Tuesday, December 18, 2012

San Isidro Relocation Village

San Isidro is one of the sites in Iloilo where hundreds of families have been relocated. Most of the families were moved there after Typhoon Frank flooded areas of Iloilo in 2008. Since that time, Go To Nations missionaries have been working in San Isidro to help the families in the community. I have been blessed to join Natalie Mattes every Thursday in the community. We spend much of our time walking around the community meeting people, praying for families and tutoring some of the children. 
This past Sunday I was able to join the CHE visitor graduation ceremony and Christmas party. CHE stands for Community Health Evangelism- it is a program designed to educate the community on healthy living and growing spiritually. The great thing about the program is that it is organized and run by the people in the community. 

Ma'am Rose is a CHE trainer and pastor of a weekly Bible Study in San Isidro.  She has been faithfully serving in San Isidro since the work started there.

 There is always singing at Christmas parties.

 I tutor this young girl every Thursday. I love visiting with this family.

This is the first group of CHE visitors with Ma'am Rose. Hopefully Natalie and Ma'am Rose will train another batch of CHE visitors next year.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

People are Our Project

In about two months, the next Timothy Internship Program (TIP)-Iloilo, Philippines will begin. This is one of the most rewarding and challenging aspects of our missionary life. To refresh your memory, TIP is a ten week internship where we train future full time missionaries. We have directed four internships here in Iloilo so far.
Of the interns who have participated in these four internships, many are now full time missionaries with Go To Nations, currently serving on the foreign mission field.

Natalie Mattes serves with us here in Iloilo. She has a heart to reach the people of the San Isidro Relocation Village. She labors there weekly, doing community development, a livelihood project, and she is also helping plant a local church in that village. Christine joins Natalie each Thursday to minister at the village.

Natalie oversees a tutoring program for the street kids of the Sonshine Center and she helps lead worship at her local church. She is also a graduate student at Regent University, achieving her MBA.
Natalie is also the assistant director the Timothy Internship Program here in Iloilo, greatly and ably assisting Christine and I to train future full time missionaries.
Rodney McDonald is the founder and director of the Calvary Bible Institute-Iloilo Bible school, currently in it's second year. After spending years building relationships with the pastors of many local churches here in Iloilo, he has now offered these churches Bible training for their church leaders and staff. CBI has a "teach and release" philosophy of training. Churches will send their leaders and ministers to CBI, they become equipped through a formal Bible school training, and then they are released back into their local church as able and more mature ministers. Currently the second batch of CBI-Iloilo has over twenty Bible school students.

Rodney also teaches in Bible schools throughout Southeast Asia, having taught in Macau, Nepal, and in closed access nations.
Rodney has a vision to expand CBI Iloilo to the more remote areas of our island.
Craig and Jen Ames and their son Samuel are brand new to the mission field. They completed their internship in April of this year, and they have recently made the leap of faith to their first full time foreign missions posting in Thailand. The Ames have a heart to reach people involved in human trafficking. Their missionary adventure has just begun.

These are just a few of the missionaries who have completed the Timothy Internship Program, Iloilo. Others are serving or have served in many nations. Our project is people- training, encouraging, equipping people to do incredible things for God. Raise up ministers, and ministry will follow. If you raise up a ministry, when you are finished and leave the field, then you are done. When you raise up ministers, you are never done. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

We Need a Big Favor, Don't Read Unless You Will Actually Do This

I know many of you hold our family tight in prayer. For that we are so thankful. As you pray, could you make this declaration over us, our family, and our ministry?

"Thank you Lord for the missionaries and their families. We ask that You would:

Encourage them by Your Word and promises.

Give them understanding, wisdom, insight and FRESH revelation.

Help them to be strong in supernatural strength and ability.

May signs and wonders follow them wherever they go.

We pray for open doors of ministry, necessary visa’s, permits and extraordinary language aptitude.

Give divine favor and connections. Open doors that no man can shut and make the impossible, possible.

Comfort them in times of loneliness.

Give them friends and relationships with like hearted people.

Lift them above every obstacle that appears before them.

Give them dreams in the night seasons from Your heart.

We cut off every assignment from the enemy and we speak breakthrough in every area that is causing discouragement, fear or doubt.

We ask for Your peace and joy to invade their circumstances.

We speak divine protection and good health over them.

We ask for provision spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially.

We speak victory over them and bless, bless, bless them Lord Jesus!

This is the missionary declaration used by Bill Johnson's Bethel Church of Redding, CA.

Thank you so much for declaring this over our missionary work, and over any other missionaries you may know.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We Will Always Be Teachers

Some of you may know that when Chris and I were first married, we were teachers. We both worked in the public schools and in the private schools teaching third grade and preschool (Chris), and teaching middle school and computers (yours truly).

This week we continued our teaching careers. Chris taught the parents of our Sonshine Center kids at their breakaway service. She spoke on the power their words have on their children. I taught the FUEL.PH crew on hermeneutics. 

Going back to our roots:
If you haven't yet been to FUEL, you really need to check out this place.

Believe it or not, theological topics like hermeneutics are actually quite fascinating.

She don't need no translator--Chris taught most of her lesson in Ilonggo.

There is no time like the present.  Chris had the parents write positive and encouraging words for each of their kids so they could begin putting this lesson into practice right away.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Daniel Patrick Anasco, Age 6, "FBI"

I hope you, dear reader, have been fortunate enough to know our second born son, Daniel Patrick Anasco. If you have been so lucky, then you know an amazing boy, full of life, full of joy. As you may remember, Daniel was born here in Iloilo. He is what they call an "FBI," a Full Blooded Ilonggo. His birth day story is an amazing testimony of God's faithfulness.

It is hard to believe that was six years ago today.

A few minutes old. I look like my Dad, the late Dr. Anasco.

Age one.

Age two.

Age three.

Age four, his first day of preschool.

Age five, facing the Dark Side.

A few days before his sixth birthday.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Her Name is Angel, an Update, From Chris.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a little girl that I had met named Angel. At the end of that post I wrote that I will some day see her laughing and dancing. For Angel the day for dancing and laughing has come.

Sadly the day for me to see her dancing and smiling will not come for a while. On July 12, Angel went to be with the Lord.

It was a hard day, but a meaningful one because I was able to spend the entire day with Angel's older sister and brother, Geraldine and Gerald. A few other missionaries and I were able to be with them, sit with them, cry with them on this difficult day. We have built a relationship with this family that I believe is eternal and it is worth all the tears.

Truly- "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Another Guest Post from Chris: My Saturday Afternoons

I have been spending my Saturday afternoons at Calajunan, the city dump site. Along with fellow Go To Nations missionary, Yolanda Ortega, we visit the families who live there, praying with them, inviting them to the kids club at Hope Center church, and just building relationship with them. 

Here is a video Yolanda made of one of our Saturday visitations:

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Guest Post from Chris: Her Name is Angel

Last month I met a little girl named Angel.  

She is three years old. She has an older sister and an older brother who adore her. 

I visit her twice a week to read books to her, sing songs with her, and pray for her healing. I have never seen her dance or laugh. I have never seen her smile or cry. I have never seen her awake. When I met her, she was already in a coma from which the doctors say there is no hope of recovery.  But . . . God. I serve a God of the impossible and I believe He can heal her. I had a dream recently where Angel was dancing and singing. In my dream, I wept and when I woke up, I continued weeping. I so long to see her awake- smiling, laughing, dancing. I know some day I will. 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Friday, June 15, 2012

I Know I Sound Like a Broken Record . . .

but we firmly believe that our kids are not "future" missionaries, they are missionaries NOW.

This was reinforced this summer camp season (April to June). Eric, Faith, and Daniel worked all summer helping Camp Sonshine Philippines minister to over 1,000 kids. 

While this was not their first summer doing ministry at Camp Sonshine, this was the summer of their greatest growth in ministry. Eric grew in the area of spiritual maturity, giving morning devotions for the first time and also becoming more involved in prayer ministry. Faith and Danny grew in taking ownership of their responsibilities. They were not campers, they were there to work. 

There is something truly profound about watching your children do ministry. Since we are in the Philippines, we don’t have the opportunity to watch Eric play flag football, or watch Danny play on a t-ball team. We love sports, and we miss that very much. While athletic accomplishments can make you famous and get your name in the newspaper, doing ministry makes Jesus famous, and the impact is eternal. 

This is why we love watching our kids doing ministry. What they are learning and building is eternal. They are learning that they can be used by God at any age. They are learning to become part of something bigger than themselves. And they are reaping an eternal as well as an earthly reward.

The theme for summer camps this year was “Treasures in Heaven.” With their labors this summer, Eric, Faith and Danny have truly stored up for themselves many treasures in Heaven.

“Lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20, 21

Sunday, May 06, 2012

These Kids Have to PAY to Come to Camp?

We are knee deep in Summer Camps.  Recently we did Camp Sonshine at Calajunan, the city trash dump site where some of the poorest kids in Iloilo live. These kids were charged fifteen pisos to go to Camp Sonshine.

What do we think we are doing charging these kids to come to camp! How can we do this to some of the poorest of the poor?

Camp Sonshine works with Hope Center, a local church plant in Calajunan started by Pastora Pilar and Go To Nations missionaries Nate and Abegail Shuck. Most of the kids who came to camp already come to the weekly ministry at Hope Center.

The leadership of the church wanted to teach their kids that they are valued, and that nice things also have value. Usually you don't value things that are free. The ministers at Hope Center did not want to give a handout, they wanted to teach their kids about stewardship and value. So they charged the kids to come to camp.

They challenged them to do odd jobs, find money on the ground, and save their pisos and their centavos so they could go to camp. Over 100 kids were able to save up and attend camp. Several of the kids were sponsored by their older siblings. For the tuition cost of camp they got three days of Camp Sonshine fun, lunch (oftentimes their only meal of that day), snacks, crafts, and their very own 2012 Camp Sonshine Philippines t-shirt.

Fifteen pisos is less than half a U.S. dollar.

Thursday, April 05, 2012