Beaten up for his faith

Yesterday was the first Saturday fellowship under the new set of officers of the Davao City chapter and we did start on a very remarkable note.

There were 32 members and 20 guests present. Our Coordinator Teddy Reyes commented that the chapter’s pleas during last Friday’s intercessory prayers for more guests to join us were answered. The number of guests was three to four times than usual.

Our main sharer was an interesting pastor from India, Matthew Samuel. He was with his wife, a fellow missionary. He told us that the land of Hinduism is now the most populous in the world overtaking Buddhist China.

It was his third visit to the Philippines since 2006 preaching in this only Christian country in Asia because he narrated that he can not do so in his own country. He told us about the experience of his father, an officer in the Indian Army who converted to Christianity. He said his father was persecuted for his faith, beaten up at least 15 times and jailed five times.

He said he followed the path of his father and he too was beaten up at least five times and jailed three times already for preaching the Word of God.

He lamented the widespread loss of faith particularly among many “Christians” in the United States and Europe. How ironic he said that those who brought Christianity in many parts of the world including the Philippines are now experiencing empty churches and dwindling parishes.

He said these problems are tests to us and should bring us closer to God. Confronted with many problems, he said, reminds us to keep faith and trust in God. He said God will reward those who are faithful to him.

He narrated Moses’ faith in crossing the Red Sea. He was rewarded by saving 3 million Israelites from the Egyptians.

He cited John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”

Salvation is the ultimate reward if we trust God, he said.



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