Have a Little Faith: Fixing Broken Childhoods In The Philippines Paperback – 17 Jan 2014
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"If you ever doubted that Jesus Christ is alive and well, and active in his world today, Have A Little Faith! You will laugh and cry, rejoice and wonder at the grace of God." -- Dr Steve Brady, Principal, Moorlands College, Christchurch, UK "I know you will enjoy this account of what God has chosen to do through an ordinary but extraordinary girl." -- Jackie Pullinger "Have a Little Faith reads like the Acts of the Apostles." -- Noel Proctor
About the Author
Lesley Gomez left England at 22 to serve as a missionary in the Philippines. Today she and her husband Peter run LAMA, a charity and safe house for the abandoned boys of the streets.
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I very rarely read testimony books, and even more rarely do I finish one. They usually veer too much in the direction of hagiography, and many of them are not quite credible. But this one is a "warts and all" view of the author, her husband, and the whole ministry scene. It isn't a romantic picture of the missionary scene, but enters with sometimes alarming frankness into the experiences of faith ministry. It covers about 30 years in the life of a dedicated lady, who knows the Lord intimately, and trusts Him for all the needs of her, her family, and the people she ministers to. She writes without pride, and gives all the credit to God, and the input of her Godly family.
Lesley left a promising career and an idyllic home life to minister to people who were initially demanding and hostile. She does it out of love, love for God and love for His people. She and her husband have spent their lives rescuing boys that society rejects, and whose family have rejected them. In many cases there were disappointments, kids reverted to the scene they came from- drug abuse, child prostitution, violence and imprisonment. As if that were not enough, she ventured into prisons and brought the Gospel to men who had no hope, at considerable risk to herself. Prisons in that country are squalid and dangerous. She pulls no punches, she is writing for a grown -up readership. She mentions some of her own suffering, it is impossible to work in an environment like that without damage to your health. Some of her beloved colleagues died. But she continues to minister. Like many a missionary, she faced the problem of the influences of such an environment on her children, and how God provided.
She ministers into a country where there is shocking inequality, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Corruption is endemic. It is the playground of amoral tourists, many of them affluent paedophiles. If that were not enough, the country is prone to earthquakes and typhoons and floods.
This review might make the book seem depressing, but it is far from it. There is joy at every success, and at the unfailing provision of God, and also at the love displayed. In Matthew 25: 35-40 there is a dialogue. And the sheep commended by the Lord Jesus ask "When saw we thee a stranger...in prison and ye came unto me?" this book provides the answer. "...ye have done it unto me."