Here in Payatas you have men , women and children scavenging for recyclables whether it is in the actual dump site or up and down the garbage strewn streets of Payatas.
Of course in any promotion of the Gospel it is ultimately the Holy Spirit who will break down the heart and turn a unbelieving, hopeless individual into a new creature.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Yet our God uses His children to bring the Gospel in many different ways.
Poor people need reality. Their first reality is food.
Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
When you help them with their physical needs they know you care.
We are not speaking of a program to sustain people by feeding them daily for the rest of their lives.
We are rather giving them the energy as well as the key to self-sufficiency that will allow them to make their own way.
There are some people who have been taught from birth to be dependent. They put their hand out and take what you offer and then they move on to the next person offering something.
We realize we can not help everyone and not everyone will come to repentance so with those people, we move on.
When a person believes they are capable, their ability to produce increases and as it increases so does their hope and so on as they grow in strength and ability.
It’s sometimes a rags to riches story but they must be enabled.
Here at PBC we mainly work with the children.
When we started, we had to wash the hands, arms, feet and legs of the many children that would come. They would arrive from scouring the land for recyclables to help their families.
After a while, they started coming washed and with clean clothes.
They learned respectability. They learned to have a nice appearance. Before they were just garbage pickers. Now, they have become people, deserving of looking good and feeling good.
It became important to be presentable.
Once inside we teach them about Jesus and how the bible says that we can do all things through Him.
We also tutor them in their general studies so now when they go to school, they are above the other children. Once that happens, they see that with hard work and serving God they can excel in anything and their confidence increases even more..
While other children in the area have high hopes of perhaps driving a garbage truck one day, our kids are looking forward to becoming police officers and stewardesses, nurses and doctors and anything else they can believe.
We integrated a music ministry because music builds confidence and causes a person to become disciplined.
Our children have taken up guitar, flute, recorder, Ukelele, harmonica, keyboard, clarinet and violin.
This is how it works. I f a child wants to take the violin for example, we send them to our Notes teacher. There they will first learn how to read music. Once they are capable of reading music they are sent to the instructor for violins where they will be taught how to put what they read to sound. After they are able to play two songs, we know that they are sincere and dedicated enough to persevere, than we buy them an instrument.
They are told to practice one hour per day. They get better and better as time goes on. Last Christmas, a group of them made a Christmas CD at a real recording studio!
We are a family here at PBC. It is as a large mentoring program as the old students teach the new students and all grow together.
We focused on the children because their hope was not completely vanquished. They still could believe
that they could become someone. When they started doing well in school and started to play wonderful music it was confirmation that obeying God was going to bring them literally and spiritually, to the promised land.
Some of the kids we started with have entered college this year and after four years we will see the results of the investment made in them.
Our goal, is to have God fearing young men and woman who will have good jobs and good housing with good food and will share what they have as we continue the process.
It is a multi level marketing system. We have around 70 now and in time it will turn into thousands as we teach each one to do the same to others.
Each adult in our church teaches something as well.
It is a giant mentoring program that works.
None of this works unless Jesus Christ is our main focus. We give Him all the honor and glory and praise.
Every idea, every bit of support and every accomplishment could not have happened without Him.
Sunday is our day of worship and celebration.
Smiles light up the room. Songs give pleasure to the soul and our worship wafts up to our Lord.
This is our formula here in Payatas but it was given to us by God. It has never been our own ideas but inspiration by the Holy Spirit.
How you will reach those in your neck of the woods will depend on your relationship to God and your ability to give Him all the praise , honor and Glory!
The recipe is obedience to God and to do as He leads.