I would love to wax eloquent in blogging like some of my favourite sights do....
yet at times I feel like "why reinvent the wheel"? Why try to reiterate what has been stated so well.
So, I'd like to direct you to a few sights I really enjoy - that speak to what life can be like on the mission field, the joys and challenges, the transitions and tears, hopes and fears, burnout,
disillusionment, hope, and constant growing in Christ. It is a paradox. A mix of many odd things but all pointing to the glory of Christ.
When I eat halo-halo I think about how the Christian life, like the concoction of seemingly incompatible items all melds together into an almagoamation of wonderful sweetness....which leads me to think on how the ups and downs, hard times and good times, "mountain top" and valley low experiences all lead to our growing in Christ as we seek Him first.
Just sharing a few thoughts that spin like a web in my mind. Hope you enjoy visiting these sights - -
JUST FYI -
Halo-Halo is make from shaved ice, condensed milk, and lots of sweet toppings like jellies, beans, corn, candied fruit, fresh fruit, ube ice cream, and even sometimes pieces of leche flan (Filipino sweet custard).
Halo-Halo – the Tagalog word which means “mix-mix”
School continues well for Ben and James here id Davao. James is enjoying after-school soccer.....
Ben enjoys basketball....... (he's #12 on the FIA team)....
I've enjoyed helping load backpacks with school supplies for kids affected by flooding in local areas......
I also enjoy teaching Bible and English.....
Kurt is enjoying his computer programming work as well.....
Just a quick update!!!
James flew for the first time in his life this past week.
We went to Manila to file immigration application papers for his immigration to the USA.
Now we are waiting......
Pray for this process to go smoothly.
Pray for our family as we transition from the Philippines to the USA.
We will need to purchase a house shortly after we get to the states and a car. There are many transitions ahead. Prayers and assistance are appreciated.
Paul states in Philippians 4:11 "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content"
and I was thinking about this statement as I watched the repair men carry our stove out of the house to take to the shop for repair.
It left me with nothing to cook in or on except a crock pot. But in short order I had a rice cooker and one burner
Losing a stove for a few days is nothing when compared to friends and acquaintences here who regularly cook with wood.....
and regularly deal with flooding....
My Filipino friends teach resiliance in their joyful life style. Yes, things are hard, but as one friend recently told me, "it's always been hard, since I was little. This is our normal so we accept it and go on"
Contentment is a choice. Setting my mind on the things of Christ, seeking His way, Him, FIRST, in ALL of life is His directive to me. Living here in the Philippines has taught me many lessons about resiliancy, contentment, and joy.
A few days without an oven is not a big deal here, or anywhere.
I thank God for His abounding grace and teaching, for His Word....Philippians 4 continues instructing....I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me......I am well supplied......And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus...." (Phil. 4:12-20)
Yes, He does!
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.Philippians 4:23
A friend who I met around the first day we moved to the Philippines was recently in Davao and we had lunch and wonderful conversation together.
After we parted, this poem of sorts started going through my head....
like favourite old jeans
slip on sweetly
Conversation up and running
as if years and distance
My friend was such a blessing to me as a new missionary, transitioning to a new culture, learning to navigate the practicalities of life overseas as a mom...she has gone to other mission fields but over the years and distance we've maintained a bond of friendship, trust, sharing of good and hard......I am thankful for her.
This friend and I have been friends since 1983, before either of us married........35 years....and though our paths have gone in various directions, when we do get together, it's like we were never apart. She and her husband inspired us to look into becoming missionaries. Conversation picks up easily and deeply with her and I thank God for her.
This friend and I have shared many meal-making times at church, coffees, fun, deep conversations. And even though I've been half a world away for much of our friendship, when we get together....like with the other two....conversation picks up easily and deeply. I am thankful.
Proverbs 27:9...Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
and so does the sweetness of a friend....