Loaded Trike

Many men here earn money by collecting plastic, cardboard, discarded appliances and furniture, etc....
So, it's not unusual to see a bicycle trike loaded like this one....

Flood Update

Last weekend a big flood affected many areas of Davao.
People in the low lying area near where we live were flooded out.
Our church currently has 76 families (approx. 240 people) living in the 2nd floor of the community center.
Please pray for all those affected by the flood as they clean and rebuild.

the river near our home

flooded area near our home

flooded area near our home

friends from the flooded areas staying at the church

the church setting up areas for various families to stay

Flooding and no Power

We just came through a 25 hour period with no electricity.
The river running through Davao flash flooded and many lost their homes.
We are having unusually wet, rainy, cool weather. Pray for all those who've lost their homes.

city workers rescuing flood victims

people on the street near our home evacuated from
low lying area

flood waters

James carrying clothing up stairs in our church

some of our friends who've lost their homes and are staying
at the church

the church setting up for evacuated families to stay


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Pray Please!

James' adoption court hearing is coming up on March 4th. Please pray that it does not get delayed or hindered in any way.

Our God is the God of adoption. We look forward to James being legally our son. He already is our son - son of my heart - but the governments don't honor that as far as traveling with him back to the USA!!:)

Ephesians 1:4 - 6
even as he chose us in him before the foundation
of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.
In love he predestined us for adoption as sons
through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed
us in the Beloved.