The Same God

“God is the same God in the Philippines as He is in North America, and He’s working like crazy.”

This is what Jake Elliott learned during the three months that he spent in the Philippines while on TREK. Along with the rest of his team, Jake was working with Pastor Sam Arcano and his family at a new church plant. During this time, Jake discovered the importance of sharing the gospel with others and he got to watch God change the lives of people in the Philippines.

Jessica was one person whose life was transformed by God during this time. Jake first saw Jessica when he attended the funeral of her baby girl. Pastor Sam preached a gospel message at the funeral, and Jessica came to church the next Sunday.

The following Sunday, she started to bring her husband and the rest of her children. And as she continued to attend church, God changed Jessica from a sad, broken lady to a woman who was overflowing with joy!

Each week, Jessica would bring more and more friends with her to church and invite them to join her in the journey of following Jesus. Jessica has not had an easy life, but she has discovered hope, joy, and love in knowing her Saviour and she longs for others to know Him too.

It was exciting for Jake to see how God worked in Jessica’s life and the lives of so many other Filipino people while he was on TREK. Now Jake is looking forward to seeing how God can work through him to reach out to his co-workers in the oil fields of northern British Columbia.

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,that I might sing praises to You and not be silent.O Lord my God, I will give You thanks forever!” – Psalm 30:11-12