Saturday, January 17, 2009

30 Days And Counting

One month from today our team of four is scheduled to arrive in Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros, Republic of the Philippines. The other three members of our team will be Thamer Calhoun, Rick Gunnell, and Joseph Spurgeon. This is an experienced team as each of our team members have been to the Philippines before. Each of our team members play an important role. While I do most of the preaching, Thamer (who is a Gideon) oversees scripture distribution, Rick provides instrumental and vocal music and helps Joseph with children and youth ministry. All of us are involved in home Bible studies, and house to house and marketplace evangelism. All of us are looking forward to being reunited with old friends, and to engage with them in their ministry on that tropical land. The fact that it was -2 below zero this morning makes us long for the departure date that much the more!

This will be my 9th short term mission trip to the Philippines since February, 2000. With the help of scores of partners here we have been able to purchase property, finance the building and furnishing of two church facilities, distribute nearly 3,000 Bibles and hundreds of gospel tracts. We have helped equip Pastors and Church Leaders through printed resources, and training seminars. Gifts from friends here have purchased rice for feeding ministries, and have even helped take care of hospital and surgical bills for the pastor’s families.

Pastor’s Doming Valdez and Joseph Zerna, and their wifes, Villa and Juvy are precious friends who are tireless servants of God. They serve Him faithfully under very difficult circumstances, and they are a tremendous example to each of us who know them. We look forward to what may likely be our last trip to that area (certainly the last for a long time) and we are praying for God to do a wonderful work, and to allow us to be part of what He is doing. Last night I received the following tentative itinerary from Pastor and Mrs. Valdez. While the names of people and places may be unfamiliar to most readers, I am sharing it with you in hopes that you will pray over the planned activities, and ask God to bless in a mighty way. On this trip, we are not scheduled to travel to many of the remote hinterlands as we have on some trips. This time we will generally be focusing on the Dumaguete City area, and communities surrounding Pastor Valdez’ New Life Christian Church (SBC). Here is the planned schedule:

February 17 - Tuesday - Phil. Mision team arrival Dumaguete airport

18 - Wednesday - rest from tiresome trip from USA
Evening Group Meeting

19 - NORECO 2 and/or Dumaguete Fire Station
House to house evangelism : Habitat Balugo
Habitat Scandinavian
Gina's Eatery
Open Air Evangelism at the 2 Habitata in the evening

20 - Friday - RUSI office
Diony's area (Upper Batinguel)
Easy Ride Waiting Area (Bro.Joseph)
Weng's boarding house

21 - Saturday - Boat ride to Siquijor

22 - Sunday - NLCC Sunday school and Morning Worship Service
Brgy Balugo, Toting's residence
Brgy Balugo Dumpsite
Brgy Candau-ay(Jim & Linda Enclonar's area)

23 - Monday - Dumaguete Post Office
Brgy Balabag,Valencia - Ricky's residence
House to house in the vicinity

24 - Tuesday - Dumaguete Police Station
Brgy Cadawinonan (Los Banos area)

25 - Wednesday - Brgy Candau-ay : Casa Alicia subdivision
El Pueblo subdivision
Revival Meeting (evening at NLCC)

26 - Thursday - Habitat brgy Candau-ay
GK (Gawad Kalinga Homes)
Revival Meeting (evening at NLCC)

27 - Friday - Brgy Batinguel,Katrina Homes 1
Katrina Homes 2
NLCC vicinity
Revival Meeting(evening at NLCC)

NLCCians will work on the food preparation.(A.M.)
American partners will visit souvenir shops.(A.M.)
4th Revival Meeting and Church Anniversary Worship

March 1 - Sunday - A.M. - NLCC Sunday school
Morning Worship Service

P.M. - Packing of luggages

2 - Monday - Homeward Bound!!!

You can pay Bro. Joseph's easy ride when you arrive here. Since this might be your last visit, the MSBCians would like to come fellowship with us and join us in our Anniversary Worship Service on Saturday ,28th of February and the Sunday,March 1st Morning Worship Service. They would also like to see you at the Dumaguete airport when you go home to America. In this connection, may we request that Bro. Joseph will get them at Mayaposi by easy ride vehicle in the morning of February 28th, and fetch them back home to Mayaposi Monday morning,March 2nd after you leave for America.

Our 9th anniversary theme is "BE READY! JESUS IS COMING! Matt. 24:45 We pray for you all and we are looking forward for your coming. We pray that God will give us success in this mission to win souls for Him.
To God be the glory forever,
Doming & Villa & NLCC family

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