DISCIPLES ARE DISCIPLE MAKERS
March 1, 2015, Eddie was baptised and became a disciple of Christ. Exactly three weeks later Eddie is baptising two new disciples Jericho and Glenn who Eddie led to the Lord on his own. Not only that, but he is also sharing his current house with both of them. That house is quickly rotting down.
Thanks to some other saints who are reading this, Eddie has received the supplies to construct a new house in his spare time from working in the rice field (photos of finished house later).
We just discovered what Eddie is doing a few days ago and really had nothing to do with it other than teaching Eddie what it means to be a disciple. Eddie cannot understand english, so Lyn is who has been teaching him.
Been working on helping our next door neighbor Eddie get his new house built lately after his old one was rotting down. But today he died and we had to bury him. (Note-****** Eddie did not physically die. We baptized him) A reception afterwards. Tomorrow we will still be working on getting the house finished for the new Eddie to live in. This Eddie will never die and is now building a mansion.
Currently working with many of the victims of Typhoon Yolanda who are living in homes like this picture.
This other church in La Paz, about 30 miles outside of Tacloban had experienced total destruction and devastation to church building and most all church members and had not yet received even as much as a bag of rice from any relief effort including from the government. They were somehow managing quite well however, fed us good with chicken roasted on open fire and gave us a place to sleep for the night.
During this entire 5 day trip, I only spent about $75 for personal expenses.
The greatest needs requests at this time we were getting from most every conversation is the need for a chainsaw. Coconut trees are down all over the place. Some are being sold for lumber and some are being given away. But anyone who owns a chainsaw is backed up with work and is also charging a high price for the labor. Two churches including the one in La Paz and pastor Noe’s church are both in great need of a chainsaw and have people in their church who are trained in operating the saw for splitting the trees into lumber for buildings. We didn’t buy the saws in Tacloban due to high demand and high prices. We can buy them here in Butuan for normal price and deliver there. This is our plan now to get two or three saws back there as quickly as possible.
Also as far as other things like sustainability may be a little too quick as they don’t even have homes rebuilt yet. Some of them including the family who lost a father and brother from the Palo church are being forced to relocate (to who knows where yet) by the government. I gave them my word with tears that by God’s grace we would see them through with this.
We want to get them going with aqua-phonics as soon as possible. We have already located free Talapia fish fingerlings in Tacloban. Seeds for planting and things like that are also one of the top priorities.
Originally posted on I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts:
Anyone who has ever worked on ships has, without a doubt, worked with dozens of Filipinos. They are our co-workers, our friends and our family.
Over the weekend our ship life paisanos were faced the devastating destruction of their home. One of the strongest storms in recorded history, Typhoon Haiyan, killed an estimated 10,000 people. To put that number into perspective combine the casualties from Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy and 9/11… and double it.
Between managers, A/V crew and random friendly faces in the staff bar, I have a long list of Filipinos who hold a special place in my heart. So as I watched the death toll climb as Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the islands, I held my breath and prayed for my friends.
I have sent messages to some and not heard back from any. So what can I do to help while I wait to hear from…
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Jessica, I started to know her as LESBIAN living in an orphanage we call LINGAP CENTER IN CSWD (City Social Welfare and Development Office) Butuan City , Philippines. She looked like a guy, I continued observing her when I was assigned to the CSWD office , in the PWD (Person with Disabilities) division last July, 2012. My first meeting with her, she was running errands in the office, Mam Alesa instructed her to load 100php on her globe number. Jessica had left at 9am and until 2pm came no load received by Mam Esther. Another child was then asked to find Jessica, coz they’re doubting that Jessica divert the money, until it turns out that the LOADER STATION had a mistake of the number loaded. From this observation , I start to observe Jessica from the office. Until one day Mam Fairly approached me and said, if I like, Jessica can share a home with me. I had a mixed emotion that time because handling like this is not that easy, but when Mam Fairly talked to me, I just don’t know. My heart wanted to help this girl Jessica. Even though I have 4 children but all boys, I decided to take care of Jessica as my little girl. So, I agreed to share a home at least for 6 months. Mam Fairly trusts me a lot, even if I don’t have that much money to give Jessica for all her needs, but to give her and let her understand about family and her life to live good. Now, when everybody knows about this, one social worker talked to me and informed me that Jessica is: STEALING, WILD, VERY UNSOCIAL, DONT EAT ORDINARY FOOD , KEEPS COMPLAINING, ALWAYS GOING OUT, and NO IDENTITY. Where she came from MIGHT BE SICKLY and my children might be harmed. As I listened, I wanted to give up, but when I saw Jessica I felt pity on her instead of listening to negative comments about Jessica’s story, I talked to Jessica about all this why all this happen and she openly tell me what she wanted. I am touched because SHE WANTED TO FINISH SCHOOL TO FIND HER FAMILY. I really don’t know what to do, because my financial condition is not that stable for her to extend a help for school, until God give blessing …I MET GARY AND LYN HAWKINS, I share to them Jessica ‘s story and they help me to find a solution for Jessica, and now Jessica is enrolled in a standard school(private) STARLAND INTERNATIONAL INC. Here in Butuan City, Philippines. Do you want to know why I’M able to choose private school? Very expensive one ! It’s because I do believe that God will provide the best thing for JESSICA, and besides she is intelligent! At first I am thinking, if I enrolled Jessica in a public school were 1 teacher is to 60 students in one room what would I expect for Jessica? She was so BROKEN and needs much ATTENTION, with no FEAR ! I enrolled her in a prestigious school and told her story to the School administration Name Jan Delina. I said Jessica will represent an example for all the street children and orphanage for her SUCCESS STORY with the help of STARLAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL., and this makes Mam Jan discount Jessica’s tuition 50% off. Instead of paying much for the whole year its only P20,000 pesos ($500) and we will be able to complete her things permitted to pay it soon the balance, like her uniform, books, miscellaneous. What is important that Jessica will start schooling as GRADE 3 (a 14 year old girl) plus consider that the requirement will be provided later like Jessica’s Birth Certificate and Report Card from Grade 1 and 2. I am secretly sad thinking to solve Jessica’s birth certificate problem because she is totally a STRANGER and we don’t know where she came from. She was just seen in the street near a garbage can of a certain concerned citizen at around the age of one. Until 3 year old she was indorsed to LINGAP CENTER. During her childhood many places she experienced because many wanted to foster Jessica, she came from Dumaguete , around Butuan City with different foster parents with her and she was influenced with a surrounding of lesbians and she get back again to Lingap Center because of her WORST attitude. BUT, IN MY CUSTODY! GOD IS GOOD! ALL THE TIME… Jessica feels love and importance..(you can interview her, this statement from her) I share a tear because she express to me and thank me taking care of her, she do good and not lazy anymore. All those negative on her past never happen anymore as she’s with me. She start to keep her hair long influenced by me with very girly looks and wanted to copy me. Hahaha. I am so happy after she declared this for her life. She was baptized with Gary and Lyn witnessing this Baptism of Jessica in Buenavista beach also with Kuya Molong. We have a great time together. She’s responsible, I teach her how to cook “PINIRITONG ISDA” fried fish, coz she’s afraid of the oil to touch her skin, always the fish is overcook! Ohhh not yummy… I keep her trying and trying until she knows how to fry the fish , at first she over cooked the rice. I wanted to retreat because my money was wasted but the lord tells me, worry for the living things not for the non living things. I am able to survive these emotions. Many things I encountered as Jessica’s negative attitude turned into a positive one. We had time together and our relationship as mother and child grow. Until one day were apart because I was accused of illegal keeping her with me. I needed to have all those requirement of the DSWD before I’m able to let Jessica stay with me. Now, Jessica has returned to Lingap Center, the first week of getting back this all happen; SHE CUT HER LONG HAIR, WILD IN THE CENTER KEEP QUARRELING WITH THE OTHER CHILDREN, GO BACK ON HER OLD SELF. I visited her after the Worker informed me of all this and talked to Jessica, she really got angry with me. She don’t want to go to school anymore, I talked to her about all the things why this happened. Thank God she understood and is waiting after all those requirements, SHE WILL GET BACK TO ME, now I keep monitoring all she needs, she will visit me at home for her assignments and all she needs in school. This time I am busy complying all those requirements for DSWD , and birth certificate of Jessica. I am in need of support on her school. I trust the lord that Jessica will be blessed to finish her school. For she said repeatedly: I WILL FINISH SCHOOL TO FIND MY FAMILY. I don’t want her to be disappointed on her dream. She likes to be an ARTCHITECH and said to me, ate I will build a house for you. (ohh so touch when she told me this) , 2nd I will help those kids in the Lingap and on the street. This girl really has the heart to serve her GOD. That’s why I’m able to contact kuya Gary Hawkins and Lyn . How would I address all this need for Jessica ‘s SUCCESS STORY?
“ WORRYING DOESN’T CHANGE ANYTHING, BUT TRUSTING THE LORD CHANGES EVERYTHING. WHEN WE PUT OUR CARE IN GODS HANDS. HE PUTS HIS PEACE IN OUR HEARTS”
( everybody can interview Jessica for all her testimonies… UNTIL the next episode! ) here the picture before and after… see attached.
Written : MARNILLE ZOILO-GABAGAT
Jessica and other names in this story have been changed and he photos distorted to protect identities.
God truly works in amazing ways. When I was in the United States, I would sometimes go preach in the jails because that’s where I have been myself more than a few times and that’s where God has taught me how to better prick the hearts of men by God’s word as happened to me in the jail.
When I moved here to the Philippines, the jails were still on my heart and in my prayers, but I figured since I am a foreigner here, there’s no way I will ever get access to the jails unless of course I get locked up myself. But nothing can stand in the way of where God directs you.
This weekend was very amazing. First of all we had a gathering in the local police department of different Christian officials to pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit over some issues in the city. That was a pretty amazing experience, but a different topic here. Later, a few of us including Lyn and me were invited to preach in the jail by the police chief and his deputy. You must provide chaplains license and other requirements to do that here, that is unless God is directing you, then it doesn’t even matter if you’re a citizen of a foreign country and have absolutely no credentials to show.
So we went to the pretrial inmates where there was 6 men and one woman who was one of the men’s wife.
We preached and taught them for a few minutes. With the aid of an interpreter I told them that I understand their sorrows and heartaches because I’ve been where they are before. Then I asked one of them there to stand up and read from Isaiah 61 in the Bisayan language. That’s where Jesus started preaching to them and pricked their hearts. We explained to them and got them to understand and agree that they were dead in their sins and that their sins killed Jesus on the cross 2,000 years ago, but that he paid the price and died in their place because of His love for them. And we explained that they too must die of the old flesh before they can be born again and raised up with Jesus and have a new life.
We also explained the meaning of being born again, briefly going through some of the scriptures. We also explained to them the nature of the Holy Spirit and that they must be born of the Holy Spirit and of water.
After that, all 6 of the men with humbled and sorrow repentful faces decided right then that they wanted to be buried in their sins and rise again to a new life. We had a plastic trash can there already for the use of baptisms, so there we baptized all 6 men.
Lyn and I wrote down all of the names and contact info so that we can follow up with our new brothers. Also, yesterday which was the next day, we followed up with them early in the morning. Every one of them gave testimony of the unexplainable peace they had received. One man said that he slept better that night than he’d slept in many years and told us of many comforting things the Lord had spoken to him. The others testified to similar things. This confirmed to us that they’d received the Holy Spirit and are our true brothers and children in the Lord.