Dear Friends and Prayer Warriors of VFM,
God is doing many great things in the Philippines!
Visayas Bible College
We have now finished our first year at the VSL Bible College. Our very first semester, we enrolled five full time and two part time men students in the Visayas School of Leadership. Second semester, the students were involved most weekends with the Kids for Christ Ministry which works with local churches to reach out to younger children in the Bacolod area. The students use skits, object lessons, games, puppets, Bible stories, memory verses, songs, and lots of action! It is very rewarding to see both children and parents coming and being reached with the gospel of Christ. During the week, the students had classes led by several pastors/teachers following their daily gardening scholarship work. What great growth we have seen in these young men who preached, taught, sang, and studied together. Pray for us to have more students this June 2015 as we begin another school year.
Summertime is Here!
Summer is always a time for Vacation Bible School, camps, and conventions in the Philippines!
Your support has enabled VFM to provide VBS materials for thousands of children on nine different islands, in three different language groups. Each child receives a daily lesson activity sheet about their Bible story. The materials are departmentalized in four age levels of beginner, primary, juniors, and teens. The packets include teacher guides, achievement ribbons, enrollment forms, certificates, publicity, and daily lessons for each church. It is a huge task each year to write, translate, print, and distribute these materials to the various islands and distant churches. Pray for those involved in teaching VBS in our churches.
I have been traveling to Cebu Island, Panay Island (twice), Bohol Island, and many locations here on Negros Island. Summer time is often harvest time in several churches as they have Easter and special summer activities. Last week, the Panay Island Convention had several baptisms and many churches are reporting decisions being made. Praise God for the harvest; pray that we will have more workers!
A church building is now under construction at Balasan, Panay. This is the third building helped by IDES that was destroyed by typhoon Yolanda. The restroom (CR) is finished, parsonage/classroom has a roof and flooring, and the church piers completed, and now the foundation is being poured. We rejoice that we found land in a nice location for this building. Our VSL students worked at the building several days for their semester mission week of ministry. Praise God for the leadership of Edgar BongBong for the construction project and the growth of several churches in this area of Panay which were devastated by typhoon Yolanda.
Personal News and Needs
Mary Wilson has been in Montrose, Colorado, for the last month to be with her sister, Sharon, who is under hospice care due to cancer. Mary made the 30-hour trip alone and your prayers for her journey were greatly appreciated. She is staying in a hotel near the home of her sister and brother-in-law. We rejoice that Mary had a few quality “good” days with her sister before Sharon had to be confined at home in a hospital bed. They were able to go to church together and go out to eat a few times. Keep Sharon, her husband Dave, Mary, and their entire family in your prayers. Cancer is such a horrible disease.
Pray for me as I travel to the states April 20th to join Mary, see family, and visit churches and friends during our furlough time. I’m excited to see our 8-month-old granddaughter, Emily, for the first time, and, of course, to reacquaint with our 2 grandsons, Caleb and Luke.
I will be preaching the first day of the Kiamichi Clinic, May 7, 2015. Come and support me. If you can’t come, PRAY for me!
Finally, we need transportation help while in the States since we don’t own a vehicle here!
We are so blessed and thankful to be your missionaries in the Philippines!
In His service,
Paul and Mary Wilson