Last April 7, 2018 marked the introduction of the first batch of Gideon 300 and their empowerment held at #70 K7th St. East Kamias, Quezon City. The event was headed by Bishop Manny Santiago and Pastor Faythe Santiago. The attendees were leaders from various networks and other Lifegiver Churches.
During the gathering, Bishop Manny shared the vision of Gideon 300 as the arm of Project Solomon’s construction. The inspiration for the creation of Gideon 300 came from the passage found in Judges 7:7 where it says:
“The Lord said to Gideon, ‘With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.’” Judges 7:7
Gideon 300, then, is a group of specialized people tasked to seek partnership from people with their generous giving of at least P1000.00. There are certain qualifications that need to be met in order to be part of Gideon 300. That person needs to be:
• A leader and an influencer in his field
• Has a big network of friends and partners
• Has a good reputation in and out of the church
• Trustworthy with money
• Passionate and faith-filled
• Able to mobilize and lead a team to rally with them to reach their goals
• Has a great burden to reach the lost and advance God’s Kingdom
• With high recommendations from their pastors
“These people maybe ordinary persons with ordinary backgrounds. But God is able to use ordinary people for His extraordinary purposes, just like Gideon,” Bishop Manny exhorted.
During the meeting, video testimonies of people whose lives were changed, with the help of Lifegiver Church, were featured. These videos brought heart and inspiration to those who attended.
Bishop Manny further continued by saying that Project Solomon is a legitimate project that would help preserve and unite families for the next generation, change a number of drug-dependent individuals and delinquent youths and make them pastors and missionaries. These videos further testify that God is actively using Lifegiver Church to make a difference in the society, today.
As a closing, Pastor Faythe Santiago acknowledged Gideon 300 as a team or family called to unite for this one big purpose – to be the front liners to help build Project Solomon. She reminded them that they don’t need to work at it alone and can work with other individuals with the same heart and burden as they are.
Other Gideon 300 orientation and empowerment meetings were held all throughout the whole month of April. The last meeting was on April 28, 2018, at Lifegiver Manila.