Mission Retreat

Our mission agency had a retreat all day today, the first annual for our office. There were many wonderful presentations and speakers throughout the day. I was invited to share a short message to close the evening. Since it was nearly 8 pm by the time I was to speak, I knew it had to be concise and short.

Together in God's Rock Tumbler

God's Big Back Yard

Summer in the Philippines is April and May. The church we are attending is holding Vacation Bible School this week.


They have at least 100 kids participating, if not more!

Since Ben is homeschooling this year he has been able to participate. He is really enjoying the VBS program.

We thank God for the great ministry and outreach this VBS is, for all the volunteers teaching and assisting, and for God's word being proclaimed in the lives of these kids.

Pictures of the squatter area

As Kurt blogged yesterday, "The little squatter area behind our house is home to about 50 people who use wood or sawdust to cook with, live in houses constructed out of spare plywood, boards, tin, canvas, or whatever and which vary in dimensions from the size of a walk-in closet to a bedroom in the states. Some are built on stilts and some have a second story."

Here are a few pictures:

Neighborhood Happenings

Ben and I just walked back from the squatter area behind our house. We were drawn there by all the commotion ... pigs make a lot of noise when they are being killed.

We found out that it was one 4 year old boy's birthday today and the pig was being slaughtered for the celebration. Ben and I got there just as it was dying and I asked, "Motanaw mi?" which means "Can we watch?".

They were bleeding it at the neck. It was "hog tied" and held down by several strong men because it was probably a 100 to 120 pound hog. It was dead a few minutes after we got there. They had a fire made of some scrap wood and an old tire rim (as a stand) a few feet away where they were going to cook it. They had two pans of water boiling at the time.

After the pig was dead one of the men took some blood and with his finger made the sign of the cross on the birthday boy's forehead. All the children congratulated the little boy. I haven't found out what that means specifically yet though.

We left shortly after that. Sorry, no pictures today.

The little squatter area behind our house is home to about 50 people who use wood or sawdust to cook with, live in houses constructed out of spare plywood, boards, tin, canvas, or whatever and which vary in dimensions from the size of a walk-in closet to a bedroom in the states. Some are built on stilts and some have a second story.

International Day 2009

Every other year Faith Academy hosts an International Day.

This year all the continents except Antarctica were represented!
It is a blessing to have such a diverse student body.

Parents and students set up booths representing countries they are from or have lived in as missionaries....I'm sure I am missing a booth or two but today's representation included: Israel, Germany, Great Britain/United Kingdom, Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, (South America, Central America), United States, Philippines, Korea, Cameroon, Indonesia, Thailand.

And for all our friends in Texas, yes, Texas had it's own booth too!!!!


Israel


South American dance


Korean Drum line


Korean Fan Dance


Scottish Dance - Mikayla was one of the dancers.


Kirsten enjoying the show


Kirsten with Joy and Seo Yeon. Those three have been
good friends since we moved here!

Revelation 7: 9 - 10
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs
to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"