* Annual Delegation Visit 2016 (3)

Monday, February 22, we left early morning to travel to Bacolod City.  After our plane landed we had some time to look around the city.  We found the bay walk and took a stroll along the ocean. 

There were hundreds of small, dark jelly fish right by the shore.

In the evening we held the Bible study with the group in Bacolod City.  Rev. Kleyn spoke on Essentials of Reformed Doctrine: Sanctification.  The delegation was able to observe, which is part of their work of supervision of the missionary.  The last few months we have had 6 or so extra men visiting the class.  It is encouraging to have more men present.

Deacon Lee Hoekstra bringing greetings from Doon PRC....

....and Rev. Engelsma from the Foreign Mission Committee.

Rev. Engelsma, Divino, Joy, Sharon, Joann

Shannon, Lilia Corpus, Praiseel Erikson, Lee

Tuesday morning, while it was still dark, we left for Sipalay, enjoying the sunrise, ocean views and sugar cane harvest along the way.

A good place to stop to stretch the legs and enjoy the view and fresh breezes

The classes in Sipalay were attended by 14 men.

Rev. Kleyn used a video lecture of Prof. Cammenga on Anthropology from the PR seminary.

Rev. Engelsma spoke on "The How of Bringing the Gospel" from I Thessalonians 2:1-12.

Lunch time

On the way back north to Bacolod, we stopped to stretch our legs and to watch the sun lower over the ocean.

Across the road from where we stopped, there were some boys playing basketball.

When they saw Rev. Engelsma's height, they recruited him to the team.  ;-)

We arrived back in Manila airport on Wednesday morning.  The delegation made a connection to their international flight so we said our good-byes there.

We have since heard that they made it safely home once again to their families and church.
We thank the Lord for their visit and encouragement and pray that He will use it for the gathering and upbuilding of His church in the Philippines.

* Annual Delegation Visit 2016 (2)

Thursday evening (February 18) we held our class at Provident Christian Church.  Rev. Kleyn spoke on the Belgic Confession, but the two delegates also brought greetings from America to the group.

Deacon Lee Hoekstra bringing greetings from Doon PRC

Rev. Engelsma bringing greetings from the Foreign Mission Committee

Merienda time

We were also able to fit in a trike ride to the market!

Watch your knees, Rev!

Various and sundry parts of animals.

Lots of fish to choose from....

....as well as vegetables.

Some miscellaneous activities

A short visit with the Ibes

The city at night from a nearby lookout. 

Picking pomelo, a fruit similar to grapefruit

On Saturday morning the men met with the Berean Consistory

Left to right:
Elder Alan Peneverde, Deacon Lee Hoekstra, Elder Eric Mescallado, Rev. Engelsma,
Rev. Ibe, Elder Rod Bongat, Deacon Buboy Prosia, Deacon Andrew Espiritu

On Sunday we attended the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela.

Their sign outside the gate

Visiting with Pastor Trinidad

The congregation

Rev. Engelsma preached for the second service and also brought greetings from the FMC

Deacon Hoekstra brought greetings from Doon PRC

The men also had a time of discussion with Deacon Johnny Madiam and Pastor Trinidad.  (Elder Alvin Castillo was sick that day.)

Eating lunch with our hostess, Sister Cenna

One more installment coming in the near future.

* Annual Delegation Visit 2016 (1)

On Friday, February 12, the annual delegation arrived in Manila.  Rev. Joshua Engelsma (pastor of Doon PRC) came as a representative of the Foreign Mission Committee (of which he is a member).  Deacon Lee Hoekstra came as a representative of Doon PRC, our calling church.  Lee's wife Joann was also able to make the trip.  We are thankful for their care, assistance and oversight.

Arrival at the airport.  They made it!

On Sunday we made the trip to Bulacan and the Protestant Reformed Church in that location.

Deacon Hoekstra extending greetings to the congregation from Doon PRC

Rev. Engelsma getting ready to preach

Group shot

The young people with Rev. Engelsma

PRC in Bulacan consistory with the missionary and delegates
Elder Ronald Mercado, Elder Reden Zuniega, Deacon Lee Hoekstra, Rev. Kleyn, Rev. Engelsma, Rev. Flores, Deacon Eric Castano, Deacon Jorge Baguhin

A delicious lunch and good fellowship

After lunch the men had a meeting together.

Meeting with Bulacan Consistory

While the men had their meeting Sister Roseanne welcomed us ladies into their home for a visit.

Sisters in Christ: Sharon Kleyn, Roseanne Flores, Joann Hoekstra

On Monday we took a drive out into the country side east of Antipolo.

By the rice fields.  Such a beautiful green.

At Daranak Falls.  The guys even went in for a swim.

The men offered to do all the dishes from supper one night.
Joann and I didn't argue for too long.  ;-)

Rev. Kleyn did help too (honest!) but he is the one taking the picture.

On Tuesday (the 16th) was the regular meeting of 7M, the pastors' classes here in Manila.

Rev. Kleyn spoke first on the Church Order, Articles 49-52 and had a time of questions afterward.

Deacon Hoekstra bringing greetings to the men from Doon PRC.

Rev. Engelsma spoke on I Thessalonians 2:1-12, "The How of Bringing the Gospel,"
and also had a time for questions.

Group shot.  Nice that we had some extra visitors that day.

Lunch and more time to discuss and fellowship.

Watch for the next installment coming soon!