Philippines Update 2

2017-11-13

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After the huge first evening I told you about in my first report, I thought things couldn't get any better here.

But I was wrong.

2017 11 13 image 1One of the members of our Filipino board is Dr James Tan (pictured). His mother founded a Christian school soon after WW2. She had no land, no money, no building, and no husband after being widowed. What she did have was five amazing children, laser-like vision, and inexhaustible perseverance.

Fast forward to today, and Grace Christian College—that's what they call it though it actually is a collection of schools from kindergarten through university—is one of the largest and best in the world. Her son James and his wife have faithfully led this bilingual (Chinese and English) school for decades.

When Dr Tan realized that our visit would coincide with their annual conference for 1,300 Filipino teachers and administrators, he invited me to give two keynote addresses. Those talks on Keeping First Things First and Protecting Your Family from Your Ministry went great, but that's not what I want to tell you about.

Our team of excellent Walk Thru the Bible instructors here in the Philippines (see photo above) offered several of our courses as workshop tracks during the two-day conference. They've seen this partnership flourish over the past 20 years.

When I say "several" courses, I mean precisely 13 different titles!

2017 11 13 image 2Everything from Bruce Wilkinson's classic 7 Laws of the Learner, to Chip Ingram's Effective Parenting in a Defective World, to Howard Hendricks' 7 Laws of the Teacher, to my last few courses in the Biblical Character Series. I think I managed to capture nearly all of the workbooks in the photo here.

I was blown away by the passion and excellence of our team! They served up something for everyone, and I overheard several delegates struggling to pick just one. The good news is they can choose another course next year, as this 20-year partnership just gets deeper and richer. Dr Tan believes there are simply no better tools to equip these teachers and administrators. Some of these men and women travelled 17 hours by bus to learn how to serve their students and their families more effectively.

Each of our global regions excels in something. They set the pace for the rest of the world in one or two areas, and we all learn from each other. Our team in the Philippines are the best in the world at building partnerships. They rarely sell a single event or resource. Instead, they forge lasting relationships with churches, schools, denominations, businesses, and government authorities.

Many of you who are reading this are generous financial supporters and faithful prayer partners. I wish you could have seen what I saw yesterday. The seeds you're helping plant and cultivate are yielding a huge harvest here in the Philippines through the power of partnerships. We truly have much to be thankful for!

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