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Recollections on My Philippine Mission Trip- Part 2

by Larry Miles

LarryMiles2015After spending 2 nights in Cagayan de Oro, on Thursday, April 6th we left on a four day trip to areas south of Cagayan de Oro. We left about 9am with Bro. Michael Quicao as our driver.  We went thru the mountains as we entered Bukidnon.  On the way to Malaybalay City we picked up one of the folks that help Bro. Cyrus while he is away from home. There would be five of us in the SUV. After about a 6-7 hr drive we arrived in Kidapawan and visited the Borgay Church of Christ, Three of Bro. Cyrus’ cousins are elders. The preachers there are  Bro.’s Wilfredo Torcino and Michael Tadle.  As usual we received a warm welcome as Steve and I, along with Cyrus gave short messages of encouragement. We spent the night there.


The next morning we drove to the town of Pikit.  This was in North Cotabato and was a more Muslim area.  As we had seen on earlier days there were soldiers along the highway with automatic rifles.  This is the area where Cyrus grew up. We visited the church building at Pikit as Cyrus’ brother Alex met us.  This is the building that Bro. Cleo Russell helped pay for many years ago. We had lunch with Alex Gesulga and his family and then drove to Maragag and spent Friday night there.


On Saturday morning we had a service at the church in Maramag where Bro. Fernando Paradiang preaches. After lunch we drove into Malaybalay City.  That afternoon we attended a Bible study led by Bro. Cyrus in a poor part of the city.  Bro. Steve’s article in the April newsletter tells of the events.


Sunday morning we had services in the new building at Malaybaly. I taught the Bible School lesson and Bro. Cyrus preached the sermon. One thing that  impressed me at the 3 congregations that we attended on Sunday morning’s was that  before the Bible School lesson most  everyone in the congregation got up and said a memory verse, some in English and some in Cebuano.


Sunday afternoon found us In Impalutao for a church service. The folks there welcomed us and we enjoyed some congregational singing.  It was in English, but some congregations sang in Cebuano. While I could not understand the words, I understood the tune of the song.  Eight thousand or so miles from home and we have brothers and sisters of like common faith.


The rest of our time was spent in Cagayan de Oro preparing for the 3 day Lectureship (Wed-Fri.) On Monday we visited with Cyrus and Lyrna at their home for a meal. This is where they   brought to the table a whole roasted pig. It would be used to help feed the nearly 500 folks who attended the Lectureship.  The preachers from out of town arrived the next day or so. We were able because of your generosity and some special gifts to help about 40 preachers with bus transportation to and from their home to Cagayan de Oro. Some rode a bus for 6-10 hours to get there.


There were nearly 500 people who registered for the three day lectureship. The Capisnon buildings were full with chair seats added both inside and on both side outside the building as well as behind the building.  It was real hot and I was impressed with the commitment and dedication to be there for 12 hrs a day hearing God’s Word expounded.  The singing was outstanding.


Saturday was a day of rest. On Sunday morning, April 16th, Bro. Steve spoke at Lapasan Church of Christ while I gave the morning Sermon at Capisnon.  Late that afternoon Cyrus and Lyrna drove us to the airport in Cagayan for our 7:00 p.m. flight to Cebu on Cebu Pacific Airlines. We had longer layovers heading home. We had about 3 hours in Cebu before we boarded Korean Air for Seoul, Korea and had about 4 hours there before our flight left for Chicago. We arrived in Chicago on Monday morning the 17th of April.  We stayed in the area for a couple of days to rest up before heading home to Louisville.

It was a memorable experience to be able with your help to go to the Philippines to encourage our brothers and sisters and to teach and preach God’s Word.

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