Once my team and I arrived in Bicol, our team grew as we added two translators. We headed out to the field on a Saturday morning, to Apuao, a small island. My photos don’t do God’s creation justice.
Ate Annie, Deanna, Racheal and I headed to a village. As part of our mission, we asked the people if we could take their blood pressure. Once we were invited into their homes, we talked to them about the gospel. Sometimes Ate Annie shared in Tagalog. Other times, one of us spoke in English, and she translated. It is so amazing how God overcomes the language barriers.
Within a few days on the island, we had started many Bible studies. Through each of these Bible studies, in talking with the people, I see God more and more. He is moving in the village. He has prepared the hearts of the people we are encountering. My team and I are not doing anything but being willing vessels of the Lord. This trip is not about us but about bringing glory to God. He is doing great things, and I am so grateful he is showing me his work. Each day I am learning more about God and his will for us, for this trip and for my life.
Every time we lead a Bible study, Ate Annie shares the gospel with the people listening. She is so encouraging to me. She is fearless in sharing the truth. She is humble and always is looking to serve others. She is so in tune with the Spirit. The Lord has shaped her to be a missionary.
As I sat there and prayed for the hearts of the Filipinos listening, Ate Annie continued to share the gospel. Even though I didn’t understand what she was saying 90 percent of the time, I could feel the Holy Spirit moving in the room. I felt like the Lord was about to do something great, and he did. Many lives were added to the Book of Life that morning. All glory to God! Seeing others understand the truth of the gospel is overwhelming. The team shed tears of joy and celebrated God’s will for these souls.
Please pray for these new believers. Pray the Lord will continue to move in their hearts. Pray that my team remains healthy, hydrated and focused. Please also pray for me, that I will be filled with the Spirit so that I can do the Lord’s will. Pray that I become weaker and he will be made perfect in my weakness.
Cloe Veldhuis, a student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, is serving with Go Now Missions in the Philippines as part of a health care team.