While the delegation was here, we visited the Protestant Reformed Church in Bulacan on Sunday, July 5 and were favored with the singing of two Psalters numbers (#134 and #197) in Tagalog. The delegation thoroughly enjoyed this! Here are two video clips of the singing.
PSALTER # 134 sung by the Congregation
PSALTER #197 sung by the Young People
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The SNO pastors' classes in Sipalay are held in a venue that is just across the road from the beach. The land-locked Iowans could hardly wait to put their feet in the sea. After classes and lunch were finished, we spent an enjoyable hour wading, exploring and feeling the ocean waves and breezes.
The Regneruses ..... before some of them got wet!
Can't remember what we were inspecting here -- probably some shells and/or stones
I think the Brummels were missing their children!
A weight lifting competition??
We took the inland route through the mountains back to Bacolod City, so that our visitors could see more of the beautiful countryside.
These pieces of sugar cane will get planted to start a new crop.
Some school children out to play
See the grains of rice growing on the plants?
On top of the world
So nice of Manila airport to welcome the delegation back to the city. ;-)
Elder Regnerus wanted to buy one of these and bring it back home. ;-)
Packed in with all the baggage and heading off to the airport and then home.
One last shot before they left.
Many thanks to Doon PRC and the FMC for sending the delegation. We were much encouraged and blessed by their visit. We are thankful to God for your oversight and input on the work here, which also shows the support of the PRCA for the Philippine's mission field.
On Monday, July 6, we had to leave home bright and early so we could get to the airport for our Bacolod flight before 7:00 a.m. Our car (according to its license plate) is not allowed in the city on Mondays. In order to limit traffic on the crowded roads, every vehicle in Manila has one day each week when it's not allowed on the road. Our flight for Bacolod left about 9:30 a.m., and we arrived in Bacolod before noon.
Bible study with the group in Bacolod starts at 5:00 p.m.
All ready to start
Visiting over the food afterwards
Tuesday morning was another early morning. We left our hotel at 5:00 a.m. for the drive down to Sipalay. The SNO pastor classes in Sipalay start at 9:00 a.m. We do enjoy watching the sunrise on this early morning drive down the west coast of the island of Negros.
The sunrise is reflected in the clouds to our west. Fishing boats in harbor for now.
Eating our Filipino breakfast on the way
(rice, fish, sausages, bananas)
Another gorgeous view
After Rev. Kleyn's class in Reformed Church Order, Rev. Brummel lectured to the SNO men on "John Calvin's Relevance For Today."
On Sunday, July 5, we and the delegation attended both the PRC in Bulacan as well as Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela. (Seminarian Regnerus spoke a Word of Edification for both services in the Berean PRC that day. We dropped him off on our way to the PRC in Bulacan.)
The congregation in Bulacan
Rev. Brummel preached and also gave greetings from the Foreign Mission Committee.
Elder Regnerus also brought greetings from Doon PRC.
Some time to get to know some of the members
The consistory with the delegation
The young people sang the doxology (Ps. 197) in Tagalog for the delegation.
Soon we had to leave for Maranatha PRC. We had some frustrations with heavy and stopped traffic and arrived there a little late.
Rev. Brummel again preached and passed on greetings from the FMC.