Adventist Frontier Missions

Called To Serve

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Kent & Leonda George (Host)


Series Code: AFM

Program Code: AFM000015

00:25 I was hungry, and you fed me.
00:33 I was sick and you ministered to me.
00:39 I was in prison and you visited me.
00:46 Had nothing, and you clothed me.
00:50 You know, when I read that, I said, you know that's going
00:55 to be the final question we're asked. That means
00:57 that we don't just come, and we just sort of baptize
01:01 people and leave.
01:02 We don't just come and hand out clothes and leave.
01:07 What that means is that we come and these people
01:12 become our people.
01:19 People have often asked, "Why are you out there?"
01:23 Certainly, "Why are you out there for so long? We thought
01:26 you were going to go for six years. "
01:29 In our weak moments, we have to ask ourselves
01:32 the same thing.
01:33 But at the core of our reason
01:39 is that we are very,
01:40 very certain that God called
01:44 us to go to the native Palawan,
01:47 and take the gospel to them.
02:32 I'm trying to get a hold of Mailen's husband Gin,
02:37 for a patient we saw last night, a pregnant girl,
02:42 to see how she's doing. They didn't call during the night.
02:57 I don't know if that's him or not. And now we are
03:00 getting ready to go see some other patients way up
03:03 on the mountain.
03:06 There's this lady. She comes up and she says,
03:08 my daughter is really, really sick.
03:10 I mean, we have to get her to the clinic.
03:11 I can't get her there. She's so sick she can't walk.
03:14 She can't do anything. And so, I said, well just a
03:16 minute. Let me check around. I'll find somebody and we will
03:20 We have a bocket - that's like a backpack that you can carry
03:23 people in.
03:24 And so I started asking, and everybody has an excuse.
03:27 I have to work in my field. No, we have to go there...
03:30 We got... everybody... I mean no matter who I ask.
03:32 They said, oh no, that's impossible. We can't do that.
03:35 And I was getting really frustrated, because this
03:37 kid is really sick and they are way in the jungle.
03:39 And finally I said, well, okay, nobody is going to help.
03:43 And I'm going to go up there. I don't know what I can do.
03:47 I don't know if I can get her back.
03:49 We head on up and the trail is just horrible.
03:52 At one point I'm walking along on the edge of a progress -
03:55 it's like where the dirt is fallen away, and I mean,
03:58 one misstep and you're down that thing.
04:02 I finally get there about noon and I go in this little nipa hut
04:07 there's about, oh, six feet by six feet in that little tiny
04:12 nipa hut. There's six children, and four of them are sick.
04:16 and two girls, both teenagers, they're so sick, the one,
04:20 she can't even lift her head up.
04:21 I got the bocket, and I said, okay, well, let's get the girl
04:25 into it. I hope she lives until we get to the clinic.
04:29 And I walk out the door, and there is Meliling.
04:32 Meliling is not a Christian, but he is taking Bible studies.
04:35 And he had heard that we were needing somebody.
04:38 And he had made that hike all the way up there just to help.
04:42 And I thought, man, that is what a Christian is.
04:44 It was so steep. I mean, every step I took I was grabbing for
04:50 something to hold onto because it was just, it was
04:52 just really, really tough. And it was hot, and
04:55 fortunately, Meliling, when it got really bad, he'd take over
04:59 when I was falling too many times. And then I would follow
05:02 and, you know, I would keep asking, is she still alive?
05:05 Anyway, it was three hours. It took us that long to get
05:09 her back to the clinic.
05:10 But her sister was almost as sick as she was.
05:14 Well, the next day, we sent the father back.
05:17 We said, you light a fire when you are ready.
05:21 Then they appraised both of them to see what condition
05:24 they were in, later in the day because they were so sick.
05:29 Turns out that Milka had measles malaria and pneumonia.
05:33 And Tika, she had three different diseases, too.
05:37 Anyway, they were in pretty bad shape. A few days later,
05:41 I was down there to visit them.
05:42 I walk into the hospital, and of course, they are really,
05:46 really shy, especially down there, they are really shy.
05:49 They're real mountain people, so they're much more shy than
05:53 the people around here.
05:54 And I was talking with her mom, and Milka wouldn't look at me
05:59 but toward the end she looked up and she smiled.
06:06 And that one smile was just worth it all.
06:10 It's just knowing that you made a difference.
06:14 She very well could have been dead if we hadn't done anything.
06:20 And so, three hours crawling through jungle with
06:25 somebody on your back...
06:27 One kid, he's a teenager. He's been sick for months
06:31 and months - just the whole body swelling. He couldn't
06:34 even see. His whole body was just huge - big stomach and
06:38 eyes and his face.
06:40 And Mrs. George had been visiting him, and eventually
06:44 sent him out to the hospital. And they found some kidney
06:47 problems, and I'm not sure what else - need to review his chart.
06:51 The clinic is a busy little place.
06:55 patients a year.
07:00 We have the ability, and often do, have patients hooked up
07:04 to IVs. We may have patients with an acute or chronic
07:09 situation where they are needing to be under
07:12 daily care for weeks at a time.
07:14 We have a lot of daily patients as well.
07:16 Often times, 10, 15, 20, sometimes during the
07:20 busy season, in a day. And then, Sundays often
07:23 60, 70 plus patients.
07:26 So when we have in-patients as well, it can be really
07:30 difficult trying to do IVs and meds and taking so
07:33 much time with them and also seeing these daily
07:36 patients that are coming. But they are really good
07:39 experiences.
07:40 Working in the clinic is hard.
07:42 You're giving of yourself all the time.
07:46 And some days, many days, it seems humanly impossible
07:52 to keep up the pace. The demand is huge.
07:55 Other days, fortunately, you get a little reprieve.
07:59 Our medicines are - we mostly get them from Manila.
08:04 The drug suppliers are very expensive. Probably even
08:08 more expensive than the states slightly. But to ship them
08:11 from the states would cost more. As far as where the
08:16 money comes from, basically, all donations.
08:19 They come from donations.
08:21 So this side of the clinic we do med preparations.
08:25 And we keep some of our medications, but it's just
08:28 too small, so we - it doesn't all fit.
08:32 On the other side is the lab
08:35 and procedure room and we also keep some more
08:39 medications in here. Any kind of dental work,
08:43 any kind of minor surgeries we do in here.
08:46 We keep extra medications
08:50 that won't fit in here,
08:53 we keep it in that hut over there,
08:55 which is falling apart.
08:57 We are in the process of building a new clinic
08:59 which is desperately needed.
09:10 The clinic is pulling in patients from all over
09:15 southern Palawan.
09:17 We have people that hike from within the mountains
09:21 six or more hours. Some people half a day or more.
09:25 And we have had people that have hiked further than that.
09:28 They come up, they come up from the lowlands,
09:32 from the coastal areas they'll hike up to our clinic
09:35 because they know they get kind care.
09:38 They get quality care. We try to take their cases
09:43 seriously and do the right thing by them.
09:46 We try to follow up with them. And it's completely free.
09:51 We don't charge them anything.
09:56 There's one old man that they think is about 80 years old.
10:00 And he can't walk anymore. And he's really miserable.
10:06 But it's really cool because he's basically - like last week
10:11 when I went to visit him, I had not seen him for five years.
10:13 He said, when I told him I was praying for him and I wanted
10:17 to pray for him right then, he said, I believe,
10:19 he said, I believe in Jesus. And I said, you know you
10:22 can ask him to help you with your pain, because it's just
10:25 really miserable. Everything is just going wrong with him.
10:30 He really was very receptive. So I'm going to visit him
10:34 again today so I can - I mean, it's mainly like a
10:38 I mean it's a medical visit, but it's more than that.
10:41 We visit him because he - Mrs. George has been visiting
10:44 him in the past. But he's just really lonely and very receptive
10:49 to the gospel. So we're going to go visit him today, too.
10:54 It is through the clinic. It's through the relationships
10:58 that I built when I was the sole caregiver, I think, that has
11:02 laid the foundation for what we do there in people's trust
11:06 in what we do. They know that we are
11:10 not God, that we make mistakes. But that we are there for them
11:14 and that we have a God that is there for them.
11:17 And they trust - they trust us.
11:51 It's bees wax.
11:59 Kensuli was the place where, I mean, it was
12:02 across the river where everybody went to get drunk
12:05 and everything like that. I went to visit there,
12:07 and I didn't really like the place. A couple years later,
12:10 I just felt this - I don't know why, but on Sabbaths, I would go
12:14 there and hold a meeting and it was just horrible
12:17 because there would be people who would come
12:18 to the meetings, but I mean, there would be yelling and
12:21 shouting and screaming, and you wonder... are these guys
12:23 listening? There's one time I stopped in the middle of
12:25 my sermon right in the middle of a sentence cause nobody
12:28 was listening. And nobody even knew the difference.
12:30 You know, every Sabbath I would come home and I would say
12:33 oh man, I don't want to go to Kensuli. I would like to
12:36 sit down and read a book. This is Sabbath!
12:37 I just felt this urge that I needed to go there.
12:40 And I kept going and going and going.
12:42 And over a period of four years, five years, I kept doing that.
12:54 Kensuli is a totally different place now. I often think
12:58 what if I had decided, no, I'm not going to go there.
13:01 I don't feel like going. If I had gone by my feelings,
13:03 what you see there, would have never happened.
13:06 This is Niksun right here. Niksun, how are you?
13:10 This is our first teacher here. He started out the year
13:14 with close to 70 students, and he was the only teacher.
13:18 How old are you?
13:21 He's 17 years old.
13:26 Niksun is another interesting story.
13:30 When we first came,
13:31 he would have been four years old.
13:35 When I was giving Bible studies to my kids, Niksun joined in.
13:40 And they were actually baptized together. And I've had
13:43 opportunity through all these years to nurture Niksun
13:45 and be a mom because he doesn't have a mom.
13:47 His mom died probably when he was eight or nine.
13:51 When we started the school last year, we weren't even
13:54 ready to do it, but we went ahead anyway and we had
13:58 about 30 students. We had Niksun here. I mean, we just
14:02 started out from bare bones scratch, and it grew that year.
14:06 It went really well. And then this year,
14:09 it just went up to 70 students.
14:17 It's been just really exciting to see his growth.
14:21 He started teaching. He also went away to high school for
14:25 one year and has come back. He has natural teaching skills.
14:31 But spiritually, it's been exciting to be able to
14:35 mentor him, watching as he is struggling and
14:38 going down and coming alongside side, and saying, Niksun,
14:42 I want to lift you up to the Lord again.
14:43 And watching him coming back, being on fire, and wanting to
14:49 take that message to his people. And he came to just staying
14:53 over there, a little, tiny room off the school that was built
14:57 over there. There's tens of twenties of them that sleep
15:02 there most every night so that they can have worship with him
15:04 in the evening, worship with him in the morning.
15:07 Then he teaches all day, does literacy training afternoons,
15:11 Bible studies with people, a 17-year-old kid.
15:16 And he was the sole missionary that was over there.
15:19 And watching what that did for him spiritually,
15:23 has been really, really incredible.
15:29 The people here, they couldn't even write their
15:31 own name. They couldn't even sign their own name.
15:34 They couldn't read.
15:35 They didn't know rudimentary math, you know.
15:40 If they went to the lowlands to do business to buy something
15:43 they could get ripped off because nobody was,
15:46 nobody knew that kind of thing.
15:50 "Oba. Iba. Obi. Oboo. "
15:58 "Aboo. Iboo. "
16:00 I can't help but just sit there and watch all the kids.
16:04 It makes me feel so proud of them. It's just so incredible
16:09 to see this happen because a couple of years ago
16:11 this village is where you came to get drunk.
16:14 That was the only thing it was notorious for.
16:17 You get here a 10 o'clock in the morning, everybody was drunk.
16:20 You just, you could plan on it. Now what a change.
16:25 This domain, this land here has become God's land.
16:29 The devil claimed it before, but he is being driven out.
16:32 And it's just so neat to see that happening.
16:40 God has grown everything. I mean, now we have a school
16:44 here that has 30 students. Every morning as I see the
16:47 students walking to school, they're just so happy to
16:51 be going to school. They get two good meals a day.
16:55 And we have an agriculture program.
16:56 And it is through school that they first really got in touch
17:02 with the Lord, became converted, became Adventist,
17:08 and they, in turn, are put to work: teachers, pastors
17:13 nurses aids, whatever.
17:15 What we found out is that you put a Palawano as a teacher
17:20 and it teaches them incredible leadership qualities.
17:24 It teaches them how to preach. It teaches them how
17:27 to teach. It teaches them all sorts of things.
17:30 And so, actually, by putting them in as a teacher,
17:33 it's actually giving them more of an education.
17:36 We mentor them all the time. We're developing materials
17:40 for them to teach from in Palawan.
17:42 Everything is in the Palawan dialect. So our goal
17:45 through the school is to raise up more and more leaders.
17:48 that can go further and further out. We've got
17:52 Niksun in Kensuli. But what about Notorhongan?
17:55 What about the other side of the mountain? We've got more and
17:58 more calls coming from the other side of the mountains
18:01 saying, What about us?
18:08 You know, most people don't think about darkness
18:10 unless we're in it.
18:12 Darkness is a place of shadows and fears,
18:18 of things unknown.
18:20 It's a place where we go to hide.
18:24 A place where we wonder who's out there?
18:27 A place of uncertainty.
18:28 In John chapter 8 verse 12, Jesus declares,
18:32 I am the light of the world.
18:36 So when God steps into the picture, light dispels darkness
18:41 Life destroys death.
18:44 Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.
18:50 Have you ever wondered why the Bible spends so
18:54 much time talking about light and darkness?
18:58 Could it be that behind the veil of darkness are faces?
19:05 Faces of people with hearts and families?
19:08 Faces of people that God loves?
19:13 Jesus said, you are the light of the world.
19:18 Will you go and bring the light
19:21 to the people God loves?
19:40 We're headed to the lowlands. Good trail. We want a day that's
19:45 cloudy and a little rain is nice too, because it keeps you cool.
19:51 When you hike these trails and get to your destination,
19:54 you'll be totally drenched either with sweat or with rain.
19:58 And I prefer rain.
20:01 I put these guys in charge. They're in charge of
20:04 everything while I am gone. They'll make sure
20:07 that everything goes right. Right?
20:13 We got a message through one of our Bible students.
20:17 She was preparing for baptism. She and her husband had
20:22 been in the lowlands. And she came in and she said
20:26 the people in Mollus are really, really interested.
20:31 They want somebody to come down. You know,
20:32 they here all about of our groups going out to other
20:35 villages on the Sabbath afternoons, and they would
20:38 like somebody to come and tell them, too.
20:42 We're like, Mollus? I mean, that's not only down the hill
20:45 that's a drive as well. And apparently, people
20:49 know what goes on in Kamantian. She said,
20:51 they like what's going on in Kamtian.
20:56 People are cleaner, healthier. They're happier, and we know
20:59 it's because of the church. So they want that, too.
21:03 They want to learn about God. So we said, Wow! That's cool.
21:07 It seemed like the opportune time to send a group out
21:11 and from that point on, every Sabbath, we're sending a
21:15 group down. It started out just meeting in somebody's -
21:18 just outside their house, squatting on the dirt.
21:22 But within two weeks they had a nice big porch. And then,
21:26 within a few months, they asked, Could you maybe give us
21:30 some nails? And we will build a church.
21:34 We don't even have a church built in Kamantian.
21:36 We're still meeting in the school.
21:38 We said, sure we can give you nails.
21:40 So they built themselves a little structure there in Mollus
21:44 and it's where they're meeting. 30, 50 people come every
21:47 Sabbath. After about a year, Can we have Bible studies?
21:51 We've just started Bible studies down there. So here they have
21:54 a church - they're already meeting - no baptized members,
21:57 just Bible studies.
22:09 Come to find out, as we were going through
22:12 coming off the mountain, you pass a village,
22:15 go out to the main road, drive down to Mollus.
22:18 So every Sabbath, our truck from Brooks Point was going
22:21 out there, picking up the missionaries that were
22:23 going to go out to Mollus, passing this village.
22:25 The neighbor kids from those villages would just pile in
22:28 the truck. Well, this is cool. Ride in the truck and then
22:30 get to ride back and see another village to boot.
22:32 So they all go in there, week after week, week after week,
22:36 week after week. And Bingbilong, this other village
22:38 says, What about us? Oh, you want one, too?
22:41 Okay. So, stop there. Have a service with them. Then
22:45 they would go on to Mollus, have a service with them,
22:48 get back to the trail head often after dark, and have to hike
22:51 all the way back in the dark. Then call us about 9 o'clock.
22:54 We're back in. Rain or shine,
22:56 that's what they were doing. Eight to nine people going
22:59 out every Sabbath, every Sabbath, every Sabbath,
23:01 mentoring these people. So now, yes, Mollus has built
23:04 themselves a little church and Bingbilong has now said
23:07 Can we some nails? We will build ourselves
23:09 a little church, too.
23:23 Besides the church, we are nurturing three Palawan
23:27 pastors. We're nurturing them to be pastors. At this point
23:30 they call themselves "morinuk" pastors.
23:33 They are very humble, and they don't want to say,
23:36 We are pastors. They are like just like
23:38 pretend pastors. They are like little pastors.
23:41 So we are constantly developing them as leaders,
23:44 freeing them from their culture enough that they are willing
23:48 to go out. We are not trying to westernize them.
23:51 But we don't want them to have that - the tie.
23:54 That they are free to make godly decisions is really
23:58 what it comes down to.
23:59 They're free to leave behind
24:03 the cultural chains of animism.
24:07 To go out into another area,
24:10 minister to people and raise up another church.
24:14 We envision that there will be many, many daughter churches
24:17 that come out of this. We currently have three
24:23 that are actually being developed as churches,
24:26 and then there's other groups that are meeting that our
24:28 members are going to each Sabbath and mentoring.
24:31 It's going to raise up new leaders within those areas
24:34 that will then go further out. And it just repeats itself.
24:37 I mean, we have no end of things that we can do to just
24:43 expand and grow. And, so where it ends, I don't know.
24:48 I don't know. It's in God's hands. It's his baby.
24:51 But it's just exciting to be a part of the whole thing.
24:56 Being a missionary is - I don't know how to say -
25:00 It's kind of like where the rubber meets the road.
25:05 You get right down to what's the purpose of your life?
25:09 And your life is to be of service. Your life is to give
25:13 of yourself. Die to self every day.
25:17 And let Christ live in you and through you.
25:21 And everything that you do is saying whether he is
25:25 there or he's not.
25:27 We don't just come and baptize people and leave.
25:31 We don't just come and hand out some clothes and leave.
25:35 We come, and these people become our people.
25:39 We become one of them. They are our family.
25:43 Of course, you want the best for them.
25:44 Of course, heaven wouldn't be the same if
25:48 they weren't there.
25:52 There is nothing like working for the Lord and being
25:57 beyond your extremity to having to flatly rely on
26:02 God's strength, his wisdom, his grace. And we find
26:08 ourselves in that situation so many times.
26:11 Every day, it's like he says, This is where I want you.
26:16 This is what you need to be doing.
26:17 It isn't always clear what we need to be doing.
26:21 And I don't believe it is for most Christians.
26:25 We live in the fog a lot. But we believe in the light.
26:29 And it's there that God continues to draw us
26:32 forward, draw us forward, draw us forward.
26:34 If you really want to make a difference, just commit
26:39 your total life to God. And just say,
26:42 God, wherever you want me, that's where I want to be.
26:45 And come to a place like this and become one.
26:49 Become one of these people.
28:57 Adventist Frontier Missions - reaching the unreached.


Revised 2014-12-17