A day is missing because we crossed the International Date Line yesterday on our flight. We arrived Wednesday night to Manila. So, today is already Thursday morning. I seem to always have something to do, read, write, answer and I did all those things this AM. Darris texted us about having breakfast at 9 am. We have really enjoyed being with the McNeely’s on this trip as we have very similar purposes on this trip as well as other aspects of the Work of the Church.
About noon we left for United Church of God’s Philippine office in Makati, the business district of Manila.
We spent much of this afternoon with the Dobson’s and Richard Macaraeg, our Philippines Office Manager. The office is located in the Makati district of Manila. We also spent time with Stella Cambare who works as the Church’s accountant at the office. It was so good to see all the things that they do and discuss details about Beyond Today media in our magazine, Internet and video.
Above the office the Church maintains an apartment where Dave and Denise Dobson stay on their 3-4 visits a year. They are doing a great job in overseeing our Work in the Philippines and both are highly regarded by the Filipino brethren. We went up there to see the small two-bedroom apartment that was adequate for short stays. Actually, it looked like it would be an interesting and enjoyable experience to be assigned here for a period and live one floor above where your work is, although when the Dobson’s come here, they travel a lot through the vastness of the Philippine Islands. The Dobson’s are so positive about this assignment.They actually live in Alaska….quite a contrast of locales.
We discussed our Kingdom of God seminar in Quezon City. We are hoping for a good response from our 500 plus subscribers to the Beyond Today magazine in the Manila area. In the entire country, almost 3000 people receive the Beyond Today magazine.
The week-long Pastor’s Development Program starts Monday. 41 elders and leaders are scheduled to come from all over the Philippines, Malaysia and Myanmar for the event, the first of it’s kind in years. It will certainly be a time for a lot of learning and getting to know one another through the week.
Events like this are so helpful for developing and sharpening the skills of our ministry in helping them care for our brethren in their congregations. Senior pastor David Dobson and his wife Denise will help with presentations. Former Philippines senior pastor Earl Roemer will also be with us.
We went back downstairs and did more talking with Richard Macaraeg and Stella Cambare. We talked about future Kingdom of God seminars, improving our communication with our subscribers to engage them more. I told them about some of the advances that we are doing with our own member development process and offered the help of our team.
We talked some more about various things connected with UCG and UCG Philippines. We then decided to go for lunch and decided to go to the Mall of Asia not far away. It is supposed to be the largest mall in Asia….it was huge! It extended over a few blocks. We went to a restaurant called “Abe” which means “friend.” Our group of eight really had fun and good meal as Stella ordered several dishes that we shared with our bowl of rice.
From there we went back to our hotel. Great day becoming immersed in UCG Philippines with the senior pastor, office manager and accountant. More to come!