World Team Philippines Annual Field Conference
Posted: February 17, 2011
I must admit, the approach of the Philippines World Team Annual Field Conference had me quite excited. Having just arrived here in February, and still trudging my way through language school, I anticipated with enthusiasm connecting and fellowshipping with my teammates, some of whom our family had yet to meet. My husband, Edwin, and I had the sense that we were joining the reunion of a family we had just married into.
The World Team Philippines family has a history of which we are in awe. We listened to stories and ministry reports from leaders who have been ministering in this country for several decades. We were inspired, and challenged. While the team celebrated the completion of the Ifugao translation of the Bible, others reported the reality of the need for more workers for the harvest in the Philippines. As the newcomers here, still awaiting allocation and the release to full-time ministry, we feel like sponges.
We soaked up the fellowship over lunch and dinner, and the fun of a talent competition (you learn a lot about people when you see to what extent they’re willing to be made fun of). And we soaked up Albert Ehman’s challenge to walk “worthy of the Gospel” (Phil. 1:27). We do not take lightly the spiritual challenges that are before us and all our fellow missionaries as we move into territories of long-lasting strongholds. And we’re proud to stand against these strongholds with the World Teamers in the Philippines. Although we all represent many varied projects, we “strive together as one for the faith of the gospel.”