My encounter with ‘JD’

Jan-Darryl, also known as ‘JD’ is a shy young man and we regularly meet at church on a Sunday. We’ve always admired him as he is a great singer and leads worship regularly on Sundays. 

A few weeks back, JD reached out to us and said that he wanted to share his vision and was looking for prayer support to help him take forward his plan and, as we sat and listened, I was just awestruck to understand that here was someone who really had a burning passion to do something very meaningful. A civil engineer by profession who was not planning to go build mega structures but was seeing how broken the world around him was and, dedicating himself to leading others to their God-given vision.

JD first shared with us some really frightening statistics that got us very worried and scarred, the reality more when we were bringing up two teenagers. Let me share the data:

Philippine Statistics

Obviously the statistics are revealing and whilst our youth may be a blur, the reality is when it comes to our own, what values are we bringing to our homes?

JD has made a commitment to bring awareness to the young population he works closely with, he wants to cultivate a good value system that is morally and spiritually right. Many have not had the opportunity of knowing between right and wrong, the way of life depends on the circumstances one is living in but, 

God put a burden in my heart to minister to youths full time

Jan-Darryl

As I dwell on this serious issue, I am sure that this is not just in the Philippines but is a global issue. As parents, how far do we care about those outside our families? Are we concerned about our own children and family members? Do we really understand the right morals we need to live with? I am burdened, I am pained. How can I help?

‘Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”’

Matthew 9:35-38

If you are moved to lend a helping hand to JD, let me know and I can connect you.

Test and See!

We learn everyday and I am very thankful for dear friends who help us self reflect and work towards becoming someone better! Its our choice for sure! Over the week I am learning to test and see!

In anything we do, anything we want, anything we so desire to have, we must test it and see if it really is good!

Be it cloths, food, car, finding a new home (currenly doing this!), name it and we need to test it and see first! I am currently testing my faith, why, because the tendency is to lose it!

Parables are an interesting tool to help teach, today we use life experiences and true stories. There is this one parable that I can relate to being someone who grew up in a plantation.

But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Matthew 13:23

In other words, this is a clear example of someone who produces great ‘fruit’! Anything we plant, we want a result! In my workplace, I train new staff because we want them to bring the needed results. Result is the fruit we look forward to. I want my life to produce good things! The assurance as explained in Galatians is very encouraging as this fruit is very different from what we look for in society today! The more I see it, the more I am convinced that this is the foundation we need;

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
5:22‭-‬23

I read this 10 times and ask myself, is my life emanating ‘love’ or ‘Joy’ or…..and this really gets me depressed! I want to and I cannot but, I am encouraged that I must and therefore I will work at it to make sure its positive! I want it because it does only good and it helps everyone around me!

It does not stop at the result! Making sure that the fruit (result) of the harvest is always as what it is meant to be, we need to bring it under check, just like the policies and procedures in any organisation, we are provided with have a simple warning to throw aside things that hinders and entangled us to sin:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2

I am not perfect, I want to be something, I am trying! I found this road-map and its very interesting! Click here for more on this:

reapers-roadmap-focus-on-reaping-visual

Heart of JOY!

Sunday was a really tiring day but I got a little time to catch a nap too! I had the opportunity of sharing Gods word in the morning and evening service and I was personally excited, this morning I am really asking WHY was I so excited?

No, its not that all came to me to say that the message was good, in fact, I know that I asked the congregation to raise their hands and confirm their role in evangelizing and only a few reluctant hands were raise, so I was not expecting any positive feedback! Why was I so excited?

This morning I read that Jesus’ final teaching with His disciples the night before He died on the cross was of His extravagant love for them—that He loved them as the Father loved Him (John 15:9). After sharing what this eternal relationship looks like, Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full” (v.11).

I now understandchurch-logo-11 clearly the promise! Through Jesus Christ our hearts are filled with joy—real joy! This Joy allows me to just do things to bring Him glory. I am so proud of my little Church, I am so joyful for the congregation, because I know that they will, one day, experience the same Joy I have!