All4Christ: passion-aries for Christ

22 07 2017

Yesterday and today the steering committee of All4Christ met to discuss this budding ministry’s development. Our motto is “The life of the minister is the life of the ministry” and the 4 means evangelize, educate, exalt and empower. I was stirred-up, stimulated, spurred-on and provoked by the stories told, faith, vision and challenges shared by everyone. Each one is a passion-ary. We are all-in for Christ and all-out for the gospel among all people. All for God’s glory.

Girls Club: planting, watering & fruit

15 07 2017

Last night despite heavy rain 2nd Mile’s ministry called Girls Club had its monthly meeting. It’s an outreach to girls, moms and grandmas from our surrounding neighborhood. It’s well attended. The kids have crafts with a snack while the adults sing, share testimonies, pray, recite bible verses from memory and have a lesson. Gospel seeds are being planted and watered while some are bearing fruit in this agricultural community.

Up-close and grimy

8 07 2017

This week we have a team with us from a church in Washington State. They came to serve and learn. They’re accomplishing both because they arrived well prepared and are praying. Their church is also backing them with prayer. Tomorrow they go home so this morning Mary Ann and I will debrief them and this afternoon I’ll take a few guys to an open-air market and walk the streets. We’ll get up-close and grimy.

Full week, next week fuller

1 07 2017

This week was full with office work, preaching, speaking, writing, outreaches, a prayer meeting and hosting guests for dinner. Starting today with a farewell party for longtime coworkers, next week will be fuller with the same in addition to having a short-term team from the US. As an “oldie” we’re in the fast lane of life and ministry as we go “down hill”.

Jeff Anderson
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Not too old

24 06 2017

Thursday we bought flip-flops for 22 street boys and girls. We also gave them a snack, *cold* water (a treat), a few practical small items and a gospel tract. Afterwards we hung-out with them at a busy intersection. Many passers-by were curious about what we were doing and some asked why we’re doing it. When it was over the kids went “home” to a dumpster area for several eateries. The funds for the flip-flops came from an elementary class in Arizona. We’ll do this again Tuesday for other kids.

I know I’m getting too old for some things but there’s one I’m not. That’s ministering to street kids. After 31 years doing this in the Philippines I have a lot yet to learn and feel like I’m just getting started. Let’s not overlook those whom God considers important. Jesus said “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.” (Matthew 18:5,10)

Working & Honest Hands: transformation

17 06 2017

On June 13 both Honest Hands (HH) and Working Hands (WH) started their new classes. HH has ten former street guys from the Manila area and WH has fifteen from poor families from various areas. All seem eager to learn and grow. They’re settling into their new schedule in the dorm, shop and classroom.They also know where the basketball court is so many are playing early morning and late afternoon during their free time. HH and WH are not just about information but all about transformation through the Word of God and community life in Christ. We passionately desire to train young men to become responsible husbands, fathers, leaders in their churches and communities while being faithful followers of Jesus Christ.

Working Hands retreat and class 26

10 06 2017

This week the personnel of Working Hands had a 2.5 day retreat. Our time was well invested. The food was good, our fellowship good, the bible teacher (me) so-so, our singing a robust joyful noise but our prayer together super rich. We prayed for each young man (16 of them) by name who’ll start class 26 Tuesday morning. We ate in the auto shop which was converted to dining hall so we felt at-home. I’m blessed by the guys’ down-to-earth walk with Jesus.