By Chuck Hall, WIM President
Mary Nell and I recently returned from Lapu-Lapu, Philippines. The city was named after the first Filipino hero, the native chieftain Lapu-Lapu, who in 1521, defeated the Spanish troops and killed their Portuguese leader, Ferdinand Magellan. I had always considered Magellan a hero, but it is a matter of perspective.
Mary Nell and I were the speakers at the 15th Anniversary of SEAMisT (Southeast Asia Mission Teams), an indigenous missionary organization that is planting churches among the unreached people of Southeast Asia. Sixteen years ago, I was visiting Richard and June Bartz in Indonesia when they shared their vision to start a mission agency for the purpose of training third-world missionaries. Now, Dave and Polly Wineinger are directing SEAMisT. They are doing a great work.
We were able to identify with the missionaries, and their responses encouraged us. One Filipino missionary said, “When you spoke I felt you knew what I was thinking. Only a missionary understands what another missionary goes through.”
Eliezer said, “You reminded us of what we are called to do.”
Genesis said, “My light (vision for missions) had gone out. You restarted it to burn brightly again.”
It was a joy for us to lay hands on the SEAMisT missionaries and send them out with God’s blessing. Our ministry was well received, and we believe it will produce much fruit. Thank you for your prayers and support of what we do.
For the nations,