The 23rd group of young men recently graduated from Working Hands, a 10-month discipleship and vocational training program in Silang, Cavite, Philippines. These 20 young men from difficult backgrounds were discipled in basic Christian living and life skills alongside their specific vocational training. There were 9 young men in the carpentry course and 11 in the computer technology course. Now they will begin a 6-month on-the-job training portion of the program. After this training is completed, each young man will receive a diploma accredited by the Philippine government.
Gary Root, an instructor at Working Hands, writes, “We hosted 180 people in our chapel for graduation to celebrate and encourage the young men as they move on to the next chapter of their lives. Parents, brothers and sisters, pastors, and visitors shared in the ceremony and celebration.
“The young men led the group in worship. Fellow ACTION missionary Jeff Anderson gave a powerful message about passing the torch of the Gospel to the next generation from 1 and 2 Timothy. He encouraged the boys to set an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity and to run from evil and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, and love.”
Please pray for the boys as they search for places to complete their on-the-job training and prepare for future work and ministry. Also pray that they will each seek the Lord wholeheartedly as they embark on their new adventures.