The Philippines is a “hard place” for evangelism, Eric Ogren writes in a column for Charisma News.
In Cebu, the birthplace of Catholicism in the Philippines, residents are starting to become open to the idea of having a relationship with Christ.
"This is one of the hard places in the Philippines in terms of evangelism," said Pastor Trifon Brady. "They're religious in a sense that they're trying to follow religion, but they don't have a relationship with Christ.
"When we talk about Mindanao, which is in the southern part of the country, they've experienced revival. There was a time when Lausanne, they experienced revival. We are still waiting for this place to be really open."
This March, evangelist Will Graham visited Cebu for the Cebu Celebration of Life, a three-day celebration. More than 60,000 attended the celebration.
"When they came forward, I was overjoyed," said Tina Abong of Christ Commission Fellowship.
"God is really a promise keeper. He loves the Philippines, and He's working here right now. I know in my heart that He's working among the children,” she said.
About 9,700 people came forward to make a decision for Christ during the celebration.
"The response brings me joy," Graham said. "I'm seeing a miracle take place. I'm seeing that which was once dead made alive."
Publication date: March 31, 2015
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.