I mentioned in my previous post a special mission project that our church is helping with. It's special to our family personally because of who is participating in this project - our older son, Samuel! He is going on a church-planting mission trip in January to Antipolo City, a suburb of Manila in The Philippines.
Missionary Clark Graham, a graduate of West Coast Baptist College, is starting this new church, and WCBC is sending a team of students to help saturate the city with the Gospel in the week before the opening service. Our son sat through the service when it was introduced to the people of Lancaster Baptist Church, wishing that he could be a part of it all. He gave in the offering that was taken that night, thinking that was all he'd be able to do. During chapel on Wednesday of that week, it was announced that the college would be taking a group of students to help with that project in January, as well as another one to El Salvador in March. Samuel said his heart leapt at the thought of going on the trip to The Philippines, and that afternoon he called Wes to see what he thought of the idea. Wes told him to pray about it for the rest of the week, and then decide. Sam prayed all week, and by the weekend knew that this was something God would allow him to do.
Wes and I are so pleased to see Samuel so willing to give of himself to the Lord's service. He told us when he went to college that he wanted to do everything he possibly could in the next four years, including mission trips. He's staying very busy working, studying, participating in ministries on campus, and singing with another tour group on Sundays. In fact, I haven't spoken to him directly in over two weeks because he hasn't been in his room on the weekend for me to call him!
Please pray for our boy as he takes yet another step of faith. As a mother, I'm concerned for his health and safety while outside the country, but more importantly, we want him to see the Lord work in a mighty way as this new church starts in The Philippines!