International Day 2010

Galatians 3:28 says "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
This was the theme verse for this year's International Day held at Faith Academy today.


There were many booths representing various countries.
Texas, USA, Indonesia, Singapore, Papua New Guniea, Spain,
Philippines, Canada, Holland, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Pakistan, Paraguay and France were all represented!


Ben ready to dance a Philippine dance.


Blanca ready to dance a Latin dance.


Ben and JR


Trea and Kirsten


Flora Mae and Rico enjoying the food with 'Aunt' Sherri


James and SoJo


The new play ground area getting some final touches by the
workers

Singapore

Kurt has been gone for almost ten days on a business trip to Singapore for an Asia Area Computer Conference.
To say his kids have been missing him is a real understatement!
I keep thinking of the line from a movie "never underestimate the power of the father."
He returns tomorrow and we are all looking forward to seeing him again!


Singapore skyline.

Flat Marcus

Ben recently had visitor from the USA come see him. His name was "flat Marcus" based on the story "Flat Stanley".


Flat Marcus with Ben and his teacher in their 3rd grade classroom.

The synopsis of the Flat Stanley story is this: Stanley Lambchop and his younger brother Arthur are given a big bulletin board by their Dad for putting pictures and posters on. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley's bed, but during the night the board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. He survives and makes the best of his altered state, and soon he is entering locked rooms by sliding under the door, and playing with his younger brother by being used as a kite...But one special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by being mailed in an envelope.

So, Ben's friend, Marcus, in the US sent a flattened version of himself to come over here and 'visit' for a while.


Flat Marcus with some of Ben's friends at school.


Street scene - jeepneys


Trash collector


Paying for a jeepney ride with Ben.


Playing at the arcade - one of Ben's favourite spots.


Eating a Jollibee meal - hamburger, fries, coke.
Jollibee is a popular eatery in the Philippines like McDonald's
is in the US.


Ben's karate match


Eden Nature Park


The market

Now Flat Marcus in in route to the US with some souvineers from his visit here. We'd love it if the real Marcus came to visit along with his family!!!!


The real Marcus and Ben playing together two years ago.

16

Mikayla is 16 years old today!

Yesterday, we had a merienda for her and her classmates after school - complete with some of her favourite treats: brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls. We also had kalamansi pie which is sortof like lemon pie. It is lami kaayo (very delicious).


Mikayla and classmates enjoying food and chat time.


Mikayla and Kirsten goofing around!

Today, Kirsten, Ben and I took Mikayla to a favourite mall of hers for lunch and a bit of time to shop.

Tonight, we had her "tea partner" and her "coffee partner" over for dinner!


Instead of cake, we had a pizza pan size chocolate chip
cookie frosted and decorated and lite up with 'trick candles'
for Mikayla to blow out!


Trying to get the candles to stay out! I found candles that
relight and put them on Mikayla's cookie in honor of one of
her aunts in the states who always used trick candles on her
own sons' birthday cakes. Mikayla has always enjoyed those!


A birthday hug from Mom.


Kurt is gone on a business trip for a week. Mikayla is
looking forward to her Daddy returning to give her a
birthday hug and take her on her first date!


Birthday flowers - 16 roses - for Mikayla's 16th birthday!

Mikayla is a blessing and we continue to pray that she may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in her inner being, so that Christ may dwell in her heart through faith. And we pray that Mikayla, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge. We pray that she continues to always seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness all her days. And that she continue to grow into the woman that He wants her to be.

She is a blessing and we are pleased with the fruit of the Spirit we see growing in her life.
We thank God for her!

Grace

This past weekend our mission organization had a retreat and I was one of the speakers that gave a short devotional. The theme of the retreat was grace. You can download my message as a PDF (sorry, no audio): Receiving and Giving Grace