“Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”
(I Corinthians 4:1-2)
SOUL-WINNING CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
This verse fits just right with what the Lord has been doing in our ministry. As our country held the national election, we saw how devoted the politicians were in their campaigns. Their impulse to win urged them to reach into even the most remote places. Their desire and dedication challenged us to do the same so we can win more souls for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The municipality of Burauen has 77 barangays. This summer, I challenged our church to be like the politicians. If they can campaign and reach these places, we should also do the same in our campaigning for the Lord. As ambassadors of Christ, it is our utmost duty to spread the Gospel, even to the far-flung areas.
I wish I had enough space to write down every story of each person I have baptized. Allow me to share one. We have a newly baptized couple, Angelo and Kristine Joy Agustin. They have two kids. Two years ago, their nine-year-old, bedridden daughter passed away. As I did the funeral service, I told the husband that what had happened to their daughter might not seem right at the moment, but I knew God was preparing something better for him and his family. Now, Angelo and Joy, together with their other child, are faithfully serving the Lord. Lemuel Cordero, Eddie, Nikka, and Star Dawatan are also new members. Maybe in our next prayer letter, I will share their stories with you.
MISSIONARIES WE SUPPORT
As a missionary myself and now pastoring my own church, it is my duty to fulfill the Great Commission by supporting other missionaries as well. Last May, one of the missionaries we support, Pastor Aries Vera Cruz, along with his wife and son, came to visit and gave us an update of their ministry. They mentioned that sharing the Gospel in their field is not an easy task. I am just blessed and grateful that we can freely share the Gospel here in the Philippines.
Please continue to pray for us. We praise God that things are slowly getting back to normal. Protocols have loosened up a bit. The kids will soon have their face-to-face classes. Our eldest Sofia recently turned 15 and will be in 10th grade. Hadassah, who is now 10, will be a 5th grader. Our little Amelie just turned one, and she’s keeping us up on our toes.
Thank you so much for your faithfulness! If you want to get an update on what is going on in our church, you may check out our Facebook account: GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH BURAUEN LEYTE.
The Javier Family
Missionaries in the Philippines