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Phil (class of '85) & Jacky Walker

posted Jul 1, 2015, 10:00 PM by Faith Academy Alumni Coordinator   [ updated Jul 1, 2015, 10:11 PM ]
THANKS: Philippians 1:3-5 I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Before making our appeal for funds, I must start by saying "Thank You" Yesterday was Jacky and my 4th wedding anniversary! And with us in "full time ministry" mode right after the honeymoon, it means for the last 4 years, you have supported our family and our ministry in Indonesia (with some outreach in Jacky's native Philippines) I truly praise God for each of you who have helped us financially and/or encouraged us and/or prayed for us in our life work.

Sorry: Acts 24:16 So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Now I must apologize for much. I am sorry for sending out this email when I have said at least once that I would not send any more "appeal for funds" emails and truly pray for the day when these emails are extremely rare or stopped. I am sorry for not sending out more personal "thank you"s when they were appropriate. Most of all, I am sorry for doing a horrendous job as of late sending out regular newsletters and updates, shooting myself in the foot when it comes to fundraising and even worse not properly encouraging and interacting with those God has already called to be interested in our lives and ministry. Please forgive me as Jacky and I work together to find solutions going forward.

Financial Update: Philippians 4:18a I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied After receiving between $25,000 and $30,000 in 2012 and 2013, we received a total of around $45,000 in 2014. WOW!! For those committed to supporting our family, I want to be clear that this is way more than we need to live and serve here in Indonesia. Again, thank you!

Request for Funds: Some might be confused and say, "If we are giving you way more than you need, why are you requesting more?" Those who know me at all after 1990 know that we use only a fraction of the funds we receive for personal needs and pour as much as we can into ministry. With our current pattern of receiving inconsistent gifts, it can often be hard to know how much to spend and how much to save for future family needs. We are working on this and hope in the future to better and better anticipate and save enough for family and not spend on ministry beyond our means, so that there will not need to be future appeals for funds.

Our most pressing expenditure is social security/medicare payments on income. We have foolishly not addressed or saved for this. My sister (an accountant) is working hard on helping us get up to date, as well as helping us make quarterly payments going forward. (Thankfully, there is a $70,000 a year allowance for US citizens living overseas, so we do not have to pay income tax, and if, Lord willing, our ministry income gets past that in the future, we will hopefully have an appropriate system set up to distinguish ministry and personal income for tax purposes.)

Secondly, Jacky is pregnant with our 3rd child. We heard his/her heartbeat for the first time this past Tuesday. The pregnancy brings a few extra expenses, but most importantly, a desire to get our finances in order to be financially ready for his/her birth.

Thirdly, starting 2015, we thought by this time in the year, we would have made 3-5 ministry trips to visit, encourage, endorse, and equip 6th semester students we are closest to who are spending a year scattered throughout Indonesia who were committed to using our material and other means to spread a knowledge of and passion for God's Word. Due to financial restraints and other factors we have not made any of those ministry trips. At this point we are fully committed to only one crucial, long overdue, trip. However, with Jacky pregnant, instead of us going, or myself going without the family, we are sending Tetty and Serniada, two of our most competent, passionate, and trustworthy students to go for us, Lord willing, to 7 locations in 2 weeks in Western Kalimantan. While there is no substitute for the impact of an American coming in to endorse the students in the various villages, there will also be a lot these 2 will be able to do better, more efficiently and quite a bit less expensive than if our family went. We are expecting the whole trip to cost less than $600.

2 Part Ministry: For those new to our ministry, or who forgot due to the long delay since our last newsletter, we have a 2 part ministry. First we are committed to helping Setia, a Bible school in Jakarta with 600+ students, a rich 28 year history, and branch schools, churches, and evangelistic outposts scattered throughout Indonesia. We live right on campus and are involved with helping the students grow spiritually as well as caring for physical needs. I teach English and Bible, tutor in math, and help the school try to establish positive public relations.

Secondly, we spread a knowledge of and passion for God's Word among the students and train and equip students who want to spread a knowledge of and passion for the Scripture throughout the country. Recently, we and our students and alumni we have met have already started getting a few Scripture strongholds scattered around the country.

How it is: 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. We strongly believe Indonesian professing Christians need to know the true Biblical God through His Word. The two huge, currently professing Christian majority, islands of Kalimantan and Paupua are both predicted to be vast majority muslin in 20-30 years as already many entire villages have converted to join the thousands of Muslim immigrants being sent there. The prosperity gospel and much other anti-Biblical foolishness has come from the Western church and is alive and thriving here. Many of the older established churches are steeped in lifeless, unBiblical tradionalism which dominates church life in several Christianized areas, which are often well known to be more immoral and corrupt than their Muslim neighbors.

Our Dream and Calling: 2 Timothy 3:15 And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. We hope to inspire, motivate and equip a Biblical church in Indonesia that knows and loves Jesus in line with His Word. Strategically, we are hoping to see Christian schools, public schools in Christian areas, and the many Christian orphanages in Indonesia all encourage and help their students know and love God's Word.

Long Term Partners?!: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. We of course rejoice and accept any and all financial, encouragement, and prayer support. At this point, we are also ready to start dreaming of and praying for those of you who believe in our mission and want to support us long term! We believe the need is great, the harvest is plentiful, the potential workers we are training and can train in the future are many, and the eternal fruit will, Lord willing, be vast. Will you join us?

Your Part: As already mentioned, any encouragement and prayer you send our way is a blessing. You can contact us by email, Facebook, skype, or visit us in Jakarta. Any and all born again believers (ideally with a passion for Biblical truth) are welcome to minister with us short term or long term. It will be challenging, rewarding, and memorable if you have the time. Those who want to give financially can send a check made out to Phil Walker to my dad, Dale Walker 107 Fox Run Dr. Wilmore, KY 40390. Those who would like a receipt for tax purposes can send to our friends at Scripture Memory Fellowship through their website or by check made out to SMF to PO Box 550232 Dallas TX 75355 with a note sharing that the check is for the Walkers in Indonesia.

Fundraiser Coming: I hope to send out a fundraiser letter in the regular mail in the next couple of weeks. Lord willing, yearly fundraising letters will be our only direct way of raising funds in the future. If you think I might not have your current regular mail address, please send it to me by return email. When you get the fundraiser newsletter, along with a family picture and an informational brochure about Setia, please let me know by email that we have the correct address and you want to keep receiving these. If you do not want to receive the fundraiser in the mail you can also let me know.

In Christ, Phil, Jacky, Phil Jr. (turning 3 July 1st), Maria Sophia, and ??? Walker

Jacky's parents finally got to meet their 25th and 26th grandchildren this past September

Many of our fellow Scripture enthusiast students and some friends presented MATTHEW 26-28 word for word at 7 venues this past Easter season. Several of these students also memorized and dramatically presented various chapters of the passion from the Gospels by themselves, including Mona with Matthew 27-28


Maria Sophia driving

Phil Jr. joining our students acting out the Scripture song for PSALMS 20:7-9