There are many styles of church around here (non-aircon, aircon, nice buildings, not so nice buildings...)
But wherever Christians are gathered together is a joy. Yes, the worship style may be different, they may not sing hymns, but the joy of our Asian believers is contagious.
Here are pictures from last Sunday's worship at a church we are currently attending.
DBC has a strong community development outreach.
This building is being built to house a training center for San
Rafael area, a poor community near the church. The plan is to
train the men and women of that community with job skills
such as construction, computer programming, etc., so they
can better provide for their families.
A special guest speaker, Andy, who attends the church
presented last week's message.
Kurt and Kirsten listening to the message
A potluck dinner was held after the service in one of the
unfinished rooms of the new building being built.
The 'MC' and Pastor Alan.
Alma is in charge of the Compassion outreach the church
has. There are 120 children from San Rafael area being
sponsored through Compassion International. It is so neat
to see the other side of Compassion working. We really
appreciate DBC's outreach ministries to the San Rafael area.
Matthew 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."
Grant, O Lord my God, that I may never fall away in success or in failure; that I may not be prideful in prosperity nor dejected in adversity. Let me rejoice only in what unites us and sorrow
only in what separates us. May I strive to please no one or fear to displease anyone except Yourself. May I seek always the things that are eternal and never those that are only temporal....
St. Thomas Aquinas
Many have been asking how Jerard is doing.
Jerard enjoys music, tickles, being talked to. He is a blessing.
His favourite foods are pancakes, pasta, graham crackers and sweets (cookies, ice cream, etc.)
He is slowly making some progress. He receives occupational therapy twice a week at Resources for the Blind here in Davao.
Jerard really enjoys his OT at Resources for the Blind
He recently had a one year check up with the neurologist. The Dr. was very pleased with the progress Jerard has made. But he does want us to take him to a rehabilitation orthopedic doctor towards the end of September to see if he needs braces for his legs.
He likes to put everything in his mouth. When we are holding him we have to be careful he doesn't bite. His bites are painful.
Keep him in your prayers. He doesn't sit up on his own or crawl yet. Overall he is staying healthy, though he does have asthma he receives daily medications for.
Jerard enjoying the grass at the soccer field.
This is an example of how most drainage ditches are constructed here in the city. They are open drainage channels along the road sides.
Walker beware! Don't fall in...and don't park your car to close, either!
My prayer for myself and our family is that each of us will seek first Him and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
In Elisabeth Elliott's book "Keep A Quiet Heart" this quote struck me this morning as I meditated on what it really means to seek first Him and His righteousness. I hope this gives you something to ponder also.
"If through losing what this world prizes we are enabled to gain what it
despises - treasure in heaven, invisible and incorruptible - isn't it worth
any kind of suffering? What is it worth to us to learn a little bit more
of what the Cross means - life out of death, the transformation of
earth's losses and heartbreaks and tragedies?...God has allowed in the
lives of each of us some sort of loss, the withdrawal of something we
valued, in order that we may learn to offer ourselves a little more
willingly, to allow the touch of death on one more thing we have clutched
so tightly, and thus know fullness and freedom and joy that much sooner.
We're not naturally inclined to love God and seek His Kingdom. Trouble
may help incline us - that is, it may tip us over, put some pressure
on us, lean us in the right direction."
Matthew 6: 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.