Friday, November 27, 2009

Information of Ministry

The Philippines – a tropical nation consisting of over 92 million people populating more than 1000 islands.

We are the Eddie Trimble family. Since 1993, we have been ministering in the Philippines on the island furthest south called Mindanao. Although missionaries have spread the gospel there for many years, the Philippines is still very ripe for a harvest of souls. The population growth rate is 1.72%, with more than 84% of Filipinos claiming to be Catholics. The Muslim population lives mostly on the island where we are working. Their numbers are rapidly growing

I was born into a poor family and my parents were unsaved. At the age of 15 I was invited to a church service, where I heard the gospel for the first time. I accepted the Lord as my Savior and started down the pathway of faith. At the age of 16 a Christian family took me into their home and I began to attend a Christian school.

I was called to be a missionary at age 16. After graduating from high school, I attended Oklahoma Baptist College, a ministry of Windsor Hills Baptist Church. It was there I met my wife, Becky. We were married in 1989 and joined BIMI in 1990 as missionaries to the Philippines. I felt God was calling me to the island of Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines.

We completed deputation and arrived in the Philippines in September, 1993. There we attended a Filipino Baptist church in Butuan. We were at that church for a year while we attended language school. We learned Cebuano, one the dialects of the Island of Mindanao.

After completing language school, we moved to Tagloan, which is also a city on Mindanao. There we established a church and stayed there for 7 years, building up the work by personal soul winning and discipling our converts until we had 150 members. In 2001 this work was nationalized when a Filipino pastor was called.

We then moved to Dipolog , assisting Bruce Rice, another missionary, to start a church.

There we helped build the membership with soul winning and discipling our converts. We also helped start a Bible College and both Becky and I were involved in teaching and training the students who attended.

In 2007 we felt the Lord was leading us to begin a new ministry in Davao City. When we arrived we found that Mt. Apo Baptist Church was in need of a pastor. After much prayer and searching for the Lord’s will in this, we sought to become the new pastor of this work.

Mt. Apo Baptist Church has a Bible College in which courses in General Theology, Missions, Christian Ed, and Music Ed are offered. Becky and I both teach in the college. We also have a deaf ministry, discipleship classes for the new converts, Sunday School classes, Jeepney routes to help bring people into our services, soul winning, orchestra, and youth activities. We also offer Daily Vacation Bible School, Deaf Camp, and Youth Camp. On Saturdays our members travel to different locations to offer satellite children’s classes to the children who could not otherwise attend Sunday School.

Our church attendance runs 400 in the Sunday morning services.

Two of our college graduates have started ministries in nearby cities, and one has gone to Korea to serve as a missionary.

Through Faith Promise, the church supports 36 Filipino missionaries.

Our goal for the next five years is to start other churches in the metropolis of Davao, which has a population of 1.8 million people. This will be done through the graduates of our college. We also plan to send out more missionaries.

Being a missionary has taught me that God can use anyone from any background. All you have to do is be willing to serve Him. Is God calling you? Will you consider being a missionary to bring the gospel to those who need Him?

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