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PLEASE PASS THIS LETTER TO ELDERS, CHURCHES, & BRETHREN INTERESTED
IN SPREADING THE GOSPEL IN THE PHILIPPINES.
By God's grace, Jim McDonald took me to the Philippine Islands in 1995, and we continue to discuss the Lord's work there by phone every few days. He recently returned from the Philippines and I am planning my eleventh trip. God willing, I will travel and preach there for six weeks, March 24 - May 2. A couple of years ago, Steve Wallace (now preaching in Germany & Lithuania) went with me and did a superb job, and he plans to join me again, along with my own son, David. This will be the second trip for both Steve and David. Both men show excellent potential for continued work in the Philippines in the years ahead. We plan to work with several mature, sound Filipino brethren such as Ben Cruz, Lordy Salunga, Ciprinao Carpentero, Jonathan Carino, and others. Please consider with me the urgency and the focus of this upcoming trip.
I appreciate more and more Paul's statement, "For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries" (1 Cor. 16:9). So many precious souls are crying out for the gospel in the Philippines, and Satan is fighting against the truth, but the gospel just keeps spreading further and further. The words of Jesus are so appropriate and applicable, "The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few" (Matt. 9:37). Denominational preachers come by the dozens, often 100 or more, for concentrated studies for one to three days on how to establish and apply Bible authority, the Bible message of salvation in Christ, the conditions of pardon, and the Bible pattern for the work, worship, and organization of the church. Question-and-answer sessions are intensive, sometimes tense, and always productive. Not all of them obey the gospel, but some do, others return for follow-up studies conducted by Filipino brethren, and yet others resist the truth. Often those who obey the gospel suffer great adversity and privation as they break with their past denominational supporters. We promise nothingdozens and hundreds of these men live hand-to-mouth while spreading the gospel to the best of their abilities!
Of course, one of my primary purposes in going to the Philippines is to conduct study sessions to edify and strengthen our brethren in Christ, especially the preachers. At times, we join these preachers in preaching evangelistic sermons at the congregations where they work, to audiences ranging from a handful to several hundred. I thank God for the financial help of U.S. brethren and the logistical help of Filipino brethren, which makes all of this possible. God willing, I plan to visit many islands throughout the Philippines from north to south, east to west, Luzon to Mindanao, and the Visayas in-between.
The Philippine fields remain ripe unto harvest! Can you help me enter the harvest on this trip? Both churches and individuals may wish to help with funds for travel, evangelism, and benevolence. If you wish to designate funds for benevolence, I will be glad to act as your messenger in delivering them. Also, individuals may wish to provide money which can be used to help with such things as meeting houses. If you wish to designate money to buy Bibles and other literature for distribution, let me know. If any money remains at the end of the trip, I request your permission to use it for Bibles and study materials which can be sent on my return, or possibly to use it on the next trip.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for considering this request. All who help will receive a report and accounting for the funds used. May God bless you.
In Christian love,