Missionaries To Asia
I recently had the privilege and honor of attending services presented by Rev. Billy Taylor, a progressive and very successful missionary to the Island Nation of the Philippines. He graciously granted me a few minutes in his busy schedule for an interview. Though still suffering from jet-lag and becoming reacquainted with the hay fever so prevalent in Pennsylvania at this time of year, he was a very dynamic speaker with a keen interest in how he could serve God through his Missionaries to Asia Ministry.
In this face-to-face interview it was very evident how much Love this man has for Evangelizing to the people of the Philippines. He had returned to the United States to bring his family back for their safety. It seems that the Taliban accomplish training and have active terrorism cells in the Philippines that threaten the life of any individual who looks like an American or is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Osama Bin Laden has managed to establish and fund his Taliban Jihad throughout the world. A poor nation like the Philippines is a prime target for his money and propaganda.
Billy was introduced to the Philippines in 1982, as part of the Christ to the Philippines initiative. After serving faithfully for a couple of years he felt he was being called to begin his own missionary initiative to the Philippines. God provided the financial support Billy needed and he returned to the Philippines.
He started by providing Bible Studies in individual homes. In using this approach, Billy did not pose a threat to the established Church or Philippine Officials. It also provided a more intimate capability for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the local people and allowed him to build a solid foundation at the individual level. These home based Bible Studies evolved into a full-fledged Bible School for the training of the Philippino people to become their own Pastors and Teachers. The first established Bible School was started with only 12 students, with 5 graduating in September 1985.
Feeling the need to expand his missionary service beyond the larger Islands, to the rest of the 1,706 islands of the Philippine Nation, Billy returned to the United States to study for and received his Nautical Captains License. He returned to the Philippines, licensed to Captain up to a 100-ton yacht, and while still doing his Bible Studies, Preaching and Evangelizing he worked with associates to design and build their own vessel, the Felicity Faith, to carry the Gospel to outlying Islands. Even though the Felicity Faith only had one engine and very few supplies, Billy set out to bring the Gospel to the outer islands.
Through the years Billy has learned an effective formula for reaching out to the Philippino people and establishing churches among the Philippine Islands. The standard Missionary approach is to go into an area, teach and preach the Gospel and immediately establish a church. The secret for successful introduction of the Gospel to the Philippine people was one of working with them one-on-one and not to immediately try to establish a church. The basic operating guidelines Billy learned were:
This approach should remind us of how Jesus reached out to the Samaritans. In a story familiar to most Christians is the tale of The woman at the well. Jesus went into Samaria and had a one-on-one Bible Study with one of the local inhabitants, a woman who had come to the community well to get water. Then the woman, a Samaritan, went unto her countrymen and declared the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
John 8: 28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
Today, Missionaries to Asia have expanded to 5 Formal Bible Schools, with 38 staff members, 59 Pastors, 44 Missionaries and more than 200 ministers with 50 churches established throughout the Islands. For the year 2003 their Bible Schools are forecasting a graduation of 132 students. Currently the existing churches, pastor quarters and classrooms consist of huts built from logs and Palm fronds. With the phenomenal growth God is providing, Missionaries to Asia have plans for a second boat and are in desperate need for funds to build 12 permanent Church buildings.
There is an Adopt A Church Program available for you to help support this growing Missionary field. In the United States a standard church building will cost about $120,000. In the Philippines a church building with Pastor quarters and classrooms will only cost $10,000. If you feel led by God or have a Church who would like to help sponsor one of these 12 church buildings, or provide support for the new boat, please send a letter of interest and donation to:
Attn: Adopt A Church Program
Missionaries To Asia
PO Box 471
Berkley Springs, WV 25411
Billy and his family did exactly as Jesus commanded His Disciples:
Luke 9: 3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. 4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
Wont you support them in their service to God? In the Philippines the Missionaries to Asia organization is not allowed to accept or receive funds from within the country. All financial support must come from donations outside of the Philippine Nation. Your support in both prayer and financial areas will be greatly appreciated.
You can contact Rev. Billy Taylor and the Missionaries To Asia organization by visiting their Web Site: http://www.missionaries2asia.org/ or sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May God Guide Your Prayers and Bless Your Efforts in Supporting Our World Evangelism.
Rev. William H. Anderson, 12/26/02
John 17:15 I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. (KJV)