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.
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.
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 blessèd 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.
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!
Kurt's birthday started with friends singing songs of blessing to him about 5:15 this morning! This is a Filipino custom and it is a real blessing!
We invited them in and they sang some more.
Then we served muffins and coffee to them.
What a great way to begin the celebration day!