We've been in Manila for nearly 3 weeks, and we've already been able to see God moving in incredible ways! After our long trip across the world, we got settled into our host church in the Manila City district. We are just 1 team of over 25 other teams currently working with Megacities! We are a part of the first wave of teams that will be arriving to Manila over the course of 2017 to partner with the local church and see transformation take place in the city and nation! Our lteam has 17 people, including 2 children and a baby!
During first week of ministry we were meeting with local pastors and other ministries to see what was going on around us in the city that we could possibly support and be a part of. We then would gather together as an outreach team to intercede and ask the Lord to reveal to us what we should focus on.
He gave us 3 main focuses: EVANGELISM, DISCIPLESHIP OF THE YOUTH, and to work to influence the SPHERES OF GOVERNMENT/EDUCATION
We've made contact with the local Salvation Army branch close to the church we're staying at, and an opportunity was opened up for us to provide discipleship to their youth leaders as well as new believers on Friday nights! It was really cool when we were offered this because it was exactly what God had spoken to us about doing and was even the same day of the week some of us had felt!
One of the most encouraging and exciting things for Gabriella and I as the DTS leaders has been to see how our students have stepped out of their comfort zone's, not only in flying across the world to minister in a nation not their own, but to stand before before audiences large and small to give testimony of what God has done in their lives as well as preach the gospel. We've seen how God has used this outreach to encourage students to pursue the calling he has placed on their lives. Students that battled with anxiety and fear have taken steps to overcome that and have not allowing anything to hinder them from being used in any way God wants to on outreach. Our students who only speak Spanish have not allowed a language barrier to exist for them, stepping out and sharing the love of Jesus if even through a translator!
We want to send a huge thank you to everyone who supported us in prayer and finances to get to Manila, already we've seen over 50 people accept Christ as their Savior, various people getting healed through street ministry, as well as ministering to the homeless! We could not do this without you. Please continue to pray for our team, for health and safety, and for favor with local contacts that we may be of the greatest blessing possible while we are here!