Johnson Family Missions
Curt & Holli are still in the Philippines - I must admit sitting here in an internet cafe working on this I miss having all my family together back in Rockford. It is Thanksgiving Day in USA as I write this. They are big on Christmas here in the Philippines and are playing a lot of sentimental music. In some ways this journey is hard. It is not the cold "showers" using a bucket and drain, the intense heat, or the stools they call toilets that are little more than holes in the ground, or the crowded masses of people everywhere that make this a sacrafice. The burden is really just being away from loved ones - both for us and them.
The thing that makes it worth while is having an eternal perspective. We will have an eternity with those we love to fellowship unhindered with the Lord and each other. While we have time here as the clock winds down on history, we are compelled to do all we can. Thanks for partnering with us on this journey. Please continue to pray, we sense and need your prayers more than you realize.
Here is my second report from the Philippines - to simply relay my intial impressions of the Philippines for those who are intereseted. (First report click here.)
The main thing that strikes me here is simply the number of people. Everywhere there are crowds of people. Manila alone is 16 million people. Four times the number of Kiwis and 20 times the number of Fijians. The total population is 93 million - abuot one third the number in the USA packed into a few islands. Most of these living at poverty, some at extreme poverty. I thought I had seen poverty in Mexico and Fiji, it goes to a lower level here that is hard to describe.
Although we feel God's heart for the poor, including Holli feeling a tugging to come here more long term to work with the street children and orphans, our main goal over the next few years is to prepare this nation for a might move of the Gospel through uniting of the true church uniting in prayer and co-operation through the Impact World Tour, IWT. Preparations have begun. We are spending our time meeting and planning with some incredible young people here. Their life of living by faith and work ethic of expanding the Kingdom is simply amazing. With your partnership we are sowing into their lives and the work here.
The culture is full of idolatry. The youth of this nation have been lost and are ready to hear the gospel in fresh and culturally relevant way. The religious systems here are irrelavant and oppressive, especially for the youth.
Please pray that we have the grace and wisdom to cooperate with the Lord's timing and agenda for the Philippines in the days ahead.
Grace & Peace,
Curt & Kay Johnson
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