For some years we have been friends with Molong Nacua, who lives just 40 minutes from where the worst of Typhoon Haiyan hit in the Philippines. He’s not exactly a house church guy, but he makes disciples all the time. His new disciples go on to make other disciples and so far they have touched about 600 families, reaching to 14 generations of disciples. They don’t hold meetings; for them, life is one long encounter with Jesus in the company of others. Discipleship is practical, and very reproducible.
We stayed with Molong and his lovely family a few years back. They live simply, as an extended family, always taking in others in need. There were two other families and several single guys living with them when we were there. They looked after us like royalty, giving up their bedroom for us to sleep in, producing delicious meals that we ate out in the open, talking and laughing until late in the evening. They took us to the coast–I’ve never seen such an incredible variety of starfish before or since.
So when we heard about Typhoon Haiyan, we were sure that Molong and his community would be in the thick of things. Sure enough, they were. The community, including the children, spent hours and hours preparing hundreds of grocery sacs of food and water to take to those in need. These they delivered out in the community, visiting different areas, distributing to thousands of people.
As people elsewhere heard the story, they sent them funds that are being used to help provide for those whose lives have been devastated.
The work continues, blessing many whose lives were impacted by the typhoon. Now they are rebuilding homes. And alongside all of this, they continue to make and baptize disciples. Eight were baptized just yesterday!
Molong’s blog on Facebook is worth following to give you an idea of what is going on. His pictures are worth a thousand words.