Thank you for you faithfulness in prayer.My family and I and our Northern Luzon ministry (CMI Partners) by God’s grace and mercy, are OK AND WELL when typhoon Haiyan entered Philippines and created unimaginable devastation and losses–that words are not quite sufficient to described it.The wind was very strong even here in the mountains. It was first time for us to hear howling wind that strong. Sounds like turbo jet passing overhead, and I was telling Nenette the wind seems to be creating “music” like that sound the movie Encounter of the third Kind (to some of you that perhaps saw this movie decades ago.) We are grateful to have move to a new house and place. In our old place, I would imagine it must have been stronger.It’s central Visayas that had really suffered terrible loses of lives, livelihood, properties… ocean water surge (becoming like tsunami) because of the super typhoon, that has really created devastation and lost of lives.Local news (tv and print) continue to show very sad footages and stories.I got in touch with our Palawan and Calamianes Group of Island CMI Partners (Coron and Busuanga):Pstr Angel S., Area Coordinator, texted telling losing his house, livelihood, and their church building. Pastor Renz shared the same thing, and so were some of the Pastors. They are grateful, though they lost whatever little they have, no lives were lost or even injury. Let us continue praying for them and find ways to provide assistance in tangible ways. Ministry equipment are okay. Palawan Team did not suffer much damages or loses.Difficult days awaits our Palawan and Calamianes Group of Islands partners. Coron still isolated and needing relief goods, etc. Check out link below for some video/photo and story.
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VVM’s newest production, Treasures in Clay Jars, was dedicated and premiered last weekend at a medical mission outreach partnership held in Amlimay in Benguet Province, Philippines. The following statistics were provided from the event: 600 patients were treated (dental, basic medical,
surgical, and optical); over 300 attended the VVM film showing; during the weekend 188 persons received Christ; 177 recommitted themselves to Christ; 157 wanted to join Bible studies; and 104 Bibles were distributed. Praise God!
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.
In Genesis 12, God tells Abram, “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
VVMI’s ministry partner, VIÑA, created “Deditos” to share the Good News of the Gospel with ethnic minority language groups in Guatemala. On the other side of the globe, another VVMI ministry partner, Vernacular Video Ministry (VVM), was creating original Gospel-proclaiming films in remote tribal villages in the Philippines. God, through VVMI, brought these two groups together. They began to share a vision and goal of reaching children for Christ. VIÑA shared, and VVM started the work of dubbing Deditos into multiple ethnic minority languages in the Philippines.
Through Abraham, and through VIÑA, all the nations will be blessed! This video CAN be viewed on Vimeo; just click “Watch on Vimeo.”Here’s the episode, Los Hijos de Abraham (The Sons of Abraham) with English subtitles.
A dramatized Bible story using actual fingers as actors. We are a small non profit showcasing our videos on Vimeo. Anyone wanting to dub these videos into their own language, contact us and we’ll be glad to arrange it.
Una historia bíblica usando dedos como actores. Esta serie esta diseñada para ser doblado a idiomas autóctonas.
For more information on VVMI or any of our partners, please go to vvmi.org
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.
Why missions? What is our mandate? Where does the power come from? Why can we trust that missions will succeed?
Here is a post from Bible-daily.org from today. This website encourages daily Bible reading, and this year will be reading with an emphasis on seeing the God of missions. Follow along this year!
In Acts 1, Luke tells us that, “ In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”
What commands did Jesus give right before he ascended? In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Here is our mandate for missions. Jesus has commanded us to go, to make disciples and to teach. And He promises to be with us, and not only that, HE has all authority and says that is the REASON we can go confidently. HE is sovereign!
Jesus asked the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came on them with power, and then to go. Acts 1:8 “ He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- God is sovereign over all missions!
- God has given all authority to Jesus…ALL!
- God has given us the promised Holy Spirit and power for missions!
- He has promised to be with us in missions!
- We are to GO as He has commanded…missions!
Would you like to be involved with missions this month in a very practical way? VVMI has two trips to the Philippines this month of January, and while it is probably too late for you to go this month, you can give toward a strategic project that the teams will be bringing over. This project is an iMac computer system that will be used to produce God-glorifying, Gospel videos for unreached peoples in northern Luzon. We are especially excited that some new children’s videos, “Deditos”, will be dubbed into more than a dozen languages in 2010.
To give toward this iMac project, send your donation to VVMI, PO Box 37, Austin, MN 55912 or by going to GiveMN.org and clicking on the Vernacular Video Mission International page and following the donation link.
In March of 2009, Tom Peterson, a member of the VVMI Board of Directors, led a short-term trip to Luzon Philippines. He recently posted a video at Facebook. Jerry and Bonnie Schultz along with Tom Peterson share what they encountered on their short term mission trip to Luzon, Philippines. If you are on Facebook, please search for the “Vernacular Video Mission International” page and become a “Fan.” We will post updates regularly and you can see photos from trips.
Here is the link: VVMI Trip to the Philippines March 2009
I feel compelled to write in response to an article in the local paper about an upcoming mission trip. Since my family is planning to go to the Philippines in August to bring needed equipment, learn about the Gospel film making process, show some of the wonderful Gospel videos and also help in a medical clinic in the mountains….my curiosity rose when I read the headline, “Concert helps pay for mission trip.”
I won’t mention any names or denominations, but here is a quote:
I don’t feel called to proselytize, necessarily,” he said. “I have a little more modern view that I think there is more than one way to salvation, or what have you. If they put me in a situation where I’d have to do that, I think I would have declined.” He’s going on the trip partly because he’s interested in travel.
Just to set the record straight, Vernacular Video Mission International believes in the Bible. We believe the words of Jesus in John 14:6 where He says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through Me.” We believe people will perish unless they believe in Jesus (John 3:16) and we help proclaim the Gospel through video in common, heart languages of people who need to hear the truth of who Jesus is and the LIFE He offers.
And by the way, we DO feel compelled and called to spread the “Good News” of salvation that is found in no other name. Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
And if put in a situation where we must declare this belief, we will not decline.
And, by the way, we are NOT going on this trip because we are interested in travel. It is a long, grueling trip and we will be hiking into some remote areas to share the Gospel. We will miss the comfort of home. We will miss family. But look at this interaction in Luke 18- And Peter said, “See, we have left our homes and followed you.” 29 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers  or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
For the sake of the One and Only King who has provided salvation at the cost of His life,
Pam Larson, VVMI Administrative Assistant
If you would like more information on VVMI, go to our website, vvmi.org There you will find information on sponsoring a project, praying for the mission, going on a trip or donating to help the Gospel be proclaimed through video.
Vernacular Video Mission International (VVMI) and the Outreach Committee of Faith Church ihosted a special open house-dessert reception for Colin Edwards, Executive Director of VVMI and Darwin Bayani, Field Director for Vernacular Video Ministry (VVM) in the Philippines.
Faith Evangelical Free Church is located at 1805 12th St SW in Austin, MN
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