Monday, May 28, 2007

Visitation

Today myself and a group of visiting missionaries visited three places that I wish did not exist in this world. And yet, these places do exist, and many more. We went to squatter areas, where the poorest of the poor live, day in, and day out. The toughest place to visit is the city dump site. The smells and the garbage is overwhelming, and to think that people actually live in such a place. For some of our visiting missionaries, this was their first time to see such places. One guy kept saying over and over, "I can't believe people actually live in this place, if I spent too much time thinking about it, I would probably break down crying, and you would have to carry me home."

I have been to the city dump site many times over the years, and it still overwhelms me. Even today I almost lost my lunch several times.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Back in the Philippines

I am now in the Philippines, and it is so good to be back in a free and open society. In Nevada we have to watch what we say in our hotel and at places we eat. Having to watch out for the secret police and such can get heavy and is no fun. I get tired of it quickly.

We had a prayer meeting in one of our hotel rooms. We had to unplug the phone from the wall and someone had to watch the door just in case. Honestly I am angered and sickened that we have to do all this sneaking around.

It burns me even more that we had to cancel our graduation because of recent crackdowns on the believers here. However, we were able to complete all the teaching, and now almost fifty new leaders and workers for the church in Nevada are trained. Some will start their own churches in their villages, and some will help existing works.

At the same time it is always a true pleasure to meet believers and missionaries who live and work in Nevada. The strength of their faith is an example to all believers.

I am spending one night in Manila, and then finally return to Iloilo tomorrow afternoon. I can't wait to see my family.

Thanks for your prayers, always the difference maker.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Think, Think, Think

Still in Nevada, will leave for the Philippines tomorrow. Get on your kn33s, especially for Leader M and the students here. There has been a crackdown, graduation was canceled. As far as I know, all are well and safe, but do keep us and especially the Nevadans in your thoughts. I will write no more until I get back to the Philippines.

The devil's mad and I'm glad.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Day One, Cambodia

Yes, I can openly declare that I am in Cambodia since I am not in a restricted access country. The Kingdom of Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy, with a reigning King and a Prime Minister. The churches here are open and free to worship as they please. I am in the capitol of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. I am here to film and assist with the Calvary Bible Institute graduation. I am working with veteran Calvary International missionaries Bruce and Emma Behnken. There will be about 80 graduates.

I don't like roller coasters. I never really did enjoy these vomit inducing rides, and now that I have gotten older, I stay away from them. Unfortunately my flight from "Nevada" to here was quite the coaster. It is rainy season in this part of the world. It was a pretty rough ride. Plus my plane was actually not much more than a puddle jumper, it even had propellors instead of jet engines. Fortunately the flight was only 50 minutes long. I managed to hold my lunch while on the plan, but to be honest, when I got off, I headed to the bathroom and ralphed. I actually felt better after that. So much so that when I got to my hotel, I was actually hungry for dinner.

My hotel is called Long Beach Hotel. We are not near any kind of beach, so why the name? I found out later the owner used to live in Long Beach, CA, hence the name.

Off to bed, graduation will be a full day event.

From "Nevada"

The airport here in Nevada has wireless Internet, I am in transit to another country--just passing through. I will return to Nevada on Friday. All is well here, but the weather is very stormy. I am told this is the monsoon season here. I know many of you are thinking for me and for this trip, thank you so much, always the difference maker.

a little bit later . . .

My typing was interrupted when an airport transfer agent called my name. We had to go down to the baggage claim area and find my one piece of checked luggage, it is now tagged for my final destination, and all is well. I am now sitting in the departure lounge waiting for my last flight of the day, leaving in about an hour.

I miss my wife and kids.