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5th Trip to Pilar Camotes

Just got back from our 5th trip to Pilar, CamotesPictures can be found here.  There are not alot of pictures of us actually distributing the items we took, because most of our time was taken up by a wedding.  It was a blessing – this couple has been living together for 8 years, recently got saved and wanted to make things right with God.  So they desired to get married.  Because I am licensed to marry people in the Philippines we decided this would be a great time to do the marriage.  So Andoy and Annalisa were married on Thursday, February 6, 2014!

There were close to 100 people in attendance – in the pictures you will not see that many because many were cooking and helping during the actual wedding – but they were within hearing distance of the wedding.  I allowed their pastor, Pastor Arturo Degulacion to do the majority of the wedding.  He preached and had an invitation and most of the people present raised their hand that they wanted to accept Jesus as their Savior.  They then prayed out loud to do so!

After the wedding we went to drop the paperwork at the civil registers office.  I had built a rapport with him over the previous day when he helped with making sure all the paperwork and requirements were correct for the wedding.  On my certificate that allows me to marry my position is listed as “Chief Minister” (as in Chief Minister of Open Door Baptist Church Carcar).  He thought I was the “Chief Minister” over all Baptists!  He asked Pastor Arturo about it after I left.  Pastor Arturo explained to him, and the door was opened for him to be able to witness to him.  The civil register and the two ladies who work in his office got saved!

For the relief efforts we took 70 pieces of Amacan.  Amacan is bamboo sliced fairly thin and then woven onto a 4×8 piece used for the walls of houses – much like you may use plywood.  It allows air in, but is tight enough to allow privacy.  We only took 70 pieces because it is extremely difficult to find right now because of the typhoon and so many people rebuilding.  So it was a great blessing to those who were able to receive it.  We know of people in Pilar who ordered amacan and have been waiting for over 1 month now to receive it.

We also took fish nets.  The fish nets are not for fishermen, but for individual households.  Everyone lives near the sea in Pilar, and the small fishnets we took will allow them to put the net out in the morning at low tide and go back in the evening at high tide and hopefully have dinner.

We also left some money with Pastor Arturo to hire a chainsaw.  Many people have the roofing and nails they need to build, but cannot afford to hire the chainsaw to cut the trees that fell during the storm.  Hopefully this will allow them to finish what they need to get the most basic of human needs – shelter.

It was a blessing to have electricity this trip, even if was only from 5pm to 10pm.  It allowed us to charge our cell phone and have lights.  It is amazing to think that for three whole months the people there have been without electric!  While there are a few with generators most people could never afford one.  The island of Pilar is not connected to the national power grid.  They have their own diesel power plant and it is located just about 100 feet from the church.  From 5pm to 10pm it sounded like a tractor trailer was idling!  It was loud, but no one complained, because it beat being left in the dark!

We are so thankful to those who have given money and prayers for the relief efforts.  It has made a difference in the lives of the people we have been able to help, and also to the church.

4th Trip to Camotes

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Just got back from our 4th trip to Pilar Camotes to distribute relief goods.  You can view the pictures here.  We took with us 250 pieces of roofing.  50 were left in Poro Camotes with Pastor Jun Lavandero and the remaining 200 were taken to Pilar, Camotes to Pastor Arturo Degulacion and Pilar Bible Baptist Mission.  Our team left on Tuesday and we were supposed to return on Friday.  God had other plans though, and we were stranded until Sunday morning, Jan 9.  It made for an interesting Sunday because I was gone, Chris was gone (who normally would preach if I was not there), Bro DonDon was gone (who also could preach if necessary).  So we had no one left in Cebu who could preach from our church!  Thankfully, we have a good friend, Pastor Johny Lim, who was able to cover for us.

The distribution went very well.  Pastor Arturo decided to have his first service on Wednesday evening and there were so many people there!  If I remember correctly the attendance was exactly 60!  To God be the glory!  We saw many people saved as a result of being able to visit in their houses.  We also had one of the men who was with us, Bro. Rick who desired to get baptized, so we baptized him right there!  It was a blessing.  We also built and delivered two pulpits – one for Pastor Jun and the other for Pastor Arturo.  Since they have only been on their islands for a little while and are just starting their churches, they did not have pulpits – now they do!

This trip was exactly two months to the day after the typhoon struck.  It is amazing to see the hard work and determination of the people.  The cleanup is complete and they are rebuilding now in full force.  If you did not know what had happened just a few months earlier, you would not believe that such a powerful storm had ripped through this little island.

We are already looking forward to our next trip.

 

Trip to Pilar Camotes

 

These are the second batch of people to receive relief goods.

They were all very thankful for what we were able to provide for them

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Revival Meeting

Well, we just finished a revival meeting with Pastor Derrick Goette visiting and a few members of his church, Harvest Baptist Church in Canada.  We are so thankful for the way the Lord moved in the meetings and left our church enthusiastic for the things of God.  Every night – starting on Wed the 18 and finishing on Sunday the 22nd – we had service and a powerful message from the Word of God.

Exhausting But Exhilarating

It is almost 8pm on Thursday October 1st.  We have been out at schools all day long.  We had the opportunity today to do a feeding at a school in Manatd – Manatd Elementary School.  There are approximately 400 student at this elementary school.  We have taught at the school before, but there was some resistence from some of the faculty of the school.  Previously Pastor Johnny Lim (a local pastor here from in the mountains and good friend) only had the money to feed 1-2 grades of students here.  After the last time we were able to teach at this school the Lord really spoke to my heart about feeding the whole school.  By doing this we soften the hearts of some of the faculty and they will be more tolerant of what we are doing.  Also it meets a great physical need for the students and parents.  Many of these children do not get the proper nutrition they need.  We feed them soup that has about 10 different vegetables plus some fish in it as well as a hard-boiled egg.  It tastes good and is very nutricious.  There was a buzz of excitement as we showed up and began preparing the meal.  It was very exciting.  It is the kind of thing the kids will talk about and remember.  We will try to do this again next month as budget allows.  The attitude of many was changed drastically from the last time we were there.  It is difficult to describe but the reception from the faculty was much better – some even helped in cooking and serving!

After the feeding and teaching at the school we went to Papan National High School.  This marks the fourth time we have taught at this school.  They allow us 1 hour which usually turns into 1 hour and a half.  It has been great to get to know some of the students better and most of them have made professions of faith.  Today I taught about different belief systems.  I will try to post a PDF file of the paper I gave them.  It is a fairly in depth study that should allow them to make better decisions in life.  Many criticize teaching in schools saying that you can not really disciple students that way.  I disagree.  What those kids were taught today could stick with them the rest of their life.  It may keep some girl from getting pregnant before she is married because she know that no matter what other say about her God still oves her and accepts her.  It may keep some young man from living a life as a drug addict knowing he is accepted of God and does not need to perform to the worlds standards.  The last time I checked Isaiah 55:11 was still in the Bible “… It (My Word) shall not return unto Me void”!

From there we went to Papan Elementary School – just a couple of hundred yards away.   Only a half hour allowed there so a quick review and test of the lesson they had two weeks ago and them some teaching on the sin nature of man the perfection of Christ.  It is great to see kids “get it”.  If you have ever taught kids you know exactly what I am talking about – when the light goes on!  By God’s grace I was able to see much of that today.

Will be doing at least one more High School tomorrow on the other side of the island.  They say there are 39 rooms in the High School – That probably translates to approximately 1,600 students!  Pray that God would keep this door open for us.