Jesus Loves The Little Children

James' Kindergarten class led the elementary school chapel this week. Their theme was "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world" and that no matter where you go, God is always with you.

The Kindergarten class

James dressed in an African outfit

James and two class mates singing about God being with you
no matter where you are.

Taal Outdoor Education Trip

Ben and all the middle schoolers flew up to Manila this morning to spend the week at Taal for the yearly outdoor education trip.

Ben enjoying pizza with Kirsten and James yesterday.

The emphasis for this trip is on volcanic geography, marine biology,
snorkeling & scuba, evangelism, outdoor cooking (including a chicken kill) and spiritual renewal and growth.

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano is a complex volcano located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 33 historical eruptions. info from Wikipedia
Last eruption: 1977
Elevation: 1,020' (311 m)

Women's FootBall Season has Begun

Kirsten is playing on the high school women's football (soccer) team.

Practices started this week and after only two practices, Faith played their first game today. It was a well fought game but the other team scored more points!!!

I am thankful to a friend for taking these photos of Kirsten in action today!

Trust and Obey for There is No other Way

Thought I'd share a quote with you from "A Praying Life" by Paul Miller, pg 72-73.....a continuation in learning that in the wrestling is rest. In the centre of the storm is peace. Ours is but to trust and obey.

"When you stop trying to control your life and instead allow
your anxieties and problems to bring you to God in prayer,
you shift from worry to watching.
You watch God weave his patterns in the story of your life.
Instead of trying to be out front, designing your life,
you realize you are inside God's drama.
As you wait, you begin to see him work, and your life begins
to sparkle with wonder. You are learning to trust again."

Holding Lightly to Plans

We had hoped that by the end of May we could travel back to the USA with James, adoption done. But it does not look like that will be the case. We are still awaiting the adoption decision from the court before we can proceed with getting travel papers for James. These can take 6 - 8 months to obtain after a favourable court decision on the adoption is finalized.
We will all be staying here in the Philippines until James is officially adopted and able to travel with us back to the
USA. So, this summer, instead of us coming to the USA, Mikayla

will be coming here to spend some time with us before college starts again in the fall.
We look forward to her visit.

Please keep James' adoption in your prayers.
We would really like to receive the adoption approval soon.

We rest in full assurance that all is happening in God's timing for His glory and our good. We praise Him for His leading.

James 4: 13

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"-- 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

Proverbs 16: 1- 3

The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.

James 1:5 ESV

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Proverbs 27:1

Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.

Matthew 6:33-34

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

2 Corinthians 1: 12 - 22 Paul's Change of Plans

12 For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you. 13 For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand-- 14 just as you did partially understand us--that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.

15 Because I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a second experience of grace. 16 I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on my way to Judea. 17 Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" at the same time? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. 20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.