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Missionary Spotlight – William Carey School of Theology Philippines
July 2007
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – William Carey School of Theology Philippines

William Carey School of TheologyPhilippines  It was a dull morning but the sea was calm as I emerged on deck. This was the most relaxing part of my journey. I had flown from Durham to London Heathrow, and on to Hong Kong, finally arriving in Manila on the morning of Friday 13 October 2006. I then headed straight for the port and booked an overnight sailing to Iloilo on the Philippine island of Panay. Now here I was sitting on the deck of St Joseph the Worker on Saturday morning alternately reading and watching, as the islands went by in the tropical heat. Teaching The...

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Missionary Spotlight – Philippines; the William Carey School of Theology – Janet Billson
August 2006
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Philippines; the William Carey School of Theology – Janet Billson

The WCST has its first graduates! These are the first-fruits of a work begun in October 2001 when four men travelled to the Philippines to launch this project for the Lord. Born out of prayer, the school was created to train spiritual leaders – men who would shape churches and influence nations.   Responding to an invitation from Warlito Monsalud, president of the Conservative Bible Believer Ministers’ Fellowship, Dr Bob Penhearow and his team of lecturers began to prepare students in the Philippines for their Diploma in Theology. The first twelve graduated in May 2006 after five years of diligent study. There was a sense...

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The little man of Mindoro
November 2005
Philippines

The little man of Mindoro

Margaret and I began our ministry in the Philippines in 1970 on the small island of Mindoro. As new missionaries, we were discouraged. With no savings, and no income for three months, we struggled to learn a new language and a new culture. Early one morning during a typhoon, Margaret shook me awake, groaning in pain. Flipping through our medical book, I suspected acute appendicitis. But how could I find a doctor at this time of night? Perhaps the neighbours could help. I woke them at 2.00am and they told me of a Christian Filipino doctor who had a small mission clinic about 15 kilometres...

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June 2005
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-Pentecostals in the Philippines

ETwould not normally get involved in the work of Pentecostal churches, but this contribution from Reformed Baptist pastor Kent Philpotthighlights the fact that among such churches are some who genuinely seek the truth and serve the Lord.   A few years ago I spoke at a two-day conference for church leaders in Iloilo City, Panay. The meeting place was filled with men and women, with standing room only at the rear. They were mostly young people though a few had reached their forties. Pastor Joemarie Sulmaca, supervisor of Foursquare (Pentecostal) Churches in the Philippine District of West Visayas, was the conference organiser. He is 48...

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Missionary Spotlight
June 2005
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight

Opportunities in the Philippines It was a fine morning — warm and sunny — as 41 men and 4 women gathered at the William Carey School of Theology in Iloilo City in the Philippines. It was my privilege to teach the first part of their systematic theology course, lasting five days. The previous week Dr David Sloss from Canada had lectured on Old Testament Survey. The students meet like this for a fortnight on two occasions a year. Iloilo is the largest city on the island of Panay, in the Western Visayas — roughly in the middle of the Philippines. The students came from Panay...

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Missions – a perennial problem
January 2005
Philippines

Missions – a perennial problem

When a young pastor named Rey married, he and his wife settled in a small village on the island of Panay in the Philippines. He had trained for the ministry and later embraced the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace. His mother-in-law donated a piece of ground for a church building and they were able to build a small meeting place of bamboo and leaves with a metal roof. However, their chapel overlooks the sea and the roof soon had corrosion holes in it. They have begun to build a concrete structure which will be more lasting, but they have no money. In fact Rey has...

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Missionary Spotlight
April 2004
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight

Manila is a bustling mega-city of 14 million people. I have been here for seven months, working alongside Cubao Reformed Baptist Church. God is giving us many evangelistic opportunities each week, but we have seen few conversions from our work. This raises many questions. Here are two that I find challenging. Two questions   Firstly, do I really believe? As Christians we can be passionate in arguing about many aspects of the Bible. But do we really believe what we claim to understand? How do we use our knowledge? Of course, there is a need for more Bible knowledge; but surely there is a greater...

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Missionary Spotlight-Orphans at Christmas
December 2003
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-Orphans at Christmas

When we first met Rachel she was seven years old and slept at night in the back of a jeepney – a form of public transport in the Philippines – with her grandmother, who was sick with TB. Her mother had died in childbirth and her father had disappeared. We had been praying as a church in Manila about how we could help the poor around us and were led by God to begin a small home for street children. We had a very small flat at the back of our church, and Rachel became the first resident. Her old grandmother died not long after....

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