Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dumaggette Bonanza!!


Here are some random pics from the Dumagette trip































Hope you enjoyed the show.

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Week on Mindanao

So I spent a week with my cousin Bill and his family in Iligan City on the island of Mindanao. Bill and his wife Yee Fun have been missionaries on Mindanao for 18 years. i will explain more about their work there when I see you all. Difficult to speak of over the internet. Here are some photos of what we did while I was there....

It was an intersting week away from Shofar. Here is my cousin Bill and Basir. Basir is helping Bill translate Bible and materials into Maranao. This has not been done before now.

These are some of the ladies from Tambacan. Two of them are believers, two are not. Yee Fun has a Bible study with these women every Tuesday. There are more that come at times also. I shared my testimony and it hit home as there are drug/alcohol issues in this town and in their families.

This is the "highway" to Cacar. A village deep in Maranao country. This is where I thought Tim was in cahoots with my cousin to kind of just drop me off here in the jungle. On the way up here, there are many military checkpoints. Up here, we are on our own.

Bill's wife Yee Fun is sitting next to me with some Maranao ladies and their children. The little baby is just two weeks old. This bench was made from very thin slats of bamboo and I thought I was gonna hit the ground for sure!!!

This is me and "the boys". Bill has an outreach with these guys on Thursday nights. They are all 18 - 23 years old. The kid in the white t-shirt next to me is Bill's son Isaiah who is 13. All but one of these guys are believers. This is also Tambacan so same issues with substance abuse.

This is Maria Christina falls near Tambacan. Bill and his family took me up here on Saturday. We took some of the ladies from Tambacan with us. These ladies have lived here all their lives and had never seen these falls before. They were awestruck. As was I!!!

This was Bill's church on Friday night. I shared my testimony (again). Note the verses on the board behind us: Jeremiah 29:11 and 2 Corinthians 5:17. Yes, New Creations lives on in the Philippines!!! I have lots more pics and lots more to tell you all about the ministry I got to be a part of here. Can't really go into much on the blog. Let me just say that getting the chance to minister alongside my cousin was something I never dreamed would happen. The things God lets me do just blows my mind...continually.







Saturday, July 19, 2008

a little bit of randomness...

It's been a strange week without Nancy here. We will pick her up from the airport tomorrow and are looking forward to her pictures and updates of what she has been getting to do this week. Sorry for the delay in posting this week! Here are some pictures of some of the very different parts of living at Shofar. Just to give you all a good variety of what we see around us durring the day.
First up- the shofar boys showing their moves to the local guys... Jeremy, Nate and Mike, just don't ask anyone what the score is. We are hoping to go down in the evening sometime in the next couple of days again. Us girls usually try to talk to any women or high school girls that are around. Otherwise we try to talk to the brave little kids who will talk to us... we bribe them with paper boats and balloons. =)
Our favorite way from Toledo to San Carlos: the Lite Ferry 2. It has the smoothest ride, most spacious and several team members have spotted dolphins from the top floor!

The view of Atlas Mine... Just over the hill from shofar. I still have not seen the bottom of the mine.

The driveway extention has been completed.

And the Lutopan had a festival which made shopping this week very interesting. Festivals here last several weeks... I love this country!Hope you enjoy! ~Sheena


Saturday, July 12, 2008

Thinking...

After thinking about this weekend, I realized that a lot happened. It might seem like things are getting into a routine, but God is always shaking things up for us. What is coming quickly is our half way point. Wednesday. When Wednesday hits we will have been on this trip for a month and a half. We still have so much to do, and so much to grow. This past weekend provided more opportunities, and a chance to get to know pastor William more in San Carlos. He allowed us to share a bible story to some 200 some kids that attend an extracurricular school that his church puts on. A lot of pastor Williams work is with Compassion International, so the children keep him quite busy. The love and care that this organization puts forward to these children is amazing. Seeing it in action is really encouraging to me. I haven't supported a child through Compassion before, but I am pretty certain that I will be once I get home.

We continue to work with the youth from Williams church on Fridays and head into the jail there to. In all it was good weekend. Unfortunately though, Nancy is leaving us for a week. She heads to the island of Mindinao tommorrow. Her cousin just happens to be a missionary there, so pray for her as she leaves us.

And it's true, it is hot. Mike continues to still hate buses. I don't think it will pass either.
Nate












Thursday, July 10, 2008

Evil Monkeys

If you ever wondered what Nate and Jones' real calling was in life- here you have it... they were born to be evil monkeys! The kids at school were playing a game called Hot Lava. We gave them "floating rocks" to get across the lava pit to the other side safely before they got caught by the evil monkeys. We used the game to teach them about how God gave us Jesus as the only way to have a relationship with Him and get to heaven. Here are the boys...
Mike, Nate and Jones have been playing basketball down at the Cabanbanan court a few nights this week while the girls have been walking through the village and meeting some of the ladies who live there. Mike talked to Trav and Brady's friend Terrence. One night when Mike said he wasn't sure if they could play or not, Terrence said "wuss". We decided that Trav taught him that.
Some of the little faces we saw this week...


This was our second week teaching discipleship material at Camp 7 High School. They answered and asked questions, so it was a good way to get them thinking. Mike taught this week and in the future the guys will rotate through facilitating.

Thanks for keeping us in your prayers! It's been great getting updates about all that's going on back home as well!
The Team :)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Abouts the week

Sorry for the dely in blogging! Here are some things we have been busy doing:
Finally started in Camp Seven Elementary School. I like to call this photo: "Where's Jeremy?" This is grades 4, 5, & 6.






Also- made boats in the schools last week to teach the concept of "doing things God's way or our own way..." they needed to follow instructions to get the right boat at the end that would float.








Laura got to join the worship team this Sunday:














Nate taught discipleship class in Pastor Lando's Church today... here he is in deep concentration and holiness.







Also we spent the weekend in San Carlos! More pictures coming soon but here are a few "traveling" photo's to get you started!