On August 1, 2014, a team of our mission workers headed out to hand out Bibles. This is the story of their adventure as told by Emily:
One of the most powerful truths in Christianity is that we desperately need Jesus. In spite of our doubts, fears, and life challenges we encountered we will be moved and encouraged by his words and turns tragedy into triumph. This is what happened when we were distributing Bibles in two areas in San Jose, General Santos City.
We went to Aspang, among one of the Sitio in San Jose, to distribute bibles. But the Purok Chairman was not around so the team decided to go to the next place, Sitio Balnabo. Along our way, there were parents and some school children from Aspang Elementary School who rode with us in the back of the truck, since that is where their homes are located.
When we were near to the Sitio’s location, the truck should pass through the dry riverbed to get to the village, however, our vehicle got stuck near the middle. So, the driver told us to disembark.
The driver tried to back it out but the truck got stuck again while trying to turn it around. With that, we almost lost our hope to reach our destination, so the people who were with us gathered along the riverbed and we gave them Bibles right there. The people were thankful for the bibles but on the other hand they were also disappointed. They said possibly there were many more people in the village who would benefit from receiving the Bibles.
Within the group of parents that were present, some men extended help by using shovels to dig out the truck. The truck was still slipping, so the driver asked all of the people to load into the truck to get more traction and on the second attempt, we were successful and finally reached the village. The people who were with us that received Bibles went to their respective homes.
The wife of the local Pastor, who had been along with us, went house to house and invited people to come out and meet with us. Ten participants gathered to hear an exhortation about the importance of the Bible. Then we handed each and every one a Bible. We also prayed with them and they were so happy and thankful to have received the blessing.
We left Balnado and headed back to Aspang. When we got there we met once again a man named Pedro who was dismayed that he hived a Bible as we had passed by there earlier. We stopped and gave him one and then went house to house, handing out additional Bibles to his neighbors, who had not been at home before. Altogether we handed out a total of forty pieces.
We were so happy through this experience that all the way home we sang praises to God and thanked Him. All the obstacles were there but we were not stopped from handing out the word of God. When we really trust God, there’s no limit to what you can do or how He can use you for His kingdom.