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All posts for the month March, 2023

We at Filipinos Reaching Nations are thankful for the privilege of partnering financially with a man we’ll call “B.B.” He is making disciples in a Muslim stronghold, which of course can be dangerous.
Yes, we take some of your donations and pass them on to six worthy Filipino missionaries who minister in hard places. So when you support FRN, you are helping to reach unreached tribes with the Gospel.
If you want to learn about them to inform your prayers, or support any of the six directly, I would love to connect you with them! If I know you, that is. Just let me know via jgapinoy@gmail.com

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Also among the six whom we help support are these two ladies who serve on an island that is almost 100% radically Muslim. They regularly send me reports, photos, and videos of what God is doing there, as well as their strategies and prayer requests.

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Attendance here is growing: About once a month, we bring lunches to these ‘tricycle’ drivers at their base, and we proclaim the Word of God to them while they eat. We’re thankful for church member Cornelio, who got us this open door.
Please pray for souls to be saved.

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Rylie is a sweet girl who just turned 10. But I have a traumatic memory with her from years ago. I had been teasing some boys by making faces at them, including my ‘vampire fangs’ (inherited from my dad). When then-4-year-old Riley came into the room, she started screaming in terror! Then, when the fear began to subside, she was furious with me! I felt soooo bad. I don’t want to terrorize small children! I never had a child react that way before.
The good news is, I’m the only one who remembers the incident. 😊

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Our friend Ebi–who was a leader in our church until he graduated med school and went back to India–and his co-laborers preach on the street. (Ebi’s on the right.) Interestingly, the one who preaches always removes his shoes. It’s holy ground.
Sometimes Hindu village leaders force them to stop preaching. God, save some of those leaders!

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Have I ever mentioned that I love teaching the Word? So I had a wonderful time on this day, teaching Bible studies in four different locations.
Pictured: Normally Gina teaches these ladies, but since she was out-of-town, Marc and I got to minister here.

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Testimony Sunday! We had never done this before, but it went well. Instead of sermons, nothing but 10-minute gospel testimonies. You know, describing what God has done in your life from before Christ to today. Six people testified in each congregation, most of whom rarely or never hold a microphone.
Here’s Rose telling how the Good News impacted her.
BTW, notice the cement floor? We finished that project recently by the grace of God. The congregation in Bacalso had been faithfully meeting on dirt for years. No more mud when it rains!

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Tapawarma is a fast-food chain here in the Philippines. Sometimes a brand name doesn’t translate well. 😁
Many years ago, Chevrolet tried to sell their popular “Nova” car brand in Mexico. They should have done some research first. “No va” in Spanish means “it doesn’t go.” 🤣

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A new Bible study in the Catalunan Pequeño area, which is about 45 minutes from our Buhangin congregation. I was thrilled when Prescy told me they were having weekly meetings. So I insisted on teaching there. 🙂

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Women of very, very different backgrounds expressing Christ’s love to each other. A few of the Filipinos don’t speak much English, and the Indians don’t speak much Visayan, but love transcends language barriers. We thank God for our translators such as Nene, who led this group.
(After church we always get into small groups and make sure everyone understands the sermon and can apply it to their lives.)
BTW, all the Indians who had been part of the church graduated and moved back to India… carrying the Gospel with them! May they all be soulwinners like Ebi. And may the Lord give us more Indians to disciple. Sadly, the Indians in our city keep to themselves, because most Filipinos are not very friendly to them. Lord, help them to see your love shining through us.

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I was honored to teach GoTeam again via Zoom. That ministry had been on standby during the pandamic. GoTeam is a ministry that aims to fire up Filipino teens and young adults for the cause of reaching all nations with the Gospel.

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In a family that used to come to our church, I had warned the mom that she was spending too much time at work, that her kids needed her at home. Eventually one of her teen daughters got involved in witchcraft. She wore the amulet in the photo as part of her rituals. Then she became demon-possessed. She was speaking with demonic voices, and she tried to kill herself. Her family literally tied her to keep her from harm. In desperation, Mom called Bee. Bee called our friend Allan to help her cast out the demon. (I was in the USA at the time.) It was cast out, and Allan burned the amulet. Now the daughter is free! Both she and Mom are very thankful to our God who is infinitely greater than any devil!

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I’m no miraculous healing expert, but I can report what I observe! Jhong hurt his shoulder during a fall off his motorcycle about a year ago. He’s a quiet guy who doesn’t complain, so I wasn’t aware until some weeks ago that he was still suffering sharp pain if he moved a certain way. So I did what I know to do, laying hands on him and praying for healing in Jesus’ name. He said he felt better, but why stop at ‘better’? I prayed again. I said, “Try to make it hurt. Either you’re healed or you’re not.” After moving around, Jhong said he was even better—almost no pain at all. I said if God can do that, he can totally heal you. So I laid hands again. This time totally healed! Jhong says he’s still 100% healed, pain-free, limitation-free!
To paraphrase Peter in Acts 3:12,
Why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at me, as though by my own power or piety I have made him healed?
It’s God, friends. Just believe, and he can do that for you as well.
“But John, why did it take more than one prayer?”
I don’t know, but I do know the same thing happened to Jesus, in Mark 8.
In the photo, Jhong is with his wife Prescy, who also experienced instantaneous healing a few years ago.

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