WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONTANA
Phil fell in love with the people of Southeast Asia while serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War. His most recent experience with the land was on a Global Builders trip to Thailand. After that, he decided to set up a trust so that he can someday leave his entire estate to The Fuller Center to help continue this ministry’s work.
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The parable of the Good Samaritan by Jesus in the Book of Luke is well known. Also, Quoting Jesus, “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God, and my favorite: “Sell your possessions and give the money to the poor.”
I live in Southern Montana on the border of Yellowstone National Park where I work for the concessionaire. It is a huge recreational area. People come in winter hauling expensive snowmobiles, lots of cross country skiers, and we have one of the world’s finest ski areas at Big Sky/Moonlight Basin. Fly fishing is superb in summer and big game hunting for elk, deer, and antelope is excellent all fall. Summer is play time. The park is packed for 4 1/2 months with sightseers — some towing very expensive, high-powered boats that they put into Lake Yellowstone. Lodging runs into to the $500-600 per-night range. Expensive homes, many costing well into the seven-figure range — some of which are occupied only a few weeks a year — are very plentiful.
Because of my frustration with the extravagance that surrounds this area of Montana and the commands of Jesus Christ, I am setting up a trust that will give upon my passing my entire estate to The Fuller Center. (Click here for Planned Giving options.)
I love Asia and Southeast Asia. My first introduction was in the Navy on a supply ship hauling supplies form Sasebo, Japan to ships off of the coast of Vietnam in the late ’60s. Daily we saw Vietnamese fishermen trying to extract a living from the sea while the violent war went on around them. I have been so fortunate to have participated in over 30 mission trips to Mexico with my church in Eastern Kentucky on an alternative spring break mission that saw us repairing and, in some cases, tearing down horrible houses and to start their reconstruction.
I have been on 14 Habitat and Fuller Center builds, half of which have been with Mike and Trish Rodrique, that have been wonderful, eye opening experiences making new, wonderful friends and falling in love with Africa and Asia. I have been to Malawi twice, and it is my favorite destination. It is indeed, the heart of Africa if not the world.
In March of 2020, I will be returning with The Fuller Center to Lanpang, Thailand (please see the Thailand Upcoming Trips page for further details) a wonderful trip that I did in March of this year. I feel that the pursuit of self-serving,selfish interest as displayed above is a hardly a worthy goal as compared to the pursuit of Jesus’ command from Matthew 22, the second great command, “To love your neighbor as thyself”.
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