That’s it for 2017 – but we’re already making plans for bigger & better in 2018 – maybe YOU should go with us!
Gonna grab a few hours of sleep before a 2am wake-up call to get to the airport for our 4am flight – can’t wait to see all of you soon!
That’s it for 2017 – but we’re already making plans for bigger & better in 2018 – maybe YOU should go with us!
Gonna grab a few hours of sleep before a 2am wake-up call to get to the airport for our 4am flight – can’t wait to see all of you soon!
This is the longest missions trip Chris and I have ever taken from CLC, and as much as we’ve enjoyed each moment of ministry in Cambodia and the Philippines, I don’t think we’ll ever take such a long trip again. We left Chicago sixteen days ago, but this morning we are homeward bound!
We’re grabbing a 4am flight from Davao to Manila (that’s 3pm Tuesday in Chicago), then connecting with a flight to Tokyo where we catch the long trans-Pacific flight to LA, and finally a flight that should get us to O’Hare early Wednesday evening. Whew!
If we catch a break, we hope to see some of you Wednesday night at CLC; if not, I definitely can’t wait for SUNDAY when we kick-off our November series, “Made for Worship”!
There. are. no. words. This second annual CLC Convention for all 14 campuses in the Philippines was SO good, I’m determined to bring a whole bunch of CLC’ers next year so you can see firsthand what God is doing here!
We have one more day for this Convention and then all five of us from Chicago will be headed home on Wednesday. Stay tuned for the final update-
We left our hotel at 9am today and didn’t get back until a few minutes after 9pm – but it was a WONDERFUL 12-hour day of ministry here!
Four years ago Pastor Herley sent Jeser & Aying to Tagum, a city of almost 300,000 people located about an hour-and-a-half drive from Davao City, to plant a CLC campus. Starting with just their family, they have grown to more than 200 people now, and they recently moved into a beautiful facility inside a shopping mall, where we expect their growth to accelerate!
Since our Missions Director (Jen) and two of our Campus Pastors (Brent & Sam) joined us here in Davao, we ALL had opportunity to serve the Davao City church today, and the Presence of God worked in each services, as these pictures tell the story:
Can’t wait for all 14 CLC campuses to come together tomorrow for our 2-day CLC-Philippines Convention!
If you attend ANY service at ANY CLC campus today, please leave a comment below – we miss everyone there and would love to know how things are at home!
Or should I say, Mr. & Mrs. Lumagsao?
One of the most wonderful and yet surprising benefits of our relationship with CLC-Davao is that many of the leaders really get into our hearts. Today Chris and I had the privilege of helping to officiate the wedding of Erik Lumagsao and Loren Joy Bumanlag. Erik spent a year with us in Chicago as part of our EnTheos Leadership School/internship, and we’ve grown to love Loren Joy through our many trips to CLC-Davao.
Enjoy a few pics of their wedding:
Tomorrow will be a full Sunday, as Pastors Brent & Sam will preach the 10am and 2pm services at CLC-Davao for Pastor Herley, while Chris and I will travel to CLC-Tagum to minister and also to ordain Pastors Jeser & Aying Molina there, before returning to Davao to preach the 4pm and 6pm services. If I have any energy left, I’ll post some more pics then-
Several days ago on my blog, I was asked by a young man who serves in the children’s ministry of CLC-Davao how we train our teachers at CLC-Chicagoland, and after getting permission from his pastors, we offered to do a training seminar here.
I use “we” very liberally, as I basically took 5-10 minutes to tell the Davao team how important it is for us to reach children and then gave the floor to my wife, who has over 30 years of experience in ministry to children, and she taught the seminar.
The good news is that our daughter, Jen, finally arrived tonight, after several hours delay – since she’s a bridesmaid tomorrow at the wedding of Erik Lumagsao and his fiancee’ Joy. I’ll keep you posted with lots of pics.
Chris and I will head to the Phnom Penh airport at 6am local time (6pm Wednesday in Chicago) for the first of three flights that will eventually get us into Davao City, Philippines late tonight.
When you look at a globe or world map, it would seem a simple hop to get from Cambodia to the Philippines, but it doesn’t work that way. We’ll be traveling for about 14 hours (including some short layovers) as we fly from Phnom Penh to Singapore, then from Singapore to Manila and finally from Manila to Davao City.
Then the fun begins on Friday night – I’ll keep you posted on the last assignment of this SE Asia missions trip-
We had WiFi issues at the hotel last night, so I was unable to post about the first day of our EQUIP seminar at New Life Fellowship. Of course, this is the primary assignment that brings us to Cambodia every six months, and the attendance this time was the largest I recall in our years of coming here. Pastor Jesse said there were some very influential people in the crowd this time, including heads of NGO’s and Cambodian ministries and senior pastors.
It’s a long day of teaching, from 8:30am to 5:00pm, but Chris makes it FUN along the way with her object lessons and illustrations and even some giveaways for the students:
Today was a real rarity for us on a missions trip – it was actually a day off! We spent the morning relaxing in the hotel, joined Pastors Jesse & Soar for lunch and some window shopping at Phnom Penh’s newest mall (which surpasses anything in Chicagoland) and mostly enjoyed their fellowship.
Tonight I gave a brief message to graduates of their Cambodian Leadership Institute before the students received their diplomas. As you look at the faces of these graduates, pray that God will use them to fulfill the special work to which they are called (Acts 13:2; Col. 4:17)
Tomorrow will be a long day of teaching for EQUIP, as hundreds of leaders from all over Cambodia will join us at New Life Fellowship for some of John Maxwell’s “Laws of Leadership”
Thanks for the prayers!
It’s always GREAT to be in service at New Life Fellowship, and today was certainly no exception. They had just moved into their new building when we were here about 6 months ago – actually hadn’t even had their Grand Opening at that time – and they’ve added over 400 people to the church family since that time!!!
Tomorrow is a national holiday here, so we can’t do the EQUIP seminar until Tuesday, but we’ll spend the day consulting with Pastors Jesse & Soar. More later-
P.S. If you attended any service of CLC at any campus today, please leave a comment below – I’d love to know how you were ministered to at home today!
His Excellency, Mr. Ly Chheng, Founder & President of Beltei International University, the most prestigious university in Phnom Penh, is always so gracious to invite us to teach leadership principles for students & faculty of his school-
It was a special joy at the end of the day to present an autographed copy of Dr. John Maxwell’s latest book to H.E. Mr. Ly Chheng and the Vice-President of Beltei, his son, Navuth Ly as well.
Tomorrow we’ll be ministering at the 3 services of New Life Fellowship for our friends and hosts, Pastors Jesse & Soar McCaul – stay tuned for more reports from our Sunday in Cambodia-
All in all, I think it was the largest number of students & faculty we’ve ever taught in our 4 visits to Beltei over the past few years. We’re starting to know some of the faculty members by name, and it’s a privilege to sow seeds about leadership from the Bible in this predominantly Buddhist nation!
It was a special joy at the end of the day to present an autographed copy of John Maxwell’s latest book to H.E. Mr. Ly Chhen and the Vice-President of the school, his son, Navuth
I can tell you more about Day 2 of our Cambodian trip later, but the most important news is the BAGS have arrived! All 3 pictured above, including (perhaps) the most important one containing all of Chris’ teaching supplies, student giveaways & gifts for our friends!
Thanks for praying – we can now sleep well, use deodorant & wear clean undies!
Tonight we taught part 1 of a Marriage Seminar at New Life Fellowship in Phnom Pehn for our dear friends, Pastors Jesse & Soar McCaul – and it was a blast, despite all the difficulties we’ve had in getting here. (In short, it took us about 54 hours to get from our house to the hotel here, and none of our bags made it, so we were wearing the same clothes for 3 days)
The auditorium was PACKED tonight, and about half of those in attendance were young single adults, who were hungry for every principle we taught about marriage! That’s one of the reasons we love coming to Cambodia – these folks are hungry for God’s Word!
Pray with us that our bags arrive soon – we not only need medications and clothing, but all of our teaching tools and giveaways were packed in the checked luggage, too. I’ll keep you posted going forward-
P.S. As of Thursday night, our bags have been located in Singapore and should be at our hotel by 9am Friday morning in Chicago, which means we’ll have what we need for our seminar at the University! Thanks for the prayers!
I’ve always believed in the power of prayer, but this missions trip, we experienced it first-hand.
If you haven’t heard, we left O’Hare last night on schedule without a hitch for the first few hours of flight. Then the captain announced that there was a ‘problem’ and that we were being diverted to Salt Lake City, instead of San Francisco.
I soon noticed that the plane went straight for landing, much quicker than normal, and when we landed there were all sorts of emergency vehicles on the runway following us as we taxied to the gate.
Still not sure of what all was going on; we were told there was a pungent odor in the rear of the aircraft as though something was burning.
Of course, we missed all our connections, and as I type this, we’re still not sure how or when we’ll get to Cambodia – but in spite of all the frustrations of last night, Chris and I are alive – and this is one time the outcome could have been considerably different.
So don’t take it for granted when I say, please pray for us!
And thank God for all of you who do!
I’m typing this at O’Hare airport, where Chris & I are waiting for the first of three flights (Chicago to San Francisco, San Francisco to Singapore, Singapore to Phnom Penh) that will get us into Cambodia by Wednesday morning, their time (about 10pm Tuesday in Chicago).
We’ll be there for our semi-annual assignment with EQUIP to teach leadership principles to university students & faculty, business leaders and church leaders from around the country, as well as doing a Marriage Conference for New Life Fellowship and our dear friends, Pastors Jesse & Soar McCaul!
I should have internet once we arrive, so I’ll keep you posted on our ministry there. Thanks so much for your prayers while we’re away!
We’ve now concluded the N2 International Dinners at each CLC campus and dozens of CLC’ers have already signed-up to go on one of the 8 missions trips we’re offering in 2018 – receiving a 10% discount in the process.
But this morning we felt like extending that generosity to those of you who may want to GO, but for whatever reason you weren’t able to attend one of the dinners or complete your application and put down the required $100 deposit at that time.
So from now through next Sunday, October 22, if you complete your application and submit your deposit, you, too will receive a 10% discount on the total cost of your trip(s).
To make it really easy, you can even access the application online here and pay your deposit online!
This offer will not be repeated after October 22, so take advantage NOW!
Just a quick reminder that THIS SATURDAY (October 7), from 9am-11:30am at our Tinley Park campus we’ll host a great seminar on “Reaching our Muslim Friends”.
Since all of us have opportunities in our neighborhoods, our workplace and in school to make friendships with Muslims, this is a GREAT one-time opportunity to learn from our special guests who wrote this material after spending years working among Muslim people.
Make plans now to join us and let’s learn together!
I’m excited about our next sermon series, “N2 – Neighbors & Nations” as we focus on the mission of CLC, not only in the Nations, but also here in Chicagoland.
One of the wonderful benefits of living in the third-largest city in America is that the Nations have already come to us! CLC currently has about 40 different nations represented in our church family, and certainly many more nationalities in our jobs and our neighborhoods.
That’s why I’m pleased to announce that on Saturday, October 7 from 9am-11:30am we will be offering a special seminar, “Reaching Our Muslim Friends”. Often times we’re not sure how to begin a conversation with people of another religious background, but this seminar will give us the tips and tools to get started.
The seminar is taken from a larger resource, The Oasis Course, and will be presented at CLC by our friends, Chinedu & Taiwo Oranye, who served the Muslim community as missionaries in Oman for several years.
Mark your calendar and make plans to join us on October 7!
We’ll be headed to the airport in a couple of hours, feeling quite fulfilled in this ministry assignment – but can’t wait for this “Generosity Sunday” at each campus of CLC – it’s going to be a GREAT close to our “Moneywise” series – hope you’ll bring a friend!
We have two more sessions tomorrow afternoon and evening before heading back to the airport for the first of three flights that will get us home on Thursday afternoon. Thanks for your prayers – we feel it’s going very well based on the responses from these precious pastors!
We always insist on our CLC missions trips to include one “fun day” for the team to do some sightseeing or local activities – but when Chris and I travel for missions, we seldom practice what we preach. But this trip is an exception, and today was our fun day before the ministry begins tomorrow. (It would have been more fun had we checked the weather forecast this week instead of last week. We packed nothing but long-sleeved shirts only to get here and discover that the forecast had changed and high’s are in the 90’s for our entire stay!) Oh well, the joys of international travel.
But what was fun was our 11-hour excursion that enabled us to see practically the entire Crimean peninsula and some breathtaking views of the Black Sea, as well as a delicious lunch with our friends here. But the highlight was a visit to Livadia Palace, the site of the Yalta Conference.
It’s past our bedtime now and we’re fighting jetlag to boot, but if you’re not familiar with the Yalta Conference, read about it here. It was neat to be at the site of some US & World history and we even got a picture to prove it:
We took lots more pictures, but it’s late and we have a full day of ministry tomorrow, with a marriage seminar at a local church added to the schedule unexpectedly – that’s another rule of missions trips: always be flexible.
I’ll post again tomorrow-
Chris and I will board a Swiss Air jet in a few hours for an overnight flight to Zurich, then another flight to Moscow, and finally an S7 Airways flight to Simferopol, Crimea. This will be our first visit to Ukraine (or what was a part of Ukraine before being ‘annexed’ by Russia a few years ago).
We’re looking forward to a reunion with several pastor friends from the Perm, Russia region who will help us conduct a pastor’s retreat for some faithful Crimean pastors who have labored in very difficult circumstances.
We DO love these Russian pastors after several previous visits to various parts of their country, so please pray that we can both encourage and challenge the Crimean pastors in fulfilling their ministry. I’m not sure we’ll have internet access while there, but I’ll certainly try to keep you posted if we do.
Sometimes we must do MORE than pray. If you’ve seen the pictures I’ve seen, I know your heart is moved for the people whose lives have been turned upside-down by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Take a moment to read this article to see how desperate the need.
CLC has a missions partner already on the ground serving people in the affected areas – every penny you give will go to help them. The simplest way to donate is our text to give option: Simply text “Give $Dollar Amount” (ex. Give $100) to (708) 265-3315
Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Chris and I board our first flight early this morning in Siberia (Tuesday evening in Chicago) and should arrive at O’Hare Wednesday afternoon. The media team here in Novokuznetsk provided us with some pics from our time here, so I thought I’d give you a hodgepodge of our experience with this wonderful congregation:
That’s all – see you soon for another installment of “God@the Movies”!
We then spent 3 hours with Pastors Ilya and Janet Bantseev and their board, discussing the whole multi-site model of ministry that CLC uses and that they’ve been considering.
Tonight is our final assignment for this trip, as we teach a 3-hour seminar to their young adults. Then we’ll grab a little sleep before heading to the airport at 5am (Tuesday at 5pm in Chicago). Thanks for all your prayers – see you soon!
Chris preached her heart out at the 5pm service, and it seemed almost everyone in the building responded to the altar invitation! God is working in Siberia, and we feel privileged to be a small part of it!!
But we’re also thinking of home, so if you attended a service at any CLC campus today, please leave us a comment as to what you most enjoyed or how the Lord ministered to you through God@the Movies or the Watoto choir-
His visit this year coincided with our visit for this Family Conference, and he told me in between sessions that his marriage of 40 years is having difficulties now that he and his wife are empty nesters. Pastor Janet Bantseev and I prayed for him and when I opened my eyes, big tears were streaming down his cheeks. Thank God for His providential timing!
Then tonight I preached the first of their four weekend services:
I’m not sure if it’s jetlag or just exhaustion from teaching for six hours and preaching for another hour tonight, but either way, it’s time to hit the sack for some SLEEP!
Can’t wait to hear about the Watoto Choir at CLC tomorrow – if you’re reading this, shoot me a Facebook message or email or even a comment below as to how you enjoy them on Sunday-
Oops – I forgot to take my camera to the seminar tonight, so I have no pics to show you.
Nonetheless, the opening night’s Marriage seminar went as well as we could have hoped – and we really feel needed, as I learned today from Pastor Ilya that the divorce rate here is hovering at almost 90% of marriages!
The church administrator, who is serving as our driver, told me that one of the youth programs they operate has about 40 teens and only ONE of them is living with both of his birth parents – the others are all either single-parent families or living with a step-parent!
So the need is great, but people were quite responsive to our teaching tonight, and EVERYONE here is still talking about the team of CLC’ers who served here last month – they can’t stop talking about what a blessing the team was to them!
Now it’s time for some sleep before our longest day of ministry tomorrow – a six-hour marriage seminar followed by their Saturday weekend service – should be fun!
You may have heard that ISIS has tried to establish a caliphate in the Philippines to use as a launching pad in Asia. Over a month ago, while our CLC team was in Davao, ISIS militants invaded the Muslim capital in the Philippines, Marawi City, which caused the Philippine president to declare martial law throughout Mindanao.
I just heard from Bishop Herley Montes that the war continues and that over 200,000 people have been evacuated from the area, with many of them fleeing to Iligan City, where CLC has a campus. Our church there is reaching out to these Muslim refugees with food and clothing, but their resources are very limited.
We want to respond to help our brothers and sisters in Iligan City be the hands and feet of Jesus to show His love to these displaced Muslims. If you would like to help, you can do so online here. You can also designate an offering at any CLC campus this Sunday to “Philippine relief”. Thanks in advance for helping us to help them!
Pictures below show the devastation from this war:
Chris and I will leave O’Hare about six o’clock tonight on the first of three flights that will get us into Novokuznetsk, Siberia about five o’clock tomorrow night, Chicago time. (Novokuznetsk is 12 hours ahead of us, so it’ll be 5am Friday there)
We’ll be ministering at the same church our CLC missions team recently visited, as our friends, Pastors Ilya & Janet Bantseev, invited us over a year ago to return to do a Family Conference for them. We’ll actually do 3 different seminars – one for married couples on Friday & Saturday, another for parents on Monday and a final one for single adults on Tuesday. We’ll also minister at their four weekend services.
I hope to have internet access to keep you posted during the trip, and we certainly will appreciate your prayers. So sorry that we’ll miss the Watoto Choir, but I know you’ll enjoy them on Sunday morning in Tinley Park and on Sunday night in Hammond! Here’s a preview:
If you haven’t heard, a “Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Osteen” is coming to the United Center on Friday, August 11! (Actually, they’re doing 2 events: a matinee at 2pm and the evening event at 7:30pm)
While some Christians like to criticize Joel for a variety of issues, I’m convinced that God is using him to bring hope to many, many Americans who might never have been open to the Gospel otherwise. For that reason, I’m proud that CLC is one of the sponsoring churches for the United Center event!
There are some benefits to our sponsorship: our ministry will be promoted from the United Center stage to thousands of people, some of whom may be looking for a Spirit-filled church in the south suburbs-
AND, we have a few tickets for CLC’ers at a discount – but please note: the information I gave last Sunday was incorrect, as I was misinformed. The regular price of $15 on JoelOsteen.com turns into over $27.21 when the service fees are added, whereas the price for CLC’ers is just $18.00 (which includes parking at the UC). I apologize that this is almost twice what I announced Sunday, but I was sincerely mistaken and this is our actual cost – we are not adding any markup whatsoever. You can purchase the tickets for the 7:30pm event here, first-come, first-served. (NOTE: we do not have tickets for the 2pm matinee event, so to purchase those tickets go to JoelOsteen.com or click here.)
We’ve also been asked to provide several volunteers to serve as ushers, greeters & retail sales at the matinee and another group for the evening event. If you’re interested in serving at either one (and attend FREE, plus a meal is included), let us know here.
If you’ve been a part of CLC for the past few years, you’ve probably seen the amazing Watoto Choir perform on one of their visits here. To say that they are delightfully energetic is the understatement of the year!
This team of orphans from Uganda are part of a wonderful ministry that is literally making a difference in that African nation – take a look for yourself.
I hope you’ll invite a friend to join you at our Tinley Park campus on Sunday, July 9 at any of our 3 services (8:30, 10 or 12).
By the way, we still need one host home for Saturday night – you can volunteer here.
Today has been a very FULL day of meetings and deliberations for CAPRO. I’m still not sure how I got here, but I’m humbled at the responsibility we carry for 700 missionaries in 35 different nations, most of them located within the 10/40 window of the most unreached peoples on earth.
What CAPRO has been able to do in the past 42 years of missions ministry is nothing short of a miracle of God’s grace, especially considering their limited resources. Even more astonishing is that 80% of their financial support comes from within Nigeria! (Humbling for this American to realize that God uses people outside of the USA to accomplish His work!)
We finished our deliberations here about noon on Friday, Chicago time, and after a hair-raising, two-and-a-half-hour drive to the Lagos airport in rush hour traffic and an even crazier check-in experience at the airport, I’ll be boarding my return flight soon. See you Sunday!
My first day here for CAPRO meetings was spent with several hours of discussion with the subcommittee dealing with Resource Development. Honestly, it could have been depressing, since the needs are so great and the ‘bread and fish’ so small, but I really felt we made some progress and I was even able to contribute a few ideas that may work even in an African context.
I wish everyone could see how much this ministry accomplishes on so little in the way of resources – it’s really a modern-day testimony to God’s favor and the miraculous!
Tomorrow we’ll be in meetings from morning until dinner time, when I’ll head back to the airport for my return flight home.
I left the office yesterday afternoon for an evening flight to Frankfurt and then my connecting flight that should get me into Lagos, Nigeria about 10:30 Wednesday morning in Chicago.
This may be the shortest missions trip I’ve ever made, as I’ll be in meetings on Thursday and Friday as part of the CAPRO International Council before flying home, arriving back at O’Hare on Saturday morning.
As the International Chairman told me last November, I’m hoping to add value, not just color to the CAPRO team – so please pray for wisdom in all our deliberations about the missions work CAPRO’s 700 missionaries do in 35 nations across the world.
See you Sunday!
This past Sunday morning my daughter received this picture in a text from my daughter-in-love. Jen had bought the ‘onesie’ outfits for Lincoln and Riley about a year ago and we loved the picture of them.
However, this past Sunday the text from Dorothy explained that she has a friend who is actively serving Syrian refugees in Germany, and that the friend had learned of a Syrian family who also had twin preemies, who were the same birth weight as our twins!
Dorothy sent them some infant clothing, including the onesie outfits, and when my wife & daughter saw the pic during service on Sunday, they were moved to tears – and then Chris heard the Lord whisper, “That’s what I love about this family!”
You may not think God speaks like that to people, but I do. And I do think His heart is touched that even our daughter in law wants to help the needy in the Nations. May those Syrian twins come to know Jesus and serve Him well in years to come!
And I’m still rejoicing that CLC sends 70% of our monthly missions support to the 10/40 window! (I also think God loves that about our CLC family!)
I’m headed to Guaranteed Rate Field (still think that’s the dumbest name for a stadium I’ve ever heard) as the Sox play the Royals tonight – but I’m not going for the game. (In fact, I haven’t been to a Sox game in at least 2 or 3 years, maybe longer.)
Instead, I’m headed there for a planning meeting with Champions Network, because Joel Osteen will be at the United Center for a “Night of Hope” this August 11. In case you’re not aware, Joel regularly ministers to full stadiums for these events, and 50% of those who attend are unbelievers/unchurch folks and 70% of them respond to his call for repentance and trust in Christ as these events!
I’m excited that CLC has been invited to help as a sponsoring church and the potential to see hungry people brought into the Kingdom on August 11!
As you probably know, we have campuses in Mindanao, Philippines – and I just heard from Pastor Herley Montes at our Davao City campus – they baptized 130 new converts this week! Rejoice with them at the pic below:
It’s been a great trip:
but we’re ready to be home for a great Palm Sunday celebration (with the donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem….or, maybe one like it) and a great word from Messianic Jewish believer, Justin Kron as to why ‘only Jesus’ could be our Savior! (Your celebration of Communion will never be the same again after this Sunday!)
And that means EASTER is just days away! WHO are you inviting to be your guest?
see you soon-
One more day of meetings with the pastors here and then we’ll board our flight for home! So looking forward to week 2 of “Only Jesus” as we hear from Messianic Jewish believer, Justin Kron!
Now that the hard work is over, we’re looking forward to a chance to connect & plan for the future with Pastors Jesse & Soar McCaul!
Honestly, four consecutive days of teaching for hours each day has both of us wiped out, but the good news is that we have only a half-day of ministry tomorrow as we finish the last seminar! This bed has never looked so good……
After the two morning services in the brand-new building (actually located inside a shopping mall, so the location couldn’t be better to reach Cambodians) and a quick lunch with friends, we had a little time to get rest before the two evening services – one at the new location and one at their other campus in a different part of the city. I’ll report on those services when we return tonight-
In between the fun activities, Chris & I spent about six hours teaching four of Dr. John C. Maxwell’s “Laws of Leadership” to students & faculty alike, and they were like sponges, drinking in every word we said. I believe much good seed was sown today!
Our first seminar for EQUIP on this trip was at VisionFund Cambodia, which is the microfinance arm of World Vision. They serve over 250,000 families in Cambodia, which makes them the largest microfinance ministry in the world, as they offer small loans & other financial services to poor families, helping them to grow small businesses and enable their children to grow up with improved health and education.
Now some more sleep to try to kick the jet lag that’s hindering both of us before we head to the leading university in all of Cambodia, Beltei International, for another seminar tomorrow-
I guess keeping everyone posted from this trip applies even when nothing happens. For the first time in a long time (ever?), we deliberately planned a day of rest before diving into our leadership seminars here. By that I mean our flight arrived about midnight local time last night and today we did nothing except sleep, eat, and study a bit for our week of ministry here.
Our first of three seminars begins tomorrow at 8am (8pm Thursday, Chicago time) and I should have some pics and reports for you after that. Until then, I’m gonna give in to jetlag and sleep some more!
Chris and I were up before dawn today to catch the first of 3 flights that will get us to Phnom Penh about 10am on Wednesday, Chicago time.
We’ll be teaching three different leadership seminars for EQUIP and ministering at one of our favorite churches in the world, New Life Fellowship. They recently moved to a new location in a shopping mall, with tons more room than they had before and many, many people have been flooding into their services according to Pastor Jesse McCaul. We’re expecting BIG things!
If you’d like to pray for us with specifics, I’ve attached our itinerary. Thanks for standing with us – I’ll keep you updated daily if possible-
There were no new questions submitted this week, but here’s a good one from 2009: A CLCer recently asked, “Why are there so many bible translations? Is anyone of them better than the other? Which translation is your favorite one? Which translation would you recommend people to read?”
Great questions! Let’s take them one at a time:
As I’ve explained at other times, I personally try to use a different version each year for my daily “through the Bible in a year” devotions. I’ve found my mixing it up each year, it helps me not to get stale by thinking “I’ve read this before”.
That was fun….hope it was helpful. Now, what would YOU like to ask the Pastor?
We Americans see and hear about the Syrian refugee crisis almost nightly. The whole issue of refugees has become a political football in our country, with lots of opinions but no real solutions to what some have called the “worst humanitarian crisis since WWII”, with literally half of the population of Syria killed or displaced from their homes since the crisis began.
What you don’t hear on the nightly news is how God’s people have responded. Just a few days ago I heard from our partners at ELAM how thousands of Muslims have become refugees in various European countries, and literally have been knocking on the doors of churches, looking for information about Jesus and Christianity. In fact, I heard of just one small church in Europe that has baptized over 1,000 Muslims in the last year alone!
Yesterday I heard what our partners at OneHope are doing to serve these refugees and was especially touched by the testimony from Pastor Paul Demetriades of Thessaloniki, Greece, whose congregation has responded in sacrificial ways to refugees in Greece. As he described how some of his own members who are unemployed and struggling financially show up to serve the refugees instead of focusing on their own needs.
When asked what he had learned through this crisis, Pastor Paul said, “you don’t have to have things to be a giver; you just have to be there!”
To that I would simply add, SELAH.
I’m so glad CLC is able to partner with ministries like OneHope!
P.S. I also got to meet Kirk Cousins, quarterback of the Washington Redskins who is a committed believer (if talk radio is right, the Bears may be looking to acquire him during this off-season, and I for one wouldn’t mind having a Spirit-filled Christian behind center!)
I joined my wife and daughter in south Florida today for the 30th Anniversary of OneHope, one of our favorite missions partners at CLC. Tonight we heard from the founder, Bob Hoskins, who has faithfully engaged in ministry to reach the lost for 73 years (he started preaching at age 7)!
The thing that I love most about Bob and his son, Rob (who is the President of OneHope) is their heart for souls, as each of them still weeps for those that are being reached through this amazing ministry.
But the unexpected highlight of the day for us was to be joined at our assigned table tonight by our friends from Perm, Russia, Bishop Edward & Larisa Grabovenko. Edward leads the largest network of evangelical pastors in the nation, and is the founder of perhaps the largest Spirit-filled church in Russia, where we’ve been privileged to minister about five or six times through the years, and it was great to reconnect with them tonight-
We’ll be in meetings tomorrow as the Hope Celebration continues, then home on Wednesday in time for our final Life Group meeting for “That’s MY Church”-
This concluded our ministry assignment for this trip – but we’re taking the next few days for some much needed R & R at a nearby resort Pastor Herley has been telling us about. (We really do plan to rest, so I may not post so much from Pearl Farm Beach Resort)
One more ministry event as we speak to CLC-Davao’s married couples tomorrow at a Valentine’s Banquet. Thanks for the prayers-
We’re gonna to get some rest after today’s ministry marathon, as we’ll begin meeting with the CLC network of pastors in about 12 hours. Thanks for the prayers!
I know some of you are concerned about our safety after learning that an earthquake hit the Philippines a few hours ago – but it was centered about 200 miles north of Davao City (where we are).
So the BIG NEWS for CLC is that Erik Lumagsao proposed to Joy Bumanlag last night shortly after Chris & I taught at a special event here for young professional singles! (Erik was an intern in our EnTheos ministry last year & won our hearts at CLC – but he & Joy have been together for so long I wasn’t sure he’d ever pop the question!)
So, thanks for your prayers – we are safe & sound. In a few hours we begin a marathon day of ministry here with five services between us. And a special congrats to Erik & Joy!
I’m typing this at O’Hare where Chris and I will soon depart for the first of two flights that will get us into Manila about 9am Friday (Chicago time). We then get a night’s sleep in Manila before flying to Davao City for the first assignment of this missions trip, a Saturday session with the singles of our CLC-Davao campus.
Then it’s a whirlwind of ministry, with 5 services on Sunday, 3 on Monday and 3 on Tuesday, concluding with a Valentine’s banquet for the married couples of CLC-Davao. Since they just had over 200 people come forward to receive Christ last Sunday, I’m especially excited to see what God is doing there!
I’ll try to post each day to keep you aware of what we’re doing, and I can’t wait to hear your reports this Sunday as we continue the “That’s MY Church” series. I’ve already previewed the messages, and it’s going to be good at each campus!
Thanks for your prayers-
One of my favorite connections in missions began in 2001, when we were first introduced to a Nigerian-based missions movement known as ‘CAPRO’. From that initial contact through their missionary in Senegal (at the time), Charles Bavelloni, we have since met so many wonderful men and women of God – people of integrity – who love Jesus and His Church and who are giving their lives to help make the Great Commission the Great Fulfillment!
I believe in the mission and work of CAPRO so much that I’ve been honored to serve on their USA board in the past and last year was invited to join their International Council. Even more importantly, when CAPRO appointed their first representative to North America (Niyi & Tayo Gbade), CLC provided an office for them to be based here.
This past Sunday afternoon we were blessed to conduct a “missions awareness” meeting to introduce CAPRO to some CLC’ers and other church leaders in Chicagoland, and we were blessed to have Tom Ogunleye, chairman of CAPRO USA and Amos Aderonmu, one of the founders of CAPRO who now serves in South Sudan.
Thank God for Kingdom partnerships!
On this Super Bowl Sunday, our Davao City, Philippines campus is undisputed champion:
Before we get too far into 2017, I want to look back one more time at what all CLC did in missions last year. When I first saw the recap video, I was amazed, and I’m thankful for all the CLC’ers who made this report possible:
We’re home now and I can’t wait for “The Polar Express” this Sunday (December 11) at each CLC campus!
Tomorrow will be the longest day of our trip, as we start early with a worship service at “Revive Israel” (one of CLC’s partners in the Land), before going to the Garden Tomb and seeing the site of Jesus’ crucifixion (and resurrection!). After our final stop at Hezekiah’s tunnel under the streets of Jerusalem, we’ll head to the airport for the long flight home.
The highlight of every trip to the pool of Bethesda is actually at St. Anne’s church next door, famous for it’s amazing acoustics. Of course, we had to test it by singing “It is Well with my Soul” as a group – and it was beautiful (if I say so myself)
Tomorrow will be another full day in the Old City, including a visit to Yad Vashem, the museum to the Holocaust, which I think is the heaviest place on earth. I’ll post more then-
tomorrow will be one of our busiest days, with an early boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, followed by a Shabat Celebration and pastoral installation service at Tents of Mercy, and then an afternoon of touring other Biblical sites. Time for some shut-eye now!
I posted a few hours ago, just before going to dinner at our hotel, thinking our day was pretty much over. But we were joined at dinner by our friends, Leon & Nina Mazin, and they stayed for our team meeting afterward to share with us.
Tomorrow we’ll head to the Jordan River where almost the entire group of 32 will be water baptized, and take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee as the tour continues-
I spent part of the day touring their compound, as almost every building on their site wasn’t here on my last visit in 2005! I wish every CLC’er could see the beautiful sanctuary, the Children’s Home, the primary school, the medical clinic, the social hall, the library, and even the guest house where I stayed – their property alone is now valued at over $2 million USD (not counting the buildings), and ALL of it is debt-free, to the glory of God!
They also took me for some last-minute Christmas shopping at Kazuri, a fascinating, Christian-owned pottery & jewelry enterprise that now provides employment to 340 Kenyans, most of whom are single moms who are able to support their families as a result.
I took the whole tour of their operation in case you wanna see (I guess if you don’t wanna see you should stop reading now):
Get this: their products are now sold in many different countries around the world, including Harrod’s of London, and here in the USA department stores like Macy’s, Dillards, and more! All from humble beginnings by some Christians who wanted to provide jobs for needy women in Kenya – I love to see Christian entrepreneurs succeed!
That’s all for this trip – I’ll board a flight in a couple of hours and be home Tuesday afternoon, ready to celebrate Thanksgiving and then share with you as we open our Christmas series THIS Sunday!
That completed MY Sunday here in Nairobi, but as a pastor, I’m always curious about things at home. If you attended any service at any campus of CLC today, please leave your thoughts about the service you attended:
I look forward to being home Tuesday and can’t wait to see all of you next Sunday for the kick-off of “Christmas@the Movies” with ‘ELF’ – invite a friend!
It was two full days of meetings with some of the finest men I’ve ever known and I often wondered why I was here – but near the end of the meetings, the International Director, Sam Kputu said, “Pastor Jerry, you’re not here just to add color; you’re here to add value!”
(Hoping I’ll be able to do that as we go along)
As the meetings ended, our long-time partners in Nairobi, David & Jennifer Hatley picked me up and we enjoyed great fellowship over some good food tonight before they dropped me at their guesthouse. I’ll minister at Church on the Rock tomorrow morning and afternoon and spend some time with the Hatley’s on Monday before catching my flight back to Chicago. Thanks for all the prayers!
I was especially touched by Dondo’s story as all the Council members introduced themselves this morning in the opening session. It seems that he had a series of dreams & visions in which he saw himself doing missions, but he had no knowledge of any missions ministry. He searched for months, asking people he would meet if they knew of missions. Finally, he was told to go to a certain town where there were people who did missions, but when he arrived there, he couldn’t find them. So he went to a parking lot where taxi drivers often met and asked them, but none of the taxi’s knew about missions until a young man on a motorcycle asked what they were talking about and quickly told Dondo that there was missions where he was from, which required more travel by bus. When Dondo finally reached the place and the bus dropped him off, he looked up toward the missions training school and it was exactly the picture he had seen in his dreams! Today he is the Director for CAPRO in Nigeria!
They actually seated me between Pade and Bro. Amos Aderonmu, who also has visited CLC, so I really had to behave today.
Hope to share more tomorrow if I can access the internet again, and then I’ll spend the weekend in ministry with Missionary David Hatley at Church on the Rock here in Nairobi.
I left last evening for Nairobi, Kenya where I will begin my service as a member of the CAPRO International Council. You may recall that we have partnered with CAPRO in Senegal for the past 15 years, and I could not be more impressed with the integrity and single-minded focus of this Nigerian-based missions agency.
I was honored earlier this year when their highest leadership council asked me to join them as possibly the first American to serve, and this week’s meeting is my first opportunity. We’ll be deliberating over some major challenges the ministry currently faces, so your prayers for wisdom and supernatural direction are needed.
I’ll try to post regularly this week to keep you informed on my whereabouts and work, so stay tuned-
Today I’m reposting this question from 2008:
Someone asked about the meaning of “five-fold ministry”, which is a term often used these days.
First, thanks for finally asking a ‘softball question’ that I can easily answer!
The term gets its origin from Ephesians 4:11-13 where the various ministry gifts that Jesus has given to the Church are listed: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Since there are a total of five, oftentimes this kind of minister is referred to as a ‘five-fold ministry’, to distinguish from the fact that according to the New Testament, all of us as believers are ‘ministers’, since each of us has a ministry from the Lord to fulfill. It’s perhaps a healthier way to view the Church rather than the traditional “clergy v. laity” terminology that is contrary to Scripture.
The Ephesian 4:11 ministers are called and gifted by the Lord specifically for the word of equipping the members of the church to fulfill their individual ministries. Much has been written on the specifics of those fivefold ministers, but let me give my brief summary here:
Apostles are ‘fathering’ ministries who generally open up new areas for the gospel (such as missionaries who bring the Gospel into an unreached area) and/or who have many churches/ministers under their covering or leadership, who look to them for oversight.
Prophets are often trans-local ministers (meaning, they may travel and minister to the Body of Christ at large, rather than ministering in one local church), and they are gifted to see and proclaim word from God that often reveal the future or establish God’s heart on particular matters. Prophets are often thought to be ‘ahead of their times’ and tend to see things in clear black-and-white ways rather than shades of gray.
Evangelists are gifted to lead lost people to Christ, and to train others to do the same. They are often gifted with the working of miracles or healing gifts, to help facilitate their ministry to the lost.
Pastors are the shepherds who are given to feed, guide and protect the sheep (members) of a local church.
Teachers are gifted by the Lord to teach His Word to His people, with clarity and insight, so that the Word can be lived out.
To be honest – and I hope this doesn’t stir up needless controversy – a careful reading of Ephesians 4:11 indicates only a ‘fourfold’ ministry, since the office of pastor and teacher is joined, as in pastor-teacher. This is easy to understand, since one of the primary requirements for a pastor is that he be able to teach.
Finally, I suspect the reason that the term is used quite often these days is to distinguish the fact that the Church (or individual using the term) does believe in all five of these ministries as being valid today. For many years, it seemed the Church as a whole only embraced three of the five (evangelists, pastors and teachers) and the ministry-gift of Apostle and Prophet was considered by many to have ended in the early years of the New Testament. However, like many churches across the globe, CLC definitely embraces the role of Apostles and Prophets as still be valid (and needed!) in the church today.
P.S. Among the many excesses that I’ve witnessed in the Church is the proliferation of ministers who are “claiming” the titles without doing the ‘stuff’. Quite often I hear someone referred to as “Apostle so-and-so” who in reality has never fathered anything and has no real following of churches and ministers, etc. At CLC, we prefer to err on the other side; i.e., we don’t often use the title; we just thank God for the ‘ministry’. Thus, I may refer to someone as providing ‘apostolic oversight’ to a group of churches instead of calling him, ‘Apostle’. In my humble opinion, real men and women of God aren’t interested in titles; they are doing the ministry! May their kind never cease until we reach that perfect day of Christ-
We finally had some time off today to be with Pastors Jesse & Soar McCaul. We love them like our own children, and we’re so thankful to get to be a part of what God is doing through their ministry here.
The highlight of our time together was a guided tour of their new facility that is currently under construction. It’s an absolute miracle how God is providing them with more than twice the space they currently have, but on a major street inside a new shopping mall! Take a look & rejoice with us:
As pastors, we know the real excitement is NOT about brick & mortar, but about the fact that this new facility will enable NLF to reach many more Cambodians with the love of Jesus, and we fully expect explosive growth for this wonderful New Testament church!
That’s all for this trip – we’ll be boarding in less than 2 hours for the first of three flights (Phnom Penh-Seoul; Seoul-LA; LA-Chicago) that will get us home Tuesday evening.
Our final day of ministry on this trip was spent at one of our favorite churches in the world, New Life Fellowship in Phnom Penh, pastored by Jesse & Soar McCaul.
Finally our ministry time for this trip is done – tomorrow we’ll spend the day with Pastors Jesse & Soar. We’re excited to see their new building under construction now and then catch our midnight flight home-
We forgot to take pictures of our seminar at Beltei International University yesterday, but their school photographer did not:
Today was our final day of EQUIP seminars, as we had the privilege of teaching at the leading university in all of Cambodia, Beltei International University. This was our second time to teach here, and we are building a wonderful relationship with His Excellency, Mr. Ly Chheng, who is the founder and President of the school.
We compressed an entire notebook of six lessons that normally take us a minimum of nine hours to teach into a little less than six hours today, but in the process we forgot to take any pictures of our audience, which was comprised about half and half of students and faculty from Beltei.
We’re praising God for the opportunity to sow into these precious people for whom Christ died, but we’re also thankful that today was the last of back-to-back-to-back seminars, as Chris and I are both wiped out!
We’ll minister at two of the three services at New Life Fellowship tomorrow. Thanks for your prayers for this wonderful ministry which is leading the way in Cambodia!
Thanks for your prayers – one more seminar to go tomorrow, then we’ll minister at a couple of services at New Life Fellowship on Sunday before catching our return flight on Monday-
So day 2 is done and tomorrow we’ll spend all day with those university students, learning why “Today Matters”. Until then-
It was 32 hours of travel from when we woke up at home Monday morning before we reached our hotel in Phnom Penh, so our teaching may have been discombobulated today, but we managed to complete 4 of the 6 lessons at New Life Fellowship:
We’re early to bed tonight so we’ll be rested for tomorrow’s conclusion at NLF in the morning, before opening another seminar for the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports in the afternoon. More later-
Chris and I leave before dawn this morning for O’Hare to catch the first of three flights that will get us to Phnom Penh, Cambodia about 11am tomorrow.
While there we’ll be teaching back-to-back-to-back seminars for EQUIP, the missions arm of Dr. John C. Maxwell. The first seminar will be with our dear friends at New Life Fellowship (led by Pastors Jesse & Soar McCaul) on Wednesday & Thursday. Then on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday we’ll teach some officials from the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports, along with some hand-picked university students and then all day Saturday we’ll teach faculty and students at the most prestigious university in Cambodia, Beltei International University. Sunday night we’ll speak at one of the campuses of New Life and then spend Monday in meetings with Pastor Jesse before catching our return flight to Chicago.
Whew! As always, it’s going to be a full 9 days, but we’re excited about what God will do! Thanks for the prayers-
Today was the climax of our N2 series, and what a powerful day it was with Dr. Patricia Bailey as our guest at the Tinley Park campus!
I shared this with our entire CLC staff yesterday, to explain how I sincerely want each of them to experience the spiritual growth that I have experienced through this simple practice each year. Honestly, it’s not about the money! It’s about growing closer to God:
I want this for every CLC’er!
It’s NOT about the money; it really is about YOUR spiritual growth!
CLC excels in SO many areas. Would you read 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, and aspire to excel in this area as well?
I pray that you will join me in making a Faith Promise commitment this Sunday.
Worship at the closing session of the Gateway Conference was as strong as I’ve ever experienced, so we ALL ended the conference on a high note (pun intended).
But for me perhaps the biggest takeaway is how missions had made our world smaller. There were close to 5,000 people here for the conference, and the building is understandably HUGE. Yet in the past two days, just minding our own business walking to the different sessions, I was able to meet:
Get this: none of us knew the other was coming to the conference in advance; we simply bumped into each other on the Gateway campus! (what are the odds?)
I hope you understand that these aren’t just happenstances; these men have become friends from afar to us. As we continue our N2 series this Sunday, my prayer for every CLC is that you, too will join us in the adventure of missions and be able to build a genuine relationship with someone in the Nations – it really is a special treat in God’s Kingdom! Can’t wait until Sunday!
In many ways, this is my favorite time of our church calendar, as we take a few weeks to FOCUS on the Mission of The Church, the last words that Jesus gave us:
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Here’s what you can expect for the next 3 Sundays at our Tinley Park campus (our other Chicagoland campuses will be participating in the missions emphasis as well):
(In my best Bishop Jakes voice, “get ready, get ready, gen ready, GET READY!”
Without a doubt, the #1 objection to our missions focus at CLC through the years has come from well-meaning Christians who question, “why do we focus so much on The Nations when we have so many needs right here at home?”
If you’ve ever wondered that, I hope you’ll be present at any Chicagoland campus as we kick-off our 2016 “N2” series this Sunday, September 25, when we’ll focus on the first ‘N’ word of the series, ‘neighbors’. And then for the following three Sundays of our Missions Emphasis, besides our international emphasis, we’ll also look at what CLC is doing in the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana to reach our own neighbors.
Here’s just a quick list to whet your appetite for Sunday:
and a whole LOT more!
Sunday we talked about the difference the local church makes, not only in America, but around the world – and I mentioned one such church in Irbil, Iraq that had 1,600 refugees show up in their courtyard, needing everything, since they had left all their possessions behind while fleeing Islamic persecution.
In case you missed it, here’s a one-minute video summary from the pastor:
I love his line: “we don’t call them refugees; we call them our relatives” – that’s what it means to be in God’s family, The Church!
We still have one more Sunday of “Family Matters” before our campaign comes to a close (maybe the most important message of the series!), but I’m already looking ahead to what’s NEXT at CLC………..
It’s our annual Missions Emphasis that we’re calling “N2” – as we go to both our Neighbors right here in Chicagoland, AND to The Nations of the world for whom Jesus died!
Mark your calendar for some of the most amazing guests we’ve ever hosted at CLC, with Don Finto and Tod McDowell joining us on October 2, and Dr. Patricia Bailey as our guest on October 16, plus an incredible ‘Compassion Experience” on October 7-10. Click on any of the links to learn more-
I can’t wait!
After his message, the Holy Spirit ministered powerfully in the altars as we prayed over each of the pastors and many of the local leaders, before a party-atmosphere of praise broke forth in the entire auditorium. I recorded a brief video to show you, but the file is too large for me to post here. (Once we return, I’ll get our tech guys to help me so you can see a little of what God is doing in the Philippines through CLC!)
We have about 3 hours now to get some ‘quick sleep’ before leaving for the first of three flights that will get us back to Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. Thanks for the prayers!
Now it’s time for some sleep before we begin the FIRST-EVER CLC-Philippines Convention tomorrow morning with all 11 of our campuses – pray for great anointing on all our meetings!
By now you’ve no doubt heard of the terrorist bombing in Davao City – it happened Friday about 50 yards from our hotel, but we didn’t arrive until almost 24 hours later. Thank God that several of our CLC-Davao youth were in the market that evening, but none of them were injured by the blast! For the remainder of this trip we’ll be ministering in Davao, so we appreciate your continued prayers, not just for safety, but especially for anointing & favor from the Lord on our meetings!
I started receiving texts from CLC’ers this morning about 1am, concerned about the news of a bombing in Davao City that killed at least 14 and injured 67 others, but Chris and I were never in any danger, as we don’t travel to Davao until this evening.
Our second day of ministry here in northern Mindanao was spent in Cagayan de Oro, where we both preached twice, and while I failed to document any of the services with pictures, I must tell you that the Lord really used Chris last night to impact many of the young leaders from several different congregatinos who had gathered for these meetings. I was one proud husband as she brought a prophetic word that had obvious impact, and I saw several leaders who received emotional healing from wounds of their past!
This morning we will teach at another meeting with key leaders at CLC-Cagayan de Oro and then head to the airport this afternoon for our flight to Davao. Please continue to pray for those affected by the bombing there – I don’t yet know if any of our CLC-Davao members were included.
(I’ll remember my phone for the rest of our schedule so I can include some pics)
Our first day in Mindanao was terrific (especially considering jetlag).
Bishop Herley Montes and the CLC-Iligan pastor, Sylbert, met us at the airport and drove about 2 hours to Iligan. After showing us the ‘sights’ high above the city and the waterfalls for which the city is known.
Then four churches of various denominations came together for a combined worship service hosted by CLC-Iligan.
We’re leaving in a few minutes for the 2-hour drive to Cagayan de Oro where we’ll have a network of pastor’s gathering all afternoon and a church service tonight. More later-
Chris and I left home yesterday about 5pm to catch the first of three flights that will eventually get us to our hotel in Manila, Philippines about 2am Wednesday (Chicago time). We’ll stay there overnight before catching another flight to Cagayan de Oro in northern Mindanao by Wednesday night in Chicago.
I should have WiFi at the hotel and if so will keep you updated each day of the trip – here’s the schedule in the Philippines, which is 13 hours ahead of Chicago time, for those of you inclined to pray for us:
Thursday night – minister at the CLC campus in Iligan City in northern Mindanao.
Friday afternoon/evening – teaching a gathering of pastors & ministering in a service at our CLC campus in Cagayan de Oro.
Sunday – Chris & I will minister in all 3 services for our Davao City campus.
Monday – we will minister along with Bishop Herley Montes and Pastor Joel Montes at the first-ever CLC Philippines Convention, when 11 campuses of CLC are coming together for an all-day plus evening gathering!
Tuesday – we have a fellowship gathering planned during the day so we can get to know these pastors & leaders better, followed by the closing service of the convention that night.
Then it’s three more flights on Wednesday to get us back home!