Our truck has become a problem suddenly! Again it doesn’t surprise me just before engaging in another powerful week of evangelism in BYT! Everything that can go wrong will go wrong as we move forward with the Lord, but He always sees us through! This is a time when the truck is of supreme importance as we transport visitors and supplies.
I have been to the Philippines twice this year and have fallen in love with he Philippine people. Last May/June I was one of the speakers for PYC, (Philippine Youth for Christ), in Iloilo where over 1000 youth meet yearly and fellowship with Jesus! Now I have just returned from a 2 week trip speaking at two different locations. I know why God sent me, because the blessings and inspiration that I received from the leaders and youth, far exceeded the blessings that I gave!
My first location was in Romblon. The main church that we gathered at was right on the beach. The beauty of the location and the fellowship with the leaders and young people was incredible. I had 5 presentations, and because this was their first time to introduce Romblon Youth for Christ, (RYC), there were less attending. I therefore had more time to counsel with them and get to know them. Early mornings were spent in united prayer.
Friday is the day for outreach, I joined the medical group visiting in the hospital. We wore our Romblon Youth for Christ T-shirts, and encouraged the people, singing and praying in the rooms. Afterward we handed out tracks in the streets.
Sabbath was very special, the big church was full, and the Spirt of God moved upon the people. After my Sabbath School presentation they invited me to speak in the neighboring church which I was delighted to do. Kyle Vincent, one of the leaders took me there on the motorbike and I meet many other wonderful Philippine church members.
Sabbath evening we had a very special communion service out on the beach! Singing, praising God and praying for each other. There was unity and love between us. Hearts were moved and many youth dedicated their lives in service to God! Praise the Lord!
Preacious moments of prayer on the beach!
Romblon: You will always hold a special place in my heart!
Oh dear Jesus take control
Of struggles, fears and doubts,
When life’s fierce storms oppress my soul
And I am tossed about.
Oh dear Jesus take control
My life is but a thread.
The skies are dark and billows roll,
And I am filled with dread.
Oh dear Jesus take control
I see You through my tears.
Your look of love! You’re all-in-all!
Oh please forgive my fears.
Oh dear Jesus take control
This long night has an end.
You’re always here, You’re in control
On You I will depend.
Oh dear Jesus — my control
The darkness You erase.
You guide my feet toward the goal.
You whisper, “By My grace!”
Oh dear Jesus – my control
Through fiery trials You trace,
Your work for good – Your future plan,
To see me face to face!
“Oh Lord, I love You!”
Beloved family and friends!
Soon I will be boarding a plane for America God willing. Reality has not struck me yet, as I am still water-soaked and mud-soaked in the jungle!
Thank you for your prayers everybody! They really saved our lives! The devil had to take a couple more good kicks at us coming home from MaeSot Thursday taking the lady home that had cataract surgery, and her daughter. Thought we were really going over the edge. If it were not for our Holy Angels and your prayers, we would not be here to tell the story. I know God is not finished with us yet in this place! At one point we all walked and BletJhaw drove up a steep narrow grade where there is no room to slide sideways because of the steep cannon on the right and the bank on the left. I was outrageously dangerous! At many other places it was a nerve wracking, impossible, uphill mess of deep ruts, open chasms, oozing mud, and steep ravines that met our weary gaze! We were too tense and no time to take a photo in the rain.
I grabbed my cellphone and saw I had service. I quickly texted a friend I met in the Philippines who had told me to let him know my prayer requests and he would pray. I said: “Please pray now, we are in terrible trouble on these roads.” I had no idea if he got it just then or not, but I do know that many people routinely pray for us. Thank you so much dear friends you really make a difference!
Now we have safely made our last trip out with the truck this season! The next thing you will be hearing about is motorbike stories!
All this is difficult, but you know it says in RH Nov. 19, 1895: “God scatters His blessings all along our pathway to brighten our heavenward journey!”
This is so true because blessings far outweigh the trouble. I wouldn’t trade it for anything when I see the people eagerly listening to the Bible story!! Look at their faces! Oh what joy!
“Each step I take, the Saviour goes before me!”
And with His loving hand, He leads the way!
And with each step, I whisper, “I adore Thee!”
I am safe when He is by my side!
Today was an incredible day. Once again Mrs. White’s statement came true for us!
“Often, our plans fail so that God’s plans for us might succeed!”
We had our medical bags all packed ready to walk to LaGlah village in the rain. This past week and a half has been one huge rainstorm – rivers are flooded, trees are down in the road along with huge landslides making travel impossible – even on foot, but with our backpacks we are ready to try!
Before breakfast a man came asking us to come to GeGhah and see his aunt who had fallen the day before and is in great pain. Because of the landslides he told us we couldn’t use the motorbike. We told him we would finish eating and then be on our way.
We very soon discovered that the way to this village had become very difficult due to enormous landslides, sometimes causing your feet to get stuck in the oozing sucking mud, and other times climbing up in the jungle, around the fallen trees! I couldn’t begin to tell you how difficult it was! All along the way the rain would stop and start – pour and pause.
Just a quick glance at my patient, told me she had a hip fracture. Her left leg was drawn up shorter than the right and rotated outward. She was in severe pain and could not move. She had slipped on wet concrete the day before and fallen hard against that left hip. She is quite heavy.
Now, how to get her out when the roads leading out of GeGhah were full of landslides and fallen trees. The road out of BYT, however, had been cleared yesterday, so the people asked us if they could get her to BYT, would we drive her to MeDooGlow in our truck? We will do our best! For us to drive out of BYT we must cross the river 3 times. The first 2 crossings have no bridge. Up until today the water in the river was way too high and furious for us to drive through, but we will try today! Our angels excel in strength and they are always on our side!
Sure enough, shortly after we returned home, here the people come, carrying the poor lady in a blanket that was securely fastened to a bamboo pole. I am amazed at how strong they are to carry her all that way through all the landslides and in the jungle around fallen trees. She was placed in the backseat of our truck, suffering greatly. I felt so sorry for her.
It was an amazing trip we took in our black Toyota truck. Turning sideways down steep ravines and twisting through the water, through the mud, and through the rain, to the small clinic in MDG, but a poor hurting lady was brought to where she received help. They put her in the ambulance and took her to Omkoi for x-rays, then on to the large hospital in ChiangMai for surgery.
It was an amazing day of hiking and driving. We praise God that He made a way for us to bring her the help she so desperately needed! These people are Buddhist, but we pray they will see the only true God in us!
Here is such encouragement from heaven for our weary souls!!
“God reaches hearts through the relief of physical suffering. A seed of truth is dropped into the mind and is watered by God. Much patience may be required before this seed shows signs of life, but at last it springs up, and bears fruit unto Eternal Life! MAR 185.7
…Each step I take just leads me closer home!
“What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? “ June 12, 2018
His benefits toward me are enormous!
Coming away from PYC last Sunday, I was constantly thanking the Lord for sending me there. He knows just what I need and just what everyone else needs. However I received 10 times more blessing than those youth got from me! They call older women, like me, “Mom.” I think that is so wonderful because that makes all of them my children, and if they are all my children, then they must know how much I love them each one! They touched my heart as never before, and gave me so much joy and encouragement. How I miss them all and hold them in a very special place in my heart. I can still hear those young people pray and sing like the angels sing in that big prayer room! How I miss united prayer every morning with Gem Castor, as we were brought right up into the throne room of God together!
Coming away from that mountaintop experience we dove to BYT and right into the valley of difficulty! Rainy season in BYT Mountains has hit us instantaneously and with a vengeance. Driving rain is incessantly beating down upon us here in these mountains for over one week now. We are not ready to give up the truck yet because we took a lady, ThuCah, to MaeSot for cataract surgery last week and now we need to bring her back for a recheck. Also I have not stocked up with medicine and food supplies to last us through the rainy season. We are praying to be able to drive the truck out and back in one more time.
Today part of the mountain slid down upon our house in the back, filling the ditch and starting to enter the back door! We have been fighting with the mountainside and shoveling mud and water all day in an effort to stop the flood of water, and mud threatening our house! When we finally finished moving the mud, lo and behold more of the bank broke loose and slid upon our house again! We began the process all over again. We have been soaking wet for hours, and covered head to toe with mud!
Our gravity water flow to our house also filled with mud and then stopped entirely. Our drinking water, which is filtered through a small portable cylinder, is a little brown and hard to drink!
Thankfully we can now drink clear good rainwater! Later we had to go and clean out the large tank, on the hillside, which is supposed to bring water to our house. However the problem is further up the mountain at the water source – perhaps a landslide. No water for now. I really do not want to bathe in this muddy river!
And still the downpour continues! The sweet little river that flows gently over the rocks has become a monster, rising up to reach the flimsy footbridges. The angry water is dragging huge tree trunks with great force and speed through the turbulent currant.
We drove the motorbike to WST for our usual worship at BeKee’s house last night. Our worship was cut short because of the deafening roar of the wind and rain! Even with raincoats on we were soaking wet and timid to cross the river twice by motorbike on the small footbridges. Now we know we cannot cross this river with our truck. It would easily flip over in the depth and force of this currant.
Many large trees have fallen across the roads making it impossible for even motorbikes to get around. Also landslides have totally covered the roads in places as well so it seems we cannot go anywhere for a very long time! Thank you Kelly Bolton of NY and friends, who have supplied us with good food for the rainy season, and for Elani and Brendon Dodd who brought it to us! We will not starve! THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!
We pray that ThuCah will suffer no bad effects for missing her follow-up appointment in MaeSot hospital. We pray that more than the restoration of her physical eyesight, that her spiritual eyesight may be opened to receive the “Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!” This is our earnest prayer!