Hey Church Family,
As many of you know I just got back from my first trip to the Philippines. When Pastor Mark first mentioned this trip, my heart leapt at the chance to be able to serve The CURE and see all that God is doing through Maranatha Christian Fellowship.
Growing up at The Tabernacle, I always heard about what Bishop Joe DiSarno was doing in the Philippines. I prayed about it and got the “yes” but was afraid of the thing most people are – the funds. The Lord blessed me through so many people and Tab Global, and made this Buffalo girl’s dream come true. This was just the beginning of what God was doing.
Once we arrived in the Philippines and walked into Maranatha Church, I saw a quote painted on the back wall that said, “This is a House of Dreams.” I knew I was home. While on the trip, we visited Rancho Ni Christo where girls rescued from the sex trade live. We also served over 500 street kids through the feeding program, prayed for the kids and parents in a slum town and ended the trip ministering at a 3 day youth conference where I saw hunger for the presence of the Lord like I’ve never seen. Even though we saw so much oppression and poverty, all I kept thinking about was the quote in Maranatha and it made me think of Bishop Reid. He is a man who has lived his life inspiring others to follow God’s dream for their lives. Being in Cebu and getting to see the fruit of Bishop Reid’s life really impacted me. God is doing something in the Philippines; He is awakening the dreams He has put inside His children.
I am so honored to have been sent on this trip. It has pushed me to continue to look at my life and ask myself “Am I taking steps towards the dreams God has placed inside of me?” I encourage you today to ask yourself this question. What do you need to do today to take a step towards God’s dream for you? Maybe it’s going on a missions trip yourself! Whatever it is, God is ready to make a way but He needs you to start walking it out!