Note: This post covers our Philippines Crusade in August 2013. I hope you’ll take the time to look at the pictures, watch the videos, and read the words. We filmed a five-minute video recap the morning after.
Some walked three miles each way from the mountains.
Some were pregnant, some carried babies, some were very old. But that didn’t stop them.
On the way to, there was light. But not on the way back. On the way back, it was dark.
Dark and rainy. This was the rainy season. But that didn’t stop them either.
About 1,500 people live in the village of Bat-Ongan in the province of Masbate.
Masbate is an island located in the center of the Philippines. Geographically, it’s sort of the heart of the nation.
Bat-Ongan is a rural village. Pastor Roy’s extended family lives there, and he started a church there.
From my perspective, it’s a difficult place to live. There is much poverty there. The people rejoiced at the new sandals we gave them. And when we passed out Bibles, you would have thought they were gold. For some, it was the first Bible they ever owned, like this woman:
One family’s story really touched me. Torn by tragedy, they are moving forward. I just wish it was a little easier for them.
Here they are.