NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2018
Greetings, dear readers!
A great deal has been happening in the areas where Hosea ministers, but I will try and give you a brief summary of the main events.
Many of you will have followed the news about the recent storms in the Philippines, and we’ve already had our fourth typhoon to deal with. This one was much bigger than the previous storms - the super typhoon named Mangkhut pushed forward at 285km per hour towards the island, and it was 900km wide. Anything directly in its path would be destroyed, whatever had survived the previous typhoons, so local people were traumatised and fearful. They had been gathered into evacuation centres, one of which was our main Mamburao school.
What else can you do when a typhoon is on its way but pray? Pray that God would divert the path of the typhoon and spare the population from the worst of it. Think about the situation if you were in it … you had already suffered from three typhoons and you just cannot cope with the fourth, either mentally or physically.
That which to human eyes looks impossible is possible for God. The evacuees wait in silence for when the typhoon is expected to hit. The sky is heavy with ominous darkness. Then the rain comes, just like happened before, preceding the onset of the typhoon. The waiting is the hardest part. And then suddenly everything is over! The light in the sky changes back to normal and all is calm! How did this happen? Where was the typhoon!? Thank you dear friends for your prayers, they proved more powerful than this latest super typhoon.
Something happened to the typhoon at the last minute and the area was saved from further destruction. Even doubters began to wonder about the power of prayer. God’s hand was clearly at work protecting the location. The weather chart was showing a different picture, with the wings of the typhoon covering the area. How was all of this possible?! There was some flooding in the central part of the island and Sablayan city suffered from floods once again, but our Hosea school escaped and remained dry, as the typhoon turned towards the northern end of the Philippines.
The outreach programme by teachers and students from our schools has proven succesful. It is so encouraging to see the enthusiasm of children from poor backgrounds to get bible lessons, even though their journey to reach the lesson location may be long and difficult. They travel over long winding paths through the bush and jungle, often very muddy during the rains, they climb walls and skirt obstacles …. and yet they are always early for the lessons!
Teaching the Bible at home to kids Teachers outreach work
In the Manila Montalban area the Hosea church continues to grow. The main church started another church specifically aimed at children, but now adults are also participating. It is a home-based church, and already there is insufficient space because so many want to come to the house. What a testimony to the value and power of childrens’ work! And what a clear demonstration of how such work can powerfully advance the spread of the gospel so that more people can find Christ.
The Hosea Hotel is nearing completion but we still need air conditioning equipment, an electrical transformer and furniture. We need a miracle for these, but we have come this far without bank loans. God has shown us in very practical ways that once He gives you work to do then He will bring it to completion.
Tongan children go on a school excursion Evangelism at the local prison
The Tongan schools continue their excellent performance too. The students have made several external trips including one to the radio station and another to the prison, where the children sang and prayed for the prisoners. So God’s word is spreading further even in the darkest places in Tonga by the efforts of our wonderful pupils and teachers.
In all our schools the word of God is taught thoroughly, since the Bible is the foundation for all that we do and teach. We believe that the high academic grades achieved by our students clearly indicate how God answers and blesses us when we do our best to honour Him.
I don’t want to forget to mention the Papua New Guinea mission work since that too has gone forward wonderfully, So I’ll close this brief summary by inviting your continued prayers for them and all our schools and churches.