Talugtug is 3 1/2 miles drive away from Clark Airport, Philippines. It is in the province of Nueva Ecija, which is politically subdivided into 28 barangays.
It has only a population of 20,671 people in 4,168 households. As we entered this small village , we passed by golden brown padi fields that stretches for miles and miles away. Despite the distance, I believe this is one place with the most number of churches, both Catholics & Protestants. Reaching out to them seemed easier than the people from other well-developed nations.
John 4:35 Jesus said, “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white unto harvest …”. The idea that we came as the laborers for the harvest seemed to fit in nicely ha!ha!
Here, the local folks still pump water from the well, they lived in bamboo houses with attap-thatched or zinc roof-top. Most households have at least an acre of padi fields so you will notice that every meals come served with rice. The church in Talugtug is helmed by a young preacher, bro. Mel, a graduate from Four Seas college. Most of the members comprised of family members and are somewhat related to each other through marriage.
Activities carried out:
Revival meeting & Evangelism workshop in progress
Visitation on Wheels
After some personal studies, Arrisol & Jasmine, followed by Rosita & Jenifer the following day had their confessions taken & baptised into the Lord.
As it was the school holiday season, the members children and neighbors’ were curious & eager to see what we were doing there. It must be something new to them. Fortunately some of us came prepared with children’s bible lessons and picture materials. Thats how the children class started initially with 15 kids and expanded to 25 the day before we left. It is our hope and prayer that the Sunday school program will continue to reach out to the neighbourhood. Prov. 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old, he will not depart from it”.
On the last day of the trip, we moved closer to the Clark airport. We got on a Jeepney(a public transport) to get to our hotel. It was one of the most frightening moment of our life. Instead of a 10 minutes ride, we went for a 1/2 hour terror ride, the ride that took use further and further away from our hotel, through dark, narrow back lanes. And after we finally paid double the fare, we were so so relieved to see the jeepney approached the brightly lit streets. In the Philippines “BEWARE OF SCAM” was posted everywhere we went. Dont take this warning lightly!