Monday, July 25, 2011


A must read.
A story of love, lust, betrayal, anguish, forgiveness, brokenness, surrender, and restoration. A living proof that putting God first even through tremendous struggles will reap the benefits of God and the rewards of His promises.

Josh and Serena, this is their story.
Josh and Serena started their blog, 'Til Death Do Us Part, in April of 2011.  They started it because more and more people were asking them about the story of their marriage.  Rather than send them to a blog that had all sorts of random things about their family, they created a new one to highlight the story. They didn’t make the site public right away.  On one hand they were so grateful for the place that the Lord had brought them; but on the other, what advice did they have to tell others about marriage and standing for it?  They were by no means perfect.  Even years after what seemed like the end of their marriage, they felt that they still had so far to go.  But, eventually they made the site public and the Lord blessed it.  In just over four months, they have had almost 10,000 views from all around the world.

Now, they have a daily following of readers, both public and private, that lean upon their advice and counsel regarding how to stand for your marriage.  Standing for your marriage is not something that they take lightly.  From their own past experiences, they have learned the importance of standing strong in the face of marital failure.  They frequently receive emails with personal prayer requests and questions about what to do in specific cases.

In June of 2011, they had the privilege of being interviewed by Luke Gilkerson of Covenant Eyes.  It was a two-part interview that can be listened to here.

Their primary foundation for all that they share about you, your marriage, and standing for it can be summed up in this truth:  God is BIGGER!!!  It does not matter the situation or circumstance, God is BIGGER than all of it.  And He can do what no one else can.

A Stander's Affirmation
I AM STANDING FOR THE HEALING OF MY MARRIAGE!!! I will not give up, give in, give out or give over 'til that healing takes place. I made a vow, I said the words, I gave the pledge, I gave a ring, I took a ring, I gave myself, I trusted GOD, and said the words, and meant the words... in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in good times and in I am standing NOW, and will not sit down, let down, slow down, calm down, fall down, look down or be down 'til the breakdown is torn down!

Serena stood for her marriage and believed God.

 I refuse to put my eyes on outward circumstances, or listen to prophets of doom, or buy into what is trendy, worldly, popular, convenient, easy, quick, thrifty, or advantageous...nor will I settle for a cheap imitation of God's real thing, nor will I seek to lower God's standard, twist God's will, rewrite God's Word, violate God's covenant, or accept what God hates, namely divorce!

Josh surrendered to the call of God and reclaimed his anointing.

In a world of filth, I will stay pure; surrounded by lies I will speak the truth; where hopelessness abounds, I will hope in God: where revenge is easier, I will bless instead of curse; and where the odds are stacked against me, I will trust in God's faithfulness.

What God has put together, let no man put asunder.

I am a STANDER, and I will not acquiesce, compromise, quarrel or quit.. I have made the choice, set my face, entered the race, believed the Word, and trusted God for all the outcome.

Redemption is often a family affair.

I will allow neither the reaction of my spouse, nor the urging of my friends, nor the advice of my loved ones, nor economic hardship, nor the prompting of the devil to make me let up, slow up, blow up, or give up 'til my marriage is healed.  (author unknown)

Marriages come under attack. Good marriages don't just happen, they are created.  Marriages that weather the storms of life enjoy the fragrance of fresh and a view of the rainbow of happiness.

 No longer two, but one flesh.


Josh and Serena renewed their vows in 2010. They have five wonderful children and by the time this post is online, they may have their sixth child.
They presently reside in Colorado.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Bill Boyer


Bill and LaVonne are both family-focused as well as ministry-focused. Bill is a man that rules his household well and is also making an impact around the world. So, enjoy these family pictures before we get into the abundance of ministries of the Boyers.

Sopheak & only daughter, Amy Kheng
Amy met Sopheak after serving 2+ years in Laos
as a missionary in northern Cambodia

1st grandson, Yeramiah

Playing drums, guitar, and then preaching at 2 years old!
1st granddaughter, Aleesya

1st son, Jonathan & Dori with Sooky

2nd son, David
Military Police, Army National Guard Reserve

2nd grandson, Trenton James Travis

3rd son, Daniel & Julie

3rd grandson, Logan James Boyer


Bill is serving as the Vice President of Bethel Bible College (Manila, Philippines), Director of Extension Ministries, Chair of Intercultural Studies Department, Advisor for Missions Major students.
LaVonne serves as the Advisor for the Foreign Students Fellowship and mentor/discipler/counselor for students.

Member of AGMF Executive Committee as Recording Secretary and missionary representative of the Southern Luzon/Palawan/Bicol Region.

Member of Missions Executive Committee for the Philippines General Council of the Assemblies of God (PGCAG).

Advisor for the Department of World Missions of the PGCAG.

Co-founder and board member of Teen Challenge Valenzuela (North Metro Manila) ministries.

Ministry Focus:

Our assignment is to do all we can to mobilize missions in the Philippines and any other location we are invited to help.

We are fulfilling this task primarily through teaching in colleges and seminaries throughout the Philippines; developing materials to promote missions awareness, including video seminars, brochures, and training materials; and helping to equip people who feel called to full time missions ministry.  We also provide training for District and National officers to help them better understand and promote global evangelism.
Areas of need:

*People of prayer who will join with us in ardent spiritual warfare.  Interested?  Please send me a note via e-mail: or send me a letter at either address below.

21 N Olive Ave                   P.O.Box 329
Alhambra, CA 91801         Greenhills 1502, Metro Manila

*Construction teams who will raise the funds needed for the projects (listed below) they wish to do.  Are you with the Assemblies of God?  Sign up by going to and click on “Going” button.

*Ministry teams who want to work in cooperation with Bethel Bible College, its students, and outreach ministries.  Church planting, pastoral training, feeding programs, etc.  Are you with the Assemblies of God?  Sign up by going to and click on “Going” button.

*Volunteers willing to raise their own support to assist us in coordinating ministry and construction teams as well as other ministry opportunities when there are no teams present.  Applicants must be willing to endure uncomfortable living conditions.  If interested, send me an email.  Are you with the Assemblies of God?  Sign up to be a Missionary Assistant at and click on “Going” button.

Funding opportunities:

Three books ($5k each)– The first one, A Promise Forgotten, is scheduled to be ready for printing in December 2011: An eye-opening investigation and practical explanation of the covenant God made with mankind.

The second, still in research stage, co-authored, Theology in an Asian Context.  There is yet no theological book written specifically (to my knowledge) aimed at this area of the world.

The third, near completion, could be ready for printing 2012: The Church Under Fire – a missiological look at the Holy Spirit in the book of Revelation.

Video training series, Bringing Missions Into Your Church. Six half hour segments: $25,000 to produce and package materials for distribution.

We need individuals and churches who will partner with us financially on a monthly basis.  As of this post, we need to raise an additional $2,500 in monthly commitments.

One-time giving.  We have need to raise $100,000:

                *Our work fund account is currently $32,000 in the red.
                    * Work projects (like putting a new roof on our house, installing energy efficient air conditioning and the installation of energy-saving windows) $20,000 (also described under Bethel Bible College projects below)

                * Publish a book for missions training, A Promise Forgotten, $5,000

                * Publication of other training materials on Missions for local churches, such as how to conduct a missions convention, how to help missionaries get to the field, policy manuals for national missions department and district level manuals that will help build a cohesive network for the deployment of Filipino missionaries around the world.

                * Building repairs for BBC and landscape upgrade projects

For safe online donations to the Boyers, go to, then press the “Giving” button.  The drop down window will let you select “To A Missionary.”  Then follow the steps provided. Thank you, and may God bless you for your generosity!

Bethel Bible College projects, Manila, Philippines

Roof and other (major) house repairs for our house located on the campus of Bethel Bible College - $15,000 (The roof is literally caving in and our ceiling is also.)

Three air conditioning units @ about $1,000 each.

There are several buildings in need of paint and repair.  Projects are available upon request ranging from $200 to $5,000. (Send requests to:

Staff housing is also in urgent need of repairs because of severe termite damage.  A plan is in progress to replace staff/faculty housing with upgraded, four-plex apartment buildings (four sets).  Keep in mind inflation rates, but currently the total project (all four apartment buildings) will cost about $100,000.

President’s house.   The president’s house needs to be relocated so that the area it now occupies may be used for other purposes.  $7,000

Covered Basketball court: $20,000

Chapel:  Our chapel is in need of expansion and upgrading.  No estimate has been made yet, but if you’re interested, contact us and we’ll get a ballpark figure to you and as soon as we can get a more accurate estimate, we will send that to you.

Library:  We are collecting books for Bethel Bible College as well as for some of the professors who teach there and cannot afford to purchase all the books they need.  Priority is given to the library – repeat titles are then offered to professors and other Bible colleges in the Philippines.  All instruction is done in English.

We also accept donations of DVD books, DVD training materials and, of course, cash.

Books may be shipped to our USA address.

The library is in serious need of renovations to preserve the books we have.  It is urgent that we receive donations to purchase and install air conditioning, build more shelving and upgrade the study area and computer lab.  We also need donations that will underwrite the cost of keeping the air conditioning units running.  The Philippines has the highest rates for electricity in the world.

Looking for a BIG project?

                *Consider a new library building for $2 million.

                *Multi-Purpose Gymnasium for $750,000 (includes showers and lockers for men and women, moveable seating and athletic equipment).

                *Scholarship Foundation - $1 million will get this started and help to provide much needed funds for qualified needy students.

                *Investment Foundation - $1 million helps to start this foundation which will help to underwrite some of the costs of running the BBC campus.

Maintenance building ($5,000) desperately needed as well as a backhoe ($20,000).

Scholarships:  Many students show up at our doorstep believing God will provide the funds needed for their education.  Your generosity will help provide the education they need and your gift keeps on giving because they in turn go out to teach and make disciples wherever in the world God calls them!  Donations may be made to Bank of America (California) Account, Checking Account Number: 08659-47342.  Routing numbers are: 121000358 (paper & electronic); 026009593 (wires) or you can mail a check to AGWM, 1445 N Boonville Ave., Springfield MO 65802-1894.  Make checks payable to AGWM and in the memo write:  Bethel Bible College-scholarship fund.

Teen Challenge:  We are in the process of setting up the first of five Teen Challenge ministry centers in metro-Manila, at the request of Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian (Valenzuela City).  We are in need of everything to equip a cafeteria, living room area, offices, windows and bed dressings, etc.  Financial donations may be made directly to Teen Challenge Valenzuela by going online to, then look for Teen Challenge Nor Cal Nevada.  You will find a “Donate Now” button on the home page.  For first time donors, you will be asked to sign up – this is for your protection.  Be sure to make mention this is for Teen Challenge Valenzuela (TCV), Philippines.

Thank you for your partnership,

Bill & LaVonne Boyer                                                             
21 N Olive Ave
Alhambra, CA 91801-3332
Phone: 559-709-3429

On Facebook, look for Bill Boyer, and you’ll find a lot of pictures posted of the BBC campus and the first Teen Challenge Valenzuela building, along with a bunch of other family stuff and other ministry related video clips.

You’ll also find a number of pictures of the buildings in need of repair.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the worst of the buildings posted before leaving the Philippines because our camera broke.

Please pray for the prosperity and success of Bill and LaVonne Boyer, their family, and all their ministry and mission projects.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jill Buckland

 Jill Buckland

Avon Independent Sales Representative

"I sell Avon because their values of trust, respect, belief, humility, and integrity align with my values and personal goals."

 Avon is the world's largest direct seller. Being an Avon Representative means you’re selling an iconic global brand while running your own local business. With Avon, you are in business for yourself but not by yourself. Avon's field management, as well as your fellow Representatives, provide mentoring, training and support every step of the way.

To Place an Order or Join my Avon Team:
Call: (805) 680-5762

David and Jill Buckland

Jill's Joy Ministries is a singing ministry laced with portions of my personal testimony. I am a born-again believer who has struggled with addiction, death of loved ones, marital difficulties, and chronic health problems. Through these life experiences, God has revealed many joy-stealers and how to have victory over them.

In addition to singing for women's events, such as teas, luncheons, or as an adjunct to retreat speakers, I have a heart for the elderly and people in hospitals.
My experience includes singing in multiple choirs since I was in the 5th grade. I began singing in adult church choirs in junior high school and have been singing at weddings and funerals for over 25 years.

My desire is to bring glory to God while encouraging people to choose joy. I would love to sing for your church, event, senior home, wedding, or funeral.

Thank you for your prayers,
Jill Buckland
The Joy of the Lord is my strength.

Please pray for Jill's prosperity and success. Through your prayers, may she and David see God's provision.

Monday, July 4, 2011


Happy Birthday, America!

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.



As we remember America on this Independence Day 2011, let's not forget those brave men and women who fought and gave their lives for our freedom.

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