At 5:50 on Monday morning, a team of five men and one woman will be departing for a two week short term mission trip to the Philippines.
Three of us have made multiple mission visits to Negros Oriental in the past, and three of us will be going there for the first time.
We will be working with Filipino pastors and church planters from the Negros Oriental Southern Baptist Association in the Central Visayan area of the Philippine Islands. Our known planned activities will include scripture distribution, house to house evangelism, jail ministry, evening evangelistic crusades, church services, home Bible Studies, Discipleship activities with new and existing congregations, and speaking to parents in a Christian School. Past experiences tell me that there will be many other unexpected opportunities to share the Gospel of Christ as well.
This will be my 10th short term mission to the Philippines since February, 2000, and I thank God for the many friends I have met, the hundreds of souls who have accepted Christ, and the new congregations we have had a small part in helping. We hope we will be a blessing to these dear folks, and we know that it has been a blessing to us, to have been able to partner with these precious pastors in their ministry.
My brother in law, Gene Bennett, of the Princess Chapel Church (in Boyd Co. KY) will be on the team for the first time, as will Randy and Brenda Lincoln, from Locust Grove Baptist Church in Huntington, WV. Joining us for return visits are Thamer Calhoun, one of my deacons at Westmoreland Baptist Church, and Randall Robertson, my dear friend who serves as pastor of Locust Grove.
The tentative itinerary we have received indicates that there will not be a lot of down time, once our ministry activities begin there. However, I hope to try to post to this blog as often as I have opportunity, and a WI FI signal is available. Please check back to "For What Its Worth" from time to time, or access my profile on Facebook, for photos and updates, when we can send them.
Your prayers for safe travel and successful ministry are appreciated. Be looking for our periodic updates over the next two weeks. As for right now, I have some last minute packing to do!