Ministry Update 7/31/15

This has been a good, yet challenging week for our ministry team and partners in the Philippines.

On the good side, the badly burned boy that I spoke about last week has improved greatly after Sister Bella applied loving care and the proper treatment for a week. If you missed that story you can read about it here.

Also, just a couple days ago, Pastor Antonio was able to purchase the brand new motorcycle that we were in need of. The next step is to have the side car installed and get it registered. I and real excited to see it once it is ready to go! Materials have also been purchased for the new Sunday School building and meal center at the church. We’ll have some pictures of the construction in the coming weeks.

As for the challenging part, some of the children who we have a special interest in are really struggling. Their mother is not participating in their wellbeing and schooling like she should be and it’s really heartbreaking. Our staff is doing all they can but they are somewhat limited because of the mother. Please help us pray that this young mother would see that the most important thing she can do for her children is ensure that they are loved, educated and taught God’s Word.

Update on April’s health

It has been a while since I gave you an update about my wife April’s health so I figured I would tell you where we stand now. There has been some improvement since our return from the Philippines but she is relatively the same. It is definitely much easier for her to be at home in an air conditioned house where she is more comfortable. The doctors have told us that two of the worst things for the condition she has, Myasthenia Gravis, is heat and stress.

We told the doctor that heat and stress pretty much sums up the life of most missionaries! She is seeing a neurologist in Birmingham and also a new general practice physican as well. Basically, she has good days and bad days. On the good days she can do light house work but she has to rest a lot and just not over do it. On the bad days she has a lot of trouble breathing, chewing and swallowing in addition to the normal fatigue of the muscles she struggles with every day.

We covet your prayers for her as we continue to seek treatment and pray for healing. What we do know is that this auto immune disease doesn’t turn around over night, it just takes a while.

Coming up

This Sunday morning I will be preaching at Heritage Baptist Church in Bland, VA. Pastor Travis Price and the congregation there have been supporting our family as their missionaries to the homeless for a few years now and we are very thankful for their help.

Good Samaritan Class

On Saturday, August 8th, I will be teaching our Good Samaritan class at Porters Grove Baptist Church in Rising Sun, MD. This class is for anyone who has an interest in helping the homeless through your church.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to talk to a homeless person with confidence
  • How to know when you’re helping and when you’re not
  • How to use the four-step Good Samaritan plan
  • How to connect a homeless person to your church

And much, much more! If you are interested in attending this class, click here for more information.

Also

We have been working hard to develop a brand new meal center sponsorship program. This new opportunity gives our donors the chance to connect with a particular group of kids in a meal center and pray for them, support them and follow their progress as we minister to them each week. You can read about those efforts and opportunities here.

On Monday I will be sending out a really cool story about how our ministry in the Philippines began with the prayers of two families many years ago. I think you will really like that story so look for it early Monday morning!

As Always, I am grateful for the time you take to read our updates and follow our progress.