Doing Everything for The Glory of God

From time to time I am thinking about how much our life had changed since we got married and started a family. Our hope and dream to be in the front line was sidetracked and put on hold.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, I love my daughter, indeed she brings joy and blessings to our lives and another blessing is coming, 11 weeks from now I’ll be giving birth to our second child. But sometimes I thought of just how much of my time is spent in our house. We rarely go out anymore. I envied those women who are doing full-time in the ministry especially those missionaries. I stopped teaching in the Sunday School since I gave birth. I couldn’t even stay long in the church every Sunday to listen to the preaching because my daughter sometimes is noisy and I need to bring her out.
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Soon, I’ll be taking care of a toddler and a baby, couldn’t help but think….. can I ever go back to the ministry. I used to feel fulfilled when I did some ministries.

I am thanking the Father for reminding me of this verse, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

Being a wife to my husband and mother to my children are major part of my ministry. Whether I am at home taking care of my family, doing household chores, changing diaper, breastfeeding, bringing my daughter to the park, etc, etc… or sharing the gospel, it should be done with joy and grateful spirit.

I should do everything for the glory of God.

Father, you have a purpose for everything, thank you for the family you have given me. Thank you for giving me a loving husband, a lovely daughter and letting me pregnant again. Instead of thinking about the past, may You give me the grace to embrace completely the life I have now. Help me to minister to my family for your glory. Amen!

My thankful list for this week….. I am thankful for the following:

#73 opportunity to share the gospel again

#74 the pizza I made and the bread that my husband made

#75 reminding me not to forget the keys everytime I go out

#76 the public transportation, it’s convenient to commute, with the subways and buses

#77 thankful that a friend working in the middle east was given a free airplane ticket so she could visit her family back home on July

#78 for the good weather, I can go out for a walk and my daughter can play also outside

#79 the seven stars we saw in the sky the other night, rarely you see them here because of the pollution

#80 bread machine my husband bought

#81 a husband who’s helping me at home, he’s cooking and washing dishes

#82 that the result of my tests are all great

#83 a healthy baby in the womb

#84 for a sister who is celebrating her birthday today

This post This post has been submitted to this week’s Gratitude post with Ann Voskamp and to Thankful Thursday with Iris.

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Here I am

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Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

Isaiah 6:8

Father, I sometimes haven’t noticed that I am again trying to run my life, you know carrying my burdens without passing to you. Worrying too much where in fact there’s no need to worry at all. Planning on my own without even asking you. I sometimes force what I want and try to influence you in following me.

And yes by doing that I am struggling and losing my joy and peace. Ah, when can I learn? Why can’t i just accept that my life is better when I let you run it, that you know the way better and that i will reach my destination successfully and safely if I will you let you lead.

So again Lord, today I will let you take the lead. My life is yours, I am yours, do what you please and I hope I like what you choose or do for me but if ever i don’t, give me the willingness to accept it with joy, that your will may be done in my life.

Amen!

 Linking up with Internet Cafe Devotions for Word-Filled Wednesday and My Daily Walk with His Grace for Winsome Wednesday.

Pray for Macau

Ruins of Saint Paul Church

Macau was colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century and the first European settlement in the Far East. It is also the first and last European colony in China. In 1999 it was turned over to China and was became one of the Special Administrative Regions (SAR) the other one is Hong Kong. Under China’s “one country, two systems” formula Macau would enjoy autonomy with China’s socialist economic system except with foreign and defense affairs.

The Venetian

Macau’s economy is based largely on tourism and gambling. Since the turnover of Macau to China there has been an increase of visitors from Mainland China. According to World Fact book in 2008 Macau’s visitors reached up to more than 30 million, almost 60% came from Mainland China.

Both Cantonese and Portuguese are the official languages; other languages such as Mandarin, English Hokkien, and Tagalog are also spoken by some residents. As of 2009 Macau’s population is 560,000.

Major Religions are Buddhism 14.4%, Christianity 9.4% ( 62.6% are Roman Catholics, 1.7% are evangelicals, the rest are Anglicans, etc.) Ethnic Religion 25%, Islam 0.2%, Non-Religious 48.8%, Other 2.2%. Ninety three percent of the total population is considered as Unreached. Joshua Project website defines “unreached’ as the people group among which there is no indigenous community of believing Christians with adequate numbers and resources to evangelize this people group.

PRAY FOR MACAU

· Pray that the Lord will grant favor for the missions agencies that are targeting Macau.

· Ask the Holy Spirits to soften the hearts of the people especially the unreached towards the Gospel message

· Pray for those Christians who are ministering to these people.

· Ask the Lord to raise-up strong local churches.

Sources: Joshua Project

World Fact Book

My Trip to Agusan Manobo Tribe

My first mission exposure trip was truly a learning experience for me. God taught and made me realized so many things.We stayed in Rosario Agusan Del Sur from Feb. 18 to 19 where we have our workshop on Exploring Culture. I give Glory to God for giving us a host who served us selflessly, headed by Ptr. Dondon from Foursquare Gospel Church.

 

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We traveled from Butuan City to Rosario, Agusan Del Sur for almost 4 hours, we arrived at Four Square Gospel Church at lunch. Everyone was hungry. Thank God for the food that was served to us. One of which was the snake with black beans “sarap.” It was an initiation for all of us. I wasn’t sure if all of us tasted it but I was really disappointed for not eating because it was my fasting schedule that day.

The following day, we started our workshop on Exploring Culture headed by Ma’am Lilet and Ma’am Ghie from TMFI

Our goal for the workshop was to enhance our learning and experience on culture and contextualization prior to our local exposure trip to Manobo Tribal Group. Pastors from Four Square Gospel Church also joined us.

The workshop opened my eyes especially with my being ethnocentric, it means looking or doing things the way they are seen or done back home (according to the missionary’s culture not the culture of your target people) It’s only through God’s grace that I did not bring my culture, compare and judge their culture based on mine. I was struck by this statement “as a cross-cultural workers, we are to present Christ regardless of cultural identity-no color, no ethnic heritage and no cultural distinction except the holiness and righteousness of God”

We have more activities that I really enjoyed. I appreciated much the adult way of teaching which our facilitators used.

During our last day They told us to summarize what we have learned in a song our group came up with this in the tune of Leron Leron Sinta.

Sa aming pagyapak sa Airport ng Butuan
Sobrang init ng araw pati ang pagtanggap
Kami ay namanha ibang iba pala
Ang kultura nila sa Maynila
From Butuan to Agusan ang haba ng biyahe
Joke joke kuya Oli kaya huli ng Pulis
Pagdating sa Rosario pag-kain ay sawa
Marami pang prutas, ang saya saya
Ate Lilet and Ghie, sila aming teachers
Puso’y naantig sa kanilang worshop
Ang bawat kultura ay dapat igalang

Indigenous people ay dapat i-reach out

Pag-ibig ni Hesus ay para sa lahat

Di lang sa mga Hudyo pati sa mga tribo
Wag nang mag-alinlangan itaas na si Kristo
Halina’t mag-mission doon sa Manobo
The night before we left, the group soaked in prayer, did spiritual cleansing, we wrote our worries placed in the envelope, sealed it and exchanged it with someone and prayed for it.
While having my QT that night, I once again asked the Lord this “Lord what do you want me to do in Sabang Gibong, how will I share your word. What I received from Him is this, eat what they eat, drink what they drink, just share my love for these people.” God did not specifically mention how. I only realized after the trip that all God wanted me to do was to be a learner because oftentimes when we go out in the mission field we usually thought of the things, like, what will I teach? what will I share? But all He wants is for me to learn.

We hired a truck to transfer us to the place where we got our transportation going to Sabang Gibong.
I still had no clue of what will be the place looked like, my knowledge of the place was based on hearsay from the first group who went there. All I know was the water is not clean and for our entire stay there, we will not take a bath.
We arrived at Sabang Gibong after 3 hours of travel by boat, I was amazed of the place, it was my first time to see houses floating. We are surrounded with water, we could not see any land, it seemed like we were in the time of Noah.

 

The place was a “wow” for me, I haven’t seen any place like this in my entire life. My mind wasn’t working, I can’t really imagine how we will share the gospel, because the first group did an evangelistic crusade but I was thinking how can we have a crusade with this kind of environment.
The Holy Spirit guided us, we were divided into eight groups. Eight families were picked up to be our host. We did what the Holy Spirit instructed us to do. We lived with them, did what they did, ate what they ate, drank what they drank.

We washed the dishes, where we washed our clothes, that’s also where we bathed, threw our garbage, and that’s also where we “pooh” and “pee.”

 

What I missed most is the ginataang kuhol(snail with coconut milk)  and adobong kuhol(snail with soy sauce and vinegar), and Langlang the youngest daughter of Nanay Rose. She’s very sweet.

 

We were assigned with Nanay Rose, every night we had a bible study with the family. Praise God for they were receptive with the Word of God. Manobo Tribe people group has an Animist Catholic belief. It was during our first night of bible study that we led them to Christ, during our second night, Nanay Rose asked about “What is Born Again,”

 

Other than doing a bible study every night, our group had devotional every morning. We also assigned to do the household chores, cooking, washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen.

February 22, we had the first Sunday worship, the preacher must be from our group, just like what the apostles did in

Acts we cast a lots, Tita Virgie was chosen.
The group presented a mime after the praise and worship. It was indeed a powerful Sunday worship. God moved in the mighty way.
Even the kids accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, I remember during my time I was also at their age when the first missionaries went in our Town. Looking at the kids while they were praying, I had faith in my heart that with this group God will raise His mighty armies to be used by Him in the end times.

I was crying while we were having a praise and worship in Cebuano dialect. It was indeed one of my intimate moments with God. He was reminding me of His will. It pleases Him when every tribe, every tongue every nation bow down before Jesus and worship him. And that what we are doing is just an enforcement of His will. And this is the cry of my heart, seeing every tongue, tribe and nation worshipping Jesus, which He deserves most.

We also had a bible study with the group of women. They named the group SAGIWA (Sabang Gibong Women’s Association). They were more active than men. After their meeting with Bro Cris from TMFI regarding the fish nets, we shared with them the love of Christ and we led them to acceptance prayer. There was something that I struggling with, how to share the word of God using their language because some of them can not understand Tagalog, I asked for an interpreter.

We were not able to give the fish net during our stay because we did not raise the complete funds. We even learned when we arrived that there are 70 plus families instead of 56 families. The TMFI worker needed to talk to them first, and explain the real situation.
One of the workers from TMFI got back last week to deliver the fish net to them. I remember what Ma’am Lilet told us when they visited one of the tribes in Mindanao, one local told them this “how can we hear about your Jesus if the first thing that we hear is the sound of our stomach” The purpose of the trip was not only to share the gospel and to study their culture but also to give them a sustainable source of income. Thank you for partnering with us. We may not deliver the fish nets on time but we believed God has a purpose.

We did our debriefing the day when we got back to Rosario (Foursquare Gospel Church), I remember one of us said this “God did not want to highlight the fish net, but He wanted first the Manobo Tribe to know their great Provider and I believed that was His purpose why we did not able to give the fish net on our target date.

The Foursquare Gospel Church will be doing church planting in that place. As what they have shared us, we are also one of the answers to their desires and prayers to reach this people group. I praise and give glory to God for He raised people who have a burden for the unreached.

We have been open to the community, even our observations regarding their culture, our dreams for the community we let them read those. We did not want to hide anything but we refrained of comparing their culture with the culture here in Manila. We did not treat them as “kawawa”

 

When we left the place most of the families that we stayed with especially the mothers were crying. They even told us to go back. We know that we impacted their lives through the relationship that we showed them. God touched their lives through us. We were able to communicate God’s love to this people the way He wanted us to do. To Him be all the Glory

I’ve learned so much from this trip, it just reminded me once again of the things that I need to do in the field. God constantly reminding me to leave all the cultural baggages that I have. I can not bring the culture that I have in terms of preaching, teaching, doing the praise and worship, etc. I will let them serve, worship God, etc the way they are culturally gifted. It made me also realized how important it is to know the language of the people group you are ministering.The language, the food, the place were a challenge for us, but God reminded me personally, what I had, is just  preparation for the great task that He wants us to accomplish for His glory.

There was one thing that I hold on to when I went to Manobo Tribe, His promise in Isaiah 43:2 When I pass through the waters I will be with you, and when I pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over me. When I walk through the fire I will not be burned, the fire will not set me ablaze. And I know as we go to the place where God gave us as an inheritance. Surely, He will be with us always.

Once again thank you so much for partnering with us. God will surely reward you. In fact the souls that came to Christ are your rewards. They may not know your faces but I can only imagine when the time will come that we have reunion in heaven, someone might shake with your hands and say thank you for your generosity, Our Lord told us of your part in my salvation.

Romans 10:14-15 ” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY AND HONOR FOREVER AND EVER.
© The Emissary’s Feet

I AM INVITING YOU TO BE ONE OF MY PARTNERS

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!


This coming February 14 to 25, 2009, I will be heading for the province of SABANG GIBONG, TALACOGON in Agusan Del Sur for a 2-week local mission exposure trip with the Manobo Tribes, which is a part of my 6-month Missionary Training Program (MTP) with the Asian Center for Missions (ACM) – National Capital Region.


For this trip our group needs to raised P70,336 (1,465.33 US dollar) for the FISH NET PROJECT to be given to 56 families living in Sabang Gibong for them to have a sustainable source of living.


Also, the purpose of the 2-week local exposure trip is to do my field research work and to observe and assist the ministry of those missionary assigned on the said mission field. Also, this is one of the requirements to finish the MTP Course.



In line with this, I am giving you the opportunity to prayerfully consider being my partner, by contributing towards the completion of the P70,336 (1,465.33 US Dollar) Receiving your response on or before Febuary 1, 2009 will be very much appreciated.


I pray that, in your generosity, God will touch you to see the significance of this cause.


Any amount will be much appreciated. In case you want to issue check, please make it payable to Asian Center for Missions (ACM), all contributions in cash will be receipted.

Thank you and God bless you!



Thank God for the Month of September:)

I missed my daybook, thank you you Miss Jocelyn for that sweet message. I am really touch for your sweetness

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It’s the last day of September today, I just wanna thank God for helping me finish the things that i need to accomplish for this month.

I was able to get my CENOMAR from National Statistic Office and have it authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs. I started my Mission Training Program at ACM 3rd week of September. I was able to exhort in my 4:30 service workers family, that would be the last I guess.

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Our President declared tomorrow as holiday in celebration of Eid’l Fitr. According to Wikepidia Eid ul-Fitr or Id-Ul-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر ‘Īdu l-Fiṭr), often abbreviated to Eid, is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “to break the fast” (and can also mean “nature”, from the word “fitrah”) and so symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period.

Last Sunday, we have a guest speaker in our church, a Muslim Born-again Pastor, a former MILF rebel, drug user, drug pusher and a devout Islam. He was converted while in the hospital. A doctor from Gideon International shared the love of Christ using the Koran and the Bible. After his conversion, his family disowned him and his grandfather even tried to kill him. Right now he is faithfully carrying out his mandate from God.

It has been the strategy of our missionaries in the Muslim countries to share the Word of God using the Koran.

Let’s continue to pray for our Muslim brothers. Christ died not only for us, but even for these people. Tomorrow is Eid ul Fitr, may we remember them in our prayers.

MY MISSION TRAINING STARTED/PRAYER REQUESTS

My mission training program classes started yesterday from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at Asian Center for Mission (ACM). I am excited for this, i took this training in preparation for my exodus from the Philippines to China:). You may want to support our ministry in China where I’ll be serving, please contact ACM, (I’m just kidding) (lol).

To my friends here in blogsphere, especially to those who are in my blog list, much that I want to read your articles regularly, I think I can no longer do that because of my limited time. But as long as my schedule permits me, i will do so.

I covet your prayers for China .

  • Ask the Lord of the harvest to send more laborers.
  • Pray that God will reveal himself to the Chinese through dreams and visions.
  • Pray that God will raise up leaders who are committed to disciple especially the new converts.
  • Pray that God will give the believers boldness to share Christ with their people.
  • Pray for the young adult and the youth Christians, who are in the Universties that God will give them the wisdom, the fire and the boldness to share the gospel inside the Universities.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to workers, missionaries, that are targeting the chinese people.
  • Include “Albert” in your prayers who just started the ministry in China last year. Please pray for wisdom, for protection, for favor and that he may find encouragement and strength in Jesus Christ alone especially in times of despondency.

Blessings to everyone.

© 2008 by jhunnelle

HOW WILL YOU DESCRIBE A DYING CHURCH

A famous artist once was asked to paint a picture of a dying church. It was expected that he would pain a small and humble congregation in a dilapidated building. Instead, he painted a stately edifice with a rich pulpit and magnificent windows- and near the door, an offering box, marked “Missions,” with the contribution slot blocked by cobwebs. I’ve read this from Charles Swindoll’s Favorite Stories and Illustrations.

I attended a two week-training at ACM, my teacher mentioned that there are an imbalance in missionary distribution and missions finances, for the past years, missions offerings has decreased .

I’ve read from Joshua Project website that over 85% of all cross-cultural foreign missionaries minister among nominal Christian people. For every million unreached Muslims there are less than 3 missionaries. There is also imbalance in Missions finances, for every $1 Christian giving to all causes, half a penny goes to finance a pioneer church planting among the unreached people.

Yes, I am guilty of this, most of my salary goes to my own personal needs (like bags, clothes, shoes) I regret and repented and now I am trying to change my lifestyle, and give more to the missions through God’s grace.

While downloading and reading the unfinished task powerpoint from Joshua Project Website I was challenged to give more, to commit my time to pray for the unreached, I am praying and hoping that soon I’ll be one of the 200,000.00 tentmaking missionaries from the Philippines. The Philippines is number one when it comes to tentmaking and in sending missionaries in the 10/40 window, that’s according to Project Joshua.

Jesus Christ commissioned us to go and make disciples of all nations, you may not be called to be a frontier missionary but you can give, you can pray, you can mobilized, or you can be a welcomer to the missionaries returning home.

Let’s continue to pray for the unreached people, for more information about this, visit the Joshua Project’s website.

How to pray for missionaries?

How can I best prepare to be a missionary?

© 2008 by jhunnelle