Touching The Nations
Dear Friend,This month we had some sicknesses in our family. As the weather changes we had some colds. However, everyone is doing okay now. The kids are running and the parents are running after them (just kidding).Most of the members were challenged this past month. For the first time after 2 years I felt impressed from the Lord to teach on Tithes & Offerings. As usual when it comes to money people become very protective. However, in general the members that have been coming regularly seem to accept the teaching and are trying to apply it. Very encouraging for me to see how sincere some of the members are in their walk with the Lord. When people are willing to start giving into the Kingdom you know that they are serious about following Jesus.We want to thank you for giving so generously to Touching the Nations. Without your help we would not be able to touch lives. It is so great to enter into our 3rd phase (More information see below) as we started our ministry in the Philippines. We are heading for some exciting times. It is so good to see the Lord move in our midst. Be sure to check out our web page www.touchingthenations.com We have made some major changes and updates. Thanks again for all your help and support. May the Lord bless you abundantly above all you can ask or think (Eph. 3:20).Lots of love,Arthur Peter & family DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAMAfter two years TTN is entering into the 3rd phase of our vision. Our first phase was to establish TTN. Second phase was to start ministry in the Philippines – church plant. Now after two years we are getting some disciples. Phase three is where we start our discipleship program. The 4th and final phase will be when we start sending out our first disciples. Looking forward to that, but before we start sending out anyone we will first have to disciple, prepare and equip them for ministry.This past month we have officially started to disciple our first 2 disciples – Lisa Llagas and Donna Woods. Just as Jesus had 12 disciples so are we planning to disciple 12 disciples. As soon as the Holy Spirit says they are ready we will sent them out and release them into their own ministry. After every disciple has been trained (this can take about 3-4 years) we ask them to also start discipling their own 12 disciples. We are looking forward to see the Lord giving us more disciples as time passes, so we can fulfill the great commission according to Matthew 28:18-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen”However for us to disciple more people we need your help. It cost about $120-$150 per month to support a disciple. This will cover their basic needs like food, clothing & shelter. Normally when a person joins any kind of school they need to pay tuition fee, however TTN feels impressed by the Lord to do it the other way around. Instead of the students pay tuition fee we will provide their basic needs, so that they can grow and focus on the Lord. The Lord used 2 Corinthians 12:14-15 “Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.” to make clear that the apostle Paul did the same for his disciples.I hope you are excited as I am. If you want to be part of fulfilling the great commission you are able to join the discipleship program for $30 per month. This is $1 per month. If you are interested in joining this program or would like some more information feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you. SUPPORT A CHILDBesides support a disciple program we have also started another program – Support a Child. In the Philippines there are many poor families. As the church grows we are getting more and more children who could use some help. Some children are not able to go to elementary or high school because their parents are not able to pay their schooling. This means that these children will often end up on the street or collect garbage. At the moment we are supporting 2 children and next month we will be supporting 3 children.
For $10 per month we can help these children finish their education (elementary & high school) and give them a future. We will use the money to provide their basic needs like school uniforms, school supplies, school projects, medicines if necessary, etc. If you are interested in supporting a child let us know. We would love to hear from you.
MERCY MINISTRIESThis past month we were able to give several children that are coming to church some school supplies as they start their new school year. They were so thankful for all their school supplies. Thanks for making this possible and supporting TTN. It was so good to see all these children together. Now they will be able to go to school without lacking notebooks, pencils, pens, etc. Thank you for your donations and may the Lord bless you.