Thank you for considering helping me to minister with Ywam Laguna in the coming year. In January of this year I went on a mission’s trip to the Philippines with some friends from my church and new friends from Singapore and Malaysia. We ministered to the children with Metro World Child at the Smokey Mountain slums and also with Ywam Laguna’s base which is in the middle of three slum areas with Sidewalk Sunday School. We did a short biblical play and some action songs about the Love of Jesus, along with some fun games. We also got to tell our testimony’s and pray for the inmates at three different jails, Marikina City Jail, Rizal Provincial Jail, and Bilibid Prison in the two weeks we were there. You see me and my spiritual brother David Kinder both have been delivered from drug addiction. I was addicted to heroin for 16 years 3 years ago this November. I was freed and delivered by the Grace and Love of God worked through my brothers and sisters at my church. I’ve been living in and helping with my church City Reach Cumberland’s Hope Home since I graduated their nine month faith based program in August of 2015.
We traveled a lot while we were there to the different ministries, and I was honored, humbled, and amazed by the Filipino’s I met along the way. I came to realize that even though a lot of them were very poor (at least in the worlds view) they had such a richness of heart that constantly amazed me. The family or “Pamilya” is so important to the Filipino culture, I seen 20 something’s that just graduated college going to work and spending almost all they made just to feed and put their younger siblings through high school. I have seen so much Joy in spite of what they lacked, and a deep unity from working together to help the “whole” family. I seen Matthew 5:3 AMP
Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
James 2:5 AMP
Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and [as believers to be] heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
I learned and grew so much in my faith while I was there serving the children and helping the Filipino’s minister and teach them about Jesus. I also saw a big need for the Father’s Love. The Filipino father’s to support their family’s have to work up to sixteen hours a day, along with the mother’s having a small restaurant or store at their home. Most of the children had five or six siblings and most of time it was the eldest sister who would bring the younger ones to the Sidewalk Sunday School. I seen all these little ones just yearning for attention and love, my heart broke and I knew Papa God was speaking to me. The first time we visited with Metro at Smokey Mountain to hand out flyers for Sunday School the next day there was this little 5 year old girl Jocelyn who came running up to me and jumped on my back to give me a hug. She was so little for 5 years old and she just wanted to be held, I ended up carrying her the whole day as we walked from house to house, yelling “Sidewalk Sunday School” and handing out our little yellow flyers to so many little hands. I knew why I was there that day and I knew what Papa was putting in my heart for these little ones.
The next day I woke up to my brother David playing guitar and worshiping. He was singing a song about the Father giving His Son so He could have His Children back, and as I listened in my room Papa God spoke to my heart and said “I want you to show the Father’s Love to my children” I couldn’t stop crying and from then on I knew I was coming back. I prayed and asked Papa how and to make a way. The next day I talked to Hannah the Metro director and asked if there was any way I could come back to help, she said there’s a 4 month internship next month and if I could get her the references and other requirements she’d be glad to have me back. I flew back and spoke to my employer who is also my pastor Fred Timbrook and after some time and prayer he agreed with what Papa was calling me to do, he even helped with my plane ticket back. I knew this was going to take a leap of faith, my savings, and my job to do this, but deep down I knew Papa would be there to guide me and protect me, I knew this was from Him. In three weeks I put in my two week notice, packed half my things into three suitcases and the other half into boxes. I said my goodbye’s to my church family and drove to my dad’s and He took me to the airport.
The next 4 months of my life was some of the hardest and most rewarding of my life. I would have given so much more, so much earlier in my walk with Christ if I knew what He could do with a surrendered heart and life. Before I left for the first trip I was in a place in my walk were I was comfortable and blessed but I had this hunger for more, I kept praying to Papa God “I want more of you, I want to be in a place where I can’t survive without you” He definitely answered that prayer in the Philippines. I tell people now that I’m back in the states, “I’m back but I left my heart there” a man told me the other day you found your heart there. I don’t have much but what I have I have is “His” and I want to see how I can partner with Papa and Ywam Laguna in the Philippines to help show the children and youth the Love of the Father this coming year. I talked to the base leader Kuya Ted and he believes I could help with their youth and father’s ministries while I’m volunteering there and I’m praying about taking a DTS (disciple training course) also in the coming year to find and grow more of my strengths in the ministry.
I thank you for prayerfully considering partnering with me in this new path that Papa is taking me down. I’m asking for prayer first and foremost, for strength, guidance, and provision to see this through to where He’s leading me. I’ll also be sending out a newsletter with updates about what Papa is doing there with us in Laguna, if you’d like to receive them please send me an email at:
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Troy Michael Krimes