May 27 2015
The future growth in the Philippines will come from the
tremendous group of college-age young people God is raising up. We saw their
enthusiasm and potential when we visited the Don Mariano Marcos State
University in La Union.
We met the Dagupan team at the National Lay Leaders'
Training in Baguio (more than half of the lay leaders were from this age
group), and at the Banaba House Ministry retreat for 17 young people, primarily
children of ECC workers and pastors.
These young adults are catching the vision of church
multiplication through T&M training and desire to spread the Gospel
throughout the Philippines and elsewhere. They come to the training events and
return home excited and ready to apply what they learned. They are starting
groups on their campuses and in their communities.
One young lady attended the training in La Union. She
committed to start a group with two friends on campus. She started with nine!
The group has now grown to 20 members. She is training three leaders in order
to divide the group so that it may continue to grow. The members lead worship
teams and are involved in children’s and youth ministries in their local
We believe that many of these young people will be the
future T&M trainers in the regional training centers, and the church
planters and pastors needed for the developing house churches.
April 16 2015
I love it when a plan comes together, especially when it is
God’s plan. On March 15, 2014, the plan was in place, and Pastors Willy and
Vicky moved from Tarlac City to Tacloban City. By car, this is a more than
24-hour move. Their plan was to distribute roofing sheets to people who lost
their roofs during the typhoon. This would give them an opportunity for
connection to the community.
In the first two months they had distributed sheets to 44
homes in one area and 22 in another. They requested the roofs be painted red so
you can see which houses were given new roofs. The picture gives a view from
the top with several homes “seeing red.” The best part of the ministry is the
relationships built with people who have started attending house churches as
new believers. In two months they already had two worshiping groups meeting
weekly with more than 50 total in attendance.
The people of the Philippines are such giving people,
despite what little they may have. If you are visiting, they will prepare a
meal or an afternoon merienda (snack) from what little they have. Many of the
locals lost their families. Parents lost all their children, children lost all
of their family – 26 people were lost in one family alone.
A woman survived with all eight of her children by clinging
to trees while the storm surge hit. By God’s miraculous grace they all
survived. This is not the case for many as more than 6,000 people lost their
lives in Typhoon Yolanda. The area was devastated, yet the people still show
love and hope.
Pastors Willy and Vicky have committed to stay three years
to help those in need and build up leaders in the church. They live
sacrificially and have a true heart for glorifying God in their daily lives.
They yearn to do more for the families of Tacloban City.
To be continued…
April 1 2015
What might happen if we could mobilize
ordinary people to go into the great harvest fields at our doorsteps and start
church multiplication movements?
In 2013, by the grace of God and through the
ministry of One Mission Society, ordinary people did an extraordinary thing –
they started more than 19,500 worshiping groups. They did this by being
empowered by the Holy Spirit and by being equipped with a simple tool – Train
& Multiply (T&M).
So just what is Train & Multiply?
Train & Multiply is a comprehensive
leadership development program to help start and organize reproducing local
churches, which can lead to a church multiplication movement.
It starts slow, with just a few people, but
builds into a rapidly multiplying movement of disciples, leaders, and churches.
In one-on-one or small group settings, motivated believers learn how to share
their faith, how to disciple new believers, and how to gather those new
disciples into healthy, growing churches. These disciples and churches then
multiply themselves through 2
nd, 3rd, 4th, and
th generations. And in the process, the disciples learn how to
become strong, effective leaders.
T&M is a unique, menu-based leadership
training/coaching approach that provides simple, easy-to-understand biblical
training guides to equip ordinary Christians to start multiplying movements of
disciples, churches, and leaders.
In the next five years (2015-2020), the goal
is to start 414,000 new worshiping groups with the use of Train & Multiply.
We credit a very simple truth with the
success of T&M:
ordinary people can
do extraordinary things when they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and equipped
with the right tools
NOTE: Watch for exciting stories of lives
being transformed through this powerful tool throughout the month of April.