Testimony of Pastor Christopher Samonte
My own experience and testimony, with my wife Lorna.
When the Sharon Bible School came to our church, it was such a great blessing for all the leaders, and my heart's desire was granted by God. It is a big blessing to connect and communicate to Sir Jim Clark and his wife Ma'am Donna, as they accepted me heartily. We are blessed and learning new things in the book of John from lesson one up to 7. The questions are not easy to answer, but because of the preview and the notes, it is really a help to all the students. This year 2013, we are now reaching my friend Ptr. Leonedes Baculio in the New Wine Skin Church to have a class in his church every Wednesday and with his 5 leaders. It's really a big blessing to me and the Center Church and the Landfill Church. Together, we will achieve more in this year 2013, a year of the harvest and increase.
Postscript (April 2015): When Pastor Samonte first started with Sharon Bible School, he had two churches. Now he has four churches, plus a ministry headquarters and fellowship center, his feeding ministries, jail ministry, and two radio programs. Pastors Leonedes Baculio and Jong Macaltao are leading two of these churches. There are 40 Sharon Bible School students in the four churches as follows:
Christ Redeemer Church (Center)10 students Christ Spirit-filled Church (Landfill)15 students Destined to Win Church5 students
Testimony of Jong Macaltao
Knowing about God is the best thing I ever found, and meeting God alone is the best relationship that I ever experienced.
My mother give me a Bible when I left home back in 1993, bound for Manila to seek for a job there. I prayed without opening and knowing the Bible until I was hired and start to work on board a vessel crossing wide oceans with that book. I always carried it in my bag without reading it, and without letting others know that I had it. In 1997, I had it with me past 12 midnight and I looked at it and thought, why did I never try to open that book in four consecutive years? It still looked new, covered by a plastic cellophane, until I opened it in that very moment and wondered what it’s all about.
Wheww, it’s the best I ever got! What I found was myself as I read Galatians 5:19-21, I closed the book and picked up my cigarettes, and headed outside at past midnight in the main deck of the vessel. I’m sitting there while the vessel is in the middle of the ocean, sighing, and I said to myself, “It is better for me not to read it. I’ve done a lot of sin.” I decided to read it later after I’d finished smoking, hoping that I can find some verse in there saying that what I have done is just all right and I can still continue doing the same thing. But sad to know, there's nothing I’ve found written something like that. All I’ve got to do is to leave that kind of life, repent and accept my Lord God Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. It’s the "only way, the truth and the life.”
I started to join Bible studies with my Pastor and with Bible study leaders in Cagayan de Oro City back in 2007. And I continued reading until today, assisting the ministry, concentrating here in El Salvador City with another Pastor. I thank God he introduced to us “Sharon Bible School”, for that is what I was praying to Him for, the answers to the questions asked by others and myself. Being a student of “Sharon Bible School” is a gift and a blessing to us. May the Living God guide and be with us always through His Son, in Jesus Christ's name. Amen.
Postscript (April 2015): Jong Macalltao, one of the first students, has translated many of the lessons into Cebuano (Bisaya) and now pastors one of the extension churches.
Testimony of Kennedy Simiyu
I was born in Tulumba village, which is in Bungoma, Western Kenya. This is one of the most remote villages. Before I was saved, I lived a life which was miserable and without hope. This life did not please God, but to me it was good. One day, I was struck down with a very deadly disease whereby I was unable to eat or speak any word, since the disease affected my throat.
One day, as my parents and relatives had given up and lost hope for my life, there was a conference in a nearby village, and preachers were moving from house to house evangelizing. They came to my room where I lay very sick. The pastor and evangelists tried to talk to my family about my life, and they prayed for me. By God’s grace, I was healed, and I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. My life changed, and I began to go to the fellowship of the same church.
After two years, I decided to join the Christian Bible School, which is about two hours from my home town. I continued steadily, and after two years, God called me into ministry, and I began the first church from that time. God has been faithful, and we have planted some other churches, baptized many people, and discipled more, for building the Body of Christ.
My prayer is that God may enable me to serve Him all the days of my life, and to reach lost souls for His kingdom before the second coming of Christ.
Testimony of Godfrey Barasa Wanyonyi
I was born in one of the poorest villages here in Bungoma in Western Kenya. In most of my life, I struggled to survive, since my parents had passed away. I grew up as an orphan and life did not favor me at any time.
i was involved in child employment in order to raise support for my younger brothers and sisters. Many people mistreated me and I lived a very painful life in the eyes of many who saw me during that time, although no one bothered to help me or my family.
This made me look for employment at the side of Lake Victoria, to do some fishing there. Life there was not easy, since I was a new person in the area. We went in the lake for fishing during the night until morning, and most of the time came out with nothing.
One evening as I was going to my daily duty, I met with three people who were going home from a crusade. They greeted me and talked to me about Jesus. I listened carefully and was inspired by what they shared with me. They told me about the love of Christ and why He died for me on the cross.
After this, they requested to pray for me, then we left one another. I went to the lake for fishing as usual, but this was a different day in my life. God helped us to catch a total of 20 kg of fish, which we had never caught before.
The following day, after I sold my fish, I decided to go back home to our loved family. This made me to make a decision to follow Christ and give Him my heart.
My life changed, and I felt peace and joy in my life, and I shared with my brothers and sisters too about the love of Christ for us.
I joined one of the churches in my village, where we were taught the Word of God unto growth. This was due to a great spiritual growth I had in my heart.
After this, I was taken to one of the Bible teaching centers in Kampala, Uganda for two years. After completing the studies, I was welcomed back home with my family and church.
After my studies, I served with my pastor for six good years before I was called to plant the first church where God directed me. Since then, God has helped me to obey this calling until today, as we have so far planted several churches. Amen.
Testimony of Pastor Chuanya of Eldoret, Kenya
Pastor Chuanya has been printing tracts for himself and for other pastors in Kenya, and he has translated the tract into the Luo language. He often speaks at large meetings where he meets other pastors, preaches the Gospel, and distributes tracts. Here are some of his reports about his work with other pastors:
"Kisumu meetings ended well. We thank the Lord for many souls which were saved through the crusades and revival meetings, and door to door or person to person evangelism with good tools which are the tracts from brother James, the Sharon Bible tracts."
"Pst. Mtama visited my church to appreciate the Sharon Bible Tracts mission, on the printing of the tracts, of which he say [they] have given the Church a good and easy work to proclaim the gospel of salvation through the death of our Lord Jesus Christ. They have used them for person to person [evangelism] of which some people have joined his church as members. He was requesting if he can get more [tracts] to continue with the Evangelical progress. God bless the donors and the Sharon Bible Tract missions, mostly our beloved brother James Clark whom God gave this vision and burden for the lost souls."
"...many pastors that I have visited have great testimonies on these tracts. Members are added to their churches, and even many are calling them and me for counseling and request of prayer and so on. I have directed many [tracts] to various pastors and churches as they call me from far! And I thank Jehovah God of Israel for you and the entire ministry as a whole."