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PPR 21 1982

Mary

Pruitt

 

MFBBACF

FROM

MAPY

Forwarding

Agents:

P.O.

Box

^9

Philippine

Mission

Churches

of

Christ

 

Mr.

&

Mrs.

Bob

Pruitt

Aparri,

Cagayan 1318

 

January,

Fehruarv,

*^^rch,

1PR2

2784

So.

River

Rd.

Philippines

 

CrnntP

Pass,

op

07526

Dear

Friends

in

Christ,

 

C-reetings

again

from

the

land

of

heat

and

rice.

How nice

it

is

to

he

hack with

mv family

here and

to

he

at

work here again.

T praise

the bord

for

the

time

T had

in

the

States, and

iill

the

love that v.'as

shovm, and the

times of sharing and praying together.

But

T am

sure

glad

to

be

back

liome.

One of

the

greatest blessings of being in Cod's

familv

is

that

no

matter where vou go,

you

have

family.

There

have

been

some

changes

in

the

family

here.

Some

children

were return

 

ed

to

their

families

and

some

have

come

live

with

us.

Since

the

last

news

letter we have gained three. nionisio{l yt.)

came

just

before Christmas.

Men-

 

chtta and Felipe

v;as

abandoned

in

ioined

our

the

market

family

by

her

in

February,

mother

to

beg

^^enchita

food

and

is

take

Q vears

old

and

care

of

her

self,

She

was

there

3

days

before

the

nolire

took

her

to

the

social worker £-

she brought her

to

us.

Menchita

is

a verv

intelligent g,irl

and

i^rants to

learn.

She

ia alwavs asking

thoughtful

nuestions

about

the

Lord

and

the

Bi

ble.

V.'e

pray

that

soon

she will

accept

Christ as her

Savior.

^

Feline

was

1

1/2

months

old

and

weighed

5

lbs.

when

he

was

brought

to

us.

His

mother

had

been

trying

to

sell

him.

Because

of

neg

lect

(he

had

no

clothes or name)

his

body

was

covered

with

diaper

rash

and

he

was

on

the

edge

of

nnuemonia.

Praise

the

Lord

he

now

is

a

fat,

V

healthy,

smiley

hahy

and

will

he

able

to

grow

un

where

he

is

loved

and

can

learn

of

the

T.ord's

love.

Thank

you

to

all

of vou

who have

helped

make

this

Home

possible

so

that

we can

hein

these

children.

We

sing

a

song about

Jesus being alive,

and our being

alive

through Him.

T al

ways

think of

how manv of

our children would

not

he

phystcallv alive

if

it

were

not

for

the

I.ord, and you,

who love

the

Lord and give

so that

they

can be alive,

pbysicallv as well

as

spiritually.

Thank

youf

1, thank, t,bP-Lor.d_fo_C

tilE--pnQxl-4ob

that-.Joy

Collins did

of directing

the

Home -while

T wa-s-in.

the States.

Everything was in

good order when

T got back,

and

what a

help

 

that

was.

T

praise the Lord

for .giving her

the strength to carrv

on while

I

was

gone.

Now she

is very

busy mending and

making costumes

for programs.

 

"e

are

thankful

that

our electricity

is

now 24 hours.

That means

that

we always

have run

ning water also,

for

which we

are

very

thankful.

T sometimes wonder how we got

along with

out these conveniences.

Our wash house and store

room are next

on the agenda,

hut

we

are

waiting

for

the building permit before beginning

the construction.

The bulldozer has

been

working well and the ground is

leveled and readv.

Meanwhile we are

using

mv office

as

a

store room and the washing machlne(Mavtag wringer washer)

and dryer

are

sitting on the

porch

and being used

there.

Ve

are

thankful

for

what

we have

and hopeful

for

what we need.

The

Lord has been supplying very well through all

of

you and

we praise

Him and

thank you for

it.

Before I arrived hack here

two more of our young people were baptized.

Praise

the lord

for

their committment

to

Him and pray

that

thev,

and the others,

will all be powerful

lights of

Cod's

love

and

will

serve

Him.

We will

he having

our

first marriage in

the children's home the

end of

this month when ^'an-

gie,

our mid-wife,

marries Joemar, the young man

 

from the

Seminary who has been holding our

services for us.

Joemar

lust

graduated and we praise

the T.ord

for his

love and

faith

in

the

Tx>rd

and

that he will

be loining

us

in

this work, filling a verv important need

in

our

home

for

a

man

around

the house

and

one who

is a spiritual

leader.

The Seminary just closed the

first

of March with

in

graduates and 4 getting two

vear certif

icates.

We praise

the I.ord

for these

dedicated voung people who have really committed them

selves

to

the

work of

the Lord

and we ask your prayers

for

them as

they start

out

in

their

new

lives

of

service.

This last Saturday we had our kindergarten closing program.

We have

10 t.-ho graduated

and

 
 

going to

first

grade

in June.

Seven of

them

live

in

the

Home

and

three are workers*

children.

They had a beautiful

program and are all

excited about going

to

school next vear.

We will

have

three graduating from 6th grade and will have

6

in

high

school next vear.

This month

I

spent

a week

in

Manila and Cehu.

Vp

had our

annual

missionarv g^t-together in

Cehu at

the

home of

Ray and

Tmogene Carlson.

Wlint

a

good

time of fellowship and sharing

to

gether in

song, the Word and praver.

An extra

blessing was being able

to see several

people

that

T had met when

T was

there

in

1974 with

the Traveling College.

There

were

26 of

us

there for the meeting, including *^ark and Pauline Maxev from Japan.

I have vecn verv busv running around and attending nrojtrairR since T returned.

have been

having* many

nrograms at Rchool.

Thev will

have their closinp

April

The children

1.

T also

spent

two

weeks

in

^anila

in

February,

takinp,

the

two

little

ejrls

that

have

Cerebral

Palsv

to

the Elks Cehebral Palsy Center in Manila where thev received

free

therapv.

'-'e were

train

ed

to

continue

the

therapy at

home and

must

take

them

hack every

three months

for

check-un.

T thank

the

Lord

for

this

free

help

that

we can

pet

for

our

pirls.

Already

there

is much

improvement

in

them.

Our only expenses are

travel,

room and

hoard,

Apain

T am thankful

we

are able

to

stay at

the

Baptist Guest Apts.

which

are

very close

to

the

Center.

Ve can

also

do

our own cookinp

there and

that

really helps with the expense.

Maria

*^farin

Deloris

Theresa

16 Months

2

1/2

vrs

Our

Cerel>ral

Palsied

cirls

Because

postape

rates

are

so

hiph

I

have

finally

decided

that

T cannot

mail

the

newsletters

from

here.

T will

not

be

able

to

include

the

personal

n»tes

that

T wrote

to

many

of

you.

T will

try

to

send

letters

to

you

now and

then.

My

parents

will

be

the

ones

mailinp

the

newsletters

now,

T want

you

to

know

how

thankful

I

am

to

all

of

you who

have

shared

In

any

way

in,the

work

of

the

Home.

T

do

not

always

pet

a

personal

letter

to

you,

hut

T

am

thankful

and

praise

the

Lord

for

y^u.

We

must

all

work

topether

in accompHsldnp_the spreadinp of

the_<^snel.

Many

of

you

have

been

out

of

work

or your

hours

have

been

cut,

and

yet

the

Lord

has

increased

the

amount

of

financial

help

we

receive

each

month,

instead

of

it

poine

down,

as

manv

had

feared

It would.

Thank

you

all

who

have

piven

financially,

throuph

praver,

pifts

of

clothes,

tovs,

books,

or

in

any

other vny.

It

is

so

wonderful

to

^e

in

the

T.ord's

care

and

to

be

able

to

depend

upon

Fim

for

all

our

needs,

and

to

be

blessed

by

beinp

in

Pis

familv.

Because

of

your

faith

in

the

Lord

to

supply your

needs,

ours

have

continued

to

be

met.

Manv

boxes

of

toys

and

clothes

have

been

arrlvlnp

and

we

are

thankful,

for

them,

dust

when

we

need

what

is

in

them,

there

thev are.

Thanks

to

all

of

you

who

have

shared.

Manv

of

you

have

sent

letters and pictures

to

me,

Jov,and

the

children,

and

we

thank

vou

for

them.

They

are

very

encourapinp

to

us,

and

to

know

that

you

are

pravinp

for

us

is

such

a

help

also

We

continue

to

have

some

problems

and

difficulties,

which

is

to

be

expected,

but

we

praise

the

Lord

for

His

love,

strenptb

and

wisdom

that

pets

us

throuph

each

one.

We

have

the

power

of

His

Word

and

His

Spirit

to

depend

on

and

we

praise

Him

for

them,

and

the

difference

they

can

make

in

our

lives.

Thank

you

apain

to

each

of

you

who

have

helped

make

this

work

pos

sible

here,

and

also

as

vour

share

in

the

work

of

the

T.ord

in

other

countries

as

well

as

in

vour

own

towns.

.

.

.

T.ove

in

Christ,

Marv

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MFSSAGF.

FROM

MARY

April,

May,

.Tune

1982

JUL

19

1982

For';ardlng

Agents:

Mr.

&

Mrs.

Rob

Pruitt

2784

So.

Grants

Pass,

River

Rd

OR

97526

Dear

Friends

In

Christ,

I

did

not

plan

to wait

until

the

last

day

of June

to write

this newsletter but now I

guess

I

can

give a complete report

through June.

As T am writing

this

I

am again

In

Manila with Maria Delores and Maria Teresa for more physical therapy training.

We

come back every three months.

We praise

the

Lord for

the wonderful

progress

these

girls are making,

especially Maria Teresa.

T hope

that by

the next

newsletter

I

will

be

able

apy for

to

tell

them.

you she

is walking.

We have

been praying

for

these

girls and

for

ther-

The

T.ord has

given us an added blessing by sending

us a retired physi

cal

therapist who

has volunteered

to

help

she

has been.

has worked more

than

come out

Much of

once

a week

the girls'

30 years with cerebral

palsied people.

She-

and work with

the girls.

What a blessing and

improvement is a direct

result of her help.

Praise

the T.ord with

us

and

pray

that we might

also

be able

to help

her

grow in

her

relationship

with

the

T.ord.

^

I

S

'

_

School

has

started

and

with

it

a

lot

of

ex-

citement and work.

Lola .Toy(Joy Collins)has

been busy getting uniforms readv.

6 in

We

have

just

graduated

Is having

from

our kindergarten.

One of

them

to repeat

the

first

grade.

They are

1

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y

i"

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have

enjoying it

11

very much.

in elementary and

6

All

in

together we

high

school.

Two

of

these

are

In our

two

high

schools

in

Tsabela, and three are first year.

xious

we

are

for

the time

we have

How an-

a Chrlst-

Home

^'fph school on the property where the

is

located

and will

not have

to send

the children

to

Isabela or put

them

in

a

pub-

rejoiced

and

praised

the

Lord

the

the

IXth.

new

ger

to

Our First Graders

Our

First

Graders

learn and asking

me

Savior

and

was

questions and what joy filled

accepted Christ as

She was

as

baptized.

my heart

alwavs

T baptized her

her

ea

in

to Christl

happy she

is

But

how sad

we were when she

left

May

16

to

again with her mother but sad that

we have

return

to her mother.

no contact

with her.

Me

are

Ve

just

pray

that

she will

remember her

love and

commitment

to

the Lord

and

His

love

for

her and

that

some

day

she can

get

further

teaching in the Word.

How we

miss

her!

We were

also

they returned

saddened

by

the

to

their mother

return

of Lydia and Nelia

to

their mother -

not

because

but

because we

love and miss them.

Also because Lydia

will probably not receive any education now*.They are Negritos and there is no school

where they live.

Tydia is

a very

bright

girl

and we

had

great

hopes

for

her.

We

are

thankful

her mother is

a

Christian,

and

also

thev

live

somewhat near and we will

have

opportunity

to

see

them

now

and

then.

The

T.ord

ha.s

is two years

hies.sed

with

old and weighs

the

16 lbs.

of

Samuel

Samuel.

He

is the 6th of 7

BR^B^^BBII^^^^B

children

tives.

in

very

poor

family

wfio live

off of

their rela-

Because of his health condition the social worker rec-^BBi^^»

a

omtnended the mother bring him to

us

for

a time.

He

is

from

BBHBP^

quite

less

able

a

distance

away

and

so

TTut

we have

we pray

they

come to visit.

the

to share

love of Christ with

no

contact with

them

un-

that

them.

somehow we will be

Samuel has

a

had hare

lip

and cleft

palate and we

are

looking into getting

surgery for him.

of operations.

Samuel will

There are

groups who nav

find

for

these tvpes

We prav

to

we can

a good doctor and that

life.

is a sweet

be able

live a normal

n|^i^H ^

Bn

if

IBI

BT

,y

^

hov and

in many ways

leminds me of Roger.

'

*

y

The

summer was

very busy.

Again

there was

the VBS Clinic

f.

VBS

s

held

all

around

the Cagayan Valley all

for all

the places

summer.

who wanted

There

them.

were not enougli teachers

Many new Bible studies v;ere

of the movie

' Jesus",

which

started because of the showing

Frnle

Rutherford has been doing.

We

praise

the

Lord

for

these,

and

for our new brothers

and

sisters

in

CTirist.

W

B

m

M

fc.-M

BbIK

Samuel

Samuel

IT '

mII

3

Apa i n

-wo

had

tlio

three

vnutls

camps

and

the

Young

Adult's

Retreat.

 

There vrere

31

ban~

tlzed

during

these

camps.

We

prav

thev

vlll

remain

strong

in

the

l.ord.

Also

the

stu

dent

preachers

went

out

in

groups

of

two

for

concentrated

evangelism

and

teaching

6.

more

v;ere

added

to

the.

harvest.

Ifow

we

praise

the

l.ord

for

these

who

liave

come

to

and

pray

they

will

remain

strong

and

firm

and

he

His

shining

lights.

 

The

enrollment

in

the

two

liigh

schools

is

up

tliis

year with

close

 

to

650

in

Northern

Tsabela

Academv(wherp

Ninda

is

studying)

and

more

than

AOO

In

Southern

Tsabela

Academy

(vliere

Ariel

is

studying).

VTiat an

opportunity

to

reach

the

young

people

with

the

 

of

Cod

in

this

special

and

sometimes

difficult

time

of

life.

 

Prav

with

us

for

another

school

in

Lal-lo

where

the

Home

is

located.

 

The

Seminary

also

has

an

increased

enrollment

this

year with

90,

part-time

and

full

 

time.

We

have

been

praying

Cor

the

l.ord

to

send

those

who

should

 

be

there

and

He

has

sent

plenty.

Nay

they

be

strong

fruitful

servants

of

His.

 

How we

praise

the

Lord

for

the

way

He

y

'

?

''

-

has

continued

to

supply

our

needs.

How I

praise

and thank

Him for

all

of

^

Ohjft

 

you who

have

given so

faithfully.

I

or

you

uesto^increase Mayeachofyou

know

that

so

many

are

unemployed

their hours have been cut

continue to

give

and the

and

yet

Lord contin-

*

Tj

^

^

V

V

those who send

toys and clothes

to

=^5

 

meet

our

needs

we

give

thanks.

Re-

cause

we

are

working

together

in

the

Lord

In

this work

it

is

able

 

to

go

on.

Not

only

we

are

getting

support

from

those

in

the

States

but

even

from

our

sisters

in

Japan.

 

How

wonderful

to

bo

in

the

T.ord's

familv

and

to

share

together

in

His

work.

 

The

wash

house

and

store

room

should

be

done

wben

T

get

back

from

 

*^anila.

Thanks

to

all

who

have

made

this

possible.

The

T.ord

is

so

good

to

us!

Again

T

say

thanks,

as

do

tlie

children

in

their

prayers

each

night,

to

all who

are

a

part

of

this

work.

I

owe

so

many

of

you

letters

and

T

ask

your

patience

in waiting

and

that

you will

accept

this

Informal

thanks

in

all

the

feeling

that

it

is

said.

 

Please

continue

to

hold

us

up

in

praver.

Pray

especially

for

Minda

and

Flmer

who

are

having

a

hard

time

resisting

the

temptations

of

the

world.

Pray

for

their strength

in

the

Lord

and

the

power

of

His

Word

and

love

in

their

lives.

Pray

for

all

of

us

who

are

raising

these

children

in

the

Lord,

that

we may

teach

them

true

love

and

and

prav

for

them

that

thev

will

grow

to

be

great

servants

of

our

l.ord

Jesus

Christ.

Pray

also

that

we

will

be

able

to

get

a

piano

for

the.Home.

 
 

In

Christ's

service,

 
 

Marv

Pruitt

 

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No.

561

Medford,

OR 97501

Medford,

Oregon

llim,

Word

faith,

37

Mary Pruitt

P.O.

Box 49

Aparri, Cagayan 1118

Philippines

MESSAGE FPOM MARY

Philippine Mission Churches

August, September

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1 79^2

of Christ

1982

4; 3^3

Forwarding Agents:

M/M Bob Pruitt

2784 So.

River Road

Grants

Pass,

OR 97526

Dear

Friends

in

Christ,

OSce again

it has been a very busy and full

the lord

three months.

How I

thank

the Lord for

each one

of you who has held us up before

In prayer for

the wisdom,

love and patience needed

I never cease

yet are trusting

the

and also for each who has contributed financially as our costs have increased.

to thank the Lord for your

Lord to supply your needs,

gifts as I

as

you give

know many of you

are hard

up

and

to help supply the needs of others.

Since the last newsletter we have gained 6 children,

and two, who were staff children,

..

have

moved out.

one has been placed

are now 34.

So we

in a fosterhome,

Elena, almost 10 years old and Richelle^almost 2,

were brought

to

us

the same day.

Elena has some

very special problems, partly because of neglect

and

the

fact

that her mother has mental problems.

Elena seems

to be autistic,

although

that

is

not

whole problem and she does

not

fit

the descrip

 

tion exactly,

She

cannot

talV,

but maVes many

sounds.

V^en she

first

camp she was

much like

an

animal in many ways,

but has

learned a lot

and we

praise the Lord

for

this.

She now sits ciuletly

to

eat

and uses

her

spoon,

can sit

quietly

in devo

tions, knows where the bathroom is,

is noticing

others

around

her and

is

liaving much better

eye

contact.

She

is

about

the

size of

a

6 year

old

but is growing rapidly with proper food.

Pray

for our wisdom and knowledge in teaching and help

ing her.

Elena

after

two

months

When we first

savi Richelle we were sure she would

not

live through the night but

praise the Lord she

did,

and still does.

sit.

Although almost

2 years old

she. weighed only about

and was

kept

has not

alive

12 pounds

by

and wns

of

-od

a

too u-eak to

For several davs

she would

began

not eat

the grace

and Pedialytc.

After about

a week she

to eat and

slowed do^^ yet.

^•:hat

beautiful girl ^hB is-becoming.

Thar.k you tc all^who were praying eso^rlally for her.

Aweek later Gerry,

pounds joined us. baby would die

the father and

5 months and fi 1/2

being

pounds and Felicitas (Fely)

of 5, was very weak and

at 14 months and 10 1/2

We are thankful

Gerrv's mother is a widow with 3 children under

to

the welfare seeking help.

the youngest

3 years and was afraid her

abandoned by

that

so went

she

Fely's family had been

sick

both are happy and healthy now, although we suspect that Getty may have mild cerebaral palsy.

Next

came Joseph at

11 months and very healthy.

How nice

it

mother had left

them and the

father could not work and

care

is

to get a healthy child!

Ttie

for Joseph

and relatives were

unable

to

take

him.

As

I am writing

this

I am In Manila

But

the Home.

(again),

this time with

Samuel for

the first

of his oper

baby,

ations on his cleft palate.

Daniel,

was being taken

..

etc.

who works, etc

we will

to

I heard Just before

The motherCnot

leaving Aparri that a 3 month

married) had left him with the letber,

these children and pray

How we praise the Lord

that we can help

be able to help the families also, especially in their spiritual needs.

Ja^on has been with

us since

he

was

live with

but

get to

the Kutherfords, as they

see him often

and

it

is

8 months old,

and just after his

We miss

home.

are trying to adopt him.

nice he

can have a regular

3rd birthday went to

him very much at

home,

We praise

the Lord

that we have been able

to start

4 Bible studies

in our area and

for a great

beginning to see the Word and'Spirit work in their lives.

Pray with us

we are

out

reach and harvest

among

these people.

We would like

to give a special

thanks

to all who ^ave given for special needs.

the newness to wear off.)

We asked

for

zippers and buttons and 50U so abundantly supplied(and Joy has really been using them).

Thank you so much!

I mentioned In the last

letter about

a piano and

those who/gave special gifts and we now have a beautiful new piano.

line to practice!

(Hope It

takes a long

time

for

I praise

the Lord for

In

so

The chll^en wait

Thank you

very

much!

We

do

have

a

few more needs

now:

We need more sponsors

for

our new children.

Also we could

use more plastic pants, bibs- especially the larger ones for the older babiGs(heavy pl«fitic

with sleeves,that can be wiped off after meals),

and

for

the older

children we need all

kinds of pictures(from magazines) of people, families, animals, houses, room, flowers, etc.

They have

need of them in school and

they are verv hard

to come by.

especially In the number

we

need.

We

are

also

lo>>V-ing into

the cost of purchasing a vehicle.

As

for

other areas

of the

Mission's work:

We

have a

record

enrollment in our

2 high schools

and praise

the Lord

for His iord working in

tl'ie lives of these voung people,

Six were re

 

cently hantized into Christ at one school.

Last week I attended the Teachers

Day

as

the

faculties of both schools met together for inspiration and sharing.

We

thank

Cod

that

A of

 

the teachers

accepted the

Lord and were baptized (one has been teaching

there for several

years),

making both

teaching staffs all

Christian.

The Seminary is very crowded

this year with many good students.

Plans are

in process

for

a

much needed new Seminary building and we

wouJd appreciate your prayers in

this matter and

the decisions

that

have

to be made.

Also, Mrs.

Selby has been very'ill,

but the Lord

is

get

ting her hack

on her

feet

and we

are all

thankful for her renewed strength.

Cur Lord has promised

to meet

our every need.

The Scripture

also

says

He

is

able

to

do

above and

or ask.

We.

have

heen

in

need

of

a

bevond

what

we

can

also

think

social worker and

a

man

to

be the

father figure and male Influence badlv needed by

tbc children.

T have

been praying

for

these

needs

and

the

 

Lord

has

answered

the

prayers

in

a

wav T never

expected.

Tn

V'

December Cilhert

Biireros will

be

father

figure

and

as mv husband.

iolning us

as

T first

met

a "ocial worker,

Pert

 

in Dpcember

1973 when on the Traveling College.

I'e were

attracted

tn each

other at that time and have corresponded through

the years.

 

When

the

Lord

brought

us

together again

in March

the

attraction

was

still

there.

Pert

has

passed

the

Board

Fxam

for

social

 

workers and

1s

presentlv working

for

^'Mrl.d

Vision as

a

super

visor over a project area.

Pert

studied

at

Cebii

Pihle

Pemi

nary and

for many

years

lived

in

the

home

of

and

worked

for

Ray and

Imogene Carlson.

The Lord told

me many

times

grace is sufficient

for vou,"

and

how

I

have

fotmri

that

to

he

true

as

I

trusted

the

T.ord

and

He hrotight

me through.

Mow

T

praise Him for

giving me the

extra

blessing and

icy

of

Rert.

 

Please join us

in

prayer as

we

step

into

a

new life

together

.-X'vi