Restoring Sight (Philippines Mission Trip 2013)

“He answered, ‘Whether He is a sinner, I do no know.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.’” (John 9:25) I spent much of last week helping a team of amazing missionaries from Crossroads Baptist Church that provided care to the Filipino people.  An eyeglass clinic was one of […]

The Night the Heavens opened up in Bacao

We spent yesterday afternoon and evening in the barangay of Bacao.  We had the largest turnout of any clinic to date.  We ticket each event.  We plan to see 180 optical patients and 180 medical patients.  When we arrive they are there waiting.  Only, in the Philippines, 360 people = 400 plus!  Emphasis on the […]

The Anatomy of a Short Term Mission Trip (Philippines Mission Report #5)

I want to try to help people better understand what goes into a well-executed short-term mission trip.  Sometimes people think teams just show up somewhere, hand out a few tracts or bibles and see the glory of God fall.  While God could certainly do it that way (He can do things however He desires – […]

Where in the world have we been? (Philippines Mission Trip Report #4)

I apologize for the scarcity of reports.  We have had internet connectivity issues, brown outs, and a busier schedule than you can imagine.  This morning has finally afforded me an opportunity to catch you up a bit. To date, we have had 6 major evangelistic efforts:  four medical/optical clinics and two crusades.  Each effort has […]

Hard Work, Screaming Monkeys, and Brown Outs (Missions Report #3 – Philippines Mission Trip)

[NOTE FROM ROB:  I wrote this days ago (I think….  Time is a blur to me right now.).  However, internet connectivity issues have prevented me from posting, so I thought I would post it belatedly so that you can get a feel for how things are going and what we are experiencing.) A recurrent theme […]

What is missions? (Philippines Report – Day #2)

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.  For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above […]

Why do missions (Philippines Report #1 – Travel Day)

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 that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” The words of the Great Commission weigh heavy on my heart today.  I’ve been awake for 24 […]

Happy Meteor Friday Everybody!

Jaime Nomen is a dental surgeon by day and an amateur astronomer by night.  A year ago he discovered a meteor known as 2012 DA14.  Some time today, 2012 DA14 will brush past the earth’s orbit, narrowly missing us and the opportuitiy to wreak some 2012-type cataclysmic event. Seriously people – if something big enough […]

Protestant Contemplation over the Papal Resignation

It seems like only yesterday that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was being installed to the Papal See.  In reality, that was almost eight years ago.  My how time flies! The world was shocked this week by Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation.  Citing health reasons, Benedict will step down on February 28.  Media rumors have swirled around about […]