ON THE FRONTLINES: The Power of Perspective on Christian Living and Missions
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Moments in Philippine Missions
Dear Prayer partners & friends,
I thank God that you have a heart for the world, specifically
people!! I am greatly encouraged by those who seek to demonstrate
an “others-mentality” in a cross cultural exposure. I have been
personally enriched in the soul by those who place others before
themselves in a diverse setting. I have also been deflated and
astounded by the insensitive and bulldozer mentality! I honestly
thank God for you, that in Christ Jesus; you have a heart for people! 1. The language of love is in offering others our best in Christ.
We are not only called to defend the gospel but to represent Jesus to
a hopeless and diverse world.
A Christian Perspective
This is demonstrated through our commitment to “authentic unity” It
is an awesome reality, that the LORD Jesus can instantly unite
people from various languages and cultural differences to
accomplish His purposes and plans. We just completed a time of
working along side a (Picture 1-2) visiting team from Denmark. The
spirit was beautiful because we were neither Americans nor Danish,
but Christ Followers. We united in His Spirit to exalt the Lord Jesus,
love people deeply and hold firmly to the truth of God‟s word!
I want to begin by taking you, to some dark places in Asia, to an un- 2. The Spirit of Christ reaches people through His people.
reached people lost, abused, and enslaved. This is not an
exaggeration. It is a hidden reality that finds great strength in secrecy
and in silence; it takes focused prayer, along with an intense light to
expose and deliver these young victims in the name of the Lord!
In some areas, due to the prevalence (Picture 3) of poverty; it makes
people very vulnerable to seemingly easy solutions. It is a reality
that woman come into prostitution for various reasons. I will share a
story with you about some women who came into this life by a
choice not of their own. They are used, until unprofitable. No
different than a towel being wrung out, until no moisture remains.
The Deep Need for Jesus‟ Bright Light 3. They willingly chose this life. But a past filled with abuse, hurt, and
While I was in Hong Kong, a pastor and I went to Wan Chai; it is a hopelessness. It’s 3 a.m. and they were touched by the Lord Jesus.
known red-light district that has many young women brought there
under the pretense of a good job awaiting them. They have young
girls from The Philippines, Russia, China, and Thailand. The head
lady is labeled a Mama-san; it is best illustrated (Picture 4) in the
picture, you have the customer = American + the girl = commodity +
the mama-san = Older woman in the back. She is a mean spirited
woman. We talked to a Filipina, a young girl from the Philippines.
“I asked her gently, “Why are you here?” Can you come and go as
you please? Have you been hurt? She just stared at us, sort of
puzzled with tears starting in her eyes; as we explained why we were
there, we also told her that Jesus loves her so much, unconditionally
and accepts her and will rescue her!!! She had tears and said yes I 4. It is a place of emotional, physical, and mental enslavement.
May our Lord equip us, empower us, and embrace them! May
do understand! She left quickly!” --CONTINUED our Lord rescue and restore these young girls to the honor of
Page 1 Jesus Christ! Consider Psalm 10 Pray for the young victims.
The mama-san supervises them, so we are careful not get them hurt
and abused. We do have strategies and are working with the
Authorities. Oh my dear Lord may you hear the cry, gather there
tears and break the arm of this dark oppressive world and set them
free! Consider Psalm 10:8-18 in regard to God‟s counter
perspective to this underworld of darkness and death.
We have experienced a great success in the area of rescuing a
young girl from pimps and the vulnerability of the streets. One
night around 11:30 P.M it was while we were feeding the street
children. We talked with a woman whose job (Picture 5) was to 5. What a wonderful woman of God. A woman of courage while
clean the streets at night. She is a born-again Christian and she under fear. She speaks, while many remain silent. Proverbs 31:8-9
explained to us the situation of these young girls that are suffering
abuses in the brothel/lodge. She explained to us their strategy for
getting young girls. She observes this from working on the streets
at night. Although she was afraid, she is a woman of courage and
loves the Lord deeply.
The young girl named Lannie a 16 yr old girl whom I shared in our
last newsletter; she was abused in the brothel. After that
experience, she really struggled to come off the streets. It was
mostly due to fear and shame; God greatly used Bob, a good friend
of the ministry and now of mine, he is from Chicago and is a
family man with 4 children of his own. The Lord penetrated
(Picture 6-7-8) Lannie‟s heart, as Bob shared with her words of a
father‟s patient love and concern for her life. Lannie‟s heart melted 6. The children leave home and live on the streets for various
and opened up. She is now with us full-time. Please keep her in reasons. They inhale glue to quiet hunger. Glue bottle- upper right
Prayer as it was discovered that she is pregnant. She was
devastated, but with the initiating and unconditional love in Christ
she is doing well and receiving good care in the Lord! She is very
bright and will be going to school in the near future!
We are working with law enforcement and the district attorney to
bring justice for the children and young woman being trafficked
and forced into prostitution. It is a great Victory in the Lord!!!
A Needed Perspective in Missions:
7. Lannie is in the valley of Decision and struggles with coming
"Send us people with initiative, who can carry themselves and off the streets. The tender words of a father entreat her to tears…
others too; such as need to be carried hamper the work and weaken
those who should be spending their strength for the heathen.
Weaklings should be nursed at home! If any have jealousy, pride,
or tale bearing traits lurking about them, do not send them, nor any
who are prone to criticize. Send only Paul‟s and Timothy‟s; men
who are full of zeal, holiness and power. All others are
hindrances. If you send us ten such men the work will be done.
Quantity is nothing; quality is what matters.
„FORWARD EVER; BACKWARD, NEVER!‟”
– C.T. Studd (Missionary to China, India, and Africa)
8. It is a great victory through the Lord! She is a prized treasure
being restored in Christ Jesus.
In the Garbage area ministry, we are working towards creating a
culture of family. We are soon planning a small fire camp out
with them; to develop a strong bond of genuine love. We will
have worship, sharing stories, and the word of God. The children
in our orphanage/refuge are involved in several ministries. It is
an Effective way to offer them an out-let to express their
thankfulness to God! You see Lannie sharing (Picture 9) her
testimony to others at the garbage area ministry! She is sharing
with others the goodness of God through her once tragic
situation. The people were really touched. God is healing the
children by expressing to others His goodness and faithfulness to 9. The children are growing through the experience of sharing their
them! life and testimony in Jesus!
We are going to help the (Picture 10) people living at the garbage
site to develop the land. The soil is incredibly rich and fertile and
mostly undeveloped. You can tell by the flourishing green
acreage. This will help them to eat and profit financially in the
market. They will plant fruit and vegetables for a harvest. It will
be a good source of income and food!
In a leaders (Picture 12) training group, a family man named
Chaffy came to me after and said, “I feel a real burden for
people and to teach them!!” I tell you, the sincerity (Picture 11)
and commitment of Chaffy demands our full commitment to him 10. The people work very hard but lack opportunity. They are a
and to others that follow. I felt such a responsibility at that tender people, with a sincere love for their family.
moment. How do we respond when God starts a small flame in
those around us? God placed a burden within Chaffy that could
not be separated from him! It is a built-in part of a called person
that cannot be separated from who we are. “I asked Chaffy,
Where do you feel called?” He replied, “To people who don‟t
understand God‟s word.” I don‟t know of any greater
responsibility than to develop and ensure that these teachable
men and women fulfill their fullest potential in Christ! They
have begun leading and facilitating small groups. Thank you for
your continued prayer for them.
The Story of Mark: 11. Please Lift Chaffy in prayer as a growing leader and trainer of
I have known Mark for a long time; he is an 18 yr old young others in Christ! He is a good brother with much potential in Christ!
man with a loving mom. She loves him very much. I haven‟t
seen it very often where a mom will come out and look for her
child like she has. I spoke to her one day and she just cried in
regard to his choices in life. As far as I can tell, he didn‟t have a
hard life at home. He did have a temper and always lived on the
edge. We would regularly find him sleeping on sidewalks.
One night we were having a meeting in town regarding the
orphanage/street children‟s ministry. Mark came to the glass and
began to wave and ask for food. I waved to him, signaling in
just a moment. It seemed like a flash of time and I looked up to
see Mark wrestling with the guard. They both had there arms
clutched together and toward the sky, with a gun in the guard‟s 12. We are examining and making observations in 1st Timothy
regarding the development of a Christian leader with solid Biblical
hand and a knife in marks hand.--CONTINUED doctrine. They are “living epistles” in Christ Jesus…
I ran out and grabbed Mark and the knife. We sat him down and
the police were on their way. He said “please help me Jeff.‟ I
would tell him. “Mark, I am sorry but there is nothing I can do!
You can‟t have a knife like this! This will destroy you!” He just
repeated, “Help me help me! Mark there is nothing I can do
buddy!” The police arrived and took him and as he walked to the
car he just stared. I thought at that moment, That God was helping
him, but he doesn‟t realize it! We have shared with him the clear
gospel and provided many opportunities for him to gain freedom.
The police let him out two days later and he was back on the 13. The worship service is a very strong part of the jail ministry.
streets. It was a week or so later that Mark stabbed someone and I Please pray for these men and women and the development of
was told that he died. Mark is (Picture 14) now part of our jail Christian leaders.
ministry and he asked me for a Bible and a bar of soap. So it is
our commitment to provide them. We have defined roles of
responsibility in the jail cells, they are literally cell groups! We
have a worship coordinator, scribe, and group leaders. In all of the
ministries, we have taken a long-sighted approach of developing
leaders. That when the baton is handed to them they may run with
perseverance the race set before them by the Lord.
Jesus‟ Counter Perspective:
1. It‟s not in Living but in Dying
2. It‟s not in being pardoned but in pardoning
3. It‟s not in receiving but in giving
14. Mark is in the black tank top; please continue to pray for Mark
It is completely unnatural to us and impossible for us in and of and His salvation in Christ!
ourselves. Regardless of how long we have been saved and how
gifted we are. We need Jesus deeply and if we deeply need Him!
How much more the world and those who dwell in emotional,
mental and spiritual prisons? He waits for (Jeremiah 23:18) us to
dwell in (Jeremiah 23:22) His council and gain His heart for people.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the
nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
I thank God for you and your
To stand with Jeff Rice in the perspective on the world and
Philippines: also for your friendship, mail,
and participation through prayer
Mail Support to: 15. Please continue to pray for the asst. Warden and his growth
and finances. God is working
CCWC, Missions Department, Attn and development in Jesus. We have met for over a month now.
Rev. David Covic, Sr and you and I are privileged to
6825 Trouble Creek Rd serve in His harvest field!
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Memo: Jeff Rice
Correspondence: Jeff Rice
PFMI P.O Box 37, San Pablo Jeff Rice
City, Laguna 4000, Philippines Psalm 91:2
“Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty
things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
Opportunity’s to participate
Ministry Prayer Needs:
Jail Ministry-for continued favor in the area of unlimited access to the prisoners and
PLEASE pray for the women prisoners as they are not allowed to come to our services.
Due to a new warden for the women; PLEASE Pray her heart would be softened and
impacted in the Lord! Pray for the ass t. warden as we meet for discipleship and that he
would influence those around him and below him.
Hospital Ministry-Please pray for our continued favor with the director as we
move forward in our follow up with patients. Please as we begin to distribute
devotional material to doctors, guards, and staff members. Pray for our
visitation and prayer ministry would
Local Police-We have a credible relationship with the Police dept. They are very open to the
Gospel through the investment of friendship. God has given us an opportunity to go deep with
them in Christ. Please pray for right time and also our discipleship with them. Please also pray
for provision for Bibles them! Pray also for God‟s wisdom and strategy. We have a good
relationship and I am assured that God will work deeply in them and use them greatly!
Anti Human Trafficking-Please pray for the young women and children brought into this
forced prostitution through deception! Pray for precious opportunities and effective strategy‟s to
reach them. Pray for their rescue and restoration of such traumatic experiences. Please pray that
the perpetrators would be brought to justice, repentance and to Christ!
Personal Prayer Needs:
1. God‟s wisdom, God‟s understanding, and spiritual knowledge in Christ in a cross-cultural
2. Good Health and vitality
3. Language assimilation
4. I commit to developing a small booklet to handout that contains my story/testimony and the
gospel message-plan of salvation. Please pray for God‟s favor and creativity to develop it.
5. Unspoken request.
1. Jail Ministry- 360 Bibles = $195 for Prisoners, Guards, and Staff
2. Hospital Ministry- 250 Bibles = $135 for Staff and Doctors
Local Police Force- 200 Bibles = $105 for Police and Staff Workers
3. Anti Human Trafficking/ Child Prostitution-$425 Hidden Camera, Microphone---This has
been approved by the police dept.
4. Garbage Area Outreach-= $200 Seeds for crops including tools
1. Means of transportation-= $3500 A fitted truck/Jeep to travel and carry supplies and