I’m OK now–my only remaining symptoms are persistent weakness & an occasional headache–but I was hospitalized with dengue for 50 hours. My symptoms then included fever, very low blood platelet count, headache, body aches, swelling of feet & stomach, skin rashes, loss of appetite, & vomiting. My doctor was amazed how quickly I responded to treatment. I told her I think having over 100 folks praying for me helped.
Dengue is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito.
Toward the end of my hospitalization, I was well enough to receive visitors. But I wasn’t allowed to eat the snacks they brought!
Our new church services are going well. Here we are celebrating Davao Bible Fellowship’s dads on Fathers’ Day:
We have a couple of healing miracles to report. First, Daniel, the handsome little boy pictured above, had dislocated his shoulder & was in pain for two days. His parents had no money for medical care, & they were too embarrassed to receive help from us. Finally I persuaded them to accept some money. We decided to meet at a mall to hand them the cash. But as soon as Daniel saw Gina & me, he immediately was noticeably better (no more arm hanging limp, no more pouting). His baffled parents pointed out the change to us. I told Daniel to give me a “high-five.” Amazingly, he did it enthusiastically, with no pain! So we used some of the cash to buy Daniel’s family a nice lunch at the mall, celebrating God’s grace. Daniel has been good-as-new ever since.
Also pictured above, in burgundy, is Richelle. She had been having severe back pain, & she asked for prayer at a church service. After we prayed for her, I felt like God had done something very good. I told her to test her back–to try to make it hurt. I said either she’s healed or she’s not. She tried to make it hurt…but she couldn’t! None of the things that would have previously caused pain did so. She has been pain-free for weeks now.
Bee is crazy about shrimp! So for her birthday, Gina put the candles in this dish instead of in the cake. 🙂
Now, for a personal testimony. In the words of our dear friend Bee, whom we have known & loved since December 2013:
There was that moment in my life when I asked myself if what I’m doing today is getting me closer to where I want to be tomorrow. There was no way I was born to just pay bills and die…I don’t want to live a wasted kind of life most people are walking into…The gracious Lord let me meet Him right where I was, in my brokenness, boredom,in my hopelessness and failures, in fear and in doubt. Right where I was, He met me. The Bible says, call upon the name of the Lord and be saved… So what happened was- well, as i can vividly remember, i was facing my computer that time, not knowing what to do, got bored watching videos, I logged in to facebook, saw some christian pages and I was not so sure what’s gotten into me but I ended up sending them a message concerning my interest… oh, so i got a reply,huh,,,thank you so much, i honestly never thought I would have,,,really thank you…So that’s how I start and I never expected what a blessing they have been to me most specially to my friends. GOD REIGNS and the SON SHINES through the life of Mr. and Mrs. Allcott. I am humbled to have met great warriors of the Almighty.The thought that they have replied to a stranger like me is one thing to be thankful for…I did it so randomly, not totally expecting I could get a serious reply. I did not bother to care about the details of the pages where I sent it…Kuya (older brother) invited us to church and the rest followed. We started going to their place, they feed us, teach us.
They are one of those people I have treasured and will surely continue to treasure. They made such great impacts on the lives of their disciples. They have continually blessed a lot of people not just by their words but their actions. There’s a great gain you can find when you say: make me a blessing rather than just bless me.
Bee lives by those words. She is a huge blessing to us, bearing fruit & serving in many capacities.
Our Gem Village friends with some new treasures
We have some generous friends in the US who wanted to bless our friends who live in the local squatter area of Gem Village. The Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona raised $500 & asked us to spend it on whatever our friends need. We’ve spent about half of the money, & some much-needed things like stove burners & mats for the kids to sleep on were provided. Next month we’ll have more photos of the items in our friends’ homes, being used.
If you would like to contribute financially to our efforts, please go to http://ripeforharvest.org/ & ensure your gift goes to “Davao City Outreach.”
When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
— from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 9