A few month ago, four families including my family went for an outreach in the Philippines .
God brought us to General Santos where we served in two churches by having a program that includes serving food, giving T-shirts and slippers to the children and played games, God’s word is also preached to them.
While there, our Pastor Marissa who liaised and connected us to the churches in General Santos offered an opportunity to serve in another Church.
The Lord opened for us the privilege to serve in another church in Davao del Norte called Faith Church, a Christian Church with around 50 members, sitting on a hill in Santo Thomas Mamacao Kapalong Davao del Norte whose only means of being reached is through a hanging bridge made of wooden planks (wherein some of the wooden planks are missing). Or the river under it during dry season it is passable by foot.The church is pastorred by Pastor John Antipala along with his wife Pastor Girlie who has been pastoring it for 2 years.
During our brief stay there, we were able to intearact with the people around the area, played games and hosted a program, served them snacks and distributed toys to the children.
We tried to show them God’s love even in the simplest and smallest ways like talking to them, playing games with the children (our children also participated).
We saw how they are happy and friendly inspite of the poverty they are in.
I am so touched and can't help but cry, first i am so thankful at how blessed I am, (we all are) having a comfortable life.
What struck me most is their lack of even the most basic of needs, that is water. The only place accessible to get drinking water for them is on the other side of the bridge.
it is when the Lord just impressed in my heart His love for this people and i can show them this love by helping them have water.
It is for this reason I in partnership with friends and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit have put up this donation campaign for these ministry.
THIS IS HOW PASTOR JOHN AND PASTOR GIRLIE STARTED IN THE MINISTRY:
LAST 2001 GOD CALLED THEM INTO MINISTRY AND IN PARTICULARLY IN A PIONEERING WORK. AS A PIONEERING PASTOR under the YAHWEH ALMIGHTY GOD MINISTRY at TRES MARTIRES, CAVITE. THEY MOVE TO BAGABAG NUEVA VISCAYA FOR ANOTHER PIONEERING ASSIGNMENT FROM 2001 - 2003. BUT THE MOTHER CHURCH CAN'T AFFORD TO SUPPORT THEM FINANCIALLY THEY WITHDRAW THE MINISTRY, BUT PTR KOHN and HIS WIFE CONTINUE THE WORK OF GOD WITHOUT ANY AID FROM THE GROUP AND LIVE BY FAITH, FULLY TRUSTING GOD FOR HIS SUSTAINING GRACE AND FAVOR. BECAUSE OF THAT THEY ARE ADOPTED UNDER THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE LIVING STREAMS MINISTRIES FOR COUPLE OF YEARS. STILL WITHOUT FINANCIAL SUPPORT. ALL THE HARDSHIP AND DIFFICULTIES THEY ENCOUNTERED IN THE MINISTRY, YET NOTHING CAN MOVED THEM TO CONTINUED THE WORK FOR THE FAITH IS ANCHOR IN JESUS ALONE. AFTER WHICH, THEY HAVE ANOTHER PIONEERING ASSIGNMENT. THEY WERE SENT TO PUERTO PRINCESA CITY FOR PIONEERING WORK HOSTING PRISON MINISTRY AT MUNTIBLE IWAHIG EXTENSION COLONY FROM 2007-2014 AND ALSO WAS BLESSED BY GOD FOR THEIR FIRST BORN CHILD, NATHANIEL JOHN. APRIL 2014 THE LORD CALLED THE COUPLE TO STO TOMAS, DAVAO DEL NORTE - (THE HOMELAND OF HIS WIFE). NO CHURCH AFFILIATION. WE SEEK GOD'S DIRECTION WHERE HE LEADS US and WHAT HIS PURPOSE OF CALLING MY FAMILY BACK TO OUR HOMELAND. UNTIL AUGUST 2016 THE DREAMS AND VISION HE SHOWED TO US COME TO REALITY. THE VISION IN THE DREAM IS A LONG HANGING BRIDGE- WHICH IS NOW THE LAND MARK OF MAMACAO, KAPALONG DAVAO DEL NORTE. WE DON'T KNOW THAT PLACE, BUT ONE DAY A PASTOR INVITES US TO COME WITH HIM TO VISIT A TRIBAL PEOPLE (Aetas, and Manobo tribes). AS THEY REACHED THE PLACE WHAT GOD SHOWED IN A VISION THROUGH DREAMS NOW IT IS IN THE FRONT OF THEIR EYES. PASTOR JOHN AND HIS WIFE WHERE SHE WAS SHOCKED AT WHAT THEY SAW - THE REALITY OF THEIR DREAM IS NOW REVEALED. GLORY TO GOD.
PASTOR JOHN and HIS WIFE BELIEVED THEY ARE IN THE RIGHT TRACK OF GOD'S WILL. THUS, THE PIONEERING WORKS IN MAMACAO GOT STARTED UNTIL NOW. THEY BUILD A TEMPORARY CHURCH FROM LIGHT MATERIALS.