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[Editor's note: To read Juanito Balbin's original note, click here.]

Juanito,

By your line of reasoning the book of I Corinthians should never have been written.

Things were done poorly the Philippines in the past. Too little simple accountability was asked of those involved. "Providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men" (II Corinthians 8:21). By allowing people to be aware of past problems we are not as likely to repeat past mistakes. If a problem has been resolved, I will be happy to post the resolution on the site. But to pretend that errors did not occur is simply providing the means for similar mistakes to be repeated. It is my hope that the site encourages people to check and double check that the Lord's money is being put to proper use.

Out of curiosity, do you still continue your oversight of numerous congregations and preachers? I've wondered if it has remained the same or has grown. At one time you stated you managed to average training ten preachers a month. I've always been curious what has been your rate of retention (that is, how many preachers actually remain serving the Lord after 1, 5, or 10 years).

Jeffrey W. Hamilton
Minister and Elder at the La Vista Church of Christ near Omaha, Nebraska
http://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org

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