Happy Valentine’s Day, from the Philippines

Meredith Flynn —  February 14, 2014
Kurt Crail, a volunteer from Ashmore Baptist Church, visits with school kids on Gibitngil Island in the Philippines.

Kurt Crail, a volunteer from Ashmore Baptist Church, visits with school kids on Gibitngil Island in the Philippines.

Editor’s note: Rex Alexander is in the Philippines this week with an Illinois Disaster Relief team, helping to rebuild a school damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. This is excerpted from an email update he sent today.

Friday, Feb. 14 | Today was Valentine’s Day in the Philippines. This was an exciting day for the kids because they wrote Valentines to each other and to our team members as well.

In the afternoon the entire school had a special assembly for Valentines and then some free time for games, etc. The principal of the school (who is a Christian) asked if I would bring a message to the school children about the difference between Valentine love and God’s love. So I gave a brief presentation about how we celebrate Valentine’s Day in America. Then I talked about God’s love which is greater than all other kinds of love.

I was able to give a clear gospel presentation and explained how everyone can accept God’s love by receiving his Son, Jesus. I was hoping that I was not “overstepping” my bounds in this public school setting. Then afterwards the principal received a Valentine from the school children and then she brought a message which was similar to mine. She quoted several scriptures and told that children that only God’s love will ever bring satisfaction to them. It was unexpected and pretty cool especially because we got to speak to the whole school! She is a bold Christian woman who loves her children and teachers.

Read more about the team’s work in the Philippines in the next issue of the Illinois Baptist, online at http://ibonline.IBSA.org.

Meredith Flynn

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.