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.

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