Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Website for our Mission Work in Tuktukan is now the cyber-address for our church plant in Tuktukan, Taguig City. We are excited to be able to have yet another way to promote the cause of Christ in our corner of the mission field. Please take a look. And if you have a way of promoting it via online or word of mouth, we would appreciate it. Mt. Zion Baptist Missions Philippines is also on Facebook at & on Twitter @mzbmp and on YouTube. Thank you, friends, for your faithfulness in love and prayers. God bless you!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Vacation Bible School 2018 - A Recap

The Lord gave us a wonderful VBS. This is our first ever VBS, and God is good! It was five days of Bible lessons, songs, story, fun, craft, and snacks. Here were some of the children who were gathered and eagerly awaiting the opening day. We started at 10 AM and they were already there at 8 AM. The district office (which allowed us the use of their fourth floor) was surprised, and so were we. HA!

Marcia planned the entire program, and the Lord blessed us with many great helpers. We made it a point to ask friends to pray, especially since most of these children are "unchurched" and "street kids" (meaning: unruly). The Lord was good, and although there were some challenges along the way, there was a holy hush especially during the critical junction of the Bible lesson (which is basically preaching - ha!, I was able to preach four gospel messages and one discipleship message for Christians).

Sister Lot was able to help translate Marcia's story time. The children listened excellently. They even played a review game, and the children were going crazy over the game time. They are so very competitive. It sure was a lot of fun. Even some of the workers got "into it" and were at times worse than the kids. So we divided the group into two. "Team X" against "Team O" (as in tic-tac-toe) and the rest was war.

Sister Jennifer was able to lead singing. The children just enjoyed singing. There were other helpers in the background: Mr. John and Mr. Christian were behind the scenes with crowd control and refreshments. There were some parents watching the program from the back. AMEN!

The older children were able to do a lap-book for their craft. Each day they pasted the proper "key" in the folder and on the last day, they could take home the five keys that we taught them, along with Marcia's new children's gospel tract. Pray that the Lord would continue to bless His words which are tucked into their folders. We know that His word will never return void!

Pray for the children to continue to listen well, and learn that Jesus is the key to unlocking the treasures of Heaven. Thank you for your prayers. We look forward to following up with many of the children and their parents. As always, we ask that you would earnestly and fervently pray with and for us. To God be the glory great things HE has done!
I was able to speak each day to the children about our VBS theme: "Keys to Unlocking the Treasures of Heaven." The Lord moved on three young boys' hearts and we saw them freely and gladly and completely believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. It was amazing because they had plenty of opportunities to neglect and/or forget about the message, but each of them on their own, insisted on trusting in the Lord by staying after VBS to talk and request more information. God is good!

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God did something special and eternal in the heart of our five year old, Joseph. On the fourth day of VBS, the light went on in his heart. He woke up and all day (no kidding, he kept insisting that we talk to him about how to get saved). This has been a long time coming and what an answer to our prayers, and prayers of our family and friends. Joe is happy to know that because of Jesus, his sins have been forgiven and he will for ever be with the Lord some day. Praise the LORD!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Handkerchief Fail

It was a wonderful, sunny, and summer day in Taguig City, Philippines (Sunday, April 15, 2018). A perfect day for a baptism. We had finished our afternoon church service and the candidates were ready to get baptized. I knew I didn't prepare three handkerchiefs for the candidates to use. So what do I do? I asked my wife if she, perhaps, by chance, even unusually happen to carry a handkerchief  - perhaps even three of them, you know, people carry three handkerchiefs all the time, right?! WRONG! I knew she was going to say no, but I had to ask anyway...pure reflex. Hoping against hope. It was a fail. Oh well, the baptisms still happened and all is well. Just remember, now, we all have AoI's (areas of improvement). But do enjoy this short clip! I hope it makes you smile!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Missions Revival 2018 at Glory Baptist Church, Carlisle, IA

Perhaps you would like to view a short video greeting and update that I did for Pastor Jeff Ferguson and the good folks at Glory Baptist Church, Carlisle, IA. They are having a week of special meetings for missions called "Missions Revival." Let's pray for them, and please don't forget to pray for us, too. God bless you!