Thanks for what you've done and take care wherever you go.
I really enjoyed your update and you will be missed. If possible, keep us updated on your journey.
Take care, stay safe, and God bless you!
The Lord willing, tomorrow morning I start on my journey to the PI. Only the Lord knows if I will be able to return. If something noteworthy happens, I may check in from time to time. It's just that between working and teaching school, I don't think I will have any time to do Harvey.
Keep the faith.
Trying to be gold.
I got to Manila on Monday after about 30 hours on the road. I didn't feel too bad. We caught a bus for a trip north Monday night to hold a lectureship. We were on the bus for 10 hours. It was a rough trip. The two lane road was lined with heavy trucks trying to get over the mountains. There was construction, and several places were one lane and filled with very slow trucks. Some were barely moving. They were going maybe 2 mph. The bus would pass the slow moving trucks on this narrow two-lane mountain road with hairpin curves and would play chicken with oncoming trucks.
My space on the bus was too small for me to sleep. If I dozed off I would start to fall out of the seat, and the seat would not recline, and I could not get my feet under the seat in front of me. I had to speak the morning we got there after traveling half way around the world and not sleeping the night before. The Lord gave me strength. I appreciate the prayers of SR and others. It very much helped. It was the time of the rice harvest in the north. Everywhere farmers were gathering the rice. Some of the farmers were using water buffaloes (caribau) for pulling carts filled with bags of rice. Big trucks piled high with bags of rice were all over. There were good concrete roads in the country. The farmers spread their rice on the roads so it could dry. That reduced the road to one lane and made meeting oncoming traffic difficult. Traffic was dangerous with farmers working in the road and trucks and tractors and caribau cluttering the side of the road. Adding to the traffic were very slow moving ox carts, sidecars and mopeds.
I got a hotel, and at least the air conditioner and bed worked. The hot water and the toilet did not, and there was no toilet paper, and the floor was muddy in the bathroom, and there was toothpaste in the sink. I was very annoyed. I was, however, very pleased with my reception in the north, very pleased that my presentations were favorably received (I was invited back to give a series of lectures) and very pleased to have had the opportunity to go.
Last night we drove back on the bus for another 10 hours and got back about 4:30 AM local time (4:30 PM Wednesday, Eastern Time). I tried to use my email application from Manila after I got access to WI-FI again, but my email providers did not like my PI IP address and required me to get a code. It turned out to be a circular reference, as one email provider wanted to send the validation code to another email that also would let me log in till I provided a code that I could see. I texted my wife over WiFi, and she could log in from my home IP and get the code, and I was eventually able to get logged in to one account, but I am still locked out of the other one. I got the one I really needed though. It is hot in Manila, and the host's AC is not working. At least the power and internet are on, and I can get online and use a fan.
The guy next to us raises fighting gamecocks and the cocks try to out-do one another with their crowing several hours a day.
The traffic in Manila is awful and conditions in places are squalid, but the condions have improved some since the first time I came here in 2001. Sundar Selvarj said the Lord told him there would be a revival in the PI and in India as well as America. I hope to be part of the one in the PI. The squalor and poverty will just be part of the situation that, God willing, will be taken in stride.
For that update, and I am glad to hear that you have brought, and have been making the best of it, with your new endeavors in the Philippines.
Cheers, Prayers & Blessings in abundance to you Daystar,
Iran endorses nuclear EMP attack on United States
I have been saying this for at least five years, and now they find it in an Iranian text book which means it was doctrine long before that.
Thanks, SR. I am sure your prayers made a big difference. I really thank you for your prayers.
DayStar wrote: Thanks, SR. I am sure your prayers made a big difference. I really thank you for your prayers. DayStar
No problem, I am glad to offer up my humble prayers on your behalf.
However to be perfectly honest, I did ask a certain very close Mother Superior of a convent whose nuns are all quite fond of me, of doing me the favor of saying prayers on your behalf as well, just so all bases were covered
If you do manage somehow to check in during Holy Week, just know that you are in our hearts and prayers.
Cheers, S. Rex
I appreciate your prayers, SR.
Here's an update on the last week or so. We went down to Negros last Monday and we held a 3 day lectureship. It was a rough week. I spoke during the daylight and worked all night via the internet. Sleep was in short supply. I got about 7 hours total in 3 days. I managed to meet my speaking commitments and get 40 hrs at work in spite of travel and relatively limited internet access. I was glad to get back and get some shuteye.
This week we started a preacher training class for young men. I taught for four hours yesterday. Today I will probably do about the same, except today I will have been up all night before I begin to teach at 8 AM. I expect to continue the training for the next six weeks. Next week my teaching time will be shorter as the Greek/Hebrew instructor will take one of my class periods in the morning.
Two weeks ago I went jogging in the early morning before daylight and I tripped over a hump in the road, fell, and banged my knee pretty bad. Today is the first time I have been able to push up enough with that knee to alternate legs climbing stairs, so it is finally starting to get better. It is still sore, but it is not swollen as much and does not hurt as much.
Cheers and Semper Fi,
Thanks for checking in with the update.
Perhaps it wouldn't hurt to grasp that the key /operative word in Paul's missive @ Romans 12:1 is "reasonable",
ergo consider that being sleep deprived does not lend to one being at their best service.
Also, unless one intends to make their point of Ministry via competing in a Triathlon, perhaps consider swapping that pre dawn jogging for just as effective power walking during daylight hours, as being hindered by needless injury benefits no one.
Remember that having the Energy to convey HIS Message and HIS Truth with sufficient Energy and Enthusiasm, goes a long way and has a deeper, long lasting impact.
Blessings & Prayers in support of your Service.
Cheers & Semper Fi,
SR, thanks for the reply.
I concur that I messed up on the early morning run. In my defense, I intended to run on a track, but being new to the neighborhood, I turned left instead of right, and ended up on a back road in a residential neighborhood that had speed bumps to discourage traffic, and the rest is history. The road to you-know-where is paved with good intentions.
As for the sleep, I cannot very well fund this trip without working, and my physical location is 12 hours out of sync with my job location. That fact makes it hard to work and teach and get enough sleep. It is not ideal, but my employer was not willing to bend on the hours worked.
When we went to the north, the bus trip took all night, and I could not sleep without falling in the aisle of the bus. I lost about 23 hours of work that week in spite of very little sleep, because we rode the bus 10 hours at night when I usually work. When we went to Negros, I got even less sleep, but the trip on the plane was only an hour, but the seat wouldn't recline. I did have access to WIFI at night, and I was able to work at night and speak during the day. Now school has started, and I am teaching 8-12 local time and working 8PM-5 AM local time. I have to get sleep and eat whenever I can. It is an awkward split shift where I sleep from 5-7 AM, teach a class from 8-12, sleep from 2 - 6:30 PM, and work from 8PM - 5 AM. I agree that it is not ideal and affects performance but not too much once I wake up, but if there is no money, performance would not matter, so I have a compromise solution that could be better, but it is workable.
Thanks for your interest and comments.
Please, do not use that B.S. term "concur" in the course of our communications.
Either you 'agree', or you do not, ergo 'disagree'
I wholly admire and respect your level of commitment to the cause and continuously pray on your behalf for your efforts, but nevertheless from experience I humbly ask that you consider that this battle is marathon and not a sprint, ergo simply ask that you consider pacing yourself.
Multitudes of prayers presently being said on your behalf.
Cheers & Semper Fi,
This is the second week for the college in Manila. We have 10 young men that we have sponsored for an intense 6 week course in Bible. We go from 8 AM to about 9 PM and sometimes Saturday morning. I am teaching the parables of Jesus and harmony of the gospels and we have Greek and Hebrew classes and hermeneutics. I am also teaching prophecy. While this college has been going on for over 15 years, it is a relatively shoestring operation sponsored by private donations. It is equipping young men to be able to teach others. We train the trainers. Usually we have a music teacher to teach singing and music, but this year he was tied up with a contract in secular work and could not be here in time for the school. I think I will try to teach some music since the regular teacher cannot be here.
Because this is privately sponsored, I need to work to be able to help support the school. The major donor and founder of the school died in June of last year. This is our first year of trying to run the school without his financial support, and it is a struggle. Because I am trying to work on the schedule of the US and the time zone where I reside is 12 hours ahead of the East Coast, the schedule is awkward. My work would not bend on the hours, and we need the money to run the school, so I work a crummy split shift and sleep when I can. Jesus did the same, and God gave strength to His flesh to do what had to be done. He could sleep on a boat that was sinking. I am not quite that adept, but I am learning. :-) I remember Jacob who said that sleep fled from his eyes while he was tending Laban's sheep. That's pretty much the case here. It makes for a long night when I am trying to work all night in what is daytime in the USA. I get to sleep for an hour or two before my class and then teach for 1.5 hrs. Then I have to study for the next day and go to bed at about 2 PM here to get some sleep before I have to work all night.
Thank you sincerely for your prayers, and I really mean it. I truly appreciate your prayers, and I am sure they are helping. My knee is improved.
Thanks for taking your limited available free time to make the effort to keep your friends here @ TFMR updated.
Rest assured that it's the selfless prayers said on behalf of others, which The LORD always hears and answers FIRST.
I finished week three on the parables and have probably 3 weeks to go. I need to begin teaching on the Book of Revelation this week. I am teaching 4 hours in the morning, and that leaves me with almost no time. I have to sleep a little after lunch to prepare to work all night. It is a good thing I have written the book on this already, because I will have little time to prepare for the next class.
My knee is getting better, but it is still sore. Today was the first time since I hurt it that I have been able to walk up stairs using that right knee to climb. It is feels sore tonight, but I was glad I was able to use it without a lot of pain today.
The school headmaster has some other Americans coming to teach for a few weeks on the first of May. I probably will not be so busy when they get here. I have this week to go that will be busy.
Hope you have a good week.
Nice to hear from you.
Any remote chance that you might finally be able to get some hydro therapy for that knee of yours?
Keep up the good work.
I'll be keeping you in my prayers.
We graduated the 25th class on 22 May. There were 10 young men that have now gone to seek their way in the world with the Lord.
Wednesday, God willing, we will go to Mindanao where we will teach in a preacher training class and in a Bible youth camp. We plan to spend 6 days in Mindanao teaching.
My knee is doing better. I went to a nearby track and walked for 30 minutes this morning. I tried to jog a few steps, but it caused my knee to sting, so I went back to walking. I was able to walk fast, but still cannot jog comfortably.
I saw where they moved Jade Helm up to the 15th of June, which is before my return flight is scheduled.
Good to hear from you
Thanks for taking the time.
Here are some good reasons to leave the country if you are able:
Have a great day!
DayStar wrote: Here are some good reasons to leave the country if you are able: Have a great day! DayStar
So, what, suddenly it's hip to spread the Gospel of Fear Porn?
Just in case it has slipped from your memory:
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matthew 24:6
“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
“Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie – indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which will come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
“Behold, I come quickly! Hold fast to what you have, that no one may take your crown.
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelations 3:8-13