An Update From Manila - Day 2

manilla1-smToday's post from Manila comes from Pauline Estell, Walk Thru the Bible's International Coordinator.

Walk Thru Philippines launched Crucible today and it was more than anyone could have hoped for. Fetan, the Regional Director, and his staff, did an amazing job planning and implementing this live event. Yes! Crucible is actually a "Live Event" now! It was just a year ago that Phil introduced Crucible at the Global Consultation in Johannesburg.

It's hard to know what to share and where to start, but I'll try to give you an idea of what the day was like.

Approximately 500 people were expected early on, but God did abundantly more than was expected. When Phil got up to teach, people were still coming in and they had to open the overflow section to accommodate everyone.

Final count? Over 1,000 people, including a large number of young people. There were some in attendance that came long distances to be there. I talked with one man who flew in from another part of the Philippines. There were people who arrived as early as 5:00 AM to register.

There was something that caught my attention that I had not seen before. It was on the large banner hanging across the front of the Sanctuary advertising the event and Phil as the speaker that said: Rev. Phil Tuttle, Author and President. I felt so proud, but I'm sure not as proud as Ellen since she'd been manilla2-smencouraging him for years to write. People were lined up at each break to have Phil autograph their book and take pictures. I wish I had a picture to send of Fetan and one of the board members massaging Phil's hands at the end of the day.

I've heard Phil teach Crucible three times and it always amazes me how God continues to give him different life stories to share and today was no exception. Everyone warmed up to him right away.There was lots of audience participation...verbal and physical. Phil did a great illustration of David before he went out to fight Goliath of how difficult it was when he tried to walk around in Saul's coat of armor. He had a man much smaller man than himself put his coat and shoes on and walk around. Just like David, he had a difficult time as well.

We leave for the Global Consultation site tomorrow. Phil will be teaching on the life of Joseph. I will report more if we have Internet access at the retreat site.

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