Flint spoke at the baccalaureate service at Central Philippine University (CPU) in Iloilo in the Visayas on March 25. CPU is a long-time partner, a university that has grown to over 15,000 students. He also traveled to all the ministry sites there with Ben Chan for a week the end of January. We hope to recruit more graduate students for ABGTS and leadership training.
Our son Ben just completed a basketball tournament with all international schools in the Philippines in Manila. He and nine players from Brent Baguio traveled to Manila. They placed 7th only but they were the smallest of the 8 schools. The BIG NEWS is that Ben made the ISACC Team which is the "all star" team made up of a chosen player from each school. He is a freshman and we were so proud that he even got to be on the team period, since they could only choose 10 from Baguio to travel there. He started and played most of all the 7 games! He got injured but is doing better, Praise the Lord!
Chris is making all A's and taking drum lessons here at the seminary. He loves it and has made great progress. He will be Joseph in the middle school production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat Musical to be on April 20-21.
* Please pray for him.
Debbie is busy counseling and preparing for CPE to start this week which will go for nine weeks. A local hospital is our partner for the student chaplain's training field.
* Please pray for me as I direct, teach and supervise these 3 Filipino and 1 Nagaland student.
I will also be training a colleague for CPE supervision who is Filipino. I need the Lord's strength, energy, peace and wisdom. It is a big job for nine weeks.
Deb's health has been off and on lately. It is a changing climate now and the pollution is very bad here. There are too many people and vehicles on top of this mountain. The infrastructure was designed for 30,000 but now we have around 500,000 people!
* Please pray for all of us.
The boys want to come back to the States this summer for church camp and we are trying to work this out. Our family has offered to pay for our flights. Flint will stay here in Baguio.
Also, please put in the newsletter how grateful we are for all the churches and individuals who are supporting us in many ways, especially financially. We have also seen many answered prayers and God working in the lives of many Asians here.
* Please pray for our summer missionaries (students), and also the batch of 25 Chinese, Koreans, and Kyrgyzstan students who we helped train for the mission field.
This is a separate 7 month program that is based here at our campus.
Also...to our MPT who we are always grateful for and interdependent with, we will be here in the Philippines until our next furlough which begins July 2008. We covenant with you and pray for you as well. Thanks for your faithful partnership!
Also, we have a volunteer mission team coming from Waco, Texas to do a medical mission with poorer rural areas outside of Baguio and also with the street children here in Baguio. There will be two physicians, one college student, mission coordinator of FBC Woodway and another person to assist. They will be arriving on April 10 and staying 10 days.
* Please pray for their travel and the God's ministry through this team! This will be the first volunteer team we have hosted.