Another graduate for whom I am grateful is Pastor Vincente Gelladula. Like Pastor Lacsao, he trained several men in his nighttime Bible Institute to start churches in the surrounding
villages. Recently God led him to start a full time Bible College. Here is his testimony:
I’ve been working in the town of Lemery for 22 years. Two years ago I started a Bible College. We also have some deaf students. I’ve watched them
struggle; especially with their financial needs, yet they are faithful. Some of our classes have to meet under the bamboo trees because of lack of space.
We have a desire for a library. We have three Scofield Bibles and one Smith Bible dictionary that we all share. We have no tables and chairs and we only
have one guitar so they must take turns practicing with that as well as our one violin. During the recent Pastors & Workers Conference at Iloilo Baptist Church, our students were able
to acquire seven plastic recorders. They took lessons at the music workshop at IBC and we’re so grateful.
We have a dorm for the girls but not the boys. The boys sleep in the church. I know this is a challenge for them and they endure it because they want to
serve God. We are happy to be with them, eating our meals together. We cook together and share our food.
It’s exciting to see them grow in Christ. Please pray for us to reach our goal of 30 students next year!
Here is a testimony of one of the students:
I’m Jessa, 17 years old. Before I was saved I was worldly. My brother, who is a pastor, encouraged me to go to Bible College but I
refused. People who quit studying at Bible College were always complaining that it was hard and they never had enough food or money. I wanted to go to a secular school but no one will
help me with my finances. My brother said he’d help me if I were willing to go to secular school part time and the Bible College part time.
At first I was very homesick but God comforted me and I enjoyed being with the others in the Bible College. I found my schedule at the secular school very
hectic however so I was thinking about quitting Bible College but I realized this was a bad decision. Finally I decided to quit the secular school and go full time to Bible College and I
felt peace—mostly because at that time I truly got saved. My desire now is really to serve God. Sometimes it’s very hot or it’s raining when we teach the children
during Saturday extension classes or when we are fetching them for church. Sometimes we get persecuted but that doesn’t stop
us. We girls are fortunate that we have a dorm because the boys don’t have a dorm.
Most of these Bible schools have very small libraries. For some time I have prayed for these good men to get more books in their libraries. Some Christians in the USA have books they
no longer need or use that would be treasured by Bible students here in the Philippines. We would be willing to pay for shipping if your church has books to send.