“To refresh, recharge, renew…” This is the phrase that you will often hear from this missionary couple.
After serving the Lord 30 years in various churches in the Philippines, Pastor Ep was invited to become the Lead Pastor at San Diego Christian Fellowship in 2002, where he faithfully served for 8 years. Throughout their years in the US, Pastor Ep and Lulu still kept in touch with the many pastors and families in the Philippines. Through that communication, they developed the burden to return home and minister to the pastors and pastors’ wives in the Philippines who were in need of spiritual refreshment and encouragement.
Ep and Lulu left the US in August 2010 and moved to Cebu to start the ministry of GraceNet Philippines. They have since partnered with the Baptist Conference of the Philippines (sister denomination of Converge) to identify at least ten pastoral couples at a time from every district of the country that are in need of spiritual and emotional refreshing. The goal is to give these pastoral couples a break from the ministry, so that they can return to their churches refreshed, recharged, and renewed. These pastoral couples are invited to an all-expenses-paid retreat, wherein they receive VIP treatment of food, pampering, and gifts. They attend relevant seminars and small group discussions to help them become more effective in their ministry. Since 2010, Pastor Ep & Lulu have served about 100 pastoral couples through these retreats.
More recently, Pastor Ep & Lulu took on the task to aid pastoral famies affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Through various donations from US and Philippines, they were able to help 27 pastoral families rebuild their homes.
Please continue to pray for them. Pastor Ep is currently very busy training pastors and churches in Intentional discipleship as well as personally coaching several pastors in Metro-Cebu. He is also a member of a 4-man committee overseeing the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the Baptist Conference of the Philippines. Lulu is currently honing her counseling skills. She has enrolled in a graduate level counseling class and has been attending seminars on the Emotionally Healthy Woman while continuing her ministry with the women of Pathway Ikthus.
Lulu and Ep can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org