Recently we flew to the south of the Philippines to the city of Davao with 30 young people from our community to attend the UPRISING Prayer Confernce (United Prayer Rising). For our teenagers and some of our staff it was the first flight ever. The conference was organized by many different churches together and we as HELP Philipppines were also part of this team. Little did we know that war was coming while we were preparing for the conference in January ...

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Liberation of a city

It was a miracle that we were able travel to Davao with so many of our young people, considering that all participants had to pray and believe for their own expenses (tickets and accommodation). There was joy and jubilation as we saw all 30 of us receiving the money we needed. Miracle after miracle happened and in the end were were able to cover all expenses thus making it possible for all of us to attend this important event. The four days in Davao were filled with many good inputs on PRAYER and UNITY. The vision of this conference was that as a nation and the body of Christ we should stand in unity and move forward together as YOUNG AND OLD. However, the highlight was when on the fourth day, together with 1,500 people from all of the provinces of the Philippines, we fasted for 10 hours, prayed and repented for our nation. Despite prevailing martial law in Davao, everything was quite peaceful. Many soldiers, firefighters and paramedics were on the square to guard the event, and many of them were touched by God's presence and we could pray for them. Only one month after the conference, the President Duterte was able to announce liberation of the city of Marawi. Thank you, Jesus!

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Arise!

This conference was this year's highlight for many of our young people. All of us returned to Manila encouraged, exhorted, strengthened and full of vision. UPRISING was not just a conference, it was also the start of an »uprising« in the spiritual realm.
Jeannine Specht

»Those who are greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. Who is more important, (...) for I am among you as one who serves.« Luke 22:26-27

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Normally the master sits at the table and his servants serve him. However, here it’s different! »For I have come to serve you«, says Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Daily we are exercising the practical application of the Gospel as part of our everyday life ... this addresses to the big and small. What a joy and privilege to serve our brothers and sisters and at the same time learn our lessons.

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Learning by doing

As we were into this topic and sought for options to practice, we prayed with our kids and teens at the Father’s House. The Holy Spirit showed us the Oval – a small park right in front of our gate – and he said that we should go there and clean it. Everybody at the Father’s House was excited and together we took the opportunity to serve our neighbourhood. Most of all the children were super excited to join the »Cleaning up the Drive« event.

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Covered and armed

Covered by the blood of Jesus and armed with dustpans, brooms, sticks, shovels, wheel barrow and garbage bags, we went over to the Oval and started to clean the place. People in the park were looking and watching – some smiled, others had questioning faces. Nevertheless, there was no need for explaining anything but to offer a smile as an answer. Cleaning up this place would have meant several days of work for just one person, however, we did the job together in only four hours and learnt what it means to stand in unity, and serve a whole community in love and with joy. Love God, love his people and love his creation.
»God has given each of us a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? (...) Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ (...).« 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

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Manila, a city full with millions of people. A pace in which innumerous stories cross their ways. A city in which the rich become richer and poor become poorer. The capital city of a nation that is still seeking its identity. A city where many are focussed on own ambition and then get bitterly disappointed. A city which images disply unbalance, injustice, fake pictures and development all at the same time ... that's only first view.
However, at the same time it's also a city that God has given to us. It's an inheritance that HE has entrusted us with. There is history he wants to make with people. Darkness that HE wants to illuminate. People, HE wants to send.

20 km - 6 hours - a thousand impressions

The Philippines carry a strong calling to send people to missions and to take other nations for Jesus. As HELP community it's our hearts' desire to release all of this in an even greater dimension - in our own mission so that we enlarge the ropes of our tent and do not only take Manila for Jesus but also the surrounding islands. However, we also want to invest in a greater dimension into the Filipinos so they enter into their divine destiny and just go. We sensed that God challenged us to ACTIVELY get moving and literally as well as symbolically go. We took the challenge - together with the vast majority of our community - teens, rehab guests and staff alike and walked the city. By foot. 20 km in 6 hours. 29°C (in the shade). A thousand impressions.


This was only the beginning ...

We walked alongside the main streets, prayed at intersections, lifted up the name of Jesus wherever we went and declared God's truth over Manila. We prayed for the various groups of society of our nation. We prayed for the government and businessmen as much as for the upcoming young generation. A symbolic victory walk declaring what Jesus has accomplished at the cross two thousand years ago ... also for Manila. We literally went to the utmost parts of the city where the beaches are and the width spreads. In Germany, it's a fun thing to go walking. However, in Manily you only walk in emergency - no Filipino would ever consider to voluntary walk 20 km through the heat of the day, in rain and smog. But we did and raised a standard in the prophetic: Just as we marched throughout the city to the shores - despite all obstacles - the Filipinos shall be released to arise and shine ... to the ends of the city, over to the islands and even unto the ends of the earth. Even though this was only the beginning, it marked a milestone - definitely a walk to remember!

All of us long for family, for protection and feeling secure. Those who have it, are mostly not aware of how fortunate they are. However, when you lack it you tend to develop envy, bitterness, even hatred with all its side effects ...

The lack

Timothy, 22 years old, grew up without father. Earlier in his childhood his parents got separated because his dad was into drugs. His mother was left alone to raise him and his brother. He never experienced the guidance, impact and protection of a father. He never even experienced his dad spending a night with them. Timothy developed anger, hatred and bitterness towards his dad because he did not take his responsibility as a father nor as a husband to his mom. All of this led Timothy to drug addiction and later on, he was caught by the police for drug possession ...

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Abba, Father!

He was imprisoned but was bailed out and decided to come to Set Free Center. Timothy found rest, hope and love in Jesus. He encountered Abba Father ... Then one Sunday, his dad surprisingly came to visit him. Timothy was so amazed to realize that all the anger and bitterness were gone. It was replaced by excitement! »When I saw my dad and talked to him, it was really amazing to discover for myself that the love of God taught me to love my dad, even though he abandoned us.«

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Timothy is soon finishing the one-year rehab program at the Set Free Center. He has grown to trust God and that Abba Father is his identity. We can see a greater boldness in him to share and face people.

Need help?

We have vacant space at the Set Free Center and if you are struggling with any kind of addiction, don't hesitate to call and inquire at +63 2 6584895 or check out Set Free Center's website.
In November 2016, we had so much reason to celebrate - our HELP ministries turned 25! We are looking back with our hearts full of gratefulness on 25 years filled with God's provision, on hearts that got changed and that God touched, and lives that have been restored as well as friendships we made over these many years ... and there would be so much more to tell ...

However, we wouldn't have been able to walk this path by ourselves, and therefore, we are so grateful for everyone of you who prayed with us, invested into us or lived and worked with us! Just like in the parable in the bible, there are some who prepare the soil, others sow the seed and again others bring in the harvest. These principles have marked our ministry and our path with God and one another. It's so precious to see how much grows when we take our place and take our part that God has for us.

No matter if you are close or far - every investment is part of the harvest that has changed lives! THANK YOU!
However, most of all we are so grateful to our King and Lord Jesus Christ, for he is the only path through whom new life comes forth! And as parties cannot put into words in the Philippines we have simply collected a few impressions for you:
... and this is only the beginning ... »Yes, I know that God has called me, but I do not know how to pay the tuition of 200 EUR per month – it’s just too big.« This was a statement from a Filipino right before the start of the REVIVAL SCHOOL. He was battling with doubts when he heard how much tuition is going to be and was discouraged. But God proved to him that he is far better than anything he ever thought! With a big smile on his face he handed me an envelope before the school started - FIRST MONTH FULLY PAID!
Another student thought I was kidding him when I said that someone had paid for him for the whole month.

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Opening a new chapter

We are opening a new chapter! REVIVAL SCHOOL means: God awakens faith within us and calls us into a new dimensions and a new freedom. Yes, it is possible to live 100% by faith seeing God providing for us – regardless any social or cultural background or nationality!
Personally, I moved into the school building with nothing but one spoon as a kitchen content, and found that without a knife or peeler carrots are difficult to eat. Before we started school, we only had few simple furniture, an almost empty kitchen - BUT EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD!

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Supernatural provision began to flow ...

... Cutlery, kitchen items and containers were brought in from the extended community. Money for cups and bedsheets came together, willing hands helping to clean the house. Suddenly a student had the double school fee and he told how God told him, »I bless you and you shall be a blessing – so be a blessing.« We are seeing a new identity growing and developing in the Filipinos, and to us it’s one of the greatest miracles to hear a Filipino say: »Yes, I have something to give!«

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We believe in miracles

It was a miracle of how we started the school with five students in the beginning of August ... and we continue to depend on miracles. It is for all of us an adventure to walk in the new things of God, to depend only on God, to trust him and to see how the humanly unthinkable becomes possible with God.

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This is only the beginning of God's confirmation and provision. In the next few weeks, we will do outreaches and spread his blessings in the streets of the Philippines. Tondo (a huge garbage dump in Manila) and its people shall experience the riches of God. We will be his love messengers, because we were blessed to be a blessing. We will fly to the embattled island of Mindanao and join UPRISING, a prayer and fasting gathering, and we will rise up for this nation. No revolution – but REVIVAL!
Jesus promissed us new life, life by the Spirit. He is drawing our hearts so we surrender everything to him and receive renewed lives from him. One thing that God uses to renew our lives is through the baptism - in the Spirit but also with water. Recently we have seen so often especially young people from the slums making the decision to walk the whole path with Jesus and profess their decision with the baptism.

Great joy

Baptisms are always reasons for great joy! One of the young girls who got baptized had just come out a lesbian relationship, and from her outward appearance one could have assumed that she was a boy. When she came out of the water, one of the outreach participants had the impression that God said to this girl: »I am seeing a beautiful young woman in you!« When she was prayed for, loads of burdens literally fell off her and later she shared that she was simply happy and truly had received a new identity in Jesus. There is joy in heaven!


Spontaneous

Another young man who was with us on outreach, got baptized when he was a little child. However, he was moved in his heart to get baptized again. Normally he is not someone who makes spontaneous decisions, but rather likes to think things through before making any decision. The baptism date came closer and he senses an inner urge of God that it was his time to walk into the baptism basin. He was obedient to this urge of God withouth evaluating very much and experienced the Holy Spirit in a new way. Right after he himself got baptized, he baptized four other young people, thus had a share in their renewal. When we are obendient to Jesus and take the steps he shows us, he will use us to bless others - that's multiplication in God's kingdom birthing new life!

For the past two years I have been infected with Amoeba (a parasite causing diarrhea, stomach ache and vomiting). Wherever I went, I was seen carrying my own bottle full of water which I specially had to buy. I wanted to make sure I wouldn't get infected again through unclean water.

The battle of the mind

I was healed from this disease four years ago and was very thankful though I still worried and thought about it every day. I tried my best not to catch it again.
In the end of April, I was at a beach retreat of our community to which I forgot to bring my own water. »What now?«, I asked myself. The weather was very hot and we all needed to drink a lot. I somehow felt, »Try it out. Don't be afraid, drink this ordinary drinking water.« So I did ...

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Free from fear

The next morning we talked about »healing«. I knew, I wanted to receive it. Not because I was sick, but because of all the worrying to catch Amoeba that constantly filled my mind. So I opened my heart wide for healing. I instantly felt that I didn't have to worry any longer. I was healed – completely healed!
Since then, I am free to drink ordinary drinking water. My fears are gone and I can move about wherever I go without my own water bottle. Thank you, Jesus!
Jeannine
When people are having a true encounter with Jesus, everything changes in their lives - their character, their expression, even their surrounding. The life of Jesus in us in powerful ... and this power is stronger than anything that we may face. Read Edna's story.

Ever since that day Edna encountered the Lord and got saved, many wonderful things began to happen in her life. Just to mention a few: Two of her grandchildren got healed from severe sicknesses as she prayed, prophesied and cried out to the Lord for them. Her husband who saw the big change in her lifestyle and attitude was so amazed that he started to believe and eventually gave his life to Jesus. And they, as a couple experienced supernatural provision as they trusted and prayed to God when they didn't have enough money to buy food and medicine.

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Today Edna continues to live with joy and passion for Jesus. Her life is really shinning and many, aside from her family are blessed and encouraged by her example. As you will see in the picture, God has even blessed her financially that she and her husband, Mang Boy, have now started a small retail store selling food and other goods.
One of our young Filipino staff came back from a trip to Germany realizing, »Europe needs missionaries!« Before, he always thought that only the Philippines were a country in need of missionaries- but now he felt God’s heartbeat for the nations and for the broken people beyond the borders of the Philippines. He continued, »Actually, we as Filipinos have so much to give!«

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REVIVAL SCHOOL Philippines

This is totally contrary to the perspective of most Filipinos, who are held in inferiority, family bondages, drugs or poverty. This young man did not only make it to escape this vicious circle by the power of Jesus, however, he is serving his nation and wants to be equipped in order to go to the nations. God wants to equip and send people from the Philippines. For this reason, we are setting up a school building and start the REVIVAL SCHOOL (one the Move) on August 1, 2017 – a very practical DTS, made for hungry followers of Jesus, who want to follow his call: »Go into all the earth, make disciples of all people and teach them to obey all that I’ve told you!« (Matth. 28:19)

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Learning by doing

We are living together and share our lives, just as Jesus did with his disciples. Jesus took them wherever he went and they learned most of the things while they were on the move - learning by doing.
Thus, we are having corporate teaching sessions, times of impartation and equipping, prayer and worship in our school as much as on the garbage dumps and in the squatter areas (slums). The students are learning to serve a louse-ridden orphan and a drug addict in the same way as they serve their roommates, by walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not about methods, structures or dry theory but it is all about a live lead by the Holy Spirit. We will do what we see the Father do, just like Jesus did - no matter the cost and we are going wherever he leads us. This was the way the disciples learned as well; the way they grew strong in the power of the Holy Spirit and the way people got saved, redeemed, healed, equipped and were sent.

In August 2017 we start a three-month-training block with students from the Philippines and from. In 2018, we will offer a full year international and national training program. If you are interested to join us, get in touch with us by eMail and apply!
In addition, our base in Lüdenscheid is hosting the REVIVAL SCHOOL on the Move with which you can do nation-hopping - to Thailand, to Texas, to Mongolia and also to the Philippines.

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Support

Our goal for the school is to be financially independent by 2020. However, while still pioneering it, we do need partners wo stand with us. We are specifically looking for prayer partners and sponsors. For example, we are still in need of a washing machine, a printer, an edge trimmer, a microwave, a rice cooker as well as additional furniture. In addition there is our monthly rent and additional expenses.

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The Philippines – a sending nation!

You want to be a part of it? Write us an eMail, if you want to support us in prayer or/and financially. It is time for workers from the harvest to go back into the harvest!
Our summer highlight was a Father’s House Camp at the beach in Mindoro. The kids jumped with joy when they heard we would have one because the last was three years ago. The time was filled with fun and games at the beach, good food, swimming, sand castles and wonderful family fellowship – so nice!

Hearing God’s Voice

However, the best gift ever was that three of our younger kids, one volunteer and one staff were baptized in the sea! Furthermore, we had beautiful sessions in God’s presence where the Holy Spirit ministered very deeply to our teenagers; healing deep wounds of rejection, abandonment and abuse. One young girl said that God does not speak to her. After the first day swimming, she had severe ear pain and God healed her during our worship time. After that, she heard God saying to her to get baptized! She was so happy that she heard His voice! She got baptized the next day, and when she came out of the water, tears of joy were streaming down her face and she had the most beautiful smile!

Beloved Kids

We have been praying and discussing taking in new kids since the beginning of the year; but when some staff left, we thought we might have to put our plans on hold. However, God challenged us not to shrink back – and in the past three months, we took in five new kids! The youngest is a cute little five-year-old girl. She was very sick and is as little as a three-year-old. Her health has improved greatly and she is a joy to have around. Two girls, who already experienced much suffering, were in danger of being trafficked by their pimp father. Now at the Father's House, they can just be children and are loved as they are.


We also have two new boys in the family! More and more we realize that even if it means more work and everyone is challenged to ‘go the extra mile’, this is God’s heart: To take in the orphans and the brokenhearted. This decision was confirmed in many ways. One clear sign is that the ‘older’ kids are blooming and growing as big brothers (kuya) and sisters (ate). Our God is the original multiplier – whether in terms of fish, finances or family members!

The Rock

Edwina and Jolito, an older couple, had a deep experience with God and got obviously radically changed. She was delivered from gambling, and when he saw this change in his wife, he also started to believe. They have been walking with the Holy Spirit. This couple is very poor. When he had his birthday, they were sad that there was no money for a small celebration. Their little granddaughter was singing “Nothing is impossible with God” when suddenly there was a knock on the door. A man they did not know was standing there and brought a cake and bread for them! There is literally nothing impossible with God!

School Sponsorship

We are still missing quite a number of school sponsors for our kids at the Father’s House and some others in slum areas. Although it is not that big a cost, when there are almost 30 kids and youth to cover, the total is quite staggering. By sponsoring a child with USD 50 per month for education, you will have a big part in changing the life of a child. Please consider our appeal to be a school sponsor – it would be a tremendous help.

Thank you!

Once again, we as staff, volunteers and kids want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your friendship and support. We constantly thank God for you and pray His blessings over you. You are a very important part of our ministry, our family and our lives!
     
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