Hey friend! Jason and I are officially half-way through our outreach in Manila already! Jason and I have always said that you couldn’t pay us enough to live in the city, and now we are living in one of the most densely-populated cities in the world! I have definitely learned to never say never! It’s amazing how much grace God has given us while living here, though. It has made the transition much easier than I expected.
Manila is quite a loud, bustling city. The public transport, called Jeepneys, are modeled from WWII jeeps, and they make quite a ruckus, along with many motorcycles day and night. Filipinos are also very fond of karaoke and basketball games, both of which can be heard from our room all hours of the night. Haha! For the first couple of weeks, I slept with ear plugs and wondered how anyone could ever sleep through all the noise. Now I never use ear plugs and always fall straight to sleep. I think I could sleep through anything now!
Ministry times have been very fruitful. We have been doing medical and dental clinics almost everyday. We pray with each patient and often share the gospel with them and/or give them a bible. As of the end of last week, our team has shared the gospel with 981 people, seen 244 salvations, prayed for 1,323 people, and seen 33 healings!
Everyone in Manila knows of Jesus, but many people do not know what He did for them or how or why He lived on Earth. There are a lot of misconceptions about God and how to be saved. That is why we have a goal to give out at least 1,000 bibles. We have already given 450 people a bible. Our team is fundraising for the rest of the money needed to buy the other 550 bibles. If you would like to help us reach this goal, you can click on the link at the bottom, which will take you to a paypal account set up for the bibles.
A couple of weeks ago, a few of us visited a hospital to encourage and pray with patients. I came across a man whom was staying with his wife, whom had had a stroke and could no longer speak. I could tell that the man was worried and tired from continuously staying at the hospital for over a week. I prayed for his wife and then for him. I asked if he had a bible. He replied that he had one at home, but he wasn’t able to go home and get it. He lived far away and needed to stay with his wife. When I offered to give him a bible to read while his wife was admitted, he readily accepted, with tears in his eyes. As I was getting him a bible out of a book bag, I accidentally dropped it on the floor, making a big thud. The man said, “The word of God is loud!”. I laughed as I agreed and let this thought sink in. The word of God is indeed loud. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”.
After I left this man and had visited more patients, I walked back past his wife’s room and saw him reading the bible I had just given him. There are many more stories like this one about people receiving bibles. You can help us get even more amazing stories by helping us raise the remaining $1,200 needed to purchase the rest of the bibles. We have been giving out both full bibles and New Testaments, which are cheaper. We would like to give out as many full bibles as we can, which cost about $2.50 USD each.
Here is the link to donate, and thank you so much for reading! Love and miss you,
Monica and Jason