Recently Mikayla went with another family out to an allocation.
An allocation is a village or province where translation work is going on.
While the parents were assisting the missionary there with computer issues, Mikayla and her friends had adventures of swimming in a river, riding a sky lab, eating little crunchy dried fish, and enjoying the beautiful scenery!
The pastor at our church has been preaching a powerful series on fulfilling the great commission entitled "A Passion for Missions" based on the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
The longer we are here in the Philippines the greater the intensity of my desire to see the Great Commission fulfilled.
I found this prayer from the "Book of Common Prayer" goes a long with what he has been preaching on.
"O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near:
Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you;
bring the nations into your fold;
pour out your Spirit upon all flesh;
and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord." -Book of Common Prayer
I've always struggled with the verse in 1 Peter 1:13, "...set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." I've never struggled with understanding it and that is precisely why I have always struggled with it - I know how simply outlandish from a human perspective this command is.
A favourite song of mine by Twila Paris is "Faithful Men."
Come and join the reapers
All the kingdom seekers
Laying down your life to find it in the end
Come and share the harvest
Help to light the darkness
For the Lord is calling faithful men
A typical school day starts at 6 a.m. with the kids getting up, eating breakfast, and getting school uniforms on. Kurt usually drives them to school since the school is right next to the office.
Last week was "Spirit Week." The school raised money and took clothing donations to help the many street children here in Davao.
Ben in Kindergarten class with his teacher, Mrs. Robinson. He is already reading some words!!!!
Kirsten at lunch with friends and a teacher. It was 'crazy hair day' of Spirit week. Kirsten has yellow, red, and blue in her hair!!!!
Mikayla with friends at lunch on 'crazy hair day'.
Mikayla and a friend at PE class!
While the kids are at school from 7:30 - 2:30, Kurt is usually at the office working. He works from 7:30 - 5:30 or so.
Kurt at the office!
I spend some days at the office and some days at home running errands. I also take the majority of pictures which is why you don't usually see my face!!!!!:)
At 2:30 I pick up Kirsten and Ben and bring them home. Mikayla goes to her Daddy's office and works on homework until they come home for dinner around 5:30. 7th grade is tough with homework. She usually does more after dinner and also practices clarinet and piano, then goes to bed.
Playing with two young coconuts that had fallen in our yard!
We love getting packages. This is a toy that was sent to Ben for his birthday!
Kirsten hugging Daddy!
And of course, we take time to play with Bear and Taters.