Pastor Vedasto “Veds” Subiaga felt a burden for a bunch of small, remoted islands within the Philippines to know Jesus. He set out for the islands in a canoe. However when he obtained there, the villagers wouldn’t let him on the island.
Moderately than go house, Pastor Veds lived on his boat offshore for 5 lengthy months and constructed relationships.
Invoice Passons with AMG Worldwide says, “The interesting fact about that is the fact that he can’t swim, which is a crazy thing! I recently visited this island and we took a 40-minute boat ride in a motorized boat. So you can imagine how long it took him to get there…and then staying every day on the boat [with] storms and whatever may come up, but he knew God had called him there.”
Finally, Pastor Veds obtained to know one of many village leaders there. The leaders was impressed by Pastor Veds’s coronary heart for the individuals and have become curious in regards to the God he served.
“He realized that he needed to know Christ as his personal Savior,” Passons says. “[After] the village leader accepted Christ, they were able to start a small church there and the village was very welcoming to Pastor Veds.”
As we speak, there’s a thriving Christian group on a number of islands within the area due to Pastor Veds’s faithfulness to the Gospel.
“It’s just a great example of when God calls you to do something, it may be difficult. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to have instant results. And we’re not really guaranteed any results. But if God has called you to do it, then you should be faithful.”
AMG helps a number of church planters like Pastor Veds within the Philippines. They arrive alongside pastors to get the church began till it may possibly turn out to be self-sustaining and start to achieve others.
“You can sponsor a national leader that is planting churches in the Philippines. Our desire is just that the Gospel would go out…and that those churches would grow organically as people come to faith.”
Please pray for religious encouragement for pastors within the Philippines who’re telling individuals about Jesus within the face of hardship.
Passons additionally asks for prayer for Pastor Veds. “He is still a faithful servant, still ministering to churches, and actually is helping to…come alongside younger church planters that are also going out. So pray for him in those roles that he would be a good leader and that God would continue to use him to plant churches there.”
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