Sunday, August 19, 2012

Be not weary in well doing...

I smiled as the students filed in the church for another amazing night of Week of Prayer. They had just returned from outreach. I should specify that this was not just any outreach, but it was literature evangelism (selling books door to door). 

"How many books did you sell today?" I asked one of the girls when she went by. "Only one," she said quietly, "today very few were interested."

  •  Sometimes the going (the witnessing) is tough.
  •  Sometimes the people aren't interested.
  •  Sometimes it rains (and rains hard!).
  •  Sometimes it's exceedingly hot.
 And yet the students are going out day after day, searching, seeking for those who are interested in God's great message of truth.*

As I sought to encourage the students to keep trying and to persevere, the verse my brother and I had learned at AFCOE last year came to my mind.

"And let us not grow weary in well-doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not." Galatians 6:9.

How encouraging is the promise that though it's tough sometimes as we witness for Christ, yet He promises that we will reap if we don't faint!

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

* Now, of course, the students have sold a good number of books in their time of outreach! But of course, some days are better than others!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

PAFCOE has begun again!

(This post was written earlier this week, but due to the busyness of life, didn't get posted until now.)

Praise God for His blessings and leading in the guidance and direction of the second session of PAFCOE!  :-)

We arrived safely here in Iloilo near the end of July and have been very busy preparing for the second session  of PAFCOE. 

And now, today, (Sunday, August 9) I sit in the classroom of PAFCOE and listen to the orientation of Dad to the new students who have come from all over the Philippines and one from Indonesia. Most of them come from other places other than Iloilo, but all are excited to learn how to become better soul-winners! We have around 25 students and they are such a nice group!

Classes have begun this week and so has the week of prayer. The latter sets the tone for the students to keep their spiritual experience alive and growing while studying how to be effective workers for the Lord.

The students went out to sell books yesterday and today and definitely had some divine appointments! They also sold some books, of course! All of them are excited to be involved in God's work!

We are looking forward to seeing what God will do with this second session of PAFCOE!

Thank you for your prayers! :)