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Colin and Zach arrived in the Philippines and have several praises in direct answer to specific prayers:
- To go along with the good equipment sponsorship, God provided an additional and unexpected “no fee” third checked bag to Colin for the trip. More equipment could be carried and there was also room for a few clothes!
- A potential tropical depression (or worse) did not develop its full potential and moved away from the areas to be visited just before the team’s arrival in the Philippines. Air turbulence predicted by the pilot to be very bad did not occur. In fact, things went so well that the flight arrived over 30 minutes ahead of schedule.
- The team’s baggage all arrived and was located easily and then cleared customs without difficulty.
- VVM Director Bayani located the team without difficulty in spite of a brownout that made the lighting inadequate. o The team has been able to meet with several Bible translators who are encouraged by the good results of VVM’s Church Mobilization Initiative, and are hopeful that Bible distribution efforts and film production will expand.
VVMI Board Chair and dentist, Dr. Jim N and his wife, Mary, just returned from an exciting short-term trip serving as Mission Volunteers to Palawan Province, Philippines. They were blessed to be able to serve at 4 clinics with the first medical outreach partnership team to that area. Jim and Mary – the only non-Filipinos on the team – worked with 25 to 30 others that included members of VVM, DIADEM (a Filipino holistic ministry), and VVM-mobilized local churches. The team experienced many answers to prayer and report that a total of 3,257 contacts were made. We praise God for the following people that were served and for the spiritual commitments:
- General medical patients 1,909
- Dental patients- 437 for extractions and 52 for restorations
- Surgical- 237
- Eye glasses- 622;
- Eye Consultations- 79
- Prayed to receive Christ- 1,953
- Committed to Home Bible Study- 1,207
- Recommitted their life to Christ- 816
- Bible Distribution- 750
Please pray for the follow-up by local pastors and churches, which will include Bible studies, worship services, home visits and vernacular film showings.
The following is from a missions blog from The Village Church, located in multiple campuses in the Dallas, TX area. Although not connected with VVMI, we share the view that missions trips should not be simply “an exotic, religious vacation.” Perhaps you share that view and would like to consider going on a mission trip with VVMI?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website for photos and information on trips. VVMI does medical and dental service trips to Guatemala and the Philippines, in addition to other types of trips.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
As the Guatemala II team arrived at Fundaninos Orphanage near Guatemala City on Friday, we were informed that there had been an incredible outbreak of lice among the children. In an act that clearly demonstrated transformed hearts and sacrificial love, the young women of The Village decided to work to solve the lice problem. For two days the ladies picked lice and eggs from the children’s hair and washed all their sheets and clothes. Some of the kids were so infested that it took two women three hours to pull the nits out. While the act would be enough to show sacrifice to the children, the way the women went about it with loving joy, patience, gentleness and kindness demonstrated the fruit of the Spirit, set the children at ease and even made the experience fun for some of them.
Most of the time short-term mission trips are marketed toward our desire for adventure and travel. So mission trips have become highly expensive exotic religious vacations. “Travel to Beautiful Burmuda for the Lord” is how most missions’ brochures read. You never see a mission trip brochures that says, “Come to Guatemala to pick lice out of an orphan’s hair.” However, this is the type of self-sacrifice to which God calls us. The gift of Christ is that He sacrificed Himself so that we might have true life and true transformation. Not the type of transformation that masks a vacation as being for the Lord, but the type that removes our desire for ourselves and replaces it with sacrificial love for others.
May we all learn to love God and others so much that we find contentment, and even joy, in picking lice out of an orphan’s hair.