In my personal time of devotion, I am reading through the book of Isaiah, and as I read chapter 61 verses 3 and 4, I saw in it what the Lord had called our team to do while in the Philippines. He called us “To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of Praise for the spirit of heaviness,
That they may be called the trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall rise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolation of many generations.
Planting of the Lord, that He may be Glorified
Throughout the weeks the team was serving in the Philippines, we were able to share the Gospel to hundreds of men, women, boys and girls. Through medical outreaches, going into schools and sharing in classrooms, teaching in a local church on Sunday, or simply going into villages and inviting the residents to hear the Word of God shared in the town center. Through this, we saw hundreds make life changing commitments to the Lord. Additionally, we we able to give out nearly a ton of rice to those who so desperately need it.
And they Shall Rebuild the Old Ruins
The Lord opened the door for us to help rebuild Maria’s house. Maria is one of the church members of Calvary Chapel Hernani whose husband was drowned in the storm saving the life of his son. Additionally, We helped restore and rebuild the properties at Calvary Chapel Hernani and Calvary Chapel Lalawegans. The church building in Hernani had only been opened three weeks before the storm completely destroyed the structure. The new building is raising up out of the ruins as a testament to God’s faithfulness.
All the rebuilding that was done whether to the churches or Maria’s house is serving as a light that others may see which glorifies our Father in heaven.
Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant
As much as I see all that the Lord allowed the team to accomplish, I also see that the Lord did a work in each team member during their time in the field. Throughout the weeks, there were times of physical and emotional challenges. And during those times, I saw each team member draw close to the Lord and actively seek Him for their strength and comfort. Several on the team had not served the Lord outside the United States, most had never served in disaster relief. Additionally, there was a typhoon that struck our island during our visit. And, the work we were called to do was at most times physically exhausting. There was every opportunity for the enemy to take his shots at the team members, but, since each team member kept their eyes focused keenly on the Lord, never did any get discouraged or lose focus of the Lord’s will. I know I share our Heavenly Fathers heart when I say to the team, well done good and faithful servants.
The team arrives back in the US today, January, 26. Please keep praying for the people of the Philippines who lost so much to the storm. There is still a tremendous work being accomplished in the name of Jesus on the island of Samar through the ministry of U-Turn for Christ. Please keep those serving and their leadership in prayer as well. Lord bless each of you and thank you for your continued prays and support.
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