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Palawan Christian Fellowship
At present there are 90 plus churches. Each established church has anywhere from two to six graduates working in the church. There are two main events to which the pastors and their families gather yearly for spiritual and physical refreshing: the annual graduation convention in March, and the pastor’s seminar that takes place in August. Our involvement in the Philippines actually began in 1966, when my mother and father retired from pastoring to become full time missionaries on a remote part of the island of Palawan in the Philippines. With the help of my older brother, Dan, they cleared land, built a native style house, and started the long, slow process of erecting the structures that would be needed to open a Bible training center. In 1970 Palawan Christian Fellowship came into being, and my wife, Joy, and I joined mom and dad in the launching of the Bible school. We remained there as a part of the faculty until 1973. The Lord greatly blessed the ministry of my father and over the years many of the graduates have become men of God, who are laying down their lives in different parts of the Philippines, pastoring churches. Today there are nearly two hundred full time pastors and hundreds of assistant pastors in the fellowship. In 1979 my mother went to be with the Lord and in 1995 my father finished his course here and went to join her. They gave their lives for the the Filippino people and are buried on Palawan. The fruit of their labors is an abundant harvest that continues to grow to this day. It has been a desire of my heart to some day bring the Bible school to the same location as the children’s home. The influence of the young men and women, who come to seek God and study his word would be a tremendous blessing to the children of the Door of Hope. They would serve as wonderful role models as their lives interrelate with them on a daily basis. Our prayer has been that God will show us how and when to implement the blending together of these two ministries. This became a reality in August of 2009, when we made the plunge to transfer the Bible school to the thirteen acre property that houses the Door of Hope. My heart sometimes breaks with heaviness for the extreme poverty that most of our pastors endure for the work of the Lord. For the hundreds of pastors in our fellowship of churches the great majority find walking is their only mode of transportation. In spite of this they delight to walk to nearby villages to share the love of Jesus and open new churches. Only a few have running water in their homes. None have hot water. Most do not even have a water well on their own property, but have to carry their water sometimes from a considerable distance. Many do not have electricity of any kind. They accept these things for one reason only: the call of God on their lives to carry the message of salvation and forgiveness of sins to the people who do not know Christ.
Pastor Tom Ramirez and his family continue to pour out their lives for souls on the very lawless island of Masbate. We were able to buy a rice farm for him so that he can provide the necessities for his family and have finances to fund his outreaches to distant parts of the island in mountainous areas controlled by an insurgency who call themselves the New People’s Army, or NPA.. Tom asked the rebel leader if I could come to preach in the mountain area. He responded that if I come I will not leave there alive. I would say that’s quite a strong way of rejecting a request. I’m sure that I will go there to preach to the lost souls in God’s perfect time. We also purchased a horse for Tom to ride on his “missionary journeys”. The sacrifices that he and his family have made, and continue to make are a great testimony to me personally as well as to the people who know him in Masbate. He is willing to deny himself many things because of his love of souls and for his love for his Savior, Jesus Christ. His oldest child, Roselle, is graduating from Bible school this coming March. She is much like her father, a bright flame burning for the Lord. The next oldest, Nikki, is in high school and planning to come to Bible school when she graduates. She is already a main song leader in her father’s church and in the pioneering works when she accompanies Pastor Tom. There are five works now on Masbate that are a part of Palawan Christian Fellowship. I have a strong conviction that the whole island will be covered with churches, and that many thousands will be saved from everlasting hell as God enables us to be poured out for Him there.