A Working Tour of Seminaries in Luzon – Going to Aparri

Going to the Philippines.
Going to the Philippines.

The Lord so blessed our party of four (Daisy Cajigal, Mike Burns, Larry & Cathie Ferguson) this past February ‘09 with a warm, fruitful, joy-filled 4-week working tour of northern Luzon, the largest of 7000 islands of the Philippines.  Everyone we met and visited were so warm and hospitable.

Some sight-seeingstatuegun inspection
Some sight-seeing

After touring many historic sites in Manila with our exceedingly gracious friends and hosts Cecil (Chief, Logistics and Facilities, Veterans Affairs, US Embassy, Manila) and Robert Salbilla, Larry & Cathy traveled to the northern seacoast of Cagayan where Larry preached at Aparri Church of Christ.  Daisy, Mike and Robert were able to join Norma Manankil on Sunday Feb 1 with ≈18 other volunteers (including Daisy’s daughter Lynette) in the “Humanitarian Mission 2009”, sponsored by Circulo Kapampangan of Chicago.  We helped transport and distribute toiletries and heavy bags of food (which Norma had previously procured) to dozens of hungry families in the 3 towns of Magalang and Angeles City in Pampanga, and then Capas in Tarlac.

Humanitarian Mission 2009

Humanitarian Mission 2009

Pampanga governor Ed Panlilio personally thanked us for our efforts.

Daisy and Mike then caught up with Larry & Cathie at Aparri Bible Seminary (ABS) where the Administrator Esmelito Acson and staff, as well as local supporters warmly welcomed us.

Welcome to ABS

Welcome to ABS

Larry, (http://churchhelp.wordpress.com )who has over 50 yrs. preaching experience gave a 5-day densely-packed, very informative, practical and inspiring seminar, albeit here in the Philippines it was condensed into 2 intense morning-till-night days.

Classroom Session

Classroom Session

God guided Larry and sustained his voice.  In attendance were ≈100 adults and seminary students, esp. current and future church leaders from 37 churches of Cagayan Valley and Ilocos regions.  Larry is an accomplished church doctor, helping to heal wounds, getting all members heavily involved in many forms of effective prayer and teaching Pastor/Preachers, Elders and Deacons what their Biblical role is, as opposed to what traditions tell them.  Larry’s seminar “Raising the Dead: New Life for Churches” explains these roles and helps church leaders to follow Biblical principles to solve problems and build a healthy church.

CES Seminar PicturesinclassCompletion

CES Seminar Pictures

Next, to continue reading about the trip:
A Working Tour of Seminaries in Luzon – While in Aparri

For some more information about the school, ABS:
A Working Tour of Seminaries in Luzon – School History

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