Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Other goings on's is that we did some other painting yesterday. The girls touched up some of the road signs that direct people how to get to Shofar, while the guys painted the interior of the guard's house. Both projects will continue today.. Jones and I a hobble-hobble rides (think "small motorbike taxi service") up and down the mountain to Lutopan. For those that have been here before - if you were amazed by how many Filipino's can fit on one motor bike at the same time, I tell you that the Filipino's were equally amazed at the site of two huge Americans and one (brave) Filipino driver riding by... In seriousness, Jeremy is working hard on securing a place to live for the next two months and it looks like moving day will be tomorrow. Please pray for him as he plans for that and immerses himself into the native lifestyle for the next few months.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
It was a long journey but with drugs all things are possible...wait no...well kind of but not all things. Just sleeping on the plane when you've slept for 10 hours already. The trick is to sleep through the whole flight so that you 1. Are not tired when you arrive and 2. 16 hours of waiting goes by.
For some of us (Tim and Sharon not included cause they come here all the time) we have returned to do it all again. From Minneapolis to L.A. 4 hrs, from L.A. to Hong Kong 14.40 hrs, and from Hong Kong to Cebu 2.40 hrs = 21.20 hrs of pure travel.
After arriving we changed our monies, piled our bags in the Jeepney, and then piled ourselves in. From the airport we went to SM mall in Cebu and met Avegail (Freedom in Christ [FIC] Youth group leader) to go over the schedule for the camp. Some also shopped for food that we will need for a couple of days.
Then it was to Shofar to unload the bags and have a smile...then eat...then have a smile...it was a long trip. Some gave up jobs, friends, comfort, and even children to be here. How amazing that we are here and that our small Church is who God (the Creator of the Universe) is using to do these great things.
"But I go out as a missionary not that I may follow the dictates of common sense, but that I may obey that command of Christ, 'Go into all the world and preach.' He who said 'preach,' said also, 'Go ye into and preach,' and what Christ hath joined together let not man put asunder." -James Gilmour-
Sunday, May 22, 2011
The bags are packed, but the “I just need to do one more thing” keeps me remembering that I’ll never be completely ready to go to this great country. The check lists get crossed off completely and new ones start. The preparations that started over a year ago are now coming to an exciting beginning.
Now it’s go time; time to see old friends and make new ones, to be stretched further than I think I can be by God, to know Jesus better, to love others, to teach and be taught. Where will God lead? What dark trenches of my heart will be battled? What adventure awaits? All I can do is trust God- what a wonderfully comforting thought that is!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Sunscreen -- Check
Mesquito Net -- Check
Protein Bars -- Check
Etc -- Check
I'm pretty sure that after the 5th time we have gone through the things we are bringing ... this last time with Carrie and Ryan (I was laughed at at how many protein bars we're bringing; I like protein...and we'll share :-)...we should be set...I think, I hope...I am confident, however, that God will provide where I lack, not just in the things that we bring but in my abilities. I'm looking forward to growing in my relationship with Him, deepening my dependance on Him and growing in relationships with all of those on the team!
All of our things are not quite packed...everything is layed out ready to go, but not quite in the bags...that's our plan tonight. We will be rolling clothes, stashing protein bars and giving the bags the ... "uhhh you think this is under 50 pounds? Rahsaan lifting" test.
Anticipation...I'm super excited to see the Island in person, see and meet the people and feel the heat...all of which I have only seen in pictures and heard of in stories. I'm very excited to see what God does in and around us. Needless to say I'm excited!!!
Please pray for all of us...