Grace & peace to you!
Our disciples have been rising up! For example, Ella participated in a Kairos mission trip to a rural province where they ministered to the Manobo people of Matigsalug!
Ella is in blue pants, bottom left
Eleven months ago, Ella was far from God. But because of your financial & prayer investments, she is now not only walking with Jesus, she is bringing others to him, & she’s learning how to win souls in an unreached people group, which is precisely one of the things we wanted to facilitate when we came here last year!
Also, three of our disciples have been faithfully ‘helping us’ (actually, we’ve been training them) 🙂 in our regular Tuesday “Values” classes at a nearby public school, during which we freely share about Jesus. Now they are teaching their own classes! So we have recruited more disciples to ‘help us’ in our class. Justine, for example, is only 16, yet she is very helpful & hard-working.
Justine goes to school after noon, so she can help us in our morning classes.
On 10/27, we, along with several of our friends, visited every classroom at that school, sharing the gospel for at least 10 minutes in each class, & giving each child the Book of Hope magazine. The eight classrooms Gina & I went to (all sixth grade) were very open to the message & happy to receive the BoH magazines. Every teacher cooperated with us, with at least one encouraging us to take much more than the scheduled 10 minutes! We did not sugar-coat our preaching. In each classroom, we first delivered the bad news–confronting sin & warning about God’s righteous judgment–so that they would fully appreciate the good news about this great salvation. (We only refrained from mentioning false religions by name) There were times when the kids were visibly gripped by fear during the bad news. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
The kids love their beautifully illustrated magazines:
Soon we are planning to invite some of the sixth graders who have visited our adult Bible studies at different times to have their own youth group Bible study with us. Please pray:
–That these kids will bring their friends.
–That many kids will repent & walk with the Lord Jesus.
–That God will provide for us a larger vehicle for transporting these kids as well as for our other ministries. (Our current car is much too small, & it needs multiple repairs)
About a week ago, we spent the entire day at a hospital with a cute little boy & his young mom–Prescy–who is a couple of months pregnant. During this pregnancy, she had gone from 110 to 95 pounds, rather than the other way around. On the day before the hospital visit, we took her groceries & made healthy smoothies for her with our blender (there are no kitchen gadgets at all–not even a fridge or running water–in their bleak, stuffy, badly decaying one-room apartment). We had hoped that she could handle those foods, but it didn’t work; she kept throwing up.
The medical care & prescriptions cost about $150, but obviously that’s a small price to pay to save her baby & to relieve Prescy’s constant, painful sickness. Please pray for her. She’s doing much better with those medicines, but when the prescription runs out we don’t want to have to go back for more.
Through it all, Prescy has been doing very well spiritually, maintaining her joy in the Lord. Like others we have helped, Prescy has never asked for anything except prayer.
Prescy is in pink, in the back row.
Another young mom, Richelle (who is in a white t-shirt holding a cushion in the above photo), recently wrote to us on Facebook:
“Kuya (older brother) John and Ate (ah-tay, older sister) Gina, I am really thankful that we have you in our lives. You guys are always there for each and everyone of us as always no matter what circumstances were going through in life. You guys never get tired of sharing your blessing to each and everyone of us and we are so thankful and grateful about it. Thank you so much ate Gina Edrozo Allcott and kuya John Allcott.”
This gratitude really helps make our labors worthwhile. You know, every time we give some chalk to the Gem Village kids, they write tributes to us on our driveway & sidewalk. We are blessed to be a blessing! And we know that you are a big part of anything we accomplish!
Thank you for praying about the wife whose husband threatened her. He has settled down, & there is more peace in their home…but he still needs to be born again.
I’ve been working some 60+ hour weeks lately; one was about 75 hours. Please pray that we would be able to set a schedule with a weekly day off (except for emergencies) & a sustainable number of hours. There are so many more things that we would love to do (including public preaching again!), yet we also need to get enough rest.
I mentioned last time that 100% of my $1200 monthly USPS early-retirement pension goes into the ministry. I should clarify: Gina’s & my expenses such as food, clothing, & rent are provided by the ministry. The point I was making was that we’re not putting anything into personal savings or financial investments. (In fact, we’ve withdrawn several thousand dollars from my small retirement account since we’ve been here) Please forgive me if you were misled by the statement last month. I want to be very careful to give you all an accurate picture of what is going on here.
We so appreciate your prayers, your financial support, & the encouraging replies to these emails that we sometimes get!
Please pray to the Lord of the harvest, that he would send out Filipino laborers into his harvest.