Family Life

Well, it is hot (init) in this Philippine Summer....even the local people are saying this summer is hotter than normal!!!!!

Ben is playing T-ball and Kirsten is playing Baseball. They both think it is okay but it's not their favourite sport. The biggest factor in their dislike of the sport is the heat.


Kirsten hitting a ball


Ben at third base

Ben prefers to build with his k'nex or make weapons out of tree branches!


Fighter Ben

Bear (our dog) is growing bigger. He is a cute puppy and we really are enjoying him.


The guys


Mikayla and Bear

Teaching High School For a Week

I was asked to substitute teach a high school class for a week which I just finished a couple weeks ago. The high school is located right next to the office where I work. It is mostly attended by missionary kids. Our kids will go there when they get old enough.

The class was on apologetics. There were about a dozen kids in the class and I really enjoyed it. Specifically, I taught Presuppositional Apologetics. This was the first time that they heard of this form of apologetics and they seemed to catch on quite well.

I based the class content on the apologetics that I taught at Tyrone Covenant Presbyterian Church, our home church in the states. I taught that over a 9 month period sometime around the year 2000. Naturally, there was no way that I could fit 9 months into a week, but we covered a lot of ground anyway.

I assigned them homework and reading each night and we had a test at the end of the week. I graded the homework and the tests. So, I was a full-fledged substitute teacher for a week.

I really enjoyed the experience. I found myself highly energized as I taught the kids. We had some really interesting discussions and the feedback that I received from the kids and the teacher that I substituted for were quite positive. In fact, the teacher asked if I would be interested in teaching a class next fall.

Which, of course, reminds me of what I have told many of you in person. Teachers for mission schools are really badly needed. If you don't believe me, just look at the fact that they asked a software developer to teach apologetics! Are you a teacher? Have you considered missions lately? Teachers for missionary kids are what allow missionaries to stay on the field - think about what an important role you can play in missions as a teacher.

Easter Reflections - First Importance

I couldn't post this earlier due to our internet not working but here is a shortened version of some thoughts I had on Easter Sunday......

First Importance

Easter 2007

Easter Sunday. Our first in the Philippines. I awaken with a strong case of homesickness for my home church family in MI. I will miss hearing the organist and pianist play beautiful resurrection music. I will miss hearing the choir sing and seeing all the Easter Lilies. I'm also missing hugs from my many friends. Those are the thoughts that fill my mind as we prepare to go to a combined 7 a.m. Service.

Most of the service is in Tagalog... I pray and ask God to speak to me despite the language barriers.

There is my answer! The Pastor is reading 1 Corinthians 15 in English and suddenly verse 3 jumps out at me..."For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also receive..."

First Importance!....Yes, that is what it's all about. As I look around at all my new friends in Christ I am reminded of the 'First Importance' of delivering the Word of God to unreached people groups. How can they enjoy sweet fellowship and communion with Christ if they never hear that "Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the Third day in accordance with the scriptures..." (1 Cor. 15: 3 - 5) in their own heart language?

So though this Easter has found me homesick..... I have been gifted by God with just enough English at this Easter service to encourage my heart. The preacher, towards the end of his message, expounded on 1 Corinthians 15:58 to be 'steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.'

Just the Easter message I needed to hear......

Our Beautiful Backyard

Yea! Our internet is finally working at our rental house. I just wanted to share pictures of the beautiful flowers in our yard....

............makes you want to come visit us, right?

We'd love to have you come!

We have room!!!!!!!

Rats!

We suspected that we might have a few rats around when the alley cats left us dead rats on our doorstep as a "welcome to the neighborhood" gift multiple days in a row. We suspected that we might have a rat problem when a big one came in a drain pipe through the wall around our house, looked at our kids who were behind the house, and then ran away. Of course, since rats are really common in the Philippines, we suspected that we might have a rat problem even before we moved into our new house. The house isn't the problem - rats are just all over.

So, we bought a live trap for the rats. We did not want a trap that would hurt our new puppy. So far in three nights we have caught two rats. I really think that we could have had one the first night if we had used the right bait. We tried a 1/4 ham sandwich that we had left over - they somehow ate the meat but left the bread. Since then we have found that they have a weakness for small strips of cooked beef that is put on the trap trigger like a worm on a hook. That way they have to work to get it off and are more apt to trip the trigger.

After we catch then, we take them for a swim in a bucket of water. That is the most humane way that we can think to kill them that does not risk us getting hurt in the process. If anyone knows of a better way let us know.

Oh, by the way, we did not think that you wanted to see pictures of all this, did you? We didn't think so.