Saturday, May 28, 2022

Another update: May 28

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to read and pray. Recently, I was approached by a Bible College senior who explained that she is praying for our family. What a gift! I just want to say "thank you" to all of you who uphold us in sincere prayers to God Almighty, in the name of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit on behalf of our family. Thank you!

Marcia's arduous and four visits to the dental office is finally over. We praise God that the last procedure which was scheduled for another week was "moved up" due to a shift (probabbly a cancelation by someone) in the dental office. As a result she was able to get her last cleaning and fillings and that completes her dental saga. We appreciate the dental care in the Philippines but the dental care in the USA is much better. Praise God for opening up the opportunity to get it done sooner. We have many brethren at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Brogue, PA (our sending church) who need the Lord to open up and/or move up their respective surgical/medical needs and we ask that you would pray to that end.

The boys are working through their home school needs - taking a break for the furlough due to the lockdowns, and even working around the furlough, has obviously slowed down their 2022 educational process, but Marcia and the boys are diligently continuing their necessary "days" and putting in their time for an effective home school. Unlike most of the students in the Philippines - who took a two-year plunge in their educational process due to the lockdowns - we are thankful that the boys are carrying on just fine. Not a snow-storm nor a world-wide pandemic could stop the home school - Wow!

Last Sunday (05/22/22), I was able to visit the loving and supporting church in Pittsburgh, PA. Ambassador Baptist Church under the watch-care of Pastor Mark Montgomery. It was such a blessing to report back to this faithful and missions-minded assembly. Dr. Montgomery hosts a Bible Institute for church members and interested Bible students, and I just appreciate his preaching and teaching ministry (he truly feeds the flock of God with the precious words every Sunday, mid-week service, and even more via the Bible Institute). Joseph and I got to visit with them.

I was asked to speak at Mt. Zion's home school graduation ceremony this past Friday (05/27/22). It was a wonderful time to thank God for His goodness and to celebrate the students and parents of the church's home schooling families from kindergarten onto high school. I preached from Psalm 18:30 and encourage the graduates to remember God's way, God's word, and God's warfare.

On this Memorial Day weekend, we will get a chance to be with Gospel Light Baptist Church in Millersville, PA with Pastor Andy Almanza. It will be wonderful to re-connect with them, their church members, and for me personally, I will love to see Dr. Lee Henise and his precious wife, Sis. Gloria. They are like Aquilla and Priscilla - just two dedicated church-planters. There is much to be thankful for their love and friendship over the years.

Philippines News: Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won the six-year term Presidential elections in a landslide. This is not good, but God is in control and we trust Him in all this. The pandemic lockdowns continue though it remains in "Level 1" (until June 15) following unbelievable mass gatherings all over the country due to political campaigning (which is actually a good sign that indicates that perhaps a shift to the endemic phase should be practically imminent - of course, the slow process is painful, but we are trusting God for that, too). As it stands our return at the end of July looks positive though we will need to do all the song and dance (excuse the term) for COVID theater as we return in July (unless things change for the better). And so, we ask that you continue to pray that the Philippines would open up.

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill


Friday, May 20, 2022

Not a Normal Request But an Important One

Dear Praying Friends,

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is expected to decide on the "Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization" by the end of their term (the SCOTUS terms go from the first Monday of Oct. to the first Monday of Oct. of the following year). Well, while we are waiting for their decision, and due to a breach or a "leak" we know that the potential to reverse this godless, bloody, and evil murder of human life precedent is a possibility. Here is where you can help. I am sure there is more you can do, so just take this with that in mind:

1. Pray. Pray that the conservative justices would do their part and protect the most fundamental right to life, especially for the most helpless and "voiceless" of humans - the unborn. Pray for their safety (both the conservative justices and the unborn). Pray that souls would get saved and politicians would too. Pray that Christians would take their discipleship seriously and grow as a result of this national issue.

2. Write to Congress. Even now, states and fed lawmakers are scrambling to prepare for a landmark reversal ruling from the SCOTUS. Therefore, we must do our part and be the voice for the "voiceless." Take time to email/call/write/communicate to your state and federal representatives and let them know what you think and believe about this issue.

3. Be a witness for the Lord. Our hope is in the Lord and not on men, especially politicians. The most important message is that of repentance and faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ because when a person comes to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus that is the change that will last for all eternity, and that alone transforms the entire human condition.

Thank you for your time. Please share.

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Monday, May 16, 2022

Greetings and May 16 update

 Dear Praying Friends,

God is good! He is faithful, loving, merciful and kind. We give Him the praise and glory for healing us from a terrible bout with the common cold-virus with all its ugly side-effects. AMEN! Praise God for good health. We have all recovered!

We praise the Lord for allowing us to spend time with Bro. David "Preacherman" Barker, and his precious wife, Sis. Mary. Even from my Bible College days, Bro. David has remained faithful to the word of God and is a fine servant of the Lord. He is an itinerant preacher sent out by Fairhaven Baptist Church in Chesterton, IN and his special emphasis is on scripture memory. You can visit his website here to see more information about them. It was a joy to be able to re-connect with them after not seeing them for at least six years (probabbly more). Bro. David was able to preach and teach at our sending church (Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Brogue, PA) yesterday, May 15.

Marcia and the boys are doing good. They are continuing the task of homeschooling as we are starting to lessen our travels while we are nearing our departure and return to the Philippines.

The national/local election in the Philippines is finished and Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. along with Sara Duterte were elected by a majority of the people to be the next president and vice president of the Philippines for the next six years. Our prayer is that they would both repent and believe in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and that they would allow us to live peaceably. The lockdown status remains at level 1 (again, Metro-Manila has only seen a loosening of the lockdowns on March 1 of this year after 735 days of varying degrees of lockdowns). Our prayer is that the country would acknowledge natural immunity and would move on and declare an endemic to this present "pandemic" pestilence.

The work in Taguig City continues, so please pray for their safety, and power as they endeavor to see souls saved and disciples being strengthened.

WT and I were able to visit a couple of New York churches, and next week (05/22/22), Lord willing, Joe and I will be able to visit a faithful, supporting, PA church. We got spend sometime with Dan and Heidi Butler (my brother and sister in law), following the evening service at their church.

Once again, thank you for your love and prayers, be encouraged in the Lord and give God the glory!

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Greetings and Update (05/08/22) - Mother's Day, and Lord's Day Sunday

Dear Praying Friends,

We want to thank and praise God for giving us a place to call "home" from traveling what seems like all over the mid-west. We all got some type of the cold bug - but praise the LORD it isn't COVID, and even more so, we are on the mend - AMEN!

Marcia was able to be with Harvest Baptist Church in Hagerstown, MD and give a special challenge to the women who gathered for fellowship in honor of Mother's Day this past Sat. (05/07/22). We got to meet two Filipino hotel clerks and give them several gospel tracts from Harvest Baptist Church. They were so friendly and professional (of course, they are Filipinos after all!). I got to witness to them about the Lord. Please pray for them to come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We will get to enjoy the fellowship of our sending church this Sunday and we look forward to it. I will be with a supporting church in NY for the weekend of May 15th and another supporting in PA for Sunday, May 22.

The boys will enjoy being able to stay back and resume their homeschooling activities and regular ministries and activities at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Brogue, PA. Truthfully, everyone is about done in concerning long-haul travels, though we are praising and thanking God for His safety and provisions along the way.

Tomorrow is Election Day for the Philippines. Please pray for peace and safety and no incidences of vote corruption. We are determined to serve the Lord regardless of who wins the presidency and local governing units but it would be easier to have a leader who fears the Lord - and we surely pray to that end.

We wish everyone who is a mother a Happy Mother's Day, and for the rest of us who have a mother, we wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day. Joseph (our nine year old) wants to know when is Son's Day? HA! Keep on dreaming the dream, Joe.

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Greetings and update for May 3 (05/03/22)

 Dear Praying Friends,

God is good! Bro. RJay Pangan has commenced teaching and preaching the word of God to the precious flock at Tuktukan this previous Sunday (05/01/22). Lord willing, he shall be able to fill in for me until we return and resume the pulpit ministry over there. Our flight is scheduled for July 25th. I am anticipating a short stay in a quarantine hotel for a few days with a testing for a negative result from the COVID virus before allowing us to return to our residence in Taguig City. This makes no sense because a fully vaccinated individual is still a spreader (in fact, the latest Omicron variant that was found in the Philippines came from a fully vaccinated individual). Nonetheless, it is what it is. Sound mind is a gift from knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and this is the main reason why world leaders are full of mandates that are totally void of that sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).

We were able to spend a wonderful week (relatively speaking - although cut down by the boys' terrible cold) at the Fairhaven Baptist Church's Preaching Conference. We also got to see and report back to McGregor Road Baptist Church in Acton, IN (under the leadership of Pastor Chris Kaiser). The fellowship was wonderful though short. They are such an encouragement to us, and always busy for the Lord and loving one another. Pastor Kaiser is a serious Biblical Pastor - always seeking to edify the saints in the Word of God. I pray that their Bible institute would indeed be well-attended. Every church ought to carve out some serious time and host more Biblical education beyond the Sunday services. AMEN!

This past Lord's Day (05/01/22) we were able to be with two churches. Grace Baptist Church in North Ridgeville, OH (Pastor Dennis White) and Harvest Baptist Temple in Clyde, OH (Pastor Allen Holmes). Both churches supported us faithfully over the years and it is a joy to be able to return and report to them. Pastor White preached in the Sunday Morning service and highlighted the Lord Jesus Christ as being greater than life (he explained Phil. 1:21) - I just love Pastor White, he has never changed, he still preaches Christ. Marcia got to see many life-long friends at Harvest Baptist Temple since her dad served with them for years as assistant pastor and Christian school principal prior to his 23 year pastorate at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Brogue, PA (which is our sending church). Pastor Holmes took a Sunday Evening service and provided Biblical answers to questions from the congregation. It was extremely edifying. Praise God for men of God who feed the flock with the precious words of God!

We are "sick." No fun at all. BUT praise God, it is only the common cold, sore throat, pink eyes, and basic sickness. HA! Things could be worse and so we are thankful for urgent care facilities and doctors and staff and we are thankful for access to prescription drugs and many other good stuff (like hot tea, a humidifier, and a clean and comfortable place to rest - the Prophet's Chamber at our sending church). So pray that we all heal up real quick - there's just too much going on for these things. AMEN!

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Monday, April 25, 2022

Greetings and update (04/25/2022)

 Dear Praying Friends,

We just wrapped up a whirlwind tour of Ohio-Virginia. We got to enjoy a couple of days at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in KY. We loved it. What an amazing experience. We also got to fellowship with Cozaddale Baptist Church (Pastor Travis Burke) in Goshen, OH and Victory Baptist Church (Pastor Todd Brown) in Warsaw, VA. Both were extremely hospitable and have partnered with us in our missionary work endeavors in the Philippines. I also got word from Community Baptist Church (Pastor Dave Smith) in Coopersburg, PA that they too graciously took us on for support. We are humbled by the help that we have received along the way and ultimately we desire to return (and are scheduled to fly on July 25 - with a transition of time and travel, we actually arrive in Manila on Wed. morning - ha!). God is good, and we have a lot more churches that have contacted us but our time is short and we are not able to be with them all - which isn't a bad thing, per se. Again, I say, we are humbled by the good hand of God upon our lives. I am personally rejoicing in the travel mercies and safety that the Lord has granted to us during our unexpected furlough (thanks to the pestilence of the COVID pandemic).

Please pray for the precious flock in Tuktukan to be protected from false doctrine. Praise God for able and willing church members who can fill in for me during my absence. These are the elements of establishing an independent, self-supporting and self-propagating Biblical, Baptist church. I always wish we were ahead of where we are but as I have come to realize (and I am sure you do too), that there is no short-cut to time. God has a plan and purpose and I am reminded daily to trust in Him.

Marcia and the boys are sorta "under the weather" - each have a touch of the cold - I am sure spring allergies and who knows what other viral factors are going-on (I know, no one knows, except God). But overall they are doing good, and we can praise and thank God for that.

We look forward to being at Fairhaven Baptist Church in Chesterton, IN for a couple days of their annual Preaching Conference. Unfortunately, my father-in-law, who was scheduled to preach is not able to make it (and I am so bummed out because I rarely hear him preach in person as is, and he happens to be one of my favorite preachers). BUT HEY - when I stop and think about how many millions of people on earth who would love to have my problems, I just take a moment and digress and thank GOD for His lovingkindness and mercies. Please pray for Dr. Randy Starr for a complete recovery from his latest bout with pneumonia (Mrs. Starr could also use your prayers for her physical health).

We also look forward to being with McGregor Road Baptist Church in Acton, IN (on Wed. April 27) and then, we shall report back to a couple of churches in Ohio for the coming Sunday as we make our way back to Brogue, PA. 

We are rejoicing in the Lord and we are glad that you take the time to read our mini-updates. Marcia and I do use Facebook (for slightly various reasons). Feel free to follow us there, if you wish (you know, for more updates, 😉).

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Friday, April 15, 2022

A small update for the week of April 11-15

Greetings,

We are so happy to be back in Brogue, PA (at our sending church) and just in time for us to have partaken in their week of meetings under the wonderful teaching and preaching ministry of Pastor Mike Allison (from Madison Baptist Church in Madison, AL). Each night was filled with great exhortations, warnings, and Biblical instructions concerning our walk with the Lord. A few souls were saved and many decisions were made for the Lord. God is good!

We look forward to spending this Sunday, April 17 with family and friends in wonderful fellowship at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Brogue, PA. The following week we will be making our way to churches in Ohio, Virginia, and Indiana.

Marcia's dental work is still in progress, but the root canal and the extraction (which we think is the worst of it) is behind us, now. A couple more visits and she should be in good shape - AMEN! Thank you for praying for her.

The boys got to enjoy sometime with Pastor Allison, and I am glad that he was so good with them and influenced them for the Lord. Praise God for a godly example.

Several have asked about our "time-frame" and I wanted you to know that our return flight to the Philippines is scheduled for July 25th (which is a Monday). Our main prayer requests remains that the country would formally declare an "endemic" status on this current problem. Thank you for your prayers.

I can't express how thankful I am for your love and prayers. God is good and what an honor and a privilege it is to serve the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!

Spring is here and may we take full advantage of that for the Lord and for souls to be made into His disciples.

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill