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The long wait for God’s mission move

by Theodore Wright.
 

I had waited many years for God to direct my wife and I about His call for us to go the Philippines to win souls. This was so well confirmed to us by God a number of times for many years. Still, we waited for God while so many matters happened in life that we could not go. God’s timing for this trip was not yet but God never told me what His timing was. God did reveal to me, though, that I would know the time for us to go came when a born-again believer in the Philippines, whom I knew, asked us to come. This is not something God would allow me to force. So, the wait went on for a long time.

 

After 23½ years, we were still waiting on God’s call to us in 2015. I had studied the Philippine dialects of Tagalog and Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) for those many years. We had four children since the first time we went to Manila and Iloilo in 1991 in our early marriage. I had made decisive contacts in the Philippines back in 1991, yet so much time had gone by since then.

 
The Lord spoke to me very quietly during the times mentioned in my testimony “The Lord speaking in a still small voice“. He spoke to me, “If you want to go to the Philippines, you need to share my word NOW.” Though, I knew from the Lord about His call for us to the Philippines for many years, this was the first time I actually heard Him speak to me clearly regarding it. This lead to my sharing the gospel at my old college campus mentioned in my testimony titled “The man with the blue bag“.

 

One day, after this, I went to my computer and looked up on the internet a friend of mine in Iloilo named Pastor Ramón. I read about his advance in ministry and saw a picture of him, distinguished with his silver hair. I said, “Oh, he is old now.” I paused then I continued to say, “And so am I.” Though I was still only 53 years old, much time had gone by. Right there at my computer, I broke down and silently wept. I felt that it had been too long of a wait for me. I looked up to Heaven and prayed in Jesus’ name, “Lord, it has been so many years now since going to the Philippines. Does anyone still remember me there?

 

The next day, I received Facebook chat from Bing, a cousin of my wife, in Iloilo. I recently found out she became born-again. I did not commonly receive chats from there. She chatted me saying that she remembered us when we were last in the Philippines. I had my doubts about this, so I chatted her back, “We were in the Philippines in 1991. That means you would have been about 4 years old at that time.” Bing chatted me back, “Yes, I was 4 years old.” I was encouraged by this.

 

Later, the Lord speaking in still small voice turned into silence. I came to wife and asked her, “Have you heard from the Lord about anything lately?”. She replied, “No.”. I then said, “Neither have I.”. This is not usual for us since we have, for so long, been used to hearing much from God praying solely in the name of His Son Jesus. I continued then saying, “But I have known something from the Lord for sometime now. I know from Him that when the time comes that He gets quiet that He is about to do something big. But what that big thing is, I don’t know. But also when He does this we will be saying, ‘Oh of course! We knew this all along!’“.

 

How come it was that I did not see this was coming after all this time? Suddenly fuel prices dropped sharply and the price for fare for airplane flights to the Philippines dropped to less than half with certain Chinese airlines. When I saw this on the computer screen and was considering what I had just read, I received a message from Bing telling me that plane fares to the Philippines had discounts. I still had to discuss this with my wife so I messaged Bing with the simple word “Salamat” meaning “Thank you”.

 

I then immediately messaged my wife about this. She chatted me back, asking me to look into this. I looked into this further and found this was so, therefore, I messaged her back one word, “Feasible.” Suddenly, we also had access to money we did not have before. We booked the flights immediately and then flew, just 2 months later, to Manila and Iloilo.

 

 
It was only a short trip of 15 days in the Philippines. However, the Lord showed me when I went to my old college campus, having an opportunity to share His Word there, that He was able to use His people powerfully in a short amount of time.

 
In the Philippines, we testified of the Lord there and personally led 18 souls to place their faith in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. These each showed their personal faith in Jesus by praying the Sinner’s Prayer. That is the work of God in our lives.

 

 

Further, opportunities have been opening up where we may perhaps be able to have a much longer trip to the Philippines. What exactly God will do, I do not know. This was an exciting brief time we had, yet the door now is open for us. Our prayers are for further opportunities to win more souls there for Jesus. It is in God’s love in Christ Jesus that we reach out to others. How much we miss friends and family there already.

 

Our page in the Ilonggo (Hiligaynon) dialect is “Ginahigugma ka sang Dios!”.

Our page in English, Tagalog and Ilonggo is “I am the Bread of Life”.

 

 

 

 

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