Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Travel Day

           This evening we head off to the airport and begin a long day of travel to the Philippines, 15 hours and 40 minutes  to Hong Kong, 2 hours to Manila, 1 ½ hours to Cagayan de Oro on the southern island of Mindanao, then another 1 1/2 hour ride to our destination. We well be in Cagayan de Oro the first week of our travels.  Personally I’m not looking forward to the plane ride, although the anticipation of 30+ degree Celsius is helping.

            In the second week of our travels we head to the Metro Manila area on the northern island of Luzon.   Dr. Bredenhof will be teaching a seminary-level Reformation church history course both in Cagayan de Oro and the Manila area. There will also be opportunity for Dr. Bredenhof to preach the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ which God uses to gather His church and work faith in the hearts of those who believe.  We pray that God would bless our efforts in the Philippines and may His church grow in this country. Please pray many would come to the courses being taught and be blessed by them.  

   “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

            Besides the course being taught we will also be meeting with others doing similar work in the Philippines. I’ll write about this in future posts. I hope you follow along and feel free to comment on the blog. I haven’t thought too much about an internet connection while I’m there, hopefully it won’t be difficult to find.

            Since January 1st some parts of the Mindanao region have received over four feet of rainfall. I can’t imagine this amount of rain but I can certainly imagine that this has been a challenge for the people there. Landslides, bridges and homes washing out, rivers rising  have all been part of the difficulties encountered. Not to mention a number of deaths. We are grateful the rains have stopped, although thunderstorms are still in the forecast. 

            Please pray for traveling mercies. Please pray for the people of the Philippines and the advance of the Reformed faith.

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