PHI 12: 31 Oct – 5 Nov 2016
More than 200 volunteers had been involved in the Bless Santiago couriers program which took place on 31 Oct to 5 Nov in the city of Santiago, Philippines.
Themed City 2 City, the inaugural Bless Santiago project sought to bring God’s love and minister to the local community through a diverse and extensive series of outreach efforts. This included medical and dental missions, live stage shows at the local mall, children’s programs and prison outreach. The key highlight was the Kingdom Invasion conference which happened during the last 2 nights. We saw speakers like Pastor Nikki and our very own Pastor Yang deliver compelling and empowering messages of hope and salvation to the audience.
Our team comprised of 8 team members: Meida Chooi, Abigail Lew, Genevieve Lim, Samuel Tan, Aunty Lay, Christina Cheng, Sean Teh and I. We were involved in planning the children’s programs which ran alongside the medical and dental missions daily in partnership with the local Santiago and Philippine churches.
Having been brought to Cornerstone by a Filipino ex-colleague, I was deeply touched by the warmth and generosity of spirit of the Filipino community. Bless Santiago was my second couriers trip to the Philippines, the first being to Marikina 2 years ago.
I witnessed first-hand how God moved, with people encountering God in such real and personal ways during the entire week of the trip; it was particularly moving. One of the most poignant and memorable aspects of the trip for me was that people from all walks of life shared incredible testimonies of healing and restoration and surrendered their lives to God.
In the children’s ministry, through a series of games, arts and crafts, praise & worship and bible storytelling sessions, kids as young as 4 years old readily responded when the salvation call was given. We had a total of 109 children receive Christ throughout the entire 4 days.
I also experienced God’s goodness and faithfulness as our prayers were answered! Despite the rain and poor weather conditions in the initial few days, we had a steady stream of children passing through our doors and we had several returning in the subsequent days!
It was also very encouraging seeing how God broke down divisions, barriers and united the local Filipino and Singapore churches, including volunteers, for His Kingdom’s purpose. The unity of spirit was unhindered despite the language and communication challenges!
All in all, the Bless Santiago project has stirred and renewed a deeper hunger and passion for our Lord. I have been inspired to press on and continue the good works started here in Santiago for His kingdom’s glory!
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Peggy Phor, Bless Santiago 2016