Six weeks in Philippines
was a lesson in missions
___By George Henson
___CARTHAGE--Sarah Cole believes God began planning her six-week mission trip to the Philippines two years ago. This summer she was able to live it out.
___Her father, Roger Cole, is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Carthage.
___"Being a preacher's daughter, we have missionaries coming to our house for dinner.
Two years ago, a couple from the Philippines came to our house and said I should come and help them," Cole remembered.
|SARAH COLE of Carthage talks to Philippine children through a bamboo fence during a mission trip in which she helped launch a high school and college Sunday School class.
___At first she didn't really give the matter a lot of thought.
___"I thought, I'm too young to do something like that," she said.
___Contact with the couple was maintained, however, and she was approached with the possibility again last year--this time prompting a little more consideration.
___Cole began praying about the possibility of a trip to the Philippines. A camp experience in which the guest speaker was from the Philippines confirmed for her that it was God's will that she make the trip.
___Cole and Whitney Garrison of Arkansas spent six weeks in the Philippines participating in lectures, helping launch a high school and college Sunday School class, counseling and visiting hospitals and schools.
___Cole said she liked working with the children, since she will begin her studies in education this fall at East Texas Baptist University. She plans to teach and eventually become a high school guidance counselor.
___She also received an education while on her mission trip.
___"I realize now how much work missionaries do. When I had been there about a week and a half, I started to think how great it would be for every teenager to have this opportunity to serve and to see how fortunate we are to live in America," she said.
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