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Robby & Tegwen Heath

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July 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

I trust you are doing well. We have some exciting news to share with you. I am happy to announce that the leadership of Things to Come Mission has assigned us as missionaries to South Africa. We will be joining Dean and Sheba Padayhag in their church planting ministry. Our plan is to work alongside the Padayhag's in training young people in the Bible School, and partnering with them in growing the local churches. We will involve ourselves in Bible Studies throughout the week, weekend Bible School and Church.

We are very excited to see what God has for us in the coming years of ministry. Thank you for your continued support of us throughout the summer months while we give ourselves an opportunity to heal from our recent loss. The resting will soon be over as we have a very busy year planned out as we raise our support and partner with the U.S. Grace Churches.

This fall we will be visiting Churches in the Pacific Northwest, we’re visiting the south and southeast this winter and next spring we will speak to congregations in Michigan and the Northeast. In June and July of 2018 we will attend Grace Theological Center for Missions in Mindanao, Philippines which will help prepare us for the ministries ahead.

We will arrive in South Africa at the beginning of August 2018 to begin our ministry with the churches. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to grieve, that we will have safe travel this next year and that we will be able to jump right into the Lord’s ministry when we get to South Africa.

In Christ and For His Glory,

Robby & Tegwen Heath

(541) 450-7255

robby.heath@me.com

robbyjonheath (Skype)

2 Corinthians 4:7

 

April 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

I trust you and your family are doing well and that God is using you mightily. It is my prayer for you that God will bless you as you seek to follow God’s calling in your life.

In March I sent an email out to inform everyone that we welcomed our second child into this world. Rowen Liberty was born on March 9, 2017 in Davao, Philippines and seemed to be as healthy as any other newborn. A lot has happened between then and now and I want to fill you in on some of the details. The midwife at the birthing clinic was concerned about Rowen’s breathing and she recommended we take him to the Davao Doctors Hospital to get it checked out. The doctor gave him the diagnosis of pneumonia after a lung x-ray and we were admitted in the Tagum Doctors Hospital to be closer to our house. We stayed the night there but after consulting with Dr. Hope, Tegwen’s aunt who is an ICU doctor in St. Louis, we concluded that Rowen was not receiving the care that he needed.

We returned to Davao Doctors Hospital and they correctly diagnosed him with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) which is a rare congenital heart defect. Newborns with HLHS require surgery within the first week in order to survive so we arranged to fly to Philippine Heart Center in Manila the next morning. We were provided with the best healthcare that the Philippines had to offer and even with that the surgeon only gave Rowen a 50% chance of survival.

Rowen Heath

When Rowen was one week old he went in for his open heart surgery and then was transferred to the Surgical ICU. He stayed there for 3 weeks and Tegwen was able to see him almost every day. This was a hard time for us because our son was in the hospital but we were able to continue ministry. We were surrounded by the friends and family of the patients at the hospital who were often sad, broken hearted, scared and confused. We took every opportunity to share the love of Jesus with them. One time I shared the gospel with a group of 6 individuals who were unsaved catholics. I encouraged them to question the traditions of the church and to realize that they need Jesus and not religion. Another time I told a mother and father that physical death is a fact of life and cannot be stopped but that Jesus wanted to save their souls from eternal death. We were blessed to be able to rent an apartment and began to visit the TCM churches in Manila because we had to plan for Rowen to be in the hospital for a long time. Our plans for going on the mission field full time were put on hold as we focused on the ministry that we could do in and around the hospital. This was a very bad situation in life that God was able to use for His glory (Romans 8:28).

Rowen’s condition worsened as he approached his one month birthday and we were forced to face the reality that he might not survive. He had contracted an infection and his health was steadily declining. On April 7th Tegwen, her parents and I were able to spend a combined 5 hours with him where we sang, prayed, told him stories and witnessed to the nurses. At 3 AM on April 8th Tegwen and I held Rowen’s hands and sang to him as he died.

All of our plans again had to change. We spent the next five days grieving and trying to plan for our future. God is good and he used the members of the Things to Come Mission churches here in Manila to comfort us in our time of need. Our friends from around the world sent their condolences along with encouragements to stay the course and to do the ministry that God has for us.

With everything that happened to us we know that we cannot abandon God’s purpose for our lives. We have assurance that we will see Rowen again heaven which helps us as we look to our future. There are those people who don’t have this hope of heaven and we are motivated to share it with them. We have been called to take the Word of God to people who have never heard the good news of the Grace of God.

Tegwen, Vernon and I will be returning to the USA on the 29th of April to spend the summer with my family and friends in Oregon. While we are there we will be working in the local Grace Church as well as some of the Christian ministries around the area. We are applying to Things to Come Mission to become full time missionaries and would ask you to pray for wisdom for us and for the board.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support for us as we fought for Rowen’s life. As of now we have received all the money needed for the medical bills as well as the airfare to the USA. It was a wonderful thing to see first hand how the Body of Christ from around the world came together to help another member who was in need. We look forward to spending some time with you this next year as we prepare for the mission field.

In Christ and For His Glory,

Robby & Tegwen Heath

robby.heath@me.com

robbyjonheath (Skype)

2 Timothy 4:1-5

December 2016

Dear Family and Friends,

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go..." is a funny song to hear come on the radio while the blazing sun beats down and palm trees sway in the breeze. This is our first "winter" in the tropics and it certainly takes some getting used to. We pray that wherever this Christmas finds you, that you are enjoying it with friends and family and remembering the God of the universe who came to Earth as a baby 2000 years ago. Jesus came to seek and save the lost and to reconcile the world to Himself. "We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God!”

John and Becky

If you recall in our last update, we had been traveling from church to church every Sunday. Since then we decided to focus our time and efforts at the Apokon church here on the IGBI campus. Robby and Pastor Abib Autida are the same age and work very well together. They organized and led a youth event, which involved all the IGBI students helping with worship, games and snacks. The event, entitled Christians in Action, was advertised at the local high school within walking distance. Nobody knew what kind of turn out to expect so everyone was incredibly excited when over 100 youth poured into the little church. The response was wonderful and the next CIA is planned for this coming week, on December 6. Pray for the same turnout and that youth will put their faith in Christ! Pray also for the church itself, as it struggles to stabilize Sunday attendance as well as increasing its presence in the community. We are working with the members to get a Children's Church started and will start the classes tomorrow, December 4. This is in an effort to better meet the needs of the regular attenders as well as potential new members!

CIA game

On November 1st, we welcomed Janae Brown, our friend and ministry partner from Grants Pass, OR! She plans to study here at IGBI as she prepares for full time missions! We are so encouraged by her love and zeal for the Lord. She rents a room at a teacher's house next door and is adjusting very well to the culture, as well as the heat and mosquitos! PRAY that her courses and experiences throughout her time here will equip and encourage her for the mission field. We just finished the first three weeks of our third term at IGBI. Tegwen is teaching Speech and Oral Communication and is focusing on pronunciation. The school only offers three terms of English to the first year students so this will be her final class to teach. This works well since the baby is due a month and a half later so there won't be any conflict with school! Robby is teaching Argumentation and Debate to the second year students on top of the other courses he's enrolled in. He really enjoys teaching and helping the students articulate and defend their faith. We celebrated Vernon's 4th birthday at IGBI with the Bible students. Vernon got "Honor A" this term in his preschool and he has enjoyed trying to learn the filipino language.

 

With Janae Brown

Thank you to all who remember us and pray for us and especially to those of you who have supported us financially. We do not receive a salary of any kind and we are only able to continue our ministry here in the Philippines with the financial support of our family and friends. If you would like to support us financially you can make a tax deductible donation through Things to Come Mission, www.tcmusa.org/contact.htm. Our mission is unlike most other missions in that the office staff are self supported and the overhead of daily operations is kept very low. This means that 100% of your donation will go to the missionary that you want to support.

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!,

Robby, Tegwen and Vernon Heath

robby.heath@me.com

robbyjonheath (Skype)

2 Timothy 4:1-5