Written by Ramon and Nene Bautista, base leaders of YWAM Bohol
Here are a few updates of what God has been doing at YWAM Bohol for the past 6 months.
Answer to prayer!
We have been praying for many years that God would bring staff to help us at YWAM Bohol. God has finally answered our cries by sending us two young couples namely Marlon and Jessica Roa with their 2 kids Khabod Knight and Khabod Rockbee and Edgar and Jhona Galido with their 2 kids Shelomiel and Zenah Lois. God has indeed multiplied our base.
Back when Jhona was still single, God placed on her heart a desire to come to Bohol and serve. We thought we would be able to work with her soon but God had other plans. After 5 years she is finally here serving with us together with her husband and children.
Sports Ministry Started!
With Edgar joining YWAM Bohol we are able to start a sports ministry in the community. We have already put on a basketball clinic with the goal to reach out to the youth and build relationship with them while sharing the love of Jesus Christ.
Strengthening the Marriages of our staff
Thanks to YWAM Visayas, all our staff was able to attend the Marriage Enrichment Workshop in Cebu. We were encouraged, learned a lot and enjoyed immensely. We really commend and appreciate the work of Morten and Tiffany, one of the leaders of Family Ministries.
As a result of attending this workshop we are praying and planning to take the marriage enrichment seminar to the couples of Bohol. We believe this will equip couples to deal with conflict properly, relate and love one another in a godly manner and realize the importance of family.
Hazel May Badilla attends our regular mother’s Bible Study. Her father is suffering from asthma and cannot afford continual medical care. Due to this he can hardly breathe and is so skinny because of his condition. Due to generous donations, YWAM Bohol was able to help her father by buying the main medication that he needs.
YWAM Bohol, through donations from individuals, was also able to help Hazel’s daughter by giving her a set of school uniform, school bag, shoes and school supplies last June 2014.
“Pasalamat ko sa Ginoo nga anaa ang ywam nga mitabang nmu ug nagatudlo namu sa pulong sa ginoo ug naaply nko sa amo kibabuhi ug hilabi na ang tambal dako kaau tabang sa ako amahan nga naga antos sa hangak ug sa sponsor
(I am so thankful to the Lord for ywam. They really helped us and taught us the word of God. They also helped us apply to our lives the advices found in the Bible. It has been a huge help to my father who was working to support us.)
Niel Jean Araco was one of couples that were wed during our mass wedding in 2012. She continues to have a thriving relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Thank you for all the prayers! It has been a year since the earthquake hit bohol but I still find myself crying whenever I remember what my family experienced especially my 2 kids who were just 5 years old and 2 years old back then. I was not there when the earthquake happened since I work in Manila but I could feel their trauma when I called them on the phone that day. I heard my children and little sisters crying and running away from the house to find a safe place to stay. They stayed in an open area that night till the next morning. That night I prayed to God asking that he would not let it rain since lots of children and families did not have shelter. God answered my prayers! I wanted to kiss and hug my children and siblings in order to ease their trauma but I couldn’t because I was in Manila so I just prayed and asked God to keep them safe. God once again answered my prayers and even when typhoon Yolanda came God kept my family safe.”
“I entrust everything to the Lord because I know I can count on him any time, anywhere and with anything. God has proven his omnipotent power in my life time and time again. Iilan lang po ang mga ito sa mga bagay na ginawa ng diyos sa aking buhay,hindi po matatapos ang isang araw kung sasabihin ko lahat.a simple breathing,waking up in the morning and live another day of my life,are great things to be thankful to the Lord.about sa sponsorship,though wala koy anak na na sponsoran dako gihapon ako pasalamt sa Lord ky naapil akong manghud na c charice.dako kaayo ni nga privilege para sa akong mama na ngpaskwela ug 6 ka anak 2 highscool ug 4 ka elem,makaingon jud ko na bisan daghan kaayo sa trials sa among life,God stilll bless us continually and abundantly”
(these are only a few things God has done in my life. It would take more than a day if I were to enumerate all that God has done. Though none of my own children are part of the sponsorship program, I am so thankful that my younger sister Charice is able to be sponsored. It’s a big privilege for my mom that she was able to put 6 children through school. Two of them are in highschool while four are in elementary. I can really say that despite so many trials that come to our lives, God still continues to bless us abundantly.)
We appreciate if you could keep us in your prayers as we strive to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the island of Bohol.
Please help us pray for the following:
- That those we are ministering to may give their lives fully to the Lord and live as his disciples
- That God would add single men and women as staff in YWAM Bohol
- That God would direct us to a staff house that would accommodate all our needs
- That God would provide for our ministry expenses
- For strength, wisdom and good health for all our staff especially our children.
How to Get Involved
You can get involved through the following:
We know the importance of being covered in your prayers as we strive to expand the kingdom of God in Bohol.
Come with a team for a short term missions trip and serve alongside us in our different ministries. For more information you may contact Ramon and Nene at +63 932 961 7766 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a variety of ways to give:
- Sponsor a Child – give towards the education of a child whose family cannot afford to send them to school.
- Give towards a feeding program – we have feeding programs every week for the poor in our community. This allows us to show them the practical love of Jesus Christ.
- Sponsor a youth activity – with the sports ministry under way it would be great if we could provide water, snacks and sports equipment.
- Give towards our ministry expenses (e.g toys for children, travel expenses etc)
- Support a staff – YWAM staff are here on a voluntary basis. We trust God for all our expenses. We trust that if we put God’s kingdom first all other things will be given to us.
Ways to Give:
1. Online – You may give here http://ushare.unionbankph.com/ywam This allows you to specify the base and ministry or staff you would like to give to.
2. Bank Deposit –
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Youth With a Mission
Account Number: 120 100 8642