Our MTM team came away from our most recent Filipino mission’s conference with a great burden of the heart. 75% of the Filipino men go to Saudi Arabia or Kuwait to earn more money (to send back home) leaving the wife and the children behind. Even many men in the church are doing this and on the most part (not totally) women are leading the churches. Several sisters with broken hearted tears shared with us how their sons are not coming to Christ because they have no fathers. There is such a dire need in the Philippine churches for teaching on the marriage home and the family.
Following is pastor Jeamy’s personal testimony of the recent mission’s conference in the Philippines; My personal testimony regarding MTM seminar conducted by MTM hosted by Oriental Missionary Fellowship for Christ OMFC) last Oct. 5-7 2015 in Lanigay, Polangui, Albay, Philippines. Our main speakers were Pastor Raymond Burkholder and Pastor Merle Flory.
MTM Ministry Team, L-R, Pastor Jeamy & Fanny, Merle & Judy Flory, Raymond & Naomi Burkholder & Sister Annie
Since 2000, I was called by God to do mission but I am already a Pastor for 20 years in my former denomination. On 2002, God lead me to study cross-culture Mission in MCGM, Malaysia. After graduating I came back to the Philippines full of courage and enthusiasm to mobilize Pastors and Christian workers to do mission. But to my surprise Christian Leaders and Pastors almost 97% ignore my vision, thinking that doing Mission is another kind of doctrine that will destroy their churches. So I felt discouraged to encourage other Pastors, but I continue my vision and calling to my own people and after 12 years I raise up 12 Pastors and 12 missionaries and able to plant 12 local churches. But personally I admit that I am beginning to feel dry in pursuing my calling and vision to make my province into a Missionary sending province because I am the only one doing what I am doing. Nobody wants to join me in my province so I started to pray for partners. So I was so happy to see the ministry of MTM on the internet, so I did not hesitate to invite them to come to the Philippines to help me mobilize our Pastors. I thank MTM to send to us Pastor Raymond Burkholder and Pastor Merle Flory to speak as our guest to our international Discipleship last Oct. 5-7 2015. And it bring great results
The Full Missions Conference Group In The Philippines
- I was very much encourage in continuing what God called me to do and blessed to become a partner with MTM.
- It changes my focus to train more men for leadership rather than women. With a vision to see that men or husbands leading the family in serving God like what Joshua said… “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Josua 24:15)
- The impression of the Pastors was changed at this mission’s conference. They learn that mission is not another or some different doctrines. They believe that mission is a purpose of God in the church stated in the Bible from Old Testament to the New Testament. The church need to know God and make Him known to others.
So I pray that God will allow the MTM to come again to the Philippines for another mission training in the coming years. It is my great joy to the Lord to become a partner of MTM in building God’s Kingdom. Thank you for all your prayers and concern. May God richly bless MTM.
Editors Note; The above article was written by our native Filipino pastor Jeamy A. Nacario, I was so blessed and challenged by our dear pastors open honest heart as the Lord was ministering to all of us during this conference times. Thank you my dear brother for allowing God to minister through you to all of us. If anyone would wish to contact pastor Jeamy here is is his contact info; Oriental Missionary Fellowship for Christ, Inc., #276 Zone 3, LANIGAY, POLANGUI, ALBAY, Philippines, Zip Code 4506, SEC Reg. # 00272, Email: email@example.com