THE PRAYER THAT SHOULD BE

pray“Dear Chi, I praise God for all the answered prayers…”
This was a short phrase in one of the letters I received from a prayer partner. I felt some ambivalence when I read it- happy because once again God proved Himself faithful and true, on the other hand, sad and guilty because the Holy Spirit gave me a stinging rebuke- ‘Are you really faithful and fervent in your prayer life?’
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HILGENDORF MEMORIAL CLINIC

BDR. ELIunhian Medical Station, otherwise known as the Hilgendorf Memorial Clinic (HMC) started in 1973. I was traveling through Bagabag one day after the completion of my residency training in surgery searching out a place where my wife and I could do some medical missionary. He told me of an Ifugao group in one of the remote areas of the province needing medical help. I told him I was not making any promise since I did not have any finances to start any clinic or medical work but said that if the Ifugaos in the area would build an air strip, I would be willing to come and make a survey. The people built the strip in three days. This started the ball rolling.
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CULTURE SHOCK

1dVisiting a pure Manobo village like Misulong for our scheduled  immunization was indeed a real struggle of adjustment for me. Misulong is 70 kilometers from Tagpopoot, via Maniki and Sto. Nino, by jeep and motorbike. It is populated by the Talaingod Manobo tribe. To reach Misulong, you either have to climb a steep path for 1 ½ kilometer or hike 3 kilometers along the main road. We brought a lot of baggage for our medical outreach: vaccine carrier, medicines, food supplies and personal things… so I requested the Manobo men to help carry some of them. One Manobo church elder tried his best to help us, in spite of his fractured right arm and a 2 year old child he was carrying. He requested his friends to help too. To my surprise, they were not listening! So, we tried our best to carry everything. Deep inside, I was so discouraged and disappointed with what I observed. To think that we were going to their village to help them out! If this is their attitude, I decided then and made up my mind not to visit Misulong anymore! (more…)

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Reflections on a MAP Worker's Life

1kInitially the worker enters the field equipped with the professional degree garnered after 5 to 10 years of sweating in college plus of course her desire to manifest her obedience and desire to follow the Lord through missions. Significantly each has his own set of ideas regarding mission work depending on personal experience and spiritual background. Being used to attending church within the four walls of a big chapel, with its highly organized sets of activities and personnel, the warm fellowship, and familiar faces, she now finds herself a jack of all trades not only on the spiritual field but in numerous areas as well.
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How God used a Physician to Recount the Christmas Story

Luke1-2Although Dr. Luke was not one of the disciples, God saw it fit to use him to do a detailed and accurate research (as a scientist would) of the data given him by eyewitnesses and servants of the Word. He says in Luke 1:3-4, “Therefore since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
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