7-12 Dec 2016: PHI 15
“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”
As we gathered at the airport to pray before our departure to Marikina, Isaiah 60:1 was given from the Lord to us. Upon hearing that, we could see that the Lord’s hand was upon us as we headed out into the mission fields. This verse spoke to many of us, especially for me as it builds up our confidence and strength to reach out to the lost souls in Philippines even more.
Day 1 — After landing in Philippines, we met up with Pastor Kathy (PK) and her team who showed us to our accommodations. That evening, we got to minister to the “surrenderees” (drug addicts who turned themselves in to the government). Being led by the Lord to prepare on a topic just a day before we departed, I stood out in faith and shared my testimony as I felt it was for them. It was also my first time sharing and I did not know what to expect. However I could feel the peace of the Lord within me and the message was delivered smoothly! The Lord also led Ann to share a message on true repentance, and we saw around 20 decisions for Christ that night. Even the police officers responded! We also got to pray for everyone individually.
Day 2 — The team started off the day heading to the provincial prison, where we held a Christmas celebration service for the detainees. We organised a concert for them and played charades with them. They had so much enthusiasm that they literally ran to the stage even before we described the game! Darren and Joshua also shared their testimonies with them.
Later in the afternoon, we went to a village for “Porridge Patrol”, where we gave out food to young children. As we drove into the village, it started to rain heavily, but we proceeded to set up for our outreach. Miraculously, as we started to worship, the rain stopped! After worship, we also taught them a song about the Holy Spirit and performed a skit on Jesus saving us from the devil and sin! Thereafter, Shawn and Hannah shared her testimonies with the kids and we ended with prayer and food! This was an eye opener for me because I was amazed by how a service could be held in the open with just two shelters, a speaker, a microphone and a guitar. It took me a while to soak in the environment and how blessed we are on every weekend services.
Day 3 — The team headed out to the old folks home for a Christmas program, but before the program, we were allowed to walk around the compound and talk to some of the elderly, even praying for them. During the Christmas program, it was a joy to see some of the elderly putting up a dance for us, and later on, Beth shared a message about being fruitful in old age and Angeline shared her testimony. We distributed a mid-morning meal for the elderly and had a clothes giveaway. Later in the afternoon we came back to minister to the staff where we played some games, and performed a skit for them. Stanley also shared a message about being joyful in circumstances.
Day 4 — While praying in the morning, we got words from the Lord regarding “new grounds” and salvations. We headed out to the Boys’ Home, where we sang a Tagalog worship song (Mahal na Mahal Kita Panginoon) and Counting on God, with the chorus translated to Tagalog. We included actions for the boys, as they loved to dance. We then put on a skit about being special in God’s eyes, and Darren shared his testimony and gave a salvation call. We saw around 40 kids who raised their hands for salvation and we got to pray for all of them individually.
Later, we found out from Tontie (our host) that he had not met most of the boys before as they were relatively “newer” and so may have not had the chance to know Jesus yet. While we initially thought that the word about “new ground” was referring to a new home where PK and her team were just given permission to minister to that week; later we found out that we would not be able to visit the new home on our trip. It turned out that the prayer for “new ground” and salvations was linked and was pointing to these boys! Indeed God never fails!
Day 5 — On Sunday, we attended the Cornerstone service and had a great time of worshipping God as one body, followed by a sermon by PK. After the main service, we had a youth fellowship with the youths (Geners). We played some games, had lunch together, and then we had a time of worship. Shawn shared about the dreams and burdens that the Lord has placed in each of us and led us in an activity in which the Geners took post-its and wrote down their dreams and prayer requests and then pasted them on the floor. We all corporately prayed over the dreams and then challenged the youths to take home someone else’s post-it to keep praying over it. While praying, we received the word “run fast” and “acceleration” and prayed it into the group. Tontie then mentioned that acceleration is actually the group’s theme for the season. We also got to pray for each Gener individually.
Day 6 — As we left with a heavy heart, we bid goodbye and prayed for each of the staff at Marikina. It was indeed a memorable mission trip and even more so for me, given that it was my first mission trip. During the trip, there were many times that the team did not know if our sharing was appropriate. However, outreach after outreach, we have been hearing stories of how our sharing spoke to them in the midst of everything that they were facing. It is indeed encouraging and we could see that the Lord’s anointing is upon us!
The team had such big hearts that I believe we should all yearn for each and every day. Their personal testimonies will definitely be always remembered and will be eagerly waiting to see them when they visit Singapore!
Jia Jie, Marikina, Philippines