In the past two years, Living Waters Asia has included a vacation Bible school (VBS) for kids to its summer evangelism outreaches. This summer is no different. But instead of doing the VBS again where we did the last two in the town of Bustos, Bulacan, we decided to hold this year's kids outreach in a community in Baliuag, Bulacan, and we are happy to have made that move.
A section in the barangay of Pagala, right beside a big shopping mall, is a community with families that have none of the privileges that most people around it enjoy. We chose this area beside a dried-up rice field as the venue for our 5-day VBS from May 7 to 11. Kids learned about the 7 C's of history as Answers In Genesis presents it. In the days of this outreach that LWA partnered with Banner of Truth Independent Baptist Church, volunteers explained the Gospel and its scope from the very first pages of the Bible to what is presented in the Book of Revelation.
The kids that attended the VBS were not the only ones that heard the Gospel. Their parents and other adults in the area often listened during the classes and they all joined in during the graduation ceremony on the 5th day. We also gave Gospel tracts to people roaming around the area whenever that opportunity was available. Several local politicians were recipients of tracts on the first day of the VBS as they did their campaign for the election that was to happen the week after. And the day before the start of the outreach, the team also were able to share the Gospel to the Badjao tribal people who camped just a few hundred meters from the venue.
This outreach was really a big success. God allowed so many people to hear the Gospel in the five days we were in this community. After the graduation program, several of the kids voiced their desire to attend Sunday school at Banner of Truth Independent Baptist Church. And true enough, there were those that were present the following Sunday at the church. Please continue to pray for these kids and the adults who got to hear/read about the Gospel during this yearly summer outreach.
Watch the video below to see what happened during this vacation Bible school:
Just like in previous years, Living Waters Asia took the opportunity to deliver the Gospel message during the celebration of Labor Day of this year. A team of volunteers of almost 20 people made their way to Clark, Pampanga, where the United States military once had an airbase for several decades.
Clark is a very interesting city in the Philippines. Because American servicemen abounded this area in Central Luzon for a long time, many have married or had children with Filipinos here. And so, there are a lot of "Fil-Ams" that call Clark their home and you can still obviously see American influence in the area. And despite the U.S. military base here already closed for about three decades already, many former U.S. servicemen have stayed or come back here for their retirement years. And so, the bars in Clark that promote promiscuity and casinos that encourages people to gamble are still alive and well. You can say that Clark has become a small version of a "sin city" in the Philippines.
This is the reason why LWA chose to do evangelism here for Labor Day 2018. The volunteers were grouped into small teams and got their own area to saturate with Gospel tracts and to engage people in conversations with whenever that opportunity presented themselves. We were able to converse with a group of jeepney drivers waiting for their turn to drive passengers to their destinations. Another volunteer had a conversation with someone who wanted to understand the power of God to keep His child from straying away from His hand. People going to places, policemen keeping order in the area, men and women doing business, and people with nothing to do in a nearby park received Gospel tracts from the LWA team.
It was tough doing evangelism under the heat of the summer sun. But it was all worth it. King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes that labor under the sun are worthless as it is just one of many tiring cycles in life. But the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 comforts us that the labor we do for the Lord is not in vain. The evangelism we did here is one that will have eternal significance as it was done for the Lord.
Please pray for the people that received the Gospel in our Labor Day evangelism at Clark.
Living Waters Asia conducted a Biblical Evangelism Seminar last April 14, 2018. Hosting the seminar is Springs of Life Christian Church at San Miguel, Bulacan, which is being led by Pastor Tom Limas. Attending the event were Christians, not only from the said town, but also from Cabanatuan City and Baliuag, Bulacan.
The venue was packed by believers who were eager to learn how they can further glorify God in their lives through evangelism. But judging from the reception of the attendees, it was clear that many of them were hearing about the need to include the Ten Commandments in their Gospel presentation for the first time. This made the seminar more interesting for them. The team from LWA explained why the biblical principle of evangelism is "Law to the proud, grace to the humble", using support from God's Word. A couple of LWA volunteers also gave their testimony about their involvement in the ministry of evangelism.
At the conclusion of the seminar, LWA director, Dennis Mark Aglosolos, gave a challenge to everyone to be more involved in the work of reaching people to Christ. He reminded them that people around us are making their way to an eternity of punishment, not knowing when their lives here on earth would end. This is the reason why evangelism must be treated with urgency.
Please pray that everyone who attended the training will be moved to heed the Great Commission in their lives.
Mayon Volcano in the province of Albay, famous for its almost perfect cone shape, has been active in the past weeks, spewing lava and ash in surrounding towns and cities in the area. Many from outside of the province have been thinking twice into going to this famous tourist destination because of fear of being caught in the middle of a huge volcanic eruption.
But this was not the case for pastors and Christians that attended Living Waters Asia's Way of the Master seminar at Ligao City, Albay last January 19. The venue at Christ to the Philippines was packed by Christians (more than a hundred people) who were eager to learn how to share the Gospel biblically, effectively, the way Jesus did. Attendees came from different towns and cities of Albay and even from outside of the province.
LWA Director, Dennis Mark Aglosolos, showed the reality of false converts in churches and explained that we can blame the proliferation of the modern Gospel message for it which promises love, joy, peace, fulfillment and lasting happiness to people which is contrary to the real Christian experience in this world. He also challenged participants to really examine current evangelism practices of Christians to see if they really have any biblical bases.
The six-hour seminar ended on a high note as attendees went home with renewed zeal in their hearts to reach the lost and to do it in a God-glorifying way.
We are happy to have also done some evangelism the day before the seminar. Gospel tracts were given out to people and we were able to personally share the Gospel to several students in Ligao City.
Please pray that God would use the seminar we conducted there to bring more souls to the foot of the cross of Christ.
The Christmas season is one of the busiest in the LWA yearly calendar. Because people tend to be nicer and more accommodating during this time of the year, it is a great time to share the Gospel. We at Living Waters Asia won't dare let such great opportunity to declare the Good News pass, that's why we conduct outreaches during the month of December.
Last December 4, we did our yearly Christmas party for the residents of Tanglaw Pag-asa (Light of Hope) juvenile detention facility of the province of Bulacan. LWA has been coming here for the last 11 years for weekly Bible study and our Christmas party this year there is the 12th that we've done.
We had the usual games and Christmas carol singing that the residents of the facility really enjoyed. Those that joined the games got the chance to receive Christmas treats, win or lose. There were residents that also rendered dance and song numbers to further make the event more fun. Special food were also served to the residents and to the facility social workers and guards.
But the highlight of the day was of course, the Christmas message delivered by the LWA director, Dennis Mark Aglosolos. Dennis talked about Joseph, the husband of Mary. In the Christmas account, Joseph almost broke up with Mary because he didn't want to cast a negative image for her as she was already pregnant when they weren't married yet. But God sent an angel to explain to him that the baby Mary was carrying was from the Holy Spirit and that He will be the Savior. Dennis emphasized that God wanted Joseph to have, even a small part on His plan to bring salvation to man. In the same way, God does not want man to miss receiving the salvation He offers through Christ.
The event at this juvenile detention facility was a success for the simple reason that the Gospel was preached and many heard.
A few days later, in the same week, December 8 to be exact, LWA volunteers and members of Banner of Truth Independent Baptist Church (BTIBC) and people from Notre Christi Academy of the Philippines (NCAP) bonded together to do an outreach at Namayan Island in the City of Malolos, Bulacan. This community is secluded from the rest of the city as you have to travel by boat on murky waters for at least 30 minutes to get there. As a result, the basic comforts of community life like stores, medical facilities, schools, access to clean water, etc., are almost absent in the island.
LWA, members of BTIBC and pupils and students of NCAP, all contributed to gather food gifts, children's vitamins and old clothes for the people of this island community. Three weeks before our outreach there, we gave in advance needed materials for the installation of a line for clean water. We coordinated for about 2 months with the community leaders of the island to set up this Christmas outreach and last Friday, the event happened.
Before the gift giving, we were given the chance to preach the Gospel. It was a surprise that the place they prepared for us to preach was a small Catholic church. And with graven images as background for us, we preached sin, righteousness and judgment to come. Dennis explained that sin was the reason why we have a cursed world and that Christmas day happened because of God's plan to bring salvation to man. People of this community were directed to the sacrifice of Christ at the cross as the only acceptable solution to man's impending punishment and were made to know that the response God wants from us to the Gospel message is humility that drives us to repent of our sins and trust Jesus for our salvation. To view pictures of this outreach, click here: Namayan Island
We praise the Lord for the opportunity He gave us to deliver the life-saving message of the Gospel to so many people this Christmas season. We hope and pray that He'll give us more opportunities to do the same before this season ends.
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