NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2021
Mission greetings at the start of 2021.
So much has happened in the past year! In spite of all the troubles and chaos in our world, we have experienced many blessings at Hosea Ministry International.
I am very thankful to God for His favour towards us. Mindoro island in the Philippines, which has been our primary mission field over the past twenty years, has been free of covid-19, even though Manila and several other areas have suffered badly from the virus and its variants.
Our mission work has really prospered amongst the Hope mountain tribe. A simple school building with a hay roof has been constructed there and teaching of the children has already commenced. The instruction has to start from absolute basics since none of the children have names and their language does not have words for such things as colours. A church building is also planned to be constructed from locally available materials. We have brought food and clothes for these tribes people, as well as preaching the gospel to them.
Several tribal huts were destroyed by the recent typhoon but these have now been built up again. It has been really encouraging to see how the tribe has responded to our help and taken new initiatives. For example, until recently there was only a narrow path up the mountain to their area, requiring a four hour trek through the jungle to reach them. But they have now started to develop a wider and more negotiable route. This is a tribe who had never heard of Jesus before we came.
Young ones praying Jabat Elementary School
I can also report another success from the other end of the island. The Jabat tribe live in the mountains a 10km hike from San Jose town. A group of our Hosea teachers made their first ever trip to this tribe and were met en route by some of the tribes people to help them carry the provisions of rice and noodles brought as aid. In the surrounding area there are five state schools consisting of very simple buildings, two of which were destroyed by the typhoon. There is very limited government support to the tribe so Hosea decided to provide enough school books and materials for one year. Each of the schools has around 500 pupils and previously they had no pens, paper and so on -- things that normal school children take for granted.
Another example of generosity comes from one of the school teachers who travels on horseback from San Jose to teach at the school. The teacher has a young child who she breastfed and when the child was weaned she gave her breast milk to mothers in the tribe who could not feed their own babies. She saw the malnourished little ones and generously gave her own milk … what an amazing act of kindness!
Again the tribe had not heard the gospel before our visit, and we are so grateful that God has led us into such areas and given us the opportunity to bring the good news of Jesus to places where His name has never been heard before. Subsequently the tribe sent their thanks to us for bringing the gospel message, and asked if they could hear more.
Jabat school Teacher travelling to Jabat by horse
We have also run a feeding programme for the poor children in Aroma slum village. In fact we have fed not just the children but also adults too in the whole area. As a charity we are permitted to move around the island quite freely, even though there are significant restrictions because of the pandemic.
Our churches continue to grow rapidly especially amongst young people. In particular our Bible study groups for children who have come to faith have seen exponential growth, to the point that we are now lacking room. Both Sunday meetings and midweek Bible group meetings are full.
We have recently carried out several building renovations following typhoon and flood damage. The front wall of Mamburao school has been rebuilt and a wall has been constructed around the Aroma slum school to prevent floodwaters from ensuring the school rooms.
A big thank you to everyone who has financially supported us -- with your help our work has continued and grown amongst the slum children. We really appreciate your participation with us.
Cooking food to tribe
Papua New Guinea & Tonga
Recently in Papua New Guinea things have really opened up and God is doing great miracles in the country. Several dead were brought back to life by the mighty power of God through our pastors. Many physically and mentally ill people were healed in Jesus name in our PNG Hosea ministry. I am so impressed by the Hosea pastors in the Enga area - they have such strong belief in miracles, having no doubt at all in God's supernatural power to heal. All glory be to God!
The school children in Tonga are now on holiday, with new students arriving at the start of the school year in late January. All our Hosea school children have done very well academically in the past year.
I want to conclude by offering heartfelt thanks to the Lord for blessing our mission work so much. Thank you also to our donors who have continued to support the work. That is how we have been able to continue bringing the good news of Jesus to those who do not yet know Him. It is He who has brought revival in our areas of outreach - the seed that has been sown has brought a plentiful harvest.
I send my prayers for blessings upon your lives and for revival to come to the Western world also.