Is there Hope Away from Home?

To Angelito Lardizabal, hope is wherever the heart of God is.

For over a decade now, Angelito continues to serve as a missionary and pastor in Bangkok, Thailand.

His passion to share the Good News to other nations sparked when he attended a mission conference with CBN Asia Founder, Gordon Robertson.

“Sir Gordon challenged all the participants to be involved in this mission training that he wanted to start in the Philippines,” Angelito recalled. The mission training was later founded and called as the Asian Center for Missions (ACM).

After the training, Angelito and his family went overseas to share God’s Word and love to the people of Thailand and their fellow Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Despite the hardships, they opened their doors for those who are looking for a family while they are away from home.

“I experienced living in a foreign country in times of hardships and in times of need. It is hard especially when you’re away from your loved ones. But during those times, God did not forsake me. Through His faithfulness, He provided for me and the ministry that He has entrusted to me, he shared.

However, the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic brought extreme fear and worry both to locals and their kababayans abroadLivelihoods of fellow Filipinos were severely affected.

This is what motivated Angelito and his team to start the project, Bayanihan Spread Hopeproviding relief goods to Filipinos in Thailand who lost their jobs due to the imposed lockdown. They also share the message that even when they are all away from home, the hope that is found in God surrounds them all.

Their project also paved a way for other nationalities to know the unwavering bayanihan spirit of Filipinos and the saving love of Jesus.

This initiative became an opportunity for people to know God. After we hand them the relief goods, we ask if we can pray for them, and if they want to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior,” Angelito said.

To Angelito, his learnings from the Asian Center for Missions helped him become an effective missionary and pastor in a cross-cultural setting. In the midst of the pandemic, his passion to serve God’s people remains unshaken while he continues to hold on to God’s promise of hope.

“’For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

Be a beacon of light to the helpless and the hopeless! Share hope to those who are away from home!

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