Global Ministries: The Philippines

Republic of the Philippines

Introduction

Asia

Geography

Area: 300,000 sq km
The Philippines is composed of 80 provinces; 7,250 islands, of which over 700 are inhabited, 11 of which contain the vast bulk of the population. The largest are Luzon (116,000 sq km) in the north and Mindanao (102,000 sq km) in the south. Over 75% mountains; prone to devastating typhoons.
Capital: Manila
Population: 93,616,853    Annual Growth: 1.83%
Urbanites: 66.4%
HDI Rank: 105 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

PEOPLES

Peoples: 186 (11% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card
Official language: Filipino (based on Tagalog), English    Languages: 181 All languages

RELIGION

Largest Religion: Christian

RELIGION POP % ANN GR
Christians 86,361,547 92.25 1.7
Evangelicals 11,558,344 12.3 3.1

Prayercast
Challenges for Prayer
Pray for the less-reached peoples and areas. Great progress has been made in reaching out to isolated tribal peoples all over the islands, so much so that of the 17 remaining indigenous and unreached peoples, only two of them practice mainly tribal religions. The rest are Muslim. Pray for the Church to be stirred up in loving concern for Muslims and led into wise ways of reaching them.
a) Mindanao has a healthy number of evangelicals, but growth slowed recently and revival is needed. Continued violence between government forces and Muslim rebels, and deep resentment of the Maguindanao, Maranao and Iranun, are all major obstacles to witness. Please pray for Christian concern for them and for national missionaries to have a desire to witness to them.  There are also tribal groups of on Mindanao that are still unreached. Pray that the Matigsalug Bible Institute will continue to be a source of training for tribal pastors who will proclaim the gospel to their various tribes.
b) Visayas is in some ways the most needy region of the country. Christianity is widespread, but too often very nominal. The islands of Samar, Cebu and Leyte all see growth but remain well below the national average for evangelical presence. 
c) The Sulu Islands, between Mindanao and Borneo, are the home of the Muslim Tausug, Sama(3), Sinama and Yakan peoples. There is a significant breakthrough among the Sama Bajau Sea Gypsies who moved to urban areas of the region. They now take the gospel back to their home areas.
d) Palawan – a long, isolated island – is rapidly developing, with many new Tagalog and Muslim immigrants. 
d) Luzon. Praise God for church growth in the north-central mountainous area, where many of its peoples – the Ifugao, Bontok, Kankanay, Kalinga and Isnag – see the beginnings of people movements from animism to Christ. The Bicol region remains the neediest, with Albay Camarines Norte and Catanduanes provinces having the lowest evangelical percentages. Many small, semi-nomadic, hunter-gatherer Dumagat (Agat, Alta, Arta, Ayta, other) peoples live on the typhoon-lashed, rugged north and northeast coastal mountains of Luzon. Few are Christian, and the task of church planting is complex.
Christian support ministries for prayer:
a) The General Baptist Church of the Philippines, Inc. (GBCPI). GBCPI was formed in 1957 as the national body of General Baptists in the Philippines.  Today it is composed of the various districts (associations) and churches of the Philippines. Dr. Abdon Canonoy currently serves as president of GBCPI.
b) The General Baptist Bible College, Inc. (GBBC). GBBC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. Over the years it has produced the majority of the pastors and christian educators for GBCPI and other evangelical groups.  In recent years GBBC has added a basic education department composed of an elementary and high school as well as the college program.  Under the leadership of Dr. Joyce Porcadilla GBBC moves forward with a bright future. The Matigsalug Bible Institute (MBI) serves under the director of the GBBC board and continues to train tribal leaders for ministry as it has done since 1978.
c) The Philippine Bible Society. The PBS(UBS) is extensively involved in translation, production and promotion of the Bible. Millions of Bibles, NTs and portions are distributed every year. Pray for the Bible to make a deep and lasting impact on lives.
d) Bible translation has been and continues to be a major ministry of a number of agencies. Of special mention are SIL and WBT’s affiliate organization, The Translators Association of the Philippines. By 2010, 25 Bibles and 67 NTs were completed. There are another 54 active projects and 14 more with translation needs.
e) Christian radio. FEBC and TWR between them broadcast over 2,000 hours of programming a week in 20 languages for the Philippines. This is in addition to the many local Christian radio stations, both Catholic and Protestant/Independent. Pray for the effectiveness of these broadcasts in reaching unbelievers and in helping disciple believers. Pray also for the fruitfulness of outgoing shortwave broadcasts to Asian countries and regions more difficult to access – especially China, Siberia, Indochina and Myanmar.
f) The JESUS film, available in 36 languages, has been seen by around 75% of the population. In a recent initiative, all of the country’s 122,000 police officers received a copy of the film on DVD.

GBBC


General Baptist Bible College – Davao City, Philippines
The General Baptist Bible College – GBBC exists to train and equip generations for Christian service. Hundreds of alumni today serve in the field of ministry, education, music, business, and even in governmental service. GBBC has been training pastors, Christian education workers, and school teachers who serve the Philippines. Classroom instruction by well trained faculty is complimented by ministry practicum in the field. The student body is energetic and ministry minded, expressing a deep heart and compassion for the people of the Philippines.
Founded by General Baptists in 1965, GBBC has been training pastors, Christian education workers, and school teachers who serve the Philippines. Classroom instruction by well trained faculty is complimented by ministry practicum in the field. The student body is energetic and ministry minded, expressing a deep heart and compassion for the people of the Philippines


MBI


The purpose of the Matigsalug Bible Institute is to train Christian workers and pastors for the tribal areas. MBI makes theological training available at an entry level for those who have not completed high school. When young men and women enter MBI they are trained not only how to preach, but how to work as well. They are assigned duties on the property such as farming or facility maintenance to subsidize their costs.
Founded by General Baptists in 1978, the Matigsalug Bible Institute in Mindanao, Philippines has been training pastor and Christian workers  for ministry in the tribal areas of Mindanao.  The staff members, the students and their families live in a community and are growing in their Christian walk. Many great steps have been made to make the school less dependent by planting the rice fields and raising tilapia.  Students may also be sponsored  for $200 for 1 year.
Students are required to perform a 2 month practicum each year. For those 2 months they are assigned to churches in their home association.  Upon graduation they are free to pastor churches on a full time basis.
 


Opportunities


  • GBBC Newsletter June 2021

    The school year 2020-21 has been very challenging for the General Baptist Bible College.  Thanks to your generosity and the valuable commitment of the administration, faculty, and staff of the college it has been completed successfully – in spite of the challenges.  You may catch up with GBBC in this June 2021 newsletter.

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  • Legacy Gift From Garvinwood Church

    During the last year the Garvinwood Church in Evansville, Indiana decided that it was time to merge with a nearby congregation. In doing so, they choose to leave a legacy of ministry through sharing with Oakland City University and General Baptist International Missions part of the proceeds from the sale of the Garvinwood property. The last service at the church was conducted on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

    Not long after the property closed and on April 13, 2021, Jack and Pat Boyer, long time members of Garvinwood Church, presented a check for 30% of the proceeds to General Baptist International Missions as an ongoing legacy of the ministry of Garvinwood. The two ministries designated to receive this gift were the General Baptist Bible College in the Philippines and Faith Home in Honduras. GBIM is extremely grateful to the folks of Garvinwood Church for making the choice to remember International Missions through this legacy church. We know the decision and process were very difficult for all involved but the choice to continue the legacy of the church through these two institutions is greatly appreciated.

  • Brantley: March 2021 Update

    Today as I was doing my daily Bible reading and journaling, my verse of the day was Luke 22:42, “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

    All to often we pray to God and ask for things to be done the way we want them done. We don’t add that last part “not my will, but thine, be done.” God wants us to bring our desires to Him. He wants to hear from us. But we have to remember whatever is done needs to be for His glory, not ours. I am reminded of this as we are waiting to get to the Philippines. We pray daily for the borders to reopen. We pray that we are able to go and serve the Matigsalug people. But right now, God’s will is for us to be here still. He has a purpose we cannot see at this time. So, we will continue to pray about what God has laid on our hearts. But we will also pray that it all comes about in His timing, for His glory.

    As COVID numbers are on the rise in the Philippines, restrictions have not been dropped. They have actually been tightened to the point that they are now limiting the total number of those who do qualify to enter the country to only 1500 per day. We continually monitor the restrictions and will be applying for a visa as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we have been able to attend several association meetings and update several of you in person on our status. We have also been able to visit several churches and present God’s call in our lives to them. We are also continuing our language lessons twice a week. Furthermore, we are now able to sing several hymns, count, ask several basic questions, and respond appropriately in Cebuano. We are so grateful to Annie for the time she spends helping us learn.

    As always, we are very grateful to all of our prayer warriors and financial sponsors. We could not answer this call without you.

    God Bless

    The Brantley’s

    If you would like to help sponsor us to go to the Philippines, donations may be sent to:
    GBIM
    100 Stinson Drive
    Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
    Checks made payable to GBIM with Brantley Family in memo section.

  • GBBC Update for March 2020

    General Baptist Bible College is the premier General Baptist educational institution in southeast Asia.  It’s ministries extend to all associations within the General Baptist Church of the Philippines (GBCPI) and the vast majority of pastors within GBCPI are graduates of GBBC or its subsidiary the Matigsalug Bible Institute.
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  • GBBC 55th Founders Day

    GBBC recently concluded its week-long celebration of its 55th founding anniversary. With the theme, “Grace Brings Beauty in Contentment,” the entire GBBC community came together on February 10-15, 2020 to celebrate God’s goodness, faithfulness, and grace for 55 years.
    The week-long celebration was indeed a time of fun, family, fellowship, and above all worship. It was also a time to showcase talents and skills in the different fields of music, arts, sports, and other literary events. It was a time to honor the hard work and commitment of loyal and dedicated personnel as well as appreciating the generosity of our churches. It was a time of batches and families coming together—reminiscing, refreshing, reuniting and acknowledging the source of all these blessings.
    GBBC is so thankful for the participation of all its significant stakeholders: the pupils, students, parents, guardians, faculty, staff, alumni from both High School and College, and the Board of Trustees. GBBC is so thankful and grateful to our Almighty Father for the 55 years that He has blessed GBBC with supporters, donors, and prayer partners in the Philippines and around the world. To all the churches, individuals, and different organizations both here and abroad, to the General Association of General Baptist and the General Baptist International Ministries. the General Baptist Church of the Philippines, Inc., thank you very much for your continued support, prayers, and partnership all these years.
    Truly, GBBC wouldn’t have existed this long if not for the gracious hand of God that has been upon this institution, the students, alumni, families, donors, supporters, the missionaries and leaders who have gone before us and for all of us—the leaders of today—to whom this ministry has been entrusted.
    It is only by and through the grace of God that we have seen generations of leaders being equipped, trained, and developed over the years for missions and ministry for His greater glory and honor!

  • Philippines Earthquake Update

    Information continues to trickle in from North Cotabato in the Philippines. The number of churches severely impacted stands at seven. We have also received a list of GBBC students, GBBC alumni, and MBI alumni who have been effected by this tragedy. Many are in evacuation camps or with family members and fear returning to their homes due to landslides. The names below are just current and former students who remain active in General Baptist churches
    GBBC faculty, students, and staff have raised PHP 55,000.00 for the relief portion of this recovery effort  GBIM has matched that amount  a team from GBBC will visit North Cotabato to deliver relief goods this week
    GBIM also continues to work with the General Baptist Church of the Philippines and their relief team to see what assistance can be offered.  This is one of those operations where there will be both a relief phase and a recovery phase  your gifts and donations are needed and appreciated

    Affected by Earthquake

    Present Students

    1. Jason Awe – Barangay Embassy
    2. Venjim Inanao- Barangay Embassy
    3. Roberto Semera- Barangay Buena Vida
    4. Jason Maway – Barangay Buena Vida
    5. Dionesio Buned – Barangay Indangan
    6. Jennerie Ando – Barangay Cabilao
    7. Joan Piobacanto – Pigcawayan
    8. Jezcil Usanastre – Pigcawayan

    GBBC Alumni

    1. Mardy Ando Mendez- Barangay Cabilao
    2. Shelame Alud – Barangay Cabilao
    3. Geraldin Bugoy Canete – Barangay Cabilao
    4. Eljohn Ando – Barngay Cabilao
    5. Winerose Guinang – Barangay Cabilao
    6. Angelica Laman – Barangay Cabilao
    7. Alfie Alilian – Barangay Indangan
    8. Jayson Alilian – Barangay Indangan
    9. Jesan Ogot Lumanda- Barangay Buena Vida
    10. Margely Ogot – Barangay Buena Vida
    11. Carmer Maway – Barangay Buena Vida
    12. Angelyn & Gracelyn Ondos – Barangay Marber
    13. May & Jenelyn Lechedo’s Parent – Barangay Bato
    14. Mary Grace Ogoy Lopez – Barangay Kanapolo
    15. John Mark Pulong – Barangay Buenavida

    MBI Alumni

    1. Pastor & Mrs Rodrigo Alud – Barangay Cabilao
    2. Pastor & Mrs Marcelo Ando- Barangay Cabilao
    3. Pastor & Mrs Marcial Ando – Barangay Cabilao
    4. Charlene Ando – Barangay Cabilao
    5. Floramea Bulao – Barangay Cabilao
    6. Pastor Adriel Tomon – Barangay Cabilao
    7. Pastor & Mrs. Jun Ando – Barangay Buena Vida
    8. Pastora Myrna Linao – Barangay Buhay
    9. Pastor Sanchie Lopez- Barangay Buhay
    10. Pastor & Mrs Napoleon Inggo- Barangay Indangan
    11. Pastor Rey Cabaling – Barangay Cabilao
    12. Pastor Roy Cabaling – Barangay Buea Vida
    13. Pastor & Mrs Edgar Gumanan – Barangay Bulakanon
  • Tribal Missionary Needed

    Tribal Missionary Needed

    Status: Full Time Appointment
    matigsalug-tribe-davao-philippinesCalled to missions? Up to a challenge? Willing to live a self-sufficient and rugged lifestyle?  This may be exactly where God is calling you.
    GBIM is looking for a missionary to minister to the heart of the island of Mindanao and finish the task of reaching unreached or partially reached people groups.  GBIM began tribal outreach on Mindanao in the late 1970’s.  It is time we refocus and re-energize our efforts to finish the task.
    This missionary will serve as an encourager, coach and enabler of national pastors to facilitate the progression of church planting among tribal groups on Mindanao.

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  • MBI Sponsorship

    Matigsalug Bible Institute

    Founded by General Baptists in 1978, the Matigsalug Bible Institute in Mindanao, Philippines has been training pastors and Christian workers  for ministry in the tribal areas of Mindanao.  The staff members, the students and their families live in a community and are growing in their Christian walk. Many great steps have been made to make the school less dependent by planting the rice fields and raising tilapia.

    How Can I Help?

    Students may also be sponsored  for $30/month or $360 for 1 year.  If you would like to help sponsor a student, use the form found here, fill out the information, select “International Missions” and then type “Matigsalug Bible Institute” in the notes field.

  • Ed Stevens Offering 2015

    This project is to help our national churches become more strategic in their church planting effort. This years “Strategic Church Initiative” church plant is in support of the General Baptist Church of the Philippines, Inc. (GBCPI) “Church Lot Acquisition Project” or CLAP.  It is a matching grant which matches dollar for dollar the amount of money GBCPI is able to raise in the CLAP program. Stipulations:

    1. The church will be located in a strategic location geographically.
    2. The location as significant potential to be a church planting base for the surrounding area and/or surrounding people group.
    3. This project will be in an area that does not create a situation of improbable geographic distance from the rest of our GB churches.
    4. The current project is to purchase a church lot for a church plant in Cagayan de Oro with GBCPI.
    5. Funds left from the project will be used for future Strategic Church Plants in one of our various fields.

     


  • Wall and Gate Finished (West Africa)

    Kris and Nicole reported on Facebook that the gate and wall are completed at two village ministry centers. The photos are from village #2. We have also posted an interesting worship scene from one of our new churches. Continue to pray for the ministry in West Africa.

    Kris, Nicole, and family are also preparing to relocate to a second ministry location in French-speaking West Africa. Please pray for the ongoing success in N**** and for God’s favor and success as the ministry expands to S******.

    Gate at Village #2
    Ministry Center Wall at Village #2
    Worship Service July 2021
  • GBIM @ Summit

    International Missions is pleased to announce the following international guests will be present at the 2021 Summit in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Dame family from Saipan Community Church, Jessey Vemula from Calvary Grace Association (India), Becky Coomer (ELIC), and Dr. Rodney and Teresa Walls (Honduras). National leaders present will be Rev. Phillip Pusey (Jamaica) and Pedro and Elida Quezada (Mexico).

    Breakout sessions will largely focus on the theme of the 2021 Summit which is “Called.” Breakout sessions will be presented by Stephen and Megan Dame (Saipan), Jessey Vemula (India), Becky Coomer (ELIC), Dr. Rodney and Teresa Walls (Honduras), Dr. Jim Pratt (Mission One), Mark Powell (GBIM), and Dr. Joyce Porcadilla-Rubia (live from the Philippines). Two sessions will feature panels including a “Meet Your Missionary and International Guests” panel and a session entitled “Called to Missions and Beyond: current and veteran missionaries discuss how their calling to missions has brought more into their lives than they could have imagined.”

    If you had to select only one International breakout session it would need to be the one called “Meet Your Missionary and International Guests” where you would see each missionary and international guest face to face and receive a brief update of their ministry. But we really believe that any and all the sessions offered in the international missions’ tract will challenge and inspire you.

    Don’t forget to come by our display area and meet GBIM Director Mark Powell, Mission One Coordinator Dr. Jim Pratt, and all of our missionaries and international guests. We will have displays from our various missionary guests as well and current information about all our ministries.

    The Tuesday evening missions offering will be divided between National and International Missions and the portion for International missions will be designated for our new church planting project in West Africa! Very exciting!!

    We hope to see you all at the Summit!

  • Transformation (Faith Home Update)

    Transformation. That’s the word that resonated to my heart as new children arrived at Faith Home. They always send pictures and ask if we have space. Our hearts break as we see their scared, sad faces as they sit in the child services office awaiting their fate. No matter what their previous circumstances, no child can be happy when being uprooted from all they have ever known and thrust into an unknown future. Fast-forward to their arrival on the Faith Home campus. A slight transformation as their little faces press against the window of the car in awe, taking in the beautiful scenery of this place. I can’t help but imagine that as they cross the gate, they sense God’s presence here. A momentary assurance that is it going to be ok even if they don’t understand why or how. Another slight transformation as they enter the Faith Home office and are greeted by the friendly face of the psychologist, who quickly assesses their emotional state and offers reassurance as she listens to their concerns or just simply holds them as they are too sad or afraid to speak. Sometimes they seem surprised that someone just wants to hear their story or know their name.

    Continued transformation as they go ‘home’ with their new house-parents and begin to know what real love is. The love of a family and most importantly start to see the love of Christ in action. The most rewarding visible transformation is in a few days when we see those little faces smiling and laughing. But the very BEST transformation is in a few years when they fully embrace the salvation of God and they are transformed from the inside out. Their faces radiate with the spirit of God, and they are transformed into a new person in Christ.

    As our newest children arrived, we asked a few of the current transition girls to help us find them clothes and necessities in the office. It was an amazing experience for them, as they had never been present when new children arrived. They expressed in the nightly devotion that it helped them to understand just how far each of them had come since their arrival years ago at Faith Home. They each thanked God for all that he has done in their lives and for the opportunity to grow up here. Thank you, God, for this lesson in transformation and for continuing to transform lives through this ministry.

    When the days seem long and the problems seem to never end, it’s moments like these that remind us what it’s all about…Faith Home is transforming lives!!

  • Faith Home Receives New Children

    In the last three weeks, Faith Home Honduras has received seven new children! Please welcome to Faith Home: Ruth, Josue, Jafet, Thomas, Jester, Fabiola, and Sofia. These children are from two sets of families and vary in age from 3 to 10. Four of the children recently lost their mother and have no other family. The other children come to us from circumstances and history that we are still learning. At Faith Home they will be surrounded by the love of a family and the love of Christ. As Christina Massey put it, “we know God has a plan of transformation for them.”

    Please pray for these seven children as they adapt to their new life at Faith Home. Praise God for the security of Faith Home for little ones such as these!

    How can you pray?

    • Be a prayer partner in the ministry.
    • Become a Faith Home monthly/yearly donor
    • Sponsor a child.

    You can visit donate.generalbaptist.com, select Faith Home, and in the notes field that appears type the type of gift you would like to give. Child Sponsorship starts at $25/month, special gifts may be of any amount. Thank you!

  • Mosquito Net Distribution (West Africa)

    We had a great day with the people in T***** and the women were very grateful for the mosquito nets! The nets today were primarily for pregnant women and women who are nursing. We were also able to provide some children’s vitamins for about 80 children.

    mosquito net is a type of meshed curtain that is draped over a bed or a sleeping area, to offer the sleeper barrier protection against bites and stings from mosquitos, flies, and other pest insects, and thus against the diseases they may carry. Examples of such preventable insect-borne diseases include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, zika virus and various forms of encephalitis, including the West Nile virus.

    To be effective, the mesh of a mosquito net must be fine enough to exclude such insects without obscuring visibility or ventilation to unacceptable levels. Research has shown mosquito nets to be an extremely effective method of malaria prevention.  GBIM purchases their nets locally to insure suitability.

    Mosquito nets cost $2 each and medicines for malaria costs $4.  Would you consider a $10 gift today to help purchase nets for a family of five or provide medicine for two people plus a net?

    Please visit donate.generalbaptist.com, select International Ministries and then type “malaria prevention” in the notes box that appears.

    Thanks again!

    WA Mosquito net distribution

    Photo credit Tjeerd Wiersma from Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Flickr   under license 

  • Faith Home Child Care Center (Honduras)

    Faith Home is a General Baptist ministry providing a safe and healthy place to love and raise children who were neglected, abandoned, and abused.

    Faith Home consists of a 50 acre campus near San Pedro Sula, Honduras. On this campus, homes have been constructed to provide housing for the children. Married, Honduran, Christian couples have been hired to live in each home and provide the day-to-day care. These houseparents and their own children (who also may receive sponsorship) provide the foundation for the family unit in each home.

    A school has been constructed with classroom space and a computer lab with a part-time teacher to oversee the lab.

    The court system works with Faith Home to place children at Faith Home who come from situations of neglect, abuse, and abandonment.

    Child Sponsorship Program

    A child sponsorship is $25 a month, and it takes 18 to fully sponsor a child, for a total of $450 per month per child. Costs have risen in Honduras because of a new government, and the child services agency has also mandated that Faith Home employ both a psychologist and a social worker.  This has greatly increased the cost of supporting a child. We are in need of a total number of 800 sponsorships to support Faith Home. Your $25 a month sponsorship would help provide shelter, food, clothing, schooling, and help cover medical and legal expenses.

    To support Faith Home please fill out the form below. Select “Faith Home” on the form and then type in the project you would like to support in the note box that appears (i.e. “Child Sponsorship”, “Juan Fund for fostered children” “education fund”, etc.). Thank you.

  • What is a missionary share?

    One of the most important keys to successful missionary life is the development of ministry partners or what we commonly call “share partners.”  This is accomplished through a process of relationship building with various churches and individuals. These partners infuse the missionary with their time, energy, resources, and prayer.  They are key links to sharing the missionary story with others and developing lifelong ministry partners.  A missionary share is in $10 increments so 1 share = $10/month, 5 shares = $50/month, etc.   This is a faith promise for the life of the missionaries term of service which is four years and is, of course, renewable.

    To partner with a General Baptist missionary, please visit our donation portal.  Click on the line that says “Missionary Support”  and select the missionary you would like to support.  In the amount section you can set up monthly giving using your bank account or credit card for $10/month per share or an annual gift of $120.00 a year per share.  So if you wanted to make a faith promise of 5 shares the monthly amount would be $50 and the annual amount would be $600.00.  The higher your partnership, the quicker our missionaries are able to get to the field!  You may also choose to give a special amount of any size.

    If you prefer to make a special gift to one of our fields simply select “Field Support” -> your field of choice and then the amount of your gift.  Thank you in advance for your investment in spreading the gospel.

  • The Brantley’s Journey To Service (June 2021)

    Update on our journey–again we are still here in the United States. The Philippines is still not allowing international travel. We have submitted all of our paperwork for visas to the embassy. At this time they are not issuing visas without a travel exemption being issued by the Filipino government. We have requested a travel exemption but they say we do not qualify for one. We will continue to maintain communication through email and keep you all updated. We are still living at Camp Allen. They have begun their summer season and that keeps us fairly busy helping out (especially the kids).

    But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24 NLT

    We have been living out this scripture this month by assisting at two church camps and evangelizing at three different churches. God has called us to serve in the Philippines, but until we are able to get there we will continue to tell others here in the United States about the Good News. You see, all Christians are called to spread the gospel; not just those who are called to be preachers, pastors, evangelists, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers….. So I would like to pose a question to all of you–where did you serve this month? Who did you share the Good News with? Did you live out Acts 20:24 like Paul? I encourage each of you to find someone to share the gospel with each day. Make a difference in someone’s eternal life.


    June 14-18, 2021, we were honored to be able to teach at the White River Youth Camp. The theme of camp was “Light”. We did small group study on the movie “God’s Not Dead”. I had a class of amazing young ladies. I told them at one point they were making my head hurt because of the questions they were asking. I was having to really dig to find answers. They were growing in the faith!! Sometimes you don’t know what you are going to end up doing to help people learn about God. The fellows here were barnyard animals, helping to draw the kids to their flock. Brother Neil had some moves during singing time!! Speaking of singing, the kids did an amazing job with specials each night.

    June 24-26, 2021 we were at Camp Clark in Kentucky. This was our home camp that we have helped with for the past five years. We were very excited to be able to be back this year. Normally it is a week long and the kids stay overnight. This year they did things a little different and it was only three days and the kids did not stay overnight. It was still a lot of fun. The theme this year was “Be Bold and Courageous” so they had a military type theme throughout the lessons and activities. The best part was that we saw one child come forward and accept Christ as his Lord and Savior. That is what it is all about!!

    Bro. Earle Eversole from Tilden General Baptist Church was at Camp Clark helping out with some of the activities. Here he was demonstrating the “no man left behind” theory. Which can be applied through scripture as well. We see it where Jesus talks about leaving the flock for the one sheep in the Parable of the Lost Sheep. That is what these youth camps are all about, seeking the lost and guiding them to the flock. Thank you for your help Bro. Earle.

    What does the immediate future look like for us and our ministry? Well, we are already scheduled to be at four different churches in July either to share our call to the Philippines or to preach the gospel. We will be attending the Summit in Owensboro, KY the last week of July. We are also continuing our language lessons twice a week. We currently do not have any churches scheduled on Sunday nights or Wednesday nights. If you know of a church in need of a preacher for those services, please let us know.

    We are very grateful to all those who pray for us and the ministry God has called us to in the Philippines. We are also very grateful to all of those who support us financially in that call as well. It is an honor to serve as your missionaries. If you do not currently support our journey financially, but would like to, donations can be sent to:

    GBIM
    100 Stinson Drive
    Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
    Brantley Family in the memo section of check

    Thank you and God Bless

    Cathy, Schuyler, Jeremiah and Allie Brantley

  • Improvements to Las Perlas Church (Honduras)

    The General Baptist Church in Las Perlas, Honduras is one of our oldest churches in the country dating back to the ministry of Archie and Virginia Crawford. The church facility was in need of some renovation, which is now well under way. The improvements are dramatic. Pastor Dias serves as the pastor of the Las Perlas Church.

    Las Perlas before renovations

    Las Perlas after renovations

    HN Las Perlas Improvements

  • Village Ministry Wall Nears Completion (West Africa)

    Work in West Africa continues on the village ministry center. At the time of this writing, the wall surrounding the ministry nears completion. Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on this new ministry outreach in West Africa.

    WA Ministry Center June 2021


Projects


  • Wall and Gate Finished (West Africa)

    Kris and Nicole reported on Facebook that the gate and wall are completed at two village ministry centers. The photos are from village #2. We have also posted an interesting worship scene from one of our new churches. Continue to pray for the ministry in West Africa.

    Kris, Nicole, and family are also preparing to relocate to a second ministry location in French-speaking West Africa. Please pray for the ongoing success in N**** and for God’s favor and success as the ministry expands to S******.

    Gate at Village #2
    Ministry Center Wall at Village #2
    Worship Service July 2021
  • GBIM @ Summit

    International Missions is pleased to announce the following international guests will be present at the 2021 Summit in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Dame family from Saipan Community Church, Jessey Vemula from Calvary Grace Association (India), Becky Coomer (ELIC), and Dr. Rodney and Teresa Walls (Honduras). National leaders present will be Rev. Phillip Pusey (Jamaica) and Pedro and Elida Quezada (Mexico).

    Breakout sessions will largely focus on the theme of the 2021 Summit which is “Called.” Breakout sessions will be presented by Stephen and Megan Dame (Saipan), Jessey Vemula (India), Becky Coomer (ELIC), Dr. Rodney and Teresa Walls (Honduras), Dr. Jim Pratt (Mission One), Mark Powell (GBIM), and Dr. Joyce Porcadilla-Rubia (live from the Philippines). Two sessions will feature panels including a “Meet Your Missionary and International Guests” panel and a session entitled “Called to Missions and Beyond: current and veteran missionaries discuss how their calling to missions has brought more into their lives than they could have imagined.”

    If you had to select only one International breakout session it would need to be the one called “Meet Your Missionary and International Guests” where you would see each missionary and international guest face to face and receive a brief update of their ministry. But we really believe that any and all the sessions offered in the international missions’ tract will challenge and inspire you.

    Don’t forget to come by our display area and meet GBIM Director Mark Powell, Mission One Coordinator Dr. Jim Pratt, and all of our missionaries and international guests. We will have displays from our various missionary guests as well and current information about all our ministries.

    The Tuesday evening missions offering will be divided between National and International Missions and the portion for International missions will be designated for our new church planting project in West Africa! Very exciting!!

    We hope to see you all at the Summit!

  • Transformation (Faith Home Update)

    Transformation. That’s the word that resonated to my heart as new children arrived at Faith Home. They always send pictures and ask if we have space. Our hearts break as we see their scared, sad faces as they sit in the child services office awaiting their fate. No matter what their previous circumstances, no child can be happy when being uprooted from all they have ever known and thrust into an unknown future. Fast-forward to their arrival on the Faith Home campus. A slight transformation as their little faces press against the window of the car in awe, taking in the beautiful scenery of this place. I can’t help but imagine that as they cross the gate, they sense God’s presence here. A momentary assurance that is it going to be ok even if they don’t understand why or how. Another slight transformation as they enter the Faith Home office and are greeted by the friendly face of the psychologist, who quickly assesses their emotional state and offers reassurance as she listens to their concerns or just simply holds them as they are too sad or afraid to speak. Sometimes they seem surprised that someone just wants to hear their story or know their name.

    Continued transformation as they go ‘home’ with their new house-parents and begin to know what real love is. The love of a family and most importantly start to see the love of Christ in action. The most rewarding visible transformation is in a few days when we see those little faces smiling and laughing. But the very BEST transformation is in a few years when they fully embrace the salvation of God and they are transformed from the inside out. Their faces radiate with the spirit of God, and they are transformed into a new person in Christ.

    As our newest children arrived, we asked a few of the current transition girls to help us find them clothes and necessities in the office. It was an amazing experience for them, as they had never been present when new children arrived. They expressed in the nightly devotion that it helped them to understand just how far each of them had come since their arrival years ago at Faith Home. They each thanked God for all that he has done in their lives and for the opportunity to grow up here. Thank you, God, for this lesson in transformation and for continuing to transform lives through this ministry.

    When the days seem long and the problems seem to never end, it’s moments like these that remind us what it’s all about…Faith Home is transforming lives!!

  • Faith Home Receives New Children

    In the last three weeks, Faith Home Honduras has received seven new children! Please welcome to Faith Home: Ruth, Josue, Jafet, Thomas, Jester, Fabiola, and Sofia. These children are from two sets of families and vary in age from 3 to 10. Four of the children recently lost their mother and have no other family. The other children come to us from circumstances and history that we are still learning. At Faith Home they will be surrounded by the love of a family and the love of Christ. As Christina Massey put it, “we know God has a plan of transformation for them.”

    Please pray for these seven children as they adapt to their new life at Faith Home. Praise God for the security of Faith Home for little ones such as these!

    How can you pray?

    • Be a prayer partner in the ministry.
    • Become a Faith Home monthly/yearly donor
    • Sponsor a child.

    You can visit donate.generalbaptist.com, select Faith Home, and in the notes field that appears type the type of gift you would like to give. Child Sponsorship starts at $25/month, special gifts may be of any amount. Thank you!

  • Mosquito Net Distribution (West Africa)

    We had a great day with the people in T***** and the women were very grateful for the mosquito nets! The nets today were primarily for pregnant women and women who are nursing. We were also able to provide some children’s vitamins for about 80 children.

    mosquito net is a type of meshed curtain that is draped over a bed or a sleeping area, to offer the sleeper barrier protection against bites and stings from mosquitos, flies, and other pest insects, and thus against the diseases they may carry. Examples of such preventable insect-borne diseases include malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, zika virus and various forms of encephalitis, including the West Nile virus.

    To be effective, the mesh of a mosquito net must be fine enough to exclude such insects without obscuring visibility or ventilation to unacceptable levels. Research has shown mosquito nets to be an extremely effective method of malaria prevention.  GBIM purchases their nets locally to insure suitability.

    Mosquito nets cost $2 each and medicines for malaria costs $4.  Would you consider a $10 gift today to help purchase nets for a family of five or provide medicine for two people plus a net?

    Please visit donate.generalbaptist.com, select International Ministries and then type “malaria prevention” in the notes box that appears.

    Thanks again!

    WA Mosquito net distribution

    Photo credit Tjeerd Wiersma from Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Flickr   under license 

  • Faith Home Child Care Center (Honduras)

    Faith Home is a General Baptist ministry providing a safe and healthy place to love and raise children who were neglected, abandoned, and abused.

    Faith Home consists of a 50 acre campus near San Pedro Sula, Honduras. On this campus, homes have been constructed to provide housing for the children. Married, Honduran, Christian couples have been hired to live in each home and provide the day-to-day care. These houseparents and their own children (who also may receive sponsorship) provide the foundation for the family unit in each home.

    A school has been constructed with classroom space and a computer lab with a part-time teacher to oversee the lab.

    The court system works with Faith Home to place children at Faith Home who come from situations of neglect, abuse, and abandonment.

    Child Sponsorship Program

    A child sponsorship is $25 a month, and it takes 18 to fully sponsor a child, for a total of $450 per month per child. Costs have risen in Honduras because of a new government, and the child services agency has also mandated that Faith Home employ both a psychologist and a social worker.  This has greatly increased the cost of supporting a child. We are in need of a total number of 800 sponsorships to support Faith Home. Your $25 a month sponsorship would help provide shelter, food, clothing, schooling, and help cover medical and legal expenses.

    To support Faith Home please fill out the form below. Select “Faith Home” on the form and then type in the project you would like to support in the note box that appears (i.e. “Child Sponsorship”, “Juan Fund for fostered children” “education fund”, etc.). Thank you.

  • What is a missionary share?

    One of the most important keys to successful missionary life is the development of ministry partners or what we commonly call “share partners.”  This is accomplished through a process of relationship building with various churches and individuals. These partners infuse the missionary with their time, energy, resources, and prayer.  They are key links to sharing the missionary story with others and developing lifelong ministry partners.  A missionary share is in $10 increments so 1 share = $10/month, 5 shares = $50/month, etc.   This is a faith promise for the life of the missionaries term of service which is four years and is, of course, renewable.

    To partner with a General Baptist missionary, please visit our donation portal.  Click on the line that says “Missionary Support”  and select the missionary you would like to support.  In the amount section you can set up monthly giving using your bank account or credit card for $10/month per share or an annual gift of $120.00 a year per share.  So if you wanted to make a faith promise of 5 shares the monthly amount would be $50 and the annual amount would be $600.00.  The higher your partnership, the quicker our missionaries are able to get to the field!  You may also choose to give a special amount of any size.

    If you prefer to make a special gift to one of our fields simply select “Field Support” -> your field of choice and then the amount of your gift.  Thank you in advance for your investment in spreading the gospel.

  • The Brantley’s Journey To Service (June 2021)

    Update on our journey–again we are still here in the United States. The Philippines is still not allowing international travel. We have submitted all of our paperwork for visas to the embassy. At this time they are not issuing visas without a travel exemption being issued by the Filipino government. We have requested a travel exemption but they say we do not qualify for one. We will continue to maintain communication through email and keep you all updated. We are still living at Camp Allen. They have begun their summer season and that keeps us fairly busy helping out (especially the kids).

    But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. Acts 20:24 NLT

    We have been living out this scripture this month by assisting at two church camps and evangelizing at three different churches. God has called us to serve in the Philippines, but until we are able to get there we will continue to tell others here in the United States about the Good News. You see, all Christians are called to spread the gospel; not just those who are called to be preachers, pastors, evangelists, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers….. So I would like to pose a question to all of you–where did you serve this month? Who did you share the Good News with? Did you live out Acts 20:24 like Paul? I encourage each of you to find someone to share the gospel with each day. Make a difference in someone’s eternal life.


    June 14-18, 2021, we were honored to be able to teach at the White River Youth Camp. The theme of camp was “Light”. We did small group study on the movie “God’s Not Dead”. I had a class of amazing young ladies. I told them at one point they were making my head hurt because of the questions they were asking. I was having to really dig to find answers. They were growing in the faith!! Sometimes you don’t know what you are going to end up doing to help people learn about God. The fellows here were barnyard animals, helping to draw the kids to their flock. Brother Neil had some moves during singing time!! Speaking of singing, the kids did an amazing job with specials each night.

    June 24-26, 2021 we were at Camp Clark in Kentucky. This was our home camp that we have helped with for the past five years. We were very excited to be able to be back this year. Normally it is a week long and the kids stay overnight. This year they did things a little different and it was only three days and the kids did not stay overnight. It was still a lot of fun. The theme this year was “Be Bold and Courageous” so they had a military type theme throughout the lessons and activities. The best part was that we saw one child come forward and accept Christ as his Lord and Savior. That is what it is all about!!

    Bro. Earle Eversole from Tilden General Baptist Church was at Camp Clark helping out with some of the activities. Here he was demonstrating the “no man left behind” theory. Which can be applied through scripture as well. We see it where Jesus talks about leaving the flock for the one sheep in the Parable of the Lost Sheep. That is what these youth camps are all about, seeking the lost and guiding them to the flock. Thank you for your help Bro. Earle.

    What does the immediate future look like for us and our ministry? Well, we are already scheduled to be at four different churches in July either to share our call to the Philippines or to preach the gospel. We will be attending the Summit in Owensboro, KY the last week of July. We are also continuing our language lessons twice a week. We currently do not have any churches scheduled on Sunday nights or Wednesday nights. If you know of a church in need of a preacher for those services, please let us know.

    We are very grateful to all those who pray for us and the ministry God has called us to in the Philippines. We are also very grateful to all of those who support us financially in that call as well. It is an honor to serve as your missionaries. If you do not currently support our journey financially, but would like to, donations can be sent to:

    GBIM
    100 Stinson Drive
    Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
    Brantley Family in the memo section of check

    Thank you and God Bless

    Cathy, Schuyler, Jeremiah and Allie Brantley

  • Improvements to Las Perlas Church (Honduras)

    The General Baptist Church in Las Perlas, Honduras is one of our oldest churches in the country dating back to the ministry of Archie and Virginia Crawford. The church facility was in need of some renovation, which is now well under way. The improvements are dramatic. Pastor Dias serves as the pastor of the Las Perlas Church.

    Las Perlas before renovations

    Las Perlas after renovations

    HN Las Perlas Improvements

  • Village Ministry Wall Nears Completion (West Africa)

    Work in West Africa continues on the village ministry center. At the time of this writing, the wall surrounding the ministry nears completion. Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on this new ministry outreach in West Africa.

    WA Ministry Center June 2021