Thursday, August 18, 2011

An Appeal For Partners

Dave and Debbie Johnson
Assemblies of God Missionaries to the Philippines
 (616) 558-1889

August 18, 2011

Dear Friends,   

For many years now Debbie and I have been serving with the Assemblies of God World Missions in the Philippines.  For some time now, we have been home itinerating and plan to return to the Philippines in late September 2011.  Our vision is to share the gospel with all of the four to five million Filipinos in the Bicol region of the Philippines where we live and plant a church within walking distance of every one of them. Raising up and training Filipinos to accomplish this vision is at the core of our strategy. For more information on our ministry, please visit  Among other things, you can download a copy of our latest ministry video and get a copy of our bio-data.

Our vision is two pronged.

First, direct evangelism.  Over the last 17 years we have conducted approximately 700 evangelistic crusades in conjunction with local churches.  Many new churches have been planted and others have seen increased attendance at either church services or Bible studies.  We conduct about 45-50 outreaches every year, each crusade lasting three nights.  Except for Debbie and me, all members of the team are Filipinos, as are all of the pastors with whom we work. While the Filipino churches do partner with us in sharing the expenses of this ministry by shouldering the expenses over the dollar figure given above, the nature of this type of work is finance intensive and more help is needed.

Second, in 2007 God gave Debbie a vision to plant house churches.  Working hand-in-hand with Filipino church leaders in our region and one other missionary couple from another organization, three house church planting schools were started and about 12 house churches were started.  Today, this movement has grown to include 15 house church planting schools and at least 191 house churches have been started.  The possibilities for expansion are almost limitless.  God’s blessing on this effort is obvious, and we are anxious to see this movement grow. We foresee the need for expanding the level of training and are excited about participating in it.    

I am writing today to ask for your help.  First, your prayers.  I have taken the liberty to add your name to our email list, which we use for sending out prayer requests.  If you do not wish to receive it, please let me know.  Second, we also send prayer requests over Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin, and you can easily find me there. 

Second, we need financial support.  Our deadline is August 31, 2011.  Here are the details of what we still need:

Monthly Support Still Needed:  $801.32

Cash Still Needed:

General Cash Budget: Completed!

Evangelistic Crusades: $28,000.00

House Church Planting:  $5,000.00                  

Cash Reserve Fund: $8,011.00            

If you can commit to monthly support, you can download a pledge for from our website,, fill it out, and follow the instructions given for sending it in.  Your CASH offerings can be sent to AGWM
1445 Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO, 65802
, designated for Dave and Debbie Johnson, Philippines, acct 2256006, or you can donate online at

If you have any questions, please feel free to call on my cellphone at (616) 558-1889.

Thanks considering partnering with us,

Dave and Debbie Johnson

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