Jason & Kenna's Wedding in DE; Mentoring pastors in Manila!
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Wedding Bells for Jason & Kenna!

We were pleased and joyful to visit Milford, DE for Jason and Kenna's wedding on June 23rd!  It was such a special day.  The weatherman predicted 100% rain at the time of the wedding, but it never showed up.  The wedding ceremony and reception was held at Berea Community Church under their pavilion. The pastor of that church has been very supportive of Jason and Kenna in pre-marital counseling and encouragement along the way.   

Wedding pictures are pending.  Wedding party pictures were taken at a local forest boardwalk area, which was a setting we really liked.  We absolutely knew nothing about Delaware prior to this and it turns out that this particular area has lots of farmland (mostly corn) and forests.  These pictures are what I was able to do with camera whenever I had a moment. 

Our older daughter Tiffany Hanson, son Kevin, his girlfriend Katie and our daughter Kelly were able to join us. We were also very grateful to the Lord to have Jason's (and Kevin's) good friend Matt Weaver from CA as part of the groomsmen!  

Kenna's family arranged for us to all be in a house in the woods of Delaware, but not far from the church!   It was great to all be together as we prepared for and anticipated the wedding day.  Tiffany was able to live-stream the wedding for some family that were unable to attend.  

Kenna's family (the Hunts) are a multi-generational New Tribes Missionary family serving in Paraguay through translation work among tribes.  When on furlough they are in the Milford, DE area.  Jason found full-time work back in January with Liberty University maintenance and the Lord provided them with a far better apartment situation from good friends immediately following their honeymoon!   

So, we are happy to present to you in a few pictures the wedding day of the happy couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Thomas Clark!
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EBC Preachers' Coalition

I was pleased to spend time with my fellow EBC preachers at a local Starbucks before we left on our trip to California and Delaware for the wedding.  Then, after our return here on July 10th, I spent time with my brother in the Lord and fellow EBC preacher, Yutaka Matsumoto.   

Yutaka and I spent time evaluating his recent sermon on Isaiah 6:1-13 and the response to God's calling and commission to serve.  In particular, I was pleased to hear Yutaka preach strongly about the context found there.  He brought out well how the Lord is not speaking directly to Isaiah, but sending out a general calling, which Isaiah is convicted in his heart that he must respond to.  Isaiah's ministry would not be a happy one.  He would serve many decades through the reign of a number of kings and among a people who would not heed his prophecies and warnings.  Yet, it was a sacrifice he was willing to make as an obedient servant of the Lord. 

Out of Isaiah's ministry, prophecies and witness, we see an example of what a missionary is called to do.  It is not a life of ease, nor a life of promised blessing. There are no guarantees of great successes, but there IS a guarantee that through faithfulness the Lord's witness to His sovereign plan of redemption through His Messiah, Jesus the Son, will be accomplished.  Look at Isaiah 53 (aka: the 5th gospel) and how courageously the prophet proclaims what the Messiah will be like and what His ministry will accomplish.  Thus,  he gave proclamation to the glory of the Lord regardless of any favorable response of the people. 

This response to the missionary calling takes a dedication to serve long term and many times beyond known comforts.  Isaiah had to make huge decisions following his initial eagerness to be obedient.  I imagine there were times of great despair and desire to quit as he saw kings and people reject Yahweh and the message of the coming Messiah.  There were times of great joy when the people did heed the warnings.  Isaiah's sacrifice was great having left behind all that he held dear, but the reward for the glory of the Lord he knew would be still greater.  

I would ask you to pray for these men (Pastors Roi, Vincent and Joe, plus Yutaka, Pastor Erril and Pastor Rey).  They are all faithfully preparing and delivering sermons and/or teaching God's Word multiple times in a month for Emmanuel Baptist Church as well as at the preaching stations of Muntindilaw and Floodway. 

We are presently involved with one another through prayer, resourcing and encouragement weekly.  All are committed to the improvement of their skills of studying God's Word and delivering His life-changing message each time their preach and teach.  Thanks for praying!
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Items for Prayer

~ Praise the Lord with us that we were able to be with most of our kids and our grandsons so that we could be onsite as Mimi and Pa and not just through the computer screen!

~ Pray for the Hanson family and our daughter Tiffany.  They expect their 4th little boy, Brayden, on January 3rd!  Brayden's brothers are very excited and though we all hoped for a little girl, the Lord's sovereignty and love in all things compels us to rejoice in the gift of another little boy to the family.  We would love to be there for Brayden's arrival, but we are unsure if we can do it or afford it.  Please pray for Tiffany, baby Brayden and for the whole family.

~ Pray for me as I have begun teaching at the seminary again.  I am pleased to be teaching seminarians in Christian Apologetics and through 2 missions classes (Christian Missions/The Book of Acts and Missionary Life & Work).  I am also pursuing some TEE opportunities (ie: Theological Education by Extension) as well through contacts with my seminary graduates (now pastors in the area).

~ Pray for us as we assess the damage to our 2 ministry SUVs.  We live in a flood zone now and a one hour flash flood while we were gone got into the cars to just below the car seat level. 

~ Pray for Kim as she begins another year of teaching HS math and discipleship at Faith Academy.  Today, July 23rd, is her birthday, yet it is also the beginning of the FA Staff Retreat, which is about an hour south of Manila. Pray for her as she prepares and renews friendships with her fellow missionary teachers of Faith Academy. 




Investing in a Generational Legacy

The seminarians Robert equips at BBSI are training for their calling to serve in His church with excellence. The missionary kids Kim works with at Faith Academy need an education and to be challenged with the truth of the gospel, even while their parents serve in ministries all over the Philippines.  

Out of 2 Timothy 2:2 we find a premier passage related to passing the baton of ministry to the next generation... "The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 

When you join us in prayer ministry and regular financial partnership, you are investing in a movement of equipping a new generation for Christ and thereby partnering in a legacy for future ministry in the Philippines and beyond. 

We are presently down in support by about 5% of our pledged monthly needs, which is common after arriving to the mission field again even after a long and fruitful furlough.  To invest in this work, simply click the button to go to ABWE's secure online donation page.  There you can arrange automatic monthly support.  All support donations are tax-deductible.

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To learn more about this vital ministry, click on the Equip logo and go to our website.  It's been said that the Philippine Islands are the "gateway to Asia". Well, in regards to the gospel being taken to Asia that could very well be true as many young Filipino men and women are preparing for ministry even as missionaries in other Asian countries.  They need our prayers!  We need to help prepare them.  Click on the button to see my new ministry blog..."THRIVE!".




How to Stay in Touch:
RTClark@icloud.com or Kim.Clark@faith.edu.ph 
951-286-6390 (CA area code, but rings us in Manila)


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