I would like you to consider giving me your blessing and prayers as I return to the Philippines to visit and minister from November 20 to December 4. I understand that many will not like the idea of me returning considering the threats, ambushes, and arrests over the years. Frankly, the people in the Philippines are not expecting me to return after my unjust arrest and imprisonment during my last ministry trip.
It is difficult to explain the burden and love God has given me for the country and people of the Philippines. But perhaps you can understand my desire to see and hug my kids again. I am also anxious to encourage our missionary staff and friends who have bravely carried on and grown our ministry in the Philippines. I have a powerful story to tell, the language to communicate, and the Good News of Christ to share.
Personally receiving apologies from the NBI agents, DSWD personal, and prison guards and officials has been encouraging. Even the girl who accused our staff member of a kiss has asked forgiveness from him and Karen and me. The missionary who inserted himself into our business and escalated the gossip and slander which resulted in our arrest and the detention of our kids is no longer credible or relevant and poses no threat.
We are encouraged by Joseph’s response in Genesis 41:52. “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Karen and I are so thankful to our church, supporters, and friends who have helped us “sow with tears and reap with joy” these past three plus years while healing from the betrayal, physical abuse and continued slander. As I look to return to the Philippines with a renewed enthusiasm and boldness I want to speak of what I have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20-29).
While still imprisoned in Cell Block 1 a Christian visitor of military authority came to my aid. He fed me, prayed for me, and then stunned and motivated me with the exact words the Lord said to Paul in Acts 18:9-10. “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you and no one will attack or harm you for I have many in this city who are my people.”
And so it was after my “visitor” left Cell Block 1 I was no longer attacked or threatened and four more inmates would give their lives to Christ before my release! “What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?... Who can separate us from the love of Christ?” The apostle Paul asks these questions and then gives the answers in Romans 8:31-39 after experiencing God’s power and presence in prison. “ For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So it is with great confidence that I ask you to pray and send me again on another adventure with Jesus and the Good News to the Philippines! Karen will be at home or with her mom in Michigan so I will travel alone this time. But there will be many friends waiting for me in Manila and providing security and fellowship every day, in every place, all the time. God is not finished with me yet!
Still your missionary,
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”