Ben's Turning Ten

Ben will be ten years old tomorrow (August 3).
He was 5 when we moved to the Philippines and now has spent half his life over seas!!!
Today we had a friend party with water wars, bubble gum blowing contest, hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream cake and air soft gun shooting!!!


We all face trials.
Some BIG, some small,
God uses all these to shape His character in us....

we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love
has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who
has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5

A friend here facing the trial of the death of a parent sent out this quote from Hudson Taylor this morning in her email. I share it with you.
(pray for Barb, too, as she flies to the states for her dad's funeral).

"...though He does not deprive me of feeling in my trial,
He enables me to sing, Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy
in the God of my salvation. Thus I do rejoice by His grace and will rejoice and praise Him while He lends me breath. Now I am happy
in my Saviour's love. I can thank Him for all, even the most painful experiences of the past, and trust Him without fear for all that is
to come." - Hudson Taylor


Philippians 4: 10 - 12 states "10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that
at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. "

The peso/dollar exchange rate has been steadily falling - just in the drop of peso to dollar exchange our support has dropped over 12% while the cost of living over here has become comparable to living in the USA.
It's always interesting to see how God provides for our needs! He truly is awesome in His power.

and as my Filipino friends say, "As long as there is rice in the house, there is enough!"

Coconut Boat

Half a coconut shell; a stick for the sail....and you have a coconut boat!

Stormy Ocean

The waves on the ocean were awesome while we were on vacation. It was due to a tropical storm in northern Philippines.