Family Reunion

We had a good trip to Wisconsin.
It was good to reconnect with relatives, even if just for a short while.

Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.

A tradition at the family reunion is to end by singing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." It is a beautiful song, filled with musical harmony from all the musically gifted singers in our family.

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Neath His wings protecting hide you;
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
When life's perils thick confound you;
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Keep love's banner floating o'er you,
Strike death's threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus' feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

Arrived in Wisconsin

We arrived safely in Wisconsin after 8 1/2 hours travel time. It is good to see some of our relatives. Tomorrow we go to a Family Reunion picnic.

Activities from this week

A photo show of some activities from the week.....

Mikayla talking with a penpal on the MK guy!

Ben lost a tooth this week.

Kirsten had to have a tooth pulled this week.

Youth group silly photo!

Ben, Kurt and Kirsten playing volleyball with the youth group.

Kurt sharing with the youth group about life in the Philippines.

Our friends, Brian and Betsy, invited us over for dinner last night.
Brian and Lydia enjoy cooking and had a great meal for us.
We really enjoy spending time with this family.

Brian grilling the meat!

Playing with friends.

Lydia, Eva, Kirsten.

Kirsten and Eva.

Marcus and Ben.

Today we travel to Wisconsin for a family reunion. We will come back Sunday night. Please pray for safe travels. Thanks!

Leaving soon

This was the group from our sending church who met us at the airport on May 24th late in the evening. What joy to see friends waiting for us!

It seems like just a short time ago we arrived. Now our summer furlough is fast coming to an end.

Friends like these and our family here make it hard to say 'so-long' again. But we will be going back with renewed vision for our ministry, emotional and physical renewal, stronger family ties and relationships, and some of the increased financial support we need for a family of 7.

We leave Michigan on July 26th after one more morning worship time with our sending church. We will leave from Texas on July 30, returning to Davao on August 1.

Please pray for safe travels and a good transition back to Davao.
We look forward to seeing James and Jerard again! We will furlough again when the boys are finally officially adopted and ours! Then you all can meet them too!

On The Road Again....

We traveled to Indiana this weekend to share at one of our supporting churches. It was wonderful to spend time with the pastor and his wife in their lovely home, be able to share in the Sunday School about our work in the Philippines, listen to my husband preach a great message, enjoy potluck fellowship with church goers after the service, and then enjoy time visiting with some families at one of the member's home with pool.

enjoying riding in the van Grandpa has loaned us for the

the van even comes with a DVD player!

setting up the powerpoint display before Sunday school starts