Soldiering for Christ in the Philippines

April 09, 2013

When Danilo was a teenager, he was recruited as a member of a communist group called the New People´s Army (NPA) in the Philippines. His family was poor, and he didn´t mind carrying a gun if that meant food to eat and clothes to wear.

Life as a soldier, especially on the side opposing the government, failed to fulfill Danilo´s expectations. He did not completely believe in the cause for which he was fighting. Violence and intimidation did not appeal to him.

In 2009 Danilo attended an evangelistic crusade led by a Filipino ministry that partners with Christian Aid Mission. That day the speaker preached a message about God´s unconditional love and forgiveness that pierced his heart.

After the service, Danilo secretly told the preacher he wanted to surrender to the authorities. The evangelist arranged a meeting with an individual he knew in government service and together they accompanied Danilo to the district police office.

The young man was granted amnesty and for the past three years has lived a peaceful existence away from the NPA. He is married now and is a father. His life has been totally transformed since he received Jesus as his Savior and Lord.

Recently Danilo received a water buffalo through a Christian Aid donor who gave a contribution to this indigenous ministry´s livelihood projects. The water buffalo is commonly used in Asian countries as transportation, for towing carts, and to till fields for crop production. Their milk is also good for human consumption with higher protein content than that of dairy cows.

Now Danilo´s family will be assured of daily food to put on the table. The powerful ox-like animal will pull the plow, so Danilo can plant a field of rice to feed his family and sell for income. And the milk will add nourishment to the diet of his two young children, who have been sickly.

“Danilo is fully surrendered to the Lord as a good soldier of Christ. He used to carry all kinds of destructive weapons; now he is carrying a Bible, sharing God´s Word, and he is an example that God can do a miracle like what happened in his life,” said the ministry leader.

“His life is a testament that from living a wretched life, lost and blind, he was found and now can see. Seeing the difference that God made in his life also encourages others to follow the Lord and to turn themselves into the authorities,” he said.

Six more families, like Danilo´s, are waiting to receive water buffaloes. The cost for an adult animal is about $600.