Dear Brethren,

God has brought us to the close of another year, and we are thankful for his providences. We wish you the richest blessings in the new year.

Below, we have included a short mission report from Sister Marrah Matarum in Valencia Mindanao, Philippines.

The Comforter is to reveal Himself not in any specified, precise way that man may mark out but in the order of God – in unexpected times and ways that will honor His own name.” - 1888 Materials p.1477.2 (1896)

We were recently blessed when God sent two of His servants, pastor David Sims and Michael Woodward to us here in Mindanao, Philippines. Pastor David was sick when he arrived, but through human weakness the Lord's strength was made perfect. God opened the way for us to attend a camp meeting attended by 75 to 100 people most of whom are in the Seventh-day Adventist community. The messages at the camp were a call to reformation, and alerting them to the agenda of the new world order. We were asked to share at first a message about the mind but by the intervention of God, we were later asked to share on the topic of the Son of God. It created an interest to the degree that he was asked again to talk, this time about the Holy Spirit. The total time for the Godhead message, ended up being about 4 hours including some question and answer time. There were lots of young adults and there were many that received it well. Some asked for pastor David's material to study further. Some spoke individually with us as well. These messages were a testimony to the power of God, as Pastor David was sick, coughing, with a sore throat and hoarse and quiet voice, with a fever of 101 to 102 degrees throughout his presentations, yet the messages were very clearly presented according to the testimony of several, including that of the organizer of the meetings, who had been in the valley of decision concerning the subject of the messages.

After the camp, the Lord also opened the door to share the truth about God with several other individuals. Another individual that has been wavering on the Sabbath because of the “Lunar Sabbath” theory asked us to help him clarify that issue in his mind. The Lord blessed the study and the individual's confusion was cleared up.

The highlight of their visit was when several young people came over to study. One of these had been offered to gods as a child, and it has angered the enemy whenever she has tried to study, and she has had great difficulty focusing, and listening to the Gospel. She needed to hear the simple Gospel. After our study we were filled with joy when this same young person surrendered her heart to Christ.

May God bless you in the coming year.

In the service of God,

Marrah Matarum

We ask for your continued prayers as we seek to follow the Lord's leading for the work here in the Philippines.

Let this new year bring into our hearts stronger resolutions to follow Christ in all aspects of our lives. In the little things as well as in the bigger things.

In the Service of Christ,

David Sims

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:8-17)