Ministry time in Brgy. Bandera
Bandera is a barangay (village) in Samal Island here in Davao. It is a pretty big village with people of different beliefs. Many religions have come and gone or stayed influencing the people, making the others so used to ministers coming in and out. This made a great impact to me. It’s a wonder that despite their familiarity (having heard of or from different religions), many of them do not know the verses and bible stories that we share with them.
Being there and being able to share is a blessing to me. The people themselves have also been a blessing to my life. But the greater blessing and even greater joy is when some of them come to know the Lord Jesus, their Savior and Lord who paid for all their sins by dying on the cross for t hem, for us. Among them is Nanay Bebeng. In one of our visits to the village, we met here and got to share to here through John 14.6 which we had her read from the Bible. She said, “Indeed, it is God who said this!”. There was that big smile on her face. She was happy to be able to understand this truth. As we continued to visit her, I had some hesitations thinking that her husband might not be happy that we are sharing to her but later on I found out through Nanay that after every bible study at their house, her husband would ask about what we have talked about and Nanay would be able to share to him. Awesome!
It is true that not I or anyone can change someone’s heart or thinking. This is something only God can do. But He can use anyone who is willing to go and speak for Him. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be in this training and ministry. I am very thankful to get to meet the people in Bandera. Thank you Lord for this wonderful opportunity. Thankyou people of Bandera. And to all of us, LET’S MOVE FORWARDWITH THE GOSPEL !
- Maribel, 22, Palawan
Photos from a bible Study in Brgy Bandera. Maribel (purple shirt) and Von (blue shirt, right) facilitating the bible study.
Maribel will will be going back to Palawan with Mat and Mark to lead their first localized NT there, God willing.