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Monday, August 11, 2008

Rick Martin in the Philippines

Standing in front of the Iloilo Church with Rick Martin


Looking into the INSIDE of his 2000 seat church building on a Saturday afternoon


I taught these boys this Hawaiian greeting. They are the children of parents who are enrolled in the Bible college that Rick Martin started.

I want to write a little post about Rick Martin. Rick is the son of RUSS MARTIN, who was a dynamic preacher and evangelist that worked with my grandfather. About 30 years ago, Rick decided he wanted to be on the mission field, and he chose the Philippines. He visited about four cities and knew in is heart that God had called him to a place called Iloilo (pronounced ee-low-ee-low).

Since I was on my way to the Olympics, I decided to stop and visit with Rick. I had not stayed in touch with Rick over the years but wanted to catch up and see his work. WAS I EVER SURPRISED AND RICHLY BLESSED FOR VISITING HIM!

Rick started with NO ONE, and he and his wife just moved there in faith and started a Bible study in his home. Let me add that the average wage in the Philippines is $5.00 per DAY. It is a third world country. Rick begins to pray for and evangelize to the people of Iloilo, which happens to be the fifth largest city in the Philippines.

Today, the church, Iloilo Baptist Church, runs over 4,000 in attendance, and with the blessing of God, he started a Bible College. Today, his graduates have started over 600 churches throughout the Philippines.

I believe it was this past Saturday when I visited his campus, and there were close to 1,000 young people who had gathered at the church, and they were getting ready to do some evangelistic work throughout the city.

Rick TOTALLY blessed me with his story and his faith. I was so grateful for the chance to visit with him, to pray with him, and to speak to about 1,000 people for just a few minutes that day.

Please check back in a few days, and I hope to have a post from another island in the Philippines where I preached.

Rick... God bless you and the people of Iloilo... You are a GREAT MAN of God... and your father is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo blessed by your life and ministry.

I am humbled by your life.

2 comments:

Terra Bella said...

Thank you Pastor Dudley for visiting that special part of our my beloved country. I heard Pastor Rick Martin when he first set foot in Manila in 1977 in a garage converted church. He was fierce, compassionate and very evangelistic. I still could remember lines from that sermon he preached that Sunday evening. I admired him, his ministry from that early humble beginning up to this present time. He was trained very well by Dr. Jack Hyles at Hyles-Anderson. Please let us challenge our church to pray for, give to and visit mission fields like Iloilo. God bless the Ricks and the Dudleys of local churches!!! (Venjoy & Anna Alegre)

billycaalem said...

Pastor Dudley, I have read your report on your visit with Pastor Martin and Iloilo Baptist Church. Surely it is a great Church ministered to by a great man of God who loves Jesus with all his heart & do God's work unreservedly here in our country. We have seen how the Church grew year after year until now more than thirty years that our great Pastor have led the work. Pastor Martin is a great man with great love for the Filipino people & the salvation of their soul.we have seen how he and his wife sacrificed for us here, they never go home to the states for furlough or to take rest. I am witness to that because i am on the Class 83 graduate of his Bible college and now is given by God opportunity to minister to a Church, a Bible School and a Christian in the town of Leon, Iloilo, I also married his first convert. we love Christians who love our Pastor & God's work too. (Pst. Billy Caalem, Victory Baptist Church)