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2014-10-19 20.12.52

My little butterfly praying for the Holy Ghost a few weeks ago! She prayed like this for probably 15 minutes. One night after church she was crying seemingly for no reason. When my wife asked her why she was crying, she said, “because I didn’t get the Holy Ghost and get baptized!”

 

We are soldiers of the cross

in the army of the Lord.

Fighting for the Truth,

we shall not be ignored.

A foe to reckon with,

in this Spiritual war.

For we are well equipped,

with weapons from the Lord.

 

Defeat is not an option,

comes our battle cry.

We must win; we will win!

our redemption draweth nigh.

The Day of the Lord is soon,

His troops He will gather.

Victorious we will stand,

with our Saviour, forever.

Soldiers of the Cross, by James Short

It is not an island, but the best way to get there is by boat. Ransohan is a barangay of Lucena City – a highly urbanized city on the Southern coast of the Luzon Island in the Philippines. Ransohan is considered a coastal barangay with a total population of about 1,500 people. Of the 1,500, only 800 plus are voting residents. I would guess a good number of the remaining 700 would be children under the age of 18, but I’m not positive. A local pastor invited us to join them on their regular Saturday morning trip to this barangay to teach the children.  

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So, around 8:00am on Saturday morning we crawled on on a boat, headed for the open waters…well, almost. Pictured here are church members and the pastor on the left. The driver of the boat is near the back with a hat on. I forgot to get a picture of this, but he is steering the boat with a string. If you pull it the boat goes right, if you let it slack the boat goes left (or something like that).

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These are small houses that we passed along the bank of the river. I would guess the occupation for many of these people is fishing. Although, we did see a security guard getting on a boat going back to Lucena City. So, I am sure that some live here and commute to Lucena or another city close by.

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This small boat was carrying drinking water to Ransohan. They have wells for their “service” water, but it is not good for drinking.

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Do you see the old lighthouse? This is the bank where we docked. We walked a very short distance to the waiting tricycles and pedi-cabs that would take us to the house where the children waited.

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Here’s my family getting ready to ride a tricycle. This was my wife’s first time! Funny thing happened at the end of the ride. There were probably 8 or 9 of us on this tricycle driving down a somewhat narrow paved sidewalk with no curb. Well, the driver misjudged the distance and the right tire (my side) slipped over the edge and pulled the whole tricycle off the sidewalk. Other than the driver scraping up his foot and severely bruising his pride, everyone was okay. To make him feel better, I rubbed my belly and told him it was because this big American was sitting on that side. That seemed to cheer him up a bit. 🙂

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We are following the pastor on a short walk (since we decided to ditch the tricycle) to the place where the children where waiting. The two boys in matching shirts are the pastor’s sons. They really love Carter and are always showing him how to do something or helping him in some way. They are real good boys.

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These boys are helping me tell the story about how the disciples didn’t want the children to be brought to Jesus but how Jesus wanted the children to come close. We talked about how much Jesus loves the little children of the world!

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They know the songs! I think they were singing “Read Your Bible Pray Every Day” in these pictures. Precious!

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The owners of this property designated this area just for the weekly children’s services. It was actually a very kind and generous gesture because they have limited space as it is. They had to relocate the area where they butcher the pigs, as well as move a concrete entrance a few feet over. That might not seem like a lot to you, but for them this was a sacrifice especially since this family is not even in the church. This picture shows the roof – I’m not sure what they call it but it is made of grass that can be found along the river.

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This is the family’s running water. The more you pump it the more water you get!

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On the way back to Cotta Port I got a good shot of this old boat. I was shocked to learn that they were still using it for fishing. It looks fairly dilapidated. I’m not sure I would be ready for a voyage whether near or far! It doesn’t look seaworthy to me. But, what do I know about boats?

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This is the rest of our group in a smaller boat. We beat them. 🙂

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What an exciting trip. It was neat to see new things, meet new people, and see the children whose lives are being touched every Saturday morning. I hope to go back real soon!

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It’s real! God is still pouring out the Holy Ghost JUST like He did on the day of Pentecost. The message has not changed. The experience has not changed. The promise is STILL unto you, and to your children, and unto all those who are a far off!

Ralph is a college student and was seeking Truth! He testified after service that he finally found Truth. For He is the way, the truth, and the life! To God be the glory!

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We recently needed a song for altar call after the preacher preached, PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens). This song came together and helped us. Lord, teach us to PRAY!

The recording is simple and not intended to be professional quality. I hope to provide more little songs like this, as time permits, in case it could be a blessing to you or someone you know.

I’ve also included a link if you would like to download the lead sheet.

Click to download lead sheet.

If you think a friend would like this song consider sharing this post with them.

You have one business on earth – to save souls..

John Wesley

God help us to preserve truth wherever truth has been preached and to preach the truth where it has yet to be heard.

My Prayer Today

Untold millions are still untold..

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The mission of the church is missions..

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Only as the Church fulfills her missionary obligation does she justify her existence..

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