TRIBAL BELIEVERS COMPETE IN A PROVINCEWIDE PRAISE
CONTEST, WEARING TRADITIONAL COSTUMES.
“Do you want a church building?”
YES! “Do you REALLY want a church building?” YES! YES!!
“Then give for your church building!”
“Give,” I told the congregation, “until we have enough to build!” Since some people have no money to give, they give food. On the table that we use as an altar in the front of the gym, they put bunches of bananas, fruit, vegetables and bags of rice. These gifts are sold and the resulting pesos are deposited in the building fund. Please pray that the church can build in 2007.
“Welcome to the club!”
Many of the pastors’ wives that Elvie knows have had hysterectomies, and now, as of last month, Elvie has this too in common with them.
For 25 years now, Elvie has had increasing severe pain and bleeding. Her doctor noticed that her abdomen began swelling and that she was loosing so much blood that she was becoming anemic. Blood transfusions were a monthly event, as we asked around BLC, “Who has type O+ blood that hasn’t already given to Elvie?” This was to insure the safety of the blood and also to decrease the expense of the attainment of the blood. I even gave, though I am type A+. The “blood bank” will take my blood and “exchange it” in the future if we desperately need it.
With the pain so intense, we decided to go ahead with surgery. When they opened her up and then showed me the amputated uterus and cervix, I almost fainted. It was solid, and the size of a grapefruit! Typically, they are hollow and the size of a pear.
Many came to visit and pray in the hospital for Elvie, and some both here and in other countries helped to pay for the operation. When 20 people from church came, the hospital rule of “only 2 visitors” was bent a little. Another day, 15 BLC teachers came to visit all at once. That’s Elvie. Always loved by all.
Please keep praying for her complete recovery. Our furlough involves 20,000 miles of land travel and another 25,000 miles of air travel between now and April. It will be exciting as we watch Elvie get stronger every day of our travels. When the Filipinos see us again in 7 months, she’ll look like a new woman!
DO YOU HAVE A SUMMER PROJECT?
THESE ARE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE TO SUPPLY FOR OUR 2006 BLC CONSTRUCTION:
YOU KNOW YOU ARE A FILIPINO IF...
BLC ENERGY FUND:
EVERY DAY AT BARNER LEARNING CENTER, WE SUPPLY TRANSPORTATION FOR 290 STUDENTS. OUR BUSSES WERE BOUGHT WITH FUNDS SACRIFICIALLY & GENEROUSLY GIVEN BY FAITHFUL FRIENDS.
A CHURCH IN PENSYLVANIA, USA SENDS ABOUT $300 EACH MONTH TO ASSIST WITH THE FUEL FOR THESE VEHICLES. HOWEVER, WE PAY $750 EACH MONTH FOR GAS.
WITH THE RECENT FUEL INCREASE, OUR ENERGY BILL FOR THE BUILDINGS ON CAMPUS HAS TRIPLED TO $800 PER MONTH.
MIGHT YOU BE WILLING TO ASSIST WITH THESE NEEDS ON A MONTHLY BASIS?
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