Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Filipino Nehemiah Teams: Caraga Franchise Goes!

The time has come! We thank The Lord for bringing many young Filipinos together this month to serve The Lord among the unreached and hard to reach. Perhaps the best way to reach those who are groping in the darkness searching for truth is for those who share their cultural and many times, spiritual background to find them in that darkness and bring them to the light, Jesus. As mentioned before, these young people sacrifice their time, their finances, and sometimes their relationship with family to go and share Jesus in isolated, lost places. 
Loading up the truck to deploy!

The Caraga franchise was able to send out 5 teams with a total of 23 members throughout the Agusan River Valley, to Dinagat Island, & southern Leyte. Praise The Lord! We ask that you pray for these teams and the people they will be ministering to this coming month from April 8-May 14.

Pray for: 
  • Team unity! 
  • Faithfulness and boldness in sharing the gospel 
  • Safe travels 
  • Open hearts to the Truth 
  • That many would come to know and follow Christ

Monday, April 13, 2015

Filipino Nehemiah Teams: ZaNorte


ZaNorte 2012 team members
As we prepare and pray for upcoming Nehemiah Teams for this Summer 2015, let us not forget the work God is doing through the Filipino branch of Nehemiah Teams. This upcoming month of April is an exciting time because almost 200 young Filipino believers will follow Christ into the great unknown to share his message of love to those who do not know Him.  I have recently been encouraged by the willingness for Filipino believers to follow Christ in sharing the gospel with their own people, many times facing financial burden, leaving family and friends, and experiencing language barriers by going to areas with which they are not familiar. 

Several teams from the ZaNorte franchise will be going to to minister to various groups of Cebuano people whose lives have been recently impacted by typhoons and other calamities. Be in prayer that these tragedies would cause hearts to open so that the Cebuano people would turn from their idol worship and come to follow him. 

Pray for:
* those Cebuano people who will soon be hearing the message of the gospel for the first time, that they would have open hearts ready to accept
* for those going to be able to raise financial support for living expenses in ZaNorte
* for travel safety to and from their ministry site
* for many opportunities to share and lead Bible studies while they are on the field
* these teams as they go out, that they would grow in their walk with The Lord and be bold witnesses for Christ
ZaNorte orientation team building

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Filipino Nehemiah Teams: Bicol

Bicol 2014 team
As we prepare and pray for upcoming Nehemiah Teams for this Summer 2015, let us not forget the work God is doing through the Filipino branch of Nehemiah Teams. This upcoming month of April is an exciting time because almost 200 young Filipino believers will follow Christ into the great unknown to share his message of love to those who do not know Him.  I have recently been encouraged by the willingness for Filipino believers to follow Christ in sharing the gospel with their own people, many times facing financial burden, leaving family and friends, and experiencing language barriers by going to areas with which they are not familiar. 

The Bicol franchise will be sending teams to Bicol, a large peninsula connected to the island of Luzon, to minister to the Bicolano people. The people of this area are held in bondage by their worship of Catholic idols and occult practices, with many areas lacking even one evangelical church. These teams will be holding Bible studies in hopes of sharing the gospel and planting churches among the unreached and hard to reach.

Pray for:
* those Bicolano people who will soon be hearing the message of the gospel for the first time, that they would have open hearts ready to accept
* for those going to be able to raise financial support for living expenses in Bicol
* for travel safety to and from the ministry sites
* for many opportunities to share and lead Bible studies while they are on the field
* these teams as they go out, that they would grow in their walk with The Lord and be bold witnesses for Christ