Christ for the Philippines Mission is a ministry wholly dedicated to the glory of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, proclaiming the gospel for the salvation of souls and the edification of saints in the nation of the Philippines and beyond!
The Tirse’s are sent out by the authority of Midway Baptist Church in Darlington, South Carolina because they have a desire to share God’s Word with as many people as possible in obedience to our Master’s command to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). We claim the promises of our Lord that where two shall agree on earth as touching any thing that we shall ask, it shall be done for us of the Father which is in heaven for the sake of His dear Son the Lord Jesus Christ. And that if two or three are gathered together in His Name, He will be there in the midst of them in power, in Spirit and in authority (Mat. 18:19-20; 28:18-20). With this ministry we have a three-fold purpose and desire:
1. That souls may hear the gospel and know Jesus Christ as their Lord and
2. That we may have a hand in planting local New Testament Baptist churches
throughout the Philippines.
3. That we would have the honor and opportunity to train up young men and
women in the service of the Lord as He calls them and send them out to
preach the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth.
There is a great need of the gospel all over the world. The Philippines, of course, is no exception. One of the unique things about the Philippines is that one of the recognized national languages is English. All official schooling from grade school to university is conducted in English. This enables us to reach Filipinos all over the nation, even though there are 127 different dialects and languages spoken throughout the national regions. Any English language literature, gospel tracts and of course, the Bible, can be shipped here and is readily available for use in most cases without any translation required.
SHORT BIO OF TONY & YPILLE TIRSE
Brother Tony was born on December 19, 1972 in New Orleans, LA and moved to Tampa, Florida in 1981 where he grew up. He was saved after reading a marked edition of the New Testament given to him years earlier by a soul-winning preacher who was visiting in the neighborhood. He made that faith public on July 23, 2000 and began to grow rapidly in the faith, teaching his first Sunday School class in 2001. He and His wife, Ypille, met in November of 1999 and were married in November of 2000. She was saved on February 11, 2001 and they were both baptized together a week later.
They both continued to grow in love and in the faith together when Brother Tony began to realize a calling on him to enter the ministry. After careful prayer and discussion he publicly surrendered himself to the ministry of the gospel with his wife at his side in November of 2002 at Trinity Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida. In 2003, on a trip to the Philippines, Sister Ypille’s homeland, Brother Tony began to feel that God might call him to be a missionary to the Philippines. However, he put this out of his mind thinking it may have just been some sentiment on his part because this was where his wife was from. But as the months turned into years he realized he had a great burden for the people of the Philippines and after much prayer together, Brother Tony and Sister Ypille publicly surrendered to be missionaries to the Philippines in November of 2005 at Colony Baptist Church in Ellenton, Florida. Brother Tony subsequently completed his first survey trip to the Philippines the following month.
After some major life events, including Sister Ypille requiring a kidney transplant due to illness and their move to the Spring Hill, Florida area, the Lord directed them to Lighthouse Baptist Church where they faithfully served God preaching the Gospel and winning souls to the Lord. Brother Tony was licensed and appointed Youth Pastor in April of 2010 and began Bible school training from Faith Bible Institute. In April of 2011 Lighthouse Baptist Church voted to send them out as missionaries to the Philippines wherein they began deputation, visiting churches in 11 states. They arrived to the mission field in February of 2014. After a few months of helping with the relief efforts in the aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan (which destroyed Tacloban City and surrounding areas in November 2013) during which many in-home Bible studies were conducted and many came to the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, an assembly of baptized believers began to meet for regular Sunday services in Babatngon, Leyte. This was the birth of the Midway Baptist Church of Babatngon.
Brother Tony is a medical assistant by training and Sis. Ypille is a registered nurse. They have been in various capacities of the ministry since 2002. Bro. Tony has three years of Bible Institute training and several years of ministry experience including bus ministry, Sunday school teacher, evangelism leader and youth pastor. Now they have stepped out by faith in obedience to God’s call to set out for waaaay on the other side of the planet in the Philippines, eager to watch God’s power and provision work in that vast mission field!