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Logo Left ColumnAUGUST UPDATE 2016

DEAR FRIEND,
Thank you so much for praying for and partnering with me and our team in Asia and in the USA. Your partnership is producing fruit of the Kingdom of God. Here are some stories of what God is doing in Asia and of which you are a significant part.

MYANMAR TRIP
After an extremely packed summer (April and May) and ministry schedule here in the Philippines, June brought the beginning of kids going back to school and more of a routine schedule. The May graduation of the School of Ministry allowed for a break in that schedule as well. So in July, I traveled to Myanmar, a country in southeast Asia bordering Thailand. Myanmar is around 88% Buddhist and only around 6% Christian.

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Myanmar Ministry
In Myanmar, I had a busy but fruitful and fulfilling schedule. I taught the end of a day-long seminar on Saturday, July 23, preached a revival service that night, preached two services Sunday morning, taught an English speaking class on Sunday afternoon, took a tour of the ministry there on Monday and spent a lot of good time with my friend and contact there. Then, on Tuesday, I taught at their Ministry Institute (similar to our School of Ministry) for about 4 hours and taught a small group that night before flying out Wednesday morning. It was a fast but wonderful trip, seeing God’s work there and scouting for future involvement.

When I first moved back to Asia in 2014, the vision in my heart was not just for the Philippines, but to see lost people reached with the hope of the Gospel, hurting people healed and helped, churches planted and leaders equipped and sent out in more than one place in Asia. So I went prayerfully scouting potential involvement in Myanmar in partnership with my friend Robin Kung.

My Friend in Myanmar, Robin Kung, and Me
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A Village Pastor and His Family
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The Children’s Home in Myanmar
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Robin has a church in the city, Yangon, Myanmar. They have a Ministry Institute there to train their leaders, similar to our School of Ministry, and they have four churches that have been planted in what were unreached villages in rural areas. They also have a children’s home with around 14 children who have been taken in from war-torn areas of the country and various other situations. I visited most of the ministry, including one of the village churches and the children’s home, pictured above.

It was a joy to see Robin again as he had become a great friend during my first stint in Asia back in 2002-2004. It was great to minister with him and see what God is doing there. I shared my passion and vision and the heart of Encounter Generation for Asia. Robin shared his dreams, and we agreed to pray together about how we might partner together to advance the Gospel of the Kingdom in that nation. Please pray with us as we seek the Lord’s heart for us in Myanmar.

Book Published
You might remember that I wrote a book a few years ago called Encounter: The Quest for the Real Thing. Robin had it translated into the Burmese language, and the translator liked it. Robin was going to give the book as a gift, but the translator suggested they try to sell it. So 500 copies have been published and will be for sale in Christian bookstores in Yangon. We will see how it does before printing anymore. Please pray God uses that book to impact peoples’ lives in a significant way.

Expansion in Trece Martires, Philippines
We are currently expanding the sanctuary of the church building in Trece Martires, Philippines. Their current room only holds about 40 people, so we are doing some work to allow the place to accommodate 100. The landlord did not want us to change the building at first, but as we all prayed, God was gracious and the landlord graciously allowed us to extend a lease and make the changes necessary for a church that had outgrown its facility. This change will be much cheaper than moving or other options that were available. People are excited at what God is doing there.

School of Ministry Philippines
On Sunday, July 17, we began the next batch for the School of Ministry. Last time, we started with 8 and saw 5 graduate. This time, we have started with 21 student leaders, so I am excited at the hunger of our people to grow as people, disciples and leaders. I have named Pastor Dion Ramos, the pastor of our Trece Martires church and a graduate of the first batch of School of Ministry, as my Assistant Director. He will facilitate and run the school when I need to be gone.

Upcoming Events-Pray With Us
Coming up on August 19-20, we are taking our leaders on an overnight retreat, for rest and revival. We also have a dedication service for the renovated building in Trece Martires on August 14. We have a mass wedding on August 29, which will allow several of our church members to marry who need to and want to. We are scheduled to host a marriage seminar, a children’s ministry seminar, a worship seminar and on September 18, we will have a big Encounter event for our whole network, similar to the annual Encounter event we used to do back in Marion, Virginia. This will be an evangelistic outreach and revival service on a Sunday morning. As you can see, many opportunities are here for people to grow in many different areas of life. Please pray for these upcoming activities, that we will see much fruit, that lost people will be saved, hurting people healed and helped, leaders equipped and that people will grow strong and stable in the Lord.

Thank You
In the background of all that God is doing, we face plenty of daily challenges. So we ask for your continued prayers for protection, wisdom and power to pray, teach and guide people in the ways that lead to life. Thank you for your partnership in the work of the Gospel in Asia. I wish you could see up close the difference you are making here as we partner together in the story God is writing here.

Sincerely,
David Gilliam

Encounter Generation, Inc.
P.O. Box 523
Marion, VA 24354
sdavidgilliam@hotmail.com
www.encountergeneration.com

Robin and Nomi’s Daughter
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The Book
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Myanmar Ministry Leadership Institute
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MAY UPDATE 2016
Logo Left ColumnDEAR FRIEND,
Thank you so much for praying for and partnering with me and our team in Asia and in the USA. Your partnership is producing fruit of the Kingdom of God. Here are some stories of what God is doing in Asia and of which you are a significant part.

BAPTISM
On Sunday, May 1, all three churches gathered together at a community basketball court for joint worship and baptism. It was a beautiful time of worship. People seemed unified and joyful. Then, our team of pastors gathered in the local river and baptized 40 people, including many new followers of Jesus.

Joint Service Praise and Worship
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The Team of Pastors
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Pastors Baptizing People
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One of Our Youth Being Baptized
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John, above, is one of our youth who was baptized. He was into drugs for quite some time. Now he is professing to follow Jesus and is serving God. His countenance has really changed, and it is exciting to see what God is doing in his life. He is telling others of how much better it is to follow and serve God than doing drugs.

Vacation Bible School
During the week of May 10 – 14, two of our churches held Vacation Bible School. Many of our youth in each location served as helpers and leaders. Together, with the core leaders of the churches, they did a terrific job, reaching 90 plus kids in one church and I think 60 plus kids in the other. Children had a great time and were ministered to throughout the week about “Strengthening the Foundation,” a curriculum written by Eiya, one of our leaders, based on our theme for 2016.

The kids were served food, encouraged and provided a great experience in the presence of God. The youth groups had a great experience learning to work together as a team and serving God. When I asked Riza, one of our youth, if she was excited about helping with VBS she said happily, “I am so so excited Pastor. This is my first time getting to help with VBS.” Her enthusiasm to serve was contagious and blessed me.

Vacation Bible School
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Core Church Leaders with Youth Helpers
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Two of our Children Sharing a Smile
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Kids Answering Their Teacher’s Question
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Two of the Youth Teachers/Helpers
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Riza
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Discipleship Graduation
On Sunday, May 8, the church at Trece Martires celebrated their completion of our discipleship experience called The Journey. It covers topics like Salvation, Baptism, Doctrine, Identity, Living as a Disciple, Reading the Bible, Prayer, Service, Community, Our Values and much more. All three churches have completed The Journey, with significant percentages of all ages in each church participating.

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School of Ministry Graduation
On Sunday, May 15, the first batch of students graduated from The School of Ministry. The testimonies they shared reflected that they did not just learn about God in their minds. They experienced Him in their hearts. One of our youth pastors said that the school often gave him answers he was praying for to problems he was dealing with in his ministry. Another pastor called it an answer to prayer. We presented them with a towel, to remind them that ministry means to serve, a Study Bible to keep growing, and a multiplication table to remind them to go and disciple others with what was imparted to them. We then washed their feet and prayed over them. It was such a meaningful night for me as well, as I have grown to love these men and women a lot, and I have learned from them as well.

The Five Graduates in the Middle with Their Towels in Hand Ready to Serve
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Presenting Study Bible to Graduate Pastor Jerico
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Washing the Students’ and Pastors’ Feet
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Rickleen (Dang), Graduate Certificate in Hand
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A Saved Life
Pastor Renee was out working one day, when he came across a man who was about to end his life. He and Pastor Dion encouraged him, and they called me to come counsel him that day. We had the privilege of seeing him just the other night, a bright countenance, full of hope and a future. God used Pastor Renee to save this person’s life. The man testified to the miracle God gave him that day. What an amazing God we serve. Please do not underestimate your prayers. They fuel miracles like this. Who knows but that your prayers were part of God’s sovereign work to lead Pastor Renee across this man’s path at just the right time.

Thank You
In the background of all that God is doing, we face plenty of daily challenges. People struggling with desperate financial need, illness, confusion and failures. We all have our problems. But we ask for your continued prayers for protection, wisdom and power to pray, teach and guide people in the ways that lead to life. Thank you for your partnership in the work of the Gospel in Asia. I wish you could see up close the difference you are making here as we partner together in the story God is writing here.

Sincerely,

David Gilliam

Encounter Generation, Inc.
P.O. Box 523
Marion, VA 24354
sdavidgilliam@hotmail.com
www.encountergeneration.com

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DEAR FRIEND,
Thank you so much for praying for and partnering with me and our team in Asia and in the USA.

YOUTH CAMP
This past month, I had the chance to speak at a youth camp for a ministry that I worked with in its very beginnings, back in 2002 to 2004. It was wonderful to see old friends and to meet new ones, as well as witness the ongoing fruit of those early beginnings and how the ministry is thriving under local leadership.

There were around 150 participants counting staff and campers. I had the chance to preach about the Gospel of the Kingdom on the first night. Others spoke the other nights, including a Christian, Filipino movie director and former actor. It was interesting to talk to him and learn a little bit about the media business here.

I stayed a good portion of the week, having the chance to visit with several of the young people and to pray for and encourage them. I also shared part of a writing project I have been working on about our identity. It is called Defined: When Heaven Tells You Who You Are. It is not complete, but I was able to finish enough for Encounter Generation to furnish a copy to the young people in hopes that they would be encouraged in the love of God and the freedom of the Gospel.

There were testimonies of the impact of the youth camp in the lives of the young people and staff. Around 20 youth from one of our churches were able to attend and some of our leaders helped staff the camp as well. They spoke of the impact on their lives also. (Below are a Few Pictures from the Youth Camp. More Pictures Follow at the End of the Update)

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DISCIPLESHIP
In our network of churches, I felt God leading us to make the theme for year 2016: “Strengthening the Foundation.” As a result, we have been focusing heavily on discipleship. Pastor Joseph and Pastor Dion have recently finished taking a high percentage of the church members through our discipleship program called The Journey in the context of their small groups. Small Groups allow for questions, more discussion and application.

The Journey discipleship study took our churches through topics such as: Salvation, Baptism, The Great Commandment, Our Identity as Believers, The Life of a Disciple (Up, In and Out utilized from Mike Breen), Basic Doctrine, God’s Word and Prayer, Finding Your Gifts and more. The churches have finished this study and will celebrate with certificates for those who completed the book.

PRAYER
Please pray for our pastors for wisdom, compassion and the power of the Holy Spirit as they teach and shepherd the souls of our church members in their small groups. Please pray for those being discipled in the groups, that they would grow strong in the Lord, rooted and established in Him. Please pray for me as I work to develop the next study for our small groups and oversee its implementation in our network.

COMING UP – BAPTISM AND GRADUATION
In the next two to three weeks as I write this, we will have a combined service with all three churches and celebrate baptism. Several people are wanting to be baptized. I will preach about baptism, and then the pastors will baptize those in their churches who are ready to do that.

We will also be celebrating the first graduation of the School of Ministry for our leaders in May. Please pray for these events that they will be meaningful times that impact peoples’ lives forever.

PARTNERSHIP
Thank you for all you do to help make this possible. To let you know, in addition to our normal operations, we do have need of Bibles for people. Many do not own one. We also want to present our School of Ministry graduates with Study Bibles. In addition, we have a team from within our network developing new discipleship materials, evangelistic materials, kids’ materials, etc. If you would like to make a special, designated donation to Bibles/Discipleship Materials, all of it would go to those things and would be a big help.

Your partnership in prayer, financial partnership, encouragement and in other ways is an invaluable part of what God is doing here. On behalf of our Board and USA team and Asia team, thank you for being part of this. You are making a tangible and eternal difference in peoples’ lives. – David

You can give online on this website under the page GIVE.

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

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Logo Left ColumnFEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE
DEAR FRIEND,
Thank you so much for praying for and partnering with me and our team in Asia and in the USA. I hope your 2016 is off to a good start.

PHILIPPINES
January’s update focused on my trip to India. This is a quick update on some happenings in the Philippines. I am excited that all three churches are pretty much financially self-sufficient, in that they can all be self-sustaining and pay their basic bills without Encounter Generation right now. We pray that continues to happen and grow to the next level, but that has been something we have prayed for and that we have worked hard to help position the churches to become. That has felt like a breakthrough to see what God has done in that area.

SIDEWALK SUNDAY SCHOOL (KICKERS)
With the trip to India in December and the January update being about India, I did not get to share pictures from the Sidewalk Sunday Christmas parties, as we wrapped up outreach in the two locations with a big Christmas celebration finale. These two outreach locations have served communities near two of our churches. Relationships will continue with those kids and their families, though we are preparing to move the outreach to different communities to reach out to those children and their families as well. One of the great things about this ministry has been the youth that have been intentionally mentored to do this ministry. They are even teaching Kids’ Church now along with visiting homes and helping with the Sidewalk Sunday School outreach.

Christmas Party
Pastor Dion, Dang and Joy (our Two Kickers Coordinators) in the front of a great group of kids.
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Dang (Kicker Coordinator) with a happy group of kids receiving Christmas gifts.
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Two youth volunteers teaching the kids in group.

CHURCH LIFE
Following are pictures from the Youth Group of our Trece Martirez Church. Their first anniversary celebration/outreach, their Christmas party and general group picture.
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Below are two pictures from a parade our Alfonso Church participated in with other churches from that city:
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We enjoyed a visit from Pastor John and Mrs. Jean Chapman from Calvary Church of SWVA in Chilhowie, VA in late January. I do not have a picture to share, but they were a great blessing to us.

I am training our leaders this month in The Divine Plumb Line, an inner healing course by Dr. Bruce Thompson and also teaching them on the Father-Heart of God. I am praying that in a month where love is celebrated, that our leaders all experience wonderful breakthroughs in their revelation of the love of Father God for them.

I felt the Lord directed me to make “Strengthening the Foundation” the theme for 2016 for all the churches. The love of Father-God is so foundational and critical. Please pray for great encounters with Father God for our leaders this month. This banner hangs in all three churches.
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Speaking of love, thank you for yours for me and for us. On behalf of Encounter Generation and the churches in the Philippines, we thank you so much. Note: I will be home for a short visit in late February to see doctors, do taxes, minister and hopefully see family and friends as best I can on such a short visit.

– David Gilliam

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

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Logo Left ColumnJANUARY UPDATE 2016
DEAR FRIEND,
Thank you so much for praying for and partnering with me and our team in Asia and in the USA. Happy New Year to you! It has been a very busy end of 2015 and beginning of 2016.

INDIA
In December, I flew to India to investigate the situation and to minister there. It had been a goal of mine for many years to go there. In partnership with a local network of churches in India, I held seminars over two days for around 30 pastors and their wives. I got to speak to a group of nursing students, preach in a local church and share with several other small groups of people. I was hosted by a missionary from America and his Indian wife, who were very gracious to me. The part of the trip that impacted me the most, however, was not in what I attempted to give, but in what I received.

I heard the woman’s story, (we will call her Lauren) and how she had been put in prison for sharing her faith. I asked to have breakfast with her and was humbled to hear the story of how she and her church friends were sharing the Gospel in a local neighborhood when radical Hindu police arrested them and imprisoned them for their activity. What impacted me most was that she and her church friends were still going out every Thursday to share their faith in the local neighborhoods. Their prayer request was not for their safety, but that those with whom they shared would receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.

During the pastors’ conference, the wife of the host missionary showed me a text she had received from a friend. The friend and some of her church friends were going out sharing the Gospel when they were stopped by radical Hindu police. The police took their Bibles, tracts, and Christian literature and set it all on fire. Then, they beat some of the Christians in the group. I saw the pictures of one of the men who had been beaten and had to go to the hospital.

I was able to talk with one of the leaders in that group, a business woman we will call Ann. Ann told me about what had happened and asked me to pray for the man who was in the hospital. But she did not ask me to pray for their safety or protection. She asked me to pray that the next time they went out, people would receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Meeting heroes like this is what made that trip so special. God showed me many things there, and I returned to the Philippines with a renewed passion to make genuine followers of Jesus Christ, reminded that the call to follow Jesus is a call to lay our lives down.

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

Of course, the promise is that on the other side of any cross is a glorious resurrection and reward. I feel confident these Indian disciples have great rewards.

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The pictures above are from the church where I preached.

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This is one of the two groups of pastors at the seminars.

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Teaching at one of the seminar locations.

India is ranked number 17 in the world for most difficult places for Christians.*
*https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/research/4227917

2016 RESPONSIBILITY
The churches and school in the Philippines are doing well. Certainly, there are problems as all churches and people tend to have, but things continue to grow and develop and move forward in a way that I am pleased with.

I am overseeing the whole network myself in 2016 so Joseph can just focus on pastoring. Pastoring two churches and investing in his family are a lot, so this will be better for him.

This will be a heavy load for me, but it is the right thing for right now. I would greatly appreciate your prayers for wisdom and grace as I take on a heavier load.

More Pictures Are Below from India

On behalf of Encounter Generation and the churches in the Philippines, we thank you so much.

– David Gilliam

Encounter Generation, Inc.
P.O. Box 523
Marion, VA 24354
sdavidgilliam@hotmail.com

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Nursing Students with whom I got to share a Christmas message

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Lunchtime at the seminar

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