My Vision: Pag-Asa – Hope never gives up
„Pag-Asa“, that’s the word for “hope” in Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines. I am working there as a missionary. I want to touch people with the love of God and bring hope to the hopeless. Jesus offers eternal life. In Him, there is a hope that cannot be shaken and that is an anchor for the soul – even in the midst of misery and despair. Just as the rainbow appears when sunshine meets the rain, God brings hope and colour into the lives of people in difficult circumstances when they are touched by his light.
That’s what I want to convey by building relationships, seeing the individual, sharing the Word of God and praying for people. I want to support them in their walk as disciples of Jesus. I want to be a person who takes time, has an open ear and encouraging words for people in difficult circumstances. Apart from that, I will also use my creative gifts such as dancing, drama, painting and music to inspire and foster Filipinos, especially the young generation. This way, they can process bad experiences, be strengthened in their self-confidence and meet God.
In addition, it is my concern to help the poor to discover and use their own potential and resources. This approach of development aid can uncover opportunities to the improvement of their living conditions and help them to make a better future for their children. Teaching structure, planning, goal setting and thinking ahead can be a big help in this endeavour. And sometimes, it is the spontaneous encounter with a homeless or a group of children whom I lead in a song and to whom I tell a Bible story, which is the task at hand.
But it is only in the foreseeable future that I can see how much of all this I can really put into practice, as I am just getting started with these ministries. Nonetheless, I have already gained experience in Bible studies, house to house visitation and Creative Arts in the Philippines which worked very well.
I am excited what God has prepared for me to do.
All glory and honour belong to Him!