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Dreams Come True

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Dreams Come True

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...

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Uganda Prayer Guide 2018

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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...

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July 2017 Update

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July 2017 Update

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...

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May 2017 Update

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May 2017 Update

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...

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March 2017 Update

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March 2017 Update

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). 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...

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December 2016 Update

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December 2016 Update

DECEMBER UPDATE 2016 A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY DEAR FRIEND, Below is the latest news on an important and exciting opportunity before us. A WINDOW OF GREAT OPPORTUNITY Addressing this window of opportunity, a missionary of 25 years in Asia said, “If you are going to invest in missions in Asia now, invest in Myanmar.” Myanmar is wide open for a move of God! Let me explain… The fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the ultimate collapse of the former Soviet Union opened up a window of opportunity for the Gospel in Eastern Europe in ways it once had not known. Suddenly, the Church saw open doors which were previously closed to meet the tangible needs of hurting people and to proclaim the Gospel among those who did not know Jesus. An open door stands before us in the country known as Myanmar (Burma), where a communist military dictatorship ruled the people from 1962 to 2011. Myanmar is nearly 90% Buddhist and is the third poorest nation in Asia, dealing with many issues such as extreme poverty, human trafficking, forced child labor and civil war. In 2015, the National League for Democracy won power, led by a woman who lived under house arrest for many years under the brutal military regime. I recall driving by the home where she lived under house arrest in 2003. Now she helps lead the nation. These recent changes have paved the way for more opportunity in the nation and for freedom of religion. Though strong persecution still comes against Christians from devout Buddhists, the changing government and resulting changes in society have opened a window of great opportunity for meeting the needs of hurting people and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. OUR GOAL In partnership with Robin Kung and Christ for Asia Myanmar, the goal of Encounter Generation is to develop a headquarters in the largest city in Myanmar, Yangon. We are looking to raise $50,000 for this headquarters which would allow us to: ¬ 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. ¬ Begin building 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 the biggest project EG has ever undertaken because I believe in the opportunity before us. Every gift counts. No amount is too small or too large! OUR EXPECTATION Our expectation is that reaching this goal will not only position the ministry in Yangon, Myanmar for greater impact, it will position us to plant multiple churches in unreached Buddhist villages across the nation in the coming months and years, where people live in poverty, some often in the wake of civil war, and where they have no opportunity to hear the hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to experience the demonstration of His Kingdom in their lives…We want to change that! You can be part of this in multiple ways....

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November Update

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November Update

NOVEMBER UPDATE 2016 DEAR FRIEND, Thank you so much for praying for and partnering with me and our team in Asia and in the USA. IN THE U.S.A. FOR A WHILE After a 14-month stint in Asia (except for a quick trip to take care of taxes/business in February), I am just recently home in Virginia for about 3 to 4 months, where I will be reconnecting with relationships here. I will be traveling and speaking to churches/groups, casting vision, doing some writing and updating everyone I can about what has been happening and where we are looking to go in the future. It has also been 3 years since I last spent Thanksgiving and Christmas stateside, so it will be a blessing to be near family and friends this year. I desire and hope to see you while here. Also, if you have a group you would like me to speak to, we are glad to come and share! UPDATE ON THE PHILIPPINES It has been exactly 3 years since I first went to the Philippines to scout and began the process of pioneering there. As Encounter Generation partnered with the City Disciples Church there, we have seen the Lord grant a harvest of good fruit. You have been a huge part of it. Here is a report of what the Lord has accomplished over the 3 years: 1 church has grown to a network of 3 churches. We have seen around 60 baptisms of people professing to follow Jesus. We have grown from 35 attendees in the church that was there to a combined total of around 200 plus attendees on Sundays. One group of 5 students has graduated from the School of Ministry. The next group of 20 is studying now with Pastor Dion facilitating. He is a graduate of the school and pastor of one of our churches and he is helping lead and direct the school now, which equips and trains our leaders. We have grown from an initial team of around 7 leaders to a team of around 45 combined leaders from the three churches. Each church has elders and deacons and core leaders working together. Structures and systems are in place, along with facilities and equipment. The Sidewalk Sunday School ministry continues to reach out to children in our communities. An Overseeing Board to give oversight for the whole Philippines ministry has been formed to provide guidance, encouragement and accountability. A joint, Sunday-morning service of the three churches was held in September as an evangelistic outreach. We called it Encounter. 300 attended with several professions of faith in Christ. Seeing this happen was a milestone for the ministry there and provided encouragement and momentum for everyone as I prepared to travel home. The Lord has done all of this. He has used a large team of people (Filipinos, Americans and friends from other nations) in seeing this birthed and growing to this point. You are a significant part of the team. Your prayers, your encouragement, your financial partnership, your guidance and insight, have all empowered the team on the ground to see God’s purposes fulfilled. I cannot thank you enough. PHASE 2 – EXPANSION IN ASIA We have seen Phase 1 (above) come to fruition with the vision I moved to Asia...

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August 2016 Update

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August 2016 Update

AUGUST 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. 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 A Village Pastor and His Family The Children’s Home in Myanmar 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...

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May 2016 Update

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May 2016 Update

MAY 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. 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 The Team of Pastors Pastors Baptizing People One of Our Youth Being Baptized 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 Core Church Leaders with Youth Helpers Two of our Children Sharing a Smile Kids Answering Their Teacher’s Question Two of the Youth Teachers/Helpers Riza 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. Graduation Service with Certificates 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...

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April 2016 Update

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April 2016 Update

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) 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...

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