God sent His Son, They called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow!
(even the Coronavirus crisis)
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know who holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives!
Gloria & Bill Gaither
EASTER time brings back memories in the Philippines I witnessed many years ago. The road leading to a barrio outside of Manila was lined with milling crowds. My late husband, Marvin, and I were offering Gospel tracts. The Filipinos graciously received them with a smile and nod of thanks. A few would even engage briefly as we would share that through horrendous suffering and pain, Jesus fully paid the price for our sins, once and for all, by shedding His own blood—taking our place which we deserved.
What we and the crowds were witnessing was heart-wrenching! A man was staggering down the street in the tropical heat with one or two taking turns beating on his back with a “whip of nine tails” embedded with pieces of glass. Before starting, he would have his back pricked with glass to get the blood flowing. More men followed the bloody road believing they were showing deep devotion to God. Each year, several men would promise God if He would answer a crisis prayer or forgive a sin, they’d do this during Holy Week. Some did it every year. At the barrio, at least one would actually be placed on a cross with arms tied to the cross bar and left a few minutes. Then they would go jump into the ocean to wash up! What Good News we could share:
“What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
Many of over 250 ACTION missionaries share that same good news in over 25 countries during the Holy Week. Let’s pray hundreds will receive Jesus during this fearful, vulnerable crisis time around the globe—even, across our street! Sadly, my trip with my co-worker to represent ACTION at BIOLA and The Master’s College mid-March was cancelled.
With deep appreciation I thank you, Alderwood friends, for your caring hearts, prayers and support.
Sara and co-missionary Jenny enjoy representing ACTION during Mission’s week in colleges and MissionFests.