One of the most important dates for BMA Missions is coming:World Mission Day
Sunday, February 24, 2019There are several reasons this date is so important for missionaries. First, it is a day to emphasize and PRAY for missionaries all over the world. These two years on the field have taught us how important your prayers are to us. Second, it is a day of giving for missions. The question often asked is, “why should our church give to our national missions department when we directly support missionaries now?” Here are a couple of reasons: We are an association of churches, working together to help spread the Gospel in the U.S. and around the world. No one church can do this all encompassing work by herself. But together, working together, we can do incredible, marvelous things. And, no BMA missionary, anywhere in the world can do their work without the support and advocacy the BMA Missions Department provides. Church planting, field assessment and preparation, financial accountability, missionary care, health insurance administration, retirement planning, even security training, and many other services are not free. These services make it possible for missionaries to be in and stay in the field. All missionaries are grateful for their direct church supporters, but we all know how important the services provided by the mission department are too. Missionaries have three places to solicit support: friends, family and churches. The BMAA Mission Department has one, The Churches. Please, let’s all come together and make this year’s World Mission Day a legacy to be proud of and to remember.
After final exams we thought we would enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation. Little did we know we would be busier than every. Check out just a few of our most enjoyable “rest times” events ever.
Ever since coming to the Philippines it has been our dream to visit the Ati people in the mountains of Negros island. Here is a great report of Donna’s “first contact”. The Ati practice animism that involves good and evil spirits. Christianity is growing due to less isolation and more contact with “outsiders”.
After delays due to rain and dangerous river crossings Donna’s team arrived in the Ati village to distribute Christmas gifts to the children of the tribe. This is in conjunction with our mission church there. Pastor Joel Francisco is part Ati who married a Polynesian Filipino. The Ati are considered descendants of aboriginal peoples who came to these islands thousands of years ago before Filipino Polynesians arrived. This little girl is afflicted with severe “club foot” disorder. For most of these children it is their first time to see a white Lolo (grandmother).
CHOIR TOUR 2018I never anticipated that after 40 years of choir tours in the United States I would extend the tradition here in the Philippines. This year we headed to Dumaguete on the east side of our island. Thanks to Missionary Sam Freeman and Pastor Alan Quiamco who made all our arrangements.
This is really a big savings on tour. A meal for six: clams, noodles, papaya, rice, eggs, crab and fish.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY VISIT
Jeffry Labuan, a 4th year student at the Bible College, has begged me for two years to visit his village in Mindanoa. This is the island recovering from an Islamic up rising almost 2 years ago. Finally it was safe enough to go and I got to do some recruiting for the Bible College.
Missionary Julie Walker’s parents, and our dearest friends, Mike & Ann Goodwin visit from First Baptist Church Magnolia, Arkansas. Mike is president of EIM, (Evangelistic International Ministries) which is a huge help to the work here in the Philippines. Sorry for the intense glare from all my Christmas lights.
Our ambitious vision to take the Gospel to all of Asia
Want to help us make some “dreams” come true? Here are architectural drawings of two HUGE projects on our “dream list”: a new gate and entrance to our campus and projected 1st-12th grade academy. Lets talk. Contact missionaries Stan, Doug or Jimmy.
F R O M S T A N
We hope you enjoyed this months newsletter. We also hope you are still praying for us. Next month we will highlight the finished renovation of our girl’s dorm and a visit to our mission on the island of Leyte. I will also start a new semester teaching Acts & the Pauline Letters, Church Choir Administration, choir and voice lessons. God bless you all and Happy 2019!
F R O M D O N N A
I had a blast this month visiting the Ati tribe and all the other missions and churches for their Christmas and Grand Thanksgiving celebrations. We are looking forward to getting back to teaching. I’ll be teaching Language Arts and Physical Education. Our Tuesday Bible study keeps growing so we will be moving our Tuesday Bible study to a larger house.
Our work is completely focused on making sure the Gospel is taught in our weekly home Bible study, the sending of the Gospel to Southeast Asian countries, the training of pastors and missionaries at the Bible College and church planting in the Philippines and all over Southeast Asia. Would you help us? $1,000.00 a year goes a long way here, helping us train church planters, send missionaries and train students. Click on the donate button below, locate the Scroggins/Philippine fund and prayerfully consider contributing to help us. We love you all.
Serve – Equip – Plant
Please Pray For:
Doug & Diane Lee – Talisay City
Danny & Rita Ballard – Manila
Don Newsom – Iloilo
Sam & Dawn Freeman – Tigbagwan
Filomeno & Lisa Kakilala – Iloilo
Doug and Nonoy Kipper – Fabrica
Cris & Alisha Samson – On Furlough
Jimmy & Julie Walker – Talisay City
Bible College Student Scholarships
Stay up-to-date with The Scroggins and their work in the Philippines by visiting their website and checking-out their blog!thescroggins.comYou can also partner with Stan and Donna by giving through your local church or the BMA Missions website.