Most of the original office furniture was auctioned to church members about 12 years later. I am still in possession of one of those solid wooden-
top office desks, a set of wooden adjustable literature shelves and a couple of Spokesman Club tables with collapsible steel legs. This furniture has been part of my ministry since.
Congregations in the Philippines were included in Mr. Waterhouses preaching itinerary around the world, which cycled about every two years. In the late 60s and early
70s his itinerary in this country included only Metro Manila, where I furiously took many notes and typed them out later.
in the mid-70s, when I was already assigned to pastor churches in Mindanao, he came all the way to Davao City (where we were residing) to speak to the brethren here.
When I was later transferred to Bukidnon in the central part of Mindanao Island in 1982, his cycle dictated again that he visit the Philippines.
Since the main church congregation there (Don Carlos) was about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from the nearest city in Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro), and the roads leading to that
area were rough, dusty, winding and steep, God led me to do something different for Mr. Waterhouse this time.
I contacted the
multimillionaire owner of the largest sugar-milling company on the island to borrow his helicopter to ferry Mr. Waterhouse from Cagayan de Oro City to Don Gerald Waterhouse Carlos, Bukidnon and back. I was ready to pay for the service, but, through
Gods help, the owner offered it for free!
The pilot waited the whole day until Mr. Waterhouse finished speaking in the afternoon
(while I had to translate his message into the Cebuano dialect).
Mr. Waterhouses unusual worldwide itinerary ended soon after the death of Herbert Armstrong, in 1986.
During the doctrinal changes that followed in the Worldwide Church of God, a dearth of information blanketed our country. We did not quite know what was happening and why.
I had questions that those above me in church administration did not answer to my satisfaction.
During those years I earnestly prayed with tears to God to somehow grant me answers to my questions.
Unknown to me, Mr. Waterhouses personal five-hour visit to me and my wife all the way to Bacolod City on Negros Island in March 1996 (where we were then assigned) was Gods
answer to such prayers.
Mr. Waterhouse answered all my questions to my satisfaction.
In retrospect, it was exactly 38 years (two time cycles of 19 years each) between Mr. Waterhouses first visit to the Philippines in 1958 and his last visit in March 1996!
In 1958 his first visit was to lay the seeds to start Gods work in this nation. On his final visit it was to reestablish and
strengthen the foundation that had somehow been partly damaged, in preparation for the next phase of Gods work in this country.
is also significant that the year of his death (2002) marks the 40th year since the establishment of Gods work in this nation, and this 40th year also marks the establishment of the United Church of Gods office in this country.
Thus is the legacy of Gerald Waterhouse in the Philippines.
Article Originally entitled COG travelers legacy felt in Philippines, written by Edmond Macaraeg.
It appeared in Issue 68 (Sept. 2002) of The