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DREAMS COME TRUE
AUGUST UPDATE 2018

DEAR FRIEND,
We are so grateful for your prayers and partnership with Encounter Generation, Inc. Below is some of what has been happening with the ministry and personally.

MYANMAR DREAM COMES TRUE
In October, 2016, you will remember we began working on a project in partnership with Pastor R. and his team in Myanmar. The project was a three-story building that would house a church, a children’s home, a school for training up church planters and leaders, and a facility that would invest in wholistic community development. Thanks to you, by March, 2017, we had secured most of the needed funding. After some months of securing permits and by late 2017, construction began. This past June, 2018, the children began moving into the children’s home and classes began for the leadership training school for future church leaders in that nation. Pastor R’s dream, and our dream to partner with him and his team to reach Myanmar with the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has come to fruition.

This was the land Pastor R. and the ministry in Myanmar had when the vision was just a dream.

The foundation as it was being prepared and poured.

Construction happening.

The building as it is recently being finished.

The girls have moved into the children’s home part of the new building!

The boys have moved into the children’s home!

As leaders are trained in the school of leadership in the new building, more unreached villages with people like this (below) who have not heard of Jesus can be reached with practical help and the good news of God’s Kingdom.

A project that makes this much of an impact in a ministry and community and nation happens because partners like you come alongside us to see dreams like this happen. Many people will be impacted in a powerful and beautiful way because of your prayers and the investment you made.

Please pray for Pastor R. and his team as they work in a nation where persecution is real and ministry is difficult. Yet they serve sacrificially for the sake of Christ and for those He died for who have yet to hear the good news & live with many needs. Please pray for that nation, for peace, for the believers there and for the good news of the Kingdom to be carried humbly, proclaimed boldly and demonstrated powerfully throughout the land.

Article On Myanmar
https://www.christianpost.com/news/myanmar-bombs-60-churches-in-18-months-replaces-some-with-buddhist-pagodas-225673/

UNITED STATES and MARRIED LIFE
I am currently back in the USA. I returned from Asia a bit earlier than anticipated in late May due partially to an infection that I have still been dealing with. I can function fine, but I have not felt 100%. Doctors are working to remedy the issue, and we are praying for God’s touch and complete healing.

Speaking of dreams coming true, as I was preparing to come back, my then fiancé Amanda and I decided to get married sooner than originally planned. So on July 7, with our families present, we made our vows to one another. Next to Jesus, Amanda is the best thing to happen to me!

My wife Amanda and me: Mrs. and Mrs. Gilliam!

Amanda and I had the privilege of ministering at a youth camp and at two churches in West Virginia in late July. There is also much more to update you on from events in the Philippines as well as many future plans. We will share from the West VA trip and update you on the rest very soon in the next update. I will be traveling a lot and continuing Encounter Generation’s work. Trips back to Asia for multiple weeks, to Jamaica and to Uganda are being planned. But I wanted to share with you the good news of what God has done in Myanmar and how your prayers, partnership and gifts have helped propel that ministry forward into greater Kingdom impact.

Thank you for your love for God, your prayers, your love for lost people and for believing in me, Encounter Generation and our partners in the nations as we work together to advance the Gospel and to see God’s Kingdom come and His will done among the nations as His will is in Heaven.

David Gilliam

Encounter Generation, Inc.
P.O. Box 523
Marion, VA 24354

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Daily Prayer Guide for Uganda Mission
January and February, 2018

Following is a Prayer Guide for David Gilliam’s Mission Trip with a Team with MedReach, Inc. This prayer guide was provided by MedReach, Inc. (http://www.medreachinc.org)

Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 27 & 28: Travel Days

-Pray that all team members will make their flights, that the weather will be good, and that all luggage will arrive as scheduled.
-Pray for an easy and uneventful passage through Customs! (always a concern)
-Pray that all the team will be of one heart and mind in Christ, aware of His presence, peace, and joy.

Monday, January 29: Travel by bus to village in northern Uganda, set up camp and clinic

-Pray for safe travel on the long bus ride.
-Pray that each of us will have a sense of anticipation about the work of the Holy Spirit in our ministry, and a servant’s heart as we seek to be obedient to His leading.

Tuesday, Jan. 30: Begin clinic and ministries and pastors’ conference; show Jesus film in 2 villages

-Pray for unity among team members, and between Americans and our African partners.
-Pray that the Lord would be preparing hearts to hear and receive the Gospel message.
-Pray for wisdom and compassion for the medical team as they seek to bring the Lord’s healing to their patients.
-Pray for rest and recovery from jet lag and stress.

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Clinic and ministries, pastors’ conference, show Jesus film in 2 villages

-Pray for the healing of our patients, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
-Pray for the national pastors who are attending the conference, that they would have a great sense of the moving of the Holy Spirit in their midst.
-Pray that each of us will take the opportunity to pray with patients and their families, sharing the Good News of Jesus’ love for them.

Thursday, Feb 1: Clinic and ministries, pastors’ conference; show Jesus film in 2 villages

-Pray for the health of each team member, and especially for team leaders Steve and SL Hudson. -Pray that each of us will be able to cope gracefully with long work hours and much less personal time and space than usual.
-Pray that God will lead us through the barriers of cross-cultural ministry, to find hearts already prepared to receive His Word.

Friday, Feb 2: Clinic and ministries, pastors’ conference, show Jesus film in 2 villages

-Pray for the leaders of the pastors’ conference as they encourage fellow believers in the truth of God’s Word.
-Pray for our eyes to be opened that we might see our patients as Jesus saw the multitudes, so that our hearts would overflow with His love and compassion.

Saturday, Feb. 3: Clinic and ministries, pastors’ conference, closing ceremony

-Pray that the wonderful bond of Christ’s love will continue to bind our Ugandan and American team members together.
-Pray that the local churches and leaders will be encouraged and strengthened, and that we will all experience the joy of fellowship together.
-Pray that on this last day of clinic and ministry we will still have the same sense of purpose, the same zeal, the same enthusiasm, the same energy as on the first day.

Sunday, Feb. 4: Break camp, travel to game park

-Pray for safe travel, for our bus driver, and for our witness to him if he is not a believer
-Pray that we will continue to feel the work of the Holy Spirit, and will continue in the spirit of mission as we relax and unwind.

Monday, Feb. 5: safari, boat ride up the Nile, and hike to Murchison Falls

-Pray that we would experience true rest, relaxation, and recuperation.
-Pray for all those who became new believers through the Lord’s work during this mission.
-Pray that we all will be aware of the blessing of allowing God to work through us.

Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 6 & 7: travel back to Kampala and fly home

-Pray for safe travel and continued good health as we again deal with fatigue and jet lag.
-Pray that our flights are on schedule and uneventful, that connections are made smoothly, and that luggage arrives home with its owners.
-Pray that our work and witness brought encouragement and blessing to fellow believers, brought new believers into the Kingdom, and brought honor and glory to our God.

And finally, we thank each of you for your faithfulness in prayer, and we appreciate so much being part of the Body of Christ with you. While you may not have physically gone with us to Uganda, in the Lord’s eyes and ours, you were serving alongside us, so that our ministry could be fruitful and God-honoring. We may not know the final results of this labor, yours and ours, this side of Glory, but we know that your partnership with us in prayer has been a vital support during this mission.

Apwoyo matek (thanks very much), and Lubanga omini gum (God bless you)!

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DEAR FRIEND,

We are so grateful for your prayers and partnership with this ministry. Below is some of the latest news on what’s been happening in the Philippines and Myanmar.

 

PEOPLE MATTER TO GOD

Jeffry grew up in the south Philippines, where Islam is very prevalent and terrorism and radical Islam is posing a very big problem these days. You may have seen some of the stories in the news. Jeffry moved to Tagaytay City (one of our churches is there) to look for construction work. Jeffry received Jesus as His Savior and Lord in that church.

Our Associate Pastor in Tagaytay, Pastor Ronnie, has invested his life in Jeffry. Jeffry has even started attending our School of Ministry with Pastor Ronnie. Even though he is too late to graduate with this class, he is so hungry to learn about the Word of God. He even told someone not too long ago that he wanted to be a pastor one day. He has endured some persecution from his family for his decision to follow Jesus, but he continues to grow in his love for Jesus and for God’s Word. We have seen four Muslims come to faith in Jesus Christ in Tagaytay and look forward to seeing what God has in store for Jeffry.


 
Denzel is pictured above at youth camp, on the right, next to one of his youth leaders, Faith. Denzel came for prayer for some problems he was having with his intestines. He was prayed for. While he was being prayed for, something felt like it was moving around in his stomach and when he went back to the doctor that week, the Lord had already healed Denzel. The doctor said there was no more problem. We honor God and are thankful to Him for being our Healer. Denzel was baptized at youth camp this summer.

 

Youth Camp Students Above in a Fishing Boat

SUMMER ACTIVITIES

After returning from Myanmar to the Philippines in April, several events began happening across our network. Our Alfonso Church held a youth camp with nearly 50 attendees. The theme was Born Identity, helping youth discover their identity in relationship with God. Many young people talked about how much the camp meant to them. At the end of the week, nearly 30 young people were baptized.

The Trece Martires Church held Vacation Bible School for nearly 80 children. Many of our youth and young adults in that church helped staff the Vacation Bible School, where the theme was: Unshakeable. Children had a great time, heard the Gospel, and learned the Word of God

 

 

 

Above are some pictures from Vacation Bible School, including Pastor Dion with two VBS kids.

PRAYER NEEDS

With the building project in Myanmar, Robin is still in the process of dealing with the paperwork and government permits so we can get started. Hopefully we can break ground soon.

In Tagaytay City, the church is in real need of moving to a new location. We are looking for land to either buy or lease and to try to build. Please pray for God’s wisdom, favor and hand at work in these situations.

I am writing the next discipleship curriculum for all of our members and small groups. Please pray for me as I write that what is written would help make fruitful disciples of Jesus, as He instructs us to do.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

Thank you for your love for God, your prayers, your love for lost Asia and for believing in me, Encounter Generation and our partners in Asia as we work together to advance the Gospel and to see God’s Kingdom come and His will done in Asia as it is in Heaven.

Your Friend,

 

David Gilliam

Youth Camp 2017: Born Identity

 

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DEAR FRIEND,
Below is the latest news on what’s been happening in the Philippines and Myanmar. It has been summertime in Myanmar and in the Philippines, and much has been going on.

TRIP TO MYANMAR

I spent much of April in the country of Myanmar. I have detailed in other updates about how the country has changed for the better because of a recently changing government. Greater economic freedom and greater religious freedom have made it easier to share the Gospel, though places of government corruption and a 90% Buddhist country still make things somewhat difficult.

Working alongside our partner in Myanmar, Pastor Robin Kung and his team with Christ for Asia, we: 1. Held a church training day 2. Held a revival service night 3. Held a week-long youth camp 4. Visited the existing Sidewalk Sunday School program 5. Visited and shared in several small group locations 6. Preached in the main church in Yangon 7. Spent time with the children’s home kids 8. And spent much time encouraging Robin and his team of leaders.

We also scoped out the location for the two-story building project we have been planning for, which will house the main church in the big city of Yangon, Myanmar, the leadership training school for future leaders and church planters, and the children’s home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is Wai Wai, who is a business woman who owns the pictured hotel and restaurant, has been attending the Yangon church. To the left is Robin Kung, senior pastor of the Myanmar ministry and to the right, James Aung, is associate pastor of the Myanmar Yangon ministry.

Below is me speaking at the youth camp with Pastor James translating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is Robin Kung, teaching the Gospel to a group of Buddhists attending the youth camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is the total group picture from the youth camp in Myanmar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIRACLES IN MYANMAR

To the left, is a young pastor of one of the village churches with Christ for Asia Myanmar. (Christ for Asia Myanmar has the home church in the city of Yangon and 4 village churches. A team is currently working to plant a 5th village church). The older gentlemen to the right was a former Buddhist, who has been a Christian for about a year. He lives in the village of this pastor. One day he came upon the scene of a boy who had drown. The boy reportedly had been under water for about 30 minutes and was dead. The man went up to the boy, leaned down and put his hands on him and prayed for him. The boy came back to life. There were multiple witnesses as a crowd surrounded the scene and news about Jesus spread in the village because of that. That was one of the many great stories I have heard about what God is doing in Myanmar. I will try to share more in the future.

SIDEWALK SUNDAY SCHOOL
To the left is Dim Lam Kim, from a wedding she attended. She leads the Sidewalk Sunday School for the ministry in Myanmar.

Also, above and to the right is a picture from the Sidewalk Sunday School that took place during Youth Camp. Because of your partnership, Encounter Generation has been able to invest in hiring up to two more workers to help Dim Lam Kim and to expand Sidewalk Sunday School into the village regions to reach children and their families with the tangible love and truth of Jesus Christ. You are making that possible!

PHILIPPINES SUMMER

Youth camps and Vacation Bible Schools have been abounding in the Philippines in April and May. As school gets ready to start back in June and rainy season begins to set in, I will update you in the June update on happenings here.

Thank you for your love for God, your prayers, your love for lost Asia and for believing in me, Encounter Generation and our partners in Asia as we work together to advance the Gospel and to see God’s Kingdom come and His will done in Asia as it is in Heaven.

Your Friend,

David Gilliam

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Joy, bottom left, and the Sidewalk Sunday School team at the new outreach location

MARCH 2017 UPDATE

CONTINUED GROWTH
In our ministry in the Philippines, the Sidewalk Sunday School outreach called K.I.C.K.ers (Kids in Christ’s Kingdom) is reaching out to a new neighborhood in Trece Martires, Philippines. This has allowed us the opportunity to feed children (often from very difficult circumstances) and to provide for them a fun environment to meet friends, play, sing, learn practical life values and learn about Jesus and HIs love for them. Joy, (pictured front left) was a graduate of our School of Ministry last year, and she continues to lead this ministry very faithfully and skillfully. She incorporates other adults and youth into the team which ministers to these kids and their families. A new weekly Bible study was launched in this community as well through the work of this outreach. The reputation Joy has developed leading this program has also opened doors for her to lead and coordinate children’s programs and outreaches on mission trips to the northern mountains of the Philippines and other places for the ministry I had a chance to serve and help pioneer 12 plus years ago, Acts 13 Initiative. (Now know as Project Acts Mission Challenge and fully Filipino-led).

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Neil, one of our youth volunteers & a student in the School of Ministry, helping Sidewalk Sunday School

As most of you know, we have a network of three churches covering three cities in the province of Cavite, Philippines, just south of Manila. This network includes the Sidewalk Sunday School outreach to children, referenced above. It also includes our School of Ministry that trains up leaders and pastors from our three churches as well as from one church from outside our network. The School of Ministry has finished up its first trimester and is already moving into its next one with around 17 students, including two of our associate pastors, who are faithfully investing their time to grow and develop as spiritual leaders. Pastor Dion, also a graduate of our first batch of students in the School of Ministry, pastors the church in Trece Martires and now serves as the Assistant Director of the School of Ministry. So he leads the school when I am away. We have seen God take us from around 7 leaders in the initial church in the Philippines to currently 40-plus leaders who are serving in some capacity in our network. We are seeing God’s faithfulness and the fruit of intentionally equipping and mentoring leaders.

NEW HORIZONS
As I returned from time in the states, things were running quite well in the Philippines. This and the number of leaders we have in our team here have freed me to expand into new opportunities. I am starting to travel out and speak other places much more.

On April 3, I travel to Myanmar for two and a half weeks to speak at a youth camp, to hold a revival service, to speak in churches and small groups and to survey the situation as we begin the building project there with our friend and church planter, Pastor Robin Kung. Our largest project for the year is a two-story building that will allow Robin and his team’s ministry in Myanmar the following opportunities:

  • Provide a training center to equip and raise up church planters, pastors and future church and community leaders.
  • Provide basic training for life and job skills to a community where training can improve the opportunities and lifestyle for many.
  • Provide a permanent home for the base church in Yangon.
  • Provide an orphanage for children, many who were displaced because of Civil War.
  • Reach out to children in holistic ways through Sidewalk Sunday School.
  • Hold revival services, training conferences, youth camps, mentor and equip leaders and much more!

This is such an exciting opportunity for us to come alongside Robin and see happen. We believe it will not just meet so many practical needs. We believe this will help facilitate opportunities for the Kingdom of God to be demonstrated throughout Myanmar.

Please pray for me as I travel to Myanmar, for fruitful ministry, good health, energy for a busy schedule, divine connections and meetings and the demonstration of the Kingdom of God so that people would meet the King. The King is why we do what we do in this ministry. Abundant life, eternal purpose in life and life everlasting is found in Him. Thank you for your prayers for me and all our team and connections in Asia and in the U.S. and for all you do to make this ministry possible in Asia. None of this happens without partners like you.

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14724547_10153791324957330_3209770810401529936_n-2If you would like to partner financially with our trip to Myanmar or our work in the Philippines or anything else we are doing, you can do so by clicking on the Give button above for online giving or instructions on other ways to give. I’m very grateful for your prayers, partnership and part in all the Lord is doing.

Together,
David Gilliam

Pictures above are of the land where Myanmar headquarters will be built and Robin Kung and his family. Wife, No Mi. Children, Olivia, Anna, Bella.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20

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