Stories of Glory

Please Help Build a Church Gathering Place – Help Complete a Pastor’s Dream

Jackie Towns is working in God’s vineyard in the Philippines with an amazing group of Pastors and church leaders. Their welcoming and hospitality is overwhelming and very humbling. Each day has been fulfilled with a new adventure. God has blessed Pastor Renato and his son, Pastor Duane with the vision to equip, empower, and send out others to plant churches and minister to the impoverished in Dipolog and surrounding provinces. Some have even planted churches three hours away. Their hearts are united as one to “Go and make disciples” as Jesus has commanded (Matt 28: 19-20). God has chosen them to go and minister to the tribal people. “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.’” (Luke 14:23)

“Then Jesus said to his host, ‘When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back, and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’” (Luke 14:12-14)

The Pastors go into communities and plant house churches. Once the congregation grows beyond capacity, they come together by faith and build a small open-air church building for worship. The mother church has expanded beyond the capacity of the Pastor Renato’s home. His dream is to have a church building large enough for his congregation and to bring all of the pastors together for training and fellowship. Also, once a month they intend to bring the churches together for a special worship and fellowship service. They know if they are to truly impact their communities for Jesus Christ they need to be in unity with one another. The land has been donated, and in faith, they build as the financial blessings come in. Please, pray and join them in this blessing that Christ has put on their hearts. Please be a blessing to them so they can be a blessing to others. Please help them build their large church gathering place.

Please help empower and equip them to “enlarge the place…to stretch…to lengthen [their] cords and strengthen [their] stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)

Let’s raise $20,000.00 and bless them to see their beautiful dream become a reality. Please “do not hold back.” (Isaiah 54:2) Praise God!! To Him be the glory!! Amen.



June 25 - The Youth Conference in South Asia was amazing!! There were a little over 400 youth (i.e. 18-35 years old and some were older than that). A lot of the students from DE&A Bible College came in for the Conference, so it was a great time of fellowship with them, the new students, and all the youth we got to meet. This was the second year Jackie attended this Conference, so she is beginning to build solid relationships with quite a few. It was a really blessed time.

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