Mindanao Mission Highlights

A Taxi Convert 

Thank God for:

  • 689 that prayed the sinner’s prayer with us.
  • Testimonies of healing, including deafness, partial blindness, paralysis, inability to speak, demon oppression and lots more
  • Personal growth on my part (and other wonderful workers) in being used in hands-on ministry and growth in personal spiritual development.
  • Mostly rain-free evangelistic events
  • A follow up red-hot revival in a local church and diligent house-to-house visitation of new converts.
  • Physical improvements on the church
  • Credibility and authenticity among the locals for delivering on commitments

MORE PRAYER NEEDED FOR:

  • Wisdom and diligence for this local church setting up Bible studies for the new converts throughout the area.
  • My speaking tonight for the revival
  • The trip I am making to Chaing Mai, Thailand and to the Karen tribal village church.
  • The persecuted Burmese who are fleeing to that general area. Concerning this, anyone who wants first-hand updates from my missionary daughter Rachel whom I will be visiting when I go there.
  • Pray for Rachel to cope with and minister to the devastation in people’s lives, a devastation caused by political upheavals and sin.
  • Pray that I will find immediate rapport, especially with these highlanders of Thailand.
  • Pray that my background in the hills of rural Tennessee will help be put to good use in understanding and bonding with the people.
  • For my continued growth and understanding of how to play my part in mobilizing workers for the remaining 10,000 unreached people groups.

God bless you. Thank you for praying.

David Snodderly
Mission Mobilizer

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!   For many people thanksgiving is about turkey, sweet yams, cranberry, stuffing, gatherings and vacation trips.  But for me it is that time of the year to recount all my blessings irregardless of how my year has been.

First and foremost, I thank the good Lord for His love that saved me from my sins guaranteeing me eternal life w/Him through His son Jesus.  For all the blessings of family and friends, successes and failures that has caused me to learn and grow, the challenges that built my endurance and strength stretching me to points where I thought I could no longer take it.

The peace, faith and confidence in my heart despite of all the unknowns, pains and uncertainties because of God’s known love for me and good plans that He has for me and His promise that all things will work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

For all the things that I didn’t have or failed to have because God knows what could have gotten me off the course He had intended for me.  For all the things that He spared me from.  For all the new things happening in my life now that I’m here in the Philippines, the new opportunities to grow, to enjoy and treasure.  The new people to know, share with and enjoy and the old friends to love, serve and treasure.  For the air I breathe, the eyes to see, the mouth to speak and eat, the nose to smell, the ears to hear, the hands to touch, hug and hold, the feet to walk and take you to places you love and adore.

Each day we wake up to is a grace from God.  An opportunity to correct our wrongs, step out in faith to discover things in you  that you haven’t known.  A chance to discover,use and enhance all the gifting’s and talents that God has given you to bless others.  And the list goes on and on that a day of thanksgiving is not even enough to write down all the that we could be thankful for.

Discontentment in life comes when our focus shifts on the things we have to what we don’t have.  Let us not allow our unfulfilled desires to make us forget God’s gifts of life, food, health, work, friends and loved ones.  We don’t need to have more to be thankful, we just need to be more thankful.  In saying that, I say thank you for being in my life . . . as family or like family, as a friend.  Thank you for the love and support and all the times shared.  They will always be my priceless possession that will be treasured in my heart and mind until my last breath.

So I hope and pray as we gather around the table this Thanksgiving, may we all take the time to express our thanks to the Lord and one another whether through prayers, hugs, kisses, serving, gifts or even verbalizing specifically what you are grateful for.  Let us not only practice it once a year but let it be a lifestyle of having the attitude of gratitude.

Love you all!

Jojo Jose

Having a Thankful Heart

It is that time of the year when we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Although I am writing this 2 days ahead of Thanksgiving Day celebration here in USA, I am just filled with gratitude for what the Lord has done in my life – spiritually and emotionally. 

I believe this is also one of the reasons why America is so blessed.  I may be mistaken, but I believe US and Canada are the two countries that I know of that celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  Canada celebrates theirs on the second Monday of October, while we celebrate them on the fourth Thursday of November.  It is a tradition that was initiated by the English settlers at Berkely Hundred in Virginia and Plymouth Colony settlers in Massachusetts in the 17th century.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, it should not be a one day event only.  I believe that having a thankful heart and showing gratitude to God is part of our daily lives, as prayer and worship should be.  Having a thankful heart to the Lord, brings us closer to Him.  Yes, sometimes the trials that He gives us can be unbearable, but if we maintain an attitude of gratitude as part of our selves, somehow the weight of that load is lifted from us. 

We worship God acknowledging the Giver of life.  We pray to God establishing the source of our strength.  We thank God for His gift of our redemption – Jesus Christ.

At this time, I would like to invite everyone to comment/write about what you’re thankful for in your life.  In this special time of the year, let your thanks be read.

What are you thankful for?

Mindanao Outreach – 9

Thank you for the overwhelming response when I asked people to write me back about the last letter I sent.  Your encouragement means more than you can imagine.  I try to send a personal reply to each letter I get back.

I thank you for praying.  Our Friday night outreach was rained out, so we had Saturday night and Sunday night to bring closure and re-direct the attention of the crowd toward the local church.  God gave us a virtually rain-free night for both services.  I was able to preach the final rally, and God gave us a great anointing to sing and preach.  Rejoice with me in the afterglow of the outreach, with a total of 689 who prayed the sinner’s prayer and we got written follow up records on.

We are meeting in a local church, inviting the people there.  We met with the Pastor this morning in order to help him with conserving the “fruit.”  Please pray for this process which is fraught with many things that can go wrong if the congregation doesn’t catch the vision to sponsor a grid of Bible studies for the new converts throughout the city.  This is important.

If you wish to look at all these reports I have given, they are all online courtesy of Brother George  Manlangit at http://ourprayerlife.com/   Just double clicking on the link should take you there.

OK, there’s a lot more to say, but just suffice it to say that we should give God glory for his marvelous work.

Your Brother in Christ,
David Snodderly

Mindanao Outreach – 8

I am so happy to give you a report on answered prayer.  Even though the trials of weather conditions have exercised our faith and patience, God is faithful to give results.  I preached under a taxi shed yesterday to whoever would hear while the rain fell.  Twelve precious people who listened from their doorstops or operated a motorcycle taxi (captive audience) prayed the sinner’s prayer and received personal follow up counseling from our workers.  I feel like a spectacle at times, but it’s not about me. I preach tonight for the open air event, the closing night.  We are well over six hundred in the number of “new babies” to follow up on.  Next week is revival in a walking-distance church and further setting up of a area-wide grid of Bible studies for those who prayed with us.  I’d appreciate further prayer.  If you get a chance to write a response to let me know you’re praying, please do so.  It is very encouraging. Anyone who does not want to be on the list of receivers of this, just let me know.

In Christ’s love,
David Snodderly

Mindanao Outreach – 7

I’m writing you wearing damp clothes.  I want to thank the Lord for holding off the rain until tonight.  But tonight the rain started before the service while people assembled for the outdoor rally.  It being a fairly gentle drizzle of rain, we first tried to hold a certain amount of the service, but as the rain continued, we finally decided the wise thing was to give a brief altar service and dismiss the people to come back tomorrow night (I hope I have your prayers for tomorrow night Friday here because I’ll be preaching the evangelistic message.  You don’t need to pray this Sunday morning at 4 a.m.  I got that WAY wrong-call that mistake jet lag or cultural disorientation; it’s less embarrassing.  The time I will be preaching is 4 a.m. Friday for people on the West Coast of the U.S.A., 7 a.m. Friday for the East Coast).  I am wet but not defeated because people (I really don’t know how many at this point) prayed the sinner’s prayer with us.  Before this service there were 569 who had prayed the sinner’s prayer and signed a card for being further followed up on.  Please pray against the rain for tomorrow and the next night.

We left at 6:30 a.m. today with sound equipment and the whole team in order to sing for and speak to a high school of several hundred students with a moral values message: deciding against drugs and for God.  Our team of about fifty were able to give testimonies and sing.  I gave a high-spirited and “in your face” rendition of my now signature song, “Crazy for Love” (the students clapped, cheered and even sang the last chorus with me) and Missionary-Evangelist Gerald Johnson gave a moving, relevant and right-on message of how to fulfill one’s destiny God’s way.  The kids apparently loved it, and the response was overwhelming.  Many prayed the sinner’s prayer.

Now pray for the immense effort required to follow up on all our “new babies” spiritually speaking.  There are two more nights of powerful evangelistic outreach. Last night a man who came forward for prayer was healed of a large goiter on the side of his neck.  Before that service I recorded an elderly pastor who is here to help out with the evangelism and discipleship.  I recorded his singing of an outrageously gorgeous song the Lord had taught him in his village church (I get tears in my eyes and goose bumps just thinking back on the anointing on his song.  Thinking back on all these activities with the team, I think the thing God is teaching me the most is how he can use the most humble of servants to do powerful, eternally impactful actions. . . from the youngest member of our team to the eldest, and even a guy who is known for being “Crazy for (God’s) Love.”  Some of the lyrics are below.

God is so awesome.  People are so in need of Him.  We’ve got to reach them.  He deserves our best effort for his glory to be known among the nations.  That’s what it comes down to. Please pray.

Love and prayers from “Crazy David”
David Snodderly

Mindanao Outreach – 6

What a friend we have in Jesus!

He is holding the rain away, this afternoon even the rain clouds.  Every rally has been rain free, even though it rains in between some.  This is Wednesday afternoon after starting last Saturday evening, and we are rejoicing in 237 people who have prayed the sinner’s prayer with us.  Now to keep bearing down on making disciples of these.  Beside following up on all who make decisions with further help, this morning we met with the pastor of the local church we are working with.  Brother Johnson gave him his experience with zoning a city to have leaders over every zone that give care and Bible studies to our “new babies.”  Pray for Pastor Jerry to have wisdom about how to put this into practice.  Sunday will be the last day of the outdoor rallies, and we move then into the local church for a revival for a week.  I am excited about being the evening rally speaker for Friday night (about about 4 a.m. Pacific time or 7 a.m Eastern Standard Time on Sunday morning for you who can be up to pray at that time (write me if you did. I promise a personal reply). Please pray for the anointing and compassion of the Lord as I speak to these dear people.  A recent bomb that purportedly killed four (?) congressmen of the country.  How fragile is life, how dear, and how we need to work while people still live and can hear the Gospel.

In Christian love,

David Snodderly

Mindanao Outreach – 5

It poured down rain all night with lightning and thunder where we are working, and the outdoor evangelistic event looked like it could be rained on, but the rain held off for the service.  Thanks for your prayers.  It is God’s time for this place; I’m convinced of that.  I preached tonight with much energy and conviction, and it looked like the whole crowd came forward, with a few that hung back.  Pray for God to keep this tide of spiritual victory rolling.

God is able.  But we must keep praying.  We are on Triple Red security alert in this area, and our organization’s security director told me after I preached, he was staying alert for any suspicious packages or containers showing up at our event.  If you will please cover us with a blanket of prayer protection.  Visitation in the homes and discipling the new converts starts tomorrow for over a hundred new spiritual “babies.”  Praise the Lord!

David Snodderly

Mindanao Outreach – 4

It’s Sunday morning here, and in a few moments it’s off to church. Last night was the first night of the open air event and 39 precious people decided to take Jesus up on his offer of eternal life. The same decision was made by an even larger number in the street meetings the teams held. (They are all being followed up on). The evening event: I was in a drama and sang my signature song “Crazy for Love” in the evening event. God’s power is so evident! I prayed for a woman with cancer and she testified that she could feel God touch her.

Tonight at 7 p.m. I will be the speaker. Pray for a great anointing and many people to make decisions to follow him. I am very excited about God making the rain stay away due to His goodness and your prayers. Please keep praying. Running for Jesus,

David Snodderly

Mindanao Outreach – 3

Thank you for praying. The rain came down all around our schedule, but not during the time we needed to minister. The worker’s spiritual refreshing night that precedes the main evangelistic effort; the Holy Spirit Night was very powerful. Wave after wave of the powerful presence of God filled that humble church building, and we worshiped with grateful and warmed hearts. Tonight starts the main event. Then the night after that I preach. This will be about 4 a.m. Saturday morning, Pacific Coast time (California), so if anyone is up praying at that time, please remember me!

Pray for the rain to not interfere with our activities. Pray for the mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit to meet the needs of this place.

– David Snodderly