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

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.

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!)

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,

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.

Names and Faces

When I lived in the US and would see world events unfold on the television it didn't always mean much to me. But now that I live overseas and know people from various places all over the world, and know that our mission group has colleagues all over the world, these world events hit home deeply.
Some of the kids at Faith Academy have spent time growing up in Japan. This recent earthquake and tsunami has hit very closely the hearts of many here.
Please continue to pray for Japan and its recovery.
From a Japanese colleague who sent out an email today.............
"We are still experiencing large scale of aftershock in every one
or two hours and repeated Tsunami on the coastal line. It is not ended! Waiting for rescue, recovery, and rebuild in all factors of
our victims!!
I was at home in Chiba near Narita International Airport the time earthquake hit. First hit was incredibly shaking for over 5 minutes. But I am grateful for the protection and glad to have life line in my area.