Update From the Philippines


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Greetings from Manila, where we're 13 hours ahead of Atlanta time. Ellen and I landed here at 10:00 pm Thursday night, and were warmly greeted by our regional director, Fetan Tangcongco, and his wife Dell and daughter Trisha. Manila traffic is insane anytime day or night so it was 12:30 am before we checked in to our hotel. Exactly 24 hours after our flight left Atlanta.

After a restful day, we experienced an evening of great impact. One of my favorite ministry opportunities ever!

Tonight I got to teach an overview (2 hours) of our new course on the life of Josiah. It's called "Revolution: How Millennials Can Change the World (And What They Need from the Rest of Us)."

Once again I was invited by Pastor Peter Tan-chi to share with his amazing church called Christ's Commission Fellowship. What began with a few families in his home has steadily grown to 20,000 average attendance each weekend. That's just at the main campus and doesn't include those at their 40+ satellite locations all over the Philippines and beyond. Peter and I team-taught Detour (Joseph) three years ago, and I treasure the unique bond God forged between us.

Tonight over 3,000 attended. The vast majority are small group leaders and half of them are Millennials, men and women in their 20's and 30's.

Can you imagine? 3,000 young adults exhausted from a full week of work fought through dreadful traffic to learn more about God's Word. Amazing, humbling, convicting, motivating.

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They were so hungry and so attentive. Thankful to be hearing something positive about their generation.

I affirmed the parallels between today's Millennials and Josiah: their cause orientation; their passion to fix problems inherited from past generations. And their balance between spiritual and physical ministry. They also opened their hearts when I challenged them to become people of the Book like Josiah. Like him, they need to learn that social justice is rarely sustainable without spiritual revival.

I thought tonight couldn't get any better but God had one more surprise. Peter Tan-chi enthusiastically endorsed this new resource and said it is exactly what the church in the Philippines needs. As a result, about 1,000 of their discipleship group leaders lined up to purchase DVD kits and workbooks so they can share what they learned with their own D-Groups.

And now Ellen and I are back at our hotel less than 24 hours after checking in. We're tired but so encouraged.

Tomorrow is another full day speaking at a conference for Christian school teachers and principals. We're being picked up at 6:00 am so I better sign off and get some rest.

Please pray for us daily the next 10 days. Our schedule is full of strategic opportunities. Our team here is wonderful at leveraging my gifts while allowing enough downtime for rest and relationship building.

I'll send more updates when I can. Mostly we need your prayer support but we also need your encouragement. Between the heat, humidity, jet lag, traffic, and spiritual drain it's easy to get tired and lose perspective. Even a sentence or two assuring us of your prayers and support mean more that you will ever understand. Thank you dear friends.

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Jennifer Nicks 13.11.2017 11:24  
Be Encouraged in Manila Yes No   Hello Phil
Your sweat and fatigue for the Kingdom will be richly rewarded.

Psalms 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Remember this Word as you continue to do Kingdom work.

In Prayer,
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Ginny and Dick Walsman 11.11.2017 12:59  
Prayer and praise Yes No   “Shout with joy to the Lord!
Sing to the glory of His Name;
offer Him glory and praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power...”
Psalm 66:1
...for what He is doing in the Philippines!

“I keep asking that...the glorious Father may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation...that you may know his incomparably great power...like the working of His mighty strength that He exerted when He raised Christ...”

We love you!
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Richard Whittington 10.11.2017 16:20  
Praise the LORD! Yes No   We will "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for... The Philippines Mission Team, ...that God would continue to open a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ..." Colossians 4:2-3 (NKJV)
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