I have always heard about the Philippines. My friend and ministry partner, Mark Strickland, has often spoken of his fondness for the Philippines as his favorite country in SE Asia. I had never imagined myself as traveling to SE Asia to teach or preach. But the providence of God had been at work in ways I could not have imagined. A couple of years ago, Trina had read that an old friend of mine, Dr. David Ackerman, had become the education coordinator for the Philippines and Micronesia for the Church of the Nazarene. David and I (as well as Mark Strickland) had attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City at the exact same time between 1989 and 1992. David and Rhonda had come from Idaho while Trina and I had come from Illinois. I had come to know him through several classes we had taken together, always amazed with his level of intellect. We became even more acquainted and the friendship developed more as David and Rhonda began attending the same small Nazarene church that Trina and I were attending in Independence, MO.
I have a deep love for them. I am grateful for all the prayer and support of people for this trip. Thank you for running together with me and the Christians in the Philippines for this time.
Running together in Christ,
Evangelist, Teacher, Writer,
Husband, and Father