Isn’t that quite an address? Purok 6 Extension.  That’s the Philippines.  And it works.  People know where they are and where their friends and family are.  Kids can tell you where one Purok ends and the next begins.  Our ministry teams can also.  They spend their days moving from one Purok to the next, conducting Bible studies for groups of people who are hungry for the word of God, hungry for hope in their lives.

That is where Samuel and Emily met Vinancio.  Vinancio is 80 years old.  He was once a construction foreman.  Now he sits inside this fenced area.  He does not move very much from this spot because his entire body is filled with pain.  He cannot walk.  There is no diagnosis, no treatment.  Just a constant misery that wears down his spirit and body.

IMG_6854Emily asked if he wanted to listen to their Bible study.  He honestly answered, “No.”  He said the pain was too severe.  He wouldn’t be able to focus.  Emily asked if she could pray with him.  He was open to that.  She took his hand and started.  She shared God’s word in her prayers in an effort to encourage Vinancio and brighten his spirits.  It worked.  As she finished praying and talking with him, there was a glow in his eyes and a big smile on his face.  He told her that it was good to hear encouragement from God because it put happiness in his heart.  Then he thanked her for sharing the word and helping him feel such joy.  Vinancio told Emily and Samuel that he cannot go to church due to his condition and he isn’t interested in “religion,” but his heart was moved by the word of God.

Isaiah 55: 11 says, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Every week over 20 Bible studies are being held by members of our mission ministry staff in areas all around our mission compound.  Relationships are being built, people are being encouraged and lives are being changed.  God is on the move and His Word will accomplish what He desires.