ISAC Update

Ben really enjoys playing volleyball. He wants to continue playing when we get to the states (hopefully July 2018).

The Faith International Teams (boys and girls) each came in third place in the International Schools Athletic Competition recently held in Manila for volleyball - both boys and girls teams. This is quite an honor.

Ben also received an "All ISAC" award for playing so well. Here are pictures of him in action! Boy, he jumps high!!!

VolleyBall ISAC 2017

Three times a year, the athletes from the school our kids attend travel to the International Schools Athletic Competition for tournaments. Today the girls and boys high school volleyball teams traveled up to Southville International Academy in Manila for tournaments that start tomorrow and run through Saturday. It is a fun and competitive event our athletes enjoy attending. Ben is there and I'll keep you posted how the teams are doing.

Photo of the athletes and coaches in the airport prior to leaving Davao for Manila!

Fall Break 2017

We have had a week off from school for the fall break and end of first quarter. It was a much needed break and we enjoyed time as a family together and at the beach. Here are a few photos from our week:

We discovered a rock climbing and archery area within a local mall. That was enjoyable.

We spent a day at a local beach with some friends and another day on a boat trip which included snorkeling and beach time. Fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating times.

An old basketball hoop and some fallen coconuts make for fun coconut basketball.

Tired after a day of swimming, sun, and beach fun.

Utilities

At times we have water and power outages. Some years are worse than others. This year we haven't had many. But what I always find humorous is that on the electric company website and on the water company website there are tabs to check on scheduled and emergency outages of water and power.

I'm just guessing but don't think the utility companies in our passport country have such tabs!

This is just one of the many differences living in a developing country as opposed to a first-world country. It is an item of humor not of complaint.

Rev. 7:17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water...

One thing I really enjoy about being on the mission field is the opportunity to do diverse tasks that step me out of my comfort zone. Over the years here I've run a mission guest house, supervised staff, help organize after-school sports for elementary kids, led Bible studies, hosted many get togethers at our house, assisted organizing women's retreats, taught creative writing and music appreciation to middle schoolers, and as of this school year, I am teaching New Testament Survey to tenth graders.

I'm thankful for this opportunity to teach these 10th graders about God's Word and His love for them. This survey course is covering the completeness and organization of the Bible , Inter-Testament time, the genre and authorship of the 27 books of the NT, Messianic prophecies fulfilled in the NT, the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, the Apostles and the Early Church, Paul's Ministry, and, the Last Days.

My prayerful goal is to teach all this within the context of making God's word real and applicable to our daily lives.

Matthew 22: 37- 40 is the theme verse for our class. And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)

This ties in with the school's overall value of Love At The Core based on 1 Corinthians 13: 4 – 8.

My prayer is that not only each student in my class will set their minds on things above, where Christ is (Col. 3:2) and will keep their eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of their faith (Heb. 12:2), but that each of us as Christians will do the same.

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