June 7, 2012
Dear Praying Friends,
On May 15, our son T.J. trusted Christ as his Saviour. Brandie was talking to him before he went to sleep that night and was going through the plan of salvation with him, when he suddenly said, “I don’t want to go to Hell. I need to pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart!” It was a sweet moment, and after he prayed he wanted to run next door to tell his grandparents what had happened. We thank the Lord for T.J.’s child-like faith and for answering our prayers that he would be saved at a young age.
Another milestone we’ve reached with T.J. is that he just started kindergarten this week. Our church has a small ACE school for the children of our church staff. He’s been so excited about going to school.
Ava will be 11 months old on August 1. She is a sweetheart who loves to play with her brother, sing songs with her mom, eat, and go outside. Sometimes I take her to staff meeting (pictured below).
At our annual Veterans’ Appreciation Day on May 27, there were 25 World War II veterans in attendance. Many of them brought their relatives and friends. There were also many widows who came. This year we honored six wounded soldiers who are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (pictured below). They were hurt while fighting rebel groups. Several of them got saved. There were also military doctors, about 20 police officers, and our regular Sunday morning crowd’s first-time visitors. God blessed this special service in a great way.
Thank you for your continued prayer and support for the Lord’s work here in Iloilo.
Ricky Martin & Family