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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