Church of God Memorial:
DAVAO CITY, Philippines Forty years ago Gerald Waterhouse (who died September 4, 2002 after a long illness) was sent by Herbert W. Armstrong to officially start Gods work in the Philippines and to establish a church office (then called Ambassador College Agency). He arrived in June 1962.
This was four years after his first visit to the country, in 1958, when he was sent to contact (the late) Pedro Ortiguero, who later became the first ordained Filipino minister under what was then called the Radio Church of God.
When Mr. Waterhouse came back in 1962, there was as yet no organized congregation in the Philippines. Initially two families attended his first regular Bible studies in his living room at his rented house in Makati, Metro Manila.
Soon after arrival he surveyed the area and worked to personally select the location and suitable building in Metro Manila. He chose and ordered office furniture and equipment, hiring needed employees to get the operation going in full swing.
Eye for quality
Starting the next month, he began to place large advertisements in the then very prestigious newsmagazine The Philippines Free Press. Response was phenomenal nationwide.
Booklets that were then advertised included Why Were You Born?, Who Will Rule Space? and The Seven Laws of Success.
He showed wisdom, practicality and an eye for quality. For his vehicle, he ordered from Germany a Volkswagen beetle (which was later bought by a church member and kept in running condition until the member died some 35 years later).
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