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March 2008

They say March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a lamb.

For us here in Payatas we pray that it will come in as the Lion of the tribe of Judah and goes out as the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world!

Excitement is the word used to describe this ministry. I have a friend who is building a Church in Payatas and he asked me if it would be alright if he built a medical clinic and we were to go in and run the operation. It would be the same as renting the building only we would not be charged rent.

Of course I said yes. So we will be able to have a medical clinic in area B under the banner of God�sGrace Medical Assistance, Inc. We will operate it identically as the first one with the exception that we will have no operating costs other than staff. Wonderful! God is always proving Himself as the one who makes things happen.

In the past month we have had many professions of faith, Our Church is growing to the point that we are praying harder (and we ask your prayers also) so we can have the Payatas Baptist Compound. (http://1ph.org/pmo/proposed_plans.htm)

We are in preparation for the upcoming VBS. Last year I believe we had about 80 kids and this year we hope to have at least that if not more. Please pray that each child will understand the Gospel message that will be portrayed throughout each session. We don�t worry about them having fun, they always do.

I would like to share with you a testimony of our Church because I understand many in the U.S. are undergoing financial difficulty.

We have a man and woman who were saved in our Church over a year ago. They, like many Filipinos here, worried more about their finances then God. In other words, if they had an opportunity to work, even on Sunday or the times that we meet together, they would choose to go to work. I teach here that God is the center of our existence and that if we put Him first, He will supply our needs. (He promised us that) After much encouragement, these two decided to follow God rather than money. Today, these two are the ones that others come to when they are in need. God has prospered their loyalty.

Now how about you? Is your Church suffering? Remember that God has promised that He will not leave, nor forsake us. Our support is up to $1,100 per month but most of the time we don�t get near that. I tell you that not because of us but because of you. If you are having difficulty like that, it�s time to focus on our priority. I am convinced that God will keep us here and make a way where there seems no way. I will not look to the left or to the right but my sight will be set on high.

Each month God has sent miracle gifts that has helped us along with our supporters to carry us through. He will provide seed to the sower as you allow Him to do it.

Thanks so much for your love and support. I want to say many thanks to those who remembered us at Christmas and the kid�s birthdays as well as Malou and I. Your thoughtfulness as given us much needed items that we would not have without your love.

God Bless,
Pastor Jack & Malou � Laura and Linda too!
pastorjack@payatasbaptistchurch.org

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