On April 20, the rest of the Balangao Team 1 arrived back home – Austin in Kidron, OH, Matt in Sugar Creek, OH and Kyle in Lancaster, SC. Daryl arrived on Sunday in Waxhaw, NC and Robinson arrived in Iligan City in Mindanao on Tuesday, and Brad arrived March 30 in Jenison, MI. I praise God for their safe return, providing them with a wonderful experience in Natonin and with the Balangao people. We also had a get together Tuesday evening with some of the 2nd team members, plus hear firsthand report from Daryl, leader of team 1 and showing us the beginning of phase 1 and the progress that was made.
As I watched the video of what was accomplished, I thought of my visit to Natonin August 2010. I remember looking down below the church of where the proposed site was supposed to be. I had no idea how that building was going to be done let alone be funded. But praise God He provided through His people and their love to see His Word translated in the heart language! A big THANK YOU AND PRAISE TO THE LORD for all the people who have provided the funding, Balangao team 1 whom God picked from the US to work side by side with the Balangao team in Natonin! They worked hard to accomplish phase 1 and all praise goes to the Lord.
Balangao Team 1 has the shovel resting comfortably in Natonin until Balangao team 2 arrive on May 1 and start moving the shovel again on May 2. This team led by retired Wycliffe missionaries Bob and Linda Keizer, comes from different parts of the US – such as Illinois, Kansas, Ohio and NC! Their job will be to put up the block walls, build columns, weld metal trusses and install them, put on roofing, partition two offices, wire the building, install windows and doors, plumb the bathroom and kitchen, install ceiling, plaster the walls inside and outside and hopefully paint. Do you think they can do all that in 10 days??
Thanks again TEAM 1 for a job well done, and all praise goes to the Lord!
As you celebrate this Easter weekend, remember – “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” Mark 16:6