In 2005, on a rural Philippine island a simple rice field was transformed into a regulation size basketball court complete with bleachers and stadium lights. This project that the Lord put on our hearts soon became a multi-purpose area for family gatherings, sporting events, basketball tournaments and a place for families to dry their newly harvested rice.
Three years later we returned to Anda on a short-term missions trip and began an outreach festival on that same basketball court. The Gospel was preached and several hundred meals were served.
After returning to San Diego, Sherlyn and I felt compelled that there was something so much bigger waiting to be accomplished there. We enrolled in a ministry school and upon graduating were given the opportunity to bring missionary teams from the US to the Philippines. We ministered at the surrounding schools, in barrios, and on the streets, demonstrating God’s love and goodness by serving over three thousand meals and presenting the Gospel at more outreach-festivals from 2009 to 2012. Additionally, missions teams helped construct a library / multi-purpose building on site. We began to see even more of the community coming on to our campus.
Just as these several rice fields experienced significant transformation, significant changes continued to occur in our own lives as well.
God had been showing us that my rapidly developing career did not necessarily mean we would have a thriving marriage, or be the parents our children needed us to be. We soon learned that if there were to be any significance in our marriage and being the parents God was calling us to be, that significance had to be found in Him. Through writing out our family values and spending purposeful time with one another we saw the overflow of what God was doing in our lives touch others. We soon saw couples coming to us for help in their relationships.
On our most recent trip to the island of Anda, we organized an event at the library for married women. After the study portion had ended, they asked if they could invite their husbands and neighbors to attend the following day. We had not planned on an event for the men, however we held one the following day and twice as many men showed up to learn about God’s design for marriage. In our intent to return to the Philippines long-term, we anticipate many more of these kinds of experiences occurring.
Our sense of call to vocational missionary service was confirmed on January 18, 2015, by our local church, San Diego Christian Fellowship, when we were commissioned as missionaries.
We strongly feel the Lord is leading us in the direction of;
• Strengthening Families
• Wells and Wellness
• Church Planting
We are excited about relocating our family to a new culture and we look forward to continue our home schooling for our children and learning a new language. Your prayers and financial support are precious to this ministry.
Mark 12:29-31 ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. “And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ There is no other commandment greater than these.'