Sunday, July 30, 2006
This weekend at our discipleship class we had a lot of good discussions about the Holy Spirit and God's guidance in our lives. All of us are learning a lot through this experience and I am very grateful for that. We are now heading back to Cebu where we hope to finish the work the guys started on the neighbor's house and finish painting the bathrooms at Shofar. - Sara T.
last weekend i went to a cemetary several hours up the coast. did i tell you about this already? it was maybe the neatest place ive ever been. bones and skulls everywhere. every tomb was a work of art. i was the only one that went in, everyone else was waiting in the truck so i needed to hurry, but i couldve stayed over night and been ok with that. i took some snapshots...theyre neat. this cemetary is a place worth checking out for future teams...
i am asking you to please pray for me and the rest of the team that we will finish this trip strong. we often find ourselves thinking of our return, but we've still got lots to do here. home will come soon enough...we need to stay focused. that is critical. thanks...we are all blessed by you.
I don't have a lot of time to go into detail about what we did, and we're not totally done yet, but here are a few pictures of what's been happening on it.
Friday, July 28, 2006
Next weekend we will have our retreat in Dumagete at a beautiful camp. I am very excited to get to room with the girls that are in our class and get more of a chance to fellowship with them. What else can I say....the guys have been working on rebuilding a couple's home near Shofar. They are doing a great job!! Sara and I made lunch for the workers and family one day. It is nice to be able to bless them and show them God's love. Next Tuesday I get to go there to work too!
Teaching in the schools has been an interesting experience for us because it is nothing like the schools in America! One of the schools is a two room school house for grades 1-6. A lot of the times the kids just come and go as they please but I am glad that most of them make an effort to come when we are there. One boy brought us pineapples last week. Teaching in the schools has forced me to learn more of their language so if you are reading this and you will be coming here one day...I encourgae you to start learning their language today! They really enjoy it and respect the fact that we are making an effort to speak their language. Every word that we learned has helped us. So far we have taught the kids about creation, Jonah, Noah, and Daniel.
So besides building, teaching in the schools, and teaching discipleship class we have been repainting Shofar and fixing up odds and ends their to complete the building. What a privelege it has been to be here and fellowship with these awesome people!
Sara and I are sitting in the internet cafe right now e-mailing and such while the guys are out making stops at a few hardware stores. I like the change from Lutopan to Dumaguete every other weekend. Dumaguete gives us a taste of city living and the discipleship class here is basically all very young students (mostly University age which is 16-20 here) while Lutopan is mountain living and the discipleship students range in age from about 30-75! We are working on getting all the details together for a retreat with the Dumaguete class next weekend. Please pray for us that everything would fall into place.
Getting to be here for 3 months is so neat. With the work we are doing in the schools, we sometimes see the teachers or students as we are going about our daily errands and activities, whether it be as they are whizzing by on a motorcycle or when we are driving past their houses in the truck. It's great that we have relationships with them and are feeling like part of the community. That's about it for now. We love reading all the comments that everyone is posting!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
On Sunday morning we all got to experience our first brown out here in the
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
went to the end of the road, and got to her house. There were about 30 people outside the house and she was laying on the bed with a couple of family members inside. They got her into a chair and carried her out to the car where she laid down on a bench with one lady holding her head and another her body. I proceeded to drive down to cebu city acting as ambulance. I might have been speeding a bit if there were speed limits, but Lando said the limit is as fast as you drive, so I did just that Cebu city is nuts. Absolutely crazy, but I made it through the gates of hell with Lando telling me encouraging things like, "This is one of the busiest intersections in town." However to his credit, he never grabbed for the handles that I saw mEventually we got to the hospital. Once there the lady laid in the back of the truck until they finally found a stretcher for her. If, God forbid, I have to go to the hospital, this is not the one I want to go to.I knew that the family would fee the need to pay us, and when they tried to pay Lando told them that we wouldn't take any money, and that we did it
because Jesus loved them. We left, and came home. What a day, most unusual I would say.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
everything here is fine and dandy. we have been approved by the district superintendant to teach in the area schools. today we sail back to cebu.
If you look even more closely you may see a gray speck on the front column of the building. That is the plaque that was put up on the day we dedicated Shofar. The building is done. The plumbing is in, toilets flush, showers... shower, and it's now home for the next 2 months.
Still working on getting the internet going up at Shofar. My hope is fading, but I'm working on possible alternative methods of posting.
Later that day during the class one of the sections we spent a good deal of time discussing was Eph 6, you guessed it, spiritual warfare. Sometimes we split the class into men and women's and address issues that may focus more to the genders. I was teaching that section, and the verse we started with was... yep, Eph 6, spiritual warfare.
I'm picking up some kind of theme here. Perhaps. I seem to be very dense sometimes so it's helpful to have God speak clearly.