Posted by: Admin | March 9, 2014

Latest Mission Trip

01 Children at the ConferenceDear Brethren,

Two days ago we returned from our mission trip to the Philippines. Our team consisted of Mark and Rita Jantzi, Mark Giegerich, Jim Cassell, Susan Herrig and myself. So much has transpired in the time that we were there it is hard to put it all down on paper. I will try to at least give a summary.

At the start of our time we were involved with a 3-day conference where God truly visited us. Ephesians says that it is the washing of the Word that brings cleansing to His church. The first day nine people came forward for salvation. The second day His presence came down into our midst. Many were touched and weeping as we worshiped before the Lord. The third and last day, an altar call was made and almost the entire congregation came forward in repentance and a desire to rededicate their lives.

03 Jim w Musicians at Bible SchoolThe second part of our trip was dedicated to three days of meetings at the Bible school in Jabonga. This is our fourth year of laboring there. The fruit of those labors have been most evident by their hunger for the Kingdom of God. We had an excellent time of praise and worship with the students at the school and the local brethren there. There has been a great triumph in their growth and maturity away from contemporary and soulish worship to a place where the presence of God comes down from heaven into the midst of them. Their openness to learning songs, which opens the heart, became very apparent. This type of atmosphere in the praise paved the way for the ministry of the word. At the end of our three days of meetings there was a time of prayer and rededication of the students, staff and spiritual parents, Edmar and Medlyn. Something very special happened in this time of prayer that brought repentance and consecration to the Throne of God. We were very blessed by the outcome of the Bible school meetings. There was a word of prophecy given 5 years ago that God would take a people from the Philippines and thrust them out of their country to all Southern Asia. We see the great potential these young people have in becoming what the prophecy spoke. They are growing in their understanding of becoming Sons of God for this end-time hour.

The third part of our trip consisted of working with the KMMS children’s school and the local fellowships in the Butuan area.

The School is in its fourth year of operation and at present consists of 95 children with a staff of eleven. This year added a new principal that is required by the government. Marissa, the new principal, come to us with much expertise in helping schools maintain the standards required by the government in day to day operations. We are most pleased with the growth and stability that the school is making. We have an excellent staff that work diligently to meet the needs of our students as well as their parents.

It has been a marvelous thing to see a church birthed from the establishment of the School. When the school first started, its purpose was to make it possible for the most disadvantaged children to have an opportunity to obtain a quality education with a Christian perspective. Through that opportunity for families that could not afford schooling, many mothers and fathers have accepted Christ in their lives insomuch that a church fellowship now operates each Sunday ministering to this newborn church. There is a remarkable change in particular in the lives of these mothers. The school, this new church and its members have become a living environment for the presence of God. We truly share with all those who are sponsors of the children and contributors to the support of the school that your funds are being well spent for this great work. The parents are very thankful for providing for their children. They expressed it to us over and over again throughout our time there.

Also we were blessed with the various fellowships and elders that labor with the brethren. We had a day of meetings with the various elders exhorting them with the responsibility that is given to them as well as the need to live as exemplary lives to the flock.

06 FloodAs many of you know, back in January the Butuan area and Mindanao Island experienced a tropical depression that brought continual rain for 15 straight days. That depression resulted in a flood on the island that affected many of the brethren, the children’s school and all of the families that attended the school.

We had sent out a need to all of the brethren in late January and the response by the brethren in the USA and Czech Republic produced an amount of $5,580 to be taken to help our brethren there recover from the flood. The elders and the school board members put together a detailed list of the losses by the school, its staff, the children’s families and the brethren that we are working with. From that list we were able to distribute the money to all those involved who were affected by the flood.

Through the money that was taken for the Philippine Flood relief, we were able to give financial support to 126 families. 70 of those families have students at the KMMS children’s school. The remaining 56 families were brethren from various fellowships that we labor with who were directly affected by the flood. Of those families, many of them lost wages. They lived on just a watery rice soup in order to survive during the time when they could not get out of their homes. We were able to give funds for the rebuilding of 5 homes and cottages that were completely destroyed by the floods. 12 families were reimbursed for partial damage to their homes and destroyed appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators. Money was also supplied to replant a rice field that was completely destroyed. One fellowship lost their amplifier, speakers and chairs through the flood so funds were given to replace them. In addition, 750 dollars was donated for the repair and painting of the school and its furniture that was affected by the flood.

04 Flood DamageAll in all, $5,580 was donated to the Philippine Flood Relief and $5,581 was distributed out to minister to the needs affected by the flood. Praise the Lord!

We have received many testimonies from our Filipino brethren that were touched and blessed by the outpouring their needs being met. They are extremely thankful for the generosity that was showered upon them.

We the team (Mark & Rita, Jim, Mark, Susan & myself) want to personally thank everyone that gave for this important need. Every dollar that was given went directly to our brethren there in the Philippines.

May the Lord bless each of you abundantly for your obedience in your prayers, intercession and giving on behalf of the work and brethren in the Philippines.

George and Susan Herrig

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