4th Anniversary

Today is our 4th year anniversary of arriving in Davao!

While we have had some of the hardest times of our life here, we have also grown deeply in our faith, commitment to Christ and thankfulness for being called to the mission field.

Come visit! We'd love to show you around!!!!

Since it will probably be two more years before we return to the states,
we are really hoping and praying some of our friends and relatives
will come visit us!!!!:)

Eating Puto Maya

Kurt and I really enjoy going to Bankerohan Market near us. It is a huge market for fruits, vegetables, meat, housewares, etc.

We took some new friends there this weekend to eat puto maya (a sweet sticky rice) at a local eatery in the market.

If you ever come visit us, we will take you there too!

From a great website: http://onefilipinodish.com/blog/2008/06/puto-maya-a-cooking-lesson/
To make puto maya you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 kilo pilit (sticky rice) and tapol (black rice) 3 cups coconut milk 1/4 kilo sugar (this was an approximation... the number seems really big to me but the little plastic bag of sugar did seem like it was about 2 cups worth) 1 tablespoon salt 3 inch piece of ginger sliced thinly sliced

To prepare the coconut milk mixture: boil coconut milk. Add sugar, salt & ginger. Reduce the liquid until it is rich and thick (espiso).
Soak the sticky rice for about 3 hours. In a steamer lined with cheesecloth pour the pre-soaked sticky rice and black rice. Cover until cooked. Once the rice is done sprinkle the coconut milk mixture and folding the rice inside the pot. Continue adding the coconut milk mixture until desired texture is achieved.

Reflections on four years

A week from today will mark our 4th year anniversary of moving to the Philippines as missionaries.

A lot has changed for us in these past four years.

Our trip overseas...tired travelers.

Our first visit to Paradise beach shortly after arriving in Davao

Recent family photo!

It's hard to put in words but I am so incredibly thankful and humbled to be on the mission field.
God is so good!

Psalm 126:2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
3The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.


Sometimes you just have to laugh at the signs you see.......

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