Perhaps it might be good to close off this blog with some reflecting thoughts of our first training session in the
Thinking back, we can be thankful to God that all went well and that He kept us
safe and was near to our families back home. We are also thankful for all the prayers and support from our Providence Church family and broader community!
It was a joy to be of service to God and to our brothers and sisters in the
God gave us much reason for joy! There
was a genuine desire to learn of the Reformation. There is genuine desire to
follow God’s Word faithfully and return to the truth contained in it. A number
of pastors whom we had contact with already had a good understanding of the
Reformed doctrines. This is something to be very thankful for.
Our time in the
allowed us to become more familiar with God’s people there, to strengthen
relationships and make new ones. We also
were able to learn of the difficulties and concerns of those desiring to follow
the Reformed faith. Following God’s Word comes with a cost and the cost for
these brothers and sisters is very real. Pentecostal pastors with once sizable
congregations are now pastors of congregations with few in number. Support and finances becomes a concern.
Still though there is reason for smiles. (Filipino people are known for their
smiles even in hardship.) “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet
trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your
faith produces steadfastness.”(James 1:2,3) During our conversations it was evident that
there has been blessing and a knowledge that our faithful God would continue to
bless their faithfulness.
Please pray that these young congregations continue to stand firm in the faith, continue to be watchful and to be strong. “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” (1Cor.16: 13,14) Please pray that they, and we, continue to love one another. “Love does no wrong to a neighbour…” (Romans 13: 10)The journey for these congregations will not be easy, but we rest in the knowledge that through the Word the Holy Spirit is at work in the