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New Believers!

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One of our prayers for the ministry last year was that the Lord would add three families to the church. Over the course of the year, we watched God do that!   One couple, in particular, encouraged our hearts. They had been devout Catholics all their lives, but a Baptist friend witnessed to them and invited them to their church.  When they moved to our area they started googling Baptist churches and decided to visit our church.  
After about a month, they were gloriously saved and baptized! Pastor Elbern has been having Bible studies with them weekly. During one such Bible study, they asked Pastor Elbern about idols. On their own, they brought their Catholic saint to him and said they didn’t want it in their home any more. They broke it right then and there. It’s been amazing to watch God work in their lives!  The wife is a CPS worker and has organized an event for us to speak at. So we have this unique opportunity to share Christ with possibly 200 plus mothers!  God is so good!  He is still drawing men and women to Himself, we just want to praise Him for all He is doing!God has grown our faith and this year we are praying for five new families!  :)

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Answered Prayer!

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Here’s an excerpt from our last prayer letter, in case you missed this blessing!

Great news from Bantayan Island! The Lord has given them a church building! Families from Pastor Walter’s bible study came together and built a bamboo church building on their property. Others donated rocks for the church floor. During my visit in June, I was so blessed to see the work and help with the roofing. Thank you for praying for this church plant! This is another big step for them and we are so excited to watch God grow this ministry!

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Sharing Christ

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The Lord brought a family across our path that had never heard Christ’s Gospel!  A Japanese family came to Cebu for a short vacation and to visit a couple from our church. They joined our services on Sunday; it was their very first time in church! Later that week, we had dinner with them and they asked several questions about our faith. They had seen pictures of someone dying on the cross but they had never heard who that person was and why He died. What a privilege to share salvation’s story with people who had never heard about Christ and sincerely wanted to learn. Please pray for them. Pray that they would consider Christ and His work on the cross! 

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Traveling Mercies

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We took a group of our faithful children on a special trip. Filipinos possess a great spirit of adventure; they love going places they’ve never been before! So as a reward, we took these kids to a park on top of Cebu’s newest mall.  Our trip did have some unwanted adventure. On the way to the mall, our jeepney blew a tire! When the tire blew, my heart sank and I wondered if we would be able to get the kids to our destination. Thankfully, we were able to find a safe place to park and swap the tire with a spare. Because we were able to pull over and replace the tire so quickly, we still had plenty of time to take the children to the park. When we finally made it, the smiles were everywhere!  Truly, safety is from the Lord! I’m thankful we were able to take the children on this outing with only a minor detour! 

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