August 29, 2014, Living Waters Asia held a Bible study session at its ministry office. That day was the start of a weekly gathering of people who would like to understand God's Word better. Christians who have had enough of churches that do more entertainment than teaching and those that realized that the church they were attending before are not really committed to exegetical Bible study were the people that gathered every Sunday in the LWA office. Soon, they were inviting other people to the Sunday event, including non-Christians. The gathering that started with a mere 14 people attending started to grow in number, now currently averaging 65 to 70 every Sunday. There were also people that have been won to Christ and have been baptized through this Sunday ministry.
Last August 30, we celebrated the one year anniversary of this Sunday group. There were a lot to thank the Lord for in the hearts of the members of the group. First was the salvation of those who have been won to Christ through the Bible study sessions, and second, for the growth of the Christians that faithfully joined us in carefully studying God's Word every week. And we're not stopping there. Training is currently being done for teenagers joining the group in biblical evangelism.
During the anniversary celebration, we also organized the group into a formal church congregation. As a congregation, we committed to a deeper study of God's Word and a deeper commitment to our Savior as reflected in holy living and in our involvement in evangelism. It is also the goal of the congregation that we secure the next generation of the families forming this church to Christianity by efficiently passing to our children whatever understanding God will allow us to have regarding His Word and the Gospel that talks about God's act of love to sinners so that salvation is possible.
When Living Waters Asia started 9 years ago, we never imagined that a church congregation will come out of it. What we just wanted was to do God's will in heeding the Great Commission. The birth of a church last August 30 is proof that our labor really is not in vain in the Lord. We praise God for that!
From August 18 to 20, the team of Living Waters Asia facilitated the retreat Notre Christi Academy of the Philippines (www.ncaponline.com) holds annually for its Grade 10 students to prepare them for decisions they'll have to make before senior high school kicks in. The theme of the retreat is "Reaching the Summit of Potentials".
In the retreat, the LWA team taught the students about God's wonderful design of man and how a person can fully realize the potentials the great Creator has given them. A talk was also given highlighting what would hinder them from maximizing their potentials. All of the 80+ students heard what the Bible has to say about the topic.
And because LWA understands what the most important issue is to any person, there was a lot of talk about the Gospel. Speakers from LWA took turns in explaining our true state in front of a just and holy God and how we can get right with Him. We are very happy that the students appreciated what we talked to them about as a number of them took time to thank the LWA team for everything we have shared to them during the 3-day retreat.
Please continue to pray for these students.
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