A gift that keeps on giving
PERIOD OF THE PROJECT
2017 – 2018
Prakash Nemade contacted pastors who wanted to learn how to demonstrate God’s love to the people in their neighboring communities and in several islands in the Philippines, since there has been severe poverty and drug addiction in most of the islands. Initially, the churches thought that it was the responsibility of the government to handle those problems. But, through the Samaritan Strategy (SamS) training, they learned to demonstrate God’s love through Disciplines of Love within their own families, churches, and communities. They donated food, clothes, and school supplies to children, provided medical care, taught moral values, and developed friendships with neighbors. They also started a feeding program for more than 100 children and distributed ‘bundles of joy’ — boxes containing food, Bibles, and daily supplies. Altogether, these actions helped combat the problems that they wanted to address. There were around 40 participants in the SamS project and 6 were commissioned as new trainers. After they were commissioned, they contacted church leaders in neighboring communities and two islands, where they started new SamS trainings.
Pastors trained in Cebu started training in their local churches. However, the most exciting thing is that they have started the SamS program in Leyete Island, which is one night away by boat. They have also conducted vision casting meetings in Bantayan Island, that is 7-8 hours away from Cebu.
We are grateful to God for His grace, provision, protection, blessing the SamS training in Cebu, and for helping start the SamS project in Leyete Island.
May God multiply SamS trainings in other neighboring islands.
ESTABLISHING SELF-SUSTAINING SAMARITAN STRATEGY TEAMS IN NEW AREAS