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14 January 2022

Elena is our Discipleship Essentials (DE) champion in the Philippines. She is passionate about discipleship and small groups, as well as growing leaders and church planters. In the fall of 2017, Elena spoke to a group of women at a conference and shared how to start a small group using DE. One of the attendees was Julieta, who took the lessons to heart and tried to apply them in her church. Eventually, Julieta and her husband were commissioned in their home church to start a new ministry.

In 2018, they planted their first church, and in 2019, they had grown to two daughter churches born out of this first church plant! In April of 2021, they dedicated another church. “We praise God, for we have just dedicated the newly-constructed church which we call Life Give Christian Fellowship. This is a product of small groups in homes. As of now, the Lord is continually bringing people to hear his Word,” said Julieta.

Elena sowed the seeds of discipleship and inspired Julieta to do the same. More and more people are coming to faith and joining small groups.

Audrey is a minister at Bacolod City Alliance Church. She attended leadership training with Elena and began running a small group using Discipleship Essentials material. “My husband and I first ran it in our group for couples, but more groups have grown out of it,” Audrey explained. “There are six first-generation small groups that we are running using the material and two second-generation (young people’s) small groups that have started from the original ones that we disciple. Even though a lot of our small groups have moved to Zoom, we still love using the material because, not only is it interactive, it’s also God-focused and Biblically grounded. It’s also easy to lead because of the available leader’s guide and Leadership Essentials materials. My husband and I have been praying for material that would be spiritually deep and interactive. We praise God for TWR and our church district for making this material readily available.

Join us as we thank God for the number of churches, church plants, small groups that are growing in the Philippines. We also pray for those affected by the recent super-typhoon in the Philippines, which has caused widespread destruction and loss of life. We pray for those who have lost loved ones, that they would seek comfort in the Lord.