It's been a while since I blogged!
Mikayla recently was gone for a week for the High School
Outreach Service project in a town called Tagum. They helped
with VBS, building a building, and planting a community garden.
Overall she enjoyed the week.
Kirsten went to a party a while ago where she had to dress as a
gangster! She had fun there. It was a murder mystery party.
More recently, she and I have been painting her room bright
yellow with purple accents!
Ben recently participated in after school baseball. He also is
taking karate lessons three times a week. He really enjoys that!
James and Jerard are doing well. James is very active and talks
a lot. Jerard is rolling and crawling better.
Our outside cat recently had three kittens - Mango, Sirius, and
Flowers are gorgeous here any time of the year. It is summer
here and hotter than usual. Philippine schools are off for
summer break. Their school year starts in June.
Keep us in your prayers! Thanks!
Kurt says he hit a milestone today!
After being here for three years one of the many projects he's been working on is finally on-line and being used by Asia Area administrators in our organization!
He listed about 5 or 6 other projects he's been working on and how some of them are on hold as he's the only one working on it but he needs to get other projects done first.....
As he was talking I couldn't help but start praying that more computer programmers answer the call to come into missions. The need is great.
Romans 10: 14How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach
the good news!"
This week, I've been blessed to be invited to two coffees with friends who also share April Birthdays.
I thank God for the women friends He has put in my life here.
Sook Kyung, me, Pam
Me, Pam, Takako
(I didn't get any pictures of the other outing!)
Romans 16:27 ....to the only wise God be glory forevermore
through Jesus Christ! Amen.
"The goal to evade anguish is undesirable because
our dark emotions have a redemptive side (although this fact does
not make them any less painful).
Though tainted in our expression of them, they nonetheless
reflect the character of God. They have the power to vocalize
our deepest cry - and when that cry is uttered before God,
our hearts are exposed and transformed as we glimpse His
heart for us.
Nowhere does the Bible promise that our earthly lives will be
untouched by suffering. Just the contrary, in fact: the New
Testament repeatedly warns that pain and suffering are part and
parcel of the Christian life. But that is not bad news, it is the
gospel ("good news"), for it is through our pain and suffering
that we experience joy and encounter glory:
Romans 8:17Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of
God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings
in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 5: 2-5..through whom we have gained access by faith
into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the
hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces
perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out
his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Paradoxically, God reveals Himself in our suffering. There is no
resurrection without crucifixion; no glory without suffering.
Healing, therefore, isn't quite what we thought it would be.
Our dark emotions reveal God; they open the road to true joy.
This is the central message of the book of Psalms: we encounter
divine goodness in the midst of pain."
Cry of the Soul, page 244-5; Dr. Dan B. Allender and Dr. Tremper Longman III
My daughter, Kirsten, took great delight in singing "Happy half a century to you...." on my birthday Sunday.
It was a pleasant day.
After going to church, we ate lunch at a favourite restaraunt of mine here in town called Coco's. Then we went to Outland Adventure and went down the fastest zip line in Asia (that's what it's billed as!)
This is the second time I've ridden it. It is exhilarating and fun.
Ben and I at the harnessing area
Kirsten, Kurt, Ben and I walking back after going on the zip
line. Mikayla took pictures and opted not to zip as she wasn't feeling well.
Psalm 18: 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.......I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.