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The Bicol Bulletin

Volume 1, Issue 8  -  December 2003

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"Warm Christmas Greetings from Our Family to Yours"

Special Points of Interest

Prayer Concerns

 "Warm Christmas Greetings from Our Family to Yours" 

As we come to the close of 2003, like many of you, we take time to pause to look at our past, our present and our future. This past year has been an eventful one for us. We started off last January moving to the city of Legazpi, in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. The Lord provided us a beautiful and safe home here that we are thankful for every day. Throughout the year, we have made many friendships in and around Legazpi. Many of those relationships are growing deeper every day. We are thankful for the friends that the Lord has placed in our lives.


Our children have also had an eventful year. They are growing so fast—right before our eyes! Carly, 6, finished kindergarten this year and has began first grade. We are really enjoying home school, but it can be quite demanding for both mom and Carly! She is also doing quite well in her piano lessons and learning her AWANA verses. Caleb, 2, is becoming quite Filipino. He now prefers rice over macaroni and cheese! He is constantly on the go, both physically and verbally! And we have almost made it through a whole year with only one visit to the Emergency room!
 

In April, Wade was in a serious accident. There were so many issues related to that, that at times, we felt good just to make it through another day. As we look back now, we can really see the hand of God in every aspect of the accident. Although there are still some unanswered questions and some unresolved issues, we are thankful for the Lord’s protection, His guidance, and His sustaining grace during the months following.
 

In September, Joanna got an opportunity to travel with a group to Hong Kong and into mainland China. It was an exciting time to see how God is at work in those areas and to see the potential and need for future ministry there. This year has also been a year for language, language, language! Wade is getting to the point of thinking, and even dreaming, in Tagalog, so maybe some of it is sinking in! There are days that it can be very frustrating, but it has become so apparent how vital it is that we know the language. Please pray that we will be diligent students! In a culture where we can survive on English, sometimes it is difficult to find the motivation to learn Tagalog. But being able to share the Gospel with people in their heart language will make it all worthwhile!
 

Christmas is also a time to stop and look at the present. We are so thankful to be able to be “settled” in our house, with our familiar decorations and traditions—although the kids have forgotten most everything! We are so looking forward to the arrival of Joanna’s family in one week! Carly and Caleb are really excited about seeing their Minnie and Papaw and Uncle Sam. We realize what a rare opportunity it is for us to be spending Christmas with family. Thank you Lord for time with loved ones!
 

But our reflections would not be complete if we didn’t take time to look into the future. As we enter into 2004, we soon will be entering into another phase of ministry. We will soon be transitioning from full-time language study into full-time church planting ministry. We are having a Christmas party for the kids in our neighborhood on December 23. We have become friends with all of these kids, but this will be our first evangelistic outreach with them. Beginning in January, we hope to begin having evangelistic Bible studies in several different areas throughout the Legazpi City area. Some of these studies will be in English and others will be in Tagalog. Please pray for us as we seek God’s direction in where we should begin these studies!
 

Another major part of our present and future ministry is the translation of the Church Planting Model into the Tagalog language. We have begun this process by translating some of the Evangelistic Bible studies and Discipleship training materials. My partner in this endeavor is Bro. Roger “Bong” Duran, my language tutor. Bong is a member of our church in Bulan, Sorsogon and a graduate of our Bible college in Negros. He has almost completed his Master’s Degree in Education as well! My office assistant is Rucel Duran, Bong’s sister. She is contributing to this project by typing and editing the material. Once we finish a section, we distribute the materials to some of our Bicol church planters for revision and implementation. We hope eventually to be able to send these materials throughout the Tagalog speaking areas. Please pray for us as we continue this tedious process of translation!
 

We are thrilled to be a part of the church planting effort by Missionary Doyle Moore in the Bicol and Southern Tagalog regions. We are excited to be working together with our national church planters in coordinating our efforts to reach the southern Luzon peninsula. The Bicol Banka Project is a special project to raise funds to purchase a boat for our church planters in the inter-island ministry of the Bicol region. For more information, see the October edition of this newsletter. Please pray for this project!

As you can see, we feel so many emotions as we look back over the year of 2003. However, we would have to say that the predominant one is that of thankfulness. We are so overwhelmed to think that the Lord would choose to send us to this amazing country at such an opportune time. The Filipino people are such a gracious people. The Lord is using them to teach us some invaluable lessons! We are also so thankful for the BMA of America and all the churches and prayer partners that continue to encourage and support us day by day. It is an honor to be your missionary here. You are such a blessing to us. Our prayer is that we can continue to serve Him together until He comes!
 

 

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Special Points of Interest

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Wade & Joanna Allen  will be celebrating their 10th Wedding Anniversary on December 17!

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Christmas in the Philippines lasts longer than in any other country in the world!  Christmas music and decorations start showing up on September 1st!

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One Filipino Christmas tradition is Noche Buena. At midnight on Christmas Eve, many Filipino families come together to enjoy a large meal to celebrate Christmas!

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Prayer Concerns

Please pray for:

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Safety for Joanna’s family as they travel here for the holiday season!

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Opportunities to begin having evangelistic Bible studies in the homes of friends.

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Perseverance in the continuation of language learning and translation of Church Planting Model.

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The church planting efforts in the Bicol Region, especially for the “Bicol Banka” boat project!

Thank God for:

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Continued progress in language learning and module translation.

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The opportunity to see some of our family during this holiday season!

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For More Information Contact:

BMAA Missions in the Philippines
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