Welcome to the Philippines (Week 1)

Trip Start Sep 04, 2007
Trip End Jun 08, 2008

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Magandang Araw Po Say Un Lahat, (Good Day to You All)
We have been in the Philippines for about a week now, and it has already been amazing to get involved with the Filipino culture and start building relationships.  We arrived in Manila last Tuesday at about noon and were really excited because we had already seen God working in helping us find a lost plane ticket and prevent the loss of one of our team members cameras.  All of our flights went really well, and we had relatively no problems (Praise the Lord!!!)  We were however, greeted by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake while we were collecting our bags at the airport.  The center of the quake was north of  Manila, but we did feel it at the airport as well.  Fortunatly no buildings were damaged and there were no injuries as a result. 

We spent our first few days in Manila going through orientation into Filipino culture, and doing some sightseeing riding tricycles and jeepneys, and visiting and Old Spanish House, a huge catholic church called Quiapo, and the oldest catholic church in the Philippines.  On Friday, we headed up to San Fernando where much of our ministry will be focused, as well as Minalin, where we will be living for the next 2.5 months.  These 2 places are about 1 hour north of Manila in the province of Pampanga. During our first weekend we got some practice time in and invited people out to a drama that our church (BCCP - Bible Christian Church of Pampanga) was putting on in the Filipino language of Tagalog.

Speaking of Tagalog, we are currently in language school for this entire week, and are taking it from a family of Tagalog teachers in a city called Baliwag.  Most SEND missionaries that come to live in the Philippines learn Tagalog from this family.  We spend 2 hours in class during the mornings, and in the afternoon, we are required to go around for 1 to 2 hours and practice our language on the local Filipino people.  We have had the opportunity to lead a Bible Study and invite students at the local university out to our program tomorrow, while at the same time practicing our Tagalog.  We are all learning lots, and it is really exciting to be able to communicate a bit easier with the Filipino people.

Some things that you can pray for are:
-For health, that we would be healthy and energized for programs.
-That we would grasp the language (Tagalog) and learn it quickly.
-That our eyes would be open to all ministry opportunities and chances to share the gospel.
-That we would depend on God for wisdom, strength, and joy in our ministry and every situation.
-That God the hearts of those we are ministering to would be open.
-Praise for and prayer for continued team unity.
-Boldness in sharing the gospel.

Well, that is all I have for now.  May God richly bless all of you!!!

 Maraming Maraming Salamat Po (Thank you very much!!!)
Trent Rollings (Team Correspondant)      
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