Remembering God’s Faithfulness
As Pastor Jacob and his family returned to their remote village in the mountains of the Philippines, they remembered how their own community had years ago been steeped in animism. The villagers had often prayed to a certain tree and, on occasion, they seemingly saw answers to their prayers. Then Pastor Jacob’s grandfather spoke against it. When soon afterward the tree split in two and died, the people realised that his grandfather’s God must be greater than the tree.
His grandfather also prayed for a young girl in the village who was near death. While the family prepared for her passing, the grandfather asked Jesus Christ to heal her and He did!
These testimonies to the power of the grandfather’s God opened a door for his grandson, Pastor Jacob, to live in the community. Morning after morning, as the villagers prepared to go out to hunt, they stopped by Pastor Jacob’s house for coffee. While they waited for the steaming cups to cool enough to drink, Pastor Jacob told this new generation of villagers about his grandfather’s God. This daily discipleship ended up establishing not one—but four!—churches in the area. Pastor Jacob trained a pastor to lead each one of these new congregations.
With this background, he hoped to give the village church that had just received shoebox gifts a pastor as well. By God’s grace, Pastor Jacob was able to hand over the spiritual leadership of this new congregation to a man named Edmon* who lives nearer the village than he does. Edmon now regularly walks two hours to get to the fledgling church and encourage the new believers in their faith.
Pray for Pastor Jacob, Edmon, and this new congregation to be “rooted and grounded in love” (Ephesians 3:17) as they establish a heritage of faith in Jesus Christ for generations of Filipinos to come.
*Names have been changed for security purposes.