Within the last month, Gina & I celebrated her birthday & our wedding anniversary. I can’t imagine trying to do this mission without her help.
Prescy (in pink stripes) very boldly interrupted a dance routine practice in the park & asked if she could share a message with them. They said yes!
Using the “public interview” method (AKA “the Good Person test”), we took turns sharing the Gospel wherever we could find a crowd as the city celebrated the Kadayawan Festival. Our goal is to do street preaching about 10 times per year from now on. Our disciples get fired up & full of faith each time we do it.
This is where I worked for a few days earlier this month. We were doing recordings of English & Cebuano sentences that might be used in a disaster setting. They will put hundreds of these sentences into hand-held devices that will help foreign emergency responders to communicate with locals. Every year, the Philippines encounters typhoons, earthquakes, mudslides, volcanoes, terrorism, & floods.
A recent pic of our high school ministry.
The nearby school is switching to a new schedule. We are now having two weekly high school meetings as a result, with potentially twice as many kids served per week. Please pray with us about this.
The last time Gina & I traveled for a vacation of more than one day, but not visiting family, was our honeymoon. So we took advantage of a “piso fare” (basically a flight in which you only pay taxes & fees), plus a bargain rate in a hotel, to spend a few days in tourist-attraction Boracay. But we didn’t just vacation; we did some work with missionaries who are reaching the Ati tribe that lives near the resort area. Pictured above, we are hanging out after church, where I was privileged to preach. My topic: Missions. The Ati Christians, like all Christ-followers, have a God-ordained potential & responsibility to be involved in missions.
We are excited about the mission focus God is putting in the hearts of our disciples. One young lady is even now searching for opportunities in Japan. Another is always looking for short-term mission opportunities to poor, mostly-unreached people groups on our island. Two of our teen friends say their goal is to become missionaries, & some others have told us they are willing to go out as missionaries if God calls them.
Speaking of missions, in early October, I’ll be speaking of missions, 🙂 teaching the Kairos course in the town of Tugbok. Please pray that God will send more laborers into his harvest as a result of these meetings.
Gina & I so appreciate those of you who give financially & those who lift us up in prayer!
If you would like to contribute to our efforts, please go to http://ripeforharvest.org/ & ensure your gift goes to “John Allcott/Davao City Outreach.”
Gina & I would love to connect with your fellowship group, Bible study, or church through Skype! We could talk about whatever you’d like: the Philippines, our mission, our personal testimonies, or to urge folks to prayerfully consider serving the Lord in another culture. I think it would be encouraging for your group–it would certainly encourage us–& it might inspire more prayer supporters & financial helpers for Davao City Outreach. And it would be a chance for us to “see” the US again for a while. The time factor should be easy enough to work out–your evening is our morning. 🙂