One of our newer churches in the Philippines had been established in a small but growing city called Daet. During my first two weeks in the country, I visited the pastor and his family, and stayed in the small “lean- to” they had built on the side of a beautiful little chapel. He explained to me that the congregation had wanted to build a parsonage, but he insisted they construct a chapel first, so they could begin reaching more folks with the Gospel. The next day, we visited the home of one of his parishioners. They were far from wealthy, but the father had a good job, and their home was larger and sturdier than most. When I admired their house, the wife said, “Yes, you know we have saved for years to build this. In fact, every time we could get a few pesos ahead, we would buy some lumber and store it, dreaming of building a home. But, more Protestants…
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