August 21

Halbrook Philippine Report August 18-20, 2014

August 20, 2014th Year of Our Lord

Dear family, brethren, and friends,

The schedule for Monday, August 18, brought us to a congregaton in Lanton, General Santos City for an all-day gospel meeting with Jerry Julom. About 40 attended as I presented lessons on “God Created All Things,” “The Purpose of Our Lives,” “The Gospel Makes Us Right With God,” and “Marriage: God’s Gift to Man & Woman.” After Paul Nario was baptized yesterday, he immediately started teaching his children who are in the ir late teens and early 20′s. Two of them joined our meeting today and they responded to the gospel call! Heaven rejoices again!

After we dismissed, Jerry’s son Joy approached me requesting me to write a short message inviting Manny Pacquiao to attend the two days meeting planed for Thursday and Friday in a function room of the hotel where I am staying. Manny is the famous world champion boxer in the Philippines and is a Congressman from this area. He left the Catholic Church a few years ago to join a denomination and he is very interested in Bible studies. He turned away from such vices as gambling and drinking. Several of the Julom’s know him and work with his brother and him to facilitate some government services in their community. Joy will hand deliver my invitation to Manny and will encourage his brother also to attend. We must not underestimate the power of the gospel to reach any soul who is searching for the truth. If Manny were to be converted, Satan would suffer a KO in that case!

Lake Sebu is a tribal region in the mountains two and a half hours from General Santos City. I have preached in that area several times in past years but not in recent years. Rosalito Nardo and Carlito Abella contacted some native preachers and arranged a two day meeting which started today, August 19. We arrived about 9:30 A.M. and another brother was preaching in their dialect. I immediately prepared to start. Rosalito expected about 50 to attend but 123 showed up, about half of which were our brethren and the others visitors including a number of denominational “pastors.”

I began with a verse by verse study of Ezekiel 18 entitled “Man Answers to God: The Soul that Sins Shall Die.” Carlito summarized the study in the native dialect. The next lesson was “New Beginnings In Christ” – a new covenant, a new kingdom, and a new birth. After lunch Jack Jaco preached in the dialect on the conditions of pardon. I followed with “When Peter Confessed Christ,” a verse by verse study of Matthew 16:13-19. After a short open forum, the Lord’s invitation was extended. Eight precious souls answered the gospel call and were immediately baptized into Christ. There were requests for us to stay and present more lessons, but we needed to leave before dark. God willing, we will continue the meeting tomorrow.

On Wednesday after another two and a half hours’ drive, we reached Lake Sebu in time to start preaching again by 9:30 A.M. I taught “The Purpose of Our Lives” and Jack translated line by line, which makes a slow tedious process but helps the people who do not understand English well. After the lesson finished at 11:30, we conducted an open forum, stopping at 12:10 for lunch.

Jack also translated the afternoon topic, “The Gospel Makes Us Right with God,” followed by another open forum. Five people submitted to the gospel and were baptized in a nearby lake. Jack and I were on our feet teaching from 1:30 P.M. until after the baptisms about 5:00, and then we had the long trip back to town. This makes for an exhausting day, but our spirits soar with joy to see how hungry the people are to learn!

Thank you to everyone who helps make these trips possible!

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August 18

Halbrook Philippine Report August 17, 2014 (Lord’s Day)

August 17,
2014th Year of Our Lord

family, brethren, and friends,

On the
Lord’s Day Jack Jaco and I were blessed to worship with the saints of the Lanton
church of Christ in General Santos City where Jolly Julom has been
preaching for many years. My first sermon was “The Patience of God”
followed by “When Saints Assemble Christ Is With Us.” About 40

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August 16

Halbrook Philippine Report August 11-15, 2014

August 15, 2014th Year of Our Lord

Dear family, brethren, and friends,

Thanks to your prayers and God’s good
providence, the trip continues to go well here in the Philippines. I am writing
this report from Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. On August 11 (Monday)
Jonathan Carino, Jack Jaco, and I flew from Cebu City to Pagadian
City. Rody Gumpad had arrived earlier in the day, and as a bonus Tessie
is with him. This week will be devoted to teaching classes on The Home and
Family Life at the Bogo church of Christ here in Pagadian City. Ramon Carino
has preached for these saints for many years but this is their new

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August 11

Halbrook Philippine Report August 7-10, 2014

August 10, 2014th Year of Our Lord

Dear family, brethren, and friends,

Greetings to one and all from the Philippines where the cause of Christ is growing and expanding daily! Filipino brethren
often say much of this growth is made possible because of the prayers and
support of brethren in the U.S. Our financial resources as well as our visits
make it possible for them to travel and open doors for gospel preaching. They simply
cannot reach many of these places without our help. For all of this help they
are eternally grateful. May God use them and us to His glory!

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August 10

Halbrook Philippine Report July 29-August 6, 2014

August 6, 2014th Year of Our Lord

Dear family, brethren, and friends,

I left home on Tuesday, July 29, and by God’s grace the flights from
Louisville to Manila went well. The effects of a distant typhoon created some
bumpy stretches during the last four hours from Japan into Manila but not
severe. The typhoon which had already passed the Philippines continued dumping
rain on Manila the first few days here, with the promise of another one on the
way. This is typhoon season and an average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines

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July 5

Fishing for Filipino souls July 29-Aug. 28



July 3, 2014th Year of Our Lord


Dear brethren,


God’s good providence involved me in the Philippine work when Jim McDonald took me in 1995, and now my 55th trip is set for July 29-August 28.  In Luke 5:1-11 Jesus told Peter to launch his boat into the deep waters of the Sea of Galilee and drop his nets.  Though he had fished all night and caught nothing,  Peter said, “At thy word I will let down the net.”  It took two ships to bring in the tremendous catch of fish!  Jesus then promised to teach Peter to “catch men.”  McGarvey commented, “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.”  At Christ’s word we still cast the gospel net, catching souls for eternal life.

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May 4

Halbrook Philippine Trip Apr 1-May 1, 2014

May 3, 2014th Year of Our Lord


APRIL 1-MAY 1, 2014


Dear brethren,


God blessed my 54th preaching trip to the Philippines April 1-May 1.  By His providence the gospel penetrated the dark veil of sin as many Filipinos opened their hearts in a world where many close their eyes “lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Cor. 4:4).  Not counting presentations by faithful Filipino preachers, I presented 69 lessons, and 33 precious souls confessed Christ, desiring to be baptized.

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May 1

Ron Home by God’s Providence

May 1, 2014th Year of Our Lord


Dear family, brethren, and friends,


By the providence of a loving God, I arrived home this evening and it is a great joy to be reunited with Donna!  We went immediately from the airport to visit sister Ruth Roederer who suffered a stroke several months ago and almost died.  She is improving little by little.  After prayer and Scripture reading, we came home so that I can unpack and begin to recuperate from the 24 hours travel.

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