Dear Brethren in Christ,
Christian greetings from Mindanao, Philippines!
May this letter find you growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Join us in thanking the Lord for His many ways of leading and directing us the past months. Early January, the ACMI Board met and discussed future ministry directions especially, ACMI’s work on indigenous people groups. Other plans that were discussed were the livelihood programs for the poor among us, equipping leaders and members for more effective infiltrative witnessing and disciple-making. We look forward to 2020 where the leaders agreed to hold a general national conference (we do this every 4 years). We covet your prayers for these ministry directions and plans.
We thank God for the very encouraging responses of 12 Tiboli leaders/pastors who are regularly attending the meeting and Bible Studies in Tiboli, South Cotabato. They are thankful to the Lord for the in-depth study of God’s word, passing them to their members in more systematic way, and applying them to their lives. In God’s time and as He provides, we will extend livelihood assistance/projects to this indigenous people group, to help them alleviate their economic needs (they are poor and marginalized). They are located in far-flung communities in the mountains of Tiboli, South Cotabato which could scarcely be reached by any government service, such as school, water, light and medical facilities. Some of the roads leading to their areas are almost impassable during rainy days, hence these pastors hike several kilometers to visit their members.
The Higaonon brethren in Agusan experienced a breakthrough, not only spiritually, where many members of their tribes are coming to Christ, but also some self-sufficiency in their economic needs. They can now sell vegetable and fruit products harvested from their farms (courtesy of the livelihood projects), and can now have three square meals a day. God is really faithful, in blessing the work of their hands. To God be the Glory!
Last February 2, the ministry conducted a free medical mission in Banisilan, South Cotabato. Four doctors served almost 200 patients. Medicines were given free, but most of all the patients heard the Gospel. Pictures attached.
We are thankful to the Lord for the continued support (prayer and financial) of Christian churches and organizations (local and abroad). To all of you brethren, we are indeed grateful.
Jesus’ coming is very near. Let’s claim I Corinthians 15:58 - “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”.
May God’s peace keep our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus.
In His vineyard,
Pastor Bernie Mendoza