This ministry trip was specifically to visit the BuildHope Houses we had contributed to, for families who lost their homes when Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through Tacloban on 8 Nov 2013. [Read “Houses for the People of Tanauan Leyte: Ministry Trip 22-26 Jan 2015”]
Since I would be there, I offered to serve the people of Jesus Our Refuge AG Church through a one-day seminar. After reading about the Awakening Event in Davao, Ptr Joel Lerios requested for me to share the message of Archippus Awakening in Tanauan Leyte. The title of the seminar was thus aptly entitled, “AWAKENED. ALIGNED. ASSIGNED.”
The three sessions were neatly divided into the messages of “Awakened”, “Aligned” and “Assigned”. I took time to introduce Archippus Awakening and then to develop each point. It was so encouraging to see the people respond so positively and readily. During the breakout time, the cell leaders facilitated the discussions. I was overwhelmed by their testimonies later as each shared how they had been stirred, challenged and awakened! At the next session, more shared that they desired to be aligned that they may be assigned for the purpose of God and His kingdom.
Ptr Joel affirmed the message of Archippus Awakening and was thankful that it helped his members understand their roles and assignments more clearly. As a kingdom leader, Ptr Joel is ready to raise and release Archippuses that they may be faithful and effective wherever God sends them.
Like my experience in Kidapawan City, I am excited that Archippus Awakening has been declared in a little town of Tanauan, tucked in storm-battered Tacloban. I am reminded of our Lord and Saviour Jesus, born in the little town of Bethlehem and later labelled as a Nazarene. Even his would-be disciple asked, “Can any good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46)
That’s what Archippus Awakening is all about! Archippuses are almost anonymous and yet known and called by name. For sure, God will use the weak to show Himself strong; He will use the foolish to confound the wise! I believe that the seeds have been sown in Tanauan, Leyte. And from this place, God will raise up mighty men and women for His end-time kingdom purposes. Amen!