Sunday, May 8, 2016

I will go

Every morning, before our class starts, we sing songs that are related to the gate topic that we will discuss. One of the songs from Gate2: Soul Winning  that I really liked is “I will go” by Steve Green. I feel that this is my life song. It takes me back to the time that I decided to follow Christ and to respond to the Great Commission.

 And I will go where there are no easy roads
Leave the comforts that I know
I will go and let this journey be my home
I will go
I will go

I’ll let go of my ambition
Cut the roots that run too deep
I will learn to give away
What I cannot really keep
What I cannot really keep

R-r in red
I have not attained this, but I pray that this would be true to me.

 How about you? What would be your response to this song?
John 10:11

Romans 15:20

R-r, 19 
South Cotabato 

   For a mind set to follow Him, no turning back.

RR leads a team in Palawan

Monday, May 2, 2016

the EpIC


left to right: Rustom, Jezreel , Talon, Evelyn, Joy
We all know and have heard of many good and amazing stories but do you know the best story among all stories? You are part of it? Yes you are! This is the story of God. The story is about God.

Once upon a time, in the beginning God, He is Holy, Almighty God. He made us to glorify and worship only Him but the Satan the villain got envy about it, He wanted to be like Him. He deceived the creation of God, he was kicked out of heaven and he is on earth to kill, steal and destroy so that the people will worship instead of God. But God did not allow the villain to make it happen. He sent a Hero for us to give eternal and abundant life. That Hero is His only Son Jesus Christ. He was crucified, died, buried, and rose from the dead on the third day paying for our sins. His resurrection was the proof that the ending of God's story is clear - He will be worshiped by all the peoples of the earth. all creation will worship Him - in the heaven above, on the earth and under the earth!  Philippians 2:9-11
With Christ's sacrifice people can be reconciled with God. the broken relationship can be restored. 
We may still face fights and wars in our lives but the battle has already been won and the ending is determined.  Those who believed and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior have the gift to eternal life. And when He comes again, He will take his people and they now with Him will live happily ever after.

Joy, 25
South Cotabato

Pray: That I will not forget that I am Accepted, Secured and Significant in Christ

Joy leads a team to among the *cousins

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Evelyn (center back)
I’ve heard this word a thousand times and wondered what it really means until God led me to His words in Psalms 103:10 “He does not treat us our sins deserve”  but giving us what we do not deserve – a  gift from God which we cannot earn and which we cannot lose, for it is God’s unconditional love  - Grace! It seems so unfair sometimes because it costs nothing for the receiver but cost EVERYTHING for the giver. It is selfless. And it is by this grace that we are saved through faith in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:8) – believing that God indeed gave His Son to pay for our sins; that He did that because He loves us. Jesus took upon Himself the punishment that we deserve to give to us, if we believe in Him, the forgiveness of sins, new life and eternal life that we don’t deserve. This is grace – you know it and can easily describe it if you have received his grace, yet still hard to define. 
 G.R.A.C.E. –God’s Reaches At Christ Expense.

Evelyn, 21


That I be true to my commitment to live a life that glorifies Him and worthy of the Gospel

Evelyn supervised and assisted Calabarzon NT teams this summer. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Anjan, Eriz, Talon, Kamal
In fact, anyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted                                                               - 2Timothy3:12

I was really encouraged when Kuya Joel came and spoke to us about persecution. Many think that persecution stops the spread of the Gospel but in reality it’s the fear of persecution that does that. He showed us many things about what the Bible teaches and I’ve listed a few.

1.    We are to expect it. 2Tim.3:12
2.    We will be rewarded. Matt.5:12
3.    We will receive the crown of life. James 1:12

Knowing these things also helps us to prepare and to be ready for when that time comes.


Pray that I may hear God more, trust Him when He gives me a task,  that I will be obedient without reservation and give all to Christ. 

- Talon, 23

Talon travels with Eriz this season to mobilize churches, train young people, supervise a team, set up new areas and for American NT 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Biblical Basis of Suffering

Gate 4: Trials, Growth and Humility

Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds... -James 1:2

When you encounter the word “suffering” what comes to your mind? It talks about misery, pain, and hardship, right?

Left to right: Luigi, Joy, Warry, Sharon, Talon, Dia
In this world, there are many ways or reasons people suffer; maybe through lack of money, broken family relationships, loss of shelter, natural disasters and calamities, disabilities, other people’s decision fallen world system or being disobedient to God. But some sufferings come even or because of our obedience to Christ.

There are many men and women of faith who were chained, stoned, sawn in two, destitute, mistreated, tortured etc. as a result of their faith. Hebrews 11
Jesus, the beloved Son of God was a man of sorrow and acquainted with suffering.  Many who obeyed the Lord did great things and also faced great sufferings for their obedience.

Just because we are obedient in the Lord’s will does not mean there will be no suffering. Suffering is normal. Don’t be surprised. God wants us to be prepared to face suffering as we obey Him, to understand that these sufferings are light and momentary, and that these sufferings can help purify us and make us complete.
As we continue this journey of faith, may we all find inspiration and encouragement from the stories of the many ordinary people like us – known and unknown – who obeyed God and even find pure joy in the midst of suffering.

      - Dia, 26
South Cotabato

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yesterday does not define you

Song: Family Tree by Matthew West

It does not matter  who you were, where you were from, what family or religious background, mistakes that you have done or your parents or grandparents o great grand parents have done that brought you in such an environment. 

Some of us grew up with anger and bitterness towards our parents, family, our situation, wishing we could have been born somewhere else - a different family. While some of us just misunderstood our parents and what they were trying to do, many were caught in the middle of dysfunction  with no one to turn to for a better example to follow. maybe its poor choice that those parents made, or their parents made, or their grand parents' or culture, tradition or a sin of long ago that started all this. Maybe, back then, they have felt just as trapped. 

But you don’t have to have the same life.  We do not have to have the same story. We don’t have to be who they have become. Christ not only forgave us, saved us from our sin, gave us eternal life but He also gave us a new life, a new story – a beautiful story!  Will our past change? No. But God has a beautiful plan, a great dream for us and he can redeem the past and create a beautiful future. And that will be our legacy. That will be our destiny. We have been set free and from you a new generation begins!
Left to right: Sharon, Dia, R-r, Lowella, Sharon

Forget the former things;
Do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:18-19


Pray that I may continue to have burden for the lost, serve God, entrust all my desires to Him, and His will be done in my life. 

- sharon, 17 
South Cotabato

*Sharon's leads a Nehemiah Team in the Waray river areas this summer. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

So, speak up!

Gate2: Soul Winning 

We are just  on the 6th gate in AOT training, but it has been an awesome and life changing experience. From the first week up until now, God had showed me a lot of things. I learned that God is always at work around the world and that revelation is an invitation for me to adjust my life and join Him in His work. His heart is for all nations, tongues and tribes to know Him and worship Him. Understanding these things make me realize how far I am and that I’ve missed this point. But God is so gracious that even though I fail, He still calls me to be a part of His eternal purpose of saving the world through His word.

I must live my life according to the compass. I must live a life worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice. People are dying without knowing the gospel. The call is urgent. The church must stop playing games. God has put us as part of His great story.

Eriz, R-r & Evelyn
You have a story to tell. So speak up!! J

But if I say, “I will not mention His word or speak up anymore of His name”, His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.        -Jeremiah 20:9


Eriz, 22


*Eriz travels with Talon this summer mobilizing &  training young people, supervising a team, setting up for American NT areas in the Philippines and for next Filipino NT.