“Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The Philippines started an enhanced community quarantine from March 30 until the end of April. Our household has one pass, allowing only one adult to leave at a time and only for shopping for essentials or an emergency event. I’ve never seen our island like this; 85% of businesses are closed, and millions of Filipinos are in great need of basic essentials such as food. The Philippines is a hand-to-mouth culture, relying on daily and weekly wages to get them by. By God’s grace we have now provided rice for over 10,000 people. Many of these families live just across the street from our church. When we approached our local government official, he was very grateful and said we were the first to offer help. These are heartbreaking days; but we are comforted to know that our Saviour is with us, and He suffered more than we could ever comprehend or even experience. How blessed to know our Saviour Jesus Christ! We are sharing the Gospel strategically, as social distancing is a major hindrance. Each bag of rice we give away includes a Gospel tract. We are also seeing some first-time visitors in our small, house-church gatherings.
This year for Resurrection Sunday in quarantine, we had six men from our church preach online. All were posted throughout the day on our Harvest Baptist Church public Facebook page, with a good response from many. We preached from the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane all the way through to His Ascension.
After Resurrection Sunday, we began going into the homes of as many families as we could for house church. We’ve had 6 laymen and preachers going to 4 houses each throughout the day. We wear our masks and observe social distancing by not entering the house and staying one or more meters away from the group. Thankfully, the Word of God is not limited by a virus, and 9 people have trusted Christ as Saviour in our Bible studies. Thank you for praying for us. We are praying for you all.
We are encouraged by recalling how God took care of His church here in Silay back in 2016 and throughout our son’s two-year cancer battle. Then, just as now, we had little control over the situation and were in many ways helpless to do anything about it other than to do precisely what God would have His children do in such situations: be still, pray, and trust Him. He often does His greatest work when we are rendered incapable of doing anything. How exciting to contemplate all that He is at this very moment accomplishing in the body of Christ here, in America, and all around the world. We must keep our eyes on Him.