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Macau and Hongkong Hold Discipleship Conference

Macau and Hongkong Hold Discipleship Conference

Last month, leaders from our churches in Every Nation Macau and Every Nation Hong Kong converged for their first Discipleship Conference. Following the theme, “Charge!”  the event aimed to empower our current and upcoming leaders to be missional in honoring God and making disciples in their respective territories.

Pastor Jun Escosar, Every Nation World Missions Asia director, kicked off the conference by encouraging our leaders and interns to be more missional in preaching the gospel, especially to the locals of Macau and Hong Kong. Our leaders, Macau and Hong Kong Discipleship Conference tent-makers and full-time ministers were also reminded to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit when they reach out to the people in these two cities. The participants also heard from Victory executive director Pastor Gilbert Foliente, who talked about the role of the Holy Spirit as we evangelize people and reach out to the lost.

The conference also emphasized the importance of going to the campuses and reaching the next generation because we believe that the youth of Macau and Hong Kong will lead their country to be missionary-sending nations in the future. The participants also listened to updates regarding the progress of missionary efforts in Macau and Hong Kong. The 4Es–Engage, Establish, Equip, and Empower–were also discussed in the context of the lifestyle and culture in the two cities.

The conference was also an opportune time for our leaders in our two congregations to fellowship and enjoy each other’s company during breaks and meal times by taking photos, sharing snacks and exchanging stories. At the end of the event, our leaders and interns were recharged and refreshed to preach the gospel as they go back to their respective communities.

Faith for the Nations

Faith for the Nations

Lyn Abad, an upcoming campus minister from Victory Ortigas, shares her experiences on what it means to reach the nations through a Ten Days mission trip.

I’ve always had a desire to reach out to Buddhist countries. I believe God gave me a burden to reach out to the people from these nations. He honored that desire when in 2012, I took part in my first Ten Days mission trip in Macau. I was able to participate in another mission trip in Myanmar, another Buddhist nation, shortly after.

Joining a Ten Days mission trip involves enlarging your vision and territory, for you to be used in different parts of the world. One of the challenges I encountered was overcoming my natural shyness to talk to people I didn’t know—from a different culture, no less! I learned to trust God with regard to my shyness. Didn’t He say in His Word that we can do all things through Him, who gives us strength?

I also discovered that engaging people isn’t just about making friends with them and finding out about common interests—it also involves imparting to others who God is, in terms of who He is. In one of my mission trips, for instance, my teammates and I got to talk to young people who were asking about the earth, how the universe came to be, and the existence of God. This was a beautiful opportunity to share about creation, and most importantly, the Creator.

Lyn and her teammates engaged Macanese in different sporting activities
Lyn and her teammates engaged Macanese in different sporting activities

Part of being in a Ten Days mission trip includes raising funds for ministry support. The entire process of the mission trip was challenging in a faith-stretching way! It really takes faith to believe God to provide for everything that you need.

My faith was also stretched in terms of trusting God as my healer. Two weeks prior to my second mission trip, I had to undergo an operation. I was already discouraged from pushing through with the actual trip, and experienced pain even up to a few days before the trip, but I believed God for my speedy healing. I had faith that He would bring me complete healing, and at the same time be able to go to the nations. What’s interesting is, when I set foot in our destination, I didn’t experience any pain at all. God healed me completely so I could do the work He’s called me to do!

Another facet that made me so encouraged about joining short-term missions is the character molding I experienced. I got to be in a team with different people of different personalities and temperaments. God really taught me about unity–that I should fight for it, not shift blame to other people, but really step out in faith to love them.

Overall, a Ten Days mission trip is a life-changing experience. If God has called you to go and reach the nations for Him, no one can stop you from doing this!

A Great Adventure: Ten Days Macau

A Great Adventure: Ten Days Macau

Macau is a region rich with history. From being a simple, backwater region, it has gone to become the “Las Vegas of Asia” because of its lifestyle of glitz and gambling. Sadly, many young people have even quit schooling to work in the casinos to earn money. Half a million people are part of this region, with over 90% practicing Buddhism.

In April of this year, a team of Ten Days missioners from Victory Olongapo took part in a mission trip to this opulent Chinese city. Armed with faith and confidence in the gospel, these men and women set out for a great adventure!

One of the highlights of the trip was visiting three different campuses: University of Macau, Sam Yuk High School, and Macau University of Science and Technology. They were able to engage the students from these campuses by befriending them, getting to know them, and finding common interests. They also had opportunities to share the gospel to these young people. They also got connected to our Every Nation church in Macau.

We build relationships and share lives!

Prayer walks were also held in the campuses and in different areas around the city. The missioners took time to speak words of life and blessing to Macau and its people. This Ten Days missions experience, as our missioners from Victory Olongapo shared, has taught them to totally rely on God and be expectant for more things.

We are in faith that our missioners’ prayers and efforts will bear fruit in this nation! And our work is not yet done in reaching the nations for Jesus. Please continue praying with us for more open doors, not only in Macau, but in the rest of Asia and the world!

Sharing a quick meal with the students they met

If you would like to be part of a Ten Days mission trip, please contact your local church administrator.