Eileen and 6 others associated with the Philippines Armed Forces or Government graduated this year, joining our 11 previous graduates. Having had most of those 19 in my classes over the past 4 years, I can testify that it has been a work of God to see how these men and women move from general motivation for spiritual growth to passionate commitment for being Christ-like agents of change through the platform God gives them. They add so much to the IGSL community and God uses the multi-national community to transform their lives and their vision as well.
In February we signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippines Marine Corp, due in large part to 2016 IGSL graduate (& basketball buddy) Captain Vince Salmingo who is now the Director of the Marine Corps Center for Leadership Excellence. God has given Vince a platform that has influence over 10,000 marines and God has opened up a door for us to partner with him and the Marine’s to help shape these leaders and many more. Please pray that we would steward these opportunities well and that God continues to cause IGSL to be viewed with favor from the government and armed forces here in the Philippines.
Brian & Christine
One of the powerful moments from us during the graduation banquet this year was hearing the testimony from a couple from India who lost their 9-year-old daughter suddenly to an aneurysm 1 month before arriving at IGSL. We have shared about them in the past. It has been a painful journey, but powerful to see God’s healing hand on their lives, even using them mightily to encourage another young student couple who suddenly lost their 1-year-old child this year to pneumonia.
They became very dear to us and we saw them and their young son heal in their time at IGSL and now they return equipped with even greater vision for reaching Hindu’s for Christ in India. Please click their photo above or this link to see their 7-minute testimony of how they grew and changed at IGSL.
Brian & Christine
Thanks for journeying with us this year and your prayers and financial support unto the Lord. This is a great video where you can hear directly from recent graduates and students that we had a chance to impact. They’re great people! This has great vision and you get a good feel for what we’re a part of here. And if you look closely you’ll see Christine, Morgan, and Kaelyn at a couple different points!
We’re so blessed to have you in our lives and to have you as key partners in this ministry, praying for us and making it possible for us to serve unencumbered. As a thank you we hope you enjoy this end of the year video we put together to encourage you about what we’ve all shared in together this year as God continues to move. Just click on the image above or right here!
Christine’s parents are visiting us in Manila right now, which is a great blessing. Pray we enjoy our downtime with family and get rested up before the new term starts on January 6th.
But we’re praying that this year you have a meaningful celebration of the coming of Christ. We’re thankful for you!
Brian & Christine and Family