As promised here is my update on where things are at in the Philippines while it’s still fresh in my memory.
As mentioned on Sunday we started our journey 5 hours North of Manila in a place called Zambales. Warren Kemp has been supporting the church there along with Burnside Elim for a number of years. So it was good to see the church in person. There’s a building project there to build a new Bible College with accommodation and all the facilities. Unfortunately the project has been stalled by lack of funds. It’s uncertain how the project will be completed at this point.
As we were having lunch the Pastors Mother in Law popped in to say hello, after talking for a while I prayed for her and the power of God fell on her, she began to speak in what I thought was Tagalo but her daughter said it wasn’t. In the dining area this 70+ year old woman was baptised in the Holy Spirit and was speaking in tongues for the very first time. That set the tone for the evening meeting, Warren and I both preached and then prayed for people. The Holy Spirit fell again, people were falling all over the place, tears, Words of prophecy, words of knowledge were flowing. The meeting scheduled to start at 7pm didn’t finish until 11pm. Wow! That definitely wasn’t planned.
The next day, I travelled with Edgar back to Manila to preach at a very well-known Church, Living Epistle. Led by Ps Glenn Isaguirre. Again I preached and prayed for a people, in particular I felt I had a word for the Worship Pastor, the second I give it he’s in tears. God is so good.
I spent a few days with Ps Glenn getting to know him and his wife. They have such a testimony of faith. They have built a school for some of the most poorest families in their community. I spent the day serving in the kitchen, preparing food ( a miracle in itselft), feeding he kids, attending the classes and visiting the home of one the families. Sharing with the staff.
I also visiting a t-shirt factory owned by a Christian businessman. Every Saturday they have a paid Bible study, so I was able to share with them and pray for them while they were still on the Clock!
From there Warren Kemp joined up and we travelled through to Bauan, Batangas where Edgar and Beth have their church. Things have changed since my last visit. We ministered their for a week, visiting homes, outreaches, speaking at leaders meetings and other church gatherings. I am pleased to report the Church has grown both numerically and Spiritually. They are so hungry for the presence of God. it was great to see.
The building itself is looking great. So much has been done there since my last visit. The three rooms off to the side of the church have been completed with air-conditioning units a must in 40 degree heat. Also Bathrooms for the Church and guests, a prayer room. The next project is to start building the kids space to accommodate the kids that gather each Sunday.
What was really pleasing to see was that the Church has organised and raised funds for one big air-conditioning unit to go in the main auditorium and they are working at funding two more units. They ar taking real ownership of their situation and doing their part in building their Church, Amen!
So the main purpose of the trip for me was to officially make LEOJCC a partner Church of Elim Church Christchurch City and they will be known as Elim Church Bauan. This means we now have a Church family in the Philippines!!
God is so good. We hope to set up a page on our website with updates from Edgar and Beith and the Church soon so that you can keep connected to what they are doing.
Also, I’d like to send two teams over to visit the Church so pray and ask God if you are meant to be on this trip. It will probably cost you between $2000.00-$3000.00 NZD for the entire trip including food and accommodation.
Thank you so much for you prayers and support of our trip. Please keep praying for Elim Church, Bauan. Thanks to Mel and Taua for looking after things back home while Warren and I were away.