Kirsten's Graduation Announcement

Kirsten senior
picture

We are please to announce that our daughter, Kirsten Joy Symanzik, is graduating May 26th from Faith International Academy Davao.

Kirsten with her graduating class

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, '... plans to give you hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11

Kirsten will be taking a gap year to research career options and colleges, learn to drive, visit relatives and adjust to life in the USA. She and I (Beth) will be coming to the USA in August.

Disturb Us, Lord

I've heard this prayer before and came across it again yesterday. I do pray God disturbs each of us to "dare more boldly, to
venture on wider seas where storms will show Your
mastery...

Disturb Us, Lord

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

(attributed to Sir Francis Drake -1577)

Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/disturb_us_lord.html#ixzz461mZ8qmD

Track and Field Day

Just sharing a few photos from track and field day held April 1 at the school our kids attend. Ben and James participated in it. The high schoolers did not.

Tutoring Koreans in English

Mikayla has been tutoring several Koreans in English. Two brothers were coming quite frequently each week (2 - 5x) for tutoring in order to pass the English exam for Faith International Academy. After almost a year of working with Mikayla, they passed! Great job guys! Great job Mikayla!!!

Mikayla with her tutorees and James. The guys often played with
James when not in lessons.

But only in the musical

We have not had rain here for a long while. El Nino is affecting the water and power supply here and we have almost daily power and water outages. To combat that we stock up on water and candles!


Ben studying by candle and flash light


Kurt reading his tablet in the power outage dark


The power company lets us know within what hours twice a day we may lose power - for anywhere up to five hours per outage time.