Recently we were visited by Phil and Esther Walters and Carl Porter, some friends from Australia. The following story is taken from Phil’s blogsite, www.backyardbelievers.wordpress.com
The story of Molong (‘Long’ for short) is one of a gradual journey through traditional style church (youth pastor, worship leader) to traditional style homechurch (doing the same but in a house) to a less structured homechurch (but still based on attending a weekly meeting), to his current passion, simply building a company of disciples for Jesus. While we were with him he coined the phrase ‘The Barkadas of Jesus’ to describe them – a barkada being a wonderful Filipino word referring to a company of friends joined in a common bond of friendship and loyalty. No set meeting times or programs but what he refers to as a life of ‘intention – relational discipleship’, mainly based on reading the Bible, learning to listen to the Spirit and learning how to disciple a friend for Jesus. We did a lot of listening and talking while we were with him but the highlight of our visit was an unintentional demonstration of the ‘barkada’.
It happened when a young recently graduated high school student, Jommy, turned up with his friend Jilian, who he had recently invited to become a disciple of Jesus. Jommy had been discipled two months earlier, beginning with the same invitation, by Albert, who had been discipled by Molong. Albert had baptised Jommy the Saturday before we arrived and now Jommy was ready to baptise Jilian.
So we headed down to the sea to baptise him. Two days later however, the three boys turn up at Molong’s house with a new friend, LouieDan, a not-yet-believer who they were working on. Over lunch the Gospel was explained to LouieDan and an invitation given to become a disciple of Jesus. He was ready, having observed his young friends for some time. An hour later Jilian, baptised only two days earlier, was praying over his friend as he baptised him into Christ.
Later, as we celebrated over Dunkin Donuts, I took the opportunity to quiz the members of this growing Barkada of Jesus about what they had done and how deep was their grasp of the Gospel. Each man impressed me with his grasp of repentance and faith, one of the most articulate being LouieDan. We finished our donuts and the boys hung around for a meal with Molong and Lisa and then headed home.
And three days later we headed back home ourselves, back to our own nation of Australia with a whole new understanding of what Jesus meant when He simply said (my paraphrase),
“Go and preach the Gospel, making disciples, baptising them and teaching them to obey me. And lo I am with you to the end … every day, not mainly on Sundays, not mainly in your meetings, not mainly via the Pastor, but moment by moment, day by day, until I come again.”
Here is a video of the guys explaining the process: