This is the latest update from our January Summer Classic DTS outreach team that is currently in the Philippines:
Whaddup gang! This is Jeff signing in to give you guys an update from the Philippines Outreach Team. After much anticipation we arrived in Manila airport on April 16 and after about an hour of sitting in traffic arrived at our fist location, a YWAM base in Anti-Polo. After a day of relaxation from travel we jumped right into ministry going into the local slums and ministering to the families that lived within.
This last week we travelled to our second location, a tiny two-bedroom apartment in inner city Manila, from which about 8 different ministries were run from. Straight from day one we were very busy, jumping into helping lead services at a local missions church within the slums. In addition to that we, along with a couple local teenagers lead a Vacation Bible School for the kids in the area, which was tiring yes, but it was so worth it. The kids loved it and we were able to speak to their parents about God as well.
But nothing was quite compared to our day trip to the hospital on the second to last day of the week. The hospital we went to was the biggest public hospital in all of the Philippines. It was crazy with patients all over the place; for how many people it was much smaller than I had expected. Because it was a public hospital, and the economic situations of most Filipinos’ the rooms were just huge “halls” packed with patients in hospital beds. There was no air conditioning, and minus the doctors, the roles of most usual hospital staff were carried out by the friends and relatives of the patients.
It was sad to think of how blessed we are living in such a wealthy part of the world, but the moment we arrived in the hospital we really got God’s heart for the place and the people there. We knew it was not supposed to be a place of sickness and depression, but a place of healing and joy. Our team got divided into two groups, one to go to the pediatric wing and the other to visit the adult wing and the cancer patients. My group went to the adult wing and I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of having a local pastor who had been helping our team’s ministries in manila as my partner. The two of us went around praying for patients, healing and telling them about God. The last patient we spoke to, a 33 year old man with a bone disease, we felt called to tell the story of the prodigal son and by the time we finished he was in tears. We spoke truth into his life and we asked if we could pray for him and he said yes, so we laid hands on him and just prayed over his life that he would experience the love of God. As soon as we opened our eyes color started to rush into his pale skin spreading all throughout! Now he didn’t get up and start dancing or anything but his pain was gone. It was probably the coolest thing I have ever experienced and from that point we just started to see all manner of amazing things happen in the cancer ward and elsewhere.
And you know that only happened on our second week here in the Philippines so we are definitely expecting God to move in even greater ways! Keep up your prayer and support for us, it does make a difference! This has been Jeff Caliguire (Caggs), over and out.