From the monthly archives:

August 2006

Letter to the Contributors

by Original Author on August 1, 2006

Originally posted by Elder Gus Harter

First the good news, I had another CAT scan and the tumor they thought was cancerous has continued to decrease. Here, TB is extremely rampant and we have had several children in our home that had TB tumors. They are treating me with TB meds and they told me to continue with the antibiotics for several more months and by then it should totally gone. Praise the Lord! Second the bad news. Betty Jo had a fall in February while I was in the States and experiences such pains that she has been bed ridden for several months. We hospitalized her in Davao and found she had several blood clots in her left leg and X-rays indicated a fracture in her vertebrae. The Physicians are hesitating to do anything on her back because of two previous surgeries. Although she was three weeks in the hospital they sent her home with still great pain and unable to be mobile. Last week I put here in St. Luke’s Hospital in Manila, the best medical facility in the Philippines to see if they can help her. As of this writing she is still there running a series of test. Please pray for her that our gracious Lord would bring healing to her body. She in spite of the difficulty has managed Beauty for Ashes from her bed.

Thank you for your continued support for the children and the planting of churches. The Lord blessings are abundant. He has promised n Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”. Your contributions to this work are both needed and appreciated.

Each month since returning to the Philippines we have enjoyed the constitution of churches and ordination off ministers. We have another constitution scheduled on the 30th of July 2006 here in Davao. It is a joy to see the continuous growth. In Luzon the large island where Manila is located, two groups of ministers have requested me to hold a seminar for them on the doctrines of grace. One minister 8 hour drive North of Manila has already committed himself to follow in baptism. With the difficulties in my home front as yet I have not been able to give them an exact time when I can come. However I will work it out. Please pray that these trips will be successful.

We did have a ministers meeting this month and it was of great profit. Of the 25 ministers that were invited, all came but one, he was hindered because of sickness. The purpose of the meeting was to both unite our people and determine the most profitable way we could help each other. The fellowship was rich and some fifteen ministers spoke and gave their ideas on the building of our churches. We scheduled a national preachers meeting in December of this year and local meetings for groups of the churches next summer and spring. We developed plans for making song books in three native languages Cebuano, Tagalog and Ilongo. We can print them on a new copying machine that was purchase for that purpose. This machine can also duplicate books written by our authors with good speed and at reasonable cost. I will provide our 130 ministers with the best reading material of our ministers in the States.

Our farm at Beauty for Ashes is progressing at a rapid pace. The tools have been extremely helpful, especially the tractor. We by hand broke up five foundations where small homes that had formerly been on the property. With the tractor we plowed up the ground and leveled it. We first build a large covered pig pen. Then built a storage building for our tools and tractor. We are now in the process of building a small 700 square feet home for the couple that both manage the farm and the children’s home. Then we will build the dorm for the boys. If I planned it right; we have enough funds to complete these buildings. Later we will build a girls dorm, school, gym, clinic and dining hall. It has been a great blessing to see the Lord provide our needs. Thank you for your help and prayers.