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by Sheryl Young
Ramon and Nini Margallo, RC International’s team leaders to the Philippines, have just returned from their latest mission trip there. Nini shares an update:
“God’s provision was upon us as Ratio Christi Philippines held a three-event apologetics marathon:
1) Pasig City, Metro Manila hosted by Baptist Bible College of Asia and Global Surge Ministries.
2) Iriga City, with the help of InterVarsity student leaders.
3) San Fernando, Pampanga hosted by CLASP (Church Leaders Association Serving Pampanga).
We were joined by three other apologists who met each other for the first time – Tim Foutz (Washington), Thomas McCuddy (North Carolina), and Dr. Juan Valdes (Florida). Topics included but weren’t limited to discipleship, science, philosophy, history, counter-cults and social issues. The social issues included abstinence, abortion, same-sex marriage, and sexism. Still, the gospel was presented within the talks.
One of God’s blessings was that Ratio Christi had the privilege to share the presence of a 100-year old Yemeni Torah scroll that travelled all the way from the United States (shown in photo above. More photos at the end this article).
Many attendees have shown interest in joining Ratio Christi. This could result in five or six campus chapters in the foreseeable future (previous trips have already resulted in Growing Interest for a chapter at University of Philippines Diliman). Further partnerships are being forged such as a master’s program in apologetics. Also, CLASP wanted further apologetics training for their pastors as the lecture in counter-cults was an “eye opener.”
Although it was our desire to hold an apologetics event in Iriga City, initially it was not part of the line- up. We were simply there to visit family. But because of an eight-hour bus ride a day earlier, we decided to get massages to relieve backaches (1.5 hours for only $5.00!)
A male therapist, Elijah, noticed the cross in the Ratio Christi logo of Ramon’s shirt. Elijah asked, “Sir, are you a Christian?” Ramon answered, “Yes.”
That initial exchange brought us to his pastor later that day, then to three other pastors the following day…
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