September and October were busy and productive months. Praise the Lord for 1,852 precious souls professing faith in Jesus Christ! Of those saved, 617 were saved while preaching in public schools, and 695 were saved during our soul-winning marathon at a cemetery. Every year people spend two or three days round the clock at a cemetery in observance of All Saints’ Day. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel, as hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people are there with nothing to do.
Much of ministry in the Philippines is similar to that in the States. For example, during the months of September and October, we had a wedding, a funeral, and a Baby Dedication. But one of the exciting things about the Philippines is the opportunity to spread and teach the Gospel in public places. For example, we have two men who go to a large public school and teach the Bible from class to class from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday. They are quite hoarse and happy by the end of the day. They started teaching at the school on October 23 and had 28 teenagers visit our church the following Sunday.
We had quite a few folks in our church who had been baptized but had not officially joined the church, so I decided to have a “New Member Sunday.” I announced it ahead of time and was surprised at how excited our folks were. We had 37 people join the church. A teenage boy, whose family joined our church, came up to me and said, “Pastor, I’m so happy!” After the service we all stayed and ate together to welcome the new members.
Our church had a special celebration for Ester’s birthday. We were touched by the kind testimonies by several of our people of their love for her.