Thursday, November 15, 2012

Giving Creatively


Here are some creative ideas for churches and individuals who want to invest in the loves of young people going on Nehemiah Teams for the summer.

Commissioning Service. The Sunday before your young people leave for missions pray over them as a church give each participant a remembrance such as a bracelet or a bookmark to remind them that they are being supported in prayer by their church family.
  
First Aid Kits. Support the young people of your association that are going on mission by preparing a First Aid Kit for each team. Have each Sunday School class donate an item or two and you will quickly have everything you need to make the kit! This act of kindness may not cost much but it demonstrates that you care about the teams and want to invest in their lives.


Toiletry Bags. Prepare small bags with soap, shampoo & conditioner, and a face towel for each participant going from your church. This will minimize their need for pocket money and be a blessing to them on the field.

Prayerchain. Ask everyone in the church to commit to praying for the young people at different times of the day. The goal is to make a chain of prayer that fills the day. The teams will surely be blessed and strengthened by such faithful prayer!

Listen to their Stories.  When the young people return ask them about their summer. Listen to their stories and prayer with them for God’s continued work in the area.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Orientation


The When
Each Franchise has their own orientation that is specifically tailored for their teams and targeted area of service. Please check the brochure on www.nehemiahteams.com (click on the Filipino NT button on the right sidebar).


The Where
Because each franchise handles their own orientation (& debrief) each one takes place in a different location. For the specific location of your desired franchise’s orientation please download the brochure.

The What
The purpose of or it to prepare and equip the current NT participants for the field it is 3-5 days in length which allows for each participants to learn several ways of sharing the Gospel. NT is not looking for spiritual giants- but for young people that are willing to humble themselves, submit to God, and to learn how to be willing to be used by God for His kingdom expansion.

The What
Orientation is a training time that equips, prepares, and mobilizes the NT participants for action. It is a time dedicated to learning evangelism methods, practicing said methods and building team unity. This practical education includes (but not limited to):
            Evangelism: Gospel Hand, Personal Testimony, Story Telling, Creation to Christ, Participatory Bible Study, VBS Training
            NT Values: Ten Gates, NT Goals, Vision, and Mission, World Christian Bible Studies, Mission Biographies, Scripture Memorization, Team Building Games and Trust Activities, and Personal Quiet Time

Do not let fear of inadequacy be an obstacle to your obeying God. Join NT and come ready to learn and see what God can do through your life!



Monday, October 29, 2012

Hang up a poster!

Hang up a poster in your house, your church, and/or Sunday School! Click on the links below the image to download a poster to print. Make it your own by downloading the one with no pictures and add pictures from your own experience with Nehemiah Teams!


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This resource is also available under the RESOURCE TAB.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Live out Loud with Christ!


The most exciting thing that God has done through the team is to preach to the kids that have been abandoned by their parents. Some are hyperactive and need a lot of patience and sometimes it was even frustrating making me want to -ARGHHHHHH! This can happen but because of the grace of God we overcame it. We taught them to obey their parents- and a week later we received letters from them, thanking for the lessons and telling us that they now are obeying their parents and how their life has been renewed. Tears flowed from our heart that God can do amazing and impossible things! As Samual Mims said, "You can do it, if you will!" Live out loud with Christ! God bless! -Jordan, Bicol Team, Luzon Franchise

Monday, June 18, 2012

Reaching the Unreached

Cecilia, Luzon Franchise Leader

Why is it important to reach the unreached 
and hard to reach in the Philippines?

It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation.
Romans 15:20

While we stay in cities and where there are roads... competing with other evangelicals so we can grow ‘our church’ millions of people die each day. How many of them do not know Christ?  How many of them have not heard of him even once?

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Matthew 24:14

As the above verse states, we should go to all places because that is God’s heart. Even when there is no pathway to those places [we must go]. Hopefully the truth of the of the many souls bound for hell will move us [to action] because we are responsible for proclaiming the truth of the Gospel to those who have not heard.

 In the Philippines most people have heard the name of Jesus, but in many places it is just a name. They have had no one to explain the saving power of His name to them!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Power Revealed


God revealed His power to me when I was teaching in a crowd of noisy and hyper people. I thought no one was willing to listen about what I was teaching. After I was finished sharing with them I noticed there were some people that seemed like they were trying to understand. There in print of all those people God revealed His power to me because I thought there was hope for those people to understand what I was teaching - but by God's grace they were able to.- John, Bicol Team, Luzon Franchise

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Story of Boldness

Lizzie, Glenda, and Jayson 

    I cannot express my joy because of what God has done in my life through my joining Nehemiah Teams. God used NT to grow my spiritual life. He is really victorious in our lives and in our mission. During my experience of NT this summer I became more confident in sharing His world. I am no longer afraid!
When I went back to my family, I shared with my mother what God had done and I also shared the gospel with her…and she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior AND decided to follow Christ in water baptism. WOW! God used me to [share His truth with] my family and I can say this is the fruit of my sacrifice on Camotes Island. I thank God for the boldness to share His word.

Glenda
Camotes Team

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bicolano



WHO are they? Isn’t it amazing how many people groups there are in the Philippines
alone? While they all share some similarities, every one is unique and special to God.
Today we will learn about the Bicolano people, a tribal group of people that are still, for
the most part, isolated from modern civilization. Their lifestyle is built around one main
thing—survival! Most of these tribal groups are farmers, but their techniques are so
primitive that they often harvest very little. Another important thing about the Bicolano is
that they are broken into many, many tribes. Each tribe is run by one chief or leader,
and sometimes the individual tribes even have their own language! However, some of
these tribes are so far away from civilization that it can be difficult to reach them with the
gospel of Christ.

WHERE do they live? The tribes that make up the Bicolano people group are scattered
across the Philippines, but they are mostly on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao.
HOW many? There are more than two million Bicolano people, and only 1.3% of them
are evangelical Christians.

WHAT do they worship? The Bicolano people are mostly animists, meaning that they
believe in lots of gods and spirits, who they think are in control of their lives and
circumstances. Many believe that they must perform certain religious rituals in order to
make it into their “next life.” Some of the tribes have shamans, chosen people who they
think are capable of communicating with the gods and curing sick people using magic.
While each tribe’s set of beliefs vary, all are depending on false gods and spirits instead
of the one true God. They need to hear the truth!

PRAYER needs:
• Many of the things we take for granted, like quality medical care and a sufficient
food supply, are constant struggles for the Bicolano people. Ask God to protect
and provide for them.
• Pray that the Lord will call people willing to go to the Philippines and share Christ
among these people, who so desperately need to know about Him.
• Pray that the hearts of the Bicolano would be softened by God and made
receptive to the Gospel.
• Pray that the Lord will rise up strong local churches among each tribal group.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5 ways to pray for NT participants.


1. SAFE TRAVELS. Teams are heading back home soon, please pray for safe travels and for opportunities to share with their travel mates.

2. A STRONG FINISH. Please pray for the teams as they near the end of their time on the field that they will finish strong, never losing sight of the end goal.

3. FAITHFUL TO TELL. Please pray that the NT participants go home and faithfully share about what God has done through them and their team. Pray that they can encourage churches and mobilize youth to go for the next year.

4. CONTINUE ON! Pray that the new believers continue on in their faith and are discipled. Pray that their faith grows and continues to spread throughout the community.

5. CHECK UP. Please pray that people are willing and able to go and visit the areas that hosted teams. Pray that they can be encouraged in their faith by the visit.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Waray Waray



WHO are they? The word Waray Waray means nothing. And that is what they have—
nothing. Many earn a meager living as farmers, harvesting architectural products like
coconut, rice, corn, white sugarcane and tobacco. The Waray Waray also have several
traditions that can be traced back to pre-colonial times. For example, the Kuratsa dance
is a popular traditional dance that the Waray-Waray often perform at many social
gatherings, especially weddings. The couple dancing the Kuratsa is showered with
money by the people around them. The belief is that the more money is showered upon
them, the more blessings will come their way.

WHERE do they live? The Waray Waray reside on Eastern Samar and Leyte.


HOW many? There are about 3,375,000 Waray people, and less than 2% of them are
estimated to be evangelical Christians. Some churches have been planted among the
Waray Waray, but there is still a great harvest that has yet to be reaped!

WHAT do they worship? The vast majority of Waray-Waray people are Roman
Catholic. They take their religion very seriously and celebrate many saint-focused
holidays.

PRAYER needs:
• Pray that God would provide for the physical needs of the Waray Waray people.
• Pray that the growing number of church plants among the Waray Waray people
would continue to grow and be strengthened.
• Pray that the evangelical Christians within the Waray Waray people group would
become passionate about evangelizing their own people group.

LEARN more: Watch a video filled with photos of a mission team’s recent work among
the Waray Waray: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1cqctSATwg.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Five ways to pray for NT!



1. GOOD SOIL. Pray that the gospel message falls on good soil, that is able to take root and grow in the hearts of the listeners.

2. THE HARVEST. Pray for the people who have been listening to gospel and trying to make a decision of whether to follow Christ or not. Ask God to convict their hearts and to allow them the courage to make Him their Lord and Savior.

3. ONE SPIRIT. Pray for the team that they can remain working together in one mind and one spirit. Pray that their interactions with each honor God, and that they can forgive each other as needed and work together as a team to glorify God.

4. SHARING. Please pray that as people come to believe in Jesus as their Lord and Savior that they are bold in sharing their new faith with their friends and family.

5. ENDURANCE. Ask God to give the NT participants the strength, determination, and hope that they need to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given them.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Luzon Prayer Requests

Please click on the videos to hear prayer requests from the Bicol Team as they remain faithful to the end!






Agusan Manobo



WHO are they? The Agusan Manobo are one of eight Manobo people groups in the
Philippines. The eight groups have lots of things in common – a common cultural
language and a heritage that can be traced back to the early Malay people from
Southeast Asia. But there are differences too! Each group lives in a different region,
which means each group has developed its own survival techniques and cultural
traditions based on the unique place where they live. In the Agusan culture, polygomy
(having more than one wife at a time) is common—if a man is wealthy enough. Many
have not had the opportunity to learn about God’s design for marriage, which is
between one man and one woman.
WHERE do they live? All eight Manobo groups live on Mindanao, the Philippines’
largest island. The Agusan Manobo lives near the Agusan River Valley, which is where
they got their name. The word “Agusan” means “water flows,” and they live near the
river.
HOW many? There are about 65,000 Agusan Manobo living in the Philippines today,
and around 15% are thought to be evangelical Christian. While this percentage is higher
than many of the other groups we have studied, that still leaves around 55,250 Agusan
Manobo people who need to be introduced to Jesus Christ our Savior!
WHAT do they worship? The Agusan Manobo believe in many unseen spirits that
interfere in the lives of humans and one “great spirit” that created them.
PRAYER needs: The Agusan Manobo people have many physical and spiritual needs.
• Their farming techniques are currently very primitive, and training would not only
help them harvest more, but it would also give missionaries an opportunity to
enter their communities. Pray that God would call missionaries with farming
know-how to come minister to the Manobo people in this way.
• The numerous dialects and language of this group makes it hard for outsiders
such as missionaries to learn their language! Pray that God would help
missionaries to learn quickly so that the Gospel can be clearly shared.
Pray against the powers of darkness that are blinding the Manobo from
worshipping the one true God.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maranao


WHO are they? Many of the Maranao people make their living through agriculture, by
growing all kinds of crops such as rice, corn, sweet potatoes, peanuts, papayas and
bananas. They also fish in nearby Lake Lanao. In the Maranao culture, arts and crafts
such as textiles, metalwork and woodcrafts are important elements. The textiles in
particular, which are worn to indicate the wearer’s social status, are known for their very
ornate designs and colors. Many Maranao people are educated with college degrees,
but the difficult economy has forced many of these college graduates to return to the
traditional occupations of fishing, farming and crafting.

WHERE do they live? Most of the Maranao people live in the island of Mindanao in the
Philippines – and they have been there since the 13th century! However, in recent years
more have been moving to Manila in search of jobs.

HOW many? Out of over one million Maranao people, only 30-50 are known followers
of Jesus.

WHAT do they worship? The Maranao are one of several major Muslim people groups
in the Philippines, which together constitute about 5% of the Philippines population.
Because of this, the Maranao people consider themselves to be Muslim rather than
Filipino. But while they do practice much of the Islamic religion, they often still hold to
their traditional island beliefs and traditions.

PRAYER needs:
• Please pray that the small group of Christians among the Maranao would be kept
safe, strengthened and encouraged. Pray that they would become active in
sharing the truth about Jesus with their fellow Maranao people!
• Pray that God would rise up missionaries to come and share the gospel among
this large group of unbelievers.
• Pray that the Maranao’s hearts would be softened and that they would recognize
their need to be saved by the one true God!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Iloilo Franchise Orientation








Iloilo Franchise


Batbatan Island, Team 2 


Trizha
I am excited to join [the Iloilo Franchise of] Nehemiah Teams because there are many unreached peoples and hard to reach places in Iloilo. I am excited about growing spiritually, going on the mission field and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jung, Team Leader      Hi I’m Jung one of the team leaders [of the first] for the [Iloilo Franchise of] Nehemiah Teams. I am so excited and grateful that I am part of this franchise. I am Antiqueño- so I am one of the people we are trying to reach through this project. I am so very excited because I know more of my  co-tribe have not yet heard the Word of God. I am excited to be apart of the team that is sharing the truth with the Antiqueño people.
     I am also thankful because this outreach is an answer to a prayer we prayed many years ago – that Iloilo would have it’s own Nehemiah Teams Franchise. This is a great opportunity for us to serve the Lord- not only in other areas but in our own place. Thank you so much and God bless!
 
Rofer
    I joined this organization because I wanted to spread the Gospel that God has given us.
   I am excited about [beginning of the] Iloilo  Franchise because I wanted to speak out [about] the truth of God’s plan for people. Thank you for your support, prayers, and for the courage you have given us!
 
JunreyI am excited to have an Iloilo Nehemiah Teams Franchise because so many people do not know about God and I really want many people to know Jesus Christ in all the different parts of Iloilo.
 
JasonExcited is not the right word, but I am ready to go on mission for God- I felt mixed emotions about coming here but with one motive: to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News of His love, and about God’s promises.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Pray for Iloilo Franchise, Batbatan Team 2

Rofer

Jason



Iloilo Franchise


Batbatan Island, Team 1

Lorry John
Before we even came here the Lord set the place for us and it is nice. [I was nervous] Because I had heard this place was a stronghold for witchcraft and evil spirits. Please pray for the ministry here that God will set their heart and [they will] hear the Word of God.


Tazha
I am excited about the many people [that are] opening their hearts to God, the Bible Studies that have been implemented in this place, and the many children that we have taught [through VBS].

 Panoy
Here in Batbatan when we have our house to house evangelism- after we shared with the people the good news and we prayed for them (for their sickness). Later when we visited them again she told us God had healed her. We are grateful that God uses us to show His power among the people of Batbatan.

Amic
In two weeks God has done amazing things- we have had opportunity to share the love of God and many people are responsive to His word. We have two house Bible Studies that are willing to learn more about Christ. Please pray that God will continue to work in their lives. Pray also that they will follow in believer’s baptism and that even after we are gone that they will continue to grow in their faith. Through prayer nothing is impossible- God is at work in Batbatan Island!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tagalog


WHO are they? Also called Filipino, the Tagalog people are the second largest ethnic

people group in the Philippines. Today, they are considered to be one of the most

“Westernized” Filipino ethnic groups. “Westernized” refers to a group that has been

influenced by the modern conveniences and attitudes of a country like America—and it

is not always a good thing! Traditionally, Tagalog people are farmers and fishermen, but

as education becomes more easily attainable, more are entering professional fields. In

their culture, women are trained early on to cook elaborate dishes. That’s why they

often have lavish celebrations during fiestas and holidays.

WHERE do they live? The word Tagalog means “people living along the river,” but

today the Tagalog people live all over the Philippines, and many live in other Southeast

nations as well.

HOW many? There are about 23,678,000 Tagalog people living in the Philippines. 15%

are evangelical Christians.

WHAT do they worship? The vast majority of Tagalog people are Roman Catholic,

and they often mix in some animistic beliefs as well. Like Cebuanos, this means that

while they are familiar with Jesus, they may not have a relationship with Him.

PRAYER needs:

• Ask the Lord of the harvest to send more workers to live and work among the

Tagalog people

• Ask God to soften the hearts and open the eyes of the Tagalog people, so that

they will be receptive to the message of the Gospel.

• Pray that existing Tagalog churches would be blessed with excellent Biblical

teaching and that they would place a major emphasis on evangelism.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Five ways to pray.



1. DEPENDENCE ON GOD. Pray that the team remains dependent on God for their strength and effectiveness. Ask God to remind them of His truth and to encourage them with reminders of His love and presence.

2. RESIST TEMPTATION. Intercede on the behalf of the NT participants- that they can remain strong in resisting temptation that could hurt their witness in the community.

3. PRAISE GOD. Pray that the teams do not get puffed up by the success of their works, rather in humility that they give God the praise that is due Him.

4. OPEN DOORS. Pray and ask God for open doors and opportunities to make friends in the community the NT participants are serving in.

5. OPEN HEARTS. Pray for the listeners who are hearing the Word of God, ask God for open hearts that respond to their need for salvation. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cebuano


WHO are they? Cebuano people can trace their ancestry back to many different
cultures—including Spanish and Chinese, as well as other groups within the Philippines.
And even today, many Cebuanos, who are sometimes also called Visayan, speak more
than one language. In addition to their native language of Cebuano, some speak
English quite well, and others can also speak Tagalog, the Filipino national language.
Many Cebuano people live in simple two or three room homes built from bamboo and/or
wood.

WHERE do they live? The Cebuano mainly live on the islands surround the Visayan
sea, but many have migrated to other areas in the Philippines.
HOW many? With around 18,295,000 Cebuano people living in the Philippines, this
group is the second largest ethnic group in the Philippines.

WHAT do they worship? Most Cebuano people are Roman Catholic, and less than 5%
are evangelical Christians. In some areas, their Roman Catholic belief is mixed with
animism (the belief that inanimate objects have spirits) and even witchcraft. Though
they will be quick to tell you that they believe in Jesus and may even be able to tell you
all about His life, many Cebuanos are hoping that their good works and the religious
rituals will get them into heaven. The idea of having a personal relationship with Jesus
and studying the Bible for themselves is often new to them.

PRAYER needs: The Bible and other Christian materials have been translated into their
language, but with a people group so large, there is still much work to be done!
• Ask the Lord to call out people who are willing to go to the Philippines and share
Christ with the Cebuano people.
• Ask God to soften and prepare the hearts of the Cebuano people for the Gospel.
• Pray that the existing Cebuano churches and believers would be encouraged,
strengthened and protected. Pray that God will call out missionaries and pastors
from them as well!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Look What One Association Can Do!



Several years ago, the founder of Nehemiah Teams, visited Mangagaoy Baptist Church to promote his new summer mission initiative to send young people to fulfill the Great Commission in this generation. Since that time individuals from the church have participated in Nehemiah Teams, but in 2012, it seemed the floodgate opened, when 5 young people met together with one simple prayer, that their number [of Nehemiah participants] be doubled.

God more than answered, and this year the Bethel Association of Southern Baptist Churches (BASBC) sent 15 young people, all active in local Filipino churches, to join the Caraga Franchise of Nehemiah Teams. God tripled the starting number! Those 15 represent four churches (Mangagoy Baptist Church, Bislig Baptist Church, Hope Baptist Church, and Calvary Baptist Church.).

“It was all by God’s abundant grace that we were able to join Nehemiah Teams this year.” says Wesley, who was instrumental in organizing the young people committed to joining Nehemiah Teams in 2012. “We then prayed that God would provide for our financial needs.” And what followed was a testimony to the unity of the Body of Christ.

The committed young people presented their concerns before the association, who in turn helped them coordinate with local churches to raise the needed funds. “The association helped make it possible for many to go.” Wesley explained, “We had the desire but needed the support of our churches to raise the needed money. It really encouraged us to know that the local churches would support us. That they thought what we were doing was important.”

The Nehemiah Teams 2012 participants are both encouraged and challenged by the support given to the youth of the Bethel Association of Southern Baptist Churches. Encouraged because of the financial and prayer support given and challenged to take the same vision to their local churches and associations.

There is a generation of young Filipino people seeking to fulfill the Great Commission – will their local churches and associations rise up and support them? Will they encourage the young people to continue in their obedience- reaching the unreached and hard to reach in the Philippines – so that every tribe and tongue of the Philippines can take it’s place around the throne of God?

Be a part of Nehemiah Teams by supporting the youth of your church and association as they obey God’s calling in their lives and you will be amazed at what God can do through the lives of young people surrendered to God’s will!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Borbon Team


Jetter

"Early in the morning when we were sharing the Gospel house to house, we saw five men in the billiards and we tried to approach them – but we did not recognize that they were involved in drugs at the moment. Three of the men were interested and stayed to listen, but one left thinking we were government officials. One of those men accepted Christ and wants to have a Bible Study at his house the next day.
 The people of Borbon are very hospitable they are willing to accept the team members and will invite them into the house, but the actual Gospel is often rejected.
 Another time as we went around the mountain we met a woman who had been reading the Bible who had been waiting for someone to tell her about Jesus. She asked us about Acts 15:15 – as we talked she realized she needed and wanted to know more. She asked that the team will set up times to to have Bible Studies with her.
 The place there is ready for harvest but the workers are only four. Will you join us next and share the truth of God’s salvation in Borbon?"
Jetter Sarino, South Cotabato Franchise Leader

Please join us in praising the Father for the souls saved and continue to pray for the Borbon team to have opportunities to share with people who are ready to accept the the truth of God's Word.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Please pray for the Luzon Franchise.


Batangas- Steeped in religious tradition and idolatry, many Batangueños have been resistant to Bible study, but that is slowly changing, especially amongst the younger generation. The more exposure they have to truth, the more barriers will continue to fall. Please pray for the Batanga team as they build a wall of truth around the province!

-Please pray for open hearts amongst the Batangueños, that hear God’s Word and believe in the name of Jesus!
-Please pray for the Batangas Team to be bold in sharing the truth of God’s Word.

Quezon
Trapped in superstitious beliefs and false religious teaching, Quezon remains less than 2% evangelical. Still there are areas where the Gospel has not yet been taken. In these places, people continue to live their lives in bondage. They long for a freedom that they think would only come when this life ends. Please pray that they accept the truth that will set them free!
-Please pray for the strongholds of superstitious beliefs to be broken and God’s truth to be revealed.

-Please pray that they people of Quezon understand the freedom that comes with a relationship with Christ.
-Pray that the Quezon Team be persistent in sharing the Gospel.

Agta/Bicolano, Without a grave, without proper burial ceremonies, the soul of the one who had died cannot enter heaven – this very popular belief has trapped many of the people of this region. They cannot leave their religion for a personal relationship with Christ because Christians have not a graveyard of their own. How long should they continue to live in this fear? Please pray for the Bicol Team as they share the truth about God ‘s redeeming love with the Bicolanos.

-Please pray for the fear to be broken and the power of the one true God to be revealed.
-Pray for the unity of the Bicol Team, that God be glorified by their actions and honored in the presentation of Him.