Last week I shared Leah’s blog about the changes that are taking place here in Cagayan. This morning I wanted to sit down and tell you all about how it applies to me and what life will now begin to look like as I minister to Filipinos in a different way than I have been for the past three years.
When I moved to the Philippines back in 2013 I felt young and inexperienced, but I knew God had stirred within my heart a desire to bring hope and healing to street kids. By faith alone, I moved here with dreams of pouring my heart into these kids. Over the past three years, with the grace and love of Christ flowing through me, I believe that is exactly what I have done. But I also knew the time would come when the ministry I helped start would be turned over to Filipinos. Leah’s post explains those details, so if you have not read it yet, go check it out here and then come back to this letter.
The end of last year I felt drained and exhausted and just began praying and asking God what purpose and plan does he want me to fulfill here in Cagayan with his people. One day while walking through Divisoria (the town center) God opened my eyes and showed me he wanted me to continue pursuing his children, but this time in a way more intimate, relational and evangelical way.
After a few months of sitting and listening to God for specific plans, he laid on my heart to transfer my sphere of ministry from the city into the mountain villages. Starting next month, we will be going with a team of Filipinos into three villages each week. We will create a program that meets both their physical and spiritual needs, including feedings, bible studies, praise and worship, medical clinics, games, supplemental education, etc. My passion is really with children, so while I am grieving not being at the drop-in center with the street kids, I am thankful God has opened this door to minister to kids in similar ways, this time its just a little farther away! These villages are full of extreme poverty, but even greater than that is the need they have for the hope of Christ. That is what I am most excited about sharing with them.
As hard as it is for me to walk away from Streetlight, the kids there will always have a special place in my heart and I will always cling to the fact that God in His sovereignty had a purpose for me to impact each and every kid I was able to spend time with. Moving forward I will still see the kids often and look forward to seeing how God will continue to work in their lives.
I hope you are as excited as me about the ways God is shaping Cagayan de Oro to be a place full of his presence and his people. The impact that has been made the past three years in Cagayan is as much because of you as it is me. I know God is going to continue working in this city and in these mountain villages and again, that is possible because of you- your prayers and your support. You are a blessing in my life and I look forward to your questions and suggestions and emails as together we move into the mountain areas to make Christ known!