While waiting here at Gensan International for my flight to arrive, I can’t help but recall the experience of the past few days. Let me get my PILOT pen and jot down notes on the clean backside of my plane ticket. Bad to waste precious paper.
The past few days have been extremely hot and humid. Gensan sits beside an expansive swath of dry land to its west; if not for its being beside a windy sea, we would all feel like hot grilled tuna, a fave here. Nevertheless, the days have been fruitful and satisfying. God has been good inspite of difficulties. The ministry was conducted amidst the distraction of news that my grandson had been hospitalized due to pneumonia.
I was told that the pastors who attended the mini-conference on Bibliology were very appreciative. They are looking forward to another conference next year, Lord willing. All, except three. I was told that three KJV-only pastors walked out after the first session. I guess they did not want to hear that the KJV, though a well-preserved copy of the original, was not inspired. I guess what they wanted to hear was that the KJV is the only legitimate Bible, authorized by God Himself, and all other Bibles must be burned! I pity misguided zeal.
Saturday was devoted to oversight meetings with the leaders and their wives. I emphasized the importance of the leader and his wife having a good marriage and having a good testimony before the people, which is usually the result of a healthy inner life. Brother Mario is the official leader of the fellowship, having been examined and sent by MCBC to this pioneering work. Former leader Brother Dexter will occupy a supporting role. He is not presently being supported by the fellowship but is a part-time businessman merchandizer.
The average attendance of the fellowship is about 15, a carry-over from the group that had been meeting in the heart of Gensan for three years. Two new families have been added lately and more are being invited. The place where they are situated presently may not be at the epicenter of the city but still is located in a strategic place. Conel road is a main artery connecting the city center to the housing development areas situated in the northeast part of the city. It is a rented house just beside the main highway. The address is Purok Naval, Conel Road, Bgy San Isidro, Gensan City.
The place was full during the 3rd anniversary celebration of the fellowship held in the afternoon. That was my third message for the day. We had an overflow crowd. Some of the pastors who attended the conference returned with their wives. The fellowship afterwards (plus the pastors conference fellowship) decreased the pig population of Gensan by two.
Our prayer is that the Lord would use this pioneering effort for His glory. It is a privilege to be part of it. Right now, there may be nine believers in the core group. May the Lord save more. We long to see a strong Reformed witness in this burgeoning metropolis of Gensan. Hotels are being built, megamalls like SM are blossoming, housing projects are developing. May true churches multiply too.