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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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Missionary Spotlight-A trip to the Philippines
July 2003
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-A trip to the Philippines

At the invitation of Brian Ellis, a veteran Reformed Baptist missionary pastor, I recently had the privilege of participating in the wonderful life of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church in Quezon City, a large city constituting part of greater Manila. In 1978, Pastor Ellis began a church in his home. Now 25 years later, it has grown into a vibrant assembly, with multiple outreach to its surrounding community. Over 200 people attend the worship services weekly, conducted mainly in the Tagalog language. Conference I was invited to participate in the annual Pastors’ Conference sponsored by the church, and to teach a modular course at the Grace...

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A Macedonian call
February 2003
Philippines

A Macedonian call

2003 for me is an eventful year. I reach 65 and will be eligible for my pension. Friends of mine of the same age are retiring — some have gone to glory. One becomes aware that the years are passing very quickly, and soon we shall go the way of all the earth. I have served the Lord now for almost 37 years here in the Philippines. The Lord has been pleased to bless these years. In his mercy, my wife and I have had the privilege of being involved in the planting of at least 11 churches here in this land. Of those, two...

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Missionary Spotlight – Philippines
November 2000
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Philippines

Exciting discovery During a recent visit to the Philippines I was invited to speak to a group from the ‘Worldwide Church of God’ (WCG) in Cubao, Quezon City. It was one of the most exciting and moving meetings I have ever attended. The group call themselves the Cubao Berean Fellowship, because their one desire is to search the Scriptures and find the truth (see Acts 17:10-11). There were 18 present.   They told me of the changes that had been happening within their church. The WCG was founded by Herbert W. Armstrong, and published a magazine, The Plain Truth, for free distribution. It was generally...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – A visit to the Philippines
May 1999
Philippines

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – A visit to the Philippines

The rain was torrential, but the joy in the faces of the people was wonderful. It was the afternoon of Friday 26 February, and it was my privilege to be speaking at the Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Labo, a town about 225 miles south-east of Manila. The pastor there, Val Tanierla, had invited me to preach at a three-day conference over that weekend, and the first two sessions were held that afternoon. The overall theme was ‘The Sovereignty of God’. What impressed me was the hunger of the Christian people for the Word of God. There was a young lad sitting in the front...

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines
February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

Apollo Quiboloy is one of the most popular Filipino preachers today. His campaigns draw thousands of people in search of the miracles that he never fails to promise. His crusade slogan says in big letters, ‘Jesus, the Name above every name!’ And in that name the preacher intones to his congregation, ‘All your debts will vanish, your sicknesses will be healed; the unemployed will find five job alternatives; and, in proportion to the measure of your faith, so will be your cash rewards!’ The hearers respond with loud applause. Because of his popularity, he is sought after by politicians, eager to gain his endorsement in...

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February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

Area: 115,800 square miles. Geography: 7,100 islands (700 inhabited), stretching 1,120 miles; with Luzon, Mindanao and nine others each having over 1,000 square miles. Typhoons are frequent. There are about twenty active volcanoes. Mt Pinatubo erupted violently in 1991. A rich diversity of wildlife exists, with rainforests and 9,000 varieties of flowering plants. Half the plant and animal species are unique to the Philippines. Population: 70 million. 10 million in the capital (and chief port) Manila. Life expectancy: men 63, women 67 years. Cities: Manila, Quezon City, Cebu, Iloilo. Urbanisation – 41%. Ethnic groups: Filipino 95% (Tagalog; Cebuano; Ilocano; Hiligaynon; Waray; Tribal peoples); mixed race...

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of Philippines
February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of Philippines

Bing-bing Bing-bing was a girl of nine years. Neither she nor her younger brother, G-Boy, had ever been to school. They would visit the doors of the small rooms in the shanty community where she lived, offering to throw away the occupants’ rubbish for them. There are no dustbins, and the rubbish needs to be disposed of every day due to the heat and over-crowded conditions. By this they would earn a few coins, which they could spend on food and then await the arrival of their father. Perhaps he would come home that night, and, if he had earned some money, they might have...

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Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines
February 1999
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-The Republic of the Philippines

Political and church history The Philippines were named after Philip II of Spain (husband of ‘Bloody Mary’ and the king of the Spanish Armada). This group of islands was discovered for Spain during the ill-fated journey of Ferdinand Magellan, who set out to find a westerly route to the spice islands, which were then controlled by Portugal. Magellan was the first European to sail round the southern tip of South America and into the Pacific Ocean. He and his men arrived off the island of Cebu in the Philippines in 1521. This was the same year that Martin Luther stood before Charles V at the...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Philippines
December 1998
Philippines

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-Philippines

Cindy sat in the church service, weeping. She is only ten years old and life, it seems, has been very hard on her. Her father and mother were separated when she was only about six or seven, and she then lived with her father and younger brother in the streets. Her father made a living by selling cigarettes to customers in their cars at the nearby traffic lights. Cindy and her brother just fended for themselves. Their father would get drunk and then he would often beat them. Sometimes they stayed with their mother for a few days, but she is out much of the...

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