June 25, 2019 Missionary Update | Matthew Stucky

June 25, 2019 Missionary Update | Matthew Stucky



Matthew Stuckey here from Verity Baptist Church Manila just provided you another missionary update and I've have a long list this week so I'm going to be kind of looking down at each of my points to make sure I didn't forget anything but in terms of salvations we had a total of 68 salvations this week and you know there I knocked a lot of tough areas I was at at one area where I knocked the neighborhood for a few hours with nobody saved and I went to another area where I went for a few hours and had one save which is great you know that's awesome but usually you think in the mission field or areas like the Philippines will just get like five safer in that time period then I went out on Saturday for six hours 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and I got four save which hey I'm happy with four saved but I didn't come back with like 14 saves so not everywhere you touch and everything you touch turns to gold out here you know there are areas where you have to work really hard to get people saved and one one misconception people have when it comes to an area like the Philippines when we say it's a more receptive area we're not saying that you know it's that you can just like shorten your gospel presentations and just spend five minutes and get like a dozen people say now you still have to explain everything just as in-depth and probably even more so because people are so confused on the subject of suicide that you have to explain eternal security really in-depth because they're already kind of religious and have false things pounded in their heads and so when it comes to us counting sixty-eight salvations that's from a lot of hours of soul-winning that's probably for more than sixty eight hours of soul-winning you know a lot of hours you know our church goes out soul-winning I talked to a group of twenty kids on Saturday and I counted two of them and you know they all prayed and everything like that but you know if you know I don't want to go overboard counting the numbers because you just don't know unless he can individually ask questions I was really only able to highlight a small group of people and so 68 salvations we're very happy with that that even in some tough areas this week we still did really good as a church because there's a lot of people doing the work and we had 49 people in church on Sunday and so that is great that's our highest total outside of when we had a grand opening in our new building and we had 62 but the next week we had 40 it was just a bit of an anomaly we had like 20 kids show up 20 young kids and it wasn't really you know it was a real number but it wasn't necessarily a sustainable number it was a great Sunday but but this past Sunday we had 49 and we did have five kids that showed up unexpectedly but outside of that you know we just have families there we have you know young singles young couples people that are coming to church and stuff like that and the numbers just been slowly growing people are inviting their friends and family and so it's a good total and we have 60 chairs at our church and so today actually at the mall I purchased thirty more chairs you know prepared ahead of time in case we reached past that total and we have 60 chairs we have a few in the mother-baby room we have some up front and some where people don't normally necessarily sit so we're kind of running thin on chairs and we want to have extra just in case that number goes up and we have up and one thing that was interesting to me is I looked at who was who was there afterwards because we had a big total and I was thinking of a lot of names that weren't there that are kind of regulars are people that come on a you know somewhat basis at least and they weren't there and so I was thinking man if we had everyone we could have really packed that place out so I got 30 more chairs today to prepare ahead of time and you know obviously we have Sunday's that are up and down but you know I just want to be prepared just in case because next week we could have like you know 35 or something we don't know but you know we're starting to get our numbers bigger and really the first few months of the new building we average kind of in the mid 30s low to mid 30s and then these last two months we've kind of averaged you know in the low 40s most weeks we've hit 40 and so we're happy about that and there's ups and downs and so we don't know what will happen we want to be prepared ahead of time so we're excited about that and also besides just buying chairs I'm going to probably buying in an AC unit for the mother baby room kind of a small window unit we do have some pregnant ladies at her church and they're expecting children and you know we want to make it more comfortable for the ladies obviously as the crowd gets bigger it's gonna get hotter in there and this time of year as well so we want to do that and also for you to pray about our school ministry as we're kind of an interesting area because I live in Khe Sahn City our church isn't passing but it's right by the resolve border and so those are three different areas where you submit applications to be able to preach the schools and so we submitted all of them in order to be following up this week to find out if it's been accepted or if it's still kind of on hold and stuff like that and kind of my goal for our school ministry well I hope to be able to just preach on a regular basis at the schools that are nearby and where we might be able to end up getting visitors to church and teach people the Word of God and they can hear the gospel not just once but over and over and they can learn the things of God and hopefully then we can start getting them some of them to come to church but pray about that for us there'll be an exciting opportunity to just kind of have a weekly area to preach at some of the schools and then I do have a couple of personal prayer requests that I'm just gonna kind of not public just private but if you tune into our ministry and everything like that just I have a couple personal prayer requests and I'll probably make mention them here in the next couple months if you want to just pray for me about that and I'd appreciate that and other things going on at our church you know we have our chess tournaments going on and we're down to our final six competitors so it's exciting we got two people in the semifinals and then we got on the the quarterfinals on the other side of the bracket so I'm in the semifinals I survived my first two matches so I'm excited I'm a competitive person I want to win this thing so we might we might livestream the championship match you know we'll see we want both of the competitors in the finals – you know agree – we don't want to put people in a situation where they'd be embarrassed or whatever but we're excited about it and you know the joke has been the winner gets to win a Dorion but that's really just a joke you know I'm not sure what we'll we'll give kind of a prize for the winner we're also gonna be preparing for coming up for a game night maybe next month you know we haven't had one in a little while so it's gonna be exciting this time of year it's tough to do soul winning marathons it is really hot and so maybe kind of fellowship activities this kind of year this time of year would be great and so we've been doing some chest for fun I'm in-between soul winning and then also I just bought emo generals which is kind of a sort of like Filipino chess but not but not quite but it's a Filipino invented game it's a fun game and I'm looking forward to that we're gonna have a game night with lots of different games that people can play in terms of the sermons I preached on Wednesday I preached on yeast shall have tribulation from the book of John John chapter 16 that chapter is not directly dealing with the end times but you can definitely apply it and you know it doesn't make sense to say that you escape tribulation in the end times when that's never been the case that's not God's pattern for how he does things on Sunday I started a four-part series which i think is actually a five-part series now the dark history of the Roman Catholic Church I spoke about the bloodshed and the book of Revelation chapter 17 speaks about it the amount of blood that they poured out on people in the earth and it's very vicious religion and we saw that through the Bible but also throughout history you know it's not the most it's not the most pleasant sermon to hear you know the sermon series when you you hear about all the evil but we have many people at a church that grew up Catholic and I promise you none of them have ever been told the things that I'm preaching in this sermon series because they just shelter from them from that and we live in a day now where we have the internet the news and now we have access to what's happened in the past and you know what I'm gonna make it manifest how wicked this religions been and it's worse than I realized when I studied this religion their history is terrible just a terrible evil wicked call and we're exposing them in this series and it is the religion here in the Philippines of 80% of people and then the other sermon I preached was how to prove a post tribulation rapture and this sermon was not the brilliant point of the sermon was for people that are post-trip to know how they can teach it to somebody else and I gave a systematic approach and I explained what you should start with and how she should explain things and look if you're out there and you're post-trib you have to ask yourself this question if one of your friends who's pre-trib says hey you know I got 30 minutes explain to me why you believe in a post-trib rapture how are you gonna explain to them what are you gonna do what chapters are you gonna go to what arguments are you gonna make what miss confusions are you're gonna get rid of that they might have such as not understanding that the whole 7 years is not tribulation not understanding that the tribulation the wrath of God are different and so you know what how would you explain it to that person and that's something on any topic we need to know how to explain to other people and so in that series or in that sermon I really kind of explained how to prove a post tribulation rapture it's a method I've used before to convert a lot of people and people's eyes were opened and they realized how clear it was but we all need to be aware of not just what we believe but how to actually teach it and so things are going great here this week though my soul when he's probably gonna be a little bit less would you actually have a problem at her building with the pipes down below it's not really with with where we're running out but it does affect us as water is leaking through and so tomorrow morning I'm gonna be down there and so you know went to the mall today to get more chairs toward them I might have to go back later this week to order an a/c unit and at the building unfortunately you have to really stay there to make sure they're getting the job done because a lot of times people gonna be lazy because if they're paid by the day they kind of drag out the work sometimes and it's unfortunate but it is what it is so I'll probably be at the building indecent bit this week I'm hoping they can get through things quickly but I go down there early tomorrow morning so I guess I'll focus on other stuff like preparing sermons maybe in-between while I'm down there I can go so any in the nearby neighborhoods hopefully I will get a chance because I definitely want to be doing some soul winning this week and hopefully they'll fix that soon so I'll pray about that but regardless our church is doing a lot of work a lot of people are soul winning we're still gonna need a lot of people save this week even if my schedule is a little bit out out this week you know even just a little bit difficult for me but things are going great at this church continue to pray for us and down below in the facebook group of BBC Manila I'll mention some exciting stories from this past week it's been an awesome in awesome week this past Sunday was an awesome awesome Sunday's a great time things are going great here continue to pray for a ministry thank you and God bless

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