So It Begins!
I (Greg) just got back from sharing my testimony along with a devotion/challenge to eight young men from difficult life situations. Today was the first day of the first Honest Hands discipleship camp. It has been a very busy two and a half months trying to get settled in here and organize things for the restarting of Honest Hands. I thought it would be a little overwhelming and stressful having the ministry start, but it is actually a relief and quite relaxing to see the fruit of the many meetings and ministry visits with my ministry partner Pastor Mel. Praise God! We are excited to see what God will do in these youth’s lives! Eight guys between the ages of 15-20 will be here until Friday to get a taste of what the Honest Hands nine month discipleship program will be like. We will have different teaching sessions on topics like salvation, discipleship, purity, prayer and devotion, and others. We will also have times of sharing and worship together, and of course two of the favourite things for Filipinos – eating lots of rice and playing basketball! The second camp will be held in two weeks from now with another eight or so guys. It is from these two camps that a total of eight youth will be chosen for the nine month program starting in August. We are asking you to please pray for wisdom and discernment for Greg and Pastor Melchor as they decide which guys to accept for the long term program. Pray also that this week will be a time of spiritual growth for each young man attending the camp. Some of the guys attending the camp this week are from a live in shelter and others are very raw off the street. There will be challenges, actually there have been already on the first day, but we are believing that God will really move in their lives! Please pray that nothing would get in the way of God moving in their lives!
(Thanks to Sarah for writing most of this! I want to give her credit for her hard work too!)
Please also Pray for our Family’s Health
Samuel and Asher picked up a virus last week at the PAOC regional retreat in Thailand and it hit them pretty hard! We are thankful that they are feeling much better now, but they are still struggling to get over this illness. It has made both of them very clingy to momma, and they are not sleeping well. This is not a good time for us to be dealing with sickness, but we know that God will give us strength to get through. It also has put a bit of a damper on what was an amazing time spent together as a family, in fellowship with other missionaries ministering in South East Asia, and of spiritual refreshing at the retreat. We are truly thankful for this opportunity that we had away as a family.
Once again, we really appreciate your prayers for the ministry and our family!