In a country which has nearly 100 million people spread across more than 700 islands, poverty and the remote setting of many of the villages makes planting God’s Word a challenge. With 70% of Filipinos not having a Bible, the massive need amongst pastors, to continue the work, is for more Bibles. Each Bible planted will help a seeker or believer to know Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. Philippians 2:15-16 reminds us, “…But you are living with evil people all around you, who have lost their sense of what is right. Among those people you shine like lights in a dark world, and you offer them the teaching that gives life…”
Young girls and boys are trafficked and used in commercial sexual exploitation as well as the production of child pornography. Others are forced to beg, traffic drugs and many are being enlisted as soldiers in anti-government and terrorist organisations.
One light of hope is from Pastor Noli, a pastor ministering in the Baseco slum. For years he had tried different ministry programs to reach out to his community. Recognising that education and literacy are the keys to break this horrific cycle of child labour, he investigated a number of possibilities to train his staff. Today he is praising God after sending his church workers to the Bible-based Literacy facilitators training run by Bible League Philippines. Immediately after completing the training Pastor Noli’s team opened a literacy class for children in the local community.
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