Last weekend we reconnected with the director of Shelter and she invited us to join her for church on Sunday. While we were there, we talked to a few youth leaders and invited them to Shofar Camp. We also found out that some of the staff live and work in a couple locations very near to us... we are pretty much neighbors! We're looking forward to getting to know them better as time goes on.
Summer is in full swing here - temps are hotter, bugs are bigger, and the chatter of kids can be heard up and down the street. There has been a lot more activity in our neighborhood, which we have been trying to take advantage of as much as possible. Whether it's walking to the sari sari store for a snack or trying to talk to some of the kids as they zoom by on their bikes, we are continually reminded of the fact that God specifically put us in this neighborhood.
On Wednesday, we were invited back to CIM to lead a bible study and discussion. We went through session one of Tim Keller's Gospel in Life series, which was really timely and applicable for the students that were there. We talked about how God send the exiles to Babylon for the good and growth of the city. We related it back to Cebu City and how God has called each of us to this place, not to separate ourselves from it, but to invest ourselves in it and "root for the city."
On Friday night, we attended our first Filipino college graduation ceremony! Sarah, one of the new WOTS writers, graduated from Baptist Theological College and we're super excited to see what God has planned next for her! Please keep her in your prayers as she adjusts to post-college life and figuring out what God wants her to do. The guest speaker at the ceremony asked everyone to raise their hand - "Look at your hand. It's your hand. 27 bones that God has given to you. What are you going to do with it? Use that hand to touch the world!" We were greatly encouraged to see 16 young people graduating and being sent out to serve God in huge ways in the world. And we all get to join with them. You've got a hand right? USE IT!
Thanks for all your prayers... God is working in big ways over here and even though you're not with us physically, you're with us through Him. See you soon!