Final Philippines Update

All I can say is thank you for praying. Ellen and I made it home on Wednesday after two plane rides and 24 hours of travel, but it was worth every minute.

I'm not sure I can express what it was like to watch God move in Manila. Lives were impacted and relationships were built, both in a personal and business sense. Thankfully for me, Fetan Tancongco, our national director for the Philippines, wrote an update about the ministry resulting from the trip. Forgive me for not writing my own email, but this update is too good not to share with you.

The host church created a great one-minute highlight video from the Detour launch that is also too good not to share.

Thank you again for your prayers and the encouraging emails you sent. We appreciate you and your prayers more than you know.

Dear Phil and the Walk Thru the Bible USA team,

Here's an impact report on the ministry of the WTB team in the Philippines in the last few days.

A. GRACE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

There is a good reason why Phil Tuttle and the WTB Team had a rock star welcome at this school of 5,000 students. Every year for at least 7 years, WorldTeach Ministries Philippines, Inc. (WTB in the Philippines) trains more than 3,000 teachers with 12 to 19 Walk Thru titles. With each new title, the head Dr. James Tan, himself teaches the course to the entire faculty. Just two weeks before Phil arrived, we just finished the 2014 Convention.

This is an outspoken Christian School, but because they have the best teachers and programs in the different Chinese dialects and good character training, even non-Christian families send their children here from kindergarten to college. Their reach among non-Christian Filipinos is very wide and deep.

The impact of this school straddles the two China's: PROC and Taiwan. This is why their school activities crosses over to these two countries. Dr James and his wife, Judith Tan, spend a third of the year in the two Chinas.

Dr. Peter Tanchi who co-taught Detour is a graduate of Grace Christian and Dr. James Tan was his Algebra teacher.

For its 60th anniversary celebration in 2015, Grace Christian is having a special printing of 3,000 copies with a foreword by Dr. James Tan and the Grace Christian logo side by side with Walk Thru the Bible.

Dr. James Tan is a trustee of Walk Thru the Bible Philippines, Inc. When asked what attracted him to this ministry he quickly points to clarity, biblical soundness and transferability.

Phil's encouraging message to the non-academic personnel about being a stretcher bearer was met with emotion. During lunch the key academic personnel shared how they have been impacted by WTB materials through the years.

I had to leave for a while and returned to the auditorium where Phil had just addressed 300 senior students. As I opened the door it was like I stepped into holy ground. I could feel that the Holy Spirit had descended. Students and teachers were in tears, some were hugging, some were continuing to pray. Not a dry eye around. I went to the front where my wife Dell was to ask her what just happened. My wife was a mess. She was in tears too and just hugged me saying that the Lord spoke to the graduating class.

B. DETOUR CONFERENCE

Impact: Attendance

The attendance was somewhere between 5,900 – 6,200. The afternoon crowd was bigger as volunteers who were not required to buy tickets also joined. Add to this those who came after lunch. Walk Thru the Bible and CCF agreed to waive tickets for afternoon attenders. Apparently, some who came in the afternoon were invited by those who attended the morning sessions.

Impact: Dispersion

A good cross section of Philippine society was represented socially and geographically. From the survey conducted, there were lawyers, doctors, military men, people in media, sports, college teachers, heads of seminaries, students, whole families, whole church pastoral and administrative staff, small group leaders, overseas workers, it is difficult to see which demographic was not represented.

Some drove 8 hours from North Luzon and some drove 13 hours from South Luzon. Many flew from other parts of the country just for the event. Groups came from Palawan, Davao and Cebu. This means the three major island groups were represented.

Detour is now officially mandatory leadership training material across the CCF network covering 34 satellite churches and congregations in 12 other countries. In Central Philippines, the cable network in almost all hotels carry CCF events and services as a default channel. Each time you open the cable network, it is a CCF service or a CCF event.

Impact: Demographics

My family bought 50 tickets. We invited professionals, students, officemates, former classmates, nephews and nieces. The youngest was 17 the oldest was 60. Detour had impact across all ages. The common comment was: "it was like the speakers were talking about me." I had an accident the other night. I can barely type with my left hand. My Walk Thru the Bible team visited me. All they could talk about was the flood of reactions from those who bought tickets from them or whom they invited. The feet of the team have yet to touch the ground.

Impact: Sessions Contact Points

With huge extended families and a huge workforce 12 million of which are working in foreign lands like Joseph, our team anticipated that many Filipinos would be impacted by the first two sessions (Family and Work). We were right. Even the Detour Program host (the President of a Christian broadcasting network with a reach across Southeast Asia) commented to the audience that if we stopped the conference after the two sessions, the impact would already be tremendous.

What our team was did not expect was that each session was riveting. The host knew of the content and outline ahead of time. Still he was floored by the way Phil and Peter used personal stories and deep passion to bring the lessons home. The last two sessions (Forgiveness and Legacy) were like an explosion, people could not stop talking about it. Detour was the talk of Christian radio hosts since Monday. Many of the station managers who run stations across the archipelago attended the conference.

Hundreds made decisions for Christ. Many Christian leaders have been in ministry for decades thanked us for organizing this event because it re-calibrated their hearts and their visions and to dream big for God.

For a few, I have the feeling that the person they could not forgive was God himself. Including the person with whom I had a street fight that ultimately led to my salvation in 1974. Detours destroyed him. Dell and I had given up on him and his family. This Detour Conference reconciled him.

Impact: Quality of Material

Seeing two great preachers pass the baton of the Word of God to each other with the greatest of care and passion was amazing to behold. Peter Tanchi didn't change a single slide or a single word in the PowerPoint slides which Phil prepared. The quality and transferability of the material just rose to the surface. All that a preacher needed to was insert personal stories. The pastors of CCF quickly spotted this. They immediately missed their head of training who was abroad.

While about 30 attended the teachers training the following Monday at another church, CCF had previously made arrangements for a separate briefing and training of their pastors and hundreds of small group leaders across tis satellites.

Impact: Unifying Event

The Detour title like the Crucible and Raise Up A Child titles avoid doctrinal and denominational land mines. In the past, charismatic denominations do not attend WTB events. To see them coming to Detour taught by a Dallas Theological Seminary trained Phil Tuttle and Peter Tanchi with a strong conservative Baptist background was really something to behold. Invitations are already in the works for Detour at seminaries of Full Gospel with a preliminary target of 500 pastors. We had representation from every seminary we invited (30 of them).

Impact: Leadership Equipping Event

Dr. Peter Tanchi saw the value of the title as an equipping title. His mantra: we have to develop modern day Josephs. I am a teacher and equipper by gifting. I train corporate executives and church leaders. I am familiar with all our titles. Let me just end with this. I do not know if Atlanta is aware of what it has done. With Crucible back to back with Detour, Walk Thru The Bible has equipped Disciples and Church Leaders worldwide. If the Lord were to take Phil Tuttle and Chris Tiegreen home today (I said if), they have already been used through WTB for global impact. We so needed these titles, yesterday.

C. CCF THREE SERVICES (25,000+)

Peter Tanchi asked Phil to abandon his prepared sermon on Josiah to continue where Peter left off the week before on Joseph and preach from Genesis 45. Phil drew the crowd in as he told story after story that made the lessons personal. Each service ended with a call for those who wanted to be prayed for to come to the front to talk to a CCF Pastor. You could tell that it was a holy moment. Even the tech guys who are usually distracted by the technical details of their job were emotionally affected. You could just feel the breakthroughs and break-withs in relationships. The liberating power of forgiveness. Bondage breaking moments.

Over time we will see more and more of the impact of the Grace, Detour and CCF services. We will never know all of it, but what we have seen and heard so far, we know that God smiled at all that was done.

God was glorified.

In His Service
Fetan

Isn't Fetan's update incredible? Be sure to check out the highlight video I mentioned above. Feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter if there is someone you think would like to see it.

Again, thank you for your prayers and partnership. We're so grateful to God for blessing this trip.

Serving together with you,
Phil


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