Going to the Philippines - Worship Matters
A couple years ago Cornelius Ebo, a pastor in the Philippines, came with his family to spend ten months as part of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College. Cornelius, or Nilo, asked if I could come host a music/worship conference in the Philippines. At the time it seemed like a stretch. But as the Lord would have it, I’m heading to the Philippines next week. I’ll be joined by a number of folks including Steve Cook and Norton Hall, a band led by my son , Devon. Jena Baumer, an intern from Cedarville University will also be with us, as will Lynn Baird, his daughter Meghan, and a few others from Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena. Sovereign Grace has been involved in the Philippines for over a decade now. Specifically, pastors Lynn Baird and Tony Walsh have been visiting once or twice a year to provide teaching and resources. This is my first time in the Philippines and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the saints there and add to what Lynn and Tony have been doing. Thursday morning through Saturday we’ll be hosting a conference at Living Word Christian Churches of Cebu, Good Shepherd, Tanchan Rd., Banawa, Cebu City. We’ll be starting at 9:30 AM Thursday morning and end at 11:30 am on Saturday. On Thursday and Friday the sessions will end at 6:30 PM. Topics we’ll be covering include The Task of the Worship Leader, Pastoring Through Song, Why Do We Sing, Worship and the Word, A Leader’s Relationships, Putting Songs Together, Pursuing God’s Presence, and more. In addition we will have breakout sessions that address playing as a band, sound engineering, and song writing. The cost for the conference is PHP500.00, which includes a notebook of materials but doesn’t include meals. For information you can contact Nadine Ebo or Hannah Matibag at (032)-236-8138 or (0942)-295-9200. You can also email bernadineebo@yahoo.com or cmeptr@yahoo.com. Sunday night we will be playing at an outdoor event at Ayala Terraces, Ayala Center in Cebu, pictured below. I haven’t done an outdoor event in a public setting for a while and am looking forward to proclaiming the gospel in song here. This photo of Ayala Center Cebu is courtesy of TripAdvisor On Monday we’ll travel over to Tagbilaran City, Bohol. In the afternoon from 1-4 PM we’ll be hosting a free symposium for the leaders and musicians where I’ll share two messages related to worshiping God in song. We’ll be meeting at Family Christian Fellowship, Upper Cal-Ceta Street, Cogon District. Monday night will be a free event, “The Gathering,” that will include music and a message. We’ll be meeting at Bohol Cultural Center at CPG Avenue. For more information, you can contact Pete Valdez at SUN 09228510613 or SMART 09399058098. If you happen to live in the Philippines, or know someone who does, please feel free to get the word out! And if it’s on your heart, we’d greatly appreciate your prayers for a Christ-exalting, fruitful trip that would demonstrate the Spirit’s power and serve the churches there in a lasting way with gospel-rich music, teaching, and resources.