Communist Rebel turns to Christ
In one of the areas in the Philippines, they are overwhelmed by rising tensions and violence as religious fanatics and government soldiers battle for a stronghold of Islam in the Philippines. And this is where God’s Word is reaching and transforming the lives of people who are hearing the Gospel for the first time.
It is another three hours’ drive up into the mountains, and at the end of the dirt road the eight hour hike begins to reach the tribal village of the Ata people. This isolated village survives by farming fruits and vegetables, they live in Nipa huts (small shelters constructed of vegetation), bathe in the small rivers nearby, and worship spirits according to their traditions.
“I was one of the first people here that God’s Word reached,” says Lablab, “and as soon as I heard the Gospel in a Project Philip Bible study, I believed.” He quickly adds, “But I had no way of going deeper, I didn’t have a Bible, and I didn’t know how to tell others about my new faith.”
What’s surprising is that Lablab was known and feared in the area. “I was a Commander of the Communist Rebels here,” he confesses, “and I lived a horrible life until the Gospel came to my village. It means a big change in my life, and I paid a price when I surrendered, but today I am free and ready to help others believe the Gospel.”
“The first thing I was able to do after I surrendered was join a church where I received training as a Philip (a Project Philip Bible study leader), and next I started telling people about the Gospel,” Lablab says. “I listened, I asked questions, and I learned.”
Today, the former Commander Lablab is now Pastor Lablab – leading Project Philip Bible studies among the Ata people in this remote area of the Philippines. “To get us the Bibles the people need, it takes hours of hiking, and the help of someone who sees that God’s Word can change me and everyone who believes in this village,” Lablab says.
With your gift today ‘Philips’ like Lablab can use them to teach people how to dig deeper into God’s Word and grow in their faith.
Pray for those in the Philippines who have no hope, that they find God’s redeeming grace.
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