It’s 5:00 am in downtown Davao. Our stomachs are growling; they’re aching for breakfast. Did eating too much lanzones yesterday turn our tummies into an acid lab? I don’t know.
Nevertheless, one thing I like about Davao is the abundance of fruit. There’s plenty of marang and durian being sold on the sidewalks—the latter at an astonishing P30/kg! Too bad, durian is a forbidden fruit inside the hotel.
I’m not used to eating durian on the sidewalks as people here do–so, it’s durian famine for three days now. But small consolation—we had genuine sinuglaw yesterday at our fellowship lunch. Lami!
Not many were able to attend worship. Yet the four families who have been together through the years remain the solid core group. May God sustain their faith in a day of small things.
We are off to Tagum today. A DVBS consisting of 200 children will be held there for the first time beginning Wednesday. An 11-man team from MCBC is helping out our pioneering work in that city. Thursday I go back to Davao to preach two messages at a joint fellowship of the Digos City and Davao City missions to be held in a beach resort in Toril. Then it’s back to Tagum on Friday for the DVBS graduation followed by 3 messages the following day at a pastors’ conference organized by our sponsors. The week would be capped by three messages on the Lord’s day at Tagum City Bible Fellowship (TCBF).
I solicit your prayers.
But I would also like you to pray for two newly-opened Bible studies which I left behind in Manila.
First is the Cooper Street Bible Study. Maryrose was a walk-in a few Sundays ago. She’s part of a big group of ladies from the provinces seeking greener pastures abroad. She requested the bosses of her agency to have a Bible study in their office-cum- dormitory. We have had three sessions thus far with attendance hovering from 30 to 40. When I asked them what their prayer request was, they asked for good employers abroad.
I am aware of the hazards of working abroad. Our former house-help applied for a job overseas and was subject to domestic abuse by her employer. She had to be rescued by a sister church and was flown back to Manila by the government aboard an Air Force C130, free of charge.
I also know how difficult it is to leave family and growing children. There are mothers in the group. So I pray for God’s mercy on them. In spite of the hazards, poverty still drives them to take the risk. I pray for their salvation and safety.
Second is the Lopez Bible Study in Multinational. Louie has been out of a job for a while and has re-signed with his agency. He is a cruise ship photographer. MCBCers know that he has a large family that occupies three rows every Sunday. I was encouraged at the good turnout of family and neighbors in our first session. We were about a dozen or more. I heard they were 17 last Friday during the second session.
Please pray for the salvation of these ones who attend and that the Lord would continue to open doors of opportunity not only at MCBC but also in our church planting works here in Mintal, Digos, Tagum and Valencia.
Please include the B’laan ministry in Tampakan, South Cotabato. I didn’t realize that in the Bible Study that I conduct in our house back in Manila every Wednesday, one of the attenders is a B’laan native.
Small world; big gospel!
Terence’s Version of Sinuglaw
Heavy Rains Every Afternoon in Davao and Here in Tagum
Cooper -1st BS Session (1 of 3)
Cooper-1st BS Session (2 of 3)
Cooper-1st BS Session (3 of 3)
Cooper-2nd BS Session, the Following Week
BS at Louie’s-1st Session (1 of 3)
BS at Louie’s-1st Session (2 of 3)
BS at Louie’s-1st Session (3 of 3)