May 29, 2024 Motorcycles Reaching Rebels

What do you do when rebel forces have taken over a remote region and are not allowing anyone to enter? How does ministry continue? Pastor Isidro didn’t take “no” for an answer. He asked to speak personally with the notorious rebel leader.

He prayed, “God, please give me courage and the right words to use.” As you can imagine, there are several different ways the meeting could go!

Pastor Isidro is used to dealing with ministry challenges. The majority of his area in the Tudela-Sinacaban District in Misamis Occidental, Philippines, is not accessible by public transportation. He is grateful to the Quiet Hour Ministries donors who provided funding for a motorcycle. This has saved him many days of walking to reach each of the 15 churches in his district. Before having a motorcycle, it was impractical to carry ministry materials and set up regular pastoral visits.

Now, Pastor Isidro can reach the region faster and more frequently—except for the rebel forces blocking entry!

When he met with the rebel leader, Pastor Isidro offered to give him an advance look at everything he would be presenting to the people. Thanks to Pastor Isidro’s persistence and dedication, the rebel leader underwent a conversion experience and was baptized! Praise God!

This opened the way for Pastor Isidro to enter the region and share the story of Jesus with its entire population of approximately 800 people. Now, 300 of those people have accepted the gift of salvation and were baptized!

When asked why he decided to be baptized, the former rebel leader responded, “I found nothing bad in your doctrines. And I found Jesus.” This statement reflects the acceptance and resonance of the gospel message within previously resistant communities, demonstrating the transformative power of the Holy Spirit and Pastor Isidro’s ministry efforts.

Pastor Isidro says that the Quiet Hour Ministries’ motorcycle has significantly enhanced his ministry capabilities. He is now able to reach communities that were previously inaccessible. He says, “The transformative impact of this ministry underscores the invaluable role of motorcycles in advancing the spread of the gospel. Moving forward, continued support for such initiatives will further empower pastors and enhance outreach efforts in underserved regions.”

Will you continue to pray for God’s protection and blessing for gospel workers as they share the gospel?

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

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