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The Bicol Bulletin
Volume 1, Issue 6 - September 2003
Were You on September 11th?" by Joanna Allen
It’s become one of those days in which we remember with
explicit detail – where we were, what we were doing, who we were with, etc.
I’ve often heard
people refer to “the day Kennedy was shot.” For me, I remember the day
Pres. Reagan was shot, the Space Shuttle tragedies, the Oklahoma City bombings,
and now, September 11th. I will never forget seeing those first images of the
burning Twin Towers on TV. Or the hours we all sat glued to the television,
trying to make some sense of what had happened. I will never forget the
urgency in which our country turned to God and to prayer. But this year, I had
another September 11th to remember. I went to Hong Kong!
I was privileged to travel with Miss Dar Lee and a
group from Bacolod City to spend a week in Hong Kong. Our trip was a part
of CTA ministries – Christ Throughout Asia. CTA is using Filipinos that
are located throughout all of Southeast Asia to plant churches and reach the
people of those countries.
One of the most overwhelming things about Hong Kong is the
massive amounts of people! It is so crowded! We also got to cross the
border into China for a couple of days, and it is just as crowded. There
are so many people in this part of the world.
As we were walking along the streets of Hong Kong, I
couldn’t help but look up at some of the skyscrapers and wonder what it must
have been like to be in New York on September 11th. I can’t imagine.
Everyone was just going about their daily routine when their life was changed
forever. I have wondered how many of those people that were in the Twin
Towers or the airplanes went to heaven that day. And then I thought about
the day when Our Lord will return. Of the 7 million people in Hong Kong,
how many will go to heaven?
More information regarding the ministry in Hong Kong will
be available in next month’s Bicol Bulletin. Please pray for this new door of
ministry before us!
To see more pictures from our recent trip to China go to our
"Celebrating Our First Year"
by Wade Allen
We first arrived in the
Philippines on September 10, 2002. This month marks our first anniversary
to be serving as BMAA missionaries here in the Philippines.
As I reflect on
all that has happened in the past year, my heart is abounding with
emotions. My heart is sad when I realize that it has been more than a year
since I or my children have been able to hug their grandparents. My heart
is amazed when I realize how God has provided us with a house and community
that we are truly able to call home. My heart is humbled when I realize the
sacrifice it took to send us to the Philippines and the confidence that was
placed in us by the missions’ office personnel to allow us to serve the BMA
of America as Church Planters. My heart is moved when I remember the warm
welcome we received from the other veteran missionaries here in the
Philippines. My heart is grateful when I consider the possibility of not
having the Murphy family as our companions for each frightening phase of our
first year in country. My heart is overwhelmed when I consider the
tremendous task that God has set before us in reaching the unreached people
of Southeast Asia. Please continue to remember us as you pray for missions
outreach all over the world!
We would like
to thank the following churches and individuals
support of our ministry this past year!
|First, Cave Springs, Arkansas
||Antioch, Conway, Arkansas
|New Prospect, Garfield, Arkansas
||Prairie Oaks, Prairie Grove, Arkansas
|Paramount, Wiggins, Mississippi
||Sheridan Terrace, Palestine, Texas
|Calvary, Newcastle, Oklahoma
||Mount Pisgah, Fulton, Mississippi
|BMAA National WMA
||Bill & Karen Lloyd, Lowell, Arkansas
|Dale & Debbie Taylor, Palestine, Texas
||First, Livingston, Texas WMA
|Calvary, Laverne, California
||Grandview, Springfield, Missouri
|Glenview, Independence, Missouri
||Mount Carmel, Safford, Arizona
|Fairview, Blytheville, Arkansas
||BMA of the Ozarks (Various Churches)
|Sharon Burgess, Greenbrier, Arkansas
||Calvary, Fayetteville, Arkansas
|Eastside, Conway, Arkansas
||Corinth, Grand Saline, Texas
|Southern Grove, Springdale, Arkansas
||Springhill, Greenbrier, Arkansas
|Temple, Hesperia, California
||Trace City, Natchez, Mississippi
Special Points of Interest
The BMA of the Philippines has
begun raising funds for supporting missions in Asia.
CTA stands for Christ Throughout
Asia. This is the outreach ministry of the BMA of the Philippines to countries
in Southeast Asia.
Currently, the BMAP has outreach
ministries in Hong Kong, Kuala Lampur, and Singapore — three of the most
prominent cities in Southeast Asia.
Please pray for:
Opportunities to share the gospel and to begin having evangelistic Bible
studies in the homes of friends.
Perseverance in the continuation of language learning.
Adequate funds to be available to cover travel expenses for outreach.
Our vehicle in the US to sell.
Thank God for:
Continued progress in language learning.
Safety for the CTA team who went to Hong Kong.
For More Information Contact:
BMAA Missions in the Philippines
PO Box 30910, Little Rock, Arkansas 72260-0016 USA