March 2014 – 2-page Update
Serving the Lord is still wonderful! Certainly the ministry has its challenges.
Proverbs 14:4 “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.”
Sheep can be messy, constantly in trouble, and ever having needs, but all the more reason to appreciate our Shepherd and be able to identify with Him by taking on the role of an under-shepherd. The sheep who’ve been in the fold awhile learn to follow and they develop the routines of life that help make being a sheep more enjoyable. The new sheep get to benefit from their example, and it is a great pleasure to watch them learn and grow from one another.
Time does not allow us to tell of all of the individual lives that are being impacted in our ministry, but we who work with our wonderful people day by day find constant reason to rejoice in what God is accomplishing, through us, in their lives. We are honored to have a part, and we are humbled by the part you play in helping us to help them.
Thank you for your continued prayer and support.
Though this is our update for January, 2014, it covers the happenings at the end of 2013. What an exciting end to a great year at International Baptist Church at Dumaguete and Hyles-Anderson College of the Philippines! We are privileged people to be part of the great things that God is doing.
Last Sunday morning our church was able to rejoice over two markers in the same service. We baptized our 300th person for 2013, and we also baptized our 1,000th person since the church started here in Dumaguete less than three years ago. Thank you to all who have given and prayed for the work here. Our people are amazing and it is such a joy to be able to serve them as their pastor. Faithful, tender-hearted, and zealous soul winners go out each week and we know the Lord is blessing our efforts.
We’ve seen the faithfulness of our church increase in 2013, and the final two months have brought a wonderful season of growth in our services. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us in 2014 as we shift greater emphasis to growth through more personal follow-up and discipleship. Please continue praying for our ministry here.
We wish you and your family a Happy New Year and pray that the Lord will prosper you in all that you do for Him.
We are amazed at God’s grace as we come to the end of another year. Our team is doing well and we are enjoying being a part of what God is accomplishing in the lives of the people we’ve had the privilege to work with through International Baptist Church at Dumaguete.
In a couple of days we’ll gather together for Thanksgiving Day. This is always a big day as we invite our church staff and our Bible college students to spend the day with us as we have plenty to eat and lots of fun together. We are truly grateful for what God is doing here, and for those who support us through prayer and giving.
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On Friday, December 13, 2013, we will be taking our folks to our city’s waterfront boulevard to promote our church Christmas music program during the evening service on December 15, 2013. We plan to sing and draw a crowd so we can pass out fliers promoting our Christmas music program as well as loose our soul winners on anyone who will listen. Our Christmas program is always an enjoyable time as we bring in many who do not normally attend church and of course they will hear the Gospel.
Please take a moment to read our latest update and learn how you can pray for us in an area of great importance. We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
Please read this month’s team update!
2013 is rapidly coming to an end and it has been a year of increased faithfulness among our church members here at International Baptist Church in Dumaguete. Already we are looking forward to 2014 as we know God has great plans as we focus on greater growth. We would ask that you please take a moment to read this month’s update and to add to your prayer list our need for a new property to meet.
God bless you as you continue to serve our Lord where you are and support us as we serve the same Lord where we are. How wonderful to know that the Gospel is being preached around the world. We are not finished and are eager to see our college men and women graduate and begin new works. Please pray with us to that end.
Randy DeMoville with Missionary Zandro Montealto and family.
The Lord has truly been good to us in the Philippines. We just had our third annual missions conference at International Baptist Church and the Lord met with our people. This year we had two Filipino pastors join as guest speakers, and we had five missionaries with us. Our people served and were challenged. Many decisions were made; among them were decisions to be missionaries and to attend Hyles-Anderson College of the Philippines. Please pray for these young people as many will face persecution from family for answering God’s call in their life.
Prior to our missions conference we had a church missions trip to a city that is a couple of hours north of us. 338 souls received Christ on that special day. Our people are excited about serving the Lord and we are thankful for your prayer and support.
Hyles-Anderson College of the Philippines is one-year old today, October 1. Please continue to hold our students in prayer as God is doing some amazing things in their lives. It is a blessing to see the spiritual growth as well as the improved character of our students.
We could not do what we do without your help. Thank you for holding the ropes as we serve the Lord and represent you here in the Philippines. Please take moment to read this month’s update. We will be adding photos from our conference to this site very soon.
The Stan Lawrenson Family – April 2013
Please be in prayer for baby Luke Lawrenson as he will be undergoing heart surgery on this Monday, June 24, 2013. Already the Lord has shown Himself in many ways in the last several days, and we know it is because of His love and because of the prayers of many who are interceding on Luke’s behalf.
Please continue to pray as Luke has an artery closed that did not close at birth, and two holes in his heart that need repaired. Please also pray for the great folks who are caring for Luke at the Philippine Heart Center. If you’d like to give to help with the expenses the family will face, you may direct your donations through FBMI. The Lawrenson’s FBMI missionary number is 6304. Be sure you designate the funds for Luke Lawrenson’s medical needs. Thank you for faithfulness to pray for this very important family that help make up Team Indo-Philippine.
I’m pleased to be back in Hammond, Indiana this week at First Baptist Church to be part of Fundamental Baptist Mission International‘s Candidate School. What a blessing to be around new and returning missionaries.
Our two-page report
I’m excited about what the Lord is doing here, but I am looking forward to being back in the Philippines at International Baptist Church in Dumaguete for Father’s Day. We have an exciting day planned as we honour fathers and have the Battle of the Barangays. Please pray for this special day that many will hear the Gospel and believe.
This month’s update focuses on a special need that one of our missionary families has for which we would request your prayer, and if possible, financial support. Luke Lawrenson will be going in for a needed surgery to close an artery that did not close at birth. This surgery is very much necessary and will improve the life of this dear little child. Please be in prayer for the Lawrenson family and if you are able to donate to help with the medical and other associated expenses you may do so through F.B.M.I..
Thank you for your continued support and prayer as we reach souls with the Gospel and disciple them for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastors having their photos with one of the groups at the Family Camp in Binalbagan, Negros Oriental
I love serving the Lord, and I love meeting other brothers and sisters in Christ that are likeminded in the ministry. This month after taking my mother-in-law to the airport in Cebu to return home after a month visit here in Dumaguete, I took a trip to Silay to visit with Missionary Nathan Goodpaster and to preached for their Wednesday evening service. The next day I drove to Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, and preached the closing message for a Family Camp at Berean Bible Baptist Church. I had a wonderful time of fellowship with pastors and people at both places.
The following morning I returned to Dumaguete to be part of the closing service for our 3rd Vacation Bible School at International Baptist Church at Dumaguete. This month’s update is largely about the results of this year’s V.B.S. with the theme, “A Blast of Winter – Come See Dumaguete’s First Snowstorm.” You’ll want to read the update to learn of our results and to see the photos. Additional photos may be seen through my Facebook account.
Group photo at the 1st Home Coming meeting at Faithway Bible Baptist Church in Plaridel, Mindanao
This past week, I took my first trip to the island of Mindanao to be the guest preacher for the first Home Coming at Faithway Bible Baptist Church in Plaridel, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao. It was an exciting time and I was privileged to be able to speak three times to the pastors and people present there. I look forward to meeting with them again. As much as I’ve enjoyed getting to meet and spend time with other pastors who share a common vision for churches being started and more souls being saved, it was good to be back in my own pulpit in Dumaguete with the people I love dearly.
Classes are underway again at Hyles-Anderson College of the Philippines and I am teaching on Biblical Giving this week while Bro. Mike Morrissey is teaching Countries without Christ I. I love our students and look forward to seeing the number of students increase in June. Please pray for us, our church, and our Bible college students as we press on for Him. I’ll be travelling to Hammond, Indiana the end of this month to be part of the FBMI Candidate School the first week of June. I hope to see many of you there.