JOYOUS: Nurgina soon after her deliverance.Nurgina was in trouble, and even Mami feared for her life. Everyone in the village believed that one of Nur-gina’s brothers had been killed by demons. They had personally witnessed demon harassment on many occasions. They feared that the demons might kill Nurgina as well.
HOW ARE YOU? Wendy assessing a patient in a remote mountain village.I was challenged with the responsibility of caring for a whole mountainful of very sick and needy people. It was not unusual for a whole village of people to show up at 5:00 in the afternoon with patients on their backs, ready to be treated, fed, and housed for the night. Almost everyone suffered from malaria. There were also outbreaks of typhoid, whooping cough, and measles. During those times patients lined the verandas, needing round-the-clock care.
FAMILY BUSINESS: Wendy visiting an elderly patient.Dwayne hardly knew a soul in the Philippines upon arrival and had used up his own resources just getting himself and the helicopter into the country. God led someone to help him get the helicopter through customs without a hitch. Then various people of all types and religions had stepped in and provided a place for Dwayne to stay, food to eat, and fuel for the helicopter during the six months he was in Manila!
CAREFUL! Slippery trail to mobile clinic.It soon became clear that we needed a safe place to keep the helicopter—out of the weather and accessible by road—along with the heavy tools and fuel. We needed a place where we could base our operations and reach the needs of all the missionary projects that were scattered across southern Palawan.
MISSION WORK IS FUN: Pre-packing medicines with missionaries and visiting medical team.As I’m catching the vision, we have boldly gone forward in other ways that we feel are important, even though often our funds are enough only for the current month. Besides keeping up with the increasing demand for the helicopter, we are also supporting several Bible workers and have donated several motorcycles for their use. We have seen the Holy Spirit moving powerfully through these local church workers and our support missionaries who have devoted much of their time to Bible studies, Muslim and medical work, agriculture, and children’s outreach. We cannot keep up with the demand. It is so exciting to see God not only provide for this work but bless it too. We have had the privilege of witnessing multiple baptisms of more than 80 people and two flourishing church plants as a result of this work.