Here is the thread for prayer requests. I have one that is so long that no one will read but PLEASE do as it is critical. It is a letter to my church so I will make some modifications:
We are at war here in the Philippines. Satan’s attack is so alarming. Let me explain.
When I arrived, a pastor that I have known from the beginning was very ill and in pain. We went to Lumabat in the mountains for a pastor’s conference and on the way, Jun & I prayed for him. Last week, Jun had to make arrangements to get him to the hospital. He has polyps all over his pancreas and liver. They said that it was stage 4 cancer. He is very ill and being a mountain man, the family does not know how things work as the hospital is not set up the way we think of them.
Also when I came, Jun had a cough that continued to get worse so that one night he could not breath. He went to the doctor and they gave him antibiotics but they were ineffective though he took them all 10 days.
Jun was going to go to the doctor after he dropped me off from going to the mountains but he had a conference in General Santos, which is 3 hours away so he decided to just go home and get ready to go to Gen San early the next morning.
He went and later that day, he called and told me that another pastor, again one that I’ve known well for 6 years died! He was just at the apartment with his wife and we had a meeting up in Santa Maria and he went with us. We had a great time of sharing with the pastors from there. Then he suddenly dies. No one is sure but wonder about his heart. He was tired when he was here. So Jun had to leave that meeting and go up to Santa Maria and arrange for embalming and have a casket made as the family has no money. Jun had to cover the expense by asking other pastors to help so they are all out of money plus Jun has had to make all of the decisions. He has had to cover Gar’s expenses and now Eddie so he has no money. Everything cost $1000. (I gave him $500 from the ladies at our church) That helped as it covered half of the funeral expenses. If Gar goes, Jun will be in a horrible bind
I was suppose to meet this morning with Jun but early in the morning, he had to go back to Santa Maria and finish the arrangements for Pastor Eddie. He had a flat and had other car problems as well. The family is devastated and Jun’s cough is now in his chest and he is feeling weak. I told him that if his daughter interprets, which he usually does, I will cover his sermon tomorrow, He left here to go to the hospital to be admitted so that they can determine what is in his system. We prayed before he left. He will be in for 3 days they told him.
Thus, we have one dead pastor, one dying pastor and Jun is weak and hospitalized. It is obvious a spiritual battle as those other 2 pastors were critical to the translation work. Jun is a very strong man in the Lord and is trusting Him with everything. The problem is that Eddie’s widow now needs to be supported and Gar’s could be soon, though he has land and crops but no money as it had been spent on a truck that they needed.
It is all so bizarre. Jun is concerned about my protection as well. If I go, I told him to put me in a plastic bag and throw me in a hole. Their custom here is to have people embalmed so we will go back to the mountains next Friday night, stay up all night and have the funeral on Saturday. That’s how they do it here in the mountains.
I’m sorry this is so long but it is so odd because, as we left Santa Maria we had been parked in from of Eddie’s house. Jun said that the bamboo house has had the front torn off so that Eddie’s body, in the casket, can be seen by all and people just come and go and sit around some tables out front.
Our whole schedule is up in the air. Please pray. The devil is working overtime.