The Bicol Bulletin
Volume 1, Issue 7 - October 2003
Christ Throughout Asia is an outreach ministry of the BMA of the Philippines that utilizes Filipinos that are located throughout all of Southeast Asia to plant churches and reach the people of those countries. CTA is in its beginning stages, and part of the purpose of our recent trip to Hong Kong was to get on the field and try to discover what will be the best way to reach Hong Kong for Christ.
At the present, there are 175,000 Filipinos working in Hong Kong! Most of these are women who are there working as Domestic Helpers. Each week they have one day off and on that day they gather in public parks and just sit and spend time together. They talk, sing, play cards, eat Filipino food and speak their native dialect. Many of these ladies have very bad working conditions, so their “day off” is almost an escape from real life!
Among these ladies, there is a small core group from our BMA churches in the Philippines that are working with Pastor Jo Jo Vallejera to reach out to other Filipinos. Pastor Jo Jo has been elected by the BMA of the Philippines as our first International Missionary! Hopefully, within the next few months, he and his family will be permanently located in Hong Kong. Please join us in praying for this family. They have an enormous job ahead of them!
During our few days in Hong Kong and China, we met with the core group for fellowship and also worship services. We spent time in those parks meeting some of the Filipinos, passing out tracks, sharing Christ, and praying with them. We also spent some time exploring Hong Kong for future ministry possibilities. (And of course, we had a little bit of shopping time!)
As we visited with many of the ladies there, my heart broke for them. Many of them have husbands and children back home in the Philippines that they may not see for several years at a time. As a wife and mother, I can’t imagine living apart from my family for that long. As I struggled to understand why these ladies would leave their home to go work in another country, the Lord opened my eyes to this fact: No matter the reason of why they are there, there are thousands of Filipinos working in Hong Kong that need a Savior! And it’s our job to reach them!
Please pray for our core group there, for Pastor Jo Jo and his family, and for the BMA Philippines as we reach out beyond our borders into China and other countries in Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. But we especially ask that you pray for the thousands of Filipina ladies in Hong Kong to realize that their greatest need is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
To see more pictures from our recent trip to China go to our Photo Galleries!
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