BFJ Newsletter 16 Dec 2014
Such An Indescribable Joy
Dear Friends & Loved Ones,
We pray this sharing finds you well & your loved ones on this season of Advent…which brings such indescribable joy!
“THEIR SORROW TURNED INTO JOY…” Esther 9:22
Praise God we barely escaped while at the mission last week a super typhoon which ravaged the Philippines once again, just one year after Haiyan or Yolanda. There were two Rubys, a ferocious typhoon and the other, a powerhouse prayer warrior! Indeed God has a great sense of humour, we were bracing for the worst and suddenly, we started laughing when we heard its name! It was an affirmation of our protection & He will not forsake us…so when the typhoon weakened and missed us, we had a sense of such indescribable joy!
“THE JOY OF THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH.” Nehemiah 8:10
Despite threats of a super typhoon we carried on with our missions, braving the rains and impending strong winds of up to 100 miles. So many mercies and blessings to share, but too numerous to count…but will share the joyful ones. First, container CFJ16 arrived on schedule and was release by customs speedily 3 days upon arrival. Secondly, we were desperate where to store CFJ16 & within 3 days, we booked a BFJ house with a warehouse in one! Thirdly, despite impending bad weather at our mission trip to Bogo (3 hours north of Cebu City) we managed to bless hundreds of destitute children with Shoeboxes for Jesus which gave them and our team such indescribable joy!
“VERY TRULY I TELL YOU, YOU WILL WEEP AND MOURN WHILE THE WORLD REJOICES. YOU WILL GRIEVE, BUT YOUR GRIEF WILL TURN TO JOY. John 16:20
The highlight of the mission was our miracle with Shoeboxes for Jesus (SFJ), almost every trip we experience multiplication of gifts or some kind of supernatural intervention. We brought with us 15 large boxes containing 200 SFJs and gave them to 150 Yolanda Village kids. However, when we went to Porveda Fishing Village (whose homes were wiped out by Haiyan) all the kids there also received one SFJ each numbering 150 of them and on top of this, there were 3 large boxes of containing SFJs with approx 30 more SFJs! Imagine the reactions of the mission team, at first baffled…eventually we realized God multiplied the SFJs! When we witnessed this miracle, we had such an indescribable joy!
“…SO THAT THEY MAY HAVE THE FULL MEASURE OF MY JOY WITHIN THEM.”
We are also blessed to see the construction of Housing for Jesus progressing well at Yolanda Village, in Bogo. We hope to have at least 60 homes completed by mid next year and praying to find land in Tacloban to start the same. Also praising God for the success of the Christmas Bazaar which raised 3 houses for the homeless which brings the total to 91, just 9 more homes to go! This morning, we found 2 large bags of nice clothes left at our doorstep and its been like this since Saturday, the more we sold, the more donations poured in! Simply amazing, only God can multiply these…more miracles! We had such an indescribable joy!
FOR HIS ANGER LASTS ONLY A MOMENT, BUT HIS FAVOR LASTS A LIFETIME; WEEPING MAY STAY FOR THE NIGHT, BUT REJOICING COMES IN THE MORNING” Psalm 30:5
Please find below BFJ’s monthly newsletter with update on Housing for Jesus, Christmas Bazaar, Shoeboxes for Jesus and many more! Thank you for our prayers and support, we couldn't have done these without your prayers and support. Please pray for our next mission in January, for our provisions, protection and for smooth weather…certainly no typhoon Mike this time? When prayers are answered…they bring such indescribable joy!
“COUNT IT ALL JOY, MY BROTHERS, WHEN YOU MEET TRIALS OF VARIOUS KINDS…” James 1:2
A Blessed Christmas and A Most Fruitful New Year to all!
In His Amazing Love,