Wednesday, November 20, 2013

They Were Once his Enemies, Now they are his Mission Field

Recently I was blessed to travel with Go To Nations president Jerry Williamson (pictured below) and his team of pastors and ministers. He took them on a trip to Davao, Philippines for a pastors conference for church leaders who minister to the tribal people groups in Southern Philippines. Some readers may recall I have served this effort before.

On this trip we met Pastor Manuel (pictured below with his hands raised). He has an interesting history; he is a former cannibal.

Now he leads a very different life as the pastor of his church among his tribe, and also as a missionary to other tribes in Southern Philippines. The tribes that were once his enemies, they are now his mission field.

It is hard for me to fathom what his faith costs him. It is hard for me to fathom what sacrifices and dangers he must face as he ministers to warring tribes. Join me in prayer for Pastor Manuel, and join me by being inspired by his example.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Relief, by Christine

I have often seen others doing relief work after a devastating storm and thought how awesome and exciting it must be to be in the front lines helping those who have just been through the tragedy. But Wednesday as I began helping with the relief work here in Iloilo, I realized- as I counted out matchboxes, sorted clothes, stuffed bags with food, folded tarps and cut hundreds of meters of twine- that relief work is tedious and laborious and desperately needed even without the excitement and glory that I so mistakenly thought it was like.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I realize now after traveling north and seeing the loss of infrastructure, the loss of houses and the loss of so much nature- a thousand words is really not even enough to express the loss so many have felt.  

Each house that was lost during the storm represents a family. Before we headed north, it was hard to grasp how much damage one storm could do, but now I have seen. I wish the pictures could represent it more fully. On Saturday Eric, Faith and I, left our house at 7am to travel north three hours to Sitio Dae-as Lupo Altavas Aklan. We traveled with fellow missionaries Nate and Abegail Shuck and some friends. We took bags of food and tarps for 125 families there.

While we were there I met a woman who was in her house as the roof was ripped off.  I asked her if she was afraid- she looked at me with tears welling in her eyes and nodded.

Another woman just cried and hugged all of us so thankful for the little we had to give.  As we left, they told us we were the first ones to bring any relief aid at all. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

This is Next!

We are moving!

We informed many of you when we visited the States this summer. In case our paths did not cross, we are announcing that we are moving to Thailand.

Our target date is June 2014.

We will be moving directly from the Philippines to Thailand. Our last few months here will be full, working with our missionary team, directing another Timothy Internship Program, and also one last Summer at Camp Sonshine Philippines.

We are very excited about this next nation. In Thailand we will continue to work with the Go To Nations teams throughout the Asia-Pacific region. We will also be involved in teaching in Bible schools, and we will also help rescue individuals enslaved in human trafficking.

We are confident Christ has called us to Thailand. This is the next nation for us to make history. Please keep our family in prayer.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Journey of a Ten Thousand Miles . . .

begins with the first step.

Once again we will be making the trip to the other side of the world.  The details:

Wednesday September 11, 2013
Baltimore Washington International to Chicago O'Hare on United flight 1127 departing Baltimore, MD 10:10a arriving in Chicago, IL 11:12a.

Chicago O'Hare to Hong Kong International on United flight 895 departing Chicago, IL 12:30p arriving Hong Kong, SAR 5:20p on Thursday September 12.  This flight is FIFTEEN HOURS AND FIFTY MINUTES!!

Friday September 13
Hong Kong International to Iloilo International on Cebu Pacific flight 5J 243 departing Hong Kong, SAR 2:20a arriving in Iloilo City, Philippines 4:45a.

We fly direct from Hong Kong into our city, Iloilo, bypassing the chaos of Manila, so much easier, no need to overnight in the capital city, no crowds, traffic, etc.

Pray for safe and uneventful travels, and also pray for favor at immigration when we enter the Philippines.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Journey of (Almost) Ten Thousand Mlles . . .

begins with the first step.

Cebu Pacific airlines flight 542 Iloilo to Manila departing Iloilo 6:05 AM arriving in Manila 7:05AM.

China Southern airlines flight 3092 Manila to Guangzhou, China departing Manila 11:55 AM arriving in Guangzhou 2:15 PM.

Seven hour layover in China, hoping to take advantage of the free Chinese transit visa so we can make a day trip into Guangzhou.

China Southern airlines flight 327 departing China 9:30 PM arriving in Los Angeles May 8 7:00 PM PDT. On this flight we will be taking the largest commercial passenger jet in service, the Airbus A 380.

Delta airlines flight 883 Los Angeles to Orlando departing Los Angeles 10:18 PM arriving in Orlando Thursday May 9 5:59 AM.

Please pray for safe and uneventful travels.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Changing Lives Who will Change Nations

Timothy Internship Program Iloilo, Philippines 2013 from David Anasco.

We have successfully completed another Timothy Internship Program. This was our fifth internship in Iloilo, Philippines. Many of our interns have gone on to full-time missionary service. We are blessed to be changing lives who will change nations.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

March 28, 1995

Where were you on March 28, 1995? I know exactly where I was on that day.

I was in the Philippines then, in a remote area of Mindanao called Tagoloan, near the bigger city of Cagayan de Oro. I was in the Philippines on a missions internship, working as an associate pastor with a network of local churches.

A man approached me telling me that he has been instructed to inform me that I needed to be at the airport in Cagayan de Oro at a certain time that afternoon, I was to meet an arriving passenger (I had no idea who, but I was told that the arriving passenger would know me), and there I would receive further instructions.

It all sounded kind of mysterious to me, but I told the stranger that I would be at the airport at the assigned time. The pastors I was working with agreed to accompany me.

I went about my business of the day. We were starting to work on doing Camp Sonshine with the churches there. I had counselor training in the morning, and then we were going to visit with some families for lunch. Eventually we found our way into the city and to the airport. I still remember sitting in the airport cafe with Pastor Dan and Pastor Gallure, drinking Sprite, waiting for the plane to arrive.

The rest is tragic history. It was my grandmother who got off the plane that afternoon, and she informed me that my brother Eric had been killed in a car accident. After a whirlwind of activity, plane rides, etc. I found myself in my Mom's house in Ocala, having made it back just in time for the funeral.

People who knew me before the 28th of March, 1995, say I changed after this event. I was told that I really mellowed out. I used to be what one friend called a "hard nose," a very high strung "type A" personality, and then after I mellowed out and became more even-keeled.

I call this day Eric's Day, the day he made the leap from earth to Heaven. I celebrate his short life. My brother and I did many things together. One of the most amazing things we got to do was minister side by side, sharing God's love on the mission field and also at Camp Sonshine, Maryland. In fact my first ever missions trip was with my brother, we went to Satillo, Mexico. My brother had a fiery passion for Christ and His kingdom, desiring only to be in the center of God's will.

I am blessed to have a son whom we have named in memory of my brother. I pray that my son, Eric Joseph Anasco, shares the same depth of faith and godliness as his namesake.

I miss you, Eric. I know you are interceding on my behalf in the cathedral of Heaven. You are in that great cloud of witnesses, spoken of in Hebrews 12, cheering me on.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Hebrews 12:1

Eric, I miss you.

Eric Joseph Anasco
November 13, 1972 to March 28, 1995

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Year in Review

2012 was yet another amazing year for our family. 
Eric started working at a local coffee shop ministry called FUEL. Eric is a volunteer, learning barista skills.
Chris started ministering along side Go To Nations missionaries Natalie Mattes and Yolanda Ortega, working with them at the San Isidro Relocation village and also at the Calajunan city trash dump site.
Of course she continues to work with the Sonshine Center and the preschool and the scholarship program.
We start every year with our Timothy Internship Program. This year we had our largest batch ever, fifteen interns
Here are eight of them on a trisikad, I think they could fit at least one more.
Of course we continued to work with Camp Sonshine Philippines and the summer camps. Once again,we ministered to over 1,000 kids.
Eric, Faithy, and Danny are not campers anymore, they are assistant counselors, helping with games . . .
helping with crafts . . . 
helping lead assembly . . .
helping minister the love of Christ.
Big games require big equipment.
My Mom came to visit (TWICE!) My brother Rey also spent Christmas with us.
We made a family trip to beautiful Thailand, an amazing country we hope to visit again.
We barely fit in a tuk tuk.
We are so blessed to minister with Go To Nations, and the amazing Asia-Pacific Team.
Of course everyone got a year older.
From our family to yours, Happy New Year!
May 2013 be a year of God's continued strength, favor and grace.