Boys, Basketball, Soccer, Backpacks

School continues well for Ben and James here id Davao. James is enjoying after-school soccer.....

Ben enjoys basketball....... (he's #12 on the FIA team)....

I've enjoyed helping load backpacks with school supplies for kids affected by flooding in local areas......

I also enjoy teaching Bible and English.....

Kurt is enjoying his computer programming work as well.....

Just a quick update!!!

Update

James flew for the first time in his life this past week.

We went to Manila to file immigration application papers for his immigration to the USA.

Now we are waiting......

Pray for this process to go smoothly.

Pray for our family as we transition from the Philippines to the USA. We will need to purchase a house shortly after we get to the states and a car. There are many transitions ahead. Prayers and assistance are appreciated.

...to be content

Paul states in Philippians 4:11 "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content" and I was thinking about this statement as I watched the repair men carry our stove out of the house to take to the shop for repair.

It left me with nothing to cook in or on except a crock pot. But in short order I had a rice cooker and one burner

Losing a stove for a few days is nothing when compared to friends and acquaintences here who regularly cook with wood.....

and regularly deal with flooding....

My Filipino friends teach resiliance in their joyful life style. Yes, things are hard, but as one friend recently told me, "it's always been hard, since I was little. This is our normal so we accept it and go on"

Contentment is a choice. Setting my mind on the things of Christ, seeking His way, Him, FIRST, in ALL of life is His directive to me. Living here in the Philippines has taught me many lessons about resiliancy, contentment, and joy.

A few days without an oven is not a big deal here, or anywhere.

I thank God for His abounding grace and teaching, for His Word....Philippians 4 continues instructing....I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me......I am well supplied......And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus...." (Phil. 4:12-20)

Yes, He does!

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.Philippians 4:23

Comfortable Friendship

A friend who I met around the first day we moved to the Philippines was recently in Davao and we had lunch and wonderful conversation together. After we parted, this poem of sorts started going through my head.... Old friendship, like favourite old jeans slip on sweetly comfortable Conversation up and running as if years and distance non-existent. Thankful. My friend was such a blessing to me as a new missionary, transitioning to a new culture, learning to navigate the practicalities of life overseas as a mom...she has gone to other mission fields but over the years and distance we've maintained a bond of friendship, trust, sharing of good and hard......I am thankful for her.

This friend and I have been friends since 1983, before either of us married........35 years....and though our paths have gone in various directions, when we do get together, it's like we were never apart. She and her husband inspired us to look into becoming missionaries. Conversation picks up easily and deeply with her and I thank God for her.

This friend and I have shared many meal-making times at church, coffees, fun, deep conversations. And even though I've been half a world away for much of our friendship, when we get together....like with the other two....conversation picks up easily and deeply. I am thankful.

Proverbs 27:9...Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and so does the sweetness of a friend....

Some through the flood...fire...

The past couple days in Davao have seen many lose their homes, be displaced while cleaning up from floods, and lose loved ones in a mall fire.

Why God ordains these things to happen is hard to know, but like we sang this morning at church "God is too wise to be mistaken God is too good to be unkind So when you don't understand When don't see His plan When you can't trace His hand Trust His Heart Trust His Heart"

Our hearts are saddened this holiday season as one of the workers who lost her life in the mall fire December 23 was an alumni of Faith International Academy. She'd played on the soccer team along with our oldest daughter. We grieve for her family and her loss.

The sudden ways life can change makes me appreciate all the more time with my family, phone conversations with my daughters, friends, relationships.

We sang a hymn this morning at church that reminded me every generation knows pain and suffering. Jesus promised us we'd have suffering in this life, but He is our hope and I rest in His leading!!!

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along; Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet, God leads His dear children along.

Refrain: Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright, God leads His dear children along; Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night, God leads His dear children along.

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose, God leads His dear children along; Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes, God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire, and away from the clay, God leads His dear children along; Away up in glory, eternity’s day, God leads His dear children along.


To read more about the fire at the mall check out http://cnnphilippines.com/regional/2017/12/23/Davao-City-mall-fire.html