Heaven’s Window – Take a Look

Posted: April 21, 2011 in Author - Kathy Bohlin, Philippines
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What you are about to read is a supernatural encounter with the living God.  It was a “Heavenly Experience.”  Come with me to Catigbian, Bohol, Philippine Islands.  I made a supernatural visit there yesterday.  As I examined Catigbian in some detail from my perch, words flooded my mind like peace, simplicity, rest, uncontaminated, Eden.

A series of things happened yesterday that drew my attention to this small town in the Philippine Islands.  I want to share them with you in the same order they came to me.  My thought was that God has taken me to a place through intercession.  He gave Catigbian to me as a prayer burden, a place I can easily see from “the wall of intercession.”

Consider joining with me after you read the following accounts:

1.  FIRST,  I WAS COPIED ON A LETTER THAT WENT TO ONE OF OUR SPONSORS OF CHILDREN:

Dear (Name),
Thank you again for sponsoring children in the Philippines.  I wanted to write to let you know the pastors are working on new photos and profiles for the children we now sponsor as well as gathering information for profiles of the new ones being sponsored.  It is a busy time for them.  I want to try and keep all 16 of the children you sponsor in one location for you if I can.  It is a remote place and the pastor has to travel a good distance to use the Internet so communication with them is sometimes a challenge.  There are exciting things happening in the town of Catigbian, Bohol, where your kids are located.  When we first

Dennis and cleofe Abriol

Dennis and Cleofe Abriol pastor and care for children sponsored by FCM.

began to minister there, the resistance to the Gospel was very strong.  The young pastor and his wife felt called to go there to begin an evangelical work.  There was none.  The only church was the Catholic Church and they were not happy to see an evangelical church in town.  In addition, it was an area of communist rebel strongholds.  The first time I went there, I was told to be out of the area before dark.  The pastor and his wife had much opposition from, it seemed, everyone in town, school teachers, city officials, religious leaders, almost everyone.  But they knew God had called them there and they prayed and persevered.

They began to take children off the streets into their home.  Struggling financially, they sometimes did not have enough to eat for their own family, they still took the children to live with them and trusted God for provisions.  We first met them when Dennis, the pastor, came to a meeting we had in a nearby city.  He brought 10 kids with him on the bus, 2 were his and 8 were street kids he was caring for.  God showed us his heart and it was clear He wanted us to help them.

In the years we have sponsored children in Catigbian, God has done a wonderful transformation there.  There is now favor in the schools and even in the city mayor’s office.  We saw the mayor last year and he gave his blessing to our ministry and honored us with a Certificate of Appreciation for our work with the children.  The area is no longer known as a Communist area and at least one known terrorist was saved with all his family.

You can look up “Catigbian, Bohol, Philippines” on the Internet and find out more about this beautiful place.  By the way, Ras says it is one of the most lush and beautiful places he’s ever seen.  Maybe you can go there with us sometime.

Now for you to make it possible for us to add additional sponsored children is a further confirmation of God’s exciting plans for the people in this small town. I’d like to have all 16 of your sponsored kids to be from there.  We will have the profiles soon and I will send them to you.

Thank you again for being part of God’s plan and for the big impact you are having.  God bless you more and more,

Kathy Bohlin, Director, Philippine Missions, FCM

2.  SECOND, AFTER READING THIS LETTER, I PULLED UP CATIGBIAN ON “GOOGLE EARTH.”  I BEGIN TO PRAY AS I LOOKED FROM OUTER SPACE VIA SATELLITES AT THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE.  THE LORD GAVE ME THE FOLLOWING WORD:

April 20, 2011.  Through intercession today, I visited an Asian city.  I was watching the city from outer space through technology.  That city could be your city.  This one is hidden away.  I saw peace over the city, I prayed for more peace.  I prayed for the churches, the government and the poorest of the poor children living there.  I prayed for families, marriages and parenting to be at peace.  While looking at the city from the place where I live, I could see the city being raised up to a higher level of living.  It was like the present layer of living was eclipsed by a higher level akin to moving from the first to the second floor of a building.  The Lord says, “I want to do this for your city, your family and descendents and for you personally. 

Revelation 4:1 (NASB)  “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”

3.  THIRD, KATHY BOHLIN WROTE ABOUT THE WORK OF FULLNESS IN CHRIST MINISTRIES IN CATIGBIAN, USING MATERIAL IN THE LETTER ABOVE AND ADDING TO IT.  THE PIECE SHE WROTE APPEARED IN THE DAILY E-MAIL THAT WENT OUT TODAY FROM FullnessOnline. Go there.

Faith In Action – A Town Is Transformed

Dennis and the children

Dennis Abriol, man of faith, with 10 children cared for by him and his wife.

It was an act of faith when a young pastor came to see us.  He had 10 children with him.  Two were his and eight were children from the streets he had taken in.  They slept in the church, which was also the home of the pastor and his family.  Though sometimes they did not have enough to eat for their own family, they still took the children to live with them and trusted God for provisions.  The young pastor came to see if we could help him to feed the children and send them to school.

We did help them and God made it possible through sponsors and ministry partners to help many of the poorest children in town.  We have sponsored many children in Catigbian and God has done a wonderful transformation there.  Dennis and Cleofe will tell you that favor began to come to them when the poor children were sponsored.  The people in the town saw that someone really did care for the children. . 

Sponsoring children opens the door to ministry to family and community leaders.  This town has been transformed by the love of Jesus as shown to children by the pastor and his family and by FCM sponsors.  One lady sponsors several children in Catigbian and just signed up for more.  What joy is hers as she knows how God is using her gifts to impact many.  

You too can be part of transforming the life of a child, a family, a community and perhaps an entire town.  To sponsor a child cost only $30 a month. To sign up, go to Sponsor A Child.   


4.  FOURTH, A JEWISH FRIEND SENT THIS WORD:

Hi Ras,
Thank you for sending out this word. Interestingly, just yesterday, one of my best friends told me that of the nearly 7 billion people in the world, the “average” person looks like an Asian male.

So immediately when I read this, I realized what you were seeing. It was a City of Refuge. In the coming time of tribulation – whenever that is – there will be Cities of Refuge where people will go to get help because of the famines, floods, earthquakes, etc… The idea that you saw an Asian city is two-fold – one, it reminds you of the contrast to the incredible disaster in Japan and two, it ties in with the idea I shared in the beginning of the average person’s looks. And then you tied it in with Revelation, which describes details on what will happen during the tribulation and then the millennial reigh of Maschiach – Yeshua, our Messiah.

Shalom uv’racha and Chag Sameach!
Peace and blessings and A Joyous Fesitval (Passover)
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Would you pray with me for CATIGBIAN?  It is obvious God is at work there in powerful ways.  The mayor has a vision that many people from around the world will come to Catigbian.  At first glance, one might wonder why.  There are no motels. Perhaps one small café, though I am not sure about that.  No grocery stores. To use the Internet, residents must travel to another city many miles away.  Perhaps as our Jewish friend said, Catigbian is to be a City of Refuge.  The soil is fertile and will grow just about anything.  There are beautiful rivers and forests.  Yes Mayor, perhaps God has plans to use your city as a refuge for many people who come there from around the world.  His eyes are watching over you with the love of a Father.

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  1. Beverly Hill says:

    Just to look at the pictures and see the faces of these beautiful people, the pastors, their wives, and the children, I can feel the sincerity of their hearts. The Lord reminds me that I was in a place that I had no other choice but to trust Him only for provision. The thoughts of those days will stay with me always, until the Lord comes and wipes all that from my memory. I know what it is to have children, and not have means to feed them. Father, I pray your will be done and your Kingdom come in this city. I pray supernatural provision and vision for the people there. I pray you would raise up entrepenuers there and send generous help. I pray entrepenuers would establish themselves there from other places and will ask “Why do I feel drawn to this city?” I pray you would put into place there those who have your means and your heart to minister to those who come for refuge. I pray no refugee would have to be turned away or wait for help. Pour your blessings out on this city. Pour your visions out on its people and on those who will become its people. As they take steps of faith, pour your provision out on those who will be in positions to minister to mankind. Open your door to the gospel being preached there and open the hearts of refugees to hear and accept your Son, Jesus.

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    • Ras Robinson says:

      This prayer is so targeted and powerful. My heart beats as one with your on this Bev. Thanks for you post. I always look forward to seeing your next on.

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      • Beverly Hill says:

        Thanks Ras, I keep looking at the pictures over and over and over, and I am so stirred, but I don’t know if I can even speak words that can express what I am feeling, or how I should pray.

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  2. kathybohlin says:

    The transformation in this town is truly amazing. Last Sunday, so many people came to the church that they could not all get inside. It was raining and they crowded as many inside as they possibly could get in. Many were still outside standing in the rain to hear the worship and the message.

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  3. Ras Robinson says:

    The Lord be praised. Let’s keep up the intercession for Catigbian, Bohol, Philippines.

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    • THOMAS D TANDOG says:

      yes we always praying Catigbian Bohol that touch all unbelievers to hear GOD,S vioce
      because without God we are nothing.

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