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Philippines (Mindanao) Oct 2017

Mindanao, Philippines October 20-29, 2017

TLI is conducting a non-formal, pastor training program designed to build and strengthen the church in this 7,107-island Southeast Asian nation. The pastors in the program come from various areas around the island. Most of the pastors are responsible for several churches. You are invited to join us in strengthening and encouraging these pastors in this traditionally Catholic country experiencing a growing Muslim influence. Curriculum to be taught: Gospel of John

Follow along as teachers in the field offer their experiences as they share theological training with local church leaders.

Oct  25th,  2017Continuing the Work in Mindanao


Our team slowly assembled as we moved to the other side of the world. Jim left Duluth for Chicago, where he was joined by Dick and Bob. The three of them flew to Seoul, Korea, where Jason joined in. Then it was on to Manila, where David and Greg completed the team. Unfortunately, Greg’s luggage did not arrive with him, and it was finally located still back in the United States. After a short night at a hotel close to the airport it was time for the last leg to Davao.

We were happy to see our host, Levi, grinning his usual grin as we exited the terminal. It was still another 1-1/2 hours by car to Digos City, where we were grateful to have just enough time to settle into our hotel rooms before dinner. After feasting on a delicious Filipino meal, including sautéed vegetables, rice, noodles, four kinds of meat, and a birthday cake for Jason, we turned in for the night.

Day 1

The sun was shining brightly as we proceeded to the teaching site. Many enthusiastic handshakes ensued, especially for the two teachers who have taught here previously. We gathered for a time of singing, and a review of where we are and where we are going. For this group, it is the beginning of the third and final year. That means learning how to interpret and preach from the Gospel of John. There are four classes, averaging eleven students each. Discussions have been lively and the joy of the Lord evident.

Day 2

The good news at breakfast was that Greg’s luggage had arrived at the Davao airport. Unlike in North America, the airlines don’t make personal deliveries. So Greg and Levi headed back to Davao to retrieve the suitcase. Dick took Greg’s place teaching in the morning and then gave Jim a break in the afternoon. It is helpful to have six teachers! Greg and Levi returned safely with the luggage at noon. We are on track for a strong finish to the week.


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