On February 10, 2019, we officially launched our church in Marilao, Bulacan, which meets every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Cinema 2 of SM Marilao. Here is how our 96th provincial church began.
It all started with a vision from one of our senior pastors at Victory Meycauayan. While the team in Meycauayan was praying for a new church plant, a door opened through an outreach project inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Marilao.
An optometrist who was giving free eyeglasses to the inmates in BJMP encouraged his Victory group leader to form a group that would later share God’s Word inside the facility. At first, 12 people came to hear the message, but not long after, more and more inmates came to know Christ. From 12 people, the numbers grew to 25 every week, causing the group to meet them in batches instead.
Aside from reaching out to the inmates, the group also started preaching the gospel to the officers inside BJMP. Soon, they were able to build a relationship not just with the inmates, but even with the officers. They also started holding not just Victory group meetings but Victory Weekends as well.
Eventually, the families of the inmates they were ministering to saw the change in the lives of their loved ones. They became curious and started asking for prayer requests. In August 2017, a “Family Day” was held, and it was attended by the families of the inmates. The supposed one-day event of 80 people soon became a monthly gathering of 120 families!
God’s call to plant a church became even clearer as months passed by. In June 2018, a weekly “Discipleship Day” was held on top of the monthly “Family Day” and the weekly meetings inside BJMP. From fast-food chains to coffee shops, the group also eventually found a home in Cinema 2 of SM Marilao, where they first held their Sunday service on January 13, 2019.
The weekly meetings in BJMP continue as more people are being reached outside the inmates’ cells. The “cell leaders” who made an impact in the lives of their fellow inmates and preached the gospel to their families stand with Victory Marilao in prayer as it aims to draw more people closer to God.
Truly, God can make a way for the gospel to be preached even in unlikely situations. Let us pray for more lives to be changed in this part of the province.
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