On the 28th of March I was on the plane to Coimbatore, a city in South India. I was met by Bro. Shadrack Arjun, the pastor of the local church in the city. He is also doing a great work among the tribal people in the outlaying areas. He took me to his home where I stayed during my time in the city. We had three services in Bro. Shadrack's church. One of the ministers of a church in the Tribal Areas came for the meetings with his wife. We also went together with Bro Shadrack, his wife and an Elder in the church on motorbikes to another town, 70km. from Coimbatore, for a service.
On April 1st, before catching the flight for Singapore, I had a service with the youth of Coimbatore church in the evening which was quite a blessing.
I arrived at Changi International Airport at 0700hrs on April 2 and was met by Bro. Gan and Bro. Paul, an Elder of the church. They took me to Bro. Kathirasan's house. We had 3 services in Bro. Gan's church, joined by those from Bro. George Matthew's.
On April 7th, together with Bro. Gan we left for Manila, Philippines. We were met at the airport by Bro. Felimon Togonon and had a service with some believers who had gathered in a home for a Bible study.
On the morrow we left by air for Butuan City, a town in the south, for Easter Holiday Meetings. We were met by several local ministers and Bro. Orsel Dumanon, the pastor at whose church we had the meetings. We had a good time of fellowship. I shared the pulpit with Bro. Gan for the 12 services we had. The Easter meetings were quite a blessing for the teaching of God's Word was in a very special way. There was a progressive revelation flow of preaching though the pulpit was shared by two speakers. The gathering was composed of believers of various churches from the city and the outskirt. We also had an open question time which yielded good result.
Monday, April 13th, Bro. Gan left for Manila, enroute to Singapore. I remained with Bro. Orsel. On the 14th Bro. Orsel, Bro. Nelson, an Elder and I, drove to Davao, a city 250km from Butuan. We had 2 services with 2 churches which came together in one place for fellowship. April 15th saw Bro. Orsel, Bro. Lito, a local pastor and I, going to Sohoton, a fishing village 2hrs by a motorboat from Butuan. I had been in this place 10 years ago and how it thrilled my heart to see the saints still holding on and being blessed in the growth of both spirit and number. The believers in this small fishing village used hired fishing boats the last time I was there. But this time God did bless them so much that nearly every brother has his own motorboat, by which we used to ferry us here. They have now a good sized structure for fellowship. We had 2 days of services.
Bro. Orsel and I left Sohoton on the 17th. He was now my Guide and Companion through the rest of my trip in the Philippines. From Sohoton we took a boat, about ten minutes ride to another fishing village. There we took a motorcycle. (The motorcycle is modified to carry about ten people.) But this time we were only four passengers. We rode for about ten kilometres on a very rough terrain on hilly countryside. On a very bad part of the road, the driver lost control and we fell in a heap and I received a burn on my right ankle from the exhoust pipe of the motorcycle. (I was happy that now I can say, together with Paul, I bear in my body my suffering for Christ.) This motorcycle took us to a place where we boarded another motorcycle which took us to a place called Eili Malimono where we boarded a bus to Surigao. From there we took a ferry to Bontoc, a town in Southern Leyte Island, a voyage of 4 hours. Bro Obbus, the pastor of a church there met us and lodged us in his home. We had 2 services in his church and the next day we went to an outreach outside Bontoc and had 2 services as well.
April 19th, we boarded a ship for Cebu from where we took a plane to Iloilo, a city also in the south. We were met by Bro. Andrew Durano, the pastor of the local church. He took us to the home of Bro. Allan where we lodged and held 2 days of meetings. It was a wonderful time of fellowship. Bro Allan and his wife were such a sweet couple. Together with the saints they gave us a marvelous hospitality.
Thursday April 23rd - we took the plane for Manila. We had 2 days of
services at Bro. Felimon Togonon's church/ Then on Sunday the local
churches of Manila and the surrounding areas had a whole day Joint
Fellowship and we had a wonderful time of fellowship for that whole day.
On Tuesday May 5th, Bro. Gan took me to the airport for my flight to
Fiji. A shock greeted us at the check-in counter. We were told that a
transit visa was required for passengers of the Third World countries
who are transiting at any Australian airport. The travel agent from whom
Bro. Gan had purchased the tickets had confirmed to him that a transit
visa is not required for certain cases (Zimbabwean passport holder is
considered) if transit was in the day time. Apparently, the travel agent
made the mistake. After some deliberation about the possibility of
obtaining a transit visa, the time involved and because I hold a
Zimbabwe passport, Bro. Gan decided to cancel the trip and asked if I
would, instead, go and minister in Cambodia where a Cameroonian brother
is at present starting to establish a fellowship.
I was met by Bro. Kim Eang a Cambodian brother and Bro. Israel. Bro. Israel is in the country by a call of God to preach the Message. He has been in the country for about nine months now and God is doing a great work through him. He is very faithfull and committed to the call. They took me to Bro. Eang's house. After dinner they checked me into a guest house. We had a house meeting on this day and the next in Bro. Eang's house where we shared the word with the few brothers and sisters who stay in his house.
Sunday we went to a village about 88km from Phnom Pehn there we met Pastor Chuch Mon a local minister and we had a service in the village church. We went to pastor Mon's house where we found his mother down with a fever. We offered prayer for her and praise God the next Tuesday she was at church praising God. On this Tuesday we were at church and had a morning service. What God is doing in this part of the world is wonderful. There is a lot of spiritism and witchcraft belief but God, through Bro. Israel is bringing to light the essense of the gospel. People are seeing the reality as opposed to a theory of God. Bro. Israel really needs the support and prayers of all who, by the grace of God, may see the need in this part of the world. I could have gone into the country side where "MACCEDONIAN CALLS" are abound but time was not my best ally. When I left, Bro. Israel was preparing to go out there. There is really a work that God is doing out there, and my visit was quite an encouragement to the saints, especially Bro. Israel, who is of the strong opinion that he is not the only pebble on the beach in this work.
I returned to Singapore on the 14th for a few more meetings with the Singaporean Saints before leaving for home.