a venture that revolutionized evangelism
by Bong Abagon, Staff Writer
Who comes to mind when you hear the word – Karate!!? Two men, Pastor Ed Perez of Tamuning Christian Fellowship and Pastor Raye Bosi of The Living Lighthouse Christian Church in Guam come to my mind. Ed and Raye started a venture that revolutionized their evangelism and created a lot of excitement in church.
It all started with Pastor Ray’s seminary student in the Philippines many years ago. This student’s desire was to reach people using his passion. Now, he is one of the most popular youth evangelists in the Philippines with satellites reaching internationally under the ministry called Tough Guys International.
In 2015, Ed and Ray launched their evangelism ministry with 10 people. Registration was free and thanks to Southern Baptist’s Cooperative program giving, the students were able to purchase their uniform.
“Martial Arts is about discipline and part of our routine is to be disciplined for Christ by attending bible study, attending church and memorizing verses,” says Ray who is also proficient in black belt.
“Tamuning Christian Fellowship has seen 5 people baptized and we are excited about the future” adds Ed in an earlier interview.
Raye excitingly shared, “Just in this evangelism, we have seen 7 young people baptized in our church.”
Part of the strategy is the promotion program where 18 martial artists received their second level belt. The evening was accompanied by gospel preaching. “It’s incredible how the youth themselves are the ones bringing their families and friends.”
How can the ministry multiply if pastors themselves are not going to be involved? Ray answers, “We need you to be trained in order for this ministry to multiply, we need more black belt pastors who will use martial arts as a means to reach out to others.”
Ray closes with this challenge, “If you have something in mind that you want to do, don’t be afraid to do it. Try it. If you fail, do something else – God will bless you with souls out of your persistence in evangelism!”