Philippines Trip April 12-23, 2018
On April 12, 2018, a team of four, consisting of Lanice White from the Guin Church of Christ, Kathleen Eiring, Anita Williams and Bill Rayburn from the Hoover Church of Christ traveled from Birmingham, AL to the ACU campus to conduct a full week of activities.
The three ladies in the group conducted a two-day Teachers’ Training Workshop to help the children’s teachers in Pangasinan to equip them with tools that will help them be more effective teachers for their children in their congregations. There were 58 attendees representing more than twenty congregations present for this workshop.
Following the workshop on Monday and Tuesday, the ladies assisted the Philippine teachers cto onduct a three-day VBS for the children of the Bugallon Church of Christ and the surrounding area on Wednesday-Friday. This allowed the local teachers to implement some of the tools and teaching techniques they learned in the workshop.
On Saturday, April 21, Lanice, Kathleen and Anita were among the featured speakers for the 7thAnnual Ladies’ Day program. With the theme, “Beautifying the Body of Christ,” this was a wonderful event that brings Christian women together from different congregations around Pangasinan. This year, there were 220 ladies attending, representing 25 different congregations.
During the week while the ladies were engaged in their activities, Bill was teaching a class from the Book of Revelation. There were nine students in the class with five pursuing undergraduate degrees in Bible from ACU. Other local preachers attended the class at different times throughout the week.
The team worshipped with the Bugallon and Mangaldan congregations. Bill preached for each of these congregations.
In addition to those who went on this trip to the Philippines, there are others who provided invaluable assistance by helping prepare materials for the VBS program. These ladies are Jennifer Smith, Janie Gaither, and Brenda Rayburn, all from the Hoover Church of Christ.