- I traveled to the U.S. for about three weeks to attend 3 conferences and meet with 3 Churches.
- I met up with three brothers who are raising support to join our training ministry in the Philippines.
- We have 5 potential modules coming up in June and July.
- We anticipate the first graduating class from The Expositor's Academy this May/June.
- My family and I will be attending the Grace Ministries International mission conference soon.
I recently returned to the Philippines after spending a weekend in Arizona to meet with friends from The Church at South Mountain and about two and a half weeks in California where I attended three conferences. My time in Los Angeles started with a missions conference at Calvary Bible Church, where I had the privilege of preaching during their Sunday morning worship services. That was followed by The The Master's Academy International's Symposium and culminated with The Shepherd’s Conference.
As good as the trip was, it was not without challenges. The first was talking my 5 year old daughter Isabella and my 1 and a half year old son Josiah with me to the U.S. For some reason, when I mentioned to others that they joined me for the 16 hour plane ride (each way), a few people repeated, “ALONE, you brought them out by YOURSELF?” Yes I did, and the Lord heard the many prayers of those who interceded for us. The kids did great flying there and back, sleeping through most of it.
|Isabella and Josiah on the flight back to the Philippines|
The next challenge was when Grandpa and Grandma Mereau came to visit the kids from North Carolina. While spending a few days with the kids at lego land, Grandpa felt sick and ended up going to the hospital and having surgery to clear some blocking in his intestines. He is still recovering and experiencing pain, but Lord willing, he should be back to normal soon. We are grateful that the kids still were able to spend about 5 or 6 days with them and I had some special time talking with Grandpa during our drive to the valley.
One of the highlights for me during my stay in California was spending time with the three men who are raising support to join our team in the Philippines. These brothers are all graduates of The Master’s Seminary and competent teachers. I look forward to serving with them, their families and growing in our relationships with the Lord and each other in the coming years. I’m praying that at least one of them can move here this year. I know that times are challenging and that raising support in todays financial climate is harder than when Jess and I first went to the Philippines almost 8 years ago, but I also know that God is not limited by the economy. I am content to wait for His perfect timing.