During the months of April and May the schools in Negros will be out for “summer” vacation. We are looking forward to TWENTY ONE planned Vacation Bible School sites! After last year’s big response to the 10 VBS sessions Fruit Bearers Ministries was able to hold on the island, we are looking forward to this busy season!
Fruit Bearers Ministries did not set out to organize these Vacation Bible Schools, but as we grew in our relationships with families of disabled children, we realized the influence these families had in their own neighborhoods. And because of the aid we provided the family, the neighbors were curious about WHY we would choose to help. The answer? Because Jesus loves them! We have had numerous requests for more VBS! So, while the activities are geared toward the neighborhood children, we see the good news of Jesus’ love reaching the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, as they stand around, taking in the Truth.
We are praising God for these curious people in each of these communities. We are so grateful for the support we are receiving from friends and supporters in the USA, and for two missions teams coming to join us in our efforts as we empower people with disabilities in the Philippines. We are thankful for the opportunity to be Jesus’ hands and feet here in Negros Oriental.
Would you please join us in prayer as we enter this busy season? We want to remain healthy and strong physically, travel safely through many areas of Negros Oriental, grow relationally with the people in these communities, and clearly share Jesus’ love with them. We want to be vigilant, to hear the Holy Spirit’s guidance in each of our efforts. We are also praying that the seeds of Truth planted in their hearts will grow and transform their lives.
In Isaiah 55:11-12 the Lord says,
“So is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
Our prayer is that this summer the words of Truth would fall on soft hearts, and that as God’s desires are met we might witness something extraordinary. As we teach children and their families about Jesus (children that live in the far-flung hills and mountains of Negros Oriental) we expectantly watch and wait to hear the mountains and hills burst forth in song!