Two weeks ago, two teams from the September DTS embarked on outreaches to Honduras and the Philippines to put into practice all they’ve learned the past three months and to share the love of Jesus in radical ways!
The Philippines team has been serving in a number of ministries including schools and prisons, and the Honduras team is living and serving among villagers in a remote, mountainous region far from modern conveniences. Read on for an update from team Philippines! We will look forward to hearing more from team Honduras in the coming weeks!
Philippines Update-Weeks 1 and 2
“Land, Sea and Air: we believe God made it all, so decided to use it all while traveling to the Philippines. The week long journey began, with excitement, and God was faithful not to disappoint. Many of the people enjoyed the layovers in Mexico, JFK and Tokyo, and felt a special blessing when the Cebu Ferry opened up a karaoke lounge.
The journey wasn’t all about us though. God also opened up opportunities for us to share our testimonies, pray for people and learn lessons about keeping our perspective on His grace. One of the students was dealing with infected feet, and was reminded of Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Every relationship has sacrifice, although focusing on Jesus makes ours much easier.
We immediately felt welcomed once we arrived at our destination, and were quick to make friends with our hosts. Their generous hospitality made us feel at peace, so we could focus on the blessing we intend to share while here. The next morning, the guys were able to attend the local church, and experience the wonders of Filipino worship. The entire church rejoiced in dancing, and the guys experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in a living way. Needless to say, we were excited to see how God would amaze us with His love this week.
On Monday we start with visiting the various ministries, including a school located in the middle of the city dump. The children were so grateful to finally see visitors, that we felt blessed to be wanted so much. As much as we gave to them, they gave to us. It’s an honor to see how God blesses all of His children, so all His children can bless one another.
Another ministry involved a prayer walk through a city dump near the Church. A team of the students prayed over a woman who was unable to walk, and then two of the ladies saw her get up and begin to walk. The team could see their excitement from experiencing God in a powerful way, and it was a reminder that “immeasurably more than anything we can ask or imagine is the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us.” Eph 3:20
There were many other highlights, including a worship service at the woman’s prison, a city wide feeding ministry, and the ability to share testimonies after playing basketball with locals. People gave their lives to God, rejoiced in the fellowship of believers, and experienced the love of God in a tangible way.”