Update Letter from Pastor Manny Vergara of the Philippines:
Pictured Above: (Left to Right) Jared Bailey, Pastor Tom Smith, Stephen Louis, Dr. Paul Nelson, Dr. Edward Dalcour, Pastor Austin Huggins, Pastor Joe Jacowitz, Margret Smith, David Rhyne, Pastor Fred Sykes.
Arduous, physically depleting, and time intensive most accurate describe this latest particular mission trip to the Philippines - at least from a physical lens. From a spiritual lens, however, we would have to say that it was also one of the most rewarding, most spiritually edifying, and most encouraging mission trips to date. The opportunities that were opened to us to further equip the churches and to publish the Gospel among broad audiences were breathtaking and often unexpected.
FirstLove Missions is returning to the Philippine Islands:
After we arrived in Manilla, we made contact with Pastor Manual Vergara (an indigenous pastor affiliated with SGBC, Morgan Hill, CA). He drove all night with 7 students and one teacher from his seminary. At 3:45 A.M. Manuel called Pastor Nelson from the hotel lobby and said they made it to the hotel and were waiting for him to come down and meet them . . .