Standing with One Another in Ministry!
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Standing With One Another in Ministry

In Tagalog the title phrase above is, "Kapartner ko sa ministry" and it certainly reflects the kind of relationship I have with several men here in the local church setting.  I met this last week with my good friend, and oftentimes ministry partner, brother Yutaka Matsumoto, for mutual encouragement and prayer, as well as planning.

Besides partnering in ministry together here in Manila through Emmanuel Baptist, we  hope in the future to partner in training ministry elsewhere as well.  Yutaka has connections in a southern area of Japan where there is a retreat/training center and a Bible school.  We are praying and talking over the potential of arranging Approved Workman Training seminars in that area.  Please pray with us that the Lord will help us develop this potential ministry focus further.

Yutaka is a manager for a building & construction company by profession.  One of his company's present projects is the building of an airport on Bohol Island, which is where the famous Chocolate Hills are located.  This man’s devotion to the local church ministry, and to supporting our pastors so they can serve well, is very evident.  From my vantage point, they are all a great team together.  Time spent with Yutaka, for me, is always an inspiration.

Yutaka preaches regularly at EBC and often at their church plants,  as he did just yesterday.  He and I sometimes team teach the Sunday school among College Students and Young Professionals.  Please be in prayer for Yutaka and his family as he also serves at Emmanuel Baptist as the chairman of the Deacon Board. Thanks for praying!​





Preparing Today for a Lifetime of Ministry

I have the privilege of teaching and training over 110 seminarians this semester in my pastoral ministry courses.  These young seminarians are hard at work preparing for a lifetime of ministry.  Part of that preparation is to test them along the way. 

Prelim quiz week at BBSI is not everyone's favorite week. Everyone was hard at work though last Thursday taking their tests. I always tell them ahead of time it is an opportunity to evaluate their study habits... ie: what is working & what is not.  If gauged rightly it can show them where they are in their learning process.  Adjustments now can potentially prompt better learning in the future. 

Please pray for my seminarians as they work on personal and group assignments the rest of the semester. Thanks for praying!
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Training Resources for Ministry Enrichment Seminar

Next Sunday, January 28th, marks the 40th Anniversary of Emmanuel Baptist Church and its ministry efforts on the eastern side of Manila. 

We are pleased to tell you that we are making progress on the sponsoring of training resources. These are for attendees of the upcoming Ministry Enrichment Seminar for those who serve in EBC ministries.  We now have the following tally for the 3 seminar resources:

~  NKJV Holman Study Bibles (Large Print/Imitation Leather) - 6 donated (9 more to go!)
~  Spiritual Depression by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones - 1 donated (14 more to go!)
~  Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, by Dr. Mark Dever - 3 donated ( 12 more to go!)

If you can help us by sponsoring a book or books for the training of those who serve in this church and its church plants & outreaches, then please click the button below.  (PS - this works best from a laptop/desktop browser or's having troubles from an iPhone).  Thank you for your help in training God's people in the Philippines!

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Concerning Difficulties in Ordering Resources...

If you find you are having trouble with ordering the sponsorship of a book or books for the training resources through our Amazon list we have created, then it is possible to order them by filling your own Amazon cart.  Once you have the book or books you want to donate cued up in your cart, (ie: a NKJV Holman Study Bible with Large Print; Imitation Leather), Spiritual Depression by Dr. Lloyd-Jones and/or Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Dr. Mark Dever), then upon checkout make sure the shipping address looks like this...
Jonathan Stout, 38065 Murrieta Creek Dr., Murrieta, CA  92562




Partnering for a Generational Legacy!

The seminarians Robert equips at BBSI are training for their calling to serve 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 related to the passing of 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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Visit our Website to Learn More!

Click on the Equip logo and you will be directed to our website to know more about the vital ministries we are involved with in Manila and beyond.  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: or 
951-286-6390 (CA area code, but rings us in Manila) 

Questions about donations? Contact ABWE Donor Help:  or  717.774.7000 
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