From the moment we arrived in the Philippines over a year and a half ago, we have seen God do above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. He has been so faithful and loving to us. We are truly enjoying the journey of serving our King on this side of the world. Thank you for your ever faithful prayers, support, and work for God. You have truly made a difference in our lives and for all of eternity by your help in the harvest fields of the Philippines.
CITY BAPTIST CHURCH: God is growing His church in Lagro. We have had several people put there faith and trust is Jesus as the one and only Savior this month! One of those was a 68 year old man. He had never once heard the Gospel clearly presented. He was so excited to hear about God's grace and the Savior from sin. Another couple in their late twenties both excepted Christ last Sunday after three weeks of attending and God working in their hearts! Many new people have visited the church as well over the past month. From the beginning, God did something special by giving our new church favor with the local government in our city. They have allowed us to use their facilities in the community for the last six months. We are so grateful for their generosity. As things moved ahead, we knew we needed a more permanent place for the church. We are happy to report that God has provided the second floor of the building pictured above for us to rent! The building is in a perfect location on the main in our city. It can house at least one hundred people. Our people are so excited to move the church to the new location. For the last several days, we have been cleaning and painting and preparing the building for services. We have paid the three months security deposit, installed new lighting, and purchased plastic chairs so far. We still need to purchase a sign, new doors for the rooms, a projector screen, and do some other repairs. This is a big undertaking and a lot of extra expense. Pray for us and consider helping us financially as we set up this new location! We thank God for my home church, Calvary Baptist of Ashland, Ohio, already donating our sound system and projector. We are so thankful and amazed by what God continues to do... truly, above and beyond! To God be the glory great things He hath done.
BAHAY SIBOL UPDATE... Bahay Sibol was granted its official certification and license from the Philippine government this past month. What a great answer to prayer! Now children can be taken care of for years to come with the blessing of the authorities here. Michelle Gormley worked so hard on this paperwork, and God has now blessed her efforts far ahead of schedule. My sister, Eleanor, and Kayla Gormley and the house parents, Victor and Mai, and our new social worker, April, continue to work hard daily in the children's home. They are all doing a great job! We currently have two babies and one school age girl in the home. More children are soon to come as we are now registered with the government and have a good relationship with them. As God continues to provide, we are now beginning the construction of the second house! Also, at this point, we need to finish the perimeter wall to completely secure the property and houses. We need about $10,000 dollars to finish the wall. See the pictures of the wall below. Pray about how you can help us continue the work at the children's home with a one time gift or by monthly supporting the efforts of Bahay Sibol. You can truly make a difference in the lives of orphaned, abused, and abandoned children for years to come. We are so grateful for each one that has given and continue to faithfully give. Thank you!
Our support address:
4744 Winchester Pike
Columbus, Ohio 43232
(Write on the memo line - Calvin Houser to support us personally, or Bahay Sibol to support the children's home)