We enjoy receiving packages. But we wanted to make you aware of a change in the postal system on the Philippine side. While we have never been assessed customs on any packages sent through the regular postal system yet, it appears from the recent email we received that that could be changing.
"Please be advised that the postal system at the present time is not a cost-effective means of receiving personal packages.
Recent changes in personnel and policies at the Central Post Office (CPO) have complicated the processing of packages arriving via the postal system. Although we (our organization we work for) have been considered exempt from customs charges for
many years, that is no longer the case, especially for personal items. While we can probably get exemptions for items
directly related to the goals of (our organization), the same is
not true for personal items. Some packages would be assessed duties and fees that would approximate the value of the contents of the packages. In addition, it takes considerable time to process such items. Please note that the stated value on the package is
of little importance to the CPO, and that they will likely open the package and assess the contents based on a price list they have
for such purposes. So the value of the item may be considerably higher than what someone paid for that item at Wal-Mart or E-Bay!
Until further notice, we recommend that you inform your family and friends that they not send packages to you through the mail. If they do, then please be prepared to pay the price!"
So for now, if you want to ship a package to us, it would be better to use the Forex shipping company. Thanks!
Malarie and Mikayla
Being humbly reminded again how deep my Father's love and watch care is, this verse from the hymn "Come Thou Fount" has been going through my head this morning.
"O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above."
Ephesians 1: 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ,according to the purpose of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Faith Academy had its first band concert last night.
Kirsten plays percussion in the middle school band.
Mikayla is in the high school orchestra but they did not perform last night.
The band concert was excellent.
Kurt was asked by the band director to video the concert, so he did.
Kirsten heading up on the stage
High School Jazz Band
5th Grade Beginning Band
Middle School Band
The hymn, "Jesus Shall Reign" by Isaac Watts was going through my head as Kurt recently shared with the high schoolers at a recent high school chapel that Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning now, as well as forever more, even though here on earth it can seem that he isn't ruling yet. Truly, His Kingdom is everlasting!
"1. Jesus shall reign where'er the sun does its successive journeys run; his kingdom spread from shore to shore, till moons shall wax and wane no more.
2.To Jesus endless prayer be made, and endless praises crown his head; his name like sweet perfume shall rise with every morning sacrifice.
3.People and realms of every tongue dwell on his love with sweetest song; and infant voices shall proclaim their early blessings on his name.
4.Blessings abound where'er he reigns; all prisoners leap and loose their chains; the weary find eternal rest, and all who suffer want are blest.
5.Let every creature rise and bring honors peculiar to our King; angels descend with songs again, and earth repeat the loud amen!"