Here I am in a small plane with my buddy Chris, (to how many places around the world have we been together now, Chris?) approaching Masbate – one of Philippines’ 7,000 islands, home to some 85,000 people.
We’re coming here trusting the leadership of pastor Roy.
Why do I trust pastor Roy? Because I trust God in pastor Roy, I trust Roy’s heart for the Lord, I trust God has raised up Roy to bring Jesus’ rule and reign to many Philippines.
It’s because this man, in his own way is another Manny Pacquiao – even if the arena is not the boxing ring and even if pastor Roy hasn’t earned millions of dollars for fighting the fights God has gotten him involved in.
Still, pastor Roy who was living in the streets of Manila Metro at one point in his life, feels like he’s a fighter called by God to fight for the people in the slums.
“When I tell them where I came from and what God has done for me, they listen to me,” says Roy in his very good English but with his unique Philippine accent.
His vision is bigger than the helping rescue kids from the misery of the slums of Manila.
He realizes the Gospel is for all people, everywhere, all the time.
Which brings us to Masbate. It’s where pastor Roy felt the Lord lead him to plant a new work and build a base.
We’re here to learn, listen to him, observe, pray, hear from the Lord and minister together with him to small towns and individual families. We’re unable to do God’s work on our own. Together, everyone flowing in their unique gift mixes and strengths, nothing can stop us! We can make a difference – even in places as remote as Masbate!