Where to begin? The day started with a church service at the church of His Dwelling, upon arrival the little room was packed full with what we’re estimating was over 200 people and out the door. According to pastor only about a tenth of these people were church members, nearly everyone was there to be seen by “the team.” The worship music was powerful and cannot be described in words, hearing an entire culture and nation sing songs we all love and know was incredible (we sang ‘oh happy day,’ ‘light of the world’ among several others). The Lord really blessed the service and allowed pastor Lynn about 20 minutes to share the gospel (done very eloquently I might add) prior to medical care being given. The patients triaged with our wonderful EMT’S and paramedics. The patients were then sent to Katie and Craig (Katie pretty much saw women and children when able). From Katie and Craig they were sent to pharmacy to pick up medicines where Jessy ran the pharmacy. A few bumps in the road today included Becca getting sick and dropping her BP (recooped quickly and had rejoined us by the mid afternoon), one young girl passed out (she was ok), and certain meds are being used quicker than expected, please pray for the meds and the people here. Today we saw over 300 people and many were sent home to come back tomorrow (the original plan was to do 3 hours today and we did about 8 hours). The need is great but the people are kind and patient, pray we receive the people tomorrow with kindness and love and that we treat people appropriately and efficiently.
If you’d like to call today day one, very well. We arrived at the airport this morning and are finally going to get some sleep now. We had a very blessed day organizing the medicines, we have over 600 lbs of medications! Shout out to Jessy who really ran the show organizing the different categories of medicines. We had dinner with the pastor and his wife that we are working with, they are extremely kind people. Tomorrow we start, please keep us in your prayers, specifically that through all of it Christ is given all the glory and that we would have hearts for Christ and His people.
We arrived safely about two hours, praise God we got through customs without any problems!! The total flight time was an average of 17 hours after leaving LAX. The flight was long, but no major complications physically or otherwise. The Filipino people from the church here greeted us with overwhelming kindness at the Cebu
airport. The plan today is to organize and discuss, tomorrow God willing we will hit the ground running.
Praise God Tom & Craig are at the airport, flight is on time. Continued prayers for all for safe travels and God’s mercy.
This blog site has been created so that loved ones, family, and friends can follow “the team” as we travel to the Philippines to serve the Filipino people. The team consists of the following members: Craig Zylka, Lynn Baird, Larry Malament, Ben Ranneberger, Marilyn Matisohn, Jessy Gordon, Tom Minard, Rebecca Dziwulski, Katie Baugher, Joseph Baugher, Justin Flynn, Mandi Leubecker and Paul McKenna. Our gospel belief entails not only treasuring the gospel personally but sharing it passionately. The risen Christ commissioned His church to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18–20). God has given each member of this team specific gifts, many in this team with medical expertise. The purpose of this ‘mission’ is to both share the gospel and bless the Filipino people physically and spiritually. We will be traveling to both Cebu and Bohol and joining with pastors in the Philippines; we will be (God willing) setting up medical camps to serve the physical needs of the Filipino people. We are eager to pursue Christ’s mission, relying fully on the Holy Spirit, to see the gospel proclaimed and churches planted throughout the world, that God may be glorified among every tribe, language, people, and nation (Revelation 7:9–12).
Friends and family please join us in praying for the following:
- Traveling Safety : there will be multiple planes, boat rides, and driving each way
- That medications would make it through customs and arrive with the people who need them
- That unbelievers would be saved and people would be miraculously healed
- That the work of the Filipino pastors would be supported by the medical camps
- That the team would get along well together and encourage one another
- That the gospel would go forth!