Transportation to McDonalds

On our recent trip to northern Luzon, we stopped at a McDonald's for lunch since we'd just gotten off the airplane and hadn't eaten lunch yet. This was parked outside the McDo (as it's called here in the Philippines)! They are known as Kalesas.

Kalesa 1

Kalesa 2

Ministry Trip

Kurt and I just returned from a five day trip to the Manila and northern Luzon areas to visit some maternity clinics and share about the software Kurt has been writing for maternity centers to use - EMR (electronic medical records) specifically for lay-in clinics in third world countries.

We saw amazing beauty, met many wonderful people. I'm thankful we had this opportunity. I'll let Kurt share more from his end. But I wanted to share a few photos of our trip.

sharing with midwives at one of the birthing centers about EMR software

Kurt sharing with midwives about the software

the brains of the operation

In Tabuk, a village in northern Luzon, a festival was being held and we saw some native tribal dances

three little girls fascinated with our whiteness!

Kurt sharing about the software at another maternity center in Tabuk, northern Luzon, Philippines

rice fields

The trip was enriching and refreshing. Sometimes, when working on a project, it's good to get a renewed sense of purpose. All three clinics want the software. Kurt may be making a trip back to help install needed hardware in at least one of the clinics as well as train them in using the software. There are plans to share with other clinics being made as well.

Kirsten's 18th Birthday

Kirsten on her birthday

Today we celebrate Kirsten's 18th birthday. We took her to her favourite restaurant for lunch. I pray that God, our Father of peace Himself, will continue to sanctify her completely, and that her whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls her and each of us if faithful. He will surely do it. (based on 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).

Kurt with kids on Father's day

Father's day falls on Kirsten's birthday this year. We enjoyed lunch at a favourite restaurant and giving gifts to both Kirsten and to Kurt. He is a great dad to his kids and I'm thankful for him as my husband.

I pray and commend each member of my family to my Abba, God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build each of us up and to give each of us the inheritance among all those who are sanctified (based on Acts 20:32).

"You want to pay us ..."

Sometimes kids come to our gate looking to earn a bit of money. Today, two young girls came by, and in their best English while pointing to the dirt on the sidewalk outside our gate, they said,

"We want to sweep and you want to pay us."

Of course, we let them clean, and we did pay them as well as gave them each an apple.

Kids cleaning

Another day, this group of five stopped by to clean. My heart goes out to these kids.

kids cleaning two

kids happy

Kirsten has graduated

Kirsten graduated from high school May 26, 2016. We are so proud of her. She is taking a gap year. She and I will come to the USA in August.

The main speaker encouraged the graduates to find a place (community) to worship with, pray, make wise choices, and put God first in all they do. It was a great message.

One of their teachers gave them a blessing from Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

This is my prayer, too. For Kirsten and her classmates to be filled with hope, to have joy and peace as they confidently rely on God to lead and guide them in all their life journeys.

Walking down aisle

Receiving math award

receiving diploma

with Arlene

with dad

with Mikayla

with Ben

with James

with parents

graduated class

me with Kirsten