Yesterday Mikayla, Kirsten, Ben and I went on a boat trip with many friends. It was a fun day of enjoying friends, swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on the boat!
On the boat
Enjoying playing at the beach
Swimming with Ben
Me swimming with Kirsten
Treading water with Mikayla
A view of Davao from the bay as we headed back in
Passing a huge ship
Yesterday we had the opportunity to visit some friends of ours up in Tagum. They run a really neat, multi-faceted ministry. You can read more about their ministry at http://www.neosfcphilippines.blogspot.com/
Our friends, the Boada's. Val went to Taylor University
at the same time Kurt was attending there. "It's a small
world afterall....." to meet up with each other again half
way around the world from their college days!
Val sometimes substitute teaches at Faith. Esther is in
Mikayla's High school class.
NEOS is a Greek word that means young and fresh and new. It was started in 1989. NEOS is a family center. NEOS offers Sunday evening fellowship, home Bible studies, youth fellowship, Bible classes for children, library, basketball, discipleship, training, and Bible curriculum for all ages.
We were greatly impressed with their vision and wholelistic
The van used for our tour.
Esther, Mikayla, Kirsten and Ben by a garden area that the
high schoolers helped prepare last year on an outreach trip.
Mikayla and Esther standing by a house they helped get
started last year on the high school outreach trip.
It is being built as funds come available for it.
James enjoying running around.
Visiting a park and Catholic Shrine area in Tagum. It is
reported to have the world's largest rosary.
At the Tagum Market. We had some excellent rice desserts
It was an excellent trip.
King's Sword ABKA held a tournament yesterday at a local mall, NCCC.
Sensa Nell explaining to the kids that if they persevere in Christ
they are all winners.
All the Bushido Kai participants
Ben with his class mates
Ben participated in the kada and sparring events. He won his first match and showed excellent sportmanship.
Ben performing his kada.
Ben being named winner of the match.
Receiving his medal
We are very thankful for this program Ben is in.
He is learning much more than just Bushido Kai skills. Sensa Nell is a wonderful, godly role model for his students.
Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name.
Friday was the school's track and field day. This annual event marks the last day of third quarter. It is a fun morning of running events, time with friends, friendly competition between the differing colour teams.
Kirsten at the start of the 1k run.
Jerard enjoying cuddle time with his Daddy while waiting for
the 1k runners to return.
Kirsten and her friend, Janie.
Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben waiting for the softball toss.
Ben running a race.
Kirsten running a race. She signed up for many events
this year. She loves to run and she's fast!
Mikayla running in a high schoolers race.
James says watching all that racing can make one thirsty!
Ben doing the softball toss.
Mikayla racing in a relay race.
Ben jumping hurdles.
Kirsten passing off the baton in a relay race.
Hebrews 12:1...let us run with perseverance the race
marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
In honor of St. Patrick, we had boiled potatoes, carrots, cabbage, corned beef and "Best Ever Irish Soda Bread" - a recipe I got off allrecipes.com.
We all agreed it was great bread. Try making it yourself. It's very good and easy to make.
4 cups all-purpose flour,
3/4 cup white sugar,
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder,
1 teaspoon baking soda,
1/2 cup butter, melted,
1 1/2 cups raisins,
1 1/2 cups buttermilk, at room temperature (or if you don't have buttermilk, use 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 Tablespoon vinegar. That's what I did. It turned out great!),
3 eggs, at room temperature
Mix all the ingredients together.
Grease a 9 inch pan. Pour batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
As I ate this bread tonight, I decided it would be good with nuts and a thin glaze of frosting on top for a breakfast bread.