From the monthly archives:

June 2002

Update on the Work

by Original Author on June 24, 2002

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter
Praise the Lord, I finally graduated from a short course in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. Bea and Hope took the course with me and grasp the language quicker than I. However, we have along way to be fluent in conversation but we now have a good understanding of the grammar, sentence structure and a far better understanding of the culture. In spite of putting me behind in almost everything, I have attempted to accomplish the understanding will be extremely profitable. It is bit shallow to tell someone you are a Filipino and cannot speak the language. Bea, Hope and I were given a diploma saying we had finished our course, but it is more accurate to say we had to quit. The girls will start college in a week and I need to work with the churches.

We sold our home and are renting a home in a very secure subdivision. We were in the process of building but we have to put that on hold at present. The home is about the size of the one we had but has a large yard filled with playground equipment. Just made for our needs. Our new address is 110 Davao Street, Insular Village Phase II, Davao City 8000. Our post office box is still the same, P.O. Box 82333, Davao City 8000, Philippines. Our new telephone number is 011-63-82-300-3208. My cell phone is 011-63-916-325-6634. Our e-mail address is gbharter@mozcom.com .

All the children are well. Under the circumstances Betty Jo is doing amazingly good. Besides caring for our large family, she has maintained Beauty for Ashes and expanded that ministry. There is always some new challenge she attempts to undertake. Be watching the web page, I will let her tell her story. If you are not internet active, we will update you in the Newsletter.

The Churches are continuing to prosper and we rejoice that several ministers have united with our people. Just two weeks ago I had the privilege of baptizing a wonderful young minister and his wife with thirty of his members. The ministers’ name is Brother Conrado Quinto.

During June 26-29, Elders David Pyles and Michael Gowens will be with us in the Philippines. I have scheduled a 4-Day meeting with our ministry so that these good men can preach to them morning, noon and night. May our Lord grant them preaching grace and clarity in teaching.

Beauty for Ashes is continuing to be of great benefit to the community of Davao. Each month we are sending home children healthy and bringing little ones whom we are challenged to help survive with antibiotics and good nutrition. Although this is not a work of the church many of the membership of Providence Church have volunteered to help. Please pray we will be able to continue this good work. Also please pray for the children.

In our large family all are well. The older children help with the little ones. We also have two helpers. We do take time for recreation. There is never a dull moment and the children are an abundance of joy. It is not without frustrations and sometimes sheer exhaustion.

Regarding the danger of kidnapping and rebel insurgence, the problems are real. But Davao City is the safest city in Mindanao. We have only a few Muslims and a strong law and order mayor. When traveling we try to use caution and good judgment. Our Lord has been gracious in His providential protection over us. We ask a continuation of your prayers on our behalf.

Your Servant in Christ.

Gus Harter

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The Church Baptized in Manila

by Original Author on June 24, 2002

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter
Several months ago Elder Manny Briva introduced me to a fine minister in Manila named Conrado Quinto. He has for some time preached the message of grace including that regeneration precedes conversion. He had a great fondness for those who had first brought him the message of the gospel, the Landmark Baptist. But because of their continual fighting and their objections to the doctrine of sovereign Spirit regeneration, he became dissatisfied with their fellowship. He and his church for the last several months have been struggling with the decision to unite with our people. I requested several of our men to write to Conrado and encourage him. They took time from their busy schedule to accomplish this for which I am in your debt. Thank you.

The Church served by Brother Quinto, after much prayer and soul searching decided to unite with our people. On the third week of May I flew to Manila to baptize the entire congregation. Early Sunday morning, we rented two jeepneys and drove two hours south of Manila. We walked for several hundred meters up a mountain path to a beautiful mountain stream. It was clear spring water that flowed into a resort area. We first had a warm service in the midst of hundreds of other who had come for recreation. We then found a suitable place for baptism. I first baptized Brother Conrado and then his congregation. It was a joyous occasion. Brother Conrado is very knowledgeable and has a wonderful spirit. He has an excellent speaking gift and is a dedicated pastor. I rejoice in his coming to our people and I beg an interest in your prayers on his behalf. Including this congregation we now have four strong churches in the Manila area.

Your Servant in Christ,

Gus Harter

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New Church Structures near Cagayan de Oro

June 24, 2002

Originally posted by Elder Gus HarterSome months back, a lady from Florida sent a contribution to help in the building of churches. I divided the money between three congregations near Cagayan de Oro. They have made good progress on each structure. The congregations are providing the labor and the funds given were used to purchase […]

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Two New Ministers Join Us

June 24, 2002

Originally posted by Elder Gus HarterUpon visiting with the churches in the Iligan City area in March, great interest was shown by two ministers who had independently embraced the doctrines of Grace. Brother Terry Mecarsos was a radio talk show host and news commentator in Northern Mindanao. His background was with the charismatic brethren but […]

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Our First Communion at Providence Church

June 24, 2002

Originally posted by Elder Gus HarterOUR FIRST COMMUNION AT PROVIDENCE CHURCH There was an unusual blessing experienced at Providence Church in Davao as we enjoyed our first communion. We had excellent preaching. The Church invited Elder Manny Briva and Ronaldo Lopez from Manila and also Elders Edmond Linatin and Leo Engbino from Iloilo. They were […]

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