Dear Prayer Partners,
From the farm and the church in Barili we have a great view of the Mt Kanlaon, one of the active volcanoes (seen in the picture above). There are 50 volcanoes in the Philippines of which 18-20 are still active (have erupted during the last 300 years). During 1996, 7 mountain climbers were killed while climbing when Mt Kanlaon had a small volcanic eruption. The most well-known volcanoes in the Philippines are Mt Pinatubo which had a major eruption in 1993 and Mayon volcano, the most active volcano in the Philippines with more than 46 eruptions the last 400 years. Like the volcanoes there are two groups of Christians, those who are dead or asleep and those who are active. All the active volcanoes are being monitored and Satan also monitor the active Christians because he is afraid of what they can do but he don’t care much about the rest. I hope Satan is monitoring you also.
The church in Barili is growing slowly. The thing that we are most excited about is that many of those who were attending the Bible Studies have now started new Bible Study groups. The students have formed pairs and now they started 4 new Bible Study groups, one adult and 3 student groups. The new Bible studies are small, between 3-5 new people, but it means that the young Christians are reproducing themselves, and that is important. Pray for the leaders of these Bible studies : Pacia, Josua and Jessy, Gikay and Fatima, Marco and Emile.
Please keep on praying for the Sunday School. Many children come for a short time and then they stop coming again. We always need to encourage them and ask them to come. Pray for our Sunday school teachers that God will give them wisdom, and joy so that can continue to teach and encourage the children. Please pray for the teachers: Luzviminda (she is the leader of the Sunday School and is also studying at a Bible school), Maria, Josua, Jessy, Alana and Fatima.
I would like to request special prayer for Rey and his wife Shirley. Rey is one of the farm workers hand he and his wife had a Bible Study in their house for long time now, but they still did not fully commit to Jesus. Pray for a breakthrough in their spiritual life.
We were greatly blessed when a Korean church blessed the Barili church buy providing the funds for a tile floor and windows. As we started to put the tiles we discovered the floor was not level at all and we needed much more cement than what we budgeted for. As a result we could only put the tiles on the floor, but still no windows.
We requested financial support for Luzviminda as she attends Bible School in our last news letter. Praise God, we did receive some support but enough only for 3 months. Please pray with us for her support.
1. Pray for the new Bible Study leaders: Pacia, Josua and Jessy, Gikay and Fatima, Marco and Emile.
2. Pray for the Sunday School Teachers: Luzviminda, Maria, Josua, Jessy, Alana and Fatima.
3. Pray for Rey and Sherley
4. Pray for our health and wisdom so that we minister well.
Petrus and Chunghee Vercueil