Home Safe

Saturday July 27, 2019
Matthew Henderson


Thursday July 25, 2019
Matthew Henderson

Yesterday the kids got to hand out more flyers at the Bible Study Center in Cebu. We also got a lot of last minute visiting time with the missionaries there before we had to depart for the airport at 7pm.

Time in Cebu

Wednesday July 24, 2019
Matthew Henderson

Wrapping up in General Aguinaldo

Sunday July 21, 2019
Matthew Henderson

Today, Sunday, has been another busy day here in General Aguinaldo.

Following Jesus

Saturday July 20, 2019
Matthew Henderson

Today (Saturday) has been a very good, and very full day — that has resulted in eight new brothers and sisters in Christ.

Youth Gathering at General Aguinaldo

Friday July 19, 2019
Matthew Henderson

The youth began to arrive here about 6pm and are still trickling in at 8:30. It looks like there are already more than 120 here of an expected 80.

Heading up North

Wednesday July 17, 2019
Matthew Henderson

This morning we were up by 4am. Phillip Dumawa was up to drive us in the van to head to the airport at 4:45am sharp.

Back in Manila

Tuesday July 16, 2019
Matthew Henderson

The last three days have been spent in Manila. We are staying in Wilkey’s apartment through tonight (Wednesday).

Saturday and Sunday at Lopez

Sunday July 14, 2019
Matthew Henderson

We had a great time meeting everyone in Lopez on Saturday night — such good people.

Arrived Safe at Lopez

Saturday July 13, 2019
Matthew Henderson

We have arrived safe in Lopez. I will update more later. It was about a seven hour drive here.

Happy in Manila

Friday July 12, 2019
Matthew Henderson

We made it safe! We arrived at Ken’s apartment a little before 11pm. Sleeping arrangements were made and we got to sleep about an hour later when we had settled. Clint Robinstein arrived from Cebu just a little later.

Future Missionary Training

Friday July 12, 2019
Matthew Henderson

The Long Flight

Thursday July 11, 2019
Matthew Henderson

We are cruising at 36000 feet at 560 mph. We’re over Canada and almost into Alaskan airspace. This is a long flight. I remember better now passing time by trying not to think about how much time is passing.

Chasing Ken (updated)

Thursday July 11, 2019
Matthew Henderson

We’ve just finished chasing Ken though the Detroit airport. We’re waiting to board our longest leg soon to Tokyo — 12 hours and 50 minutes. We’ll have a 5 hour ride to Manila after that.

Loading Up

Thursday July 11, 2019
Matthew Henderson

With Kathy as driver, we picked up our last, and most important, passenger at the Wilkey house, and headed out in our rental van that Bryan helped secure. Beatty came by to see us securely off with a prayer

Visual Overview of Itinerary (updated)

Wednesday July 3, 2019
Matthew Henderson

This is a visual overview of the current itinerary that we have planned.

Firming Up Our Itinerary

Thursday June 27, 2019
Matthew Henderson

The itinerary is being firmed up. We knew three of the main places we wanted to work and share, but the question has been how to best pack in as many other things that we could do in the best way possible with the remaining times. A lot has to do with timing of the in-country travel involved.

Tough, Flexible, Optimistic

Thursday June 27, 2019
Matthew Henderson

Our motto from Wilkey has been “tough, flexible, and optimistic.” I had heard this for years before last year from Chris, but didn’t realize it had originated with Ken. We took it and adopted it last year as we got ready to leave from Austin. This year, as a party of seven, we are adopting it again. But you might not know the story behind this image.

International Tickets Booked

Tuesday June 18, 2019
Matthew Henderson

We have our tickets to and from the Philippines! In this article you can read an update on our departure plans, the interesting times we had getting tickets for eight people at one time, and a short financial note about the use of the funds so far.

Philippines 2019 Trip Planning

Monday June 17, 2019
Matthew Henderson

2019 Philippines Team

Trip updates will be posted as new articles on this site as we have an opportunity. At this present time, there are plans to work in several areas. This will be updated shortly as things are confirmed with our contacts in the Philippines and Ken Wilkey, the missionary we will be accompanying.

Philippines 2018 Trip: Thank You and Report

Thursday December 13, 2018
Matthew Henderson

Four months and one day have passed since Paula and I dropped off Luke at Lubbock Christian University, the day after we flew home from the Philippines. I cannot quite find the words to express the impact that trip has had us. In one way, it is clearer that the sheer number of people who need to be touched by the Gospel is ponderous. In another way, the world seems somehow much smaller than it ever did before, and the possibilities at the level of the individual now appear much greater in regard to their potential impact.

General Aguinaldo, Ramon, Isabella

Friday August 3, 2018
Matthew Henderson

Wednesday, we woke up at 3:45am to prepare to load into our vehicle in order to get to the airport and check-in in time for our flight to Cauayan Airport. Felipe Cariaga and Philip Dumawa were kind enough to drive us there. Check-in went smooth and we got off on time, arriving just a little earlier than scheduled. Edward and Arnolfo were there, at Cauayan, waiting to pick us up and carry us to the Bible study center in Ramon.


Tuesday July 31, 2018
Matthew Henderson

Walking in Manila

We arrived in Manila as planned on Monday morning here. It would have been about 10pm back home. Seeing Ken, Clint, and Kevin was joy. We were able to pile into one taxi, and we got our first taste of traffic here. I will no longer think of Houston rush hour as anything more than a walk in the park, or even Austin. There is no money I can think of that would be enough to tempt me to go two blocks through the type of driving which we witnessed for I would surely cause an accident. After several outings on jeepneys, walking, and taxis, I still have not understood the underlying rules and etiquette which keep it all flowing somewhat smoothly.

Culture Shock

Sunday July 29, 2018
Matthew Henderson

Taipei night market

We left LA about 4:30pm on a 777-300er. Our flight chasing the sun was a good one. It’s hard to describe what is felt like passing that much time on a plane. I had tried preparing myself for the past week, but in the end it passed just fine.

Touching the Pacific

Saturday July 28, 2018
Matthew Henderson

Luke and Jake in the Pacific

We touched down safe in Los Angeles last night at LAX. Luke’s first flight was a success! We beat our schedule and landed before nightfall by about thirty minutes, then we caught a shuttle to pick up our rental car (it was cheaper than getting a shuttle from LAX to Ontario airport), and Bryan drove us around for a bit so we could see the city at night. We had a meal at In-N-Out in Hollywood, and tried to get what sleep we could in the night.

Travel and Work Preparation Update

Thursday July 26, 2018
Matthew Henderson

“God is in charge and we have no concerns.” – Ken Wilkey

I know Ken likes being quoted (not really), but I couldn’t help sharing this bit of encouragement he sent our way. He does know that we have a penchant for sharing his bits of Wilkey-isms whenever we have the opportunity, so he knows he’s taking his chances writing anything to us.

How did I get here?

Saturday July 21, 2018
Matthew Henderson

By this time next week, we should be waiting to board a 777-300er in L.A., and depart on a 15+ hour journey across the Pacific. In the meantime I’m trying to understand how I got here – I think Wilkey has been playing missionary chess with me, and I didn’t even realize it (evidence in photo from two years ago below; look out boys, that means you other four are next).

Deacons in Red River

Quick Info

We are currently fully funded for our 2019 Philippines trip. Thank you to everyone for being so generous in helping, and please continue to remember us in your prayers as we prepare and while we are traveling.

Philippines 2019 Trip Photos


"God is in charge, and
we have no concerns."
– Wilkey