Most of my ministry in Davao City is teaching other Protestant Christians: Pentecostal, Baptist, Reformed, and non-denominational community church clergy and lay members are all among my students. The Philippines is a largely Roman Catholic country. Partly as a result of this, Protestant pastors do not wear clerical shirts or vestments. My own practice here is to eschew the trappings of Anglican clergy unless I’m actually functioning in an Anglican service (as, for instance, during the visit from our bishop, when we held a service of Holy Communion at Faith Academy). To walk around town dressed in a clerical collar would mean being mistaken for a Roman Catholic priest, with all the expectations that go with that.
But if we go to another country, I will probably dress like an Anglican clergyman 7 days a week. And for that purpose, it is nice to know where to get vestments and clerical clothing made. Just down the street from Faith International Academy, in a building I drive past every day, is Colors Crew, a tailor shop specializing in vestments. I showed the seamstress one of my Anglican dog-collar shirts and asked her to make four like it, but with long sleeves for next year when we are in the States.
On the same visit, I showed the seamstress the purple batik cloth I had bought in Jakarta last October. She was delighted to measure both our daughters for sundresses, to be made with the batik I provided. I’ll post the results in the third week of February when the dresses are done.