The Years of Training and Tests-Part Two

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There comes a time we have to stand for what is right.

This is the hard part to write about.  We were in the Philippines for over six months.  We were loved by the nationals, but it was extremely hard working with the couple who asked us to be a part of their team.  They bound the enemy off of us.  They thought that “witches” had put a curse on all the missionaries. (This was thought, because it was a big headquarters for the local witches.)

There was another couple there that was kind enough to minister to Larry and me.  We, finally, had to speak with the couple we came over with, and tell them what was on our hearts.  The man was very bold, rough and treated the nationals and Larry in a mean spirited way.  The missionary, Paul, prayed for us to have the spirit of “might” to speak with this man.  He said the spirit of might was for each of us to do what we normally could not do in the natural. The man had humiliated Larry and the students very much and often.  I had resentment in my heart and I was angry.  I had the words to say, but when we met with this couple my gentle husband­­ told him everything that needed to be said.  The man started to get angry and say something in response, but his wife told him to shut up and listen.  I never said one word.  People who know me; know that was the Holy Spirit.  😉

We had seen a miracle and healings done through this man. A lady with very thick lenses glasses was completely healed and could see without them. People were healed of sicknesses.  The compassion of the Father God for the Filipino people, worked through a man who did not show the fruit of the Spirit or character of God normally.  My sweet husband said this to this angry man.  God would use him through the gifts of healing because of the needs of His people.  But God was very concerned about the witness of walking in His Character and the fruit of the spirit.

Larry told them we could not continue to be a part of their ministry and would be leaving.   They misrepresented themselves to us. We didn’t know the reputation they had throughout the Philippines. They were not asked to minister anywhere else due to this man’s temper.  Their American pastor in Broken Arrow, OK came over while we were there, and only the people from the Bible Training Center came.  This man is very well known.

Looking back, I am amazed at how we were oppressed due to the heaviness of this situation.  But God made a way… This couple paid our airline tickets to Manila, and a couple of other expenses.  We would not have been able to leave as soon as we did.  We had bought round trip tickets, but there was something about the visas that we had to pay.  They paid the expenses and we left.  The other couple that ministered to us asked us to be a part of their ministry and come back to the Philippines.  They  met us in Manila and we went to Baguio City, Luzon, Philippines to meet with and look at the place we would go to.  (See picture)

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Mountains of Baguio City. North of Manila on the Island of Luzon in the Philippines. We were going to return and teach in a large church with Pastor Michael.

We were planning to go back to America and raise the funds.  When we arrived  there, we did have a place made available for us to stay up on the lake.  It was wonderful and we did what we could to find places to go and speak.  They were few and far between.  We didn’t understand why the doors were not opening, but finally we both ended up getting a job and moving into an apartment.

We were going to a church up on the lake also.  We were still believing for the “mighty man of valor” son.  I had bought maternity pants that were on sale as part of the uniform when going back to work in the dental office.  They were my “faith pants”.   😉  I was laughed at, but well there’s Sam.

Here’s the story:

An evangelist came to this church we were attending on the lake and after his sermon said he had the gift of praying for women that wanted to become pregnant.  I went down along with two other women.  Two of us became pregnant within months of that prayer.  After waiting for ten years, we had Samuel. What wonderful blessing.

We didn’t go back to the Philippines.  Larry was diagnosed with MS and we went a different direction.   More next time on what God showed us during this next chapter.

Blessings to each of you!!

Debbie

“All stress is external, and therefore cannot overcome your inner peace – unless you allow it.” Graham Cooke

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About itisnotaboutme

I am a wife and mother, but first of all a child of God. Walking by faith, His grace and His mercy. Learning how to bind my mind to the mind of Christ, my steps to the path He has called me to walk and my will to the Will of God. Every day I loose the old nature, attitude and thoughts off me. (Mt 16:19) I am dead and have been crucified with Him and have risen to new life in Him being a new creation in Christ.
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One Response to The Years of Training and Tests-Part Two

  1. For sure there is no ideal congregation. It is the norm throughout our two thousand years of Christian history. It is however, very unexpected that a potential Godly bond with another couple would provide bad apples instead of good fruit.

    1Jn 3:16 This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves.

    I applaud you and your husband for the wisdom and understanding that endures such pain and suffering in what you thought was “your calling.” More importantly is your ability to seek God direction to come out of that story.

    That which we cannot do for ourselves through education or government or business is done for us by God in Christ. This is the foundation, the only foundation, on which a community of love can be formed. Eugene H Peterson (para-phrase)

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