As many of you know, every year, Living Waters Asia holds a special Christmas party for the residents of the provincial juvenile jail of Bulacan, Tanglaw Pag-asa (Ray of Hope), where we have been conducting a weekly Bible study for the last twelve years. We again held our Christmas party there last December 3.
The usual games, Christmas carol singing, special numbers from the residents and food were all present in the event. You could see the smiles in everybody's faces during the program. Even the social workers of the facility watched during the party. But of course, the highlight was the Christmas message. The director of LWA talked about the shepherds and the wise men, making the emphasis that God's offer of salvation is for everyone. The shepherds were seen insignificantly while the wise men were for sure esteemed highly from where they came from. The shepherds were poor people while the wise men, judging by the gifts they brought, were materially blessed. The shepherds, we can assume, were Jews, while the wise men were Gentiles. God showed that He wanted both to know the Savior because they have one thing in common... both had sinned against Him and badly needed salvation. And so, both were led to where the Savior was.
Sin is also the reason why the people of today also need to know the Savior. The message closed by the declaration of the Gospel which we hoped everyone in attendance in our event took seriously.
After the program, this young man in the picture talked to the LWA director. He shared how the weekly Bible study we conduct there has been a source of blessing to him. He said that through it, he came to know the Savior deeply and has helped him understand that God had a purpose for making him end up in the facility, and one of those is to lead others in the facility to Christ. He even learned to accept difficult circumstances he experiences there like when the freedom he was expecting to be granted to him a few months back was denied with very little explanation as to why. He learned to bring every difficulty to Christ because of the time we spend studying God's Word. He voiced his desire to someday study theology once he gets free from Tanglaw Pag-asa and serve God by sharing the Gospel to others.
Please continue to pray for everyone in this facility.
You all know that from October 22 to 26 Living Waters Asia was at the province of La Union with our yearly evangelistic mission trip which we call GOSPEL BUZZ. This is the 13th outreach of this kind that we have done in LWA's 12 years of existence. We've gone already from the northern to the southern part of the country for this outreach and we are so happy that God has allowed us to do this on a yearly basis.
For this year's BUZZ, we were able to have our presence felt in six towns of the province of La Union (Agoo, Bauang, San Fernando, San Juan, Bacnotan and Naguillian). We were out in the streets in the morning, then in the afternoon, and even in the night time. We were distributing Gospel tracts, conversing one-to-one, and preaching in the open-air. We made sure that every corner of an area we were at had someone from the team delivering the Gospel. By the morning of our 4th day, we've already given out all of our 20,000 Gospel tracts, leaving us confined to conversations of the Good News from that time on.
God was so gracious in allowing no interruptions and serious hurdles to our goal of heeding the Great Commission on this outreach. City officials willingly gave us permission to do open-air preaching events in market places. Securing permissions to open-air preach took only about five minutes in average. And the weather during our time in La Union was so favorable, not to hot and not too cold. But that's not the case anymore. As this news article is being written, the province is under typhoon signal #3, and news feeds show so much damage in the area.
Members of the LWA team is still in deep gratitude to the Lord for what He had done during GOSPEL BUZZ 2018. He has filled our hearts with joy for the doors He had opened for us there. Please continue to pray for everyone who received the Good News in this year's mission trip
We thank everyone who had prayed and financially supported this outreach. Let's do this again next year with GOSPEL BUZZ 2019!
Every year, Living Waters Asia, for more than a decade already, facilitates the annual retreat for the grade 10 students of Notre Christi Academy of the Philippines. That's exactly what we did last September 12-14. The LWA team had the chance to give godly guidance to the participants on how to focus on their studies in college, at the same time, deliver the Gospel message.
Early on that week, a super typhoon threatened to cancel the retreat. But God heard our prayers. For the days of the retreat, we only had drizzles of rain which did not really affect any of our activities. The typhoon was felt, the day after the retreat. Now that's what you call a "miracle from God".
The venue was at Grass Garden Resort at Plaridel, Bulacan. Here, speakers from LWA delivered topics on the greatness of God's creation of man, hindrances to glorifying the Creator, the value of the Bible to a person's life, and of course, the very Gospel message. These topics were delivered in between the usual fun activities that you expect from youth retreats, like games, food and lots of swimming.
We trust that by God's grace, we were able to deliver a clear message... that everyone is a sinner badly needing a Savior. Please continue to pray for the salvation of everyone that was a part of this evangelistic retreat.
You all know about the yearly evangelistic mission trip of Living Waters Asia, GOSPEL BUZZ. We have been to places in the last twelve editions of this outreach. Last year, we had such great time declaring the Good News at Aurora province. By the end of GOSPEL BUZZ 2017, we couldn't wait for GB2018 to happen.
Well, GOSPEL BUZZ 2018 is all set. Happening on October 22-26 of this year at the province of La Union. This province in the north is one of the most heavily Catholic populated area of the country. Decades ago, someone from this province became very popular after he claimed that the Virgin Mary was appearing to him. Filipinos started flocking La Union to see him. A few years later, a committee from the Catholic Church declared the apparitions false, and today, the person is a practicing homosexual. But this never deterred people from there in staying in their works-based religion.
This is the reason why it is high time for Gospel Buzz to be in La Union. Like in the past LWA outreaches of this sort, the Gospel will be declared from morning to evening through Gospel tracts, one-to-one and open-air preaching. An LWA team of about twenty members are set to do just this.
So, we need your help. Pray for us. And if God leads you to do so, support this outreach financially. Trips like this cost the ministry at least Php100,000 ($2,000) to cover for transportation and accommodation cost. You can arrange for your support by sending us an email at email@example.com, or, you can just transfer your donation via PayPal to this account: firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can glorify God in the salvation He provides in the eyes of the people of La Union.
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