Thursday, January 28, 2010

More Internship, and Saying Goodbye

The internship continues to be an incredible time of impartation and ministry. We ministered at a prison and a house church. Praise the Lord, several people made decisions for Christ at the house church!

We have also been blessed to have our Vice-president of Field Ministries, Tim Lovelace, here in Iloilo. He has been teaching internship classes and imparting blessing and vision into the lives of all of us here in Iloilo. We are sad to see him go, knowing that when he comes he is always a huge blessing. To send him off in grand style we did karaoke at a local KTV club:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Internship Ministry at Youth Blast, Full Gospel Center Church

Friday night the interns were blessed to minister at Full Gospel Center Church youth service. Two of our interns gave testimonies and Pastor Rianne gave a stirring message about moving deeper and greater into what God has for you. It was amazing how the two testimonies lined up exactly to his message, even though we had no prior knowledge of his message. As always it is amazing to see the Holy Spirit work.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Departing

Leaping off the Leadership Development post, I have some somewhat sad news. Chris and the kids will be leaving for the States this Saturday. They leave for Manila on Friday, and then fly onward to the States on Saturday, arriving in Baltimore around midnight (Maryland time) Saturday evening.

Why is this sad? My responsibilities with the internship require me to say in Iloilo until the internship is completed. I will be returning to the States March 23. We have never been apart as a family for so long. Honestly I am very much not looking forward to being away from my family. I am not looking at this as a "break" from my kids so I can finally do some "real ministry." I am willing to fulfill my responsibilities here in Iloilo, especially as it involves training future full-time missionaries. However, I am not at all looking forward to being apart from my most favorite people in the world.

The reason why Chris needs to leave for the States at this time is because of the pregnancy, she needs to start getting care in Maryland where our fourth child will eventually be born.

Tomorrow, Thursday, we will spend one more full day together, then they leave Iloilo early Friday morning.

Please keep us in your prayers as we are apart. Please keep Chris and the kids in your prayers as they transition into life in the States. Also pray for safe and uneventful travels.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Leadership Development

If someone were to ask us our primary ministry, I would answer with two words: leadership development. Yes, we are still actively ministering with Camp Sonshine and the street kids, Chris is still serving the preschool and the scholarship program, and I am still involved in Bible schools. However, the common denominator to all of these ministry opportunities is leadership development, in other words, helping others succeed. Another way to describe this: making disciples.

We have begun our second internship here in Iloilo. We are training seven future missionaries. This current batch is somewaht unique in that we have two married couples, and one of the couples has a four month old baby.

So this is what we will be up to these next few months.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010