(It says 11/12 up there, but I really wrote almost all of this on 11/25) 🙂
H a p p y T h a n k s g i v i n g !
We’re thankful for 27 months of fruitful ministry in Davao City!
And we’re thankful for your prayers & support!
For the first year & a half of our mission here, we had a tiny car & a 600 sq ft home. Gina & I devoted both of them fully to the Lord’s work. Now, by the grace of God, we have a bigger home–1525 sq ft–& a bigger vehicle–an SUV that seats 10 (but we regularly squeeze 15 or more in there)–& the Lord has ‘maxed them out,’ too. So we have been looking for a bigger place to live & to meet for worship. Our lease ends in early January.
We considered looking for a small apartment & a church building hopefully nearby, since we didn’t think we could find a home with a meeting place big enough for our growth, but look at this carport big enough for several dozen people. Plus there are a couple of places on this property where we could have kids’ ministry. Plus there’s an extra kitchen outside. Plus it’s generously furnished throughout. Plus, if we get this home, we’d have extra bedrooms to house a couple of families who now live in desperate situations. And living with them would greatly enhance discipleship. And this house is within 5 minutes of a grocery, a drug store, a wet market, a police station…& a McDonald’s. 🙂 And if we move there, we already have a married couple who are promising to come to our church (they live near this house).
There are lots of good things about this place. But it will cost more–an inevitable byproduct of growth. Now we’re paying P18,000 ($400) for rent. This place is P45,000 ($1000). (We’re trying to talk the owner down several thousand pesos.)
I think if we got a small apartment & a separate church building of this capacity, not only would it probably cost much more, but we would lose some intimacy with the congregation–they LOVE hanging around our home for hours every week. And we wouldn’t have those extra bedrooms.
Sandra & Leizel
Jevy & Jelian, with Gina (Julie Grace’s family lives above them)
These are two of the families whom we might invite to live with us if we get a home with extra bedrooms. There are many families to choose from who would love to live with us. We haven’t asked them yet, since it’s not a ‘done deal.’
There is one more friend who desperately needed a new home. I just learned today that this 16 year old has been suffering persecution ever since he began to follow Jesus months ago. His older, larger cousin whom he’s been living with has been daily punching him, mocking his faith, & blaspheming God…all the while demanding that our young friend return to Catholicism. On this past Sunday, I had encouraged our church that if anyone needs counseling or advice for anything, such as family matters, they could talk to me. That gave him the courage to approach me today. The young man doesn’t want to go live in his parents’ house, because they live too far away from us & from his new job. So he is staying with us now (as is Jeremy, who has lived with us for a year).
Please prayerfully consider helping us with our increasing expenses. Even if we don’t get this house—if someone gets it before we can raise the deposit money—it simply costs more to get a bigger place. To donate:
(Please specify John Allcott or Davao City Outreach)
Thank you so much for your prayers & for your gifts!
This sweet young lady was born with this facial condition. JulieAnn loves God, & she loves being in church (she goes to another church on Saturdays & ours on Sundays). We have been taking her to the hospital that Tim Tebow helped build here in Davao. If they approve her surgery, that will be free, but some tests & exams leading up to it are not. She is one of many people whom Davao City Outreach has helped with medical care (most of those cases involved emergencies which the Tebow hospital doesn’t deal with).
Another case pending at Tebow is Julie Grace’s. They have approved her free surgery, but they don’t yet have the equipment to operate on cleft palates. (It’s a fairly new hospital.) Julie Grace has been a part of our Gem Village squatter area outreach from its beginning–almost two years. She enjoys being with us for church & for meals, but because of her condition she almost never talks, since it affects her voice.
Please forward this blog to others who might be interested!
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.
Please pray that God will send more laborers into his harvest field.