Lorrie and I are blessed to be able to see the results of your giving and prayers first hand. I want to
share with you the testimony of one of this year’s extension class graduates.
Jo is a beautiful young Filipina woman who recently married another one of our extension class
graduates. She is a nurse and he is a public school teacher in the city. This is a portion of her story:
Jo was born into a family who strongly believed in a cult religion. In the religion, the leader taught that
she was the mediator for Jesus Christ. She would go directly to God and then convey the word to the
people. She taught that the bible was incorrectly translated and therefore not useable.
One day a relative from Switzerland invited Jo to attend a Christian prayer meeting. She said as he
was praying she felt a presence come over her and she began to cry. She cried so much she looked down
and saw her blouse was wet. She then felt someone place his hand on her back to comfort her, but she
turned and there was no one near! She came to believe it must have been an angel.
The Lord continued to reveal himself to her until one day someone presented the gospel of Christ and
she experienced a personal salvation. She quickly became an enthusiastic Christian desiring to learn
more and to share her faith with others.
Jo’s decision to follow Christ has been very difficult. Her family rejected her. When she decided to marry
they refused to even attend the wedding. For the Filipino, family is very important as well as having the
parent’s approval. She says, “The body of Christ is now my family,” but she hopes to someday be
instrumental in seeing her whole family come to Christ.
In Acts 8, the Ethiopian was reading Isaiah, and God sent Philip to share the gospel with him. In Acts
10, we are told Cornelius was “a devout man and one who feared God.” God sent Peter to him to preach
salvation. Like the Ethiopian and Cornelius, Jo desired the true God and He reached out to her. Praise
God He still is faithful to reach out to those who are seeking Him.
Please pray for the April and May youth camps in the Philippines. Many are touched for Christ during
these camps each year.
Please also pray for an increase in finances to meet the many opportunities.
We love and appreciate you,
Nels and Lorrie