Dr. Jerry and Donna Layton
ABWE - Iloilo City, Philippines

November 28, 2018

To all of you who have prayed:

We joyously praise our Sovereign Lord: My doctor informed us that I am finally clear of prostate cancer! Our 3-years battle consisting of surgical removal followed by radiation earlier this year has been effective! Please continue to pray that future routine check-ups will continue to find me cancer free.

We just returned from 2 months reporting to our supporting churches in the Pacific Northwest to thank our churches for their continuing support, and explained our plans for international pastoral training by invitation, teaching our Creation Worldview Seminar. So far we are invited August 2019 by Expositors Academy in the Philippines. I’ll now start contacting others who have requested scheduling, to let them know I am now healthy enough to start traveling again. Pray for wisdom scheduling as I receive replies.

To God be all the Glory!

Jerry Layton

 

August 29, 2018

Dear Prayer Partners,

Thank you for your prayers for Jerry during his radiation treatments, which hopefully have blocked the return of his prostate cancer. He’s finished with radiation, his strength is returning, and the initial blood work was good! His next blood work will be in November and we would appreciate your prayers for another good result.

We are so thankful for each and every one of you who pray for us, and for our faithful supporting churches! Because of Jerry’s health, we decided to stay in the country this year and visit our supporting churches. We’re really looking forward to seeing many of you!

We have already reported to two of our churches (Bethany Baptist in Martinez CA and Fellowship Baptist in Highland NY), and this fall we’ll be visiting our churches in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. After that we’ll only have one remaining supporting church to visit in southern California. We plan to start scheduling international travel again next year. Please pray for wisdom in scheduling.

We’ll be living out of our travel trailer the next 2+ months, and when we’re not ministering in our supporting churches, Jerry plans to work on his companion book for our Creation Worldview Seminars, and Donna hopes to work on our missionary memoirs.

Please Pray for our safety and good health as we travel, our ministry in our supporting churches, and our writing projects. Here is our schedule:

September 3-8: Camping trip with good friends, Yellowstone National Park, WY
September 10-13: Baptist Network Northwest Refresh Retreat, Cannon Beach, OR
September 16: First Baptist, Bellevue WA
September 23: First Baptist, Connell WA
September 30 am: Emmanuel Baptist, Lewiston ID
September 30 pm: First Baptist, Clarkston WA
October 7 am: Whitney Baptist, Boise ID
October 7 pm: Meridian First Baptist, Meridian ID
October 14: Temple Baptist, Fircrest WA
October 21: Faith Baptist, Sequim WA
October 28: First Baptist, Ferndale WA
November 4: Bethany Baptist, Salem OR
January 2019 & Beyond: TMAI Centers USA & Abroad

Matthew 9:38 “Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”

To God Be the Glory!

 

February 21, 2018

Routine follow-up blood work from Jerry’s prostate cancer surgery two years ago found evidence of a microscopic colony of reproducing cancer cells that evidently escaped during the surgery. Body scans indicate it has not spread to the bone, so doctors believe it is still curable. With that goal in mind, Jerry is currently undergoing 7 weeks of radiation, 5 days a week, until March 1st, followed by time for adequate rest and recovery. Obviously, this is not what we expected to be doing at this time, but we also know that God has a purpose in this, and we are confident in his love for us as he works out his will in our lives.

While the Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome, his burden to strengthen the churches prompted him to write; and likewise, Jerry, with the mentoring of experienced colleagues, is using this time of restricted travel to write and self-publish a book entitled The Gospel Begins in Genesis. This synopsis of our Creation Worldview Seminar will be our way to declare God’s power and mighty works to the next generation.

Jerry’s book will highlight the foundational importance of Genesis in God’s pre-planned redemptive history: from the “very good” six days of creation, which each refute an aspect of evolution theory, to our need for a spiritual new creation in Christ, and ultimately the promise of bodily redemption in the new heavens and new earth. Jerry sees the need to produce this, but has often felt overwhelmed by the task; so we are asking you to pray for him to have the self-discipline and wisdom, as well as God’s special grace for both of us to complete this project!

Thank you for your partnership with us, both in prayers and financial support, which enabled us to make three strategic Philippines and Singapore ministry trips last year! Jerry‘s seminars in one TMAI-sponsoring church and 2 other like-minded churches helped him develop the outline and material for his upcoming book. As a way of saying thank you once we’re able to travel again, we would like to present all or part of our Creation Worldview Seminar in as many of our supporting churches as possible. We’ll soon begin scheduling those visits.

Our overseas ministry opportunities come by invitation, and Lord willing, we hope to have the continued financial support and good health to also be able to make plans with those who have expressed an interest in having us minister overseas.

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for continued strength and good health for Jerry as he undergoes and recovers from radiation, and that the Lord would be pleased to heal his cancer.
  • Please pray for Jerry to have the discipline and wisdom needed to write and self-publish his book The Gospel Begins in Genesis in the recovery months ahead.
  • Please pray for wisdom in scheduling visits to supporting churches this year, as well as planning future overseas ministry trips with those who have expressed interest, as the Lord provides.

 

October 7, 2017

Thank You, All Who Prayed for This Trip

God gave traveling mercies for Jerry’s 10-day trip, which included a last-minute re-routing and change of airline due to flight delays. He ended up on a direct flight from LAX to Manila, allowing him 8 hours uninterrupted sleep! God gave good health and strength for his busy speaking schedule during his 6 days in Davao City, where we served during our first term of missionary service. Jerry spoke 21 hours: 5 hours in church settings, and 16 hours of Creation Evangelism.

His invitation focus was to speak at the 62nd Anniversary Celebration of Heritage Baptist Church, where we worked as part of a church strengthening team in 1983. He also spoke mid-week at Harvest Baptist Church, our first church planting based out of Heritage in another part of the city, which is still pastored by our Filipino church-planting partner, Salvador Caspillo since 1984. What a joy also to speak in his Bible School!

The Heritage Baptist Church anniversary celebration on Sunday September 24 was truly a joyous event, and it was followed that afternoon with a well-attended 2-hr. Inter-church Creation Science Symposium.

6 Days of Creation Science Campus Evangelism

In addition to speaking 5 hours in church settings, Pastor Philip Fernandez, who is also national director of Campus Bible Fellowship, scheduled Jerry for a 2-hr. radio interview and 14 hours of Creation Science Campus Evangelism in local schools and universities during the week. (One venue was forced to cancel when a last-minute holiday was declared by the President of the Philippines, but the other 6 were not affected since they were scheduled on other days.) Jerry was thrilled to be able give his 2-hour Creation Science Symposium in schools: contrasting Creation Science as The Alternative of Evolution. We are rejoicing that there is still a wide-open door for this message that wins many to Christ!

The school venues included 2 major universities, 1 Career-prep college, 2 high schools, and 1 Medical School Bible-study group of 20+ students from India. This last one really touched Jerry’s heart! Organized by the pastor’s wife, Jenna Fernandez, who is a surgeon teaching at the medical school, many of these Indian students still call themselves “agnostics” from religious backgrounds; but all enjoy studying the Bible and attend Heritage Baptist Church! Jerry enjoyed their questions being uniquely related to their religious backgrounds, and one young woman expressed worry that if she openly professes Christ, her family will disown and possible harm her! Please pray for this young lady and for Jenna Fernandez and this unique cross-cultural evangelistic opportunity. Also, please pray for the Heritage Baptist Church student workers who are following up students who filled out salvation-decision slips after Jerry spoke.

Although it was a busy schedule and the travel was exhausting, Jerry came home energized and rejoicing for all the Lord did during this trip to the Philippines. Lord willing, we hope to have more ministry opportunities like this!

Isaiah 55:11-12 “My word… will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it: 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace. the mountains and hills will burst into song before you.”

Please Be Praying With Us

  • Isaiah 55:11-12 “My word… will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it: 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace. the mountains and hills will burst into song before you.”
  • For Jenna Fernandez as she mentors her Indian medical-school students: that they all may find peace and joy in knowing Christ as personal Lord & Savior.
  • For the Lord’s leading regarding future ministry invitations.

God Bless you all as we pray without ceasing!

September 12, 2017

Yes, you read that right! On Saturday Sept. 16, Jerry (alone this time) will be flying to Davao City for just 10 days Sept. 16-26. He is invited to speak for the 62nd Church Anniversary of Heritage Baptist Church, where we started out as missionaries in 1983. And don’t worry (but do pray), they consider Davao to be safe under Martial Law, with wise precautions, and we do have the blessing of our ABWE Regional Director on the trip. Click on highlighted links for info.

The new pastor there is Philip Fernandez, a Master’s Seminary graduate, who has been a dear friend and ministry partner in campus evangelism. He was in Singapore where we both attended the Aug. 7-11 The TMAI Asia-Pacific Regional Summit, which he attended as a partnering church pastor. What an unexpected blessing when the group from the Philippines greeted me with my Creation Seminar songs! Their song leader was Errol Parpa who assisted me in early days and is now a pastor. Although we had previously turned down Philip’s invitation months ago, he enticed me to reconsider with promises of Creation Evangelism in schools, plus mid-week speaking at our nearby first-term church-plant, Harvest Baptist Church, plus strategic visits to schedule a future TMAI Creation Worldview Seminar.

Donna and I returned Aug. 17 from the Philippines after 2 and ½ months serving as temporary managers for our ABWE R&R Guest Cottages in the mile-high Baguio City. THANK YOU to all who prayed for us, because we felt your prayers as we struggled to master the book keeping for the often full-compound of mission-group retreats! We loved being back where our kids enjoyed family vacations growing up as MKs. And I loved daily morning devotions in Genesis with the 4 wonderful Filipino staff workers.

Jerry also gave two Creation Worldview Seminars. First, we traveled to a TMAI partner church 4 hours away, where he taught 8 hours over 2 Saturdays to an overflow crowd of more than 466, organized by their vibrant youth group, and attended by all ages. The Sunday morning service also was packed out, and we were blessed by the unquenchable enthusiasm of those attending. The second was a shortened version at nearby Baguio Baptist Church, where the all-day Saturday (5 hours only, plus Sunday) was well attended with riveted attention, despite the heat that weekend. We were amazed by some who recounted attending our seminars years ago! One even told how he still does follow-up seminars in schools.

So please be praying for our remaining days of preparation, and for Donna left behind (with 10 grandkids nearby).

PLEASE BE PRAYING FOR THESE STRATEGIC DIVINE APPOINTMENTS:

  • Sat. Sept 16-17: 26 hours travel (includes layovers) Sacramento to Manila
  • Mon. 18: 2-hour flight to Davao City, rest & recover from jet-lag.
  • Tue. 19: Campus Evangelism, 1 in the morning & 1 in the afternoon
  • Wed. 20: morning-visit a local pastor whose church hosts a TMAI Pastoral Training Center; afternoon-speak at the Bible School of Harvest Baptist Church (our 2nd Davao church planting); evening-preach at Harvest Baptist Church, pastored by Salvador Caspillo since our church plant
  • Thu. 21: Campus Evangelism, 1 in the morning & 1 in the afternoon
  • Fri. 22: Rest in the morning; Ministry with students from India in the afternoon
  • Sat. 23: Inter-church & inter-bible school Creation Worldview Seminar; 4 or 5 hours
  • Sun. 24: Heritage Baptist Church 62nd Church Anniversary, preaching in the morning
  • Mon. 25: Rest ½ day, then 2-hour flight to Manila guesthouse.

Matthew 9:38 (esv) “Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.”

  • Tue. 26: 24 hours travel (includes layovers) back to home!