Mission Trip to Iloilo, Barbaza and Miag-ao
Evangel Tabernacle | On 22, Jan 2019
By: Jan Lim
15-19 December 2018
Our team touched down at the Iloilo Airport on 15 December and not long after, we started our missions programme by hosting the teen zone Christmas party at Evangel Tabernacle. The theme of the party was Christmas Heroes and it was heartening to see the young ones all dressed up in various costumes.
Ivan led a short sharing on how he saw Jesus as his super hero and how God has a beautiful plan for all of us as young as we all are. The celebration continued on with various teams of teens creating a human Christmas tree and composing their own Christmas jingles.
Right after hosting the teens, we were invited to E-Tab’s Youth Church’s Music in Motion Christmas Celebration where the youths laid out an array of songs, dances, skits and recitals which made the congregation reflect on the meaning of Christmas and who the star should be.
I gave a short sharing on how Christmas actually points to what Jesus did on the cross and how Jesus came down to reveal the Father, our sin and new way of life.
After the sermon, our youths had a nice time having dinner with their youths and having a cultural exchange.
The following day, we attended Evangel Tabernacle’s morning Sunday Service and in the afternoon, Song Wei ministered to the second service about Hope in the midst of suffering.
On Monday, we went to Ulikids school where we had a chance to minister to parents of kids with special needs as well as organise a programme for the children. We also invited the Jollibee mascot and it was a joy to see the kids so intrigued and happy. The afternoon was spent doing community outreach to the VPNs (Vulnerable Poor and Needy) in Sooc (Iloilo’s version of the Smokey Mountain).
We then went on to visit both Barbaza and Miagao on Tuesday and Wednesday and had the joy of spending time with the people out there. It was heartening to see the local youths roping in their friends to come for our programme in Barbaza.
I was very encouraged to see how several of their youths came to share their personal problems with our team and how we prayed for each other. I personally was also very blessed by my trip to Miagao because I heard of how the village was initially very opposed to the gospel when the church first started a few years ago as the community was deeply rooted in Roman Catholicism.
So we were nicely surprised to see such a huge crowd of families and youths coming at 9 am on a Wednesday morning to listen to what God has done in our lives.
It was such a beautiful sight to see the testament of God’s grace
in Pastors Rene and Paz’s life being poured out to the community around them.