Little Red Riding Hood

Mikayla has been doing an independent study this year learning Cebuano, the 2nd largest language group here in the Philippines.
For part of her end-of-the-year project she had to rewrite a children's story and tell it in Cebuano.
Her teacher, Ate Bebe, got some neighborhood children to come and listen to the story. Kurt video recorded the story and took pictures. I provided chocolate chip cookies for the occasion. Mikayla did really well!!!!


Mikayla and Ate Bebe


Telling the story and answering questions! all in Cebuano!!!


Kurt loaded the kids up in our car and drove them back to their
neighborhood.

Stand Tall, Jonah!!!!


Ben's class did two skits in this morning's chapel on Daniel
in the lion's den and on Jonah. The message was to stand tall
and strong in the Lord; to obey Him; and His mercy and love.

Ben throwing Jonah overboard!


Ben and his friend, Fernando.

Faith Academy 2011

Our kids are winding down the school year with 8 1/2 days left. They finish on May 27th.

Mikayla is finishing her sophmore year and will enter grade 11 in August.
Kirsten is finishing her 7th grade year and will enter grade 8 in August.
Ben is finishing his 3rd grade year and will enter grade 4 in August!

Thanks for praying for our kids!!!!!

Riches to Rags

Faith Academy is putting on the musical "Riches to Rags" by Dennis and Nan Allen. Mikayla is in the Girls Chorus and is one of the actresses. She plays the accountant. The musical is a modern-day retelling of the story of Job.


The director and his wife


Mikayla playing "Elizabeth Brown from Accounting" telling Job
his business has been bought out by a hostile take over!


Janey, Kirsten, and Soy Yeon - best friends, watching the play
together!

Moving

For quite a while now we have been looking around for a different house to rent. The house we currently have is big but the rental price makes our monthly budget very tight.
To relieve that stress we've been looking for a lower cost house to rent.
God provided in such a cool way!

The kids and I had been praying for a house close to school.
I'd been praying it would be up on a hill to avoid flooding issues, that it would fit our family and our budget!
The house we will move into on July 1 is very close to the school; we can see the covered court, performing arts center, and play ground from our veranda; it's on a hill, it fits our family and our budget!!!


School roof tops as seen from the veranda of the house we will move in to.

zoomed in view

Some of our new neighbors. The lady in the middle, Ellen, has been helping us look for a house to rent. She has helped other
missionaries find housing and also works as a house helper for another missionary family here.

Keep us in your prayers as we transition to a new house. We are looking forward to the move, but still, the unsettledness of packing up one house, cleaning and painting the other, finishing the school year, kids off for summer break, etc....can cause tension at times, feelings of being scattered and unsettled, etc...as anyone who's moved knows!
We desire to "walk with peace of soul in all that comes our way."

Jeremiah 29:11.....For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD,.....