December 22

Ron safely home Dec. 19

December 19, 2014th Year of Our Lord
Dear family, brethren, and friends,
By God’s grace and mercy I am finally home again safely, physically exhausted but spiritually refreshed and uplifted.  It was a great joy to work with the saints at the Kapitbahayan church of Christ in Navotas, Metro Manila to study leadership in the church.  Congregations like this one continue to mature and are determined to fulfill God’s plan for having scriptural elders and deacons.  Then, again, it was also a joy to labor with the saints of the Meadowood church of Christ in Auckland, New Zealand.  The two baptism there will open new doors for this church’s persistent efforts to spread the gospel.

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December 18

Halbrook Philippine & New Zealand Report Dec. 8-18, 2014

December 18, 2014th Year of Our Lord
Dear family, friends, & brethren,
After my arrival in Auckland, New Zealand about 5:00 P.M. on December 8, Ronnie Salunga drove me to his house where I quickly ate, showered, changed clothes, and began the first service of our gospel meeting at 8:15. They reserved the first session for the 8 members of the Meadowood church: the Ronnie Slaunga and the Randy Cabrillas families. Four are young people ranging from ages 12 to 24, so I began with “Young People, Study the Bible.” After our open forum, we dismissed in the basement and went upstairs to visit and enjoy refreshments.

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December 11

Halbrook Philippine Report December 1-8, 2014

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.
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December 2

Final report on Yolanda relief 11-27-2014

FINAL REPORT ON RELIEF EFFORT FOR TYPHOON YOLANDA VICTIMS
November 27, 2014th Year of Our Lord
Dear brethren,
Super-typhoon Yolanda struck with horrific force on November 8, 2013, the strongest typhoon on record with sustained winds of 195-199 mph and gusts up to 235 mph. The storm was 300 miles wide and created cloud cover over nearly the whole Philippine nation. It was equal to category 5 hurricanes Camille (1969) and Katrina (2005) which hit the U.S., only worse.  The central islands in the Visayan Sea were hardest hit.  Brethren on Leyte, Panay, Bohol, Cebu, Negros, Oriental Mindoro, and even northern Palawan to the west were hit hard.

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November 14

Annual report for Period November 2012 through June 2014.

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.

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November 6

Philippine & New Zealand preaching trip Dec. 1-19, 2014

October 31, 2014th Year of Our Lord

 

Dear brethren,

 

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.

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November 6

Good news: Willie Pastor & Mag-abo family

October 28, 2014th Year of Our Lord

 

Dear brethren,

 

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).
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September 1

Halbrook Philippine Trip July 29-Aug. 28, 2014 Completed

August 30, 2014th Year of Our Lord

HALBROOK REPORT: 55rd PHILIPPINE TRIP

July 29-August 28, 2014 

 

Dear brethren,

 

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.

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August 29

Ron home from Philippines Aug. 28

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). 
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August 28

Halbrook Philippine Report August 21-27, 2014

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.

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