so many have been happening this last month. Let me start from the beginning:
we left Cuyo to go to Manila for our annual conference. A week before we were going to leave, I fractured my wrist. The trip was very exciting, exciting in a way that makes me think back to the military days. It was exciting but you don’t want to go through it again… Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not complaining but the reason why I mention these things is to point you to God’s faithfulness and His care….
We got ready at 5pm to leave on the ferry. I went to the pier of the island at 4pm to just check that the ferry will leave at the appointed time. I was not surprised that the ferry did not even arrive yet. They then told us at 6pm. At 6pm I went back and even though the ferry arrived, they still had to unload the ferry before leaving for Iloilo. They were suppose to leave at 9pm. We as a family were on the ferry by 8pm to get ready for our departure… we only left the island at 1am :). This is one of the hard areas of culture to get use to or to live with…
We ended up spending 20 hours on the boat arriving only at 5pm in Iloilo. This is where it gets amazing!!! A month before we left, I received a mail from the airlines we were flying with from Iloilo to Manila. They told us our flight of 11 am will be moved to 7pm. Not knowing and so often forget that the Lords makes it all work out to the good for His glory, He already had a plan with this. I was thinking and trying to make plans already of what to do while in Iloilo waiting for the flight. I was thinking how tired we will be when arriving in Iloilo and where to go to wait for the flight. The Lord knows best!!! Instead of having to wait for our flight, we had to rush a little to get to the airport. I asked the taxi driver to please get us there as fast as possible, not knowing that I gave him permission to turn our journey into a formula 1 race:). The funny thing is, while he was driving like a crazy man, he explained how many accidents there are on this new road to the airport as the airport is new and people not use to arriving on time for flights they have to race to get to the airport and therefore make a lot of accidents. I was just asking the Lord to not make us part of this statistic.
We arrived safely at the airport and with just few moments to spare we were able to enjoy a coffee before our flight. We arrived safely at our guesthouse in Manila. We managed to catch up with fellow missionaries and used the time to catch up on admin and buy some supplies we will need when we go back.
Our conference was great. We enjoyed some great fellowship and was fed with the word of God everyday. We have to value the body of believers as when there is none, you realize how fortunate you are for fellow believers. Our conference was almost a week.
We just recently started a worskhop for church planters. Another great time not only of fellowship but to just realize again, it is not us planting the church but God is doing it wan how we get alongside in order to do this the best way in the best understandable methods. It is also great to see how God is raising up believers in some other areas.
It is ALWAYS amazed looking back how the Lord’s hand was in all of this. How He orchestrated everything for His glory and how through His grace He made things fall into place. We want to thank Him for that.
Please pray for us as we are preparing to go back to Cuyo. Please pray as we still have to do more supply buying in preparation for the team coming to help us build a house in March!!! Please pray that the Lord will work it all out as this is way over my head. Please pray for safety of the team coming as well that they will be challenged as they go out of their comfort zone and allow the Spirit to challenge them anew.
Thank you to all who pray for us, support us and even just think of us every now and then as we understand you all are extremely busy also where you are!!! Thank you again.
Miss you all and may the Lord bless you all abundantly.
Philip for the le Roux’s