December 8, 2014th Year of Our Lord
Dear family, friends, & brethren,
God blessed the flights on December 1-2 from Louisville to Manila to be smoother than normal with arrival before 10:00 PM, which is very unusual. The first night of sleep is always very welcome because I work all night before leaving home, then work on charts and take naps during the 24 hour trip.
November 5, 2014th Year of Our Lord
Dear brethren and friends,
By the good grace and providence of God, Help A Neighbor began in July of 2007 to provide for others what they cannot provide for themselves in the spirit of Matthew 22:39: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Help A Neighbor (H.A.N.) exists exclusively for humanitarian and charitable purposes as defined by section 501 (C) 3 of the IRS Code. All donations are legally tax deductible. This is simply a legal means for individuals to extend aid to individuals. Church donations are not accepted because we do not function as an ecclesiastical organization in any sense.
October 31, 2014th Year of Our Lord
God opened a door for me to preach in the Philippines first with Jim McDonald in 1995, and now my 56th trip is planned for December 1-19 by His marvelous grace. Paul urged Christians at Corinth to meet challenges both from within and without the church: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). My trip will echo this stirring call in the Philippines and New Zealand.
October 28, 2014th Year of Our Lord
This report is filled with good, happy, encouraging, uplifting news from the Philippines!
Willie Pastor released from prison
Finally, after wading through much bureaucratic red tape, on October 15 Willie and Kathy Pastor completed all the necessary steps for Willie to be released from prison. After his release at 2:50 P.M., he sent me an email message later that evening which said in part, “I am so happy and thankful that after 4 years 2 months and 23 days in prison I was released and able to see the freedom land again” (this was the time served in the national Bilibid Prison, not counting the time spent in the provincial jail).
August 30, 2014th Year of Our Lord
HALBROOK REPORT: 55rd PHILIPPINE TRIP
July 29-August 28, 2014
A merciful God permitted me to join Jim McDonald in the Philippines in 1995 and has guided me safely through my 55th trip July 29-August 28, 2014. Christ told Peter after guiding him to a great catch of fish, “From henceforth thou shalt catch men” (Lk. 5:10). “Disciples are fishers, human souls are fish, the world is the sea, the gospel is the net, and eternal life is the shore whither the catch is drawn” (McGarvey, Fourfold Gospel, p. 162). With 74 lessonspresented, 67 answered the gospel call.
August 28, 2014th Year of Our Lord
Dear family, brethren, and friends,
Greetings from my home in Shepherdsville, KY. It is 10:00 P.M. here and I am thankful to report my return trip from Manila was safe by God’s grace and the prayers of His saints. It was a privilege and a joy to work with our Filipino brethren for the past month. I thank God for the love, encouragement, and assistance of many Filipinos when I am in their land. My faith, hope, and love always grows when I observe their efforts to serve the Lord in spite of many trials. We do our best together to plant and to water, and God gives the increase according to His will (1 Cor. 3:6).
August 27, 2014th Year of Our Lord
Dear family, brethren, and friends,
This report is being written as I begin the last seven days of this trip. Rosalito Nardo helped invite a number of his contacts among liberal institutional preachers for two days of study on these issues August 21-22. Plans were made to gather 50 men in a hotel function room in General Santos City, but over 120 people showed up the first day. Forty are from the liberals. Newly baptized denominational “pastors” as well as prospects heard about it and wanted to hear the lessons, including an American from St. Louis, MO who works over here and does some preaching among denominations and independent groups. He has been in the Philippines for seven years and was befriended by Filipino brethren who invited him to attend.