• Bantayan Ministry, Blog Updates by Rob

    Posted on January 28th, 2011

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Phase One of Bantayan Island Ministry Completed

    Phase One of Bantayan Island Ministry Completed

    Marissa and I returned to the United States on Wednesday January 26, 2011. It was incredibly difficult to leave the people who need us so very much.

    Knowing that we needed to return to the States to raise the funds necessary to help the people of the Island, we made the 10,000 mile journey back to our home to prepare to move to the island full time.

    Please pray for us as we will be listing our home for sale so that we can provide our own financial needs while on the island and not be a burden to the ministry itself.

    As the Lord leads, we will sell our home and most of our personal possessions so that we can raise the funds that we will live on while providing ministry to the people over the upcoming years.

    If the Lord is in our being on the Island full time then we are confident that we will sell our home, despite the decreasing housing market across the U.S. When I began my ministry many years ago, a similar situation presented itself. I needed to sell my home and possessions in order to fund our ministry. Despite a slow market at that time, the Lord sold our home for the asking price just 30 days after we listed it when no one else in the entire neighborhood could sell their home even at a reduced price.

  • Bantayan Ministry

    Posted on January 13th, 2011

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Prayer of Gratitude for Your Help

    Prayer of Gratitude for Your Help

    From the beginning of our work on Bantayan Island we have received a tremendous outpouring of love and support. Many people recognize that they have the power to help make the lives of people on the Island by their support of Bantayan Island.org.

    To all of our friends who have given of their finances, their prayers and letters full of love and encouragement, Thank You!.

    Without the committed help of partners around the world, we would not be able to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by meeting the practical needs of the people of Bantayan Island.

    The best way to demonstrate the Love of God to someone is to help them with their needs. When James wrote his epistle detailing the need to show our faith in Jesus by good works, he said this:

    James 2:14-16 “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”

    By putting feet to your faith, those of you who make it possible to do the work, show that you truly know Jesus and have been affected by knowing Him. There is no greater work that anyone can do than to make it possible for someone to go to a distant land and bring to them Jesus love. When we stand with the people of Bantayan Island and bring them your gifts, they are amazed and even sometimes hesitant to accept our help because they have never see such love from others before.

    On the great day when we all stand together with Jesus in the clouds and realize that our redemption is complete, gathered around us will be all the people who’s lives we have impacted and touched to make it possible for them to know Jesus and be there with us. What joy abounding it will be to us to know that when we gave to make it possible for others to go over 12,000 miles from the U.S. to Bantayan Island, our efforts have born much fruit.

  • Bantayan Ministry

    Posted on January 1st, 2011

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    A New Ministry Opportunity on Bantayan Island

    A New Ministry Opportunity on Bantayan Island

    Bantayan is a small atoll just off the coast of Cebu, about 7 by 10 miles in size with approximately 120,000 people. The island is largely unspoiled by the rest of the world. When you step foot off the ferry that brings you from Hagnaya Cebu to the port at Santa Fe on Bantayan, you feel as if you have stepped back in time at least 50-60 years.

    As a boy my parents took me to Hawaii in 1965 and I remember the island looking somewhat similar to parts of Bantayan Island. Coconut woven nipa huts line the fishing villages along powdery white sand beaches, glistening with crystal clear aquamarine waters.

    The clear water is so shallow around the area beaches of Santa Fe that you can walk out onto the soft sand bottomed coast at least 100 yards and not have water come up past your waste.

    Walking along the pristine beaches, talking to the native fishermen who still make their living by the sea, you have a sense that you are among a very unique people. Although they are extremely poor and lack even the most basic necessities of western culture, they have a wonderful joy and a smile that never departs their beautiful tanned faces.