Philippines Bible Ministry
Here is the story: My name is David Pinson; I was saved in 1993 at the age of 37, as you may imagine it took an amazing work of the Lord for that to even happen at that age. The percentage of folks over 30 that come to the Lord is very, very small. My love and passion for God’s word took hold of my heart early on in my walk. Since that time I have been an avid student of God’s word. I began to take some online bible courses in preparation for something, though I did not know what direction the Lord would take me. I knew that he was calling me to teach his word in some way.
A few years ago (2014) my pastor asked me to teach during our men’s Bibles and Burritos. Then I began co-teaching like every other week at our weekly Bible study. It was in 2017 that I first preached the word at church, at that point I began to take my studies more seriously. Then; it was in February, 2018 that Pastor announced that our church would be closing. I was mortified, and for the foreseeable future my preaching is done, though I was able to still teach or a time.
Having planned a trip to visit my wife’s family in the Philippines, she asked if I could do a couple of Bible studies with her family. Her mom’s family lives in CDO (Cagayan De Oro) and her father’s family lives on the other side of the mountains in a small rural village called Kimaya, which is not far from Gingoog City.
It came to our attention that the people of Kimaya are not only very poor financially but that they are also impoverished in their knowledge of God’s word. In fact; though the Philippines is a very religious nation, and there are lots of churches, there is in fact but not much knowledge of God’s word.
We bought bibles from the Philippine Bible Association and gave them out to both families and by the way there were about 30 people at that second bible study. When we got back home, I told one of the ladies at church, who just happens to be a Filipina, that these kids and these people do not have any knowledge of the word. She asked my very telling question” Did you leave anyone there to teach them?” this echoed loudly in my soul. A few minutes later when I told our worship pastor the same story I was also surprised that he asked me the very same question about leaving someone behind to instruct them. It hit me then, Who will teach them?
It occurred to us to go back and do a VBS next year and since I am a public school teacher I get time off for Easter break, which also happens to be the summer break for the kids there. So the timing is perfect. My former church was so excited and the Pastor was looking for some ministry to give money to that was left over from when the church closed. And this type ofd ministry is what he had always wanted to do, So that became blessed seed money for our ministry!
We had already purchased a very small piece of land on the beach right there, and it turned out at precisely at this time that my wife’s uncle needed to sell his small property with the beginnings of a house on it so that he could get surgery for his daughter. He needed $1000. Well we did not have that money but God put it on my heart that we should buy that property and build the house and use it for the ministry. At that time the Lord told me to check my small online account in the stock market. And to my delight and surprise it had just produced a $1000 increase! By the way that account had never increased over the past 10 years, in face my efforts had probably cost us a few hundred dollars. So we took it as a sign and bought the property with the building, and then we took some of that seed money and bought another piece of land all of them are attached. So we have a spot that we are hoping to build a chapel and a building where we or someone can live...
The idea is to start with the children and to save some and that some will catch on fire for Jesus. Than to disciple them to eventually to lead others to the Lord, and some day to have a Bible training center where we can teach others all about the bible, how to study it and how to teach it... a church may or may not be part of this. God knows, but I feel like he wants me to get this started to open Gods whole word to that village first then ..........God knows the plans that he has for us.....