Thursday, September 27, 2007

Back Home

For security reasons, I did not post from “Nevada.” I am now safely back home in Iloilo. The hardest part of making these trips is being away from my favorite people. I really hate to be away from my family. I got home around lunchtime. I love coming home to the hugs and kisses of my wife and kids.

I was in “Nevada” for three days. It is always good to visit there. This was my fifth trip to “Nevada.” We had nearly sixty students at the Bible school. Many of these students are already helping lead and pastor churches in the Underground, or will eventually plant their own church after they graduate.

Our agency, Calvary International, has been conducting Bible schools (CBI, Calvary Bible Institutes) throughout Asia for almost twenty years. Statistically one in three CBI graduates go on to plant their own church. There are over three billion people in Asia. Calvary Bible Institute is training church leaders to help transform over one-third of the globe for Christ.

Helping train church leaders, this is why I love being a missionary.

Pictures from this incredible trip can be found here.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

From Cambodia

Today I completed my first day of teaching here in Cambodia. We have about eighty students. They are all very eager and excited. They ask many questions, and just want to know more and more.

What am I doing here? How did I get to be here? In the midst of my teaching time today, I glanced up from my Powerbook and was about to move on to my next point--I looked up and saw the students looking at me, waiting for the next point, and I could not help but wonder “how did I get to this place?”

It is very humbling for me to be doing this. I am by no means an expert or a theologian. I do not have a Master’s in Divinity. There are so many more who are more qualified that I am. So what am I doing here?
While, yes there are many more who are more qualified than I--better theologians or more experienced teachers--they are not here, and I am. So I can only ask that God would use me and speak through me. He is the final and best expert on this subject (after all this is a Bible school). So in all my limitations and inadequacies, all I can do is depend on His anointing.

I love doing this. I love helping the local church in Cambodia.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Prayer Alert

Tomorrow morning I leave for Cambodia and "Nevada." Please keep me and my family in your prayers. I return to home on the 27th of this month. I will be teaching in a Bible school in Cambodia for three days, and then also with the Underground Church in "Nevada." While Cambodia is a free and open country, "Nevada" is not. Please pray for my protection, and also keep my family in prayer while I am gone.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

My Brother, My Mentor

I believe in having a mentor. I believe in submitting to someone and being accountable to someone. I believe in finding someone who has more life experience and more wisdom, and spending time with that person to learn from and build relationship with. I am privileged to call Chaz Yandall my mentor.

To talk to him, he would not lay claim to that title. He says we just hang out, becoming closer as brothers as we also become closer to Christ. Truly he does bless me as a great friend and brother.

At the same time I learn much from him and his experience. First there is the uniqueness of his family. He and his wife Terrie have twenty six kids. That is not a typo. The full story of their very special family is another blog entry altogether. Also Chaz is a pastor and missionary here in the Philippines with almost twenty years experience on the field. Most of all is the strength and simplicity of this faith. He is truly a Christ follower.

Today I had lunch with my mentor, to glean from his wisdom and seek his input on some of my questions. We went to my favorite Filipino restaurant, eMillion. The food was great, the company was even better.