September 2018  

Chloe, Caleb, & Malachi

December 2017/January 2018 update from Bro. Medina & Family, missionaries to the Philippines:

2017 went by very fast and experienced a lot of victories.  We had our 6-week soulwinning campaign and had great results.  December 17th was the last Sunday of our soulwinning campaign.  During the week before, we spoke to over 1,500 people about the Gospel and invited them to church.  We had over 450 first-time guests.  Our Sunday morning and afternoon services were jam-packed with people.  We even ran out of chairs!  I even brought out my couches and dining table chairs but still didn't have enough seats. We cut cardboard boxes so people wouldn't have to sit on the dirt floor.  Praise the Lord for those who came forward during the invitation and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ to be their Saviour.  One of the highlights that brought me to tears is when I heard my two boys, Caleb and Malachi, sing with our English children's group.  Praising God for His goodness and choosing someone unworthy like me to be in the ministry!

On December 22nd, we had an all night soulwinning event.  We praised God for all of our soulwinners who went out past midnight.  We thank God for allowing us to chare the Gospel to so many people throughout that night.

On December 31st, we had a wonderful year-end service.  Four of our faithful young adults got baptized.  I praise the Lord for using our small church in Baguio City, Philippines, to share the Gospel to at least 3,874 people through personal soulwinning and 2,072 of them came for the first-time to our church during 2017.  I am very thankful that we have seen new converts baptized every week, a total of 125 for the whole year.  Thank you to those who prayed and supported our ministry with their time, talents, and treasures.  I am very thankful that I am where God wants me to be and doing what He wants me to do.  I thank God for the members of Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church for making soulwinning a lifestyle.  Thank the Lord for all their hard work and their love for me and my family.

We had a special service on New Year's Day.  I praise the Lord for the great turnout despite many of our folks are in their provinces.  We even had a first time guest who trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.  What a great start to the year 2018!  God used our church on the first day of the year for someone to hear the Gospel!  During the month of January, 508 people were invited to LBBC, 114 of them came at first-time guest and 24 were saved and baptized!

My son, Caleb's, 10th birthday was January 28th.  I asked Caleb what he wanted for his birthday, and he told me that he wanted a smaller version of my pulpit.  He and Malachi woke up that Sunday morning and got dressed for church, so they could practice preaching at Caleb's new pulpit!  It is a great joy to see my boys having the desire to preach!  Glory to God!!!

Again, I would like to thank you for supporting and praying for our ministry.  Please keep these special prayer requests in your prayers: purchase another vehicle for our church and start a Christian school.  Also, please continue to pray that the Lord will provide all of our needs to reach more people with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  We are also getting ready for our 6-week soulwinning campaign starting with our workers banquet on February 16th and will end on our 12th anniversary on Sunday, March 18th.


February/March 2018 update from Bro. Medina & Family, missionaries to the Philippines:

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord!  I thank that Lord for your prayers and support of our ministry.  Your labor of love is never in vain in the Lord, and you are a big part of what the Lord is doing in our ministry.

On February 16th, we had our soulwinners banquet with a theme of "Workers Together" derived from 2 Corinthians 6:1, "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain."  This kicked off our 6-week soulwinning campaign.  More than 117 of our soulwinners came to this banquet.  The evening was filled with laughter but the main emphasis was for all of us to work together reaching our city with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

On March 18th, we celebrated our 12th year anniversary, and this was the largest crowd we ever had.  We also borrowed chairs from different communities but still ran out of chairs.  The altar was filled with hundreds of people coming to Christ.  My sons, Caleb and Malachi, even sang a special.  Amen!

During March 29-30th, We held our soulwinners camp.  It was a time for us to recharge so we can win for souls for His Glory.  We praise God that we had four of our young people follow the Lord in Baptism during this time.

April 1st was Resurrection Sunday and the last Sunday of our soulwinning campaign.  All day on March 31st, our soulwinners went out to invite people to our Easter service.  We had 42 adults, 40 teens, and 21 children for a total of 103 first-time guests.  Seventy-seven came forward for salvation, and 22 people want to make a public profession of faith through Baptism.

The "Workers Together" 6-week campaign had a great result because our soulwinners worked together.  We talked to 991 people about the Gospel and 486 visited our church.  We had to add a third service on Sundays so we can accommodate all of these new people!  Most of the people who attend our third service are people we have won during this soulwinning campaign.

It is also a great joy to see my two boys, Caleb and Malachi, growing up serving with me in the ministry.  Caleb preached for the first time during our soulwinners service on Saturday mornings.  My sons are my young soulwinning partners.  On April 1st, Caleb and Malachi invited 3 first-time guests, a husband, wife and their two-month-old baby.  They both accepted Christ!  Praise God!

We have some prayer requests for the following months:
Please pray for our protection as we travel and witness.
Pray that other churches will get on board to further support our ministry.
We need to purchase another jeep.
Always pray for the souls here in the Philippines.
Thank you once again for working with us through your prayers and support.

April/May/June update from Bro. Medina & Family, missionaries to the Philippines:

Greetings from the Medina Family and the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church!  Once again, we are very honored to serve God in the Philippines and having you as our praying partner and supporter.

For the month of April, we were able to share the Gospel to 855 people through personal soulwinning, 205 of those people came to our church for the first time.  We, also, saw 44 baptisms that month.  Thank you for all of the praying that you do to support our ministry.  Please continue to pray as we are in the process of enlarging our auditorium to seat 1,000 people to accommodate the increasing attendance.

During the first week of May, we had our week-long Vacation Bible School and youth camp.  I praise God for the young people who dedicated their lives to the ministry and for enrolling in Bible school.  We had 9 salvations and baptisms.  Once our VBS ended, we celebrated mothers on Mother's Day.  Our church honored all the mother by singing a song for them and giving them each a coffee cup to show our appreciation.  On that day we had 109 professions of faith.

May 24th is Malachi's, my sons, birthday.  To celebrate his 8th birthday, we went to 100 islands and had a great time island hopping while enjoying God's creation.  On May 26th, I was in for a surprise.  While I was studying God's Word, I heard my boys praying with their "play" pulpit in the living room.  I came out to find them imitating preachers by taking turns preaching and leading singing.  Praise God for young, tender hearts!

On Friday, June 1st, we celebrated our 4-year anniversary of our mission work in Caba, La Union.  I was able to preach in the new auditorium, which was completely filled with people.  There were also lines of people outside listening and looking through windows.  Just 4 years ago, we only had an old, well-used tarp as a roof, but now, we have a building.  That day was filled with so much rejoicing to see how God has provided our church building and continues to provide for our mission work.  Many souls have been saved and His work here continues to grow for His glory!

On June 4th, we celebrated James' 6th birthday.  James is an orphan boy who we care for through our ministry.  All he wanted for his birthday was all of us together to share a New York style pizza!  June 12th is the Philippine Independence Day!  It was supposed to rain, but God held the rain for us that day, all day.  After that day, it continued to rain for two weeks.  So, on Father's Day, I had the privilege to baptize 3 people in spite of the cold, rainy weather and the icy cold water.  One of the people who requested baptism for that day was Tatay Nelson, who is 69-years-old.

On June 29th, we celebrated the graduation of 11 people from our Bible school.  Our church, also, celebrated my 42nd birthday with the theme, "Double Honour."  I praise the Lord for our church members, for their love, and for giving me honour on that day.  I give all the glory and honour to God who has counted me worthy to preach to them.

Thank you all for your prayers from my last newsletter when I requested that you pray for us to purchase another jeep.  We have gotten a second jeep to expand our "jeepney" ministry.  We praise God for answered prayers.  We now have two jeeps to use to pick up people for church.  However, these jeeps are always overloaded with people, so we pray that someday, we will be able to have more.

Also, we are starting our building construction.  It is a slow process because of the rain and finances.  We are thanking God that the work is being done little-by-little by volunteers of our church members.  We are looking forward to the completion of this project that will provide a 1,000-seating capacity.  Please continue to pray for the Lord's provision as we continue to build.

We praise and thank God every day for your prayers, financial support, and faith in our ministry.  For the past three months, we have had the privilege to share the Gospel and prayed with 1,647 people, and 339 of them came to church.  Your labour of love is never in vain!  Only heaven will tell the fruits of your investment in our ministry.  Thank you, and we will always thank God and pray for you!