Friday, January 27, 2023

A Wonderful Day of Special Bible Education

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for taking the time to pray. By God's grace we were able to have a wonderful time of fellowship and 5 hours of intense preaching/teaching in the Word of God. Dr. Smith's flight was delayed, and so I asked if Dr. Raquintan would be able and willing to take the morning sessions, and thankfully, he did. Our people were edified, and about eight pastors and some of their people who were in attendance were also edified.



Friday, January 6, 2023

A Day of Special Bible Education


Dear Praying Friends,

We look forward to hosting another "Day of Special Bible Education." This time, Dr. David Smith (Pastor, Community Baptist Church, Coopersburg, PA) and Dr. Jed Raquintan (Pastor, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Quezon City) will be presenting God's Word at our meeting place on Friday, Jan. 27 from 9AM till 3PM. We are asking that you would pray for a truly God-honoring time around the word of God with these precious men of God.

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Monday, December 26, 2022

Merry Christmas and Hardecker Headlines December

 Dear Praying Friends,

Merry Christmas greetings to you, and to your family and church family! Our December Hardecker Headlines has just been released. Thank you for taking the time to read it and to pray for us. We appreciate your love and friendship. If you would like to receive a monthly report, please send me a request via hardecker at gmail dot com (or leave a comment below) and I will gladly add you to our regular updates.

Sincerely,

Bro. Bill

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Special Guests in our AM church service today

 


Grandma Elena and her crew came to church this morning. She is a 3-time-stroke survivor and we have been doing Bible studies in her house even when she was asleep in her sickbed. God raised her up and gave her strength to come to church today. Her family loves her and stands by her and they came too. Please continue to pray that our Wed. AM Bible study in their house would continue and than God would have his will and way in this precious household. Thank you for your prayers!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

A "Night of Thanksgiving" Special Mid-week Service

Dear Friends,

A good friend of mine asked me about our Night of Thanksgiving service, and I thought, if he had some questions, I am sure others do too. FIRST, The Philippines does not celebrate "Thanksgiving Day" like other countries that do celebrate it. Well, to be honest there are tons of holidays here already. But I do think it would be wonderful to thank God for His blessings as a country or even as a people or a nation. This is not the case here in the Philippines. So, we teach our people the importance of being thankful to God and we took advantage of a Philippine holiday that was closest to the week of Thanksgiving Day (USA) and moved our Wed. night service to a Tuesday night service for that particular week. SECOND, the activities that we did. We had a wonderful time of getting together starting off with a meal at 4PM (dinner) - we provided the main meats (roasted chickens and roasted pork bellies with an additional bucket of fried chicken, bottled waters, a few snack items) meanwhile others brought a dish or dessert. We ate good! Fun games started immediately and went on until 6:30PM. At 7PM we started our mid-week service with a song and testimonies of thanksgiving and praise to God. At 7:30PM I preached a short message, and we ended with observing the Lord's Supper. THIRD, we had some special guests join us for the evening. Our prayer is that they would get saved, and return and be fruitful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The last time we had a Night of Thanksgiving was about two years ago, prior to the pandemic. So this Night of Thanksgiving was very special to us. Please pray the Philippines continues to move on pass the pandemic stage and onto an endemic stage. The president of the Philippines (Marcos Jr.) will decide if he will discontinue the emergency status or extend it further into 2023. We hope that he ends it, and sooner too.

We sure are thankful to God for who He is! We love him not just for His blessings but for who He is and for being God almighty and unchangeable.

Merry Christmas,
Bro. Bill

P.S. This coming Sunday we are expecting potentially two special guests: one is Nanay (or "Mother") Elena and her grandson, Brent. The other is a lady who is temporarily staying near Manila Bay (methinks she is from California). Both have the potential of visiting our work in Tuktukan this Sunday (12/04) - I pray that there would be many other visitors, too. AND may many hearts be turned to the Lord in true repentance and faith. Thank you, dear friends for praying for us. Be well!

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Our November news and prayer letter has been released

Dear Praying Friends,

Belated Happy Thanksgiving greetings to you and your families and church families. I trust that you are doing well, and by God's grace, we are doing well, also. AMEN!

If you would like to receive a copy of our monthly email updates, kindly comment below or email us a request at our email address which is hardecker at gmail dot com (I wrote it that way because I don't want to add any more spam or junk email to my email account).

Be well,

Bro. Bill

Ministry news:

1. We praise God for an increase in attendance - we have lots of young people and we are praising God for their enthusiasm and desire. Please pray that they would understand the good news of Jesus Christ, that they would repent of sin and turn to God through the Lord Jesus by faith.

2. We are praising and thanking God for allowing us to minister in the Sunday Schools, and Salvation Classes, and the adults/teens Bible Class. We are working our way through the book of Leviticus and we are loving the clearly defined distinctions between the clean and unclean (in Lev. 11-15) and we are finishing up learning about the day of atonement (in Lev. 16-17). There are so many Bible precepts and principles to gain from Leviticus and we just rejoice in being able to teach these things to our guests, visitors, and members.

3. On Sunday mornings, Bro. RJay is preaching/teaching on the Old Testament Pictures of Christ. In the PM services, I am preaching/teaching through the book of James. We had just finished four weeks on James 3:1-12 - on "Taming the Tongue" - And, thus far we have heard of some wonderful testimonies of believer's being strengthened through the preaching and teaching of God's holy word! It sure brings a smile to a preacher's heart to see spiritual growth in the lives of believers. Our Wed. night prayer meetings and Bible study also continues. We are going through the book of Psalms. Praise God! We are also thankful to God for the return of our annual "Night of Thanksgiving" special service (the last one we had was two years ago - so we have much to thank God for, indeed).

4. Our focus is now upon the Christmas season. We plan on rewarding our faithful Sunday School children with a field trip to enjoy some Christmas lights, and to be a blessing to them for their faithfulness. Our prayer is that we may also bring their parents and household to the Lord. Join us in prayers to God for His blessing upon His word as we minister to these children and families. Pray that ready hearts would receive His words and for spiritual increase.

Family news:

1. Marcia and the boys are working very hard with homeschooling.

2. I am working at gaining and learning some Hebrew (Old Testament Biblical language studies). I was able to submit my final draft for an MDiv. and now, I am working on some courses towards a DMin. - what in the world?!? Praise God for His unsearchable riches in Christ Jesus - no one will ever be able to exegete that.

3. We got to enjoy a day (Thanksgiving Day) with my mom, dad, and brother. They live in Angeles City about two hours north of us here in Taguig City, Metro-Manila. While we were there, we picked up a lovebird (which WT named "Raindrop"). So now, we got two birds (the other one is a cockatiel, named "Kiwi").

Sunday, November 13, 2022

21st Century Missionary Email Problems

Historically speaking, we have come a looooong way from sending correspondences via pigeons and bottles with letters placed inside over the waves - we have even done better than the standard "snail" mail (and yet, there is something of character and thought when one gets a handwritten card or letter in the "snail mail). BUT, something lately that has bothered me is getting an email that I have not sent a recent update (mainly because I have failed to enter an "email address" to my monthly updates - that is my fault and I aim to correct that). Here are a couple things that would help me:

1. Email me your request. I will do my best to enter your email address onto my listing.

2. Update me with your latest and greatest email address (your most preferred email address for these kinds of emails). I still send them even though some of my friends have like three or four different email addresses ( - - you know who you are - - you can't possibly be checking the same messages on all of them - - so pick one and let me know - - unless you just like cluttered email inboxes from multiple accounts - - if that's how you roll, hey, you do you - - I personally think you are weird, but the feeling is mutual - - I get that).

3. Sometimes it would be nice to hear from you - send me your updates (not all the time, and don't ask me to reply to it, neither, but jot me a note - let me know you are still alive - coz it is weird sending emails to many whom I really have no recollection of - and I am fit'na nix all the extra - just to keep things on the up and up). Just being truthful here.

On to bigger and better things. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely,

Me (Bro. Bill)