Come and Join....

I love when we have staff meetings and people share about the translation work they are doing. Twyla Paris's song "Faithful Men" goes through my head.

It is so humbling and amazing to be privileged to share in this work.....

"Come and join the reapers,

All the Kingdom Seekers,

Laying down your life to

find it in the end.

Come and share the harvest,

Help to light the darkness.

For the Lord is calling Faithful Men." (and women).

Boat Trip

Yesterday our mission group had a day trip to snorkel and spend time at the beach.
When we arrived at the dock we noticed the sea was rough.
Kurt was in the boat about 5 minutes and said he couldn't go the rest of the day because of all the waves. So he stayed home.
It was a very rough, wavy ride on the way out to the first snorkel stop.

A few people, including Ben and Mikayla, got sea sick.

But after the first snorkel stop people were feeling better.
We all had a great day even if the weather was stormy.

It wasn't until I got home last night and searched news on the internet that I found out while we were in Davao Bay boating a typhoon was hitting Luzon (the island Manila is on).

Praise God for His protection.


Our group on the boat


Joel and Ben hanging on to the pole on the ride out to keep balance


Stormy seas....


Mikayla and Kristi enjoying the water.


Enjoying the waves


Stormy Seas

Needless to say, a few times as we were traveling across the bay the hymn line "...when sorrows like sea billows roll....." went through my head. But regardless of the boat rockyness "...it is well with my soul."


Friends


Jake provided wonderful praise and worship music on his guitar.
He has a great singing voice.

(p.s. I have a photo album of pictures from the trip at my Facebook account!)

Haiti

I am very pleased with the quality education our children are receiving at Faith Academy.


The high school building of Faith Academy

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching 4 high school freshmen present a short report on a country they were studying.


Danielle presenting her country. Mikayla and Grace helping hold
poster for her presentation.


Danielle's Mom setting up food from the country Danielle talked
about. (I forgot which country she did!)

Mikayla presented on Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere.


Mikayla sharing her presentation with a powerpoint.

Each student was to bring in some food from that country. Mikayla asked me to bring it to class,We had banana fritters, corn fritters, and Haitian cake.


The 9th grade world geography class

Joshua and the Big Wall

The 2nd grade class presented a reinactment of Joshua and the Israelites walking around the wall of Jericho as God commanded them.
Reggie Miller, the 2nd grade teacher, presented a good challenge to the elementary students and adults to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." Mark 12:30


Marching in to walk around Jericho


Walking around the 'wall'


Ben, one of the gaurds.

Joshua 1:7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your
mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

GAP Farm

We have designated Sundays after church as family day.
Each week one of us gets to pick the activity for the afternoon.

Yesterday was Ben's turn. He chose to have pizza for lunch and go to GAP farm.

None of us had been there except Ben so it was interesting to see what it was.

It is sort of a strange place...a collection of farming, statues, walk-ways...There was a swimming pool too. It wasn't a stroller-friendly place to go we learned the hard way! After walking around the grounds, Kirsten, Ben, James, and I went for a swim to cool off.

I did like the statues representing the different tribes of the Philippines.
As I looked at them, I was again reminded of the verse in Revelation 5:9 "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."


Under the huge carabau at the entrance to the park.


Part of a garden area


Parade of tribes from the Philippines.


Parade of tribes from the Philippines.


Parade of tribes from the Philippines.


Scene from top of the hill


Kurt and Ben inside a tunnel the Japanese had dug during WWII
(the cement statues were added later!!!!)