Doing Things Diffrently – how do we respond to typhoon victims differently?

22 11 2013

I love doing things differently. That’s how probably one of the reasons why I put myself into trouble? ūüôā

When it comes to the command to “go and make disciples” to the world, we don’t do ‘discipleship’ to the found. We¬†make disciples to the lost. We don’t lock up people in the room and taught them ‘about’ God, we ‘cast’ them out to the field and taught them¬†‘how to live.’ We don’t create our own¬†‘discipleship materials’ but uses what Father has already created for us to learn. “See, I have told you earthly things and you didn’t get? How much more if I told you heavenly things?” Jesus said to Nicodemus.¬†(Paraphrase, Jn 3:12) “The Kingdom of God is like,….” “Faith is like,…” “If anyone hears my word and does them, I would liken him,…” We do ‘discipleship’ right there on the field, right there in the community where miracles happen. We don’t even call¬†it ‘discipleship’ anymore for when you start explaining and defining¬†things then it becomes complicated.

When it comes about “doing church” we don’t do meetings, we gather¬†as a “family” thus meetings becomes the by-product of our relationships. We don’t do “bible study programs” but we read and discuss the Bible a lot. We don’t do “prayer meetings” but we talk to God with one-another a lot. We live Jesus-Life Together Daily.¬†Thus, making our¬†days full of one-anotherings.

When it comes to¬†“be the church” we change our priorities. We live Acts 2:42-46. We¬†live “from house to house”¬†“shared everything in common”¬†“no buying, no selling but only giving and receiving” “no one is poor among them because they own everything.”

When it comes to giving, we don’t take up an offering. We voluntarily lay down our lives for¬†the sake of the brethren. We don’t pray for a need to be meet. We meet a need. The¬†best way to meet a need is to meet a need.

When¬†it comes to “orphans and widows” we took care of them. We have¬†them¬†among us everyday.

When it comes¬†on “how to handle children” we raise and treat¬†them as our own. Thus, erasing the ‘orphan’ mentality because we have become “hundreds of fathers and mothers” to them.¬†Take notice that a child in the orphanage is an orphan, but an orphan in the family is a child. Thus, we don’t build orphanages as we are not called to do so. We are called to be family with each other. Adopting those who are fatherless and motherless. Thus, eradicating spiritual orphans that are roaming around spiritual orphanages (churches).

And lastly, when it comes to¬†responding differently in this recent typhoon that devastated our country we want to do things differently. Red Cross and other organizations does their own thing by putting up their own names.¬†They have their own place but honestly, even¬†the anti-christ can do that. Watching an end¬†of the world¬†Christian movie “Megiddo” the cast¬†played as¬†anti-Christ¬†told¬†his wife to feed the hungry people and children of the world¬†using all his money. Indeed, he can as he owned the whole world. But, how do we respond differently? Giving food and clothing is not enough, we know better than that. Even building them a decent house won’t do. Well, as my friend Wolfgang Simson wrote to me, “Molong, now you can start as many apostolic hubs as¬†you can. What could be the purpose of wiping out many areas?” I know, we know that¬†he is only joking to make me laugh¬†right?

My heart is to start apostolic hubs around my country. Make “making disciples” a “movement” by unleashing the church to the barangays of the Philippines. Why not? (search ‘apostolic hub’ in google or my site)

When I started doing “house churches”¬†in the year 1999 for 8 years, I was so bored at¬†doing meetings and trainings and I¬†gave up and start from the ‘early church’ way – making disciples. Now,¬†after 4 years we’ve reach up to the 16th generation. We have our stories on our websites, (yes, that’s with “s”), names, photos of baptism, dates, videos are documented for the purpose of helping the next generation to make disciples. Chart is available too of who made who into a disciple of Jesus. I may not have a thousand house churches,¬†but¬†we’re connected to at most 600¬†individual families around the country.

When Felicity Dale wrote to me and ask me “how many ‘families’ should we plan to help?” I said a thousand. And suddenly that was translated into a “Molong has a ‘thousand’ house churches.” Well, I wish. But honestly, I was challenge by it. Who knows¬†what this tragedy would bring? Like the persecutions of the early church followers have pushed them to make disciples more! Can¬†WE really turned this “mess” into a “mass” production of disciples? The early did it first with 3,000 souls in one day. My uncle Victor Choudhrie did a million in¬†over a period of one¬†year in India! But the question remains “how?”

Many of you are so willing to hold the handle and¬†push us like a knife. We’re the tip that’s sharpen enough to penetrate, that means, we make disciples and baptize the person already within 3-6 minutes (see our sites for more stories). Actually, last month there’s 14 people that was made into a disciple, 14 people is not much but you got to know that the¬†one who made these people a disciple is a 2nd¬†generation mother who is widowed that was passed into a 3rd generation and fourth. Last week there’s two baptisms by a 4th generation. Today, a baptism by a 1st and 4th generation. And that is only happening in here. And as normal as ‘making disciples’ happens here spontaneously and around the country, there are numerous of us that does it. Like my recent trip in Butuan that 100 plus was made into a disciple in 4 months by just one couple alone. Another couple is planning to¬†have a “mass baptism” as she calls it that’s happening this month.

As we go and respond to this crises and as you continue pushing us like a knife, remember that our mission is not to feed a hungry tummy for awhile but our goal is to have a long-lasting impact to these affected families by showing Jesus love without strings attach by a group of disciples who doesn’t bear any name except “being” a disciple, and start a “making disciples” movement and establish apostolic hubs around my province, Cebu.

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DO, dont think.

18 11 2013

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Yesterday as we’re on our way to north Cebu, we stop by to a terminal for my teams breakfast, seeing a bakery I wonder if I could add some more breads ready to eat. I ask how much each and negotiate to lower the price and offer to buy it all. I did. A pack of slice bread is about P32 – 37 (about $1) and it can put food on a stomach of 5 members of the family. What a brilliant idea, not heavy to carry, it’s in the plastic already ready to give. So, a part of distribution would be to buy all slice bread packs and hand them over to families.

As you pass along the highway where the eye meets the land at Cebu, people are all over the street having signs or shout at “Help me” and going back to main city they shout “Just some leftovers” or “just some water please.” Broke my heart, what a need for food.

Seeing the big sign going to north written in a mess up plywood and paint saying, “Thank you for helping the typhoon victim” I cried. And going back saying, “Keep it up.” It’s not normally traffic going north, but this time it took us long to go there and back, probably its Sunday and most families and small companies are giving relief goods. Many people, normal people went to help in every way. My heart leaps for them.

I encourage every Filipino to do something, your P2,000 ($50) can get a snack of juice and cookies to 300 starving children. Buy them at La Nueva, and get a friend with a motorbike or a small cab and start giving smiles to kids. Don’t just do a painless alms giving, remember that a slice bread pack feed a family, you know better than that. Get involve, not just give, but also go. It’s only a 2-3 hour drive from the city. Give up your coffee at Bo’s or Starbucks for awhile and take a ride to North Cebu, be on the ground. For goodness sake, at least for once in your life stop watching news and talk, but do something about it. Wanna have compassion to our people? Then get out and be with them.

Jesus did, “when He saw the multitude He feel compassion on them.” He took a chance to make a history, now not just the Bible has been written about Him but also people wrote books. Although it’s sad that while others are on the ground helping, some people wrote books!

We took chance to do things differently, we come as disciple makers¬†while we demonstrate the¬†life of the Kingdom. Just here while disciples were doing-things-together packing food they made disciples. Their unbelieving friends were invited to help the¬†victims and then they ask questions as¬†we live¬†a life that¬†demands it, kingdom living, then they make them disciples. That’s how you make people ready for the Lord: live the life of the Kingdom together daily, that makes them curious and ask questions then when they ask. “Why are you guys doing this? Why are you like this? You are so different.” Then you respond, “Are you interested? Do you really want to know? Then I’m gonna have to make you a disciple first.” And you can start making him into a disciple. So, we¬†have two baptisms the other day then.

Molong with the saints in Cebu.





Stories, Activities, Updates

14 11 2013

I Iive in northern part of Cebu. Half of my province was hit hard as the eye of the storm lands here also. My town wasn’t that bad compared to up north, about 30min drive from where we live it’s where the devastation started to taking place. My dad lives north at Daan bantayan, his house and properties was wiped out that to start all over again is the¬†first thing¬†one can¬†do. Then there are those saints we have around the area and elsewhere like other small islands as we sent disciples to make disciples they we’re very affected too.

We make disciples for years reached up to the 14th generations. All our stories can be found in my sites www.molongnacua.com and other sites that’s link to my site. Have time to scroll them and see how we started living Acts 2:42-47.

Anyway, as an ecclesia we respond by doing anything we could. So we started packing foods, have 300 packs now so far and we aim for 1,000 to help 1,000 saints and their families, at least. Today, we continue packing as foods I order will arrive. Also we sent people to other places to locate them. Like today very early morning at 4 o’clock¬†two disciples went to Ormoc, Leyte¬†to locate one of their families as they have no clear news. And we sent them some monies for that and food to support it. Be praying for their safety now.¬†We also keep sending finances to any extended families that needed helps.¬†Sent two disciples also to check and help my father up north bringing food and whatever. This Saturday is we start distributing what we have. All my family decided to give half of our clothing, towels, slippers, blankets even,¬†etc to help the needy around.

North Cebu is like what you see on¬†the news about¬†Tacloban, it looks like it!¬†Deaths are taking place as well, like one of my uncle’s side¬†down generations were dead. Houses are damaged a lot. It says in news that 98 percent of houses were damaged at north Cebu. Check my fb wall for photos and videos that was taken there by one of the disciples named Albert, when I sent two of them to¬†check on my dad two days after the typhoon they took those videos. (https://www.facebook.com/molong.nacua) Then you see what I just illustrated.¬† Many from Cebu and elsewhere were were shock seeing the videos as none expected it to be hit that hard.

Here are immediate needs. Money to buy food is the first one. I would suggest to be sent it by western union as it’s faster. Second¬†option would be through my paypal account found on my site and third is through bank to bank.

  • For Western Union use this info below: (Use either these names, to keep WU asking questions)

    ROMULOS NACUA or ALBERT PACQUIAO

    PILAPILAN, YATI, LILOAN,

    CEBU, PHILIPPINES 6002

     

    For Paypal, use my email: (Use either these emails to keep paypal withholding it)

    molong.nacua@gmail.com OR albertpacquiao@gmail.com

     

    And for bank to bank use:

    Bank name: UNIONBANK

    Account name: ROMULOS J. NACUA

    Account: 109451245027

    Address: Mandaue city, Cebu, Philippines 6002

    And my cell number if needed is +639237312496

    Take note: If you’re currency is in US$, it is better to send it in dollars, do not exchange it to peso. I will be the one to exchange it here in peso in our rate as it is normally higher. I would gain a peso in every $1 you sent. Example, if you send $50 then I can earn another $1 for that amount. And that savings can purchase 1 kilo of good quality rice goof for 5 Filipino people to have a meal! OK

    Another way to help:

    Second way to help is start collecting clothing, shoes, slippers, toothbrushes, soaps, anything as you meet people everyday share our stories and I am sure they can play their part. There is a way to send it here cheaper in a big box through forex or LBC express. It called BALIKBAYAN BOX, that weight has no limit and anything you can fit in is able.¬†It would reach here 5-6 weeks but it’s okay because it’s not that urgent and immediate compared to food now. As I said, my whole family is deciding to give half of our clothing etc, and other extended families that’s not¬†so affected¬†are happy also to do that.

    Well, this relief activities were not really special to us as many of you know that we are already functioning like this almost everyday! We don’t buy and we don’t sell. We only give and receive. Shared Jesus-Life-Together Daily from house-to-house.¬†We help 13 widows¬†around, orphans, needy saints that are among us, and lastly the poor.

    Some of you might have read this have shared already what you have, I thank you for that. Many who might like to respond if they knew it. As people are inquiring, please share our stories. It’s good to help, we have tasted the joy¬†for quite sometime now.

    Leaving you a quote from Mother Theresa, certainly the hero for this kinds of stuff, she said, “I can do things you cannot do. You can do things I cannot do. But if we work together great things we can do.”

    Molong