The following prayer update was written by Bolen and Jorge de Ramos. Please read it and pray for our Filipino ministry. Allan and Ione
JIFF MOVED TO YAUMATEIWe've moved to another auditorium. It is an auditorium of Pui Ching Academy, that is large enough to seat as much as 400 people. It has an enormous platform and ample furnitures and fixtures. This is more than enough for our need for more seating space at church. Our former auditorium could seat only up to 50 people. We had as much as 80 coming every week. Now we have so much space to accommodate 4 times our present size.
EE Graduates posing at the platform of JIFF's new worship hall
We were given a three month contract at first by our hosts to test our relationship with them. We see it as God's way to see if we would be faithful in pursuing his purposes.
We find the staff and leaders of the Pui Ching academy excited about having a church to use their facilities on weekends. We were welcomed warmly. Allan Smith and Jorge were invited to help out in their English conversation program for their students. They also would like us to share God's word with them in their social activities like teachers' fellowships and students' assembly. This creates more open doors for the work in God's Kingdom.
We do look forward for a more fruitful ministry.
Last week Malen excitedly shared with Bolen her encounter with her employer. She was greeted for the Chinese New Year with two wishes: that she will have good health and that she will enjoy life. Malen says, this greeting is a far cry from her greeting in the previous year where she was given five wishes related to her work.
The employer noted that she liked the joyful countenance that she always displays at home. Malen responded by saying that it is her faith in Jesus that brings her joy. She continued by challenging her employer to place her faith in Jesus as well. This brought her to think about the matter again.
This has been one of the number of encounters with her agnostic employers where she has shared with them the gospel.
Do pray for Malen as she sustains her witness them.
Practicing for the on the job training at the park
This is the kind of story that we would like to see happen dozens of times all over. This is the reason why we are in Hong Kong: to see OFWs shining for Jesus Christ not merely among fellow Filipinos but also among peoples of other cultures. We want to see them engage in cross cultural witness where they are. Join us in imploring God to see this happen.
Malen is one of those who have recently completed the Everyday Evangelism (EE) training offered at JIFF. There were seven others who completed the training. Most of them are very enthusiastic in bringing other people to Christ.
Chinese New Year is the longest and biggest holiday in Hong Kong. Most helpers are given as much as two days holiday. We use these days to do a special conference entitled "Sa Aking Pagbabalik: Preparing For Your Homecoming," We had Rev. Rey Avante minister God's Word to the participants. His wife Gloria trained them in putting together fashion jewelries that can be used to raise funds for the OFW Family Camp. Allan Smith and Eugene Sebuela talked about "How to Start a Small Business" and "Principles of Financial Freedom" respectively. There were fifty women who participated. Thank you for supporting us in prayer through this conference.
Stringing beads for the Psalm 23 bracelet. They memorize Scriptures while working on the jewelries