Pastor Noriel and
his wife Rina.
For years Frontline has been bringing God's light to the people of Baloc, and now we rejoice in seeing more "light" there than ever before.
Baloc is the poorest area of San Pablo City, where hundreds live their lives surrounded by the stench and filth of the city dump. With little or no hope, these impoverished people survive day to day by digging through trash to collect recyclable materials that they can sell.
Church members digging
the ditch to install electricity.
After a year of visiting Baloc to minister through feeding programs and outreach to the children, Noriel and his wife Rina knew it was time to move there full time. So in early 2009, they moved to Baloc to live among the poorest of the poor. With no electricity or running water, they have been reaching the people of Baloc by giving God's love freely.
Starting with only a vision, Noriel and Rina began ministering and developing small groups. As the work started growing, they prayed God would provide a meeting place for the new believers. In early 2010, the Lord answered prayer, a simple building for celebration services was erected, and the "BalocBox" celebrated its grand opening!
Church members making
quilts in the livelihood project.
Over the next year they continued to pray for electricity, believing they could be more effective if they didn't need candles, kerosene, generators, or flashlights. Several weeks ago God answered their prayers again. The members of the Church went to work digging a ditch along the road for nearly one kilometer; then laid and buried an aluminum power line. Now the BalocBox site is one of the only locations in the area with electricity!
We already see such a great outcome in Baloc. More are being trained and discipled. More are being drawn to attend the church services. And as soon as the electricity was installed, the plans for a quilt-making livelihood project were put into effect. Now some of the church members are being trained in quilt-making and other types of sewing as a means of income for themselves and the Church. What a blessing it is to see God give the people of Baloc a sense of worth as they make a living without digging through trash. God's light is truly shining brighter in Baloc!
Church service being held at Baloc.
Friends of Frontline, we usually write these Weekly Whys about one person or family, but today, it is my desire to show you how your partnership in prayer and finances is truly bringing God's light into lives of hundreds of people in a very needy place.
Thank you for being a part of this great story!
With You in the Why,
Jeff Pessina- Director
Philippine Frontline Ministries
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