Philippines (MNN) — Gamblers. Drunkards. Extreme Poverty. A slum may be the last place you expect to find Christ.
Yet Operation Mobilization (OM) is celebrating three fruitful years of ministry in a slum area in the Philippines.
Many of the very gamblers and drinkers that used to beleaguer the community have now become believers and even Bible study leaders. Since OM came to the area in 2008, changes have been stirring.
OM began their ministry as a children's outreach. But quickly after the children's program ended, transformed parents were eager to begin a church. The small church grew under the leadership of OM missionaries.
In 2009, Typhoon Ketsana hit the country, wiping out homes and lives across the island nation. Still, even a typhoon could not shake this church. They continued to care for those around them and looked to the next step.
In just three years since its humble beginning, the church has accomplished amazing feats. The congregation now has over 100 members and more attendees. They have built a three-story building and have added a daycare with professional teachers. Now, all the ministry hopes to do is bless others around them.
In three years, a community of gamblers and alcoholics turned into a loving group of Christ-centered citizens. They recently celebrated their three-year anniversary and now look to the future for what else God has for them.
Pray that over the next three years, this small community would grow exponentially, blessing their entire slum, as well as those outside of it.
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