Monthly Archives: October 2013

Prostitution is real. Evil is real. Jesus is relevant.

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“What?! They exist here?”

I was talking to a friend last night, and I brought up how I am looking forward to assisting / going with a fellow missionary in her field work.

My awesome fellow missionary (who, of all people, has the same name as I!) is doing her research for her Master’s degree, and her case study is on child prostitution in Quezon Avenue and Timog Area. Quezon Avenue, you guys! Timog area! That’s like, practically my backyard! *Shivers*

Which is why, when I told my friend about these child prostitutes, his expressed with incredulity, “What?! They exist here?”

Disgust, horror, pity and incredulity churn themselves in me , but I tamp them down.

As horrified as I am, I am not surprised.

Why am I not surprised? Because I know that evil exists. Evil is real. These forces, these powers of darkness, these principalities that have caused ravaging wars inside and outside the person are real. It is these same powers that causes people, humans, men and women to cause, condone, and tolerate such seemingly unimaginable crimes. Apparently, to the depraved human soul, there is no such thing as unimaginable.

As long as evil exists, children will be raped, children will be abused, children will be forced into prostitution. As long as evil exists, there will be wars, and crimes, and Napoles-like corrupt and greedy officials, suckers of the life held onto so dearly by the people.

(okay, I got carried away).

And that is why the message of Jesus is so relevant today!

Because we have no hope of vanquishing the evil outside and inside of us apart from He who surrendered to evil, and emerged victorious.  It is this Christian message of depravity, and hope, and victory that can free us from darkness.

It is this message we as Christians are called to bear, and to live.

Our ceiling crashed and our landowners found Jesus.

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Yesterday we had dinner with our land owners.

REALLY fun and swell time — Mr. Landowner is such a funny guy, and Mrs. Landowner is so cool. The best part was when they were recounting story after story of how they have been experiencing God the last month.

I rejoice with them. I rejoice that for four consecutive Sundays, our awesome landowners have been going to church with us (and even when we weren’t there). I am happy that they are motivated to know God more because of a recognized longing and emptiness in their own hearts. I am glad that every little thing, every recent event in their lives are being interpreted and viewed through the lens of Christianity.

As a matter of fact, Mrs. Landowner came dropped by again tonight (we had some minor electrical glitch and she brought the electrician) and she shared, yet again, how a long-lost relative got in touch with her. She said she was so excited that she blurted on the phone, “We have to talk! I need to tell you something. I found Jesus!”

SO REFRESHING to see new believers.

And, would you believe it all happened because our ceiling crashed?

Because, as Ate Jenny (my housemate) put it, our landowners would not have visited if the ceiling didn’t crash. That day, Mrs. Landowner came over to supervise the ceiling repairs.

When she came, she saw ate Jenny reading some book.

Recognizing it to be some kind of Christian book, Mrs. Landowner asked about ate Jenny’s faith.

The result: a very good spiritual conversation.

Which ended with ate Jenny extending them an invitation to go to church with us.

Which Mrs. Landowner accepted.

And like I said earlier, they’ve been attending for a month now. Yesterday, Mr. Landowner expressed that he was beginning to think of joining a discipleship group in church.

God’s got some humor. The joke was one us. 🙂

 

 

Hey, wanna pray with us?

Pray that our Landowners continue to see and experience God ever more deeply. Pray for our missionary household, that we never forget to be ambassadors not just to our Landowners, but to people around us.