Saturday, October 27, 2012

They That Wait Upon The Lord....

    I think as a child of God one of the hardest things I do is... WAIT!  I'm so busy in "the doing" of the ministry, and even find myself sometimes trying to tell God how I THINK the best way for him to answer my prayers,  that I miss the lessons and the blessings HE has for me in the waiting.  As we raise finances to finish the building of the church in the Philippines I have to learn that God is in control and he knows what is best for us. I want to see the church completed and ready for the church members to begin having services in it right now, but I must remind myself that God knows the future and what will be best for us and for the church members! He has told me quite often that HE can work things out just fine without my help!

   We are so excited at the progress that has been made on the Liberty Bible Baptist Mission in Negros, Philippines. Unfortunately, we have had to put it on hold until we can raise more finances for it! The construction crew have the first floor finished and were ready to start on the second floor,but are now just waiting on us to raise enough money to do the next stage.

   We're getting closer to the Christmas Season and that brings us to our most special time of serving The Lord. Our Christmas Gift Giving program.  We are looking at supplying gifts for 3600 children this year. We cannot do it by ourselves, it takes the love and help of ALL our friends to make this happen! For a gift of $25.00 YOU can give a Christmas Gift to a child who would receive nothing without your help.This $25.00 will purchase a new pair of shoes, a backpack, a toy, fruit and candy. It also make a way for us to be able to preach to the child's family members and bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ's birth to those who have never heard. It gives us a chance to tell them what Christmas is all about and why Jesus was born. God has always blessed us with a great harvest of souls saved each year. If you want to donate towards this or the church building project you can safely do this through the PayPal button to the right.  I will post more pictures of the new church building a post more about the Christmas Program next week! Hope to see you then.

Love and Gratitude from  a Gypsy For Jesus

Monday, October 15, 2012

Progress on the Church in the Philippines

Pastor Catamco and 3 of his kids.
   I am so amazed at how God answers pray! I know I shouldn't be but I am. I guess it's more the way  than him answering my prayers. I have been a Child of the Lord Jesus for over 37 years now and I get so excited to see how God is "going to do one more time"! We began getting things ready to build a church on the island of Negros, Philippines back in 2010 by first getting our foundation recognized by the Philippine Government. That little job took us over 1 1/2 years and more money than I can tell you of.  We purchased a small piece of land in December of 2011in the village of Guihulngan,Negros where Pastor Arturo Catamco pastors the Liberty Bible Baptist Mission. As soon as he was able he put up a small brush arbor style church and built pews our of planks. This dear pastor has such a heart for the lost and is on fire to reach them. He and his wife, Emily and their 5 children have given their lives to work in this area that needs a sound Bible preacher. The cults are so strong in this area and they are constantly trying to steal away the new Christians.
   Praise the Lord we broke ground for the building project in September of 2012 and the church is about 3/4th of the way to being completed. God blessed the foundation with a sweet family donating a large financial gift toward getting it started and God is sending the rest in BY FAITH!!!!
   The contractor and his work crew of 9 men showed up early on a Thursday morning ready to work, but Pastor Catamco wouldn't let them start until he had a Bible study with them! Praise the Lord six men accepted Jesus as their Lord and can to church with their families on Sunday morning!!! Now he has a Bible study with these men every morning before they go to work.   Keep praying for us as we raise the money for this church, please. The total cost of the church building is $26,000.00 and we have had $10,000.00 come in. So please help us pray that God will bring in the remaining $16,000.00 so we can complete this project and see the Liberty Bible Baptist Mission  grow for the Lord.