I felt a call to missions back in 2008 after meeting two Filipino-American brothers in membership class at my local church. Their parents are both doctors and have been conducting medical missions to different areas of the Philippines since 1999. It was during this time that I began to learn more about Filipino culture and understood the great need for gospel proclamation in the Philippines. In God's providence, I also met a wonderful Christian Filipina online and I fell in love with her. After a couple years preparing myself to be used in the mission field, I first went with them in 2011 to a town called Bacoor, Cavite.
That trip completely changed my life in a few ways. First, it made me realize that I complained way too much about life in the U.S. I had it easy compared to the majority of people I encountered. Secondly, I realized that we are so blessed in America to have access to an abundance of theological resources including God-exalting books and sermons. Though healthy churches are hard to find here in the U.S., they are even more scarce in the Philippines where false religion thrives. Third, this was the time when I would ask that Christian Filipina to be my wife. We were married in the U.S. ten months later.
I have grown to love the Filipino people over the past 6 years and I have an undying passion for God's glory to be revealed among them. John Piper once wrote that missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. The ultimate goal of the church is worship and that missions exists because worship doesn't. That is my primary focus in missions, that God would receive glory through the worship of those He created. The gospel should be front and center of any evangelistic outreach. It is not an add-on. Gospel proclamation IS the mission. It's the only way men can truly worship God in spirit and truth.
Beginning in 2013, my wife Lannie was able to join with me in serving God through the medical mission to the Philippines. We served in a remote place called Malita, Davao del Sur. This is a heavily Muslim-populated area of the island of Mindanao. We saw God show up each day as over 1600 patients were served over three intense days. Many believed on the gospel, including two Muslim families. It was quite an amazing thing to see God work through the preaching of the gospel.
In 2014, we again joined the team of missionaries to a place called Cabuyao, Laguna. There we conducted a medical mission for three days, served children and their parents with a feeding program, and also joined the prison ministry efforts of Pastor Noel Alberto, a former prisoner turned evangelist.
This summer, Hope Bible Church is sending a short term team with MedMissions2000 to serve in Baguio, a northern city on the island of Luzon, Philippines, from May 23-June 8. We will be conducting a free medical clinic for 3-5 days at which time we will address many types of physical needs from general care to dentistry and minor surgeries. Not only are we providing much needed physical care, but we will use this outreach to share the gospel of Christ in conjunction with local believers, strengthening their outreach efforts. We will also be participating in prison visitation ministry, sharing the hope of the gospel to those in prison. In addition to these ministries, we will also work alongside local pastors to provide meals for children and their parents. Finally, we will be holding an equipping conference for pastors and church leaders. Our goal is first and foremost to spread the fame of our Lord Jesus Christ through the proclamation of His glorious gospel to His glory and the good of the Filipino people.
Our team firmly believes that we part of a much greater work, and you are partners in this ministry. We value your prayers, because we know that Christ’s Kingdom only goes forth through the work of His Spirit. So please commit to faithful prayer that we could serve the people of Baguio, furthering the gospel in the Philippines, and see Christ glorified. Also, we ask you to consider financially partnering with us. Each person needs to raise about $2400 for this trip. If you would like to contribute, please either donate through this GoFundMe page, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to send a check for MedMission2000, which is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Again, thank you for your partnership in this ministry to advance the Kingdom of Christ in the Philippines.
Maraming Salmat Po! (Thank you very much!)
Si Jesuscristo ay Panginoon! (Jesus Christ is Lord!)