It has been a little over a month now since I returned from a three-week expedition to the Philippines. Looking over the pictures, however, brings each experience and opportunity freshly back to mind!
All I had to do was take the time to show an interest in them. It wasn’t always the easy or natural thing for me. But genuine love is all about giving of yourself to be a blessing to others. And truly, “it is more blessed to give than to receive”!
One great example of sacrificial service was the missionary couple who hosted us. Mr. and Mrs. Guill have hearts full of love for the Filipino people. What godly examples! They were very hospitable as well, even when it wasn’t easy…
Quite a few of us got very sick with the amoeba during the trip. I inadvertently drank some contaminated water and was out of commission for a few days. Thankfully, the Guills knew just what to do to get us back on track. The Lord used the sickness to draw me nearer to Him and to bond us closer together as a team. I had some great times in the Word together with the other guys as we were recovering.
Teaching Character in the schools was tremendously fun! We even had the opportunity to give training to groups of teachers and even principles who wanted to see Character taught in their school classrooms. We were also often allowed to freely share about Christ, who is the true source of all good character and the only one through whom our lack of it can be forgiven before God.
Another ministry opportunity was to share testimony and song in churches, homes and seminaries throughout Cebu. Eric, Andrew, Derek, and I enjoyed singing “Oh, the Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus” as a men’s quartet.
A memorable part of this adventure was hearing Brother Yun, “The Heavenly Man“, speak in person. This is a man whom the Lord has used greatly to advance His Kingdom throughout China and around the world. His example of enduring persecution for the cause of Christ is truly inspiring!
It was an awesome privilege to be a part of this team of like-minded believers, committed to wholeheartedly serving the Lord in the Philippines. Only eternity will tell the full impact that each seed, prayerfully sown, will have for the Kingdom of God. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”