities!
Lot's of people have prayed for me during my lifetime. My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles… Sunday School teachers and so on. But there are people in the world that not one other person has ever prayed for—pray for them too. Those of us who have so much, have a debt to those who do not.
Monday, 3 August 2009
30,263 persons have heard the Gospel!
20,776 have made decisions for Christ!
Sunday, 2 August 2009
That's what Mike says anyway! "Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape!" It is part of the welcome speech he gives to all newcomers to the work! It is something we are reminded of every single day—it has to do with surrendering every plan, every expectation, every desire to the capable, caring hand of the Spirit of God. It's walking through every day believing His hand directs and guides as were are broken to the sound of His voice and not freaking out when the plans change! And today, they got to prove it again this morning!
Sunday in Cebu was to be just one preaching station and then off to church. Arrangements had been made that during the early morning training for a group of about 2000 ROTC students, the team would preach the Gospel. As you know, the team has been down with fever this past week and they are very tired after 3 weeks of preaching and teaching several times every day, travelling hours before and after ministry, and doing evening evangelistic outreaches. So, one message and off to church to be encouraged and refreshed sounded really great!
If you are watching the weather, you know there's a typhoon on in the Philippines! As the rain began to fall, it was only moments before the field was flooded and couldn't be used. With no other place large enough to accommodate the group, they feared the opportunity would be lost!
Thankfully, LORD had the plan! He moved the Commandant's heart not to cancel this great opportunity! He arrange for classrooms to be opened and used. Students gathered in 17 classrooms. The teams preached 3 times each, a total of 17 times. They reached 1690 people with the Gospel and saw 1250 people made decisions for Christ! Then… on to church! Class to class in small groups is so much more effective! And even though they were tired, God gave grace and strength to speak the truth in His power! What a blessing!
Saturday, 1 August 2009
But 2 more team members have come down with fever... please pray!