(report from Ratio Christi Philippines trip)
I can’t believe how quickly our days here are speeding by! We arrived safely on Thursday night, getting settled in by the lovely hour of 4 a.m. — although exhausted, we were more overcome with anticipation about the days ahead! On Friday, we did some errands to prepare for the week and we had a long ministry meeting and lunch with Dr. Lyons and Pastor Jun, during which we were all brimming with joy and gratefulness for God’s presence and power in and through the partnership that we’ve formed.
The Philippines, with over 1,000 inhabited islands, is home to over 100 million people. Metro Manila, home to 25 million souls, is the fifth most populated city in the world! We’re so honored to supplement the expansive and dynamic work of Megacity Ministries (which includes Community Baptist Church, Global Surge, and campuses of Baptist Bible College Asia). This Christian community here steadily ministers to 6,000 of the 5 million children under the age of 10 as well as to 150,000 young people, 2,000 of whom are presently Bible students. Because of the Filipino’s ability to assimilate to such a vast array of countries and cultures throughout Asia and the Middle East, they’re very effective for the cause of Christ; thus, it is such a joy for our team to be given the opportunity to equip and embolden these precious people!