Charles and Lourdes Holmes are missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand, with the Philippine Association of Baptists for World Evangelism. They send the following letter.

The PABWE retreat was Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. Lourdes enjoyed the spiritual messages by some missionaries and by Pastor Rayos, the president of the board. It was a time also to relax and take in fresh air, pounding ocean waves, and good seafood. The two of us were invited to a meal at a nearby hotel. But when Lourdes opened the door, all the missionaries were waving balloons and yelling, “Happy 50th anniversary!” Lourdes and I had not one little hint. A film of her early mission work was shown, and a special plaque honored her for 50 years of dedicated work for the Lord. We were not expecting this big surprise because her 50th year starts in July. Thank you to all the missionaries for a special memory for Lourdes.

Charles and Lourdes Holmes
Davao City, Philippines