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.

Yesterday, I put together our itinerary into a format where I could visually see what our travel is going to look like – sixteen days, nine flights, and one long boat ride. I’ve also had an update from Wilkey this morning about our work plan on the ground. Not much in general has changed from the original plan, except we will most likely not be able to make a trip to visit the minister on Biliran because of the amount of time we are working in the north. This is still good, however, because we will be able to devote more time to the work in Isabela, and Lord willing, we can make some encouragement on Biliran in another trip.

The update from Ken about our work to be done is as follows:

  • We will share with the Manila brothers on 30-31. We will be sharing about the restoration ideal and some history there. In Manila we will be teaching men who are being trained by the Manila School of Evangelism to preach.
  • From the airport in Cawayan, Isabela, to Barangay General Aguinaldo, Ramon, Isabela, where the majority of our time will be spent.
  • We will visit the Bible Study Center in Diffun, in Quirino Province, where we will have a night class.
  • There is hope that Edward and Dick can transport us to Ifugao for a few hours so we can see the outreach in that area.
  • Friday and Saturday will be full of activities of youths from at least five congregations – this is where Wilkey is expecting Luke and Jake to especially shine.
  • We will have a full Sunday of classes after that.
  • Monday, back to Manila to load up that night on a boat to Cebu, where we will have a class in the Bible Study Center.
  • In addition Ken says, “I have no idea what may be asked of us other than these things.” In other words, we are expected to be “tough, flexible, and optimistic” to use the best of every opportunity we have.

Pray for us, that our minds and bodies can be strong, and that we will (1) have opportunities, (2) have boldness, and (3) have the words to say which are most advantageous to bring glory to God.

Here is what our travel looks like, which touches across 16 days.

2018 Philippines Itinerary

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