Have you ever thought of yourself as a missionary, an evangelist? Always wanted to do something for the Kingdom but never had the opportunity?
This is a call to you as a woman to step out and do something bold, something so exciting that it will touch the depths of your soul — so memorable that you will talk about it in your old age. A time of drawing closer to the Lord and letting him pour forth from you in a new and exciting way. . . A time of tears and a time of joy.
1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
God has placed it on my heart to organize a Ministry trip to the Philippines sometime between October 2012 and February 2013. (Date to be announced later.)
I go to the Philippines quite often on vacation to visit family and I started thinking that since I am a teacher of the Word and a preacher I should volunteer to speak some place – maybe for an Aglow group or something.
At first it was just a thought of doing it someday — but as I went about my daily life it kept coming back to my mind. Each time a little more and it slowly began to grow over the last year into a vision and unfold before me.
After spending a month in February in the Philippines – I was really impressed by some things I saw in my adult children. They are involved in their church and every Saturday they cook and feed about 100 street kids. At Christmas and Easter it is about 200. Also, they carry small bags of rice in their car to give to street beggars. It really made me proud of them because I could see what they were doing was something important in the Kingdom of God.
After coming home, the Lord began to speak to me again and giving me impressions of me preaching. I even figured out that I could have my son’s fiancé interpret for me if needed because she speaks English so well. . . . . But I’m use to preaching to Christians about their walk in Christ and when I started putting myself behind the pulpit in Manila – I began to realize how futile it felt — how inadequate I felt. Their circumstances, their customs are so different than ours – where would I begin? And what would they get out of it?
I finally said to the Lord, “I can’t see going all the way over there and spending money to speak to people who already know you.” Then I began seeing the faces of the people who live in the streets and started thinking seriously about putting a team together.
“What in the world would I preach in a 3rd world country that would make a difference to them? ”
I asked my husband, “What do you preach to someone who lives in the street and has barely enough food to live on?” . . . . “I can preach in the church to the saved about their attitudes and what the Word says about their walk in the Lord but what do I say to the poor who live in the gutters? I don’t want to go and preach to the choir who won’t remember what I say almost as soon as I’m gone. I feel I’m supposed to preach to the street people . . . but what do I have to give to the poor?”
And he said, “Give them hope. Give them the message of Salvation and tell them that God takes care of His children and He does not lie. Give them the milk of the Gospel because anything more will be too much. Show them the love of Jesus Christ and He will lead them into all truth.”
Luke 14:12 Jesus was invited to the house of one of the rich rulers of the Pharisees 12Then He said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
I feel we are supposed to go to the streets of Manila and hand out flyers to invite the people to come and eat with us and hear the Good News. I think we are supposed to minister every day for a week. I see meetings held outside in a place like a parking lot with tables set up for food service. I see people with guitars and we’re preaching while people sit on the ground eating. I also see women ministering to children with flannel boards and crafts.
We are talking the poorest of the poor. Dirty, homeless, hungry.
There is a lot of planning to make this happen. We need workers, we need money to buy food and we need to coordinate the local churches to befriend these people after we’re gone.
I have contact with the church in Las Pinas that already feeds street children once a week but I feel this will be bigger — we will be so overrun with people that we need to be prepared. The logistics are overwhelming but God always has a plan and a solution. Planning is the key as we will need to check on permits from the city, kitchen service to cook, etc., tables, electricity etc.
The cost of airline tickets runs anywhere from $700 -1500 round trip depending on the time of year, etc. Housing is relatively cheap around $50-100 per night with 2 Queen Beds — but possibly we will be able to sleep in the church. Food is reasonable but if we are cooking every day that will not be a problem as we can use the money we would have spent on food for ourselves to cover the cost of the food for the needy.
One thing I would like to do is be able to have our church or maybe Aglow take payments in advance from ladies toward their airline tickets, etc. to make it easier for you to go.
We need “on fire” dedicated women who can cook, serve, teach children, hand out stuff, crowd control. PLEASE pray about this. Pray for direction, funds and the Lord’s leading.
If anyone would like to serve on this team of 10-20 women, let me know what you feel would be your calling for this adventure in Him. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord!
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its going down The Lord’s name is to be praised.
4 The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God, Who dwells on high,6 Who humbles Himself to behold
The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?
7 He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,
8 That He may seat him with princes— With the princes of His people.
9 He grants the barren woman a home, like a joyful mother of children.
Praise the Lord!