We are please to announce that our daughter, Kirsten Joy Symanzik, is graduating May 26th from Faith International Academy Davao.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD,
'... plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11
Kirsten will be taking a gap year to research career options and colleges, learn to drive, visit relatives and adjust to life in the USA. She and I (Beth) will be coming to the USA in August.
Rev 21: 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what
is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of
I received a letter the other day informing me my name has been written in a
book for who's who among students in American Universities and colleges.
One of the sentences in the letter states, "It is my great pleasure to
officially announce that you are a part of this elite group..."
Luke 10:20 "...but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
While happy to receive the recognition (and a chance for a scholarship), it
got me thinking that more than anything, the only "elite group" I really
desire to be a part of is the Kingdom of my Heavenly Daddy. May I always
strive to live according to His ways as outlined in His Holy Word. I am
thankful He has engraved me on His hand, loves me just as I am, and will
welcome me into His eternal Kingdom when that day comes!
Isaiah 49:16 (God speaking) "...Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of
"Jesus loves me, this I know".....
and to me, that is the highest honor.
Isaiah 43: 1-4 "Fear not, for I have redeemed you"
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the
rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall
not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your
God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior....you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you. -- Romans 8:16-17The Message (MSG)
15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid,
grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a
childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and
confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are:
Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us - an
unbelievable inheritance! -- Matthew 25:34
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by
my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the
I've heard this prayer before and came across it again yesterday. I do pray God disturbs each of us to "dare more boldly, to
venture on wider seas where storms will show Your
Disturb Us, Lord
Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
(attributed to Sir Francis Drake -1577)
Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/disturb_us_lord.html#ixzz461mZ8qmD
Mikayla has been tutoring several Koreans in English. Two brothers were coming quite frequently each week (2 - 5x) for tutoring in order to pass the English exam for Faith International Academy. After almost a year of working with Mikayla, they passed! Great job guys! Great job Mikayla!!!
Mikayla with her tutorees and James. The guys often played with
James when not in lessons.
James was recently in the elementary musical presentation of "100% Chance of Rain" about Noah and the flood. The music teacher did a great job with the elementary children and the musical was fun to listen to.