It's been a very full July and August – a rush at the end of June to find another missionary house to move into, and then 6 weeks on road, 3 in Tennessee with Deb's folks, and then 3 in California at Link Care. After that it was back to Waco to get the boys started in school. Now at last life is beginning to assume a sense of normalcy.
Our big news is that things are happening! We have sensed the Lord working in our lives these past few months even though we have been in this "waiting period." It seems as though Baguio, Philippines and the vision to help equip Filipinos and other Asians to reach Asia has not left our hearts. In a step of faith, we asked International Ministries (IM) if they would reconsider sending us to the Philippines with security measures in place. We have been asking God for discernment and wisdom. The leadership of IM will meet Sept.8th to decide. Please be in prayer for us and IM. We want God's most perfect will to be done.
As always we thank you for the gift of your prayers. We have felt the support of many churches as we have been in the States this past year. We believe the Spirit of God is doing a new work among the churches here! Let's continue to be right in the middle of what God is doing...at home and abroad. We invite you to take a closer look at some of this year's highlights from the seminary we have been serving in the Philippines. It is exciting!
In His hands,
SECOND TERM ENROLLMENT—Praisethe Lord
for the 9% increase over first term for a total of 184 students at the campus. The cumulative total enrolment is 191 broken as follows:
Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary 152
Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary 13
English as Second Language / Asia Pacific Institute of Missions/ Missionaries in Training Program 26
MISSIONARIES IN TRAINING—Praise the Lord
for the new program initiated by Dr. Byung-Yoon Kim. We have 19 students enrolled – 10 Chinese and 9 Koreans. This Missionaries in Training class will be going to the field in March 2006.
TEN PROSPECTIVE ABGTS CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION—Praise the Lord for the ten students—9 doctoral, 1 masteral— who are anticipating graduation next March 2006. Among them are 8 from the Philippines, 1 from Tanzania, 1 from India, and 1 from U.S.A.
NINETY-THREE SHORT TERM MISSIONARIES PARTICIPATED
LAST SUMMER—Praise the Lord for the 93 short term missionaries that went into various countries in Asia for mission; March 12 –36, April 17—43, May 5—14.
SABBATICAL MINISTRY—Praise the Lord for pastors and workers taking ministry sabbaticals. We have one couple enrolled in ABGTS and another with PBTS. Recently, Rev. and Mrs. Rolly Delgado of Mlang, North Cotabato indicated their coming next school year. For PBTS Dr. Bot Samson is now in the USA for his full year sabbatical. Next year, two more professors are scheduled to go—Dr. Lilian Molato and Dr. Lizette Knight.
NEW FUND DONORS—Praise the Lord for new donors to the seminary. Although we still anticipate some deficits due to loss of conference income because of the meningo scare, such deficit now appears to be manageable.
MAJOR APARTMENT RENOVATION—Praise the Lord for funds available to do this major apartment renovation costing about US$3,000.00.
GLOBAL MISSION LIBRARY FUND—Praise the Lord for PBTS receipt of US$10,000 from the Tyners for the Roxanne Tyner Global Mission Library. Various mission books are now being purchased for this purpose.
- God's sustaining grace for the PBTS family—students, faculty & staff
- For PBTS effectiveness in implementing cost-cutting measures in the light of the ongoing energy crisis in the Philippines.
- For God's blessings in the ongoing promotion and recruitment of PBTS among churches -- Seminary Sunday in September.
Flint and Debbie Miller