Every year, Living Waters Asia conducts a summer camp for a selected group of high school and college students. We did that again this year. The camp was held at Daily Bread Farm Resort at Bustos, Bulacan very recently (April 22-23).
Just like all the summer camps LWA has conducted in the past years, the event was free of charge. LWA even transported everyone to the venue without any fee. This was made possible by Christians who donate financially to LWA.
Just like any youth camp out there, there were lots of fun games and activities. Campers had the pleasurable experience of soaking in the swimming pools of the resort during the free time on the camp schedule for much needed relief from the scorching heat brought about by the summer season in the Philippines.
But of course, the main focus in any LWA event is the Gospel message. Dennis Mark Aglosolos, LWA managing director, made Gospel presentations in three Bible study sessions. LWA counselors also expounded further a person's need for Christ during the evening and morning devotional sessions. As a gift, LWA gave every attendee their own Filipino Bible so that they can further study what was explained to them in their respective homes. Please pray for everyone that attended this event. May God continue to talk to them even after the camp.
Thanks to everyone who prayed and gave financially for our summer evangelistic youth camp. May God continue to bless your very generous hearts.
Every year, on Holy Thursday all the way to the early morning of Good Friday, Filipinos in the thousands, probably even in the millions, make their way by foot to the famed Antipolo church that sits on a hill. They do this for several reasons. Most of them join this event to have their sins forgiven so that eventually they get their place in Heaven someday. Some come to Antipolo on Holy Thursday for the fun of it.
If you have a scenario like this, what does a Christian obedient to the Great Commission do? You got it! Be there and share the Gospel to as many people as possible. And that's exactly what Living Waters Asia did last April 17.
In partnership with Robert Clark and his family (they initiated this outreach) who are doing missionary work here in the Philippines and Emmanuel Baptist Church, the team stationed itself at the main gate of Baptist Bible Seminary and Institute. Right after the main road going to Antipolo Church was closed (about 15 kilometers long), people began to make their way to this famed church. Some carrying crosses. Some carrying graven images. Some barefoot. Some even carrying with them their children. The idea was that the more difficult they make the trek going to the church, the more sins are forgiven making them more deserving of Heaven when they die. Of course, this is not what the Bible tells us as the way to get to Heaven. Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly tells us that it is only by the grace of God that we are saved through faith, and not of ourselves because that is a gift from Him, not to be received through our good works which we may end up boasting about.
And that was the message we declared during the outreach. We shared the Gospel through thousands of tracts, conversations, as well as through the "Jesus" movie that Emmanuel Baptist Church showed in a large screen. Yes, the outreach was tiring. But this is something we understand we Christians must all engage in. Only God knows who took seriously the Gospel message that evening. Our only job was to share the message and that's what we did. The rest is up to God to finish.
Please pray for the people who have learned about the Gospel through this outreach.
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