Graduates of school
I wanted to take the time to share some important information to you who have graciously agreed to support or stand with me in the church planting in Mindanao. It is hard to tell you all that is happening in our Church planting as there is so much. In our last newsletter we reported that we had planted 7 new churches on Mindanao island. We now have almost twice that as our teams went out to neighboring communities and began more churches. I am very pleased at their faith and love for the souls of men.
I will be traveling back to the Philippines on March 3 to meet with Church leaders and Pastors about the vision I believe was given to me by the Lord. I will explain to them that the Lord had given me three cities that would be the headquarters for our church plants. These cities would be the connection of support and supply and encouragement for the new churches that were being established as a first line of defense against the presence of Islam that is growing on the Island.
…. The first churches we have planted have come from General Santo City, from the school we developed, “The Intensive Church Planters Institute.” We had fifty participants who where taught the concept of team church planting. From that group of 50 which came together in October of 2015 we now have our new church plants. Each church was supplied with sound equipment and monies needed for the launch of their ministry, each with a clear vision to serve their community. Every team is supplied with a small stipend to free them to accomplish the mission the Lord gave them, and they were commissioned to. I want to say, thank you, to all of you who have committed to support these church planters and their callings. Thank you, seems so small, but your reward is in heaven waiting for you. I also want you to know that salvations and baptisms are taken place regularly. Whole families are being touched and encouraged: single mothers, hungry children, and those who are weary from the life of severe poverty, all are being touched by the grace and compassion of our Lord through these church plantings.
It is our goal to have 30 to 50 church plantings by the end of 2016 In order to accomplish this I will need to return several times this year to hold our, Intensive Church Planters Institute in several cities. Our need for support of these extra schools and the release of new church plantings will necessitate the need of new support, or committed giving if we are to succeed.
Let me say this to our supporters, we (Janet and I) live on partial Social Security and gifts from some of our church relationships we have built over the years. Our income actually qualifies us to apply for financial help from the government as we meet the criteria for low income help. (we choose not to) Janet and I own no home and we pour our energies and our resources into the ministry God has given us. I tell you this so YOU WILL KNOW, your money, when given goes to where you purposed. No fees are taken out or administration costs but all goes to the designated purpose you gave.
Janet and I love our Life style we have chosen to live. Our life is exciting and faith filled, as we experience the release of God to our lives. We are blessed to have all we need and knowing it is given to us in love. God is good, always, this is not a cliché but a reality. Our prayer for you is that you also are experiencing His goodness, and are living for the purposes of His Kingdom.
Food for Life News.
When I look at all the different feeding sites and volunteers operating and helping us my heart is overwhelmed with the goodness of God, and of those who are made in His image. When I see the smile on a child’s face, as they eat their meal provided for them by the love of the workers and supporters of this ministry, my heart convicts me. I am convicted of the times I have complained about the long Airplane rides consisting of many hours, and the living with roaches and rats and other discomforts I experience each time I go. This conviction of my attitude brings me to the place of repentance for my selfishness and shallowness and leads me to the place of thanksgiving, that I am allowed to do this for our Lord. It is here in these moments, and being with the poorest of the earth, I feel the Holy, loving, caring, presence of the Lord Jesus. Thank You, to all of you who enable all of us through your caring and loving giving. ….. The children now number over 1500. The number varies from week to week as more come as the news gets out into the community that we are there. We are now looking at the possibility of beginning outreaches in Kenya, Africa, and also in Tanuku, India. Please pray with us as these new outreaches are an increase beyond our current budget. We need yet another miracle. But His grace is sufficient for what we need.
Our Travel –Kenya, Africa
I have been visiting the tribal people know as the Maasai . I have been blessed by their zeal and passion for the Lord. I believe the Lord is opening doors for us to embrace this people and help them in their walk with God. I have been teaching in several conferences among them and have been taken in as one of their own. They even gave me a Maasai name, Malyon, which means blessed of the Lord, or blessing of Lord. This was a humbling endorsement of our ministry.
One of the areas I feel impressed to help, is the area of child abuse. There are young teen girls who have been sold for marriage, and abused have run from their abusers. They are then outcast as they have no place to go. Praise God for His servants! He has raised up an African couple by the name of Nelly and Samson. This couple is in their 70’s and have open their home to these girls. They brought them in and have taken care of them as their own children. The number currently they have received is 20. They have brought them in as their own children and cared for them. They have even built an addition onto their home to house these girls.
I met these young women one afternoon at the Home of Samson and Nelly; they were shy and you could see they were not sure if they wanted to expose themselves to a stranger who could not possibly understand their feelings of hurt and anger and shame. It was communicated without a word as it was in their faces and in their eyes; They tried to hide it, but it was clearly present. I watched as Samson came into the room and stood in the midst of their anxiety, you could see the power of fear braking off them as this man was their protector and one who showed them real love, God’s love. He was Father to them, and Nelly, Mother.
It is my desire to help these young women and Samson and Nelly. These girls deserve to have their dreams of education and making a way in this world become a reality for them. I have asked what it would take to sponsor one these young women, to include housing, food, clothing and education. I was told that it would be about $75.00 per month, the largest being the education. The schooling would be in a better or higher rated school similar to a private school. This ensures them an education which will prepare them for college and a future. Please consider supporting one of these girls, or perhaps your church could support one of these girls. Or your family may desire to adopt a child such as this who need our help. Pray and ask the Lord what is His will. This is all I can ask of anyone, PRAY and OBEY. There are thousands of stories like this, but we need to be connected to that which the Lord asks us to do.
One Life Ministries has planted a seed in the Maasai lands by helping a New church to be built in the outland or bush. This church has out grown the home or hut it has been meeting in as many warriors have come to Christ; Maasai men surrendering their lives to Christ. Thank you Lord for releasing the power of the Holy spirit upon this village.
India is on our heart
I will be traveling back to India in July. My time there will be spent revisiting the churches we have been to formerly. Our desire is to encourage them and see what the Lord has done through them. The needs in this country are huge, and could quickly overcome you if you are need oriented and not lead by the Holy Spirit. We are processing what we are going to be involved in, and our future involvement and investment. We need much discernment as we are so heavily invested in other areas.
If you are one who feels a call for the evangelization of India we would like to hear from you. Or if you know of others who we might partner with, please suggest them to us. One life Ministries is small, we are not a denomination or even an Organization, but a team of about 6 persons and a few supporting churches doing all that we do. We do all by prayer and revelation by the Holy Spirit. We listen to hear him tell us, “this is what we need to do.” He is our light in time of uncertainty. Our commitment is to patience and unity; another key is respect and honor for each other. We are able to cross denominational barriers and accomplish the will of God together. Please pray for us that we will remain faithful to these ideals and walk by faith. Thank You.
We need your Help!
- Prayer support for daily supply and safety
- For you to share our ministry with others
- For more USA church exposure
- Prayer for our personal family
- Prayer for workers from spiritual attack
- Prayer for wisdom, timing, and patience
- Prayer for others to come and share in the burden of this ministry and for the development of long term continuance of this ministry. Those who will run with us expecting the passing of the mantle of leadership,
- Prayer for wisdom as we are CONSIDERING THE development of some Philippine small business ventures that will employ people and create a flow of money for missions.
David and Janet Roach
One life ministries.