July 25, 2012
Philippines UBF for 8 years, I visited Philippines UBF yearly. It is an indigenous UBF ministry led from the outset by Filipinos for the last 25 years. I felt the wind of the Spirit blow palpably and visibly (Jn 3:8), which is why I visit regularly.
Sandwitched between 2 staggering sorrows. I arrived in Manila at 1 am on Fri July 20. I didn’t sleep because of jet lag. I received an email about the horrific Colorado shootings, which killed 12 and wounded 58. The next day I received another staggering news of a close friend having a stillborn birth. My heart has been aching and thrown into a tailspin ever since I arrived in Manila. Sandwitched between these 2 sorrows, I attended Antipolo UBF on Fri evening, a 2 year old church plant. The lead church planter is Dr. John Talavera, a professor of Anatomy and Physiology and his lovely wife Hannah.
50 students came; 3 student leaders established. Last year, when I visited Antipolo UBF, I expected a few students to show up for a weekly group Bible study since it was a new church plant. But 30 students showed up which stunned me. Now a year later, 50 students attended on Fri. It was as exhilarating as the 2 events were staggering. In 1 year, 3 student leaders have been established who now lead 3 weekly group Bible studies.
Jesus slept during the storm.
Thank God for the work of the Holy Spirit in Antipolo (Jn 3:8). It was my first day of a 2 month trip. But it felt like the highlight and climax of my trip on the first day! Pray for me and for my friends in the Philippines.
By Dr. Ben Toh