I was blessed to be one of the instructors at last month’s Kairos missions training in the town of Tugbok. Two of our members (Prescy & Bee) were there as students–they paid their own tuition–& Davao City Outreach (DCO) sponsored two men from another local church.
Bee prepares to lead the class in prayer.
I’m speaking of the role of prayer for unreached people groups.
Back in Davao…
Every preacher loves it when he sees signs that folks actually want to hear what he has to say. We have folks who come to two or even three of our four weekly meetings, even though they know that occasionally I will have the same message for all four services. Last Sunday, I was blessed to see some of the teens who usually come on Fridays. I preached on Jesus’ second coming. Afterward, I mentioned to them that I was going to share the same sermon in the next high school meeting, & I asked if they still wanted to come to that. They enthusiastically said yes.
If only I had been that interested in God’s kingdom at that age!
DCO frequently helps people with medical expenses. Last month, a member of our church had complications with her pregnancy that lasted until the C-section birth a few weeks ago. She & her husband were both laid off from the company they had been working for, so their savings were wiped out. Thankfully he has a job now, but mom will be recovering for weeks. They have promised to repay the P45,351 (about $1000) we paid to the hospital, but it would probably take them a year, or years. Most of the medical expenses DCO helps people with aren’t that high, so we usually don’t mention them here.
This vehicle (called a jeepney) is what we rent for our Gem Village friends’ ride to church every Sunday morning. It seats 25. Driver + vehicle, round trip, P500 (about $11.15). And the driver always joins us in church.
Christine is in the blue t-shirt, center.
Christine, 13, has some words for DCO’s sponsors & for our church, Davao Bible Fellowship (translated):
“Thank you for the gifts we all received. We are so very thankful for them because you gave although you don’t know us. And we are so very blessed because of God and Davao Bible Fellowship, especially for those who read this letter. Keep spreading your blessings and love to others. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much! And GOD BLESS!”
More thanks from a single mom & her teen daughter, Jevy & Jelian:
We are thankful to our beloved God and everything that has happened in our lives…We thank you so much because you have helped us a lot especially for Jelian. We thank you for sharing us the word of God. Our words is not enough to say Thank you. You really have a good heart and we believe that God sent you to us, to help and love us. Thank you, thank you , thank you!! We love you and God Bless!!!
Jeremy & Justine both brought visitors when we celebrated their birthdays.
When Matthew left his tax collecting & began to follow Jesus, the first thing he did was throw a party. He invited all of his ‘sinner’ friends…& Jesus. It offended the Pharisees that Jesus went to a party with ‘sinners,’ but it was a great opportunity for them to find “the way, the truth, & the life.” So that’s how we like to use parties. Every time one of our members has a birthday, we incorporate the natal celebration into the meal we all share before or after church. So the celebrant can invite friends & loved ones who normally don’t go to church to their party. We have had many visitors this way.
I wrote “before or after church” because we do it differently for different services, according to the needs of each group. You know, some charities have a rule such as “If you want to eat, you must listen to the message.” We have never had that rule, but almost nobody eats without listening to the message. They are hungry for both kinds of food.
“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
— Jesus, quoted in Matthew 4:4
In the US, according to USDA, groceries for a family of four for one month–about 120 meals—typically costs between $568 & $1293. We supply 500 to 600 meals in our home during the course of a month for $700 to $800. Gina & I work hard to ensure your gifts are used wisely.
The Good Samaritan
We are so grateful that several of you consider DCO to be worthy of investing in. You are Good Samaritans. The people we’re serving are like the wounded man on the side of the road in that story. Gina & I are the innkeepers. As the Samaritan paid the innkeeper to care for the one beaten up by life, so you are financially helping us to care & to serve.
Every time I check if we have any money in our Ripe For Harvest account, I see the names of our generous financial supporters, & I continue to be amazed at your expressions of sacrificial love. Gina & I thank God for you!
While there is no place I can see a list of the names of our prayer supporters, God does know who you are. You are a huge part of the work here! Thank you!
Please pray that God will send more laborers into his harvest as a result of the Kairos classes.
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.