We've been working with some wonderful pastors here on Samar Island of the Philippines. Pastor Joey has a big, adventuresome heart that reaches into remote places.
Five years ago a man who was blind from birth experienced God's power and received his sight in a small town two hours upriver from Borongan. It was the start of God opening spiritual eyes to His love and power and his whole family received Jesus into their hearts.
Early morning we climbed into the boat for our ride with filters and a packed lunch. The only way into this area is by boat or helicopter. Since we had no helicopter we opted for the boat ride.
Being the dry season meant we climbed out and walked in three places. We passed quiet, peaceful spots along with other locations where people were busy working. Doing laundry or hefting heavy sacks of gravel from the river bottom or hauling timber downstream to sell. We also saw happy children swimming and playing in the river water. No crocs here.
We reached the village and climbed the 50 feet steep embankment and were told the river rises so high in rainy season the houses are sometimes flooded even there.
We met the barangay captain who helped us distribute filters. The biggest benefit to this distribution besides clean water was helping to strengthen relationships in the community with those who do not know Jesus yet.
Sometimes we get to pray with people to receive Jesus, while other times we plant seeds or water ones already planted.
The kingdom of God is like this, a man scatter seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises – night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows – he doesn't know how. The soil produces a crop by itself – first the blade, then the head, and then the ripe grain on the head. But as soon as the crop is ready, he sends for the sickle, because the harvest has come. Mark 4:26-29