Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Isagani Magbaleta in Cebu City asks the following: Why did you choose (originally) Cuba as your mission field? God called me. A “call” is crucial for anybody in full-time Christian service! It is definitely necessary to have a “call” if you are going to serve Him in a place like Cuba. Paul states that he is an “apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…”(Eph.1.1); he also said, I am “called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God (Rom.1.1). Moses, Isaiah and many others were able to stay strong and carry on the work because they knew they “were called” for that specific ministry. I strongly believe that when things get difficult, the assurance that you are called by God for that specific ministry and that specific place will be a rock of hope. What burdened you most? Souls Isagani. C.T. Studd sums it up great - “Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.” How did you win the souls, how did you bring them to Christ and can you please state some differences between here and there? I don't know the differences from where you are - never been to the Philippians. However I can't imagine that they would be that different. We used evangelization cubes, tracts, personal testimonies and videos to bring people to Christ. Most presentations used some form of the Romans Road or variant. I believe if you pray that God will honor your effort (this is the key) and you will see many people accept Christ (this was our experience in Cuba) with any method that honor and glorifies Him. What did you do in the first year of your work? Start 2 Churches - The core of this being National Leadership Training. If I will be a missionary in Cuba . What are the things I should do? If God has called you to Cuba then prepare everyday for that ministry - He will provide the way as long as you stay close to Him through Prayer, Study, Mediation, Memorization and Living His word.