From the monthly archives:

October 2003

Experience of Elder Donnie Halbgewachs (Part 5)

by Original Author on October 31, 2003

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter

THE GREEN JEEPNEY

This Sunday morning meant a lot of running before services. After hailing a taxi and making the first appointment at 8:30 am on the other side of town, that first meeting was canceled. There was an hour before the next schedule. Without a Jeepney there was no transportation. An empty Jeepney is needed but most Jeepneys are loaded down so there is no need to try stop them There was an empty one that pulled into the service station across the street. That meant running across the street through all the traffic. During this process with eyes fixed on the empty Jeepney, a green Jeepney stopped with only one passenger. After some negotiating an agreement was met. The first stop was for our family to deliver them to services. Then the second run was started. During the trip and a few questions it was determined that the driver, Bobby, was interested in finding a church. Back to the second trip. Out on the bypass highway there were 5 families who had been visited on Friday and they were supposed to be ready to go to church at 9:45. Their houses were being demolished for road improvements. Would they remember, was the question? Up the road with high expectations and yet still unsure, until up ahead was a group of little children, dressed up and waving for a ride. One down and 4 to go. A quarter of a mile up the road and the second group was dressed and ready. One lady was still crawling out of the 4ft. by 8ft. hut that was only 4ft. tall. She was 80 hears old, but ready to go. Then group 3 and 4. The same thing. Group 5 was gone, house and all. The Jeepney was now loaded with 30 smiling children, women and some men. After turning around, the return trip began and the arrival at church was one of joy. Just like unloading a load of sheep, one by one and they headed straight for the services. The entry was a joy and warmly welcomed by all. This was the Diversion Road trip. Bobby, the driver, agreed to stay and next time bring his own family which is 10 including himself. As a survey over the congregation was made, there was the security guard from the mall parking lot that agreed to start attending. There is Auntie Flotilda whose nephew is at the prison where a meeting is held each Friday afternoon. There’s Nini, her husband and Edith who’s house was condemned and needed a ride across town a couple of weeks ago. These have all just become acquainted with Providence Church. And there is the familiar group from Sasa where the meeting is held every Saturday afternoon. Praise the Lord. During the week there had been the promise of many more to attend on Sunday, but such a blessed result from visits during the week. One of the marvels is the driver and his green Jeepney that just ‘appeared’ that Sunday morning to see if he could help. Now he attends, brings his family of 10 and makes the other stops as a regular routine each Sunday. Praises to the Lord. Amen.

D.H.

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Experience of Elder Donnie Halbgewachs (Part 3)

by Original Author on October 30, 2003

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter

MALITA

Two months ago a malnourished child was reported in a distant town three hours south of Davao City. The pick up team loaded up in the little 4×4 van and headed out early in the morning. Upon arriving and locating the ailing child a short time for prayer was held for all involved, including the Mrs. Deputy Mayor of the Province. This will be the start of a blessed friendship. The child was taken into the clinic, treated and returned after a few weeks. In the meantime, the Mrs.Deputy Mayor was beginning to plan ahead and she gave a call shortly after the child was returned. She was in town and wanted to have a worship service in her Davao City home on a Saturday evening for her neighbors and relatives. The meeting was well attended, singing, two sermons and a word of appreciation by Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo Martinez, i.e. Mrs. Deputy Mayor. They prepared a wonderful supper for all in attendance and expressed a desire to be in services on Sunday. On Sunday, there they were, nearly 30 all together. After services on Sunday they wondered if there could be a meeting at the home of their niece later that afternoon. All that attended had a joyful and blessed time. A week later there was another call, the Martinez’s were back in town and came over for a visit. Sunday came and there was the Martinez group in services again. Plans were starting to form for another venture. With a beaming face they had plans to arrange a meeting at the distant town of Malita. Of course it can be arranged, but when? After several possibilities a certain Tuesday was decided upon. After they left it was understood that you will call here or are you expecting a call? Tuesday came and after several efforts to call, it is discovered there is no telephone coverage in the distant town of Malita. The next day a pickup load from Malita, Mrs. Deputy Mayor and her family pulled up outside and excitedly wanted to know what happened. They were all ready last Tuesday but received no call. Dinner had been fixed and many people invited. Oh no. What can be done? This time another date was set. It will not be mistaken this time. It would be on a Monday, be there at noon and all the arrangements will be made. Here they were at church again on Sunday and again the date is confirmed. Monday would be a long day, beginning at 8am. Driving 3 hard hours all the time wondering what will the day bring? There are supposed to be 100 people for a meeting, starting at 2 pm. The first event was a personal appointment with the City Mayor. He had appointed a team of security guards to accompany the needs of the group. Following this was a several course dinner at a nearby restaurant. As the dinner was coming to an end it was obvious where the meeting would be held as a cluster of people were gathering at the town meeting hall nearby. A pulpit, PA system and electric fans were all in place. After the introductory remarks there was a time for singing hymns. The room was over flowing and some standing at the doors as 200 people sang and listened to the sermons. Following the services was an interview with the local radio station and a time of fellowship with the congregation. What a sight, what an experience. Several of the Martinez family asks about arranging a time baptism and a majority of the group want another meeting next week. After a lot of visiting it is agreed to make plans to return. Just as the last good byes were expressed two young mothers with very sick babies loaded in and were brought back for treatment at the clinic. The babies are much improved and doing well. Several days have gone by now. Promises have been made, plans are being arranged, and the Mrs. Deputy Mayor has called again. There will, Lord willing be more meetings in Malita.

D.H.

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Experience of Elder Donnie Halbgewachs (Part 4)

October 30, 2003

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter Leo With four months until Christmas there are people already gearing up for the celebration. One such group is camping over at Bankerohan in a vacant lot. At first they are not noticed among the scrubby trees, junk and trash throughout the area. Upon driving off the very busy […]

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Experience of Elder Donnie Halbgewachs (Part 2)

October 29, 2003

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter THE BARBERSHOP Over on Boulevard Street in Davao City there is a little crowded Muslim community. Down the narrow, busy, smelly street there is a barbershop with a sign proclaiming 10 peso haircuts. The average cost in town is 80 to 120 but this barber knows the people in […]

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Experience of Elder Donnie Halbgewachs (Part 1)

October 28, 2003

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter Elder Donnie Halgewachs and his family have been and are a very great encouragement to us since arriving in the Philippines. Upon viewing the accident and his broken legs, it was wisdom for me to have postponed my trip. His zeal and desire to serve God’s people has been […]

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Postponing our Trip to the United States

October 11, 2003

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter On September 22, 2003, a serious accident occurred when a small van of our clinic had a head-on collision with a loaded jeepney. Eight of our church members were on an errand of mercy helping some people whose homes were being torn down. The van was totaled; the two […]

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