15 Jan 2012 – Dwayne and Wendy Harris
Dear Family and Friends,
It has been an eventful and busy year for us. God directed us to a piece of property in Northern Luzon that is perfect for an airbase. I have stayed busy with developing this new airbase. We are putting in a 2300ft runway that is nearing completion as well as a hanger/housing structure that is about 50% complete. We were also able to put in a spring fed gravity flow water system that provides adequate water for the building as well as some irrigation for gardens during the dry season. We are amazed at how God has found ways to stretch the resources and creatively provide for the needs of this big project.
We are blessed to live near the Cagayan Valley Adventist Hospital and have developed many great relationships with the doctors and church members there. A number of hospital employees have sacrificed some of their Sundays to come down and help us with the construction on the airbase. The medical staff and administration have also shown great support by offering free services and giving of their own resources to help our various patients needing treatment. It has been encouraging to see the mission driven focus and self-sacrificing spirit in the church here.
Some of the close friends we have made in this area have also joined us this year in full-time ministry and in opening up new areas in the nearby mountainous regions. We have been so blessed with this dedicated family (and their three volunteers) with their language skills and many contributions that compliment our strengths and weaknesses.
On the medical side Wendy has stayed busy with hosting 2 foreign medical mission groups from Australia and the USA, as well as a number of local medical outreach days in conjunction with evangelistic meetings being held. She recently coordinated and oversaw a one month LIGHT (Lay Institute for Global Health Training) course that was held at the Adventist Hospital. It was an eye-opening and spiritual course and many were inspired to a deeper walk with God and more involvement in missions, even in their own neighborhoods.
The project in Palawan is going well also even though our helicopter has been down since June because of some problems with the rotor blades. But we praise God he has provided for another set of blades and we hope to have it flying again next month. We continue to oversee and assist this project and we see God using the 3 missionary families and 4 Bible workers to further His work there. They have opened up new areas in the mountains this year and continue to hold multiple adult and children’s Bible studies each week. They recently held a reaping evangelistic series resulting in 36 people being baptized who were solid in their beliefs.
We praise God and give all glory to Him for another year He has brought us through. We also thank you for your faithful part in prayers and support for this ministry.
May God bless you abundantly in the new year and bring you closer to Jesus and His soon return.
Dwayne and Wendy Harris
P.S. We just got back home and found our house had been broken into during the holidays. Many things were stolen including power tools, a large projector, kitchen appliances, original land title etc. (About $3,000 worth of goods, many of which are not available here) Though we are disappointed, we are able to continue on with peace knowing that it all came from God to begin with and He can take care of it. Reminds us again how temporary the things of this Earth are.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21