CMS Mission Partner, Dianne, reflects on the fruit and faithfulness of God as she leads a children’s ministry in the Philippines. “You did not choose me but I have chosen you…….that you might go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you.” – John 15:16I went back to Philippines in January 2018 with a broken arm. A good way to start the year! But I knew that way back God chose me to come here to the Philippines and therefore he would fix it. In January 1976 I was driving my rusty little VW over the hills to Camp Raglan where 120 plus children were arriving for a week long camp. I read the verse for today on my dashboard which said ”…the Lord has chosen you…to serve Him.” – 2Chronicles 29:11. At that moment the word “Philippines” flashed across my mind. I told the Lord “I don’t want to go there!” I could go to England yes, because I could visit relatives I’d never seen before. However I then added “Well Lord, if this is really from you please make it clear!” The next day my director went to our P. O. Box for the mail. I hardly wrote letters, so I hardly received any. He gave me a blue airmail letter, which was my first ever letter from the Philippines, and it contained a direct invitation to join the children’s ministry there! Since then, I’ve known very clearly this whole time that God has chosen me to minister in the Philippines and he provides what we need to obey him.Fruit that I’ve seenOur fruit for Jesus just keeps on growing! From teachers sharing the Gospel in their classes, parent’s Bible studies and the odd parent our Principal leads to the Lord, to children and staff devotions in the Children’s Home and visiting disabled people who are “shut ins” in their homes. We held a Summer Children’s Camp, to which 80 came. I worked with four Bible Clubs which saw 80 plus come to Jesus. Two training seminars brought in another 170 children. A very meaningful event for me was hearing the blind pastor in our Camp for Disabled clearly preaching a salvation message along with his own personal testimony using his braille Bible.Overall, I can conservatively estimate that 400 people have come to Jesus in the past year, most of those mainly children. What incredible fruit!Fruit going on for JesusAnother area where I have seen fruit is in the ongoing involvement of former students. We held reunions for both former Bible College alumni and Children’s Home alumni, which brought about 80 people to tell their stories and catch up with us. A good number are involved with churches, some with Christian schools and some are overseas or in far distant places. Three new teachers in our school are former pupils and converts, who want to continue this legacy. To top it all off one of our former children’s home boys, who is now a businessman, contacted me a month ago from Qatar. He had started a church plant there for a Baptist church a few years back and wanted lecture material on children’s ministry so he could teach their members! How is that for fruit going on for Jesus!“Whatever you ask in my name, I will give to you”. – John 14:13Another story is very close to my kiwi heart! One of the most joyful events in the Children’s Home is when we celebrate a children’s birthday. All was set for the day. The decorations were ready, the gifts were wrapped, the games were prepared, and the favourite food was ready to cook. And of course we had a cake. Unfortunately, we had no ice-cream! We had prayed, but there was just not enough in the budget for it. However, the Lord says “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways.” – Isaiah 55:8.Early next morning there was a knock on the Children’s Home door and a man entered with a steel container with two big tubs of ice-cream! The owner of the Popular Ice-cream Company was having his birthday that day and he thought he would share his blessings with the children in the home. Everyone was surprised and jumping with joy. Thank you Lord!If you remember, at the beginning of this article, I wrote about how I broke my arm at the beginning of last year. Well it has now healed beautifully and I can even do push ups! In reflecting on the fruit that I’ve seen God grow in the last year, I am constantly reminded, just like with the story of my broken arm, when God chooses you he provides your needs!
SHE’S MADE IT! Back in 2003 a sad, small and sickly 5 year old Giselle entered Hebron Children’s Home from a very unhappy family background. With the help of some generous sponsors, she was able to finish elementary school well, and we sent her home to help and to go through high school – which was a bit daunting, but she did it.
But how would she be able to pursue a career? Again, sponsors stepped in and enabled her to do a two year course in Culinary Arts followed with a graduation and then job hunting. Finally, she has her first job! Giselle helps run a snack corner in a very nice mall. It’s a good start and she is doing and learning lots. Thanks to sponsorship who gave her a chance!
(The photo above is Giselle in 2003, the year she joined the children’s home.)
We’re delighted to share that our big item of praise: a new set of wheels! Its a “new” but not new diesel Toyota 2.5E Innova, the 2010 model with 7 seats (with removable seats), only 61000 kms on the odometer and it’s had only one owner. Other than one slight mark outside, it’s pretty much immaculate. So we are very happy.
I asked Obet to put it on a rise outside our Home of Love and Compassion so I could take a good photo. At that moment some of the children from the Children’s Home arrived from school, and they were excited to be in the photo. And Melany our Social Worker happened to also arrive with Gelai, our little Cerebral Palsy child. They had just brought her new set of wheels as well – a stroller!
This means we’re now set to fetch you from the airport when you visit! In fact, we’ve recently been able to pick up a team from the airport using this car for the first time: a group from St John’s Rangiora.. And what a great time we have had with them over National Disability Month. (Plus its really nice to just be with kiwis!)
I want to thank God and thank you for your prayer and support that came in for both our recent camps. They were amazing! About 70 children attended our Hebron Children’s Camp, and right from the start there was a sense of peace and happiness! (I can assure you this doesn’t always happen!).
When I looked at the food scrap bucket the first night, it was totally empty. They ate everything! When they had games, they were all so happy. They didn’t mind who won or who lost! (I can assure you this does not always happen!).
This year about 40 of those who came were first-time campers and they all made a commitment to Jesus. About 30 were campers who had been before, and they made renewed commitments. God touched everybody as we had prayed. I was able to ask a few children after the camp’s closing about their experience – they had enjoyed everything. One older girl said God showed her to be more obedient at home – the stories were on Joseph. Another girl said that God had healed her of a heart condition. A smaller boy said God had changed his life, but he could not explain in what way! I saw a pastor’s son (he’s about 11) sitting at the back during Holy Spirit night and explaining to another boy exactly what was going on. His parents were so pleased to hear about that later.
We have just finished the camp for disabled people as well. Probably about 60 came. It was a bit quiet to start with, partly because we had been hoping for more people to come. But on the next day, wow what a change. It was lovely to see the people with disabilities feeling free to be themselves and share with each other what is on their hearts. They had so much fun and laughter too. The thalidomide boy with no lower arms or lower legs could run. A wheelchair user man was not embarrassed to crawl to the swimming pool – he enjoyed it so much. One woman shared later that she knew about this camp but felt it was beneath her to attend. But she came and and so enjoyed it and was refreshed spiritually too.
Our play equipment in our Junior Playpark had really become old and shabby and needed replacing. Last year we were given a whole set of play equipment (like a McDonalds playground) which had hardly been used. The challenge was, how would we get it it out of the building it was in and out of the tiny streets of an old part of Manila?
Well, someone lent us a six wheeler truck and with six men we spent the whole day dismantling, loading, travelling and then finally unloading it back here. That involved 3 hours of taking it apart, carrying each part through double doors, down steps, into a yard and heaving them onto the truck – by the end the truck was completely filled!
The next challenge was how to erect this indoor equipment outdoors, but in the shade so it’ll be nice and airy (and beyond the access of frogs and cats!). Our school PTA President and her committee got behind the project and raised money for roofing to install it outside in the Junior Play-park. All this week our maintenance men and caretakers have been busy fitting all the bits together again. It was quite the puzzle, but they’ve succeeded and it looks good. Praise God!! Engineer Daniel, husband of the PTA President, is organising his workmen for free to put up the roofing and fencing and gate.
Isn’t that just like God! He wants to bless us! We are his children! We didn’t even pray for this, but he knew we needed it and where it was, sitting doing nothing, just gathering dust. Now it’s ours and ready for the kids to enjoy.
This video captures the work of Children’s Bible Ministries in the Philippines. It’s a wonderful way to step into the world of Dianne Bayley and understand a little more of what she has invested so much of her life on.
We are in mourning: The Kiwi-Samoan team from Christchurch has left us! We all enjoyed the team, led by Watari Maina and Ropeta, so much. Even our neighbours knew somehow that we had visitors.
They took songs and testimony in every place and gave a three day session for our staff on Basic Counselling Skills with an easy to use model. They took six sessions with the children in the Home using a TREE as their model. The children all drew their own trees and wrote in all sorts of things about their lives, ending with their dreams for the future. The children are still talking about their trees!
Then on the last day the team gave a Tofa Soifua (Farewell dinner). Not only that, but afterwards they gave out gifts of appreciation that they had brought from NZ – including tapa cloth, fans and lollies. Now I know why the suitcases were so big! Our staff commented: “we have never received anything like this before!”
Praise God for a very joyful staff and children’s opening dedication for this school year. We had a lot of people attend which was unexpected but the food covered everyone … but only just!
The Bible College and the classes for the deaf have now swapped places. The Bible College is very happy in their ‘new’ facility upstairs in the building for disabled. And the disabled children are much better downstairs in the auditorium! A local Christian family gave our 24 children in our orphanage a new school bag each – a very generous gift that has been greatly appreciated! And after some weeks of preparation, the Bible College students went out to a local barrio where there is no church. As a result, 90 children were led to Jesus! One of our pastors has a real desire to build up these clubs, eventually opening Bible studies for parents so the clubs can grow into actual churches.
Please pray for the government program to get rid of drug lords and criminals… and safety for our new tough talking President! A couple of weeks ago the Philippines inaugurated a new president who is very different. He talks really tough… but he means what he says, and after 20 years as mayor of a difficult city in the past it’s now a beautiful and peaceful city. So we know he can do it. He hates drugs and promised that in six months he will get rid of all drug lords and pushers. Recently he publicly named five Police Generals who were coddling drug lords and publicly dismissed them from their positions. (He had already warned them). The prison will be a future target as there are some ‘prisoners’ with shabu laboratories in there! One in five barrios struggles with drug problems. He wants to bring the communist and other longtime insurgency groups to the table and he has a few in government positions already. But, if you don’t work you are out! The general feeling is a buzz of great anticipation! Everyone is listening and reading the news everyday… or else you might miss out on something!
Our news is both sad and glad.
Our Bible College students graduated a couple of months ago. Congratulations to them all! I’m especially excited for Charles – he cant stop smiling! He was always clever to escape jobs; he’s a bit of an ‘escape artist.’ But up north, during his placement, he found he had to cook … and do the marketing .. and fetch and carry water … and then help with church building repairs! The congregation grew to love him and they all want him back. So that’s where he is going! What a changed person.
A couple of months ago our long-time faithful senior staff, Pastor Manny Masangkay, went to be with Jesus after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Since coming to Bible College as a young man he had been with us 34 years. He was married and had a grandchild.
His parents and 10 siblings were all once involved in a cult. He steadfastly prayed for them to be set free and all but one escaped. His two brothers are now pastors and his father has a jail ministry which he still goes to every Sunday, even though he’s now 91.
Manny got his Bachelor of Theology but showed himself to be very good in practical work, which is why he became our Maintenance Manager. He helped oversee all our seven buildings being built or renovated. He had an amazing creativity. His suggestion would often be totally different from others yet very good. He had a good eye for colour and design.
During the three day and night vigil for Manny, his casket sat on our Cover Court where he loved to play basketball. We will miss him greatly!
Pray for Manny’s family and all of us at CBM as we continue to mourn his death.
Pray for a good second hand Toyota car for our big trips to Manila (such as airport runs to fetch visitors or important meetings).
My back pain is much reduced though I’m walking like a duck! Hopefully next month it’ll be like a giraffe! Thank you for praying.
We check our teeth but not our back! Last October, during a typhoon I fell in a large drain. I looked like a runner at the blocks but half of my leg was in the drain! After the swelling and infection had gone, I started to feel a sciatic nerve problem in my back! But I left for Australia and NZ soon after that, and with four days here and five days there, I didn’t have a chance to have it checked. I came back here to the Philippines early January, sought treatment, was sent to physio and it became worse. For our Big CBM 40th Anniversary, I took an inflammatory and got through it all well.
So I had an MRI scan. The MRI showed that I had a bulging disc at lumbar 4-5 with herniation or seepage on to the nerve. So very painful! My church had held an anointing meeting for all and I already believed that my miracle was coming! I also looked for a chiropractor. They are regarded as “quacks” here. Thank God for helping me find a very good chiropractor in Manila, for a 50% discount, for a house to stay in Manila for free, and for one of our past Children’s Home boys who supplied a lot of my food! After 10 treatments my back condition made 30% improvement. He found that one leg was ½ inch longer than the other one. That had caused misalignments. He could not manoeuvre the disc. He suggested 2 operations would be needed and from his observation, as these operations are delicate and need precision technology, clients go to hospitals in Singapore or Hong Kong!
I decided to come back here to Hebron and trust God for my healing. I have many praying for me. One really painful night, my friends prayed for angels to protect. The pain went, and perhaps half-awake, I saw an angel in my room! A friend gave me a semi-orthopaedic mattress and I have had an air-con installed. The Children’s Home send me up meals and a retired friend comes to cleans and wash clothes.
I am improving. The pain is reducing and I can walk straighter each day. At present I walk like a duck! I managed in the local supermarket recently. I am expecting that by end of April I should be able to walk the whole length of the mall – the only cool place to walk!
I’m still asking for prayer for ALL the inflammation to go, for the spine to stabilize and for me to be able to walk straight. Like in the Book of Job in the Bible, its not so much about suffering as it’s about faith to overcome! I thank everyone for your prayers.