* Monthly Work in Bacolod City and Sipalay

The two missionaries made a trip south early this week to the island of Negros.  Come along as they leave at 6 a.m. on Monday morning to make the 1 1/2 hour drive to Manila airport.  After checking in, waiting at the gate, and boarding your 9:15 flight, you'll fly south and slightly east over the islands of Mindoro and Iloilo.  In an hour or so your plane will touch down in Bacolod City on the island of Negros.
In Bacolod you will be able to experience a new work the men have just begun.  It is a new work, but not a new contact.  We initially met Rudy Corpus on our first trip to the Philippines with Rev. and Mrs. Kortering back in 1999.  Rudy has bought many of our books and stayed in touch through the years.  You can join Rev. Smit and Rev. Kleyn as they meet with the group in rooms above their family run pet shop.  We hope you enjoy the lectures on Reformed Doctrine (Rev. Kleyn) and Reformed Church Government (Rev. Smit).
The meeting place in the upstairs of the Corpus' pet shop: the left side of the blue fronted building.
Rudy Corpus with his wife, Lilia, and daughter, Praiseel.
One of the "pets" in their pet shop!
Rev. Smit teaches Reformed church government.
The attendees.
You also get to enjoy a good Filipino merienda afterwards.
The following morning (Tuesday) you will have another early morning rise for the 3 1/2 hour drive to Sipalay.  The drive is south through the hills and along the coast with beautiful scenery.  This time of year you can also witness the sugar cane harvest taking place.  You'll arrive in Sipalay in Southern Negros Occidental in time for the 9:00 a.m. start of classes with the 8 or 9 pastors that meet together there.  The men refer to this as their "SNO Classes" - can you figure out why?
                     The beautiful coastline
A truck loaded with sugar cane.            
Rev. Smit teaches Theology to the pastors.
 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. -- Dogmatics.
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. -- Merienda
Rev. Kleyn's view from the front of the class. 
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. -- Reformed Church Government
Enjoy Chicken Inasal for lunch!
The afternoon session runs for 2 hours: 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. -- Dogmatics
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. -- Reformed Church Government
From L to R: Ptr. Jeser Sasi, Ptr. Jonathon Barroca, Ptr. Michael Mayang, Ptr. Rodolfo De la Cruz, Ptr. Ezequias Rosal, Ptr. Donaldo Nabor, Ptr. Eduardo Donasco, Ptr. Ariel Labrador, and Ptr. Joemario Gomia.
Getting ready to head for home. 
Need to repair a flat tire first!

* Some Miscellaneous Shots

We start this random collection of pictures with a few of a recent shipment of RFPA books and PRCA pamphlets.  The collections taken in our churches continue to provide this literature at significantly reduced prices. This is greatly appreciated, not only by us, but also and especially by the churches and contacts among which we are doing our mission work here in the Philippines.
Books, Pamphlets, and Catechism Materials
Books taking over the Kitchen Counter
A challenge to sort out all those wires, no doubt!
The American Cemetery, located near Global City in Manila
A few members of the Berean PRC accompanied us
to the AGPRF in Gabaldon a few months ago.
Sometimes you have to take a "wacky" photo, too.
FRC in Bulacan had a birthday surprise in July .....
and also a good sized knife!  (Yes, it's a bolo.)
And a birthday surprise in Provident Christian Church in September, too.
Anyone for a slice of tuna?
The fish was huge!
Wasp Nest on our Window Frame
Meeting with Doon PRC (or the FMC) via Skype.
These Skype meetings usually take place three times each month,
with the missionaries meeting with Doon PRC's Philippines' Subcommittee,
Doon PRC's Council, and the Foreign Mission Committee.
The Provident Christian Church in Marikina
We visit here two Sundays a month for worship services,
every Thursday evening for a Reformed doctrine class,
and soon hope to begin catechism classes every Saturday, the Lord willing.