6 more days!

We are counting down the days til we fly to the USA.

We are looking forward to reconnecting with family, friends and supporters in the USA.

We also hope to stock up on some items that are hard to get here.

Please pray for us as we travel, speak at churches, spend time with family and friends.

Pray for James and Jerard, too. Since they are still foster children we cannot bring them with us on this trip. Our friend and helper, Arlene, will be staying with the boys at our home. We know they will be well taken care of, but we will miss them.

A Time of Refreshing

Yesterday (Monday), our kids thought they were just going to have a 'normal' day - go to school, homework, etc.....

But as their Daddy drove them to school he took a wrong turn (hee hee hee!!!)

We (Kurt and I) had planned a family 'sneak' and we took the kids on an outing to Eden Nature Park.

Up in the bukid (mountains) it is cool and quite refreshing to go up to.
We hadn't had a family outing in quite a few months and our family really needed a change of pace for a day. To say that the past 5 months or so have been extra challenging is an understatement. But our God is faithful and we are thankful for all the experiences He has designed for us to go through.

Lola Arlene cared for James and Jerard while we took the three older kids on a 2.5 mile nature hike, swimming, and picnic.

We thank God for the opportunity to enjoy His great nature and for the refreshing time for our family that we had. It was a great time of enjoying 'cooler' weather, reconnecting as a family, talking, laughing, enjoying nature, exercise, etc....

Tom Sawyer

The Middle School along with 5th graders recently put on 'Tom Sawyer' play.
Mikayla participated in ticket sales and make up.
Here she is having fun with Mr. Saint prior to the play.

Kirsten was Sally. She did a great job. She said she was really nervous but she spoke her lines well and loud!

The play was very well done. I am thankful for these opportunities for the kids who attend Faith Academy Mindanao!

Another Prayer Request

We just found out there there is a paperwork snafu regarding a certain SRC form (Special Return Certificate) that we need in order to properly leave the Philippines and subsequently return to the Philippines in early August. Without getting into the details, we need your prayers that this snafu works out successfully. Please pray that we all get the Special Return Certificates that we need before our departure on May 23rd.

Thank you for praying with us.

Making Tortillas!

We enjoy eating Mexican food sometimes- especially buritoes and tacos.....but it is hard to find tortillas here. I used to order them from a person here but he seems to have gone out of business now.

So, now, we are making our own. They are not hard to make, just time consuming.

Kirsten made them the other day for supper and they were great!

Tortillas De Harina
3 cups flour
3 T shortening or lard
1 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1 pinch sugar
1 cup water (room temp.)

Mix flour, shortening, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
Gradually add water until crumbly dough forms.
Work with hands until dough holds together on a floured board, shape into a ball and knead until smooth. Divide dough into 12 roughly equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and let them set for 15 minutes.

After making the dough, divide into balls.

Use a rolling pin to flatten into 8 inch circles.

Cook on ungreased griddle on medium heat.
When it starts to bubble, turn it over.

When entire tortilla starts to inflate, take it off grill.
They are delicious!

I should've taken a picture of us eating them all for supper!

Thanks, Kirsten!!!!