“how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news…”, i heard this in 1995 from a mentor pastor, entitled “foot spa”, now in cebu, a year before we relocated to Bacolod City.
Our early years in missions…we thank God for our friends from YWAM, back in 1997, they were used by GOD to expose us in missions while we cooperate with HIM as we co-managed our software and hardware business.
Missions aligned us to His heart in church planting…we formally asked to be released from our previous church to be involved in what God is doing in missions in the Body of Christ, that sunday of June 2007, GOD ministered to us through the preaching “Hurting People Hurt People, Healed People Help People”…that in the process of obeying God, His leaders, unknowingly-unintentionally left wounds in us and thank God that our small group ministry nurtured us back to forgive, be healed, be equipped and served Him. By His grace, we have been a part of team who pioneered a site in Bacolod City. By June 2009, God called us to continue the work in Iloilo City as site leaders and shepherd the flock. We got introduced in 2012 to the truth that MISSION and missions are two different terms, to be part of World Christian Movement, through facilitating the Kairos Course, we got involved in the mobilization of the Body of Christ for Mission.
After more than seven years, being prepared by God to face new opportunities and new challenges, we obeyed Him to renew our vows, and declare blessings to our children, GOD’s opportunities and blessings came also with new challenges…to follow Him again in MISSION…to be a blessing to the Body of Christ, again we experience that our obedience to GOD has its costs, we had to endorse our site pastoral functions, praise GOD for our local leadership team-readied by GOD, so that we can be able to work in the Body of Christ. In so doing, we receive healthy and unhealthy feedbacks, the later leaving wounds again in the inside. But GOD is ALWAYS GOOD, HE MAKES OUR FEET BEAUTIFUL.
We arrive in Port Dickson October 9, 2014 to attend Raphah School of Prayer Counseling and Healing. I remember telling our Raphah mentors and leaders that it is not “traumatic” but “exciting” why we got lost in the bigness of KLIA2. We received LOVE, GOD spoke again to us, HE reconciled us to HIS MESSAGE “hurting people hurt people”. This is no longer a coincidence, i said to myself, that every time we pursued to obey HIM in MISSION, that phrase “hurting people hurt people” comes into the picture…throughout the school…in 14 days of rigorous 830am to 10pm classes with personal prayer counseling sessions, GOD revealed to us that we are hurting, wounded and needs restoration and healing…past and present, all throughout we saw how the prayer counseling and healing process, pointing to JESUS’, HIS LORDSHIP, HIS Word, His finished work at THE CROSS and with the comforting presence of The HOLY SPIRIT at work in us as beloved children of GOD. We saw that even in my troubled and difficult childhood, GOD is already at work in me.GOD’s prophetic revelations were uttered also for us during the school and we received them personally as GOD’s message to us…”do not fear to step on un-chartered paths” and “an old spring will dry up but a new spring with fresh waters you will drink from”, the latter statement an affirmation of an email message coming from one of our mentors but the term used was “brooks” instead of “springs”. We Thank GOD for the encouragement that through the gifts that HE has blessed HIS people we were restored, made whole for HIS PURPOSE!
We also saw the church-the Body of Christ, broken, wounded, sick, flying with one wing because the other wing is broken, that instead of soaring high to obey GOD’s purpose and will, to bring the TESTIMONY of THE GOSPEL to ALL NATIONS, for the GLORY of GOD to cover the earth as the waters covers the seas…the church keeps moving in circles not advancing…the enemy at work in stealing, destroying and killing GOD’s people. God revealed to us how prayer counseling as an essential Biblical process and an effective ministry will remove the blinders and uproot-destroy strongholds, in a spiritual battle, in the mind and hearts of God’s people so that they can live a full life in obeying GOD’s MISSION just as JESUS’ promised in John 10:10. GOD also allowed us to see how HE has used our Malaysian brethren to bless the nations of the world, HE also revealed to us the Daniels, of today, in Babylon, in foreign lands, the Filipino Christian OFW’s, that instead of having the Daniel’s anointing, of not compromising, they missed GOD’s outworking in their life in their country of destination and have also been a channel of the enemy’s destruction in their family back home because of unresolved hurts, broken past and unhealed deep wounds. Thank You HOLY SPIRIT for revealing these things to us!
We thank the LORD for HIS WAYS is higher than our ways, all we have to do is fully yield and YIELD we do…we have, in FAITH, decided to follow HIM to start the prayer counseling and healing ministry with us under accountability to GOD and to our mentors in Raphah Malaysia. We have decided also to continue our MISSION mobilization under accountability to Living Springs International, facilitating Kairos Course- we will be doing this as GOD outwork HIS PLAN for us in the BODY of CHRIST, in HIS PERFECT WILL. By the grace of GOD, we will still continue with our covenanted church life with ONE HIS LIFE as we work with various members of THE BODY of CHRIST!
We give thanks to GOD for allowing us to live a FULL LIFE here in Iloilo, Bacolod, Manila, Philippines, Malaysia and in ALL NATIONS, wherever HE leads us. We don’t know what’s next but we are certain that IN HIM WE WILL MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING!
We give thanks to YAHWEH GOD, the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that in CHRIST JESUS and in the power of THE HOLY SPIRIT, that all GOD’s people, baptists, pentecostals, methodists, anglicans and other groups, who have been chosen and have received the call of GOD, who have been reconciled, who have been born by the spirit of GOD, that in HIS TIME, we will all come to the maturity of our faith- in Christ likeness and reign with KING JESUS in eternity. Maranatha!