AN AMAZING BOAT RIDE
We begin our mission blog with a compilation of stories of our early years as a mission organization. These stories molded us into who we are now as a mission organization. All stories were God focused and actual experiences of our pioneering missionaries on the field. They were firsthand narratives describing how each Filipino missionaries witnessed the mighty works of our living God in full display. They saw and tasted the miracles of God in response to their prayers which provided for their needs. They were supernaturally brought to situations that were beyond comprehension and given amazing opportunities to minister to the lost and needy people of each nation. The stories will best explain how our poor missionaries were able to sustain their stay in the mission field for long periods of time and see their ministries flourish throughout the years that passed. All their testimonies converge to a single truth - God is actively at work in the lives of people who responds in complete faith to His call.
They saw the Mighty hand of God and they could not contain in their hearts the joy it has brought to their lives, In this blog site, you’ll read the exciting God Sighting stories shared from the hearts of missionaries who truly encountered our living God in the mission field.
GOD SIGHTING STORY #9 (CLASSICS)
AN AMAZING BOAT RIDE
This is the story of four Filipinas who received a mission call from God to serve in Indonesia. Their four (4) year stories are peppered with miracles of God's provisions and protection starting from their first journey to that Islamic country.
It was Year 2000 when they embarked to the nation that has the largest population of Muslims throughout the world. Due to minimal funds they decided to take a treacherous 7–8-day boat ride from the Philippines to Indonesia. Ptr. Gani Sison, the Regional Director for IT-East Asia wanted to stop them from doing so but according to him “they humbled me with their faith.” According to Sis Millet, their team leader, “if we need to ride a boat to go to that nation, even it takes us a year to do it then we will do so. We could not afford to sit down and be idle when God is telling us to go." She added that the Lord's promise was not about a plane ticket but the privilege to go and serve in Indonesia. SO, THEY WENT OUT IN FAITH!!! It was in their first venture of faith that God started to open His miracles for them. They have received a big surprise while they were on the boat. They could almost understand and even speak a little of the language of the Indonesians! Was it the supernatural gift of interpretation of tongues? No, it turned out that the dialects of the tribal Filipino Muslims in the Southern Philippines, whom they served in the past, combined with the Filipinos national language is very similar to the Bahasa Indonesian language. THAT WAS THE FIRST MIRACLE!
Next, they found themselves praying for either a house to stay in or money to rent a house. The Lord, in one prayer gathering, made them meet a wealthy Christian woman who has been praying for believers to whom she could entrust her big house to. She was very specific. She wanted missionaries to take care of her property so that she could go back to Jakarta and not worry about it anymore. She wanted missionaries to use it RENT FREE! THAT NIGHT HER PRAYERS AND OUR MISSIONARIES’ PRAYERS TOO WERE ANSWERED. That was another wonderful MIRACLE!!!
There were so many miracles that happened to the four Filipinas but there won’t be much room to share all of them in one story. However, there is one story that magnifies God's care and protection that really need to be told.
The four missionaries at one point decided to serve in a very poor community in one of the islands of Indonesia. They were accepted by the community (Correction … "seemingly accepted") and were able to do good works and some evangelism too. One day they were informed that they were being called to appear to a congressman’s office to be investigated on. They didn't realize that there were some families who never liked their presence and the faith that they were sharing to the people in the community. When they appeared before the government official they were asked if they were trying to convert these people to a different religion. They looked around the room and saw the complainants. They were one of the families living in the community who knows that they are Christians and suspects that they are trying to proselyte the Muslims in the place. The missionaries answered the high official that they just wanted to love these poor Muslims because that is how Jesus loved the poor. The congressman in a surprise move called for other families living in the community to come in and asked for their side of the story. They were all Muslims who have been touched by the love and care that they saw and experienced from these ladies. When asked what they think, they spoke in defense of our missionaries and made known their appreciation for these young ladies. In a much more surprising move, the high official decided to expel from the community the complaining families and expressed gratitude to our missionaries. He then gave his blessings for their work there. As of this time, they are fully focused in helping the community and the people whom God wanted them to serve. ISN'T GOD GREAT?! JESUS IS LORD OF ALL!!!