Update for November 28th, 2016

Well, it’s almost the end of the month, and unless something truly extraordinary happens, this will likely be the last post of November. In random order, here are the things that happened last week:

Teresa cooked her first authentic Filipino meal. OK, it was done in an American way, but the food is still Filipino cuisine. Bread, fish, rice lumpia. (and fries lol)img_1340

She also became mobile this week! Electric – no registration, license, or fuel. Top Speed = 18.5 mph+/-. good for 35 miles between charges. This will get her back and forth between home and school, church, nearby shopping, and friends.

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I obtained a little personal mobility too. It ain’t exactly a H-D, but it does the job for a little more distant and involved travel. Pastor M said I was too fat for a scooter. :-0

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We think we’ve found 4-wheel transportation too. It will a BIG help in transporting people and materials for the ministries we’re working in. Still working on that. We Also solved our internet problem. YAY!!!

I found a good deal on a Yamaha guitar for “house church” here in the Mission House and we bought 20 Tagalog – English Bibles. Teresa and I have made friends with a girl named Geraldine Mortel, who lives with and works for the family next door. She comes over 2 or 3 evenings per week and we discuss scripture and sing praises. Please pray the house-church work multiplies. 

But the best news of all is this: At the 2nd meeting of the Values Training and Personality Enhancement Counseling Program (we can’t call it celebrate recovery) in Malitam this past Saturday, there were 10 decisions to Accept Jesus as Savior and Lord. This happens at a time when I’m wondering if I’m just spinning my wheels praying through and working up the counseling messages and spending the hours working on translation.  Please pray specifically for these things:

  1. That each of these men and women will stay strong and encouraged and comforted by the God of all comfort in their new found faith in Jesus Christ as the follow a road of discipleship leading to recovery and healing from their addictions.
  2. That these 20 will grow into examples and leaders for others to follow and that this ministry will expand and multiply into the Muslim community in Malitam.
  3. Teresa and I. Personal visitations will begin very soon as a follow up to the general meetings on Saturday. Pray for me because I’m a man of action. Translated, that means I am impatient. Pray for Teresa because she has to deal with me.

We’re about to start giving away bibles and and discipleship materials faster than we can replenish our supplies. That’s a VERY good thing, and our Savior is a Good, Good, Everlasting Father. -Isaiah 9:6

 

Isaiah 57:18-19

18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. 19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.img_1273

Our views of life and ways of life seem good to us, but they end in death (Proverbs 14:12). God’s plan of recovery (salvation, grace, restoration to full fellowship) has 5 parts: “I will heal you.” “I will lead you.” “I will help you.” “I will comfort you.” “I will give you peace, no matter how far away from Me you have gone.”img_1279

Moses had an anger problem. He actually killed a man in Egypt because of his anger. God’s recovery plan for Moses was 40 years in the making. But one day, on the backside of the desert, in the middle of nowhere, God started his work with a recovered, Mighty man.img_1287

Our week started with a Pastor’s meeting and then with a kind of reunion with a few of the “charter members” of the original Boarding House Church plus one new member. img_1290

We also spent a lot of time translating ministry materials from English to Tagalog, figuring out why the printer won’t work, and stuff.

I got a chance to do some new bible studies at the Christian school, hoping those will turn into regular discipleship classes. We also did some local outreach in a nearby Barangay, where 2 people accepted Christ and prayed for Salvation! God is so good.

We also launched the Celebrate Recovery Ministry in Malitam on Sunday afternoon.

Thank you, Lord, for the life you give so abundantly!

Salamat po, Panginoon, para sa masaganang buhay!

2 Corinthians 2:14-16

This is an update for 11/12/2016. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything because internet service is a bit weak here, especially when using one’s phone as a wifi hotspot. Teresa and I are working on that and hope to have better service soon. This week has been really a blur. Most of the week was spent buying supplies, furnishings and groceries for: Our first home and the new ROOFTOP COVENANT MISSION HOUSE!!! YAY!!!!!!!

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We’ll add signs later. In the midst of putting God’s new House in order, We (me and Pastor Mark) met with the Batangas City Police Department and received permission and police support to minister *Celebrate Recovery in multiple city sections (Barangays). We will begin this Sunday, 11/13/2016 at 1:00 PM in Malitam -my personal favorite because it is home to the city’s largest muslim population.  We are also working with the church at BCBC and a member there to open a prayer and bible study ministry at the Investigative division of the Batangas State Police Office.

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We also visited the building site for the new church building in Mabacong. Pastor’s Ephriam and Mark are very excited and very grateful for covenant church support in this new building.

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But the best news of all is that 4 young souls were saved this morning during outreach at a local community park here in Batangas City. Praise God, Praise God!!! These are new brothers in Christ, and this is the reason we came.

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Day 3 7:57 PM

We attended morning worship at BCBC. Interestingly, the message was on Matthew 28:16-20, The Great Commission. I remember teaching and hearing teaching on this passage many times, and I remember saying more than once… “the mission field is right outside the door of this church”. That was there in Prairie Grove, America. Today I was so happy, and almost startled, to realize that statement is true in such a new and deeply literal way for Teresa and I today. WE’RE IN THE PHILIPPINES, Y’ALL!!!

Go to the mountain I’ve appointed. You’ll find me there. There will be doubters, but when you see me, you’ll know who I am. I have been given all authority over all things, including you, so GO! Go to every place and make disciples and baptize them. Go everywhere and teach everything that I have taught you to everyone you meet. If you will worship me in spirit and in truth instead of calling me Lord without doing what I say, I will always be with you, and you’ll be fine. Even if you have nothing, I’ll send you to a place where the brook and the ravens will feed your hunger and thirst. Trust me and you’ll be fine. If the brook runs dry and the ravens get tired, I’ll send you to another place where others will take care of you. Just do what I say. Preach my word.tempblend Live for me and you’ll be AWESOME.

-Matthew 28:16-20 with help from Luke 6: 46-49 and 1Kings 17:1-16

Day 2  4:16PM

Boarding for the last leg of our flight: Hong Kong to Manila. We spent the last 16 hrs from Dallas to Hong Kong doing our best to witness Jesus to a member of the LDS. In Hong Kong we met and got acquainted with Rev. Robert B Harris from Asian Theology Seminary. He have us a good word and we prayed for healing in his body.  I love divine appointments.  

Day 1

0600 AM at XNA for the first let of our trip into the mission field. Michael and Rachel Forrest sa us off. God is good! Jesus Christ is King! The Holy Spirit moves!