Sharing Blessings

During Vacation Bible School this past summer, our sending church in Michigan had collected many items for us to put in gift bags for children here.

We were able to share 60 gift bags this weekend with children at a "Birthday Party for Jesus" our friends, James and Jocy, had for children in a poor area where they hold weekly Children's Bible Club meetings.

We shared 31 gift bags the previous weekend with another Children's Bible Club James and Jocy run as well.

91 gift bags passed out and I'm already making plans for at least 120 bags for next year!

Thanks to everyone who helped by donating toys, toothbrushes, etc., or money for this venture!

Carrying in boxes of gift bags and two coolers with frozen juice bags for the kids.

A cute picture of Kirsten helping James walk down the path.

The kids waiting for the "Birthday Party for Jesus" to begin.

Another picture of the kids.

Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben helping with a game that is sortof like the American pie eating contest. Each big bag held 10 small snack-size bags of treats. Each child on each team of 10 had to grab one of the treats and eat it quick. Which ever team ate all their treats first, won.

Kurt breaking a clay pot full of candies for the children to get. It reminded me of a pinata game.

This game is like bobbing for apples. A cocount shell is burned and cuts are made in it. Pesos are wedged in each cut. The children try to get a coin out with their teeth!

Mikayla, Kirsten, and Ben passing out gift bags.

Checking out the gifts!!!!

December Activities

December 5th the girls played in a Christmas Band concert at the school's newly finished auditorium/performing arts center. It is a big blessing to have a nice building for the performances to be held in. The covered court could be very noisy when raining while the bands and choirs were trying to perform.

Of course we've been baking and decorating some Christmas cookies!

Last weekend we passed out Christmas goodie bags to very poor kids in a squatter area near by. Our friends, James and Jocy, run a weekly Bible Club for these kids. They provide an excellent ministry.

Our Children's School

This is a recent picture of the kids grades K - 12 who attend Faith Academy here in Davao.

We are very thankful for the good education our kids are receiving at this school dedicated to teaching the children of missionaries.

Thanksgiving 2008

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and bless├Ęd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

New Glasses

The world had been a bit fuzzy for Kirsten the last few months.

We had her eyes checked a week or so ago and now she is happily wearing her new glasses and enjoying clear vision!