|MAY 2022 NEWSLETTER|
Is the Philippines open for travel? Can I travel to the Philippines right now?
Effective February 10 2022, fully vaccinated Americans and tourists from non-visa required countries will be allowed entry in the Philippines and will not need to quarantine.
Qualified travelers must meet the following requirements:
Passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of arrival.
Travelers must have a return or outbound ticket to their country of origin or next country of destination.
Travelers must provide a proof of vaccination, except children below 18 years of age.
Travelers must provide a negative RT-PCR test conducted within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin
By next month’s newsletter the building will be officially completed and dedicated.
When I was a little 7 year old boy I knew of the WMA as “those ladies who brought cookies to our Sunbeam group on Sunday nights.” As a local church minister for over 42 years I knew the WMA as “the go to mission group in our church”. The old saying in local churches was “if you need something done – call the WMA.”
As a missionary in the Philippines I know them as “dream fulfillers!”
In 2020 when the Darlene Care Christian Academy was first selected as the new WMA project we knew this would be the help we needed to get our “dream” off the ground. THEN…., well then Co-vid – and our project needed to be postponed.
It was the right thing to do, but it made our dreams diminished just a little. “But God”, as Diane Spriggs always used to said.
Never underestimate the WMA! And I am talking church WMAs, local association WMA’s, state WMA’s and of course our national WMA. At the close of this year’s books over $57,000.00 will have been raised for the Darlene Carey Christian Academy, making the project completely paid for and a dream fulfilled.
When we needed help getting four of our college teachers trained with an accredited master’s degree – in stepped the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary to help us. What began as a project directed at four possible students has grown to 15. Now we will welcome Dr. Philip Attebery, Academic Dean at the BMAA Seminary, in May and Dr. Thom South, Professor at the BMAA Seminary, in July to help these students finish their master’s degrees. It is going to be a busy Summer.
Dr. Philip Atttebery
Dr. THOM SOUTH
Our new master’s level students – pray for us and if you’re are blessed to help us with needed books and professor travel you can give directly to The Scroggins Work Fund at BMAA Missions.
These fifteen weekly Bible students are not working on degrees but their understanding of the loving God who reveals Himself to us in His Word the Bible. Donna and I are so grateful to host this group each week in our home.
ITS A BRAIN DRAIN THING
It took some doing but we made it to the first anniversary of this mission in Northern Silay.
The building of our new mission in the mountains is nearly completed. Looks like the dedication will be in May too.
ANOTHER DELAYED TRAVEL TO LEYTE
It is the Dry Season, but recent flooding due to “unseasonal rains” caused land slides and prevented us from traveling to Leyte. This is the second delay. First was Typhoon Odette and now landslides which covered roads to the mountains and killed over 100 people.
ITS THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT COUNT
A group of our students enjoy cassava (a type of sweet potato) – Some friends found Diet Dr. Pepper and asked if we wanted any. “Get all they have” was our reply.
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FILIPINO MISSIONARIES AND CHURCH PLANTERS:
KEVIN BERAYO – AHGU MOUNTAIN MISSION
KENNETH AVENCENA – MINDANAO ISLAND MISSION
JUNMAR ARCENA – MANDALAG MISSION
ALFRED SUICO – LEYTE ISLAND MISSION
GENESIS FAITH MERANO -TALISAY (BARANGAY 15) OUTREACH &
JESPI JIREH CHURCH REVITALIZATION
EZRA LEYSON – FMBC BAPTIST MISSION IN SILAY
DAVID PEREZ – MANDALAGAN MISSION
F R O M S T A N
May is going to be extra busy as we close down a very fruitful school year. As the Lord leads please remember the following events for us:
May 4, Choir Sings in Chapel
May 4, Pre-Registration for Fall Classes
May 4, Senior Music Recitals
May 5-6, BMAP Association Meeting
May 15, Mission dedication
May 15, Baccalaureate
May 15, Jimmy Walker arrives
May 16, Awards Ceremony
May 16, Graduation
May 18, Dr. Attebery arrives
May 19, Carey Academy Dedication
May 20, Staff Development
May 21, Jimmy Walker Departs
May 23-June 3, Master Class
Please Pray for Ukraine
F R O M D O N N A
We are looking forward to lots of events happening in the month of May, especially welcoming guests from the United States. Because of co-vid it has been a long time since we’ve had any visitors. So, there will be lots of trial and error for these first to visit after the pandemic.
Guess what? We got word that our new visas and i-cards have been approved. So any day we will have our passports back. This means we can now travel again and even travel out of the country. Stan is planning to visit our missionaries in Japan and I am hoping to travel home to check in on our family, house, and love on our kids and grandkids. YEA!
Please Pray for Ukraine
Our work is completely focused on making sure the Gospel is taught in our weekly home Bible study, the sending of the Gospel to Southeast Asian countries, the training of pastors and missionaries at the Bible College and church planting in the Philippines and all over Southeast Asia. Would you help us? $1,000.00 a year goes a long way here, helping us train church planters, send missionaries and train students. Click on the donate button below, locate the Scroggins/Philippine fund and prayerfully consider contributing to help us. We love you all.
Please Pray For:
Doug & Diane Lee – Talisay City
Danny & Rita Ballard – Manila
Filomeno & Lisa Kakilala – Iloilo
Doug and Nonoy Kiper – Furlough
Cris & Alisha Samson – Tangub
John & Louela Page – Iloilo
Bible College Student Scholarships
Stay up-to-date with The Scroggins and their work in the Philippines by visiting their website and checking-out their blog!
You can also partner with Stan and Donna by giving through your local church or the BMA Missions website.