When we arrived in the Philippines, we lived at a discipleship house and were immersed in ministry 24/7. We were taking on the forces of darkness with our throttle wide open! We saw the hand of God vividly and celebrated His work of hope in the lives of the kids we were working with.
With the birth of 2017, the Master Mechanic told us to book some garage time, where He'd be making a few modifications, not a full rebuild, just some adjustments for a sustainable journey, which included learning Filipino culture, history, and language.
Garage time is punctuated by the reward of exploring the neighborhoods and riding the highways of ministry. As we learn Tagalog and culture, we hit the road to try out our new skills. At times, we open up the throttle on the open road of discipleship, and other times, we test drive Tagalog with neighbors and students. The keys to taking on the kingdom of darkness full throttle with the gospel are language, culture, prayer, and a servant's heart. Something to remember is that time spent with the Mechanic working on modifcations is ministry and is equally important as the time spent on the winding mountain roads of discipleship and evangelism.
Garage time is great for building relationships!
God sent us to the Philippines with a purpose and a plan. He knows the travel itinerary, the routes, tolls to be paid, sights to be seen, tune-ups, travel companions, and destinations. With the Bible as our GPS, and the Holy Spirit as our Navigator, we humbly anticipate God's plans for Swanson Mission here in the Philippines. Strap on the helmet of salvation. Turn on the high-beam of the gospel, we're heading out for a midnight ride... full throttle.
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.