From the monthly archives:

October 2000

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth

by Original Author on October 31, 2000

Originally posted by Beatriz Harter
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth" Ecclesiastes 12:1

My purpose is to share some of the experiences here in the Philippines. I pray that all things are well in the States. All things are well for us here in Davao City, Philippines, thanks to our God. He has greatly blessed us on this long journey. We are thankful for the strength, security and safety that He has given us.

We have also learned some lessons on patience and trust on the way. I truly believe this is the place where he wants us to be, for that reason He caused all things to work out, including my visa that was supposed to be impossible to work out during that short amount of time. "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." (Matt. 19:26)

All the children in the Philippines are very beautiful children. They don’t have a lot, and we try to give them all that we can spiritually and physically. I believe that I can refer to Paul to some extent, since the Lord has worked in my life, when he says: "I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need" Philippians 4:12

We hope to teach them that we don’t have to have material things to be happy and content. There are many people in the churches here that don’t have a lot and are as happy as they can be. The parents are teaching their children to be content with what they are blessed and to trust God with all their hearts. "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Jesus Christ." Philippians 4:19

The Filipino children are very smart. They begin school at an early age and finish at age 15 or 16, and then go on to college, if they desire to. They have good colleges. They have Doctors, Computers and Technical Colleges. Education is an important part to them and that’s a good thing. We Harter kids feel a little behind these kids, but that’s okay. We are not in a race with anybody. We try to work diligently, to set a good example for God’s people. "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" 2Cor. 12:9

Your Servant in Christ,
Bea Harter

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The Crook in the Lot

by Original Author on October 31, 2000

Originally posted by Betty Jo Harter
The Crook in the Lot

"Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?" Ecclesiastes 7:13 In God’s divine providence every child of God experiences many different challenges on "Crook in the Lot." What God makes crooked for our benefit no man can make straight. He is even merciful to discipline us to bring us closer to Him!

I will try on a monthly basis to share some of our crooks in our lot with our brethren in the States. I can hardly believe we’re here, halfway around the world under the same canopy of the heaven as our brethren and loved ones in the States. I feel that way most of the time, until I remember the journey we’ve traveled for this "Crook in the Lot."

"Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?" Ecclesiastes 7:13 The past 42 years of our life, God has mercifully prepared us for one phase of experience to another. The door opening for yet another time for a new beginning. Our lives have been a tapestry woven with every thread intricately placed for His divine purpose, "The Crook in our Lot."

The providence of God has been so woven in our lives. "Better Farther On" now means to me that glorious view of God’s providential care, which we can only view looking back on it from "farther on." "Thus far the Lord Has Led Me On" has always been one of my favorite hymns.

My 61st Birthday this year was the most memorable. Gus and I knew before even communicating to one another our 5 or 6 year burden for our Filipino brethren was stronger now than in times past. So, on my birthday, April 23, I took my first trip to this land to visit our precious brethren. The overwhelming moving of the spirit on this trip was undeniable. Gus and I could not even talk to one another without crying. We understood more those things we didn’t say, than those we did say. For 5 years we had been in prayer for someone to move to the Philippines. The many prayers begging God to send a laborer into the white harvest was humbling indeed to know this laborer was us.

Our crying came half out of anticipation for the fruition of the burden we felt and half because we knew it would call for us to leave our church family at Bethany, 5 children, 21 grandchildren, and our great-granddaughter, Carolyn. My heart ached at the thought! I couldn’t help but recall the promise of God that in denying, (not placing first in importance) our mother, father, children, etc., that we were not worthy of the kingdom. God promised us mother, father, houses and lands. I had to cling to this promise knowing in my natural heart I could not bear it. With God’s grace I could and I must. If the Lord wanted us here then we would not be good to anyone else, anywhere else.

When we left the Philippines last May, Gus and I did not discuss whether he would or would not come back. In so doing he would have to resign from Bethany. I didn’t want to in any way influence that decision. He knew my heart’s desire for these people, but Gus also knew that if he was not as positive as one can be, I didn’t want to even think about it. I knew the Lord would fill the void in my heart for my children, if this was indeed His will. If not, the pain would never go away.

We left the Philippines on a Thursday, arrived home on Saturday, and we were to be at Bethany on Sunday morning. I did not even question Gus on what he would do. I found out at the same time the other members found out, that Sunday A.M. However, I was not surprised. I was filled with so many emotions when he quoted the chapter Acts 21. The Apostle Paul’s sermon before he went to Jerusalem when he read the verse where the Apostle said, "you’ll see my face no more", I knew. My heart leaped with sheer excitement and sudden sadness of heart!

To be continued next month

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First Pictures Arrive

October 31, 2000

Originally posted by Chris TaylorThe first pictures from the Philippines have arrived. Some are in the first album, documenting the Harters’ arrival. Others are collected in a new album for the month of October. Use the links below to view the pictures.completion of the journeyimages from October

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My Times Are in Thy Hands

October 31, 2000

Originally posted by Elder Gus HarterThis journal entry constitutes the first month in the Philippines. Most of the time was spent getting my family settled and organizing an approach to the work. I have recorded this journal of our trip and some of the difficulties securing housing. I asked my wife to write some of […]

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Phone call from Elder Harter

October 18, 2000

Originally posted by Dave BergmanAbout 9:30 AM on Wednesday (10/18/2000) I answered a phone call and heard a friendly greeting. The line was clear, and I recognized the voice of Gus Harter. My first thought was gratitude that a call from an island half way around the world came at a civilized time of day! […]

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