Church group on mission to Philippines

January 03, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier is forsaking county government and politics for a few weeks this month to take the message of Christianity to a Third World country.

Frazier and her husband, Donald, members of the Church of the Open Door in Westminster, will travel with two of their pastors and three other members of the congregation to the Philippines today. David Wood Ministries, a Georgia-based organization, is sponsoring the trip.

"I have been a prayer warrior for others on these trips before, but now I have a chance to go along," she said. "When I met two Filipino pastors here last summer, their enthusiasm and excitement for their work was so great, it rubbed off on me."

She expects to reconnect with those pastors and meet many others who are arriving from all over Asia for missionary training in Manila, capital of the island nation of about 65 million people.

"We will be sharing the Gospel and giving these pastors the skills and tools they need for church planting and growing," Frazier said.

The trip will include prayer rallies at schools and other public forums, and possibly at prisons. Frazier participates in similar ministry at the Carroll County Detention Center. The two-week trip will culminate in a Billy Graham-type crusade at Manila's 60,000-seat stadium.

Frazier has no firmly set itinerary. She is taking along her experience in Open Door's choir and her favorite Christian music. "I won't be preaching, but I will be teaching and singing," she said.

The Fraziers raised their travel expenses - about $2,400 each - through a letter campaign to family, friends and their congregation.

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