Since we arrived in the Philippines back in February of this year, things have been very unpredictable. We returned with a game plan, but as most of us already know, our plans are simply a suggestion and not to be counted on too heavily.
We first began by looking for a place to begin a new church plant. Cris’ youngest brother, Sander had excitedly joined our team as a new missionary being trained and mentored under Cris’ leadership. It took a couple of months to find the right place, but God gave us peace about the new location and we were very excited about the possibilities.
Since the city of San Carlos, where the new church plant is being started, is a couple of hours from our original location, Cris and I began looking for a place to live in the city of San Carlos. We prayed and searched, but unfortunately, weren’t able to find a home for a family our size. However, we did come across several one-bedroom apartments that would work well for Pastor Sander. He agreed to move to the field and begin working while we continue to look for a place for our family.
Over the past several months, our family has been making regular trips to San Carlos to facilitate the work. Cris has also taken several solo trips to be available to advise and encourage Pastor Sander, who has done a great job of getting out and meeting new people. We are encouraged by his enthusiasm and willingness to be active in serving the Lord.
On Saturday, Aug. 6, we were able to conduct a gathering for parents and children. We had many volunteers from the mother church of our mission, Kharis Missionary Baptist Church, who helped in sharing the gospel, teaching children and gift giving. An invitation was given by Pastor Sander to conduct home Bible studies and many of those in attendance were interested and excited.
We are grateful for what God is doing and ask that you continue to pray for the church plant in San Carlos City and Pastor Sander. (firstname.lastname@example.org)