JULY NEWS

Since I was 11 years old I have been directly involved in missions.

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My dad answered the call to be a missionary and we went to the Philippine Islands in 1970. I remember the year and a half before leaving, traveling the States, raising funds so we could go.

Those year were not easy. Dad was gone a lot or we all were packed in a small car, all four kids, traveling with him. We spent a lot of time in someone else’s home or hotel rather than ours.

I bring this up because my parents are still missionaries in the Philippines.  They are 80 and 83 years old. My Dad pastors two churches and oversees two schools and various mission churches.  Last month, after traveling back from the States, my mom experienced a stroke and then a second one a week later.  My sister, Tina had traveled back for that first week, but needed to return to States for her job.

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I went to do what I could to help and my brother John and his daughter, Jordan came a few days later.  My parents live in a place that I know well. Not only did I live there as a young man, I also served there is a missionary.

While I was there helping my parents, I was able to preach four times. The first service was on Father's Day in one of the churches that I helped start with a young Bible School graduate, Mike Valdez. Mike has now been a missionary in Cambodia for over 20 years and operates one of our MANNA Worldwide projects.  There were many guest attending that day and we saw one adult saved.

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My last Sunday in the Philippines, I was able to preach at Faith Temple Baptist Church in Novaliches, QC, Metro Manila.  This was the last church we started 18 years ago and they are doing fantastic under Filipino leadership.  It was a blessing to see those who were there at the beginning and the many new faces.

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My mom is slowly improving but has a long way to go. I appreciate everyone who helped me with the expense of my trip. It was a blessing to me, but more so for my parents to have me there to help for a short period of time.

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Our son Brian who is a combat medic with the US Army and stationed in Hawaii also made the trip over. It had been 20 years since he was last in the Philippines, after having grown up there since age 5. He was a huge help to his grandparents and I enjoyed spending time with him as well.

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This summer has been slow for me and early on in the year, I had questioned why I wasn’t able to get more churches to present in. Now I know why.

I may still need to go back to help my parents return to the United States for better healthcare after Mom is strong enough to travel.  I appreciate your prayers for our family. For my mom to continue to improve and for God to supply our needs and expenses during this time.

Gary