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October, November, and December Report

October, November, and December 2017 Philippine Report

The Philippines have experienced multiple Typhoons out of the Pacific in November and December, resulting in damage to the crops and buildings.    The heavy rains have created roaring rivers that cannot be crossed and flooding in the low-land areas.  Several of the members and their families have fled to public shelters due to the landslides (similar to what California has experienced lately.) To our knowledge though, no members lost their life.  The requests for food have continued over the last two months. We put an appeal out for donations specifically for food and necessities like clothes.  The brotherhood has been very generous and a little over $6,000 was donated. These funds were immediately sent and disbursed to over 150 families on four islands.   Praise God for your help and a big thank you.  Let’s continue our prayers for those who have lost their homes, crops, and jobs in all areas.  The members that fish for a living were not allowed to go out in the rough seas and some had their boats damaged even in dry dock.  Most of these brothers are back fishing at this time.  The new congregation in the mountains of Palawan, that I mentioned in my last report, has been paused for a short time due to the problem of having a dry place to gather.  Another congregation’s building on Palawan lost most of their roof, songbooks and bibles.  We hope to have the funds to replace them soon. Cholera and Dengue (a mosquito borne disease) has also been a problem on the flooded islands.

Even with the storms this season, the evangelism work continues.  The northern islands experienced only a small part of the typhoons and have had many baptisms and conversions.  Please read below a sample of the reports we have recently received.

We have canceled our plans to visit and encourage the brothers in the Philippines this year.  Even though some funds were contributed for the trip, it was not sufficient to cover the full costs with the many requests we receive when we are there.  We will see what the Lord’s will is when time comes closer for a trip next February, 2019.  Any contributions that come in marked for the 2019 trip during this year, will be setback and saved for that purpose for next year.

In October 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $1679,  Building repair 604,  Evangelism Transportation & Trips $1697  Food, benevolence $203,  Medical expenses $958,  and help with funerals $103.

In November 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists’ support $1639 , Building repair/rent $604, Evangelism Transportation & Trips $479,  Medical expenses $1061.

In December 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $2567,  Evangelism Transportation & Trips $409,  Food benevolence $2574  Medical expenses $1803.

Thank you for your interest, prayers and support of this work.  At the end of this report is a list of needs that we have been unable to help due to limited funds.  If you would like to contribute to a specific need, please email us about that.

Brennie Agbisit

To Ed Anderson and Duane Cogburn

Oct 11 at 11:39 AM

Dear Bro. Ed and Bro. Duane,    Greetings!

Thank you so much for unexpected assistance for the brethren who are really in need. Bro. Saim and I went to Quezon again yesterday and gave the assistance to the brethren who are still confine, sister Belen 2 children are out today but hopefully some will be out by tomorrow and until Saturday.

They are very grateful of your help. I told them that the brethren in America wishes you all get well  and they really tried their best to send help to you all. if not of the assistance, they don’t have  anywhere to get, so most probably they will leave their land title to the hospital just to go out, use it as collateral…until they will settle their bills.

We are praying no more of them will goes to hospital for the same cases. The problem is…all of them gets water in the spring, which sometimes contaminated with parasites… Bro. Saim and I were talking, what  possibly could be the solution that…no  just this time or in the long run, that there no more problem with cholera …or not getting contaminated water from the spring….He said, at least they will have water pumps…even just within the church compound, where all the brethren can bring their container and get water from there…same to do with the other mountain congregations and always remind them of the precautions, what to do with their food or drinking water.

We are  ready for this Friday fellowship gain in Panitian…I have prepared the  lessons to distribute and stuffs to be bring and distribute to them, as well our food to bring up there ..the bibles and song books we bought will be brought by Bro. Saim. We are hoping we will have more baptisms after the lectures….they may enlighten more this time….with God’s help.

I might be going to the visit the Santiago’s…there was another military encounter again with the rebels, the other day and they told me….it ran down until the  houses down the mountain again. Far south is really a war zone areas and rebels areas as well. According to the local news…many Maute’s gruop who escaped from Marawi  are hiding in different places in the south. That’s why the military are red alert. We are praying they will not  spread destruction here in our island, even here in the city…offices, churches and business establishments are always red alert…because of  so many chaos that’s happening lately…just like the in  Las Vegas….it already happened here like that in one hotel with casino in Manila just last June..about hundreds also were hurt and 14 were dead.

I will close from here…will mail you again  soon after I came from my travel and lectureship.

Again, thank you very much. Take care and God bless.

with Christ love,  Brennie

To: Duane Cogburn Oct 18 at 6:24 AM

From: Premie Amihay

Greetings to all of you in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.Hope all of you are doing well.For us here, we are all doing fine.

We have arrived home from Bacolod last Saturday afternoon and thanks to our Lord for the good trip.We have taught the lessons about True baptism since the people we taught were born  in Roman Catholic .We thanks for the time they spent with us and we  thanks for their interest to listen to the word of Truth.

Hope the word of God they learned will remain in their heart and in their mind and this will serve them to follow the right path  to heaven.

We have another invitation for Bible yesterday in the city of Iloilo and we met one family a husband and wife with their 2 daughters, also born in Roman Catholic church. The wife was born in  Negros but his husband was born here in Iloilo.

We studied about the True baptism in the Bible. Their belief is that the true baptism is sprinkling, but when we discussed about true baptism is buried into the water with Biblical reference, then they agree of the baptism mention in Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also walk in newness of life.

After our Bible study we were invited to ate lunch in one of the best native restaurant in the city. We appreciated much their kindness and hospitality. After lunch we departed from each other and we back home to Calinog.

We have 3 prospect  who want to receive the baptism of Christ this coming Saturday here in Calinog. We will have a Bible study first here in the meeting house at 9:00 a.m. then followed by baptism.

Lord willing, on October 29 to 30 we will have a gospel meeting here in Calinog with the brethren from Passi city, Badlan and Binolosan.

May our Lord will guide us all on our coming activities and give us good weather.

In His service,    Chris and Premie

Premie Amihay

To: Ed Anderson, Duane Cogburn

‎Oct‎ ‎23 at ‎8‎:‎05‎ ‎AM

Our dear brothers :Edward and Duane,

We want to share to you this news that we have three souls added to the church yesterday after our assembly. These were the young people who attended the Bible study  last Saturday.There are some more prospect. Lord willing.

Lord willing, we will have a gospel meeting on October 28 to 29 here in Calinog Brethren from Passi, Binolosan, Badlan and Bliss will be with us on this coming Bible lecture.

I will be writing more news sooner.I have to close now..May the Holy Spirit of our Lord be with you always.

In His service,

Chris and Premie

Brennie Agbisit

To:Ed Anderson, Duane Cogburn

‎Oct‎ ‎23 at ‎8‎:‎44‎ ‎AM

Dear Bro. Ed and Bro. Duane,

Greetings!

It’s my desire to serve the Lord’s work here in my little own way, my father and mother told us since we were a child…no matter what we have achieve when we grow old…we shall never depart from serving and praising God. So, we are stay firm and worship Him in truth and in spirit

Bro. Harley, Bro. Ely Boy and I went back to Panitian this Sunday…I went with them to do the service there…we had warm fellowship with the brethren and the newly baptized, they had some visitors…. we were able to bring some of the song books and Palawan bible…. we didn’t stay there overnight…we went home in the afternoon since it was not raining yet, we just walked faster not to get stuck up by the rain again. Bro. Bert is really sick, he was slightly in pain during the service but still he sat and listend and he is inviting us again to go back there to make lectures again…but Bro. Harley said that…we will schedule again and so that Bro. Saim and Bro. Sebastian can come too and help him to teach and translate tagalog to palawan what he is saying…for some could not understand tagalog…. But they have not decided yet who will handle the Panitian church from now on. We might go back there soon, anyway we still have half sack of rice, I believe it is enough for us to cook in 2 meals, we will just buy canned goods and dried fish….we also discuss the building of the church, I told them, we will make appeal to you… hoping you can help them build their meeting hall up there…I got the prices of the materials in their area…I will make rough estimation then I will submit to you.

I brought laminated sack for Bro. Sebastian, where they can use as temporary wall and roof, as the area given to them in  his -in-law is open, then  we bought boxes to use as first base they put on the ground so it block the cold going  to their mattress when they lie down. he said  they will endure the situation until they can build even just small house. I told him, don’t be discouraged if they experienced such disaster, instead be grateful to God because they were able to run before their mountain landslides and they were saved. I have not told him your last mail about helping him, maybe when I will be able to go back there this weekend.

There are about another 2 landslide again in other mountain…thanks God, no brethren were affected.

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

with Christ love,  Brennie

Bennie Agbisit

To: Ed Anderson, Duane Cogburn

‎Nov‎ ‎27 at ‎8‎:‎53‎ ‎AM

Dear Bro. Ed and Bro. Duane,

Greetings! I trust God that everything is fine at your end and you are all in good health.

I just arrive this morning from Riotuba, the brethren there are just fine and sending their love for you. Bro. Samuel and sister Neri went home at espanola as well, we had a great service last night, they have new vsitors, who seems very interested to study with Bro. Samuel, he is a co-worker of Bro. Arnold Magan….we included in our prayers to have more studies with him and his family.

I have given the funds for benches, Bro. Bert said it can make 6 simple benches with good quality of lumber, they are very thankful that some can comfortably sit next week. He ask, when we can build a church there…he said that it’s fine with him to build church building first, then the installment for the lot that will occupy the church 150 sqm…can be follow,…because he said it is more convenient if  they have holding area every Sunday rather than in his house small open space, where they can worship properly and listen to every studies…I told him that there is no fund yet coming, so we just keep praying and wait for God’s provision, because it is not easy to gather funds….and he replied he understood.

They will have another baptism this Satuday, about 2 young people, they are inspired by Bro. Harlye and Bro. Ely Boy dedication to serve at early age.

They had baptism also in Tambis but I was not able to go there because I proceed in Riotuba….hopefully this coming Sunday, I will visit them and in zalpan, Lord willing.

Sister Amy is still confine, there is no advise yet when she is going to get out as they are still closely monitoring her condition, she had her last dialysis yesterday…she is showing some progress. We are all praying she will totally fine.  My father said this afternoon her bill almost reach P96,000+ as of today, her husband just loan the title of their land only P35,000, his family side sent help of P10,000 they said that the only money they have collected among them. Hopefully, Marita can received from Social Welfare, even P5,000…that’s what they are telling her the amount that she may get, it will help and we will be grateful. Bro. Andy Windam.,loaned P10,000 to help her Auntie…we are still lacking big amount…if she stay more days, it will add more…and so we are praying she will get better very soon…for her to get back in shape and no more additional bills.

Father  will go back to Samarinana this Wednesday, and meet Bro. Samuel there and they will together conduct studies with the Iglesia ni Kristo…father said, they are very hard to understand  about the truth, they beliefs are far from ours…father said they really needed more follow ups.

have you read or heard the bombings in a Mosque in Egypt….it’s sad to learned about it…terrorist doesn’t chose any places to  cast such killings even in a holy places.  here now they are implementing strict security in all public gatherings and even church services because of what’s been happening, they use to be relaxed..rebels don’t respect christian or religious groups nowadays….so we all be careful.

I will close from here again, it seems the electric power will be off again…we have on and off power lately…and the internet connection has just came back an hour ago. Well, take care and God bless.

with Christ love,  Brennie

Premie Amihay

To:  Ed Anderson,  Duane Cogburn

‎Nov‎ ‎28 at ‎7‎:‎33‎ ‎AM

Dears brothers: Edward and Duane,

We want to share to you this news. Regarding our two brothers from Roxas city province of Capiz. Bros.Victor Llono and Joel Tiad. They are an active leaders of the church in Capiz province and a humble leaders. Brother Victor  never go with the group that never stand  the doctrine of Christ.

Brother Joel is also an active leader of the church and he was so glad if Chris will speak on their gospel meeting next year. The venue is in Roxas city. This is the time we have communication to them for almost  10 years we never meet with each other. We are glad also that we have communication to them.

We would like to share this news  to you that we have one baptism last Wednesday here in Calinog..May our Lord will bless this new convert to become  strong in the faith.

May the blessings of our Lord be you all.

In His service,

Chris and Premie

jominan paulo <minan_paulo75@yahoo.com>

To: Ed Anderson Duane Cogburn

‎Dec‎ ‎26 at ‎3‎:‎23‎ ‎PM

As your request to report with you regarding our trip here in Isabela, My family and I was safe going here in Isabela the weather here is cold now and sometimes we experience some rain.

Last Sunday I am the Lord’ s Speaker in Mangcuram Congregation in our place here in Isabela, and next sunday we go to San Victoria to visit the brethren there and also share the word of God there. Here in Mangcuram the brethren are very joyful and they are keeping served the Lord.

Here some pictures taken during our worship in Mangcuram Church of Christ.

Jominan

 

Philippine Churches and Personal Requests Outstanding
Updated 1/25/18
Req. Date Contact/location Reason for Request  US $
10/5/16 Bryan Lagunero Repairs to roof lumber and sheetmetal  $          376
2/12/17 Bro. Ron Material to expanded church building  Estimate  $          500
Cawak , Zambales Sent $600 10-17, Original amt.  1100
2/13/17 Bro. Steven Material/labor for ceiling and Chairs $575
12/17/17 Mountain Church chairs, fans, concrete`  $          575
Palayan City SENT $200..used for sand/gravel to access lot
12/17/17
2/14/17 Bro. Steven Curimoa Material/labor for ceiling, concrete floor, Paint, and Chairs  $1615
Lawak church sent 400 for concrete floor 8-17
12/17/17 Lawak 40 chairs, 4 fans, 1 table  sent $200 1-18  $          488
5/15/17 Bro. Esteban & Saim Small basic building, roof, benches, lumber, wall mats  $          550
Tambis, Palawan
6/20/17 Fred Agbisit Chairs, fans, paint, lights, White Bd.  Deleted table, closet  $          262
Puerto Pricesa Funded 250 on 7-4, bal of $262
9/23/17 Fred Agbisit Mic, speakers, Amp, and projector for teaching in remote
Zalpan Evangelism Ilipan mountains  $          300
9/29/17 Congregations on Expected requests for food until the rains stop and the
Panay & Palawan new crops are planted and yield a harvest.   Estimate
10/26/17 Kalakalan, Subic Request funds for phone/college work.  $          120
Rexson for smart phone for internet connection
11/25/17 Riotuba, Palawan 10 chairs, 2 fans  $          130
Fred Agbisit
12/1/17 Panitian, Palawan Mtg in small home, rain blows in bamboo sides/floor  $       1,350
Bro. Bert 25,000 psp for land for church bldg
Materials for bldg   42,320
12/1/17 Chris/Premie Amihay Evangel. Trip to Negros  $       1,000
Total Requests to date  $       6,856

August/September 2017

As we have experienced hurricanes in the U.S. and many islands in the Caribbean, the late summer/fall storms have also been tormenting the Asia Islands.  The Philippines have experience several Typhoons out of the Pacific, resulting in damage to the crops and buildings.  Fortunately, the loss of life has been minimal.  We have been helping with food on several islands. Let’s continue our prayers for those who have lost homes, crops, and jobs in all areas.

A new work in evangelizing is underway in the mountain areas of Palawan.  There are 12 congregations on the island, but this new work is among the tribes that speak a different language then most on Palawan.  We have send funds for bibles and songbooks, food, clothes, and grape juice. Basic subjects such as baptism are being studies there.  We should include this work in our prayers that the work of God may work within their hearts.

A Cholera out-break has created a heavy demand for medical and medicine funds.  Since there are limited funds for that, we have recommended to make as much silver water as possible and pass it around to the affected congregations.

As I mentioned last month, the decision time is upon us whether to prepare for a 2018 annual trip to the Philippines or not.  We are praying the Lord’s will be done concerning this trip. The duration of this trip is about three weeks and we go in February to catch the best weather.  The budget for this trip is around $12,000 plus $5,000 to 7,000 for congregational needs for bible/songbooks, food, repairs on church buildings, and medical.  Please see the June-July report for more details.

If you or your congregation is willing to commit for a donation towards this trip, please email myself of Ed Anderson.  We are not asking for any funds to be sent at this time, but a commitment for the amount of the donation you would be willing to contribute. We will need to decide whether the trip is feasible in a couple of weeks.

In August 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $1186, Building repair/rent $100, Evangelism Transportation & Trips $105,  Food benevolence $763,  Medical expenses $1763,  and help with funerals $208.

In September 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $2896 , Building repair/rent $105, Evangelism Transportation & Trips $761,  Food benevolence $204,  Medical expenses $1932,  and alternate health $125, Widow help $40, and help with funerals $208.  From private donations, equipment for church lot.

Thank you for your interest, prayers and support of this work.  At the end of this report is a list of needs that we have been unable to help due to limited funds.  If you would like to contribute to a specific need, please email us about that.

Duane Cogburn,  cogduane48@yahoo.com

Ed Anderson,  edandva@hotmail.com

 

Reports from the Brothers in the Philippines:

Premie Amihay <chrispremie@yahoo.com>

To Ed Anderson, Duane Cogburn

9-29-17  Typhoon damage

 

Dear Bro. Edward and Bro.Duane,

We want to informed you that we were not able to cross Bacolod  because of low pressure here in Panay,Guimaras and Negros Island.Vessel’s trip to Bacolod were cancelled due to strong current of water.Lord,willing,we have rescheduled our trip to Bacolod next week.  We have contacted our new prospect about the schedule of our visit.  Regarding our brethren here,We have been meeting with our brethren here in Panay ,like Binolosan,Marare and the brethren of Passi city.

Brother Roy Lucio and wife from Marare congregation were with us this morning.They were here since last week because  of heavy rain.They could not cross the river going to Marare because of strong flood.  According to brother Roy,they have poor production this year due to continues rain.

We have visited our brethren in Passi,and  we are glad and appreciate them for continues serving our Lord.

We are sad to know,that bro.Andrew Gonzales was terminated in  his work in one of the motorcycle company in Passi city and presently he is now working as passenger’s driver in Boracay island and back home to Passi every Saturday. His father Roberto Gonzales Sr.is not doing well now.,he is weak and could not work for their daily needs.Then his son Roberto Gonzales Jr. is also not doing well because of his mental problem.He has medicine for daily maintenance but if he could not take,that’s the time he will suffer from aching.He is doing well  if he can take his medicine regularly.His wife  is  working in Manila as  housemaid so that he can let her 2 children go to school.they have vegetable garden but the harvest season  will be last week of October,some of them has farm vegetables but others are  driving tricycle in the city of Passi brethren in Passi are hunger due to  delayed planting of vegetables and other root crop.  Our dear brothers,we are so concerned of our brethren in Passi,we believed you are now  in crisis of money, same also here in the Philippines due to many typhoon passed every year and it damaged many crops,the reason of poor production.

In this connection please allow us to share to you this problem,we are sharing to you the problem,of our brethren in Passi,.This is the year where they are suffering from shortage of foods to eat,most of all our older brother Roberto and wife Perlita Our beloved brothers.if you and the brethren there has the opportunity to assist our brethren in Passi congregation,very sure,they will be very glad to know of your assistant financial..There are 15  families in this congregation and mostly of the brethren had no permanent jobs.If you and some of the brethren there  could asist 300 dollars to purchase of rice and medicine of brother Roberto Gonzales Sr.and bro.Roberto Gonzales Sr, .Price of rice now is 2000 Php per sack weight is 50 kgs in one sack.  To let you know, Passi  brethren are sincere and faithful to serve our Lord.We appreciate them all and brother Andrew for his leadership in the said congregation.Praying no more typhoon will come to the Philippines,

We continue to include you all in our prayers.

May the Holy Spirit of our Lord be with you.

In His service,

Chris and Premie

Brennie Agbisit  9-30-17

Island of Palawan

Dear Bro. Ed and Bro. Duane,

Greetings!  Thank you very much for sending help to the brethren.  I handed it to Bro. Saim , he was teary eyed when he received it,…we settled their accounts, we asked more discount with the doctors fee…I beg the doctor that the only  money we have on hand is only the amount we can pay them and we can’t add for more…so they agreed…same goes well with Bro. Enary…the following day they all went back to the mountain…only, the  cousin of Bro.l Saim left there. All of them were relieved with the problem of the bills…so they were so very thankful to you there for responsiding to their appeal.

Then this  Friday, Bro. Saim came over here in the city to get the silver water we made for them and I told him the instructions you said and again as much as possible boiled their drinking and cooking water…and I bought some medicines for LBM prob.

I’m so sorry that I have not  sent report after I arrived from Narra…I came home I feel so bad…so for some days…I was just at home  and on my bed…I hope u underastand/

Today is their daughter’s wedding after the service and they have baptism in Tambis, they are inviting me…but I apologize that maybe I cant attend because I still don’t feel well…I still have this flu…and I have worst coughs, since I got soaked in the rain,…I have drink different  medicines already and drinking Kalamansi juice, also the silver water..but still it didn’t work…Bro. Saim said, I might have been poisoned again, because there are many tribe and Muslims in the south that put poison on food or they will tap you on ur back or shoulder that you were not aware, they said it has poison or they will smoke in front of you, then when you inhale the smoke, there you are poisoned…he told me to get bark of tree up there in Zalpan…I told him ok, I ‘ll try that bark again….But my family telling me to have thorough check-up…maybe I have dengue or Malaria because I always go to the mountain and  my fever is on and off, chilling and have headaches for hours,…I refuse to go because I don’t have budget to go for check-up …I just my faith and believe sooner…I will be fine, with God’s grace.

I really need to get well because of the schedule of another fellowship/studies in Panitian, the brethren are ready they are just waiting for me, whenever there is another assistance form you…then we will go back there, they said we must do it 2 days Friday and Saturday….I have handed to Bro. Esteban the tagalog translation of the Baptism topic you have sent…I hope within next week, he is finish and I can get it there and made copies to distribute among them. father also made some lectures  that he will translate in their dialect.

We are really preparing for our comeback there, we believe…many lost souls will obey and get baptize once they will hear more of the lesson…especially about the baptism and it’s importance to christian life and salvation.

Here in the city, The brethren are just fine, we are now enjoying the big space we are renting, God has finally helped us to have temporary place where we can praise Him all together. Thank you very much for helping us for the rental and all the materials we are using.

We keep on praying for the safety of our brethren there in the US and in Mexico and other countries who has disasters. May their foods and needs in times like these will be provided and they receive helps from government and other organization. Here in manila, they are preparing also of the “big One’…may it not take place because of the destruction it may cause.

I will close from here…I could not sleep yet…I’m here in the office…I decided to sleep here and brought with me clothes…because if I get better  this morning…I will travel to go to Zalpan and Tambis…I’ll just go to kalatagbak and Nilapotan next time…my strength can’t bear to walk 2  to 3 hours up this time.

Have a blessed Sunday to all of us…and to have another wonderful and blessed week ahead  of us.

with Christ love,

Brennie

Premie Amihay <chrispremie@yahoo.com>

To edandva@gmail.com Duane Cogburn

Sep 24 at 7:21 AM

Dear Brothers Edward and Duane,

Greetings  to all of you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praying you are all doing well. For us here we are all doing fine.

We have visited our brethren in Badlan because they never  fellowship with us for how many Sundays. The reason was they  don’t have fare going to Calinog so they assembled every first day of the week in the house of brother Jay-R Castor with the family of Bro.Leo Libuna,his older brother.

This month they are busy harvesting the rice of the land owner where they reside now.Children of bro. Jay-R aging 6 and 7 years old were helping bro.Jay-R. harvesting the rice. They were enjoying while harvesting,then after harvesting they carried the rice to the house of the owner and got their share. We have  conducted Bible studies with brethren in Badlan and we appreciate them even though they don’t fellowship in Calinog but they never forsake the assembly every first day of the week. We also appreciate the young kids harvesting the rice. Since we were there ,they stopped harvesting and listen first to the Bible study, after the studies ,we served a snacks then they went back to their work.

Chris had also a one on one studies with a brother from the liberal church. He was separated from his wife because his wife went abroad. Many lessons he learned about marriage and we are hoping and praying they will reconciled.

Another member of the church of Christ came over to our house. He is driving a Tri-bike in Calinog and I (Premie) knew him  last 3 days ago when I ride on his Tri-bike going home. He introduced himself that he is  member of the church of Christ and that’s the beginning of our studies. We had a Bible sharing with him and he had many questions regarding the topic Division of classes.  His grandfather is a preacher of church of Christ in Lagro, Quezon city Manila. His name is Wellie Franco. He had visited us here in Calinog about 9 years  ago. Since that time we don’t met him anymore.

Then another man came to fix his motorcycle. He fellowship with the (Mormons)Church of Christ of the Later Day Saints in Calinog. We appreciate him of his interest to study about the word of God. He said he is so interested to study the word of God. praying we will meet him again for another bible study.  I have to close now.  May our Lord bless you all.

In His service,

Chris and Premie

Philippine Churches and Personal Requests Outstanding
Updated 10-1-17
Req. Date Contact/location Reason for Request  US $
10/5/16 Bryan Lagunero Repairs to roof lumber and sheetmetal  $ 376
2/12/17 Bro. Ron Material to expanded church building  Estimate $ 1,100
Cawak , Zambales
2/13/17 Bro. Steven
Mountain Church Material/labor for ceiling and Chairs $  375
Palayan City Original request $575
2/14/17 Bro. Steven Curimoa Material/labor for ceiling, concrete floor, Paint/Chairs $ 1,215
Lawak church Original request was $1615
5/4/17 Clavio and Joel multicab vehicle….used…for transporting the bros. $ 1,000
Chris& Premie
5/15/17 Bro. Esteban & Saim Small basic building, roof, benches, lumber, wall mats $  550
Tambis, Palawan
6/20/17 Fred Agbisit Chairs, fans, paint, lights, White Bd. Deleted table, closet $  262
Puerto Princesa Funded 250 on 7-4, bal of $262
9/23/17 Fred Agbisit Mic, speakers, Amp, and projector for teaching in
Zalpan Evangelism remote area $  300
9/29/17 Congregations on Expected requests for food until the rains stop and $  1,000
Panay & Palawan new crops are planted and yield a harvest.  Estimate
Total Requests to date $  6,178

June and July Philippine Report 2017

The summer rains are frequent this time of year, providing the much needed moisture for the crops.  In the rural areas and mountains, the rain slows travel considerably with mud and landslides being the problem.  One of the mountain congregations on the Island of Palawan experienced some damage to their building from a landslide.  Brothers on the Island of Luzon have experience flooding into and /or around their homes.

As evidenced in the emails at the bottom of this report, the brothers continue their teaching and home studies despite the weather.  The congregation in the rural area of Palawan was displaced by some of the rebels/terrorists attacks on that Island.  The Philippine army moved in and evacuated the civilians. Four families from the Santiago church were affected.  They lost their homes, crops, and farm animals due to the attacks. The homes were burnt and the animals were shot.  We have sent some emergency funds to them for food and clothes.  If the army is successful in their defeat of the rebels, the brothers hope to return to their land soon and start over.  I imagine we will have additional requests for funds when they access the damage.

Praise report:  Due to the generous contributions from the U.S. brothers, the Hologon families were able to complete the water project on the Island of Negros.  These brothers live on top of a mountain, and the existing source of water was cut off.  The brothers secured a source for good water, but it had to be pumped about 1000 feet vertically and about that far laterally.  This was accomplished with multiple high pressure pumps and storage tanks.  The residents on top of the mountain number about 110,  and some of the neighbors and members (about another 75) that the water lines run through their properties to reach the top of the mountain also are able to have water now.  A more detail account can be found in the emails at the bottom of this report.  We appreciate the generosity of all who contributed toward this special project.

2018 February  Evangelism Trip to the Philippines

We covet your prayers for wisdom about the 2018 trip to the Philippines.  Our initial thought is we would skip this year.  We reflect back on the last 4 years to evaluate the help and encouragement shared with the members there.  We are finding the increased depth of scriptural knowledge has improved, the inclusion of more male members participating in the assemblies and bible studies has increased, the quality of their lessons has grown with the use of concordances, the message of alternative treatment for the common medical problems has help to reduce their requests for medical funds, and the distribution of garden seeds has more people raising more of their own food.

Each time Bro. Ed and I go, the costs are between $16k to 20k depending on the length of trip and how many requests for bibles/songbooks, food, assembly building repairs we received and are able to help them at that time.  We send a considerable amount of funds throughout the year.  We feel a responsible to the U.S. brothers who contribute to this work, and think that physical verification to see the funds are being spent for the purpose represented to us is an important part of the trips that we make to the Philippines.  If we go this year, we will continue to spiritually encourage and teach, verify the expedient of funds sent, and encourage them in their use of more gardens and alternative treatment of the illness they experience when appropriate.

We are praying the Lord’s will be done concerning this trip.  We are asking for commitments for donations toward the trip earlier than usual, as we have found that the planning and preparation of these trips take 3 to 4 months.  If you or your congregation is will to commit for a donation toward this trip, please email myself of Ed Anderson.  We are not asking for any funds to be sent at this time, but a commitment for the amount of the donation you would be willing to contribute towards this February, 2018 trip.

In June 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $1589,  Evangelism travel $239, Medical expenses $787, Charity for Widow $40, Bank Exps $8, Songbooks/bibles $114.

In July 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $2440, Building repair/rent $1443, Evangelism Transportation & Trips $2068, Food benevolence $304, Hologon, Negros Water Project $3366, Medical expenses $973, and alternate health $75, Widow help $93, and help with funerals $300.  From private donations a roof was repaired on a members home $300, and a donation for teacher expenses of $605.

Thank you for your support in the Philippine evangelism effort.

Duane Cogburn,  Albuquerque, NM  cogduane48@yahoo.com

Ed Anderson, Sierra Vista, AZ  edandva@hotmail.com

Below is a sample of the emails we have received the last two months. Also an outstanding list of requests we have received, but have not been able to fund.

Nelson Ricanor

Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:31 PM

To: edandva@hotmail.com

Subject: Evangelism at Labayug

Dear brother Edward, Duane and brethren;

Greetings in our Holy Savior name Jesus Christ.  Hope and pray this letter finds you all doing well.

Good brothers, thank you very much for giving attention toward my appeal for the work of the Lord here. Thank you to your concern to the work of the Lord here in Labayug, Sison, Pangasinan.   I appreciated you so much good brethren.

I received your one time gift $75.00 or  Php 3,556,00 last month June 15 and this is big help to our labor to the Lord here in Labayug, Sison, Pangasinan and also to my medicines. Thank you very much brother.

Our labor to the Lord here in Labayug is continue doing well. I’m glad to report that our last gospel meeting on June 16, 2017 was successful because there are two (2) precious soul who obeyed the gospel and received baptized into Christ for the remission of their past sins. They are now added to the Lord’s church at Labayug Church of Christ and they are now very active every Lord’s day.  Last Sunday, we have good attendance also. We have 15 adult and five (5) children and three (3) regular visitors.

I will close for now and until my next report.  God bless you

Your brother in Christ

Nelson Ricanor

From: rodel baagin

Sent: Monday, July 3, 2017 7:55 AM

To: Ed Anderson

Subject: Work at La Union

Dear brother Ed and brethren;

Greeting again in Jesus name. Hope and pray that you are always in good health good beloved brethren.  Our labor to the Lord here is continue doing well also.

Last July 2, 2017, it is yesterday, our attendance  here in Rosario reached 41 all included 12 children and 5 new visitor.

This day, i have also good opportunity  conducted  two (2) home Bible studies at Labayug, Pangasinan and Saytan, Pugo, La Union.

I will close for now and until my next report good brother.  May God richly bless you all.

Your brother in Christ

Rodelio Baagin

July 17, 2017

From: Chris and Premie Amihay

Dear brothers Duane and Edward,

Report of the Work on the Hologon Water Project

We have arrived home Saturday night at 1 p.m. in the morning. Thanks to our Lord for his guidance for our safe journey and a successful water system project in Hologon.  God is so good. We are so thankful above all to our Lord and to you and to all the brethren who had donated the water project for Hologon.  The water is now successfully operating.  Hologon brethren are so thankful to our American brethren and to the people who assist the project. Through the hard work and ideas of our 2 sons Michael and Christian, even though they were so tired while working, but happy of their successful worked. The project was successfully operating now. Even the officials of barangay Carol-an were so thankful for the church water system project. The church leaders from Hologon appreciated much the water system and the people around. The people around cannot believed that the water goes up to Hologon, but now it is operating.

The barangay officials mentioned that they will support the project not only for the church but for the whole place.  They appreciated much our work. There is another thing to improve the project for the benefits of everybody. We are planning to visit and check the project anytime, Lord willing.

Photos and videos will be send later and the expenses we had.

Again, thank you so much for the great assistance to Hologon congregation. Please send their thanks to all the brethren for assisting the project. We will be sending more news later with pictures and videos.

May our Lord’s blessings continue with you all.

In His love,

Chris and Premie

Note from Duane:  The video and pictures are on facebook.  Befriend “Premie guilepa Amihay” go to her postings to see the pictures.

From: Brennie Agbisit

Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:58 PM

To: Ed Anderson

Subject: HOPE EVERYTHING WITH U ARE FINE

Dear Bro. Ed and Bro. Duane,

Greetings!

I hope that you had good fellowship with our brethren in Mexico….and safely went back home.

Bro. Samuel and sister Joy are very thankful of your assistance, she came over here have examination, I have not heard the latest result, though but definitely she will tell me when I visited them again.

My cousin Jacquiline and I were able to speak with Bro. Dan Santiago and very thankful of the 10 kls of rice we brought, canned goods and some toiletries…we were not allowed to reach the evacuation center where they brought, in a barangay next to their barangay/area about 6 km far…only the government agencies representative for security reason. he said that, the camp of rebels where we are passing everytime we go there, some months ago, that’s the one that was entered by the military…also there is one big camp hidden in the bushy/mountain area where they do training for the new members, the rebels are more than hundreds, some are sympathizers and new recruits..so when they were entered there were crossfires…nearby farmed were reached by rebels and hire in their houses…so all the civilian just ran out from their houses to save their lives. brought nothing….the rebels burn their houses to destruct the military from running after them and killed their animals, their planted rice which about they will harvest in September are not good anymore.

But this time around the Military took over their camps and burned rebels houses, they are still in clearing operations and civilian are not allowed to go home yet, maybe they were told to still wait for a week.

Bro. Santiago said, he doesn’t know how  much damaged to his property, he just learned form the soldiers that their houses were burned by the rebels and most of their Carabao use for farming and other animals were killed, some hit by bullets.

Bro. Santiago ask help for their food, clothes, blankets and mosquito nets, medicines because some of their family members are sick, they are 4 families there..3 of them are his children who are married already. he is afraid it could be, not even one if the song books and bibles that we brought there is spared by the rebels to burn…and they will to build another hut again, if will be given assistance.

I have  no clothes stocks now since I already distributed it to the mountain congregations recently…I was looking at the Ukay2 or used clothes downstairs…their t-shirts and  shorts are 50 each and jackets are for 150…no sale yet, I should buy them some because it’s too cold since it rainy season here, and of this time we have storm coming. I hope I could bring more  for their food and other needs….and praying the rebels will not comeback or camp in their place but there in the farthest mountain. I’m appealing for the assistance  from you and the brethren here for their immediate needs and they can start anew with their lives.

Lord willing, I can go back there with my cousin very soon….because their situation in the evacuation are not good but they patiently living there just be safe…and food supply not enough for them, so they were happy with the rice we brought, even not will last for some days. What inspiring with them…even in such situation, they said they will not lost their faith and trust in God, they believe it just one of the trail they will go through to strengthen their faith.

The incidents are reported on local news here but not much of the details because both sides of military and rebels there are some fatality, and many are wounded…rebels turned over to the cells…our local government still protecting our tourism industry, saying it is isolated case, when people there saying it was a big fight between them.

Rebels are like demons, they do chaos and destruction in the area where people live peacefully….they are doing recruitment and gving P15,000 and up for the family of the recruits…so because of poverty…some are joining them…especially the young ones , they  are brainwashed. Now over the local news, they are saying discouragements to everyone, especially the young people not  to get involve or being recruited just because of money, think of what it will cost to their family and our society, because there has been intelligence reports that recruitment has reach here in the city…and the military is closely monitoring some Muslims big compounds….they are well funded by some middle east countries, which has strong ISIS ties.

Just the other day, 2 soldiers where killed again in the Roxas, which that in North…the rebels claimed of killing them…so the hot pursuit is on going in the North.

We are really praying, that their forces will not get stronger here in entire Palawan, especially here in the city because if the start like what they are doing in Marawi…many lives and businesses will suffer. And our freedom of religion will be suppress just like in Marawi, many priest and christian pastors, civilians were killed and captured made ad human shield….they bombed and burned church buildings.

We trusting God, He will not allow it to happen here.

Fred and Brennie Agbisit

7-30-17

From a Christian worker on Ceba with contacts in the south Islands of Philippines refugees streaming out of the combat zone where radical Muslims attacked innocent people. Please pray for them, and especially our Christian brothers and sisters who have lost their homes and have lost loved ones killed by radical Muslims.

Philippine Churches and Personal Requests Outstanding  
Updated 8/9/17  
   
Req. Date Contact/location Reason for Request    US $
     
10/5/16 Bryan Lagunero Repairs to roof lumber and sheet metal    $376
   
2/12/17 Bro. Ron Material to expanded church building  Estimate  $1,100
Cawak , Zambales  
   
2/13/17 Bro. Steven  
Mountain Church Material/labor for ceiling and Chairs  $375
Palayan City Original request $575  
   
2/14/17 Bro. Steven Curimoa Material/labor for ceiling, concrete floor, Paint, and Chairs  $1,215
Lawak church Original request was $1615  
   
5/4/17 Clavio and Joel multicab vehicle. used for transporting the bros.  $1,000
Chris& Premie  
   
5/15/17 Bro. Esteban & Saim Small basic building, roof, benches, lumber, wall mats  $550
Tambis, Palawan  
   
6/20/17 Fred Agbisit Chairs, fans, paint, lights, White Bd.  Deleted table, closet  $262
  Puerto Pricesa Funded 250 on 7-4, bal of $262    
  Total Requests to date  $4,878

 

Philippine Report March to May 2017

The congregations in the Philippines continue to grow and are able to help more of their members.  March begins their summer school vacation and then the summer months start with increasing temperatures.  The Islands are north of the equator, so they have similar seasons to what we experience, but, they summer months are hot and humid, and the winter time is mild and very pleasant. This is the reason we schedule our visits during January or February. 

Many of the congregations are diligent in their home studies and gatherings and have baptized about two dozen individuals in the last three months.  Several of the older members have passed away.  Bro. Ed and I are encouraged with the energy and zeal that many of the evangelists have in their sharing of the Gospel.  They continue to purposefully dedicate time to their younger member, teaching and training them to read shaped notes, practice song leading, and sermons. 

At present, the most notable problem is the terrorist violence and Martial Law being declared in the southern third of the Islands.  Over 200 citizens/soldiers/terrorists have been killed in the last 3 weeks within one city. The police chief of that city was beheaded by the terrorists.  The authorities have found strong evidence that many terrorist are from the Mid-eastern countries.  We are not currently working with any congregations within the area of where Martial Law has been declared, but some members have family in the southern islands.  It appears much of the violence from the terrorists is targeted toward Christians in general.  One report said some of the Christians are arming themselves.  Two days ago, 2 Japanese tourists were executed off the coast of Palawan. There are 12 congregations that we work with on Palawan and the brothers report it is becoming less safe there.  Please pray for this situation and the protection of the Philippians and the members/families of the congregations. 

In March, 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $2219,   Evangelism travel $720, Food and benevolence $40, Medical expenses $1465, Assembly Buildings $1420, From private donations, $610 on vehicle accident. 

In April, 2017, the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $1838,   Evangelism travel $1060, Food $459, Medical expenses $434, Evangelism radio broadcast (annual) $415, Assembly building $370. 

In May, 2017 the following distribution of funds was made:  Evangelists support $1590, Building repair/rent $1200, Food benevolence $550, Medical expenses $987 and alternate health $80, Water pipe/pump to supply water to the Hologon mountain village $1004.  From private donations a roof was repair on a members home $300, and a donation for teacher education of $220. 

Below are a couple of excerpts from a few of the emails we receive.  

rodel baagin <rodelbaagin@yahoo.com>  Dear brother Ed, Duane and brethren; Greetings in Jesus name. Hope and pray you are all in good health. Our labor to the Lord here is continue doing well also brethren. Last Sunday, March 19, we have 46 attendance at Midtown Church of Christ and we have also 16 all at Labayug church of Christ. Yesterday, March 20, we have also two home Bible studies at Pinmilapil,Sison,Pangasinan and Also at Poblacion. Rosario,La Union. This day, March 21 in afternoon we have, have also Home Bible study schedule at Bangar,Rosario. Tomorrow, March 22, we have also Home Bible studies with catholic members at Twin Peaks, Tuba,Benguet. I attached here the picture of two precious souls who obeyed the gospel and recievd baptized into Christ. these is the current fruits of our preaching effort here. brother nelson Ricanor,Rev Bernardez,Mamerto Leoncio are active also that work with me here. Again beloved brethren, thank you very much to your love,concern and support to the work of the Lord here to the continue spreading the gospel of Christ here. Through your help we reach the different places here to preached the gospel. I will close for now and until my next report. May God richly bless you all always good brethren. Your brother in Christ. Rodelio Baagin

Mar 20 at 9:15 PM  

To: Duane Cogburn Ed Anderson

Today at 6:32 AM April, 2017

Dear brothers Duane and Edward, 

We would like also to share our news. We have visited the house of our brethren who never fellowship with us every first  day of the week. They have furniture and very busy for their work. We encouraged  them not to forsake the assembly. And thanks they never forgot our Lord.  So busy working  for his 7 children. 

We are busy preparing silver water for the  fast few days for the brethren. Mostly of the brethren are suffering from fever and cough. Some have eye infection and skin illness.  One of our sister has a whole body skin disease. She used the colloidal silver water for 2 weeks ., as of this moment her skin disease has  gone.She was so thankful for the silver water. 

 Then our brother Resurrection Chiva has also ringworm on his two legs and  two feet.Long time he never fellowship with us but he return back to church and be with us  again for almost 2 months.He used the silver water by spraying the infected skin  and he also drink  2 tablespoon  2 times a day for 2 weeks.His kin illness now  cured.He was so thankful for the colloidal silver water.And most of all he is  expressing his thanks to all of you for providing  the Silver Generator for the  congregation of Calinog. 

 We have conducted Bibles studies yesterday after our assembly  with the  brethren here in Calinog.

 We reminded the brethren about a brother who married to a lady who had  separated from her first husband and has one child from her first husband.We  have newly known the case last Saturday.the father of that man  is preaching on  the pulpit.We  discussed to them that it is sin to marry a woman  who had  committed adultery.as  what it is stated in Romans 7:1-3.Hope and pray they will  be reminded of what is it stated in the book of Romans..

May the Spirit of our Lord will guide those brethren.

In His service,

Chris and Premie Amihay,  Working on the islands of Panay, Negros, and Cebu 

rodel baagin rodelbaagin@yahoo.com

To Ed Anderson Duane Cogburn  May 28 at 10:11 PM

Dear brother Ed and brethren;

Greetings to you all in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Hope and pray that you are always in good health good  brethren; Our labor to the Lord here in Rosario,La Union is also continue doing well. We have good attendance yesterday brother, we have 42 all included the children.  We have also 17 all at Labayug,Pangasinan.

I’m glad to report you that last May 26, we conducted gospel meeting at Labayug,Pangasinan, parise the Lord because four (4) precious souls obeyed the gospel and received baptized into Christ for the remission of their past sin.  The two  of theses new brethren is added at Labayug church of Christ and the two is also added at Midtown Church of Church of Christ,Rosario,  These is the current fruits of our joint effort with brother Nelson at Labayug, Sison,Pangasinan  and also with brother Reynaldo Bernardez here in Rosario.La Union.

Again I attached here the pictures of new brethren. four (4)  who  obeyed the gospel of Christ.These is the current fruits of our preaching effort here with bro.Nelson and Reynaldo.  Thank you very much.

May God richly bless you always.    Your brother in Christ   Rodelio Baagin 

To

Ed Anderson Duane Cogburn

May 22 at 8:52 AM

Dear brothers: Ed and Duane, 

First of all we want to thank Bro.Edward for continues sending encouragements to us and to our brethren.What you are doing is very  useful to all of us and make the brethren to be come strong in the faith. 

We want to thank you again for the assistance for water supply to Hologon brethren.We want to inform you that installing of this water supply needs a person who has the know how.No one of our brothers in Hologon knows to work for it.Our two sons Michael and Christian volunteer   to work for it, since they  know how to install the water supply. 

But ,we need to assist on this work to make sure that it will operate.Since the water source is far,there is a need to  make a reservoir for the water so that the water is safe for drinking.There is a tank but it is near the chapel in Hologon They use this before .Then this tank will be use  again now where in they can stock water. 

 We have forgotten to include the amount for the construction of small reservoir in the water source.We are so sorry but additional amount is needed for the reservoir.Maybe 300 dollars is enough..Hope there is individual brethren in the USA that can donate the amount,we will be very thankful for them. 

We plan to go to Hologon on MAY 30 with Michael and Christian.They need two days working for this water supply.Chris and I plan to conduct lectures on this visit.Just in Hologon and Carol-an only just to make use of the time while working for the supply of water.

Our brethren in Hologon were very glad of your assistance.We want  Carol-an and Hologon  congregation will join on this gospel meeting. 

Our dear brothers,we want only to request  you, if you can send   early our support before May 30 so that we could use it on our trip to Hologon.We know this is a successive visit,but we saw that our presence is needed while working the water supply.Hope and pray our Lord will guide us our plan. 

May our Lord’s  blessings be with you all. 

In His service,

Chris and Premie

Philippine Report November 2016 to February 2017

I apologize for the delinquency in getting this report out.  The last four months have been very busy.

In November, Bro. Ed Anderson, myself, and Bro Caesar from Nogales, Mexico, made our annual trip into the interior of Mexico and the Yucatan, visiting and encouraging the congregations. Bro. Ed has issued a more detailed report.

December and January were consumed in making the arrangements for the Philippine trip, and preparing our sermons and power point presentations in several different Philippine dialects.  Also, we took 200 lbs. of songbooks, concordances, projector and screen, seeds, and alternative health items with us on the flight.

Here is a quick overview of our annual trip to the Philippines.

Bro. Clint Brooks and his daughter, Sister Jenna, from Durango, Colorado, went with us this year.  In additional to contributing to the expenses of the trip, they paid all of their own expenses (flights, food, and hotels).

We changed our method of presentations and traveling this year.  Instead of driving long hours to visit many congregations as we had done in previous years, we planned 10 seminar/lectures/ meetings at selected locations and had many of the members in that area travel to the meeting.  This gave us more quality time for sermons, presentations, discussions on multiple subjects.  As I reported in the last newsletter, here is a summary of our focus in these meetings.  We encouraged the leading male members to attend, but realized some would bring their wife or family.

*Encourage the members/evangelists and study with them

*Deepen their spiritual knowledge and increase their lesson preparation and teaching abilities

*Offer them access to concordances and bibles (hardcopies and electronically)

*Verify that the funds sent throughout the year are being spent responsibly

*Express our love and spiritual concern for their labors in the Kingdom

*Last year, we spent time presenting alternative health

treatments for many illnesses and daily health issues they

experience.  This has been quite successful in cutting down

the medical requests we receive.

*This year we continued this effort with additional silver generators and materials, as well as other natural medical suggestions.  This continues to yield results as they learn to prevent illnesses and treat their health issues.

*We took donated garden seeds for personal gardens

*Additionally, we actively encouraged all the evangelists to find employment and use their evenings, weekends and Sundays for the work of the Lord.

*Due to our uncertain economy and the increasing regulations on sending money out of the U.S., our presentations stressed action on their part to become more self-sufficient.

Bro. Clint, Jenna, and myself departed Albuquerque, NM on Feb 6th.  Bro. Ed departed from Tucson.

We went to the Island of Palawan after landing in Manila and spending the night. Unfortunately Bro. Ed’s flight was delayed by bad weather and was 6 hours late landing in Manila, so we meet up with him the next morning.  Palawan has had terrorist warnings in previous years, so this was my first trip to this Island.  We had 22 members attend plus about 10 younger folks.  Bros. Godie Poliocarpio and Daniel Emlamparo from Luzon accompanied us and served as translators.  We met in a rented room for 4 hours, spent the night and reconvened in the morning for several hours.  I met many brothers and sisters I had not met before.

We flew back to Manila that afternoon, and drove to the Subic Bay Naval area.  This kicked off our seminars in Kalakalan, Palayan City and Langka Lawak.  We had 15 to 30 members in attendance in each of these meetings.  We spoke at several Sunday assemblies and visited several other areas on the Island of Luzon with shorter presentations.  One day Bro. Clint and a handful of evangelists helped Bro. Mario Morales of San Marcelino install a well pump on his small farm.  The funds for the pump and tank were raised from private donations from the U. S. brothers. This now allows him to have water for his household use and to water his garden. They are most thankful.

After 8 days on the Island of Luzon, we flew to Cebu City on the Island of Cebu.   We had 20 to 25 members at each of these locations. Bros. Godie and Daniel accompanied us there.  Bro. Chris and Sister Premie Amihay from Panay also met us there.  We made presentations at two different places and spent the night, then drove 3 hours to the ferry and crossed over to the east side of the Island of Negros. After speaking in the regular Sunday assembly at Dumaguete, we had more presentations that afternoon. We had about 18 members plus children in attendance.

On Negros we had additional seminars at Kabankalan and Bacolod.  Again, members from the surrounding areas traveled to join us.  We then drove to the ferry on the west side of Negros and enjoyed a 3-hour ferry ride to the Island of Panay.  Unfortunately, a theft got into the van in Bacolod and took Bro. Ed’s briefcase.  It contained some of our trip funds, his passport, and hearing aids plus some of the electronic bibles.  On Panay we held 2 more seminars plus we spoke Sunday morning before leaving the island.

We flew back to Manila on Feb 25, and Bro. Ed, by the grace and God and in answer to many, many prayers, was able to secure a temporary passport Monday morning and make the 2:30 p.m. flight back to the U.S. with the rest of us.

We want to express our appreciation to all the congregations and brothers that made generous contributions to make this trip possible.  We came back with five requests for help on church building repair/expansion and several other requests. There are a total 48 congregations on the islands that we work with.  We ask for your prayers and continued support for the evangelists and their work in many parts of the Philippines.

Here is a breakdown of expenses the last four months.

In November, 2016, the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $1860,  Bibles, Song books, benches, and chairs $32,  Evangelism travel on several islands $1365,   Medical expenses $620.

In December, 2016, the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $1860,   Songbooks, bibles, chairs $335, Evangelism travel $747,  Food and typhoon damage $185, Medical expenses $510, Prepaid expenses for February trip are reported on the February, 2017, breakdown.

In January, 2017, the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $1860,  Typhoon Damage  $155, Songbooks, bibles, chairs $715, Evangelism travel $553,  Food $155, Medical expenses $1370, Funeral expenses $414, Prepaid Expenses for the February trip are reported on the February breakdown.

In February, 2017 the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $1860,  Building repair/rent $877, Songbooks, bibles, seminar materials $1694, Evangelism travel $430,  Food benevolence $222, Medical expenses and alternate health  $3694, Common meals with the members $2537, Feb. flights tickets, van rental, & ground travel expenses $5726, Hotels and seminar room rental $2503.

Below is a list of needs and requests that we have not been able to fund.  If you would like to contribute to any of these specifically, please let us know.

Thanks again for all the help and support for the Philippine work

Yours in Christ,

Duane Cogburn,  cogduane48@yahoo.com

Ed Anderson

Philippine Report September-October 2016

Weather seems to be the one thing in the Philippines that you can depend on constantly changing.  Three weeks ago a typhoon made land on the main island, Luzon.  A few of the members suffered some damage, but the crops suffered the most.  Funds were send to help with food in the central part of Luzon.  The island of Palawan has recently been experiencing heavy rains and hot temperatures.  Of course, with the rain comes the mosquitoes and malaria and dengue.  Several of the brothers and sisters are suffering; let’s remember them in our prayers.

We want to express our appreciation to the congregations and brothers that had made generous contributions to support the evangelists and continue the work in the Philippines.  Bro. Ed Anderson and I will be assuming the responsibility to send the funds for the evangelists.  Bro Harry Cobb and later Bro Tony Whitton have borne the burden of sending the support  from Wedowee,  Alabama for many years, and we appreciate their ministry in this task.   Bro Ed sent an email out several weeks ago asking members to adopt an evangelist or help us raise the funds necessary to continue the work.  To date the Lord has blessed that appeal and several families have committed to help a specific evangelist and his family.  We ask for your prayers and continued support for the evangelists and their work in many parts of the Philippines.

Bro Ed and I have also decided to make the annual trip in February to the Philippines, Lord willing.  Approximately half of the $15,500 estimated budget funds have been committed.  We need additional commitments beyond that for the bibles and songbooks ($1500), grain and food for the needy members in the mountains and rural areas ($1500), benches and chairs in the assembly buildings ($1000) , and alternative health items, planting seeds and medicine ($2400).   If you can help us with any of these items or the remainder of the travel expenses, we would be most appreciative.  To get the best flight rates, we would like to book the flights in the next couple of weeks.

The focus of our trip this year will be different from previous visits.  Below is a summary of the purpose of our planned three weeks in the Philippines.

  • Encourage the members/evangelists and study with them
  • Deepen their spiritual knowledge and increase their teaching abilities
  • Verify the funds sent throughout the year are being spent responsibly
  • Express our love and spiritual concern for their labors in the Kingdom
  • Last year, we spent time presenting alternative health treatments for many illnesses and daily health issues they experience.  This has been quite successful in cutting down the medical requests we receive. Also we took 15 lbs. of vegetable seeds to give them more diversity in their diets.
  • Additionally, we want to actively encourage all the evangelists to find employment and use their evenings, weekends and Sundays for the work of the Lord.  Due to our uncertain economy and the increasing regulations on sending money out of the U.S., we see this as wise course of action.

Below are several reports from the brothers about their work in the Philippines:

October, 2016

Dear Brothers Ed and Duane,

We are so thankful to our Lord if you will continue to assist our evangelistic work here in the Philippines. However this depends on how our Lord blesses us if there are brethren who are willing to funds the Lord’s work here in the Philippines.

We are already committed and it is our obligation to spread the gospel to all creatures.  We will continue to edify and encourage our brethren. We are praying for everything to our Lord that he will bless us our needs.  We have our Catholic friend visited our home and we have conducted Bibles study with her last few days ago.

Then yesterday our 2 sisters before from the liberal church came and visit with us and of course we are talking about the word of truth base in the Bible. They are ladies teacher from the liberal. She is my first cousin and her daughter

We want also to inform that our daughter Kemie is now improving her health. We have been in the hospital and she was glad after our second check up. Her blood pressure is low. She is anemic, the reason she is weak and pale. She takes anti-anemic medicine and hoping she can recover soon so she can continue her training in the hospital. Thank you so much our dear brethren for your medical assistance. May Our Lord will bless you more.

In His Love,

Chris and Premie

Oct 27 at 9:03 PM

Dear brothers Ed and Duane,

We are hoping all you and your family are doing well. We want to inform you that the new established congregation in Pag-ulaon, Carol-an, started to assemble in the house of our brother Larino Medes, the one that we have post on facebook. We are glad to hear that the newly converted brethren fellowship with them every Sunday. Brother Tote and brother Alex Montecino from Hologon congregation have arrange the schedule every Sunday if who will lead the congregation in Pag-ulaon. So, we appreciate them for their willingness.

We have received call yesterday asking if when shall we can visit again Negros, but we said this depends if we have funds. Brother Boning Guillepa in Dumaguete has often communication to us and he said the brethren there continue to gather together every Sunday in his house.

Also our brethren in Masbate were asking if when shall we can visit again Masbate. We have two congregation there one from  brother Erol’s residence and the other in Barangay Pawecan – the church leader is brother Lacson.  This is about 3 hours travel from Erol’s place. We have visited the place last May.  We have also often communication to these fellow brethren in Barangay Pawecan.   Hope and pray we can visit this places someday. God’s will.

May our Lord bless us all.

In His service,

Chris and Premie

To

Ed Anderson Duane Cogburn

Sep 18 at 9:57 PM

Dear brothers Ed and Duane,

We are so thankful to our Lord for our safe and successful trip to Negros. We have return home Friday evening. I,Premie is not feeling well now since last  Wednesday .I have pain in my lower back maybe this was due to our trip,  the car we rent was pick up  Ford and I experienced of bumping of my body when it is in rough road. We  rented the pick up so that it can easily run going up to the mountain and its nice easy to drive going up compare to close van. I was not able to stand straight and can not walked fast but still i tried to walk and stand slowly.so i can send this report to you.

The bible lecture in Camingawan was Monday afternoon there were 30 people attended including children. we are glad that it was holiday and the students have time to attend the lecture.

As what we have said in our previous news, we have 2 baptism in Pag -ulaon ,the new established congregation.The planned was, they will assemble in Pag-ulaon this Sunday and maybe brother Tote will be there this Sunday to lead the assembly there. Last Sunday the brethren from Pag- ulaon fellowship with the Hologon congregation.Since Hologon is far so they need to stat the assembly at Pag- ulaon this Sunday.They will assemble in the house of brother Lareno Medes,he is the older man in this congregation and his wife and all his children are member of the church.There are 15 brethren who will assemble in this congregation and may be there are still prospect  who wants to join..He is busy of his work in his shop and almost all of the brethren has work and others have classes in the government school and their school are far.We have talked some topics from the bible,and we are glad that they continue to serve our Lord.His grandfather Pablo Wakay is still preaching in the pulpit even though his body was paralyzed and he  still active in the church.

We proceed to Dumaguete after Lumbangan,we reached Dumaguete at 8:00 pm. and stay overnight at Vintage Inn.Wednesday at 9:00 .a.m we have Bible lecture at the house of brother Boning Guillepa,this is the house where our brethren in Dumaguete assemble every Sunday..There were 25 attendance on this lecture,the older sister of Chris attended the lecture eventhough she could not walked.She has wheel chair and her son in -Law was the one who carried her going to the assembly area riding on a tricycle.She also attended on the Thanks Giving of brother Bebeth.

After  a short conversation with brother Boning and the brethren there, we visited the house of brother Bebeth Gregorio, this was a man who has a schedule of Thanks Giving on September 15.including the 21th birthday of his son Joelbert Gregorio.This was done as Thanks giving celebration with the whole family of his parents that he reach the age of 21.There were visitors coming from the denomination, his classmates and teachers from the school where he is studying now..he was a working students of the said school and we are glad to know that the owner of the school love him and teach him how to make bath soap.The lecture started at 9:00 a.m.the head of the school was glad that we met with each other,he is the owner of the school and has established a christian school in Valencia.almost 50 people present during the Thanks giving.

Chris and Premie

Oct 31 at 7:32 AM

Dear Bro. Ed and Bro. Duane,

Greetings!

Once again, thank you so much for assistance for my check up in Manila…it such a blessing for me to have thorough check-up again…and I’m praying nothing serious with my health…I can’t bear to go on long medications and more of, to undergo an operation.

I have witnessed the baptism of 3 in Zalpan…we have 1 sister and 2 brothers added in the fold of God,praise Him for the new believer, they may walk faithfully…going up there was very hard because of the slippery road, we just did the baptism at the very edge of the river near the church because of the very strong flow of water coming from upper part of the mountain…It was so unfortunate that we were not able to cross going to the Cacaregan congregation, there should be another baptism there…but they said, they will do it on other day of on Sunday.

The tribe brethren are all so spiritually high, I gave the translated encouragement series…I told the young ones who can read…try their best to explain to their parents or other members…and guide them  in reading verses from their own translated bibles, in their local dialect.

Brennie Agbisit

In September the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $2461,  Bibles,Song books, benches, and chairs $735,  Evangelism travel on several islands $1171,  Food and Seed for crops $505, Medical expenses $928,  and charity (widow support and funeral expenses $250.

In October the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $2275,  Building repair/rent $405, Songbooks, bibles, chairs $440, Evangelism travel $123,  Food and typhoon damage $628, Medical expenses $1375,  and supplies for alternate medical treatment $55

Below is a list of needs and requests that we have not been able to funds.  If you would like to contribute to any of these specifically, please let us know.

Thanks again for all the help and support for the Philippine work

Yours in Christ,

Duane Cogburn,  cogduane48@yahoo.com

Ed Anderson

Philippine Churches and Personal Requests Outstanding  
Updated 11/4/16  
   
Req. Date Contact/location Reason for Request Needs php  US $
     
2/8/16 Bro. Mario Moreles Funds for roof over house and chapel 50000  $       611
San Marcellino $500 funded 6-3 Balance  
   
6/10/16 Jonamin Paulo, Luzon A printer to print/copy out lesson notes for his home studies  $       150
  Bro. Ed’s weekly encouragement emails are used by many of the  
  evangelists for their studies.  
   
   
9/13/16 Daniel Elamparo Material to replace wood truss roof with metal and iron sheets (church building)  $    1,100
Cabalan  
   
10/5/16 Bryan Lagunero Repairs to roof lumber and sheet metal 16540  $       376
 
Mabinay, negros  
         
  Total Requests to date  $    2,237

 

Philippine Report August-September 2016

It has been a good month for the Philippine brothers.  Crops are continuing to mature and the weather has been reasonably good, but, of course hot and humid.  Some heavy rain on Palawan has caused flooding and some lost their crops and they are replanting.  Illness continues among the members, especially among the elderly and very young. 

The response concerning raising the funds to replace a van for Bro. Chris Amihay has been slow.  We will continue to pray and ask the Lord’s guidance in this matter. 

Due to the preparation time needed for our annual February Evangelism trip to the Philippines, we are starting earlier this year.  We are planning a shorter trip with more focus in studying and working with the leaders/teachers and evangelist of the congregations.  We plan to cut our travel miles down and spend less time visiting as many congregations as we did last year (28 congregations in 3 ½ weeks).  Additionally, we hope the shorter trip and less traveling will help us to economize on our expenses this year. 

Here is a brief breakdown of our budget this year:

        $6250        Traveling costs, including airfares to the Philippines, inter-

Island air & ferry travel, rental car/van, fuel, meals on-the-road, lodging and common meals with brothers & congregations that we meet with.

        $2,200       Songbooks, bibles, plastic chairs, benches

        $1,600       Assembly building repairs

        $1,500       Food for members in rural and mountain areas

        $2,400       Alternative medical treatment supplies, vegetable seeds,

                        Supplements, and medicines

        $1,200       Extra evangelism expenses 

We would appreciate your consideration to help us with the funds for this effort.  We would like to book airfares soon for the better prices.  Our goal is to identify those that are willing to contribute by mid-October.  We will not need to collect all the funds until December.  Our purpose of these annual trips are to:

        Encourage the members and study with them

        Help them in their evangelistic efforts

        Deepen their spiritual knowledge and increase their teaching abilities

        Verify the funds sent throughout the year are being spent responsibly

        Express our love and spiritual concern for their labors in the Kingdom

        Additionally, last year, we spent time presenting alternative health

treatments many illnesses and daily health issues they

experience.  This has been quite successful in cutting down

the medical requests we receive. 

 

The generous contributions from last year for the February 2016 Evangelism trip were greatly appreciated.      

 

A report from the Island of Palawan:  August 10., 2016

Bro. Samuel had 2 baptisms in Espanola,  2 young children of his Bro. Jeremias… he is glad that Bro. Ian Laong is helping him now there in leading the service…since Bro. Ian married his niece Joy….. Bro. Ian used to be attending here in Puerto church, the youngest son of Bro. Ludy Laong who was also our visitor brother this Sunday service from Brookes point, he is the widower of late sister Daisy which was died of goiter cancer. Bro. Ian is a good potential to become evangelist, he is just 27 years old and very good in singing.

Thank you for your encourage series…it is a good encouragement especially to the new brethren.

I will close from here again….take care and God bless you all.

With Christ love,

Brennie 

8-25-16     From Joel Ebalan, Zambales, Luzon:  Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, It’s been a rainy season here in the Philippines and cause some flash flood in some area here in Northern Luzon.  But through the help of God. He spare some of this in His son, and keep us safe and sound. Because of badly weather some of my bible studies are subject for changes in terms of schedule. I have 5 bible studies during Saturday and one of this rescheduled in Friday night at 7:00pm and another 3 bible studies during Sunday after the radio broadcast(Discussing the Bible) . One of my Sunday bible studies rescheduled in Wednesday night. So in total, I have 8 bible studies and 1 radio program which is Bible based program in a local radio station here in Masinloc namely dwdh 101.5 agri pinoy serbisyong putog (true service) with the title GOSPEL TALK with Bro. Joel Ebalan (funded by you brethren) Probably some of my program is concerning the christian living and values formation in general audiences and encouragement. My program is still Sunday every 1pm after10am worship at Masinloc  We will have also brethren from Isabela that migrated in Tapuac Masinloc and find the congregation there. They migrated because of the availability of work here in Masinloc of her husband. 

From: Bernaldo Rodelas Jr. September 14, 2016 6:55 AM
Dear brother Ed, Tony and brethren;      Greeting again in Jesus name. we pray always your good health brethren.  Our work to the Lord here in Occidental Mindoro is continue doing well.

Last week, Sepember 5-9, we were back in Oriental Mindoro with brother Rodel Baagin and conducted house to house Bible studies there. I’m glad to report that four (4) precious souls obeyed the gospel there and received baptized into Christ at the area of Bako and Calapan. Oriental Mindoro. We fallow up also Bible studies at Bungabong, Oriental Mindoro.

Thank you beloved brethren to your continue support to me to continue carry the gospel to those many lost souls to the many places here in Mindoro provinces. Thank you to your concern to the spreading the gospel…….

Thank you so much to your love and concern good brethren.

God bless.   Your brother in Christ;   Bernaldo Rodelas

An Appeal for help on their aging church building:

Sep 13 at 6:07 PM

Dear brother Duane, bro Eduard and brethren,

Greetings, We, brethren from Cabalan Church of Christ (Olongapo Philippines) are appealing to your kind hearts regarding our need of roof replacement. The roof of Cabalan chapel was made of used lumbers and used Galvanized Iron sheets from a house of sister Flor Poblete before.  

Our plan is to replace it with new steel frames and new roof so that it will last longer but we are lacking of fund, we are worried that the time will come, the roof will collapse due to rotten wood and beams eaten by termites.

 The congregation only have small savings that is why we are knocking to your hearts and appealing to share with our burden.  

If you know of a person/congregations who want to share their blessings for our chapel please let us know. We will be very happy to receive such blessings for the glory of our Master.  

I hope you could consider our request,looking forward for your response,may our gracious Lord bless you as you continue helping the brethren,(Galatians 6:10),thank you in advance. 

Our target date of construction will be on the month of October 2016. 

Or as the fund allow us to start the project. 

We will be needing the following materials:

Iron sheets——————(36 pcs.x P520)=P18,520

Angular bars—————-(20 pcs.x P450)=P9,000

C-farlings(for iron beams)—-(20 pcs.P370)=P7,400

Tex screw and nails——————P2,000

Ply wood——————– (20 pcs.x P450)=P9,000

Payment for workers———(P500/day x10 days)=P5,000

TOTAL P50,920 or $1,100

 

 In Him,         Daniel Elamparo Jr.

(Church of Christ Evangelist )

             Luxon, Philippines

 

Cawag, Subic Bay, Luzon

Dear brother Ed and brother Duane, I am so happy to let you know that we already bought the materials needed for the church building in Cawag. We work together in carrying all the materials. Even our sisters are carrying gravel and hollow blocks. We will be going to paint the roof sheets, angle bars and c-furlins and the work for the beams will start tomorrow. God bless brethren. I also attached some photos. Love and prayers, Godofredo L. Policarpio

Summer 2016 

8-28-16

Last few weeks ago brethren, I go to Occidental and Oriental Mindoro also brethren and preached there with brother Bernaldo Rodelas.  The fruits of our joint preaching effort are nine (9) precious souls obeyed the gospel and received baptized into Christ for the remission of their past sins.

This coming September 6-8, we have schedule again to follow up Home Bible studies at Oriental Mindoro. we have a good work started there brethren. 

August 24, Home Bible studies at Tablon,San Pabian,Pangasinan.

August 25, New Home Bible studies at Paraspas,Rosario,La Union.

August 25, Home Bible studies here in Cuenca,Pugo,La Union

August 26, Home Bible studies at Bangar,Rosario La Union

August 27,Again Home Bible studies here in Cuenca in the morning and visitation to the brethren in the aftternoon.

Today,August 29, we have schedule to go at Trinidad,Benguet, near in the City of Baguio to try to restore the one congregation there. but at this point of time brethren and all night that non stop the pour of heavy rains,that’s why we cancel it. 

I will close for now brethren and  thank you very much to your concern and love . May God richly bless you always good brethren.

Your co-laborer in the vineyard of the Lord

Rodelio Baagin

 

In July the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $2771,  Bibles and Song books $385,  Evangelism travel on several islands $760,  Food and Seed for crops $855, Medical expenses $505,  and charity (widow support and funeral expenses $145. 

In August the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $2461,  Building repair/rent $405,  Evangelism travel on several islands $305,  Food and Seed for crops $1158, Medical expenses $510,  and charity home fire damage and funeral expenses) $360..

Below is a list of needs and requests that we have not been able to funds.  If you would like to contribute to any of these specifically, please let us know. 

Thanks again for all the help and support for the Philippine work 

Duane Cogburn     cogduane48@yahoo.com

Ed Anderson     edandva@hotmail.com

Philippine Report July 2016

Greetings to the many congregations and members that are supporting the work in the Philippines.  The rains have started again in many of the islands and planting has been under way this month.  It takes about 75 to 90 days for the rice crop to mature and be harvested.  We want to express our thanks, again, from the contributions that were send to help our Philippine brothers through this drought.

For the month of August, it is our goal to raise the funds to replace a van that Bro. Bill Yarbrough and Bro Harry Cobb originally purchase 7-8 years ago for the work on Panay and Negros.  Many of these congregations are rural or mountainous and hard to reach by common transportation.  The van purchased for this work by Bro Chris & Sister Premie has been repaired many times and overhaul once.  It is a Mercedes Benz and the parts are almost impossible to get (the van is about 20 years old) and has to be purchased from Germany and very expensive.  The van has been parked and deemed not worth fixing.

It is our goal to raise $15,000 to purchase a 5 to 6 year old van with less than 50,000 miles.  It appears the best brand for serviceability and parts is a Toyota diesel van.  Will you join us in this effort in the month of August?  If you or your congregation is willing to commit to this effort, please email Ed Anderson or myself the amount that works for you.  If we are able to get commitments for sufficient funds to purchase the vehicle, we will notify you and then you can sent the funds. These funds will only be used for this purpose only.

Bro. Chris and Sis. Premie have been involved in the evangelistic work for many years and are full of energy and knowledgeable in the Word.  They directly work with about 12 congregations spread over several hundred miles.  Renting a vehicle usually comes only with a driver and gets expensive.

Below are some excerpts from the emails we recently received:

From: Fred and Brennie Agbisit, Palawan…July 7, 2016

……In the mountain congregations, they are just fine but some are sick of Malaria…but hopefully the medicines from drug stores will help them get better instead of going to be confine. They have 2 baptism in kakaregan where Bro. Enary, son of Bro. Saim started to preach….I’d love to go there next Sunday to have fellowship with the new sisters in Christ…May the water level in the river which we need to cross in order to get there, the current or flow of the water isn’t that strong by then.

From: Chris and Premie Amihay, Panay and Negros, Subject:  Delivery of food…..July 2016

Dear brothers: Ed and Duane, We would like to express the warmest thanks from all our brethren here who have received rice for the hunger. They are so glad of the assistant they received from you. We have started the distribution Saturday and Sunday after our assembly here in Calinog and Passi church last Monday morning. We sent cash to Camingawan church through brother Gaspar then to Hologon and Carol-an through BrotherTote. Brother Tote and brother Amado Onciano are encharge of distribution of rice today. 

From: Rodel Baagin
Subject: Brethren at Mindoro

July 7, 2016

Dear brother Ed and brethren;

Again, greetings to you all in the name of the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ. Hope and pray you are all in good health and good situation brethren.

The work of the Lord here in Rosario La Union is continue doing well brethren. This Sunday,July 10, our attendance in our worship is 26 all. We have three (3) brethren absent,  but we have also two (2) new visitors.

Last Saturday afternoon, we conducted also Home Bible studies at Poblacion,Pugo,La Union.

From Monday to Wednesday, I am with the brethren at Occidental Mindoro. Thursday night I’m back already here in La Union.

I preached with the four (4) congregation there and conducted new home Bible studies at Segaras,Santa Cruz with the brethren there. Although no baptism, but.three (3) brethren restored again…….

From: Chris and Premie Amihay

Jul 31

Dear brothers: Ed and Duane,

Hope  you are all doing well through the guidance of our loving father in heaven.We would like to inform you that the our brethren in Dumaguete continue to assemble every Sunday in the house of brother Boning Guillepa. Brother Boning and brother Bebeth Gregorio are helping one another every Sunday.We appreciate brother Boning for his willingness to lead the church in Dumaguete and also brother Bebeth Gregorio..they said they have set their time of  assembly from 9:30 because some of the brethren are far from the meeting house.Its good the family of brother Bebeth Gregorio attended every Sunday this include the young children they are all 9 coming from Valencia town..They are renting tricycle every Sunday going to the meeting house of brother Boning.Thank you so much that you have sent money for their transportation.Some of the brethren are coming from Bacong town,this is a little bit further than Valencia town.

In June the following distribution of funds were made:  Evangelists support  $2461, Bibles and Song books $255,  Evangelism travel on several islands $1310,  Three Assembly building repairs or construction $2107, Medical expenses $655,  and charity $910.

Below is a list of needs and requests that we have not been able to funds.  If you would like to contribute to any of these specifically, please let us know.

In July, two of the elderly and faithful brothers passed away on the island of Luzon.  Bro Daniel Emlamparo and Bro. Damaso Curimao.

Thanks again for all the help and support for the Philippine work

Duane Cogburn     cogduane48@yahoo.com

Ed Anderson     edandva@hotmail.com

Philippine Report June 2016

The brothers and sisters of the Philippines wanted to sincerely thank the U.S. churches for the funds send for food.  Over $4000 US dollars was sent for food for multiple congregations.   The rains have started on many of the islands and let us continue to pray that the rains will continue and the new crops will be planted.  Again, Ed and I thank all the congregations and members that responded to this emergency.

We have received a number of emails regarding the work there.  In addition to many sermons we delivered in February, we also presented alternative health treatment seminars at various congregations.  We left colloidal silver water (CSW) generators at 3 locations.  Report of the use of the heath information is referred to in the emails below.  Medical requests for help continued, but the alternative treatments are being used in many situations.  I have enclosed excerpts from a couple of recent emails:

From:  Bro Fred Absigit and Sis. Brennie   6-25-16  Island of Palawan

“In Riotuba, Bro. Samuel said that…the church there is doing well, they have 1 baptism last week, young lady daughter of sister Geralyn Libeos. The brethren in Espanola are replanting papaya, they expect of good harvest this time again.

The studies was successful in Quezon, about 2 will be baptize next Saturday…and there will be house meeting every Sunday to Bro. Dangan… we need to do more song books and they are asking bibles about 6 or more, they requested king James version because they don’t like the new translated version,  they said it is hard to understand and it’s thoughts quite far from the English version.”

From Bro. Daniel Emlamparo, Jr, Luzon, June 10, 2016

Dear brethren,

Here are the list of congregations who enjoys the health benefits of CSW here in Olongapo and Zambales.

  1. Cabalan brethren
  2. Payangan brethren
  3. Golden Feather brethren
  4. Kalaklan brethren
  5. Calapacuan/Calapandayan brethren
  6. San Marcelino brethren
  7. Cabangan brethren

Some from Pampanga and Pangasinan church members.

Although not of all the members in the listed congregations above are using the scw, we will notice that there are brethren who uses it because if its health benefits and healing effects

From: Daniel Elamparo Jr. , Luzon

Jun 1 at 9:21 AM

Brothers, this was taken this afternoon in the house of the eldest members of the Lords church at Golden Feather. Hot water accidentally poured out on Sister Bapa’s left foot resulted to big blister above her right foot. She clean her wound with boiled guava leaves and after that she put csw on the open wound, she said csw lessen the pain of the wound and at the same time disinfect it. Notice her csw was wrapped in four plastic bags and store it inside the cabinet onside their house,I make sure that our brethren in the mountain have stocks of csw for daily use. Thank you… May God bless us all.  Daniel Emlamparo

From Chris & Premie Amihay , Island of Negros and Panay

Jun 18 at 4:58 AM

Dear brothers Ed and Duane,

We have arrive yesterday night from our trip to Negros.we went to directly to Dumaguete to meet the brethren there.We have rented a car from Bacolod and we have rent a good running condition car.Michael like it very much.He said he never felt tired of driving that rented car.we thank our Lord for safe trip to Negros.

We would like to share these news to you. We have gathered our brethren in Dumaguete. We gathered at the Beach Besort at Bacong and there were 60 attendance on that day of June 15.There were  outsiders attended from the Roman catholic and there were  also coming from the liberal church who attended. We have presented the alternative medicine after the Bible lecture and one of our old brother from the liberal church was shouting Halleluiah, praise the Lord while Chris was presenting the alternative medicines. He was so glad upon hearing the alternative medicine.

We  brought the colloidal silver generator and  we did the processing for 2 nights because  many were asking the silver water. We have a short time sleep because we need to processed more in order that everyone who are in need could avail. We divided the silver water just half liter and others avail just a little. Maybe next time if we can return back there we could give them more…we have also presented another alternative medicine like Turmeric and other herbal plants. After the lecture we visited the house of our brother Boning Guillepa..he is Premie’s second cousin and he was a member of the church when we were still  living in Negros before. He was our neighbor before and they move to Negros Oriental since year 2000.

He was not new to our teaching because he had asked some of the brethren there if what is our stand. We are glad to hear that he agree with our stand base in the Bible. One of the topics we talked was in 1 Cor.14:34, the women must keep silent in the church..He knew from us that our brethren most of all are our family and they never never fellowship anymore because no one that can lead the assembly.

Brother Boning, wants to volunteer to lead the assembly in Dumaguete since he also has never fellowship with the liberal church for a long time. The brethren there most of all our family were very glad that there was a brother who will volunteer to lead the assembly in Dumaguete. Tomorrow they will start to assemble in the house of brother Boning Guillepa. His wife and 4 children are already member of the church. Their place is very close to the city of Dumaguete. Hoping this will be the start of the regular assembly in Dumaguete.

They need 15 copies of Cebuano song books and 10 copies of Bible Cebuano version. The price of Bible is 475 pesos per copy and the songbook is 300 per copy The amount needed is 4750  plus 3,000 total of 7,750 Php……

Chris and Premie Amihay.

Rodel Baagin

Jun 15 at 10:07 PM

Dear brother Ed and brethren;

Greetings to you all in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hope and always pray that you are all in good health good brethren.

The work of the Lord here in Northern Pangasinan and Southern La Union where we working brethren is also continue doing well.  Last Sunday our 3rd Sunday that we conducted our worship service at Midtown Church of Christ at Rosario, La Union is we have also good attendance  good brethren. Last Sunday we have 28 all included children and three (3) visitors.

Last week, we conducted also 4 Home Bible studies to the different places around Rosario. If we have schedule for Home Bible studies, I and my wife are distributing also house to house gospel tract here. This week, I conducted already two Home Bible studies here brethren.  One (1) the pastor of denominational group here that is Yesterday at Catagingtingan with the pastor of Church of God worldwide. Today, we in the morning, we conducted  also Bible studies with the minister of Liberal church at Asingan,Pangasinan. We discussed about Benevolence.  This Friday if Lord willing, we have also schedule for Bible studies with the pastor of Pentecostal church with his family and some of their members at Apogan,Benguet.

But, I’m very sad to report good brethren that one of our brother at Occidental Mindoro where I work for many years 16 years  brother Domingo Benavidez 65 years old passed away this last night because of complication. Kidney problem, heart problem and diabitis. The family requested me to conduct  funeral service.

Good brethren, thank you very very much to your continue help to our work to the Lord here. Thank you very much good brethren. We Hope so much and we always pray good brethren that you not be weary to help the  work of the Lord in these places brethren.

Your co-laborer in Christ’s vineyard

Rodelio D. Baagin

In May the funds sent were: Evangelists support $2461, Food and crop help $4065,  Repairs to church buildings, chairs, fans & evangelism journeys $2416,  Medical and funeral expense $2006.

Now that rains have started, we have received several requests for funds to replace their crops, since the first planting and seedlings dried up in the drought.  These are among the requests we still have pending below.  You contributions are appreciated and can be made payable to the Church of Christ in Albuquerque, NM and mailed to myself at 86C Martin Lane, Moriarty, NM 87035 or payable and sent them directly to Ed Anderson who manages the Philippine account.

Duane Cogburn

Ed Anderson

List of unfunded request:

Philippine Churches and Personal Requests Outstanding    
Updated 6/25/16    
     
Req. Date Contact/location Reason for Request Needs php  US $
       
2/22/16 Bro. Clavio Funds to finishing clearing the church property and    $           455
  Kawayanan, Negros filing it.  Will need funds around July 2016    
       
  Bro Ron Romero Funds to bring electricity into chapel/meter/labor 11850  $           263
  Ilagan, Isbela,Luzon    
       
2/18/16 Bro Siam Funds to for new bamboo chapel 27318  $               –
  Nilapotan,Palawan partial funding for now 5-29-16 Bal.  $           207
    May need funds to make benches Estimate  $           100
       
2/8/16 Bro. Mario Moreles Funds for roof over house and chapel 50000  $           611
  San Marcellino $500 funded 6-3-16 Balance  
       
2/14/16 Bro Rexson Gonzales Funds to replace storm wall to keep rain out of chapel 35000  $           178
  Kalakalan, Luzon  5-29-19  They were using some of their own funds per    
    email a month or so ago….sent $400 for now    
       
3/15/16 Bro Chris Amihay The van that has been used to for years on Panay and    
  Working with congrega Negros is parked at this time. $2000 were spent for    
  on three different repairs last year, but it old and parts are hard to find.    
  islands This van is used for evangelism work in 9 different areas    
    of the islands.  It needs to be replaced.  To purchase a    
    good used Toyota van is estimated at $15,000    
       
  Jonamin Paulo, Luzon A printer to print/copy out lesson notes for his home    $           150
    studies. Bro. Ed’s weekly encouragement emails are    
    used by many of the evangelists for their studies.    
       
6/22/16 Mario Morales Medical Operation of Marlon (oldest son), cyst on 50000  $        1,136
  San Mercellino privates    
       
6/21/16 Daniel Emlampo Medical herb cancer treatment for Daniel Sr    $           300
  Olongapo    
  Chris Amihay Songbooks for Negros congregations 7750  $           176
       
  Chris Amihay, Toti Cement/sand for Carol-ann congregation 8400  $           191
  Chris, Toti Hologan congregation, ten bags of cement 5400  $           123
  Chris, Gasper Camingawan cement for walls, ten bags of cement 2700  $              61
       
  Fred Abisgit, Palawan Seed and fertilizer for new crop 40000  $           909
    Total Requests to date    $        5,611
    Plus Vehicle Replacement    $     15,000