Greetings in the matchless name of Jesus Christ! I recently completed my third trip to the Philippines since our temporary return to the States for Jonathan’s medical treatment. Though these short-term visits seem so limited in time, God blessed this time with much being accomplished. It was gratifying to see the solid Sunday morning attendance at Harvest Baptist and to see our church family excited about the building that is going up and being improved. The auditorium is very near completion. Our city engineer is ready to give us the occupancy permit and then the building permit to begin the Sunday school building and fence permit to secure our property.
The Boltons, who have been filling in once again for us, have been a tremendous blessing and have seen 135 souls saved and 5 baptized in the months of February and March. During this their second trip from January to the end of March, they experienced the full gamut of daily missionary life. In spite of this, by God’s grace, they are still excited about and willing to return this coming September and October to serve again. Our people love them and are learning much from this dear couple’s Christ-like spirits.
John is a newly married young man I was able to lead to Christ, as well as spend time with building our relationship. While I was there, he attended a few different services with his wife who is already saved. I was pleased to learn that they attended our church services after I left as well. He plans to be baptized in April when I return.
Mel Veloso, our first man called to preach, graduates April 23 from Bible college at Hyles-Anderson Philippines. I will begin a three-week trip to the Philippines on April 19 in order to be there for the graduation and to assist in his move and transition to our main church base in Silay. Youth Camp is being held April 10-14 with two other churches since the Boltons will have left and neither Mel nor I will have yet arrived. Please pray that God will move in the hearts of the young people.
I am grateful that God has opened a door for our first medical mission in the Philippines! Fellow Christian and our friend, Filipino Doctor Edgar Gerodias, will be making this possible. It is scheduled for May 7 at our church in Silay. We will be able to assist the medical needs of 50 children and 50 adults. They will first be given a clear presentation of the Gospel, have a checkup with the doctor, and be given free medicine. We are hoping to expand this more in the future as the Lord leads; there is such a desperate need for this among the poverty stricken in the Philippines.
Jonathan is just about halfway through his chemo and, unfortunately, has developed moderate to severe hearing loss due to side effects of some of the chemo drugs he was on. We are currently in the process of getting his hearing aids right now. We trust that God has greater plans for Jonathan
than even we as his parents can imagine. Though it hurts to see him suffer in any way, we are so thankful for his happy spirit through it all and, most of all, so happy to have him still with us. We thank God for His peace and presence He gives us through our son’s cancer battle.
With preacher boy mel
Sunday morning crowd