We received good news today that our 9g Missionary Visas have been approved. I had been praying that they would be approved before having to renew our Temporary Visitor Visas again! I am thankful to see the Lord answer this prayer offering us with much needed encouragement.
Here are a couple of pics from our trip up to Manila for our interview with the immigration lawyer, fingerprinting and photos.
We were grateful to take part in the 3rd Anniversary Celebration for Calvary Baptist Church this past Sunday. Pastor Roberto (the pastor of this work) is also one of our students here at Haven of Grace. He is taking our course on Hermeneutics on Fridays. It was truly a privilege to be with him and his church family for the Anniversary Service. But what was even more encouraging for me was to see the ministry of one of our students, and witness firsthand the impact he is having for the sake of the Gospel. Pastor Roberto, as most Filipino pastors, is very busy in the work of the ministry. He is a faithful man, humbly serving a great God! We are glad to partner with men like him to help equip him to be even more effective in the work God has called him to. May God continue to bring men to us that we can equip and train for the sake of the Gospel!
Even though our family has anticipated the start of Haven of Grace Seminary for the last two years, the desire to see this ministry get off the ground has been in the hearts of many for the past decade! So, Monday, July 1 2019 was a very special day.
Haven of Grace Seminary officially launched with the offering of 2 courses: Greek Grammar 1 and Hermeneutics. Our students are excited and engaged. There is much ground to cover over the course of the semester, but we are thankful to have finally started! We appreciate your continued prayers for us as we equip and train pastors, and those preparing for pastoral ministry!
Please take a moment to read our update for June 2019. We have been here a month already, are thankful for the opportunities to minister even as we get settled. Please pray for the start of Haven of Grace Seminary in the next couple of weeks.
This past Sunday we had the joy of visiting Tabunan Baptist Church and Pastor Tumulak. I had spoken with Pastor Tumulak earlier in the week, and we talked about the possibility of us coming to visit their church. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to be there for this particular Sunday, so a friend helped me get in touch with him on Saturday night to confirm whether we were supposed to come or not. In our conversation Pastor Tumulak warmly invited me to come and speak in the morning service at Tabunan Baptist.
What made this Sunday special was that Pastor Tumulak was also celebrating his 46th Birthday. In fact, he had been praying that God would provide a special guest speaker for the day so he could sit and listen to a message on his birthday. He said during the service that my call (and our coming) was an answer to his prayer! It is really neat for God to use our lives to answer the prayers of a fellow brother (or sister) in Christ.
Following the morning service there was a special birthday celebration with a wonderful meal–and of course cake! During this time of fellowship, many within the congregation gave testimonies about how Pastor Tumulak had impacted them through his ministry.
It was a wonderful day. We enjoyed the fellowship, the singing, but above all, it was a blessing to be used by God!
We are excited for the launch of Haven of Grace Seminary. Students can now sign up for our upcoming block course on Apologetics with Dr. Yoh Shirato, or any of the other four courses offered this semester (Hermeneutics, Expository Preaching, Greek Grammar 1, Creation to Consummation). Classes will be held in the evening. More information (including financial costs) can also be found on our seminary website (havenofgraceph.org).
This past Sunday our family had been invited as the special guests to celebrate the 38th anniversary services for Berean Bible Baptist Church (Binalbagan, Negros Occidental). We were overwhelmed by the hospitality of Pastor Nemeno, his wife Jethrie, and the church family at Berean. It truly was a joyful celebration. (Make sure to scroll down to the bottom to see the video posted as well).