This little sketch was all Ptr Joel had to go by. He had received this vision from the Lord one or two days before Ptr Zaldie (his former bible school student) connected us in January. And I was not the only one, for the Lord started leading others to Ptr Joel as he moved by faith to begin what is today known as the BuildHope Project.
My personal target was to raise funds to build 20 houses for families who have lost their homes; by end of 2014. To the praise and glory of God, this target was reached on Sunday 6 July when funds were received for House #19 and House #20! The next day, I received another email and funds were pledged for House #21! And we still have six months to go before we reach the end of the year! Truly, our God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above what we can ask or imagine!
Many thanks to all sponsors who have responded in obedience and with generosity as prompted by the Holy Spirit. All I have done is share the need and provided updates along the way. I have not asked or approached anyone. It is truly God who has moved in these hearts to give and to be a blessing to the people of Tanauan Leyte.
Another item of praise is that since Ptr Joel’s church started this initiative to help and bless the community, showing love and bringing hope, the church has grown in numbers. Each Sunday, more and more people come and many are putting their faith in Jesus Christ. As a result, they have not only repaired the church building but are in the process of extending and enlarging it! I am so excited for them and am especially thrilled to learn of this because the word I preached when I was there in March was about “enlarging the tent”. How awesome to see this taking place within a few short months. Hallelujah!!!
And so, are we stopping? Not at all. There are still many families who live in temporary shelters and tents. If you’d like to participate in this initiative, you still can. It’s just S$2,500 to bless one family.
Please continue to pray for me and Ptr Joel as we work together. I am checking my schedule and dates and will be making another trip to Tanauan, Leyte soon (possibly September). This time, it will be a dedicated trip so that I can stay a little longer than my previous one-day stopover. On this trip, I will visit the families not just to check the houses but also to pray for them. Perhaps, there might even be an opportunity to minister to the church leaders and congregation too. Thanks for your prayers and support.
To God be the glory!!!
If you’d like to partner me to contribute to this re-building initiative to bless the people of Tanauan Leyte, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know of others who might like to participate, please feel free to share this post with them via email, Facebook or Twitter. My request is that they let me know how and through whom they came to know of this so I have an idea of the source of referral.
Thanks for your support and co-labour in the work of the ministry so that together we can do more to bring hope to the people of Tanauan Leyte in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
NOTE: This project is strictly undertaken on a personal basis and not affiliated to any church, ministry or organisation hence funds will be directed to my personal account. As such, if you are not comfortable with that, it is perfectly ok. I will do my best to provide information and details, and to remain accountable to those who are led to contribute to this cause. Thank you.