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"Pastor Jimmy and Karen are changing lives around the country and around the world."
Dr.Andrew and Karen Bush share what God is doing in Manila, Philippines!
Andrew and Karen began their mission service in Manila, the Philippines in 1987. There they founded Harvesters Christian Ministries, Inc. Today HCF is a thriving network of congregations serving all sectors of Filipino society now ably led by Filipino pastors. One of the most notable of the congregations is in the depressed inner-city area of Tondo. Andrew gives oversight to these congregations, working with the pastors to make their ministries more effective. Again, Karen, provides therapy to the women in the churches.
Andrew and Karen encourage Christians to embrace Jesus' command to love one's neighbors in whatever context they live.
The best part of my (Andrew) role as Senior Pastor in the Philippines has been to watch brothers and sisters grow in ministry and become fruitful. And it has been a great honor to learn from the grace the Lord has given them in ministry. We have been honored to work alongside brothers and sisters in difficult situations and see what the Lord can do in what seems to be impossible circumstances.
In the Philippines, our ministry is expanding. Recently we were able to complete a new building in the deep slums of Manila for our Harvesters Christian Fellowship congregation. This congregation met for 20 years in a rusty tin shack but nevertheless planted new congregations, conducted medical and dental clinics, weekly prison ministry, and a daily pre-school and feeding program. This Sunday, December 8, 2019, they are celebrating their 24th anniversary in their new building. They have made a huge impact in their community, leading many to the Lord, giving people hope for a better future, etc. One young man who was living in the street – rejected by his mother, was a drug addict, and was allowed to live in the church building. Jonathan came to the Lord, is on the worship team, and has now finished college!!
(Taken December 2019: The church in the slums of Manila had a Christmas party for 500 kids in the slums of Tondo where many of the children are homeless. It was on an outdoor basketball court, and every child received a gift!)
Pray also for our churches in the Philippines that they will have an abundant new year.
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