The last thing I thought I would ever be was a missionary. That was until Missionary Bob Hughes came to visit my home church, First Baptist Church, Hammond, Indiana, In March of 1976. Brother Hughes was dying of cancer. That night he was only able to speak for a few minutes but when he was finished I turned to my wife Becky and told her we were going to the Philippines.
We arrived in Iloilo City in October, 1977 and shortly afterward started a Bible Study in our apartment. Most churches are started as a result of Bible Studies and in April of 1978, Iloilo Baptist Church was born. This past April the church celebrated its 34th anniversary. Iloilo Baptist College was started in June of 1978, with a goal of starting churches.
God blessed us with two wonderful children: a son, Ricky, and a daughter, Rachel. Ricky and his wife Brandie are now working here with us. They have a son named Tristan (T.J.), and a daughter named Ava. Our daughter Rachel married a fine young man named Matt. They are working in a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have a son named Landon.
The Philippines, for the 35 years we have lived here, has been very receptive to the Gospel. The people of Iloilo are especially open. There are many open doors. The Philippine Constitution allows churches to send their workers into the public schools and teach their religion on a volunteer basis. Many teachers and principals, who have never accepted Christ, welcome us to teach the Bible. Special people groups like the deaf, educable slow, street children, lepers, blind, patients in hospitals, prisoners, etc., are hungry for our great Saviour. There are countless opportunities