Each Friday morning, four of our CSM (Community Service Ministry) team members head out to do Bible studies in an area called Ugan, Buan, Sinawal in General Santos City. Each team member meets in a home with one or two couples to study God’s word. They travel by “tricycle” – a motorcycle with a side car that has a seat in the front and back. Samuel drives and then each team member is dropped off at their designated spot. After Samuel finishes his Bible study, he returns and picks up each leader.
It is simple carpooling – unless the road conditions become a problem. On this particular day, Emily shares:
“It was my first day meeting with these couples and I wanted to be on time. But oh, the road was so dry!”
The tricycle could not make it up the hill because of the dry and sandy conditions of the road. The 3 ladies got out and had to push, while the driver, Samuel, continued to try to coach the vehicle through the sand and up the hill. Eventually they succeeded in getting to a better part of the road, everyone reloaded, and on they went to their appointments.
Emily especially did not want to miss her time with these couples. One of the men she is working with was at one time on the Davao Death Squad – a “for hire” assassin group. He is now an active member of his church and plays guitar and drums for their praise and worship team. God is working. Hearts are being changed. The mission is being given opportunities to reach out farther and farther to help educate and minister to the people of God.
No section of dry, sandy road is going to stop our CSM workers when God says to go!