An Appeal For Help
By Dr. Dave Johnson
Assemblies of God Missionary to the
Many, if not most, Filipinos are deeply involved in idolatry, witchcraft, and other occult practices that enslave them to Satan. Virtually every community has an annual fiesta and procession in honor of their patron saint, not God, whom they believe sends rain and protects them from pestilence and natural disasters.
Thousands of witches and warlocks dot the landscape. In just a few weeks, millions will go to the gravesites of their ancestors and leave offerings or light candles for the spirits of the dead that, they believe, return annually to their graves. Untold numbers consult fortune tellers to make life’s major decisions. Television programs and comic books galore portray various spirits and demons impacting the daily lives of the characters involved. Local folklore is replete with tales of ghosts and goblins—stories many parents routinely tell their children to make them behave. Consequently, most Filipinos live in dread of the spirit world and try to protect themselves with various kinds of amulets and charms.
Over 400 years of Roman Catholicism and 100 years of Protestant Christianity, with the possible exception of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, have failed to seriously impact the animistic worldview that undergirds these practices. But thank God that the Bible has the answers to all of these issues. Jesus said “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 NKJV). My heart yearns for Filipinos to experience this freedom. The Bible, especially the New Testament is replete with teaching about what God has done, through sending Jesus to the Cross, to set people free.
The most fundamental need is to disciple Filipinos regarding the truth about the spirit world. Unfortunately, very little literature, apart from the Bible itself, has been produced within the Filipino cultural context to help do this.
I want to change that.
I am in the final processes of writing a book, which has been reviewed by a theological expert, that will offer solid biblical, Pentecostal, teaching that is designed to help lead people out of Satanic bondage and into God’s marvelous liberty.
But I need your help.
I need to raise $3,000.00 immediately to cover the initial cost of publishing the first 500 copies of this book. Your special offering in any amount would be appreciated. Here’s how you can help. (1) You can give through our website, www.daveanddebbiejohnson.com or through the website of the Assemblies of God World Missions, www.worldmissions.ag.org (note that on the AGWM website you will need to search for our name in the missionary directory first). (2) You can also send your gift through your church, if you attend an Assemblies of God church in
. (3) You can send it directly to our account. Make your check out to Assemblies of God World Missions and, in the memo line, write Dave and Debbie Johnson— America , account 225600 class 88, and send it to AGWM Philippines 1445 Boonville Ave Springfield MO 65802. If you can give, please also let me know by email at dave.johnson.agmd.org and let me know how much you are sending so that I can be prepared. If you aren’t supporting us regularly and would be able to do, we would appreciate it. We could certainly use the help.
Thank you so much for giving so that Filipinos can be set free to serve a risen and all-powerful Savior, Jesus Christ.
PS If more than $3,000.00 comes in, I will either print more copies or hold the excess in reserve for future books that I plan to write on these subjects.
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Copyright 2012 Dr. Dave Johnson