Back From Asia Fall of 2018

Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) We joined the Frontier Harvest team for the first week launch of Harvest Coffee House, a jamming new church in Mandalay. Sunday is worship and during the week they serve coffee, yummy fruit salads, homemade donuts, and sets of worship interspersed with gospel messages. The team had spread fliers all over the area so we had visitors every day. Some of the Burmese team members are planning to move their families to the area to carry on the work. U Bein Bridge spans the Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura in Myanmar. The 1.2-kilometre (0.75 mi) bridge was built around 1850 and is the oldest and (once) longest teakwood bridge in the world. We visited the bridge on our ‘day off’. Philippines After recovering from dysentery (Thank you, Uncle Chan’s restaurant)  we went to Mindanao and had a Holy Ghost time in the Fernandez Dr. village church. The love, joy, and faith of the older, new pastors has resurrected the church after what some call a Gideon revival (Judges 7).  Then we traveled back to Taytay, Rizal near Manila. Perfect timing to pray for Pastor Rino who had a heart attach the week before! One of the highlights of the trip was sharing with Pastor Noy and his youth church which started from a basketball outreach to high school kids. Prayer Requests: Please pray for the Myanmar Lashio Children’s home. It increased another 26 kids in the last 5 months. They come from the mountains where there is little food and no school because the government is fighting the rebels. The children walk an hour to get to school. The orphanage takes their lunch to them. They are safe...

Spring Mission Trip

Myanmar (Burma) April 17-27  Dennis flew to Mandalay through China and joined the Frontier Harvest team driving to the city of Lashio for three days of ministry at a church/children’s home. Children keep coming from the hills because there is no school and little food. The rebels take the boys and make them soldiers in the 65 yr. old civil war.  The children’s home has minimal facilities, but the kids are safe, fed, and go to school which is an hour walk one way. On the 3rd day of our conference it was my joy to share a message with the kids and pray with them to receive Jesus as their Lord. Mission Concepts supports students in the Philippines Thanks to MC supporters Bart and Syca graduated from high school. They have little support at home because of family dysfunction and unemployment. They are on-fire believers who passed there entrance exams and are headed to university Ellamae Vilan, a fourth grader, comes from a poor fishing family in a remote area of Southern Luzon. Her parents are not believers, but she and her sister are faithful to the church.  Her sister, Elaine, will be a second grader. They are pictured in the ‘moving up’ ceremony at the end of the school year, which means they passed to the next grade .   Marjorie is now grade 9 in June. She was abandoned by her parents and is being raised in a squatter village by her grandmother. Her grandfather passed away last year. Her grandma does laundry to support them. Mission Concepts is supporting her throughhigh school and college if she wants to go. Cesar...

November 6-December 4, 2017

Our flights: Seattle-Hong Kong-Philippines-Vietnam-Philippines-Hong Kong-China-Hong Kong-Seattle We flew to Hong Kong on Nov. 6 and to Manila, Philippines the next day. We deposited the 22 study Bibles we transported for the ZMI graduates, made some meeting arrangements and flew to Vietnam Nov. 12-18. In Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) we did training with 84 people from many areas of the country for ZMI (Zion Ministries International): two days “A Passion for Mission” and three days from my book “Wind of Doctrine or Wind of the Spirit – how to know the difference”. The last day we wrapped up the teaching and finished with prayer and prophetic ministry for all the students. We flew back to Manila, spoke on Sunday at Voice of Hope Church, and taught the same subjects in ZMI main campus in Antipolo, Rizal. November 26 we flew back to Hong Kong, had lunch with a missionary, and caught the next flight to Southwest China. We planned to fly further south near Myanmar for a seminar with pastors on both sides of the border. However, Diane was experiencing stomach issues and bronchitis for several days.  The team went ahead without us and we went to the hospital! Two doctors spoke English. The nurses had a Chinese to English App on their phones! After a number of tests, she was diagnosed with appendicitis and scheduled for emergency surgery that evening. Ten of our Chinese family waited with me for two hours until the surgeons came out with a plastic bag containing a very nasty looking appendix. After the surgery they worked on her respiratory challenges. Then we picked...

November – December 2017 Mission

Great Big Thank You! We are in this together! With your backing, lives are being changed and disciples are growing in grace. On the home front in the USA we are still pastoring two churches and assisting with Gethsemane Ministries, a live-in discipleship recovery program. Our funding for Mission Concepts trips abroad is separate from our Rivers of Grace churches. Your offerings give us the ability to travel to the fields of the world. With your prayers and encouragement these old bones still keep up with a busy schedule. Philippines Nov. 6-26 Diane and I will be speaking in some churches in Manila and teaching a module on sound doctrine and missions at Zion Ministries Bible School. Vietnam Nov. 12-18 This will be our third attempt to go to Vietnam in recent years. Pray we will succeed unhindered this time. China Nov. 26-Dec. 4 We will fly through Hong Kong into SW China and join the Frontier Harvest team. Please Pray 1. China. Several sources say persecution is as extreme as it was back in the 60's and 70's. Vietnam is a little better. Nepal is worse because the new constitution says attempting to persuade a person to change religions is a 2 year prison sentence. If they convert, it is a 5 year sentence for the evangelist. 2. Traveling mercy! We are traveling through Hong Kong to the Philippines, to Vietnam and back, then back through HK to China, return to HK, and then home! That is 8 flights and numerous other forms of transportation. 3. Pray for us that the message will spread rapidly and be honored....

Philippines April 10-May 10, 2017

A Month in The Philippines April 10-May 10, 2017 Family Camp We went directly to the Zion Church of the Firstborn family camp in Pampanga Province, spoke 2 nights, taught a married couples seminar, and shared on Easter Sunday. We have known some of these people since the 1980’s! What joy to see the generations worshipping the Lord. Of the 689 campers over 300 of them were under 24 yrs. old. Zamboanga City, Mindanao We flew 500 mi. south where we had a 3 night revival in a village on the outskirts of the city.  Quite a few dedicated their lives to Jesus. Others were healed. The last night there were 48 children sitting on the floor in front. Thirty yrs. ago our daughter, Joy, and Leni, both 13 yrs. old, started on a bench with a children’s ministry 30 yrs. ago.  Sunday we were driven home by Clemente, an engineer. He remembered the first outreach to the village, a puppet show by Diane and her brother, Dennis Caturia. Clemente was only 2 yrs. old at the time! We also started a remodel project on the building to correct some problems created by a property dispute with the neighbor. His compromise with us means the church will actually be improves and he will have a drive way! Youth Camp The following week back in Luzon we spoke at youth camp at Tribe of Judah resort in Rizal Province with pastors Noy and Joy (Andres).  Many of these teens came to Christ through an after school basketball outreach. Often you do not know how God answers your prayers until years...

Philippines April 10-May 10, 2017

First of all, we want to thank everyone who prayed about our itinerary. Within 24 hrs. of our prayer request for clarity almost everything was settled! We will be speaking at ZCF churches’ family camp ‘holy week’ and Easter Sunday. The following week we fly to Zamboanga city in Mindanao to visit friends and Hope for Kids children’s home. We will be looking at repairs on a village church and preaching a revival there. The church in Fernandez Dr. needs a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit. A false apostle passed through and left some wreckage. Third week we are with Pastor Noy Andres at youth camp. We will be visiting the students we support and speaking in churches on Sundays.  I am hoping to get another booklet completed by then. OMF Philippines has done excellent work with my books. Besides the unexpected divine appointments to pray for the sick, counsel people, and do our best to encourage pastors, there is nothing to do… Prayer Requests: Please pray for us as we prepare for this trip and also for the excellent team who cover the bases at home. David made a law in Israel: Those who watch the stuff share equal of the spoils with those who went to the battle. (1 Samuel 30:24) China and Vietnam are on our hearts this year but there is no schedule yet. I mentioned Africa in the last request, but that tentative trip has been postponed. I was to team with Chris Heian, but he became quite ill on his recent mission to Myanmar and Thailand. He is still not fully recovered....