Tuesday was an even better day than Monday.
All of the 2 person teams are going through the neighborhoods of the town, knocking on doors and meeting people on the street. It has been a very different experience for me and I am having to learn quickly!
My interpreter, Pol, and I had 3 Bible studies on Tuesday. One, a lady named Rewan, was very receptive to the message. She was very deep in her Catholic belief but by the grace of God she was able to understand the clear message of the scriptures. After the lesson she asked to be baptized, and we gladly assisted her. What a feeling, to see someone put on the Lord in baptism! The team has had a total of 38 baptisms this week. It’s been fantastic!
Pol is a wonderful Christian who helps this young American through the rough spots. I don’t think I could do it without him. If fact, I know I couldn’t.
I have been eating well…mostly chicken prepared different ways. And lots of rice! But I'm not complaining. It's food and I'm blessed. Yesterday I had coconut milk right out of the coconut. It was delicious. I’ve also tried guava, and the pineapple here is amazing.
I did have one interesting experience yesterday. We were walking through an alley way in between huts. Some ducks were following us, and all of a sudden 2 of the ducks flew in and started nibbling on me. Pol was on the ground laughing. I told them I watched “Duck Dynasty,” but it didn’t seem to help.
Thanks again for all your prayers and support. God is certainly good, and He proves it here in the Philippines everyday.
After nearly missing our connection in Tokyo on Friday, we made it into Manila a little after 9pm. After a good night’s rest, we headed out for the Pacific Theological College where we were guests at the wedding of one of the teachers.
On Sunday, our group split into four smaller groups to visit congregations in the area. My group went to Kilmasan and Laoac. At Laoac preached for the first time. I thought I'd need a translator so I shortened it but it ended up I didn't need one so it was about a 10 minute lesson.
There were 12 baptisms at the various congregations on Sunday, a good way to start the week!
On Monday we conducted a medical mission, seeing to the various needs of the Binmaley community. There were 200+ patients throughout the day, everything from the common cold to a man who needed an amputation (he was advised to seek help from a hospital). We handed out over 1500. I helped pass out medicine and also went to the market to buy water for the patients.
As the patients came in and registered, they were asked if they might want a Bible study. From those efforts, another 4 put on the Lord in baptism!
Tuesday is our first day of doorknocking. I am as ready as I will ever be! Thank you all for your prayers.
So I'm safe and sound in the Philippines. After running through the Tokyo airport and a longggg flight, I'm here. Dead tired and ready for some sleep, but excited to start working for the Lord.