S: The Ransoms in The Philippines - 10th Anniversary
FC: Serving in The Philippines | The Ransom Family 2014
1: Februaray 15, 2014 Dear Paul and Diane, Thank you so much for all of your encouragement, prayers and love these many years. It means a lot to us to have our Senior Pastor strongly behind our ministry. We hope you enjoy this book as we are excited to give you a glimpse of all that God has been doing through us in the Philippines. Can you believe that we are now in our tenth year of serving here? We rejoice and praise God, amazed that He would graciously allow us to have even a small part in it all. As you look over each image, we hope that you enjoy seeing the faces of those you are actually helping to reach and bless. Thank you for loving the Filipino people, for all your prayers for them, and for faithfully making it possible for us to serve them. Serving Him in the Philippines, Sean and Jessica Ransom
2: "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 | www.ransomreport.com email@example.com or call us on skype #818-574-6151 Grace Ministries International (818) 909-5700 13248 Roscoe Blvd, Sun Valley, CA 91352
3: The Ransom Family Tenth Anniversary in the Philippines | The Ransoms are Sean and Jessica Kian, Christian, Grace, Tyler, Isabella and Josiah
4: The Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands that combine to form an area no bigger than Arizona. Yet with more than 95 million people, it is the 12th most populated country in the world. There are still tribal groups in remote parts of the country today.
5: Our first few years were reserved for learning Tagalog (the national language). However, we couldn't help but do a little ministry and started a bible study in our home. | We also invited the neighbors over for movie showings of The Jesus Film.
6: Early on, we had various opportunities to serve. At left is a photo of our first church family here in Manila, Crossroads Fellowship. | Sean preached from time to time | Jess discipled a couple of ladies at home | And we enjoyed a wonderful couples group
7: Sean helped to minister to inmates in prison
8: One day, Sean befriended a man who we regularly saw sitting on the rail of a bridge. "Robert" was disabled, and he was always there because he actually LIVED there, in the 3-foot crack between the wall and the bridge. God provided a wheelchair for Robert along with opportunities for us to share the gospel with him.
9: We learned that there were more than 20 different families living under this bridge. We quickly made friends with this little community and prayed for ways to show God's love to them.
10: The Lord provided opportunities to give out free milk, medicine and clothing. Below, our friends listen to a recording of God's Word on the "Proclaimer", an amazing | gadget that works without any batteries!
11: We arranged for a medical and dental outreach to not only care for their immediate needs but also to educate them on hygiene and proper personal care. | Robert and a few others had only a handful of teeth remaining, so they were given a full set of new teeth!
12: We were able to help a little boy named Angelo get his cleft palate repaired and a young man named Jerwin get a prosthetic eye.
13: At the same time, we began holding bible studies right there at the bridge. Many professed faith in Christ and began reading God's word regularly.
14: Our friends from the bridge eventually began attending church services in an old movie theater of a nearby mall. Unable to afford public transit, | some of them would walk an hour each way to get to worship.
15: One couple's newfound faith was clearly genuine. Edwin and Charlyn's lives were transformed and they began serving right away. Edwin gave up his life of alcohol and adultery and got a good job. Charlyn had been involved with drugs but also immediately gave it up as a result of her new faith in Christ. | They formally dedicated their children to God in front of the church . | ... and they opened up their home under the bridge for children's Sunday school lessons.
16: While we were ministering to our friends at the bridge, God was also opening doors to begin the training ministry that we set out to do here. | Since 2007, Sean has been teaching weekly classes in Manila for pastors and ministry leaders. We partnered with key churches who offered their facilities while we trained their leaders. We were blessed to also have ministry leaders from other churches join our classes. The photos on this page were taken at Church of the Triumphant Christ.
18: We also partnered with Christ's Commission Fellowship (CCF) in Alabang, where Sean taught classes for over 5 years.
19: Greenhills Christian Fellowship (GCF) is another of our long-time partners, graciously allowing us to use their classrooms for years.
20: We celebrated our first graduating class in June 2012. S0me of these students had been in our classes for as many as 4 & 5 years while in full time ministry.
21: followed by a great time of worship, food and fellowship | Vincent Greene gave a charge to the graduates, which was
22: In 2009, Manila was hit by the worst flooding in 40 years. We had gone out that morning to watch Christian's volleyball game. The flooding was so sudden that by the time the game was over, we could no longer find a passable route home. We drove through water until 11pm before finally giving up. | The next morning, we drove our car as far as we could and then walked the rest of the way home.
23: There were hundreds of others also trying to make it home.
24: We are blessed to live on higher ground so our own home was not really affected, but some homes were filled to the ceiling. The home in this background photo belonged to a single missionary lady. By God's grace, she was fine, but you can see | Sadly, a great many lives were lost and the property damage was staggering. | how high the water level had actually reached in her home.
25: Our older sons and their high school friends eagerly helped with clean up.
26: Our Friends from the bridge had to weather the storm without the security of having solid walls. | Fortunately, no lives from this community were lost at the time. However, seven homes got washed away. The home you see in the photo above previously had more homes to the left of it and also to the front of it. This background photo shows where the homes once stood.
27: Through the love of folks back home, we were able to help provide some relief goods as well as materials for rebuilding (photo above)
28: Shortly after, Children's Hunger Fund sent us a shipment of food packs and Crocs. We rejoiced when we got thousands of pairs of shoes!
29: We were able to bless not only our friends from the bridge, but several other communities too.
30: To help distribute the rest of the 12,000 pairs of Crocs, we partnered with Compassion International and Greenhills Christian Fellowship, who each have a large network for distribution. GCF was also host to our annual pastor's conferences that was held in association with a ministry called Purpose and Passion. We had national speakers as well as a variety of guests come from the US over the years, including Rick Holland, Scott Ardavanis, Alex Montoya and Doug Bookman.
31: Besides keynote addresses, we scheduled break out sessions on various topics. Sean taught Hermeneutics and Jessica taught a couple of sessions for the ladies.
32: In addition to offering weekly classes in Metro Manila, the ministry of The Expositor's Academy includes bringing biblical training to pastors and ministry leaders who are not able to come to Manila. | The Expositor's Academy is part of the TMAI Association of Schools!
33: Sean has flown to multiple islands throughout the country to help meet this need. The photos on this page are from the Hermeneutics module held on the island of Cebu.
34: Palawan is an island just west of Manila. Weymann Lee from Arizona co-taught the module here with Sean | Weymann Lee
35: Sean and Vincent Greene teamed up to teach pastors in Batangas, a large city on the main island of Luzon (where Manila is). It is about a 3-hour drive South.
36: Davao is on the island of Mindanao. Heritage Baptist Church has been graciously hosting all our modules there. | Allan Luciano
37: Cagayan de Oro is in Northern Mindanao. Erwin Quimboy, one of our graduates who is now on TEA's staff, joined us to teach this module. It is a | blessing to watch one of our own graduates now training others. | Erwin Quimboy
38: Boracay has had many guest teachers join Sean as we have held more than six modules there already. | Chad Dexter | Tim Carns | Jonathan Rourke
39: We even had a Family Conference in which Jessica joined us to teach the pastor's wives. | Jess
40: Ilo Ilo is a city on the island of Panay and is the newest location for our modules. We have had two training modules there since 2012.
41: Outside of class, Sean also regularly mentors a group of men in our home. Recently, he has also started traveling to Davao City on a regular basis to mentor the elders of Soli Deo Gloria Church.
42: Here are a few other opportunities we were privileged to take part in . . . | He also got to take Pastor Erwin to Singapore for the 2012 TMAI Symposium | Sean taught in India on behalf of The Bridge Bible Fellowship (our home church) with Pastor Ryder Kumar. | He got to visit New Zealand when he attended the 2011 Regional TMAI Symposium
43: Jessica serves at Faith Academy, a school for MKs, and got to teach preschool for one school year (2011-12). Mommy enjoyed getting to be Isabella's teacher. | She was also blessed to have completed the requirements for a Certificate in TESOL
44: In 2010,the government forced our friends from the bridge to relocate and their area was cleared out. But God blessed our friends with the opportunity to move into permanent housing. About seven families received it gladly, putting in the "sweat equity" (man-hours in helping to construct the building) required to secure their own units. The other families, however, opted for the "cash allotment" in lieu of the new housing. Within just a few weeks, they had spent all their cash and were once again simply squatting elsewhere. It is interesting
45: to note that the families who took the housing were the same ones who had been the most faithful in our ministry. Perhaps as they were growing in the Lord, they were also growing in their sense of responsibility and now making the right choices. | They now have actual bathrooms with clean running water! | The Cruz Family | Angelo, 2012
46: This was their home before | Now they actually have stairs leading to a loft! Charlyn proudly decorates her new home and it looks great.
47: The Cruz Family continues to use their new home for ministry. They hold bible studies there each week and hosted the last two Christmas parties.
48: We also throw a Christmas party for our students every year in our home. It never fails to be great fun! | 2012 | 2011
49: In 2013, we had a double celebration, combining our Christmas Party with our 2nd Graduation Ceremony. Nine more students graduated in this batch!
50: These recent years, we serve in a church plant with CCF. There were about 70 attending in early 2012, but as of December 2013, there are now close to 300 attending each Sunday morning. | Our weekly Discipleship Group
51: Last but not least, we have our most important ministry: OUR FAMILY !
52: We are so blessed to be able to serve God here in the Philippines. Thank you for helping to make it possible!