Going Beyond the Walls: Bringing the Church Online

Going Beyond the Walls: Bringing the Church Online

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a major shift in the way we do things. It has changed how we work, learn, communicate, and spend our leisure time. In spite of its significant impact on our daily lives, this crisis shouldn’t change our mission as a church to reach people with the Good News of Jesus.

Because of the recent outbreak, we have temporarily shifted most of our church activities online (including our worship services, prayer meetings, giving, discipleship classes, and Kids Church). We believe that even in this season of fear and uncertainty, we can continue to encourage, inspire, and point people to Christ. It is our prayer that through our online digital platforms, we will all be able to bless one another and grow in our walk with God.

Here are some encouraging words we received from our Victory group members and leaders who are praying and worshiping God with us online.

The crisis we’re facing now can sometimes put fear in our hearts. I am grateful that through our online worship services, morning worship and prayer, and online Kids Church activities, we are reminded to trust God more. Even though we don’t meet physically, we still get a chance to hear the word of God. It’s good that we also have an online giving option which we can try anytime.

—Claudette Cañeda, Victory U-Belt

We are bringing the “church” to people’s homes, and that is very encouraging. Even if we can’t go outside, we can still participate in online church activities. At home, we do Victory group meetings through video calls. Seeing my friends’ faces online is very comforting, especially in this season.

—Josh Torres, Victory Ortigas

Not being connected to the church community in this time of crisis can be disheartening. I am grateful that through our online platforms, I can connect with my friends from church and believe God for better days ahead.

—Andrei Liclican, Victory Katipunan

I attend our worship services online and listen to the morning worship and prayer every day, These activities are very encouraging and refreshing. Now, the church feels a lot more personal. The online sessions also encourage me to have an alone time with God.

—Jon Isla, Victory Santa Rosa

We are grateful to God for giving us avenues to continually spread the Good News. Through technology, we can continue to . . .

You can join our worship services and prayer meetings online. Visit this page on our website to check the schedules of our online services or follow your local church on social media.

If you need prayer, you can message us at victory.org.ph/prayer-request. You can also join our online prayer meetings through our local churches’ social media pages.

Giving is one of the ways we worship God. You can continue giving through victory.org.ph/give. We now have a GCash option as well.

Discipleship never stops! Victory group and ONE 2 ONE meetings, as well as discipleship classes, are being done virtually. For more information, you can check and send a message on the social media pages of our local churches.

Despite what we’re facing in our country and all over the world, we are in faith that God will see us through. Amid the pandemic, let us continue to build up one another and never give up meeting together—even in the confines of our homes.

For now, let us continue “seeing” each other online!

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another . . . Hebrews 10:25, (NLT)

Giving All to the Call

Giving All to the Call

God is mindful of our needs. This can be seen in the life of Jeff Cariaso, a Victory group leader from Victory Malate. In 2016, Jeff began to save money to buy a car for himself and his parents; he had a desire to drive for his parents so that they wouldn’t have a hard time commuting to places. He also wanted to be more productive at work and be a greater blessing to his friends in church, serving them through driving.

That same year, Jeff had an opportunity to go on a Ten Days mission trip. As he was raising funds, he felt compelled to give half of the money he’d raised for the car to their mission trip. It was not easy, but he gave it anyway, went on with the mission trip, and continued to save money.

By 2017, he had enough money for the down payment of the car he wanted. He even took driving lessons to prepare for it. However, he was faced with a greater opportunity. Jeff was invited to serve as the team leader for another Ten Days mission trip scheduled to leave in a few months. He had a substantially shorter time to raise support for the mission trip compared to his previous one.

Weeks before the deadline of the trip, he had only raised 15% of the amount he needed. It was at this time that God called him to give all the money he was saving for the car. It was all he had left, but he gave it in faith anyway as he was reminded by God’s promise of an inheritance in Joshua 1:2. It was at this point where God said to him, “Just believe. I will take care of the need you are praying for. I just want you to go.” And so, he did exactly as God commanded him and gave.

Jeff knew he had no money left to buy the car, but that’s when God took action. A few weeks before he left for the mission trip to Japan, Jeff received a shocking phone call from one of his brothers. His brother wanted to buy a car for Jeff and his family. He even asked Jeff to look for a vehicle that was way bigger than what Jeff intended to buy!

At present, Jeff drives for his family and serves the people in Malate through the new car that was generously given to him. He is also praying for another opportunity to go to the nations. He knows that financial challenges will come his way, but he is sure that God will provide because of the demonstration of His provision in his life.

Jeff was able to obey God’s call to go to the nations and experience His provision in a personal way. But even before going, he already had an encounter with the mindfulness and generosity of God through his obedience in giving.