Helping The Philippines

Many have asked me about how to help the Philippines. Here is some information:

Many people have asked me about how they can help the victims of Yolanda; which organizations are reputable organizations that are serving in the Philippines.

This list reflects organizations that I trust and that our mission organizations are recommending be used for sending donations to help the typhoon victims.

These experienced organizations are aware of the local needs and are already involved in providing emergency assistance for children and families.

Operation Blessings International -

World Vision -

Compassion -

The Navigators (Philippines) do not have a web link for donations for typhoon relief, but they have workers who are ready to give assistance to victims on the ground. You can make donation through their bank account:

Banco De Oro (New York, Cubao Branch) Peso account: 00401-0000263 or Banco De Oro (New York, Cubao Branch) Dollar Account: 10401-0044066/Dollar Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Holy Herb

I've been working on a talk I'll be giving next week and while reading Psalm 51:7 I wondered what a 'hyssop' is.

This is what I discovered....
"Purge me with hyssop," the Bible records, "and I will be clean."

Hyssop has been used for millennia as a holy herb, consecrated
for cleaning holy places. Its name comes from the Hebrew word
adobe or ezob, which literally means*"holy herb"*.

Hyssop is an evergreen bushy herb growing 1 to 2 feet(60 to 90 cm) high on a square stem with linear leaves andflowers in whorls of 6 to 15 blooms. Native to southern Europe,it is grown in gardens in cooler climates around the world.Hyssop has a mint-like taste (which is understandable as it ispart of the mint family) that makes it a tasty addition to salads, provided it is used in small quantities. It has been considered anaphrodisiac when combined with ginger, thyme, and pepper. Hyssop has been hung in homes to provide protection from theevil eye, and from witches. It has also been planted frequentlyon graves as protection for the dead from the living.

information from the website http://www.mountainroseherbs.

Typhoon Update 11/11/13

Many have asked how we faired during the recent Typhoon Yolanda.
Davao was not affected by it but those north of us on Samar, Cebu and many other islands were. Please keep praying for the Philippines.

There are estimates of 10,000 or more dead.

Thankful that relief aid is coming to this devastated area

This article is from CNN 11/10/13
Tacloban, Philippines (CNN) -- No food. No water. Houses and buildings torn to pieces. Bodies scattered on the streets. Hospitals overrun with patients. Medical supplies running out.

As Typhoon Haiyan barreled across the South China Sea on Sunday, getting set to bring more destruction to Vietnam, many Filipinos grappled with devastation on a level they'd never seen before.

The Philippine Red Cross estimated at least 1,200 people were killed by Haiyan, but the full death toll could be significantly higher as officials make their way to remote, nearly inaccessible places pummeled by the storm.

Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez told CNN it is "entirely possible" that 10,000 people may have died in the storm in Leyte province.

"People here were convinced that it looked like a tsunami," Romualdez told CNN.

*for more information go to

Not A Prophet but....

I am not a prophet, but I do know what God's will for each one of us who are believers is. God's word states it succinctly in 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 - 18.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all
circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

1. Rejoice always
This is a command. We are told not to worry about anything but instead pray about everything in Philippians 4:6.
Joy depends on Jesus not on circumstances. It is not positive or possibility thinking, but reality thinking.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. All this
is from God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (RSV)

2. Pray without ceasing
Prayer is a relationship. God wants us to talk to Him about everything and He wants us to listen. Pray the promises. Pray His word. (if you want a daily scripture prayer guide, join the Daily Growth email at website)

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.
Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts
and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7 (NLT)

3. Give thanks in all circumstances

Giving thanks in all circumstances actively recognizes God's sovereignty in your life.

I am always amazed to read about Paul and Silas singing hymns and praying to God in the prison cell after being beaten. (See Acts 16: 22-34)
This has been a challenge to me to learn to give thanks, to count blessings in all circumstances. Paul and Silas' hymns and prayers in their hard time was used by God to bring jailer and his family to faith in Christ. We truly are lights that need to shine our Saviour's love to others.
Giving thanks is a discipline. I have found in my life that as I focus on giving thanks in all situations there is a peace beyond comprehension in my soul.
Often I meditate on Psalm 131...I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother;

Our son, Jerard, was used by God to teach me this. Jerard would just melt into me when I held him and I heard God tell me, "As Jerard rests on you, I want you to rest in Me."

4. This is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Each of us who confess Jesus as Lord belong to Him. We are beloved by Him. I love the verse in Colossians 3:12 that says,
"as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,"

Truly the hymn we often sing to little children is the theological foundation we each need to remember all of our life:

"Jesus loves me, this I know
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong!
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so."

Thanks to Pastor Sam Mateer for spurring these thoughts from his sermon preached at Tyrone Covenant Presbyterian Church on 11/3/13 based on 1 Thess. 5:16-18

Visiting with Mikayla

October 17 - 22 my father-in-law and I traveled to visit Mikayla at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia during her fall break.
My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, neice and nephew joined us too.
We had a great time touring the campus, hiking, visiting a Civil war battle field, spending time around the river front in Chattanooga, going to Rock Creek Fellowship - the church that Mikayla and some of her friends go to, touring Rock City and having fun talking and laughing.

Grandpa, Mikayla and Coley, Mikayla's roommate.

With Mikayla and some of her dorm friends.

Grandpa, Coley, and Mikayla at 'The Blink' - a coffee shop
on campus.

We went to chapel service Friday morning with Mikayla.

Point Park on Lookout Mountain

Uncle Kent, Aunt Anne, Hannah and Michael with Mikayla.

At the river front in Chattanooga

With Mikayla and her friends and family at church.

Mikayla and her Grandpa doing a ballroom dance.

Visiting Rock City.

Family in a fall season scene.

Covenant College sign with family.