Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Challenging Times

What a great conference we had!  The preaching and teaching were challenging, so much so, certain things that are lower on the priority list will have to go.  To Go up, you must give up!  I am afraid that for the time  being, this blog is one of them.  We are about to start out stations in farther places and also bible studies here in our city.  There is a lot of work to do. Please keep us in your prayers and thank you for reading.  I will keep the blog up, but do not expect to post.  I will continue the email updates.  God Bless You!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Asian Conference 2006

Pastor Davis arrives in country tomorrow.  He will be visiting the churches throughout the Philippines.  The other ministers will be arriving on Monday the 13th and the conference begins on the 14th.  We are looking forward to a wonderful time of preaching, singing, fellowshipping and being revived and renewed.

Keep the conference and all of the ministers in your prayers.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Cutcut Vs. Holy Mary or What Cemetery do you use?

There is exclusiveness even in death.  It has been shared that in the Philippines, there are two types of people, the very rich and the very poor, and the very rich don't want to be mistaken for the very poor.  

Rev. Gaudario was talking to a lady about one of her family members
 that had been recently buried.  He asked where they had been buried, she told him Holy Mary, which is the exclusive cemetery, for the rich folks.  It is located in the Cutcut barrangay.  So, Rev. Gaudario said "Oh Yes,  I know where that is, that is in Cutcut."  She got a little testy, because there is also another cemetery for the poor folks, commonly known as Cutcut cemetery. She replied "No! Holy Mary." He may have again tried to clarify by saying "Yes in Cutcut Barrangay." but she would not be caught dead (argh) burying a relative there, so she said "No. Holy Mary!"

This is a grave in Holy Mary:

This is a grave in Cutcut:

The more important question is not where your body will be buried, but where will your soul spend eternity?

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Day of the Dead

 Last night was the biggest holiday here in the Philippines, the day of the dead.  Multitudes of people go to the cemetary and spend the day and many all night at their loved ones grave.  You would think it would have a somber mood, but in reality it is like a huge outdoor concert scene.  Drinking and barbecues, card playing and romancing.  Their need for a reality in Christ is great.  Please keep the Philippines in your prayers.