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February 22, 2014

Philippine woman shares missions, life experiences with others



“They glowed — for a long time I thought I imagined it, but I read later about luminescent mushrooms. So apparently, I didn't imagine it. I don't know how my mother knew that.”


Miracles in the Jungle

While having to live in the jungle without the resources of being near a hospital, Robertson's family almost lost one of her older sisters, who was 16 years old.

“Her hair was getting loose. She was practically dying in the jungle. My mother went down to this beautiful rock and prayed. It came to her: Go ask everyone if they had python bile,” Robertson recalled.

Strangely enough, this item — bile from a python snake — was found among those living in the jungle — and after her mother made juice from burning it — it saved her sister's life.

“God gave her the answer,” Robertson said. “There were a lot of miracles like that in the jungle.”


Going to the U.S.

During the war, four of her sisters were well known for singing as a quartet. They had sang to soldiers and officers and for funerals — so much that they had received letters from soldiers who had returned home to the United States who thanked them. In fact, they were invited to the United States to sing and attend school on scholarship in 1946 after the war had ended. Eventually, this lead to Robertson being sent to the United States to attend college. She graduated from Phillip's University in Enid, Okla. with a master's degree in music and Christian education for early childhood.

“After school, I went back to the Philippines to work in the church there,” Robertson said.

Robertson returned to the United States on a missionary visa working on a migrant ministry in Michigan, working in three counties under the auspices of different denominations.

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