NEWSLETTER APRIL 2019
Hello dear friends,
Greetings from the Philippines
Sometimes there is so much happening that I just don't know where to start, so I'll just give you a brief summary of our news.
Trevor and Birgit Majoinen visited
Mindoro Island to hold a discipleship course, a seminar for pastors, and public meetings in different areas. Our Hosea churches have seen many new conversions, with many coming to faith through receiving divine healing. News about miraculous healings quickly
spreads and that is the reason why sick people come to our churches for help. The Lord's healing power has been really evident.
Pastor Billy from Sablayan Church and our youth group continue to visit hospitals, where they go to pray for the patients and they have seen remarkable healings.
The day of the blessings
Nathan Osnes from Norway travelled to the Philippines after Trevor and held another event entitled 'Day of Blessing' in the city square of Mamburao, in spite of several difficulties along the way. Nathan had been given some time on the local radio to advertise his meetings, the publicity fliers had been printed with the youth distributing them in the city, and the big central venue had been reserved for us. But just two days before the event we were told that the venue would be given instead to the senator to hold his election campaign event in the city. Even a telephone call to the highest authority on the island did not help -- the senator was considered more important than us. But Nathan determined that since God was a higher authority even than the senator that he would pray for God's intervention. Soon afterwards surprising news came. The senator’s election trail was rescheduled and the event in Mamburao was moved elsewhere after all! That was particularly remarkable because election events are normally held in main centres of government on the island such as Mamburao City.
People being prayed for
God helps fix broken hearts
The day before Nathan's event he came down with a very sore throat and lost his voice. Strangely enough I lost my voice at the same time and this hampered my efforts to pray. But thankfully some of my Australian friends started prayer warfare and on the day of the event everything went according to plan, with Nathan's voice coming back and multitudes of people flooding into the venue so that it was packed with participants. It seemed like the whole city had turned out. Sick people were healed and many came into the kingdom. Martin Luther Jr has said “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing”.
A big thank you too to the churches in Canberra Australia for inviting me to speak on your woman's day and to visit several of your churches on the same trip. I really appreciate you! Even the drop in temperature from 37 degrees in Brisbane to 17 degrees there was bearable given such a warm welcome! Your gift to Hosea has been received with such gratitude in the Philippines. It will enable us to renovate our slum school in Aroma village which was hit by the typhoon and flood recently. My thanks also go out to the many other individual donors that I will not mention by name and the Canberra's Finnish Society. Your gifts have enabled us to bring food to hundreds of children.
Our visit to a Mangyan tribe in Abra reminded us of the harsh reality there of the tribes people's lives. The children told us they they had not eaten anything for two days. But now they received both food and the good news of Jesus. Abra is a new target for our evangelistic outreach amongst the tribes.
Student from Hosea Tonga
A class being taught
News from Tonga
Our Hosea school on Vava'u Island
in Tonga has received blessings from surprising quarters. A large proportion of our students come from Mormon families and the Mormon church has recommended our school to their parents because the level of teaching is the best available. The Mormons kindly
donated new desks and chairs to our school. They have also expressed their thanks for the powerful impact our school has had upon the island as a whole. Even though we do not follow Mormon teaching and doctrine, the Mormon church there clearly values the Christian education we provide and the high academic standards achieved by our pupils. They told us that they are willing to support us further in the future if we should require such help. Our headteacher Dorothy expresses her sincere gratitude for all that God is doing there. Gods word says: If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land (Isaiah 1:19)