In Taytay, Rizal, in the Philippines, a vibrant United Methodist church feeds spiritual needs in the community of Santa Anna. Ministries include family counseling, care for the elderly, and the Amazing Grace Christian Learning Center for Children. Named for the favorite hymn, Amazing Grace United Methodist Church started as a neighborhood Bible study 30 years ago.
Locator: Taytay, Rizal, Philippines
(Congregation sings) "I once was lost and now I'm found, was blind but now I see."
"Amazing Grace" is a favorite in Sunday worship at Amazing Grace United Methodist Church in Taytay, Rizal, Philippines.
(Congregation sings in Tagalog)
The church is named for the hymn.
The congregation sings in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines.
They came here to serve in this densely populated neighborhood. (more singing)
Thirty years later, Amazing Grace is a thriving church, (more singing) offering educational opportunities, and Sunday school.
The Rev. Anthony D. Tapucar, Amazing Grace United Methodist Church: "They learn about the Word of the Lord. There are a lot of bad influences in society today. We can teach the Gospel and use it to grow in God's likeness."
Monica Ramos was one of the first students in Amazing Grace Christian Learning School: "I learned my Savior is Jesus Christ. I am the first deaconess from this church."
Keith Marthablythe D. Songcayauon's mom introduced her to the Lord: "She brought me here. I saw the Lord's love and how glorious the Lord works in my life."
Church members say providing spiritual support for Filipinos working abroad is a growing area of ministry. The church posts devotions daily on the church Facebook page for members and friends working abroad.