Greetings from Davao City!
We hope this finds you all well and blessed! Praise the Lord, we are!
In our last letter we told you we had 3 graduates and the good news is, all of them are pastoring churches. They all spent the last 6 months of their 3rdyear interning with seasoned pastors in different churches. Two of the 3 are way back in the mountains where it is unsafe for us to venture and the other one is on the far northern end of Mindanao.
Mark Powell our mission director, came for the 60th General Assembly and there was a great turnout from all over the Island, more than 300 people. It was so good to see old friends that we had not seen for years.
The following week the 49th National Women’s Missionary Conference was held at GBBC also. I have not confirmed this yet, but I was told that there were 400 women registered. The first night we had a deluge with almost constant lightning and thunder and even though we were under a huge metal canopy we all had to open our umbrellas to keep dry ,and then the power was knocked out for about 30 minutes. I love summer thunder storms and this was truly a beautiful display of God’s power. But, with all that, it did not dampen the spirits of those beautiful ladies as they sang and praised the Lord. They had a most interesting program with eleven different districts doing a choral interpretation using the theme song, ‘til the Whole World Knows. They were each judged on, 4 voices (blending and harmony), stage performance, costume and choreography. The ladies were so creative in their productions that I was glad I was not chosen to be a judge. I thoroughly enjoyed each performance.
The weather has been very hot and humid. The other day Robert said listen to this, it’s 88 and feels like 102 degrees. I thought, I really didn’t need to hear that.
The rice crop at MBI was about half the normal yield because the chicken egg plant right by the farm closed down due to rats eating so many of their chickens and eggs, well, now they are feasting on the rice crops to make up for that loss.
The agriculturalist at MBI informed us that we had been without a thresher for about 5 years and had been borrowing one from another farmer at the cost of 5 bags of rice at approximately $40 (US) per bag, or $204. They priced a new thresher at between $500 and $600 US. So it makes sense to buy a new thresher. The old one is about 30 years old and beyond repair. Any help on that would be greatly appreciated. If you have a desire to help with that project, please send it to Poplar Bluff and note it for MBI farm.
We were invited to 35th annual foundation day celebration for the MCBA district, which consists of four districts and 33 churches and 2 house churches. There were 41 converts baptized in the ocean that day! To God be the glory!
Thanks to all of you who so faithfully pray for us and God’s work here on the island of Mindanao, please keep on praying that God’s perfect will be done.
And Jesus said to His disciples; “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Matthew 9:37-38.
All our love and appreciation, may God bless you more
Robert and Sherry Weatherford
PS; Our MBI students are on summer break right now and will be returning in June with classes resuming the last week of June. We are in dire need of student sponsors at $30 per month per student. We are hoping to have 50 students total this school year. Please pray about this, these students are sharing the gospel with people who would not be able to hear it otherwise because they are so remote. They are making an eternal difference in lives. Thank you in advance.