Rey Calusay (April 27, 2011)
On May 2, we scheduled to meet with all the our District Superintendents. I am praying that all the 21 Districts of the Assemblies of God in the Philippines will be represented. Among other things in the AGENDA will be how to support the “New Baby” (so to speak).. the new church.
Pray that we will be good parents of these new churchplants. As you may observe, the hard work of plowing, seeding, watering and then harvesting of our SOS Teams is giving birth to a church.. I can testify that this is always true for 27 years of SOS history.
But this new Baby needs steady nurture, faithful vigil, change diapers, love and lots of love. You have to invest time, talents and treasure. People, we have to spend money for this new baby!
SOS is just a midwife work. Parenting is next. The Pioneering pastors must be supported, for at least 2 years. Monitoring of the work, for success must be done. This is called responsible parenting.
Pray then that we will all contribute for the support of the new churchplant. Pray for our District planners, church leaders, vision keepers, young professionals, businessmen, youth.. even the children. They can all help and support. Pray for this meeting in MAY 2.
Reporting from Libacao, Aklan: the SOS Team is excited about the positive response of the town. FD Arnold Ambrosio reports there are 88 good contacts and 49 on-going Bible Studies.
Prayer Needs: for the Housing of the workers and facility for church meeting. And the most important of all.. They need Ilonggo and Tagalog Bibles. We will start accepting donations in kinds (bibles) and cash – about P25 for New Testament.
As Paul was prevented to go to Asia by the Holy Spirit, the Leadership of this team and district made a re-route to Concepcion, Tarlac… to yield and go fight another day.
SOS FDs are empowered to use their better judgment in cases like these and so it is in this, in the spirit of Romans 8:28 and James 5:15.
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. This is our Father’s world and our message is applicable anywhere. I will pray and will believe about the greater outcome of this team in Concepcion, Tarlac. Please join me praying for them.