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Philippine Report August 2020 to January 2021

First, we would like to express our thanks to the many that have contributed to the work and needs in the Philippines, as the requests for help continues.  Food is still a primary need in 2020, since many are still not working, but the medical needs are not far behind.  The islands were hit with 3 typhoons this fall, therefore, resulting in requests for building repairs.  Flooding and high winds have also been a problem since it damages the ground crops as well as the banana, mango, and coconut trees.

As I mentioned in my last report, this is a strange and different time in our history, whether in the U.S. or in the Philippines.  Some parts of the Philippines are still under strict restrictions, and some are not permitted to leave their homes.  Other parts have relaxed the rules, but employment is limited.  Many of the evangelists are having church assembly in homes and traveling to meet up with the members.  Since many folks are home due to the employment slow down, the home studies and gatherings have produce over 100 baptisms among the islands in 2020.

Schools, for the most part, remain closed to in-person classes.  Some of the high education institutions are open. However, the recent threat of unrest in the South China sea (as reported from Reuters news service) have affected the residents on the western part of the islands.  Let’s all pray the safety of the members and their families during this time of various trials.

In the months of August, 2020 through January, 2021, we have sent more than $5,300 for food and seed.  With the rainy season now upon the members there, our medical requests to treat malaria, dengue, virus infection, and many other medical emergencies have been over $7100 the last 6 months.  We appreciate your continued donations and support.  At this time, it appears our visit to verify the use of funds sent to the Philippines and encourage the members there, will need to be delayed until 2022.

Below is a breakdown of the areas where funds were sent these last four months.  Currently we are working with more than 45 congregations on seven islands.

In August, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support  $2,140; Evangelism  expenses  $675;  Building repair/rent, benches, bibles  $150  Medical expenses $928; Food & Planting Seed $354;  Storm damage & charity $165.

In September, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $2,208;   Bldg. repair/rent/benches, bibles  $502; Medical Expense $524;  Food & Planting Seed  $708;  Storm damage and Charity  $831;  Funerals  $204.

In October, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $2,132; Evangelist expense  $1,567; Building repair/rent, benches, bibles  $1,449;  Medical expenses $768;  Storm damage & charity $1,661.

In November, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $2,036; Evangelism  expenses $204;  Building repair/rent, benches, bibles  $204;  Medical expenses $2,198; Food & Planting Seed $3,716;  Storm damage & charity $908.

In December,  2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $3,091; Medical expenses $928; Building repair/rent, benches, bibles  $1,093; Medical Expenses $1,062;  Food & Planting Seed $404;  Storm damage & charity $104;  and Funeral  $308.

In January,  2021, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $1,778; Building repair/rent, benches, bibles  $1,210;  Medical expenses $1,704; Food & Planting Seed $200;  Storm damage & charity $102.

Ed and I ask for your prayers for wisdom to weigh each request we receive & use God’s funds wisely.

Respectfully submitted,

Duane Cogburn and Ed Anderson

I have attached a list of other requests that we haven’t been able to help since we consider the food needs and medical requests priorities.  If you would like to have your donation used for a particular request, please let us know

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Below are excerpts from some of the many emails we receive from our brothers in the Philippines.  Some have been edited for brevity and so that their English can be better understood. E

From: rexson gonzales <
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2020 7:42 AM
To: edandva@hotmail.com <edandva@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Monthly support

Hello brother Ed and Duane,

How are you?

Thank you for the money you have sent to me I already receive it. 

Regarding to our evangelism we still have a bible study and visiting every house of our brethren who did not attend to Worship Assembly because of Pandemic.

Bro. Rexson is meeting with members in their homes during the time of travel restrictions


Regarding to my schooling, This August 24,2020 my school department announced the opening of classes not face to face. Our brethren here at kalaklan are all doing well and safe thank you so much for your prayer and also we include you and your family to our prayer.  

God bless and keep safe!   Rexson,

From: Brennie Agbisit

Sent: Sunday, August 9, 2020 11:08 PM

To: Ed Anderson <edandva@hotmail.com>

Subject: Hope you are all fine

Dear Bro. Ed and Duane,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

I’m praying that you are all still safe and healthy all the time. You are all in our prayers and thoughts as we are seeing on news that US positive cases of Corona Virus raising up everyday by thousands

The brethren are sending love and prayers too.

We are still in quarantine, so many restrictions. we have no choice but to follow or else  will be charged. This maybe our situation not until there will be vaccine.

I was able to joined the house ot house studies in the mountain…and we are glad that  we have 6 baptism… we will continue to go on our scheduled studies…some are still hard to believe our stands….but our brethren are so good and ready to answer their questions…sometimes, I have some thoughts too but as woman..I have no rights to answer their questions…so I just keep quite and just support our brethren.

E have one catholic devotee, that studying with us…he said, that if you just accept Christ, you will be save by His grace…just like what happened on the cross… when the 2 thieves asked Him… to bring them in Paradise…and that on the spot… give freely forgiveness and saved just by their faith….so what’s is the need of be baptized and be included in one church? then, for those are sick…in their sick bed if they accept Christ as their savior and ask forgiveness, he believe  ..the sick will be saved because on his last breath he accepted Christ. So many question, but I believe they were answered by our brethren…so we still continue studying with this man and his family…hopefully, he will open his mind and heart and finally  believe on what we stand that only bible base.

Next week, we will go to Quezon area, the brethren there has some invites and we would like to study with them….since there still no classes…the young adult ladies and men are joining us. We will also pray for the brethren that are sick there, so many that has Malaria and dengue.

Yesterday, Bro. Saim called my son…asking for help because…one of his grandchildren are in the hospital and a sister in Christ Medina, also  Bro. Esteban youngest son , they have Dengue…although they are taking herbal and silver water  still their condition become worst so no choice but to bring them to hospital and they are asking help.

Dengue are striking again everywhere…here in our neighborhood, a young man died, he is graduating of Elecrtical engineering, many donated blood but he was able to make it. We don’t know..mosquito are everywhere all the time this rainy season…so, we light up 24/7 mosquito coil.

It’s sad because of the pandemic many lost jobs…and many brethren went  back to their towns, also 21 below are not allowed to go out, so many of our brethren that live far from the church building could not come to worship with us…and they are missing so much services and communion…only those near can come.

We are having problem with the electric bill in the space we are renting…we used to pay only P3,000+…but to our surprised our bill this month went up to P8,700+… we complained about it in the electric office and  they said maybe we used more  of electricity…but I told them that our usage are the same…all of us here complains of the big rise in our bills…also in other areas..in Manila…perhaps in Luzon too..they didn’t do any adjustment but told  that we need to pay it on or before the 13th or else we will be  charged of  additional surcharge fee of 10 percent…so many are very furious at the office having the same problem.

Lord willing, I’m hoping to attend service in Zalpan this Sunday since yesterday..I attended here…because if I go there on weekdays…I may not be able to meet them and join our studies in the mountain..since I still don’t have cellphone, I could not reach them where mountain they are by the time I will arrive there..I asked how much the repair of LCD it  will cost P7,000…too expensive and not sure if it will be work for long time again…my friends said better buy cheaper samsung with good features…which cost P10,000 to P11,000…. oh I could not afford it. Maybe after 4 months saving my $50 allowance.

Thank u for ur encouragement series…it is a good reminder for all of us, to deny our self. In my case…I have so many proposals but I’m not minding it..because of my commitments in the work of the Lord. I don’t know what’s God’s will on me in the future…but I will continue serve Him in my little own way….and I’m praying if he will give me a husband, a man who will marry me…must understand my work…that most of time…I need to be with the brethren on the mountain. it is one reason.  I didn’t accept job abroad because, I prefer to help my father in the work of the Lord here, so sad..as woman..I have limited to do. I will make copies of your encouragements.

I will close from here again…keep safe . take care. God bless.

with Christ love,   Brennie

Mario Moral

To:  Duane Cogburn

Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 7:49 AM

Hello there Brother Duane,

            We are very thankful for the ministries that God gave is for the needy family. We are blessings to them as God blessed us. We are so happy to see the family that we are helping and still continue in serving God.

            Thanks for the effort of the brethren there who are still helping us here God bless you all.

We bought the needs of the family Puno. So glad for this ministry and for the Lord. 

Note from Duane:

The mother of this family died during the birth of their 6th child along with the baby.  Several families have been helping with the family’s needs on a monthly basis. The financial commitment for help ends May 30, 2021.  If you would like to commit to help this hardship situation for a couple of months or more starting June 1, please let us know.  The father earns a little as a street vendor and some agricultural work.  Bro. Mario and Sis. Lorie are a big help to the family/kids during the day.

I helped the family to build a simple shelter. I bought cements, sand and hollow blocks for them. second hand galvanized irons .the simple house is now about to finished.

We have neighbor where the mother is covid patients. The police men put a yellow cord in their gate and locked it so the whole family did not get outside their compound. we bought some foods for them and grocery items. hoping someday to share the gospel to them.

Thank you and God bless   Mario and family

Steven Curimao

To:  edandva@hotmail.com   cogduane48@yahoo.com

Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 6:08 AM

Dear Brethren,

Trusting the Lord that you all fine.

The Church here in Lawak are doing well, we are now doing a home bible study and practicing gospel songs, we include children in our activities, we have planed this month of October a evangelism activities in other villages near in Lawak Church.

We had a meeting with the owner of the lot that church purchased and settled the necessary documents for the transfer of ownership, he told us that we also need to settle the Land title so that it will not be included in his taxes, the lot is 150 square meters we asked a land surveyor for exact measurements of the church purchased lot and put a landmarks and secure the title, we need  to pay P14,000 for it, we are asking for a help regarding this, our funds is not enough for this cost, any amount is highly appreciated, it will be a big help brethren, thank you and God bless you all.

Meantime I’m not yet able again to make a travel going to Tarlac, the check points in every municipality is being strictly imposing policy, have to secure medical clearance and travel authority and to undergo two weeks home quarantine.

God bless you all. 

Brother Steven

Steven Curimao

To:  edandva@hotmail.com   cogduane48@yahoo.com

Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 4:20 AM

Dear Brethren,

I am trusting the Lord that you are all fine.

The typhoon name Ulysses just passed by here in Pangasinan, strong rain and wind hit us here, flush flood from the mountain went to our farm and damaged our crops that it should be soon to be harvest and sold to the market but apparently there’s nothing to harvest, My Mother’s house roofings was blown by strong wind and also some of the brethren, trees fell down due to wind, thanks to the Lord there’s no one harmed, My family and I are fine, we are humbly asking for help. Thank you and God bless you all.

Attached here are some photos while the thypoon is here.

Brother Steven.

From: Genesis Relaniza

Sent: Monday, December 28, 2020 3:12 PM

To: Ed Anderson <edandva@hotmail.com>

Subject: Worship with the brethren.

Good morning brother ed. advance Happy new year to you there .Continue being good example in faith , keep the faith and always  be courageous in Preaching. we your brethren here are always praying for your and to your family. we Love you God bless.   Bro. Genesis

From: Mario Moral

Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 7:31 AM

To: edandva@hotmail.com <edandva@hotmail.com>

Hello brother Ed,

So very busy this few days starting to plants organic vegetables while tye weather here and in the afternoon is the evangelism activities.

          We have almost 2 extension works for the group believers and some truth seekers  ,as Sunday is my most busiest day Because twice a month Im still helping Kalaklan to share a Sunday message for the brethren there.in the afternoon here at San Marcelino the worship services is 3pm to 4pm. Then 6 pm to 5pm at Brgy La Paz San Narciso for evening Worship as our extension works.

           We have some young people who are willing to undergo leadership training and still did it every Saturday afternoon.

Here are some of God’s Guidance in our ministries here:

New group of parents and young people for the series of lessons every thursday night.

Thank you so much brother Ed and brother Duane for still helping my family and the ministries of tye Lord here.God bless your families.best regards to the brethren there

Mario

Report for March to July 2020

We all find ourselves in a very strange time in history.  There have been many disease disasters since the time of Jesus Christ, but the current one is a new, awkward, and potentially dangerous experience for us all.  Our trust and faith in God is very important for each of us during these troubling times.  The attacks on Christianity worldwide appear to increase daily.

Our Philippine brothers and sisters are experiencing similar but amplified situations.   The Philippine president has tried many approaches to slow the spread of the virus, but lacks the funds and resources to help his citizens that are without work or income and/or provide a reasonable level of health care.  Food is a scarcity may places at this time. The Philippines imports a good part of the rice they consume from Asia.  A few of the brothers that live in the country, do have gardens and those living in the mountains can plant rice/corn, weather permitting.

 The government has used the military to enforce lockdown orders and ban much of the public transportation and the independent drivers that drive/own the most common of mode (the jeepneys).  The government claims the vehicles are the ideal incubator for the virus. Some areas are seeing an easing of the government restrictions, while other areas are not.  A recent report shows a 16% shrinking of their economy…..therefore, making jobs hard to find for our members.

Many of the agricultural workers, shop owners, and vendors are out of work or greatly restricted in their movement and work.  The Philippine government declared last week on national news that they are out of emergency and food money to help the people.

Schools were going to be closed for the remainder of the year, and their educators were asked to hold classes on line. In many rural and remote areas, this is not going to happen since power and internet service is off and on, and computers are not items that many Philippines folks have.  We received several request from the members for computers and internet service, but, Ed and myself do not understand this is a good use of the Lord’s funds even if we had the funds.  Presently, many of the rural parts of the country have delayed school until June of 2021. Some of the larger cities/towns will proceed with online teaching in the upper grades.

In the months of March through July, we have sent more than $9,000 for food and seed  to various islands.  Our food/emergency funds are exhausted.  With the rainy season now upon the members there, our medical request to treat malaria, dengue, virus infection, and many other medical emergencies have been over $3300 the last 5 months.

August 14, 2020 Appeal— Brothers, we again are making an URGENT APPEAL for our brothers and their families in the Philippines.   Please, help us in this effort to provide food and emergency needs if you are able.  I realize that many of us are having to cut our spending with the restrictions we may be experiencing in the U.S., but if you or your congregation are able to donate, please make you check out to the Church of Christ and sent it to:

                Duane Cogburn

                86C  Martin Lane

                Moriarty, NM  87035

God can use perilous times for His purpose.  Many of the evangelists in the Philippine rural areas are able to gather the members and neighbors for assemblies and home bible studies.  We have reports of a total of 30 baptisms since May.

Again, we wish to thank each and every one that have contributed to the work in the Philippines. 

Below is a breakdown of the areas where funds were sent these last four months.  Currently we are working with more than 45 congregations on seven islands.

In March, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $3459; Evangelism expenses $200; Building repair/rent, benches, bibles $100; Medical expenses $708; Food & Planting Seed $3,470; Storm damage & charity $165.

In April, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $1.886;   Food $3,720;       Food & Planting Seed $3,720; Storm damage and Charity $50; Funerals  $204.

In May, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $2,025; Evangelist expense  $352;    Medical expenses $994; Food & Planting Seed $560;  Storm damage & charity 100;  and Funeral  $200.

In June, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $2,811; Evangelism  expenses $100;  Building repair/rent, benches, bibles  $408;  Medical expenses $726; Food & Planting Seed $400;  Storm damage & charity $706.

In July, 2020, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $1,890; Evangelism  expenses $100;  Medical expenses $928; Food & Planting Seed $1008;  Storm damage & charity $1,481;  and Funeral  $152.

Respectfully submitted,

Duane Cogburn and Ed Anderson

I have attached a list of other requests that we haven’t been able to help since we consider the food needs and medical requests priorities.  If you would like to have your donation used for a particular request, please let us know

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Below are excerpts from some of the many emails we receive from our brothers in the Philippines.  Some have been edited for brevity and so that their English can be better understood. E

Steven Curimao at Lawak, Luzon

Mon, Mar 30 at 5:32 PM

Dear Brethren,

Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord, we trust the Lord that you are all well.

We are still in a enhance community quarantine due to covid19, my family and I are stock here in Pangasinan because of the situation, yet we are all fine.

Lawak Church of Christ, the brethren here is asking for help, they can’t go out to go to their work because of the quarantine to avoid the virus, the relief from our government is nothing yet, we have used our resources for the past days yet we still have more days in a quarantine, any kind of assistance is deeply appreciated brethren.

We are praying for everyone’s safety, we pray that this crisis be over soon.

I attached some pictures while we worship under the tree…

God bless you all.

Brother Steven

Below is some of the Lawak, Luzon congregation meeting outside,

Baptism at Lawak by Bro. Steven, May 11, 2020

Chris and Premie Amihay  at Colinog, Panay

To:edandva@hotmail.com    cogduane48@yahoo.com

Sat, May 9 at 11:56 PM

Dear Brother Edward and Duane

Thank you brother Edward for sending another encouragement  Thankful you are all doing well .I and my family are doing well too..Thanks for the prayer.We also pray for you safety..

The Enhance Community Quarantine  was again extended to May 30 due to many OFWs came home and there were positive of covid 19 in the city of Iloilo.

But despite of COVID -19,we  have  our assembly in our house .Our brethren in Badlan also having family assembly in their house . And also the Chiva”s family. We have total lockdown in Calinog every Sunday. The town officials are disinfecting the whole town every Sunday. This is good idea to prevent the spread of virus. The whole province are doing this every Sunday. So all people are not allowed to go out.

If the lockdown will be extended again, this is  not a good sign. Many people will suffer long time hunger..This is a problem now

The distribution of relief goods is very slow due to corruption…Many food packs being distributed…but only  few barangays are doing the good job.  Mostly none ,very slow.

Very sad to know …

We want to share this news our brother Edgar Libuna from Bliss site was confined at Calinog District Hospital last Wednesday.  He suffered from hard breathing and his half body could not move. We believed his half body was paralyzed and we don’t know yet his body condition.  Only one person allowed to visit the patient .Michael was there yesterday  and inform us his situation .

He is in need of cash assistance for his hospital need and medicine.We are hoping our brethren there in the US can assist our brother for his hospital needs …His  wife is having a problem od his husband.. 

Let us join in praying that this virus will gone away..

This is an invisible enemy….We need to stay home always to be safe .

We are glad to know that our brethren in Bacolod continue serving  out Lord in their house .We have  talk brother Joel Castillo last night and thankful they are  safe  and doing well.

We don’t have communications from our brethren at Don Salvador, maybe they don’t have cellphone.I was trying many times to contact their phone number but it was failed .Hoping they are all doing well.

I have to close now. May our Lord will bless and guide us and keep us all safe from virus.  

In His service,

Chris and Premie

jominan paulo   April 22, 2020

To:   Ed Anderson,  Duane Cogburn

Dear Brother Ed & Duane,

I always pray to God that you are in good and all the brethren in the US. I hope this pandemic that affect globally is end soon and I ask to always protect us.

My family and the brethren here in lubao greets you, We are all fine although some brethren they are not working but thank God that God truly good because they have people that gave their talent to share their blessing like you. Yesterday, I buy some can goods and rice for the brethren in lubao because the lockdown they extend until May 15 according to the Government.

My plan going to Isabela Lord willing is on June 25 -30 if possible to make this trip if the Lockdown are down by the President of the Philippine. I am sorry that the fare gave you is already used for buying foods, Milk, diaper and other necessities. Our bill in electricity is unpaid from march to april a total of 2, 652 php.

In behalf of sis. Emma Angangan and Bro. Fred Angangan I appeal to ask help for their needs because i heard that no one give help for them until the lockdown implement. Please, brother any amount from you is big help for their family. Also my family in Isabela they asking also for assistant. thank you so much if my request is put into your list.

Godbless,  Jominan

April 24, 2020

Good day brothers,

Galatians 6:10

[10]As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Another day of giving for the brethren. Vegetables , meat and fruits . We are able to share the blessings you gave us brother.

Thank you for your love and care to us. God bless.    Bro. Genesis

Bro. Genesis distributing food.

Godie  policarpio; June 16, 2020

Brother Duane and brother Ed,

God’s blessing of good health be with you as you read this message of mine. Bro. Daniel,  bro. Emmanuel, Jennmark and me, Visited the Brethren in Longos Cabangan, I am happy to inform you that they are all fine. I am so happy to inform you that Emmanuel is already recovered from covid19, he is in a quarantine for almost a month, thank you for all your prayers.

You are asking me about the overhaul cost of the van that we are using, the auto mechanics told me that it will cost around 60thousand pesos ($1,200 USD), that will include all, cost of labour and spare parts, it is too expensive. The mechanics told me that if it undergo overhauling it will became almost good as new. Thank you for asking and for the great concern to the needs of the Evangelist and of the church, the van is really big help to us. To transport the brethren to go to church. Thanks a lot brethren. Keep safe always.

Love and prayers,  GODOFREDO L. POLICARPIO

Mario Moral 

To:Duane Cogburn

Fri, Jul 3 at 7:18 PM

Hello brother Duane,

        I already got the money that you sent.  Thank you so much.  We will spend it to buy their weekly needs.

        Yesterday we have another 7 souls accepted the Lord in baptisms. Praying for their growth. 

Seven to be Baptized today.

Subic Bay, Luzon

Godie policarpio

Ed Anderson  Duane Cogburn

Thu, Apr 30 at 1:26 AM

Ever Dearest bro. Ed and Duane,

How are you? I hope that all is well with you. I am so sad that America have already 1million cases of Covid 19 and around 50 thousand plus deaths according to the news, on which I am always watching, as Social Studies teacher I need to be updated about the current Situation of the world.

I wrote you to let you know about what is happening here, I am really sad to say to you that Emmanuel Dumasig is already infected of Covid 19, the swab test result shows that he is positive, you know what? Bro. Emman is one of the Frontliners, he is serving the people of Subic, checking all the people that come and go to the market, that’s why he is very prone to the virus, last day he is in the hospital at Iba Zambales, but through his request he moved to Subic. Please pray also for his wife and chuldren. Even though we are ashamed to ask, I wrote you in his behalf because I knew that he really need financial help, any amount you should give is highly Appreciated. He needs it for his medication. Send it to his own bank account. I attached picture of the swab test result.

Brother Ed and Duane, I also wrote, for you to know that Central LuZon is still in the enhance community quarantine, that includes the whole province of Zambales, we already gave the brethren the relief goods Four Times because our brethren from other places also help. Many brethren also come into our house to ask help, I can’t resist not to help because during that time I have money, but right now I have only money to buy foods for 3 days, we have no salary yet, for this reason I am personally asking for your help. I and my wife is not qualified to receive help that comes from our government. Thank you in advance, I do believe that this pandemic will end soon, let us continue to pray together.

May the Lord God bless you and keep you,

Love and prayers,

Godofredo Lucero Policarpio.

Premie Amihay

To:   Ed Anderson   Duane Cogburn

Mon, Jun 29 at 7:30 AM

Dear brothers in Christ,

Brother Edward thank you for another encouragement lesson  It so sad to hear that  our sister  here in Calinog Janel Lavella was confined in the hospital due to Ectopic pregnancy.She is two months pregnant on their second child, their eldest daughter is 5 years old. She undergone ceasarean and was to remove the baby outside  her womb.We have given assitance but need more for her daily maintenace .Her husband is a casual worker in Calinog ,but stopped to work for  3 months due to home quarantine.She  needs to complete  her medicines daily.

Another sister  Kris Guillepa a sister in- Law of brother Erol also deliver her first baby and was operated .. The baby was in the ICU for one week.. They are also asking a little assistance for their medicines ….They find hard due to pandemic problem.

In this connection we are presenting this request asking for your kind donation for this two sisters.Maybe 200 dollars if you can share to these two  sisters .

Please include them  in your prayers..

Thanks and God bless you all.

In His service,

Chris and Premie

Steven Curimao  in Lawak, Luzon

Tue, Jul 28 at 10:34 AM

Dear Brethren,

Greetings in the Lord to all of you.

Lawak Church of Christ is able now to gather in the church building, we are now in modified community quarantine, the authority allowed us to gather as long  we observe the safety protocol they provide, we can also go out for evangelism yet we practice social distancing, the brethren are continually growing in faith.

Traveling to another province or city is now allowed but you need to provide necessary documents and a travel authorization.

Lord willing I will be going to Tarlac congregation this coming Sunday, I’m hoping that the authority there will allow us to gather.

I attached some photos for you to look; at, my son and nephew are continuing to serve the Lord’s church.

God’s grace be with you all.

Congregation at Lawak….. with social distancing,  When Ed and I made our first trip to the Philippines in 2014, only the blocks walls on this building existed.  The brothers/sisters have done a great job in finishing the building.  Most of the funds came from the U.S. to complete it.   Ed and Duane

Mario Moral <moralmario@yahoo.com>

To:

Duane Cogburn

Cc:

Ed Anderson

Fri, Jul 31 at 2:56 PM

Hello brotherDuane

BrotherEdward,

        We are so very thankful and so blest having a car because can also blest other. Most of the time we used our car as an Ambulance to brought church members be patient in Hospital for free travel.Last day we brought 3 patients in pain at Olongapo City Hospital. Since it it locked down we requested a travel pass to police station. And without a car we can have difficulty to brought patients in hospital. buses and jeepneys are very seldom to travel and it needs medical certificate before you ride.

Patricia Gatao, one of our young people has galstone  and she is really in pain

Romeo Abarre  is suspected to have a kidney stone problem. His face is getting bigger or swelling.he is now under observation and has medicines for one week.

 Marjorie Moral cant breath after she walk early in the morning.she was brought to Emergency Room with Romeo and Patricia. but Marjorie is now okey.except the two.

We spent some amount for benevolence for them in hospital from the money I have fir the family.but the remaining cash on my hand, We bought groceries s last budget for them this week of July because we bought grocery items for them every week

Mario distributing  food and diapers to widower.  His wife pasted away 2 months ago giving birth to their 6th child.

He and his two oldest children (not in the picture) have been baptized recently.        

Mario and his wife, Lorie, distributing food.  Mario teaches shaped note singing, and beating time every Tuesday night and post it on facebook.  He and several of the other evangelist have home and private studies 3 to 5 times a week.

Mario taking a few minutes for prayer before making an Ambulance run to Subic (about 45 miles away).  See text above.

His garden is in the background which helps the local brothers to eat and make a living selling produce.

November to March 2020

An URGENT APPEAL for our brothers and their families in the Philippines.

The Corona Virus is infecting the Philippines and the president has ordered a national quarantine.  Evidently this quarantine is confining 50+ million people to their homes with a few exceptions, such as essential services, food suppliers and some essential factories.  This quarantine is expanding to the rural areas now. All foreigners were given 3 days to leave the country, than the airports were closing or greatly restricting travel.  Public transportation has come to a halt, private transportation is also restricted.

Schools, recreation centers, malls and many non-essential businesses are closed.  The Philippine Stock Market ceased operation on Tuesday.  The fine for being out of your house without permission is $30 to up to $100.   Many of the church members cannot go to work and even though one family member is allowed to go the store for necessities/food, many do not have the funds to purchase food.  We have reports from the government that this quarantine is until April 16th, but can be extended.  The government is allowing shipments of rice and announced they will distribute food, but we have no reports that this has happened.

In the last couple of days, we have sent over $1500 to various islands.  Our food/emergency funds are almost exhausted.  With the interruption of transportation, we estimate that the members will be meeting in homes or small groups.

Please, contribute to this food and emergency need if you are able.  I realize that many of us are having to cut our spending with the restrictions we may be under in the U.S., but if you or your congregation is able to donate, please make you check out to the Church of Christ and sent it to:

                Duane Cogburn

                86 C  Martin Lane

                Moriarty, NM  87035

An additional disaster, an erupting volcano, occurred in January/February at Taal Island just 50 miles SW of Manila.  The government has declared the island is uninhabitable and evacuated several thousand of the residents to Luzon. The government is in the process of resettling these folks.  Several of the evangelists from the Olongapo area (about 5 hours north) traveling by bus to this area and have been volunteering by handing out government -supplied food & goods.  The evangelists also used this opportunity to minister and counsel with the displaced citizens.  This opportunity led to over 50 baptisms and adding to a congregation in this area.

Again, we wish to thank each and every one that have contributed to the work in the Philippines. 

Below is a breakdown of the areas where funds were sent these last four months.

In November, 2019, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $2,150; Evangelism  expenses $250;  Building repair/rent, benches, bibles  $404;  Medical expenses $562;  Storm damage & charity $5,658;  and Funeral  $164.

In December, 2019, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $2,690; Evangelism expenses $104;    Food $1,777;   Building repair/rent, benches $160;  Medical expenses $951;   Storm damage and Charity  $774;  Funerals $404.

In January, 2020, Evangelist’s support $2,078;  bibles/songbooks/ study material $849;  Evangelists  expenses  $302;  Medical needs  $1,057; and Charity $304.

In February, 2020, Evangelist’s support $1,101; Bibles, Songbooks, bldg. repairs  $154; Food  $1007; Charity to those in need $348;   Medical needs $510;  Funerals  $204.

Respectfully submitted,

Duane Cogburn and Ed Anderson

I have attached a list of other requests that we haven’t been able to help since we consider the food needs and medical requests priorities.  If you would like to have your donation used for a particular request, please let us know

Below are excerpts from some of the many emails we receive from our brothers in the Philippines.  Some have been edited for brevity and so that their English can be better understood. e

Baptism today March 1, 2020

jominan paulo 

To:Ed Anderson,Duane Cogburn

Dear Bro Ed & Duane,

Im glad to say that today we have two soul baptized and added to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. Their names Olimpia Quintal 69 yrs old and Analyn Quintal 38 yrs old from Brgy Sto Domingo Lubao pampanga. they are active to attend every Sunday in our worship service here in Subao until they decided to be baptized.

this is the picture below..Jominan.

March 1, 2020

Dear brother Ed and bro. Duane,

A lovely greetings to all of you, May the Lord God bless you and keep always. Thank you for sending the message of encouragement to to me, to all of us. Continue sending it because it help us a lot to strengthen our faith.

Thank you for all your help, I am about to graduate this March 15, 2020, there is a delay because during the time I am about to graduate last October, there are two subjects that I need take up first, and now this is it, I am happy to share it with you because you are all part it. I will send photos after graduation.

Last January 26, 2020 I and bro. Augusto Bas-il baptized  Almira Batenga at Cawag, she the God already entered in her heart and accepted Jesus as her Savior. Pray for her also that she may continue to served God even if there is trials.

Sometimes I am with brother Daniel at Longos Church and helping him in spreading the good news….

Praying and hoping that you can help me. I am so excited to see you next year. I hope that you have a good health that time. May the Lord God bless you always. You have a good heart brethren.

Love and prayers,.

Godofredo L. Policarpio

Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2020 5:27 AM

Dear brothers :Edward and Duane,

Hoping everyone of you are doing well. Once again, we want to thanks for the rice assistance and the Brethren who received the assistance were so thankful of your assistance.

Please, send our thanks.to all the brethren who shared their donation for the hunger..

We want to share this news to you.We are so glad to let you know that our young brother from Badlan bro .Jemar Castor is now preaching on the pulpit.He is the eldest son of bro. Jay-Ar Castor and sis Dalina Castor.The  family who availed a motorcycle from you last Februarry 2019.

Good.   Lessons was taught by bro.Jemar this morning..

The subject he taught was: Be Ready to answer to anyone who asked question.

We often visit these brethren in Badlan  and glad to hear three  young people from Badlan received baptism.

We are glad that our son John Chris and wife Cendy were with us this morning  assembly.  They stayed overnight with us with their little girl  Blyth.  She is now 6 months old.  Thankful to our Lord for giving her good health.

The parents of Cendy were with them and visited with us yesterday morning but after a short conversation they visited their member of the family at Dingle Iloilo city.  Then back home.to Jaro Iloilo, their home place

Our attendance now here in Calinog is increasing in number.  Praying the brethren who back to church will attend the regular assembly  ,through hearing the word of God and hoping they will be encouraged more.

I have to close now.  May our Lord’s blessings be upon you all.

In His service,    Chris and Premie

Update of Lawak Church of Christ

Sun, Mar 15 at 2:26 AM

Dear Brother Ed and Brother Duane,

Grace and peace to you all.

We fully trust the Lord that you are all fine.

I visited the Lawak congregation this Sunday and teaching them and encouraging them to steadfast in the faith in this time of challenging season due to the virus spreading rapidly in our country.

The members is increasing in faith, the church building is continually improving, the secondary ceiling is done, the concrete fence was started but not yet done and need to have a gate for safety, and a little paint job.

The Congregation is extending their gratitude to you all for the assistance you have given. I have attached some pictures for you to look at.

Brethren one of the members in this congregation is asking for a help financially she is sis.   Shame Lydel she is my niece the daughter brother Ely,

Her child is in the hospital for how many days now, their hospital bills is getting bigger, and medicine is costly, and the saddest part is her husband abandoned them in this trying times and left nothing for them.

She is asking for prayers and help to everyone, any assistance than can offer is deeply appreciated.

I attached a picture of her child, the hospital do not allow to take a picture but for a good reason they allowed to have just for two.

The evangelism work in Tarlac city is doing well even it is challenging to approach the people there because of the panic cause by the virus but we say that this is the time to draw nearer to Christ.

We continue to have Sunday afternoon assembly even the local government decided to prohibit gatherings, we have set percussion during assembly for the safety of everyone.

We are also praying for out there, keep safe.

God bless you all.

Brother Steven

5 Days mission works

Mario Moral

To: Ed Anderson   Duane Cogburn

Mon, Mar 2 at 3:53 AM

Hello brother Edward and brother Duane,

         I was invited to preach at Batangas City to the victims of Taal Volcano where 500 people was relocated in one area because their places, houses , livelihood was totally destroyed of ashes from mount Taal. They are so blessed because different agencies of governments and religious organizations as well as Churches of Christ are still donating relief goods to them.The precious housing program of the Government for all the families of the Philippine soldiers are now their temporarily shelters but i heard it will plan to give for them.

       Churches of Christ has an appointment scheduled to them to preach almost from now but still no conversion. We are so glad that when we re invited to them God really opened their hearts through the power of the gospel.  The first night of gospel meeting, 70 people came forward to accept Christ but only 21 was emmersed because it was late midnight already.  Soon last day February 28 morning it was a big event of churches of Christ for giving relief goods, I was requested to Preach again. It was a very memorable day because after I preached the Gospel 31 people came forward for baptisms. some ministers from different congregations assist us to baptized them all. We almost cried for joy on that day. yesterday was their first worship there some  did volunteer to preach there every Sunday.  My schedule to preach there on Sunday is every 3rd Sunday of the month to continue watering the seeds in their hearts.  SO FRUITFUL 5 DAYS MINISTRIES in evacuation center. To God be the Glory

Mario Moral

Philippine Churches and Personal Requests Outstanding
Updated3/18/20


Req. DateContact/locationReason for Request US $ 
2/8/19Mexico, Luzonfunds to finish their perimeter wall around the building$  200
2/20/19Bro. Mario atfunds to complete storm and flood repairs and improvments $1,000
San Marcellinoto the church building
3/2/19Bro Rodelisfunds to help with his Mother eye operation.on hold$400
Mindoro
5/6/19Steven CurimaoTile, grout  $20,500 Pesos,  Wall Paint  !0,000 php $310
Langa LwakaSend 300 of the $610 requested
7/10/19GenesisNeeding metal for roof  $1000
Zambales$400 sent 7-26 for roof, 10-19 sent $400 $            200
9/11/19Isabella, MancurimFund request for two windows in front.$       240
Jonamin, Paulo
10/29/19Bro. Saim, PalawanRequest for funds to retitle second lot Bro. Saim brought $      170
2/21/20Genesis, ZambalesRequest for roof-150; gate-185; concrete floor-100; labor- 200 $   635
2/21/20Daniel, LongosRequest for fence around new meeting building $2,000
3/1/20Godie Carpio. SubicFunds to overhaul the community vehicle$6000
Total of unfunded Requests to date $      11,155