So here is the second video from our recent trip to Palawan. Just right click and Save-as here to download the HD version.
We flew in to visit Ray and Chris Pollock living among a group of Central Tagbanwa and Cuyunon peoples. After many years of teaching there is a young church established with several men beginning to teach and take leadership in the church. It was so exciting to see the first fruits of the work God has been doing there!
There remains, however, a great need for outreach, evangelism and discipleship locally and in the surrounding areas. We celebrate the new life of the many believers there but God has made it clear in His word that His heart isn’t simply to see to new believers but mature disciples. Please pray for the continued growth of the church there, for the Pollocks and Brooks families as they continue to teach and disciple and also for more labourers to come and help in bringing the Gospel to the Central Tagbanwa and Cuyunon peoples of Palawan.
During our time we had the opportunity to visit with Fredo, a Tagbanwa believer. Below is an excerpt from a story about Fredo from 2008.
Missionaries Danny and Philippa Brooks wrote, “One night about two weeks ago, Fredo came up to our house while it was dark and said that he had something to tell us. He said that the night before he hadn’t been able to sleep and he felt the Lord wanted him to read his Bible. So, in the middle of the night, he picked up the Word of God and read Acts 20:35. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Fredo explained that he knew the missionaries left their home and family to serve, and he wanted to thank them. After pointing out that the verse said he should give, he gave them a bag of mangoes from his tree.
He went on to say that he had met other New Tribes Missionaries. “I know that there are missionaries in Mindanao, Palawan, Manila, and maybe even Luzon,” he said. “Please thank them all for me.”
When we met Fredo he shared his testimnony with us of his life before trusting Christ and of the things God is doing now. He shared, "Right now, I want to serve Christ and in whatever the church needs I want to help. I know I don’t have alot but that is what God has given me right now so I will do what I can with that."
Fredo and his wife have 11 children and he works hard to provide for his family but there is also a need for teachers within the church. He is a pretty shy guy but despite that Fredo has decided to take on the challenge of trying to teach a lesson in front of the church.
As we got up to go Fredo thanked us for leaving our families and friends in the US and coming to the Philippines to serve. It was a very encouraging visit for us. It was humbling and thrilling to see God at work in the lives of these believers. To see them taking the Word of God and applying it to their lives.
Before we left Fredo’s wife brought us a bag of mangoes from their tree to say thank you. We can’t send you the mangos but we want to say thank you as well for your prayers and support in bringing the Gospel to the unreached that remain here in the Philippines. God is building His Church!
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