Donna and I both agree that the rainy season of 2018 has been the wettest we’ve seen. But, even with all the rain we’ve been able to do some very important work with the blessings of God’s hand touching every part. Take a look at this months report and rejoice with us for a very productive September.
Phase One of our mission emphases was lots of fun and a great success. Mission fair took place September 10-14. (Which also happened to be the same time the CHED accreditation team showed up, report follows below.) The week began and finished with a banquet. Students were divided into 13 teams, each visiting a mission/church plant to survey, interview and tour in order to learn first hand from mother church pastors and missionary pastors what it takes to be a missionary and a church planter. Each team then prepared a presentation and a booth to report about all they learned.
View our Mission Fair promo video.
This team, along with some of our American guests, join Joshua Hope, our bus ministry captain.
They purchase a bus ticket and while traveling stand and preach to the passengers. Many people have been saved. On this particular trip thirteen came to Christ. They pass out tracts and give names to local churches for follow-up.
Like true Baptist, Filipinos love a banquet and this was a fitting celebration for a week of hard work and learning about missions. Our emphases for October is “Tent-making”, training students to have a occupation in order to fund their mission endeavors. Jimmy Walker, our newest missionary, will head this up.
FINALLY, after close to two years of incredibly hard work, the on site evaluation team arrived for our CHED accreditation review. Many of you have been praying with us about this important step for the Bible College. Will you, right now, say a prayer of thanks and praise to God for the glad tidings we now report? There are seven tracks we must comply with. To our amazement, we totally complied with six and partially with just one, the library. We will now have yearly evaluations over the next three years leading to permanent accreditation status. What do we lack? We must have a librarian with a masters degree in library science. It is a tall order for us, one we did not anticipate, but we know there is someone out there who can fill this responsibility. Do you know SOMEONE? Someone who might even come spend a few months with us each year. It could be someone wondering what to do in retirement, or a recent graduated looking for a break before joining the work force. Please keep your eyes and ears open and let us know.
Why is CHED accreditation so important?
Believe it or not it is part of our mission strategy. To send missionaries into other Asian countries they must be able to go with appropriate credentials and with the ability to support themselves. With CHED accreditation our students will have government approved degreed credentials, qualifying them to teach and work in a foreign country. So, this is an important step giving us the ability to send Filipino missionaries into all of Asia.
Fellow missionary Jimmy Walker and I were able to visit several places together in September as I introduced him to our missionaries and pastors.
Doyle Moore & Doug Lee both mentored me in this way. Here we attended the local BMA meeting on our island where I was invited to preach.
Then we made the muddy trip up to Ahgu to visit missionary Kevin Berayo. Rain prevented us from visiting his newest Bible study pictured above.
Next, flights took us to Palawan, and a first year evaluation of the work of missionary J.R. Navarrte. Once again the rain prevented us from visiting his new works.
Our visit to Tigbawan in the mountains on Leyte.
Donna and I meet Mae Lahman, a member of New Testament Baptist Church in Sullivan, Missouri, while she was on a BMMI team working in the Philippines last year. Mae is a Filipino American who, along with her church, has been helping her native village in the mountains of Leyte. The work has had no pastor for some time and Mae asked if I would go there to check out what I could do to help them. Pastor Rudy Rioja was my guide. He was saved under the ministry of pioneer missionary Ray Freeman and at 62 is still church planting all over the Philippines. We had a great time. I preached, three were saved and we had a great lunch before heading back to our island. What do I think about this work? I think we have a opportunity to partner with New Testament Baptist Church to plant a church which can be the mother church to many, many new churches on the island of Leyte. In the near future we could see a local association of BMA of Leyte Churches. Here are a few more pictures of our visit.
(Top: Left to Right) The green stalks are a delicacy in the mountains of rice, mixed with cocoa and sugar, rolled in banana leaves and boiled. The first offering ever taken at the mission. (2nd row: Left to Right) Pastor Rudy and me. Those saved. (3rd row:) Children in Sunday school. (4th Row: Left to Right) Killing the roasted hog, congregation. I will be planning to return to baptize and officiate the first Lord’s Supper.
MISSION 2:10 is our early idea to plant 200 churches in 10 Asian countries in ten years. Based on Luke 2:10 – “I bring you good news of great joy that will be to all people”. Our plan is to send missionaries as “tentmakers” (Missionaries who work a secular job to support themselves while church planting). Pioneer BMA missionaries came to the Philippines over 40 years ago. Their work has grown into a mature church, ready to take the Gospel to other countries. This is a huge work in progress, so lots more to come.
CONSIDER HELPING US TAKE THE GOSPEL TO
UN-REACHED PEOPLES OF ASIA
Our beloved friends and missionaries Doug and Diane Lee are now on furlough in the U.S. for three months. They would be glad to visit your church and share the work we are doing here. Contact them at (601) 427-0128
Many church groups ask us all the time about coming with work crews. There are ALWAYS needs, but we do have some priorities. Of course anyway anyone could help will bless our students. Right now we have close to 70 students. We are expecting an increase of 20 to 25 students each year over the next two years. This will increase our campus population to approximately 120 students. The campus conditions will never rise to U.S. standards, but we certainly would like to do the best we can to provide comfortable living condition for these dear people who will take the Gospel throughout Asia Pacific. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.
F R O M S T A N
It is our great joy to serve here in the Philippines. September has been such a busy month and probably has contributed to me and Donna having unshakable colds. It hasn’t slowed us down, just makes things miserable. Guess what?
Its Christmas time in the Philippines. Filipinos consider the months ending with “ber” as the “months of Christmas.” So it is a little strange to be hearing songs like “White Christmas”, “Silver Bells”, “Frosty the Snowman” and “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow” in a land where it has NEVER snowed, four months before Christmas. Some may remember my fabulous Christmas light display from last year. There have been rumors that new missionaries will attempt to “out do” me this year. Make no mistake about it – this
Will—–Not—–HAPPEN. Keep an eye out for future reports.
pray, Pray PRAY
F R O M D O N N A
While we have been battling a extremely RAINY rainy season, we’ve been able to keep down the epidemics that normally come during this season. I think this is because of the installation of screens on all the dorm windows. One of our students had to be quarantined with shingles for two weeks, but is better now. Thanks for all the birthday greetings. It was fun to celebrate my second birthday here in the Philippines. We are all still on cloud nine with our CHED accreditation. It really is a huge blessing for us. While Doug and Diane are on furlough I have taken on Diane’s classes, the non-music ones. I’m so glad to be able to do this. We missionaries really do stick together. Julie, Diane and I all shopped to put together our annual Christmas Gift bags for the students. We like to provide them all with some essentials as well as a few fun things. This year there will be five American missionary kids having Christmas away from their homes for the first time. Consider making Jimmy & Julie Walker’s kids feel a bit “special” with some Christmas cards to Judd-13, Adley-11, Nolan-9, Emory-7 and Silas-4. Send them to:
c/o Child’s Name
Blk 6 Lot 5 St. Johns Woods Lane
Town & Country Cambridge
Talisay City – Negros Occidental Philippines 6115
Our work is completely focused on making sure the Gospel is taught here in our weekly house Bible study, the sending of the Gospel to Southeast Asian countries, the training of pastors and missionaries at the Bible College and church planting here in the Philippines and all over Asia Pacific. Would you help us? $100 a month pays tuition, room and board for a pastor, missionary or church worker who will take the Gospel to every tongue, tribe and nation. Click on the donate button below, go to my Scroggins/Philippine fund and give anything you can to help us. We love you all.
Serve – Equip – Plant
Please Pray For:
Doug & Diane Lee – On Furlough
Danny & Rita Ballard – Manila
Don Newsom – Iloilo
Sam & Dawn Freeman – Dumaguete
Jimmy & Julie Walker – Bacolod
Filomeno & Lisa Kakilala – Iloilo
Doug and Myrna Kiper – On Furlough
Cris & Alisha Samson – Furlough
Bible College Student Scholarships
J.R. Navarte Church Planter on Palawan
Alfred Suico Church Planter in Manghumay
Kevin Berayo Church Planter in Ahgu
Tigbawan Mission on Leyte
Stay up-to-date with The Scroggins and their work in the Philippines by visiting their website and checking-out their blog!