Text Messages

"The Philippines is considered the "text capital of the world". In 2006, there were an estimated 35 million cell phone subscribers in the Philippines and about 350 to 400 million SMS (Short Message Service) or text messages are sent daily. This figure was more than the total daily text messages sent in the U.S. and Europe combined. However, China has overtaken the Philippines by sheer volume of users"
(http://www.philippinedomain.com/philippine-facts.htm)

Ben joined the Filipino penchant for cell phones today! He's been saving up for quite a few months and today bought himself a cell phone!!!!

Be At Rest

I have awoken with the song "Be At Rest" by Steve Green going through my head.
It is good to know that we can rest in our loving Father's hands no matter what storms are blowing around.

Psalm 62

1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. 3 How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down-- this leaning wall, this tottering fence?4 Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies.With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

A Full Boat


The care taker of the property we stayed at on Samal island makes charcoal and delivers it to the wharf in Davao - about a 7 - 10 minute boat ride across the bay. The day we got this picture there were 6 or 7 guys in the boat as well as 8 - 10 large bags of charcoal! It laid low in the water but they made it safely there and back!!!!

Cooking Fish

One of the suppers we fixed while on Samal Island was bangus (milk fish). We cooked them like our Filipino friends do, ate them with rice and veggies and enjoyed a great meal!

Saying "See you Later"

It was hard to say "see you later" to my sister yesterday when she left. I had the song "God Be With You Til We Meet Again" going through my head. That song always ended our annual family reunions on my dad's side of the family when I was growing up.

We had a wonderful time showing Sarah around Davao and areas close by. We are thankful she came to visit.









God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again

Refrain

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Neath His wings protecting hide you;
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Refrain

God be with you till we meet again;
With the oil of joy anoint you;
Sacred ministries appoint you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
When life's perils thick confound you;
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Of His promises remind you;
For life's upper garner bind you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Sicknesses and sorrows taking,
Never leaving or forsaking;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Keep love's banner floating o'er you,
Strike death's threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

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God be with you till we meet again;
Ended when for you earth's story,
Israel's chariot sweep to glory;
God be with you till we meet again.

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