Bushido Kai Tournament March 2011

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.

Best Ever Irish Soda Bread

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.

Continue to Pray for Japan

an updated word from a Japanese colleague......
"Thank you so much for your prayers for Japan and thank you for
your countries that are sending the rescue teams and lots of
supplies. There are many places where needs basic supplies like water, fuel, food, medicines and clothes. It's snowing in the
northern part of the main island tonight but no heater in many

1 Timothy 2: 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

Araw Ng Dabaw 2011

Araw ng Dabaw is an annual week long City of Davao festival celebrating Davao's birthday. Today, March 16, is a day off school and work for Dabaw residents! (Our kids have school today, though!)

Last Soccer Game of Season 2011

Kirsten was on the Faith Academy Girls Soccer Team this year.
It was a combined team of 11 high school girls and 11 middle school girls.

The high school girls had most of the play time in the soccer games but the middle schoolers learned the great art of cheering team mates on and learning skills for the high school soccer team.

The last game of the season was played in the rain!

Lining up for start of soccer game.

So while the team played their game, Kirsten's siblings were involved in various activities as well.....

James found it fun to play in the rain with his friend, Sojo.

Ben was riding his razor scooter with his friend, Michael.

Mikayla was watching the game and also chatting with friends.