by Abigail Hohenstreet
(report from Ratio Christi Philippines trip)
I can’t believe how quickly our days here are speeding by! We arrived safely on Thursday night, getting settled in by the lovely hour of 4 a.m. — although exhausted, we were more overcome with anticipation about the days ahead! On Friday, we did some errands to prepare for the week and we had a long ministry meeting and lunch with Dr. Lyons and Pastor Jun, during which we were all brimming with joy and gratefulness for God’s presence and power in and through the partnership that we’ve formed. The Philippines, with over 1,000 inhabited islands, is home to over 100 million people. Metro Manila, home to 25 million souls, is the fifth most populated city in the world! We’re so honored to supplement the expansive and dynamic work of Megacity Ministries (which includes Community Baptist Church, Global Surge, and campuses of Baptist Bible College Asia). This Christian community here steadily ministers to 6,000 of the 5 million children under the age of 10 as well as to 150,000 young people, 2,000 of whom are presently Bible students. Because of the Filipino’s ability to assimilate to such a vast array of countries and
cultures throughout Asia and the Middle East, they’re very effective for the cause of Christ; thus, it is such a joy for our team to be given the opportunity to equip and embolden these precious people!
Our first conference, on Saturday, was from 9a.m. to 5p.m., and it was very blessed. About 500 people came, representing various churches, colleges, and provinces. We had worship, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and ended the day with a long Q&A panel. The audience asked us over 30 questions during our Q&A and we addressed a range of topics, from problem of evil, to science and faith, to law and ethics, to cults and cultural engagement. Because it was open forum, some people attended who hadn’t before heard such information and messages; 20 people accepted Christ on Saturday! On Sunday, our team attended the 20th anniversary for our hosting church, and a message on the four spiritual laws was preached because of all of the visitors; another 45 people made professions of faith during the two morning services. The church here is located in the inner city of Manila; consequently, the culture we’re experiencing is quite unique…
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