Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Today was another day full of final projects, closing tasks and school. This morning Susie and Nate headed to Toledo and had the multi cab looked over while Matt finished moving and items into the shed with the caretaker. Annie, Leslie and Faye continued working on inventory and closing tasks. Lori taught collage art today. This morning Leslie and Evelyn made Rice Crispy Treats for the students as a going away present. It has been really neat to be here interacting with the students and teachers it is awesome that He has given me the opportunity to be here working with the students, teachers and everyone I am on this trip with. Tomorrow Matt, Lori and I will be heading out for the day with the students for a field trip.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
We are in our last week! It has been a phenomenal ride working on projects, working with the school, trouble shooting problems, doing outreaches, and discussing future opportunities with cable TV stations. We are almost done with the shed. Electricity has been run, shelves have been installed, and we are deciding which items to move to the shed for our caretakers use. Another interesting problem resolved is that we found out by accident that our ground wire was actually carrying 110V of electricity. (Note that normal voltage here is 220v but the ground wire is not insulated and should not carry any voltage). This also explains why the florescent light in the school glowed for a while after turning them off. We had Cebeco power company up here and they determined that the ground was rusted off and crossing another wire below our transformer. They fixed it and now the lights no longer glow after turning them off. These are the types of problems and victories we are having. We really appreciate your prayers every day. Thank you for being our prayer partners. We couldn't do it without you... we also rejoice in the victories that prayer has resulted in... well... time to go and get to work... We look forward to seeing u all soon.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Love you guys--Leslie
Saturday, June 23, 2012
If it wasn't for the women on this trip we just wouldn't be able to get all of the shopping done that us men just need to do. Of course it isnt true, but it did help today. Today was a day of projects... you know when its about to say goodbye and you have to pack up everything and lug it home with you? Well we've got a whole mission center to pack up! And man, finishing up all of our projects around here can be pretty intense. Like pushing rock around on our brand new driveway! No, that wasn't the only thing going through our heads, I think thoughts of closing up Shofar this next week is more of a precedance. Plus, keeping our schedule of ministry going. So, today we spent the day working on the projects that needed to get done around here, for instance, the ladies working on the driveway, painting, general cleaning, finishing the framework of the new storage shed, prepping the new addition to be boarded up, and some small electrical projects around here. Yeah, we've got our hands full, but I don't think any of us would ask for it any other way. We learn from our mistakes, the challenges are tough, its hot, there hasn't been any rain... but God always seems to come through, no matter what we're doing. Its wierd but good that its that way cuz he always keeps us on our toes. And anything can change in a moment, for good or bad...but to Him...its always good.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Today was the grand finale of the Discovery Science classes. Leslie and Lori taught the kids how to make homemade rockets blast off with baking soda and vinegar. This was exciting for the kids. One rocket shot Leslie in the chest with a vinegary explosion. No worries. She was okay, just stinky.
Work continued to be done on the shed by the cistern. A couple of the gals on the team did some painting. We got just a brief rain shower so please keep praying for rain. It is very dry here. Thanks for all of your prayers. God is good.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hi everyone! It was a fun, hot, and busy day over in Balamban. We got to visit the ATD station headquarters where Shofar TV is broadcasted from in the Philippines. We also met the owner of ATD, Antonio Dy, and Jason worked closely with the station operator, Joey Laure, on some of the new programming. There is now Bible teaching from various pastors, children's programming, concerts, apologetics, science, history, etc. all broadcasted on Shofar TV. The team then split up into groups and hung up posters all around Balamban to get the word out about Channel 38. It's exciting to see the TV station expanding and growing as a ministry here. Back at Shofar it has been very hot and dry, please pray for rain.. or just send us all of yours! --Annie
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
and I went on a lumber run towards Lutopan. this was a day when you learn
the term " out of stocks" very well. After searching every place in the
area we hit gold and bought enough plywood to cover our tool shed project.
Nate and Lori taught Phy.Ed. today,.teaching the infamous dance off lesson.
Nate made a music mix and had the kids make a dance routine out of it.
While each class only had to do it once, nate and lori got to do the
routine 4 times in the blistering sun. I think they are both a few pounds
lighter after today! The other girls worked hard as well, hauling rock to
fill in the space by the new edition. Matt worked on the shed with the
caretaker and watched over some electrical work. Once again I can say this
is an awesome team to work with and I am so grateful to have seen
everything God has done and is doing with each team's work.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Today was the new team 3's first day to church. The kids sang special for father's day and Jason shared his testimony. We got a great dose on Cebuano with Lando's teaching and got to practice with the youth group afterward. It was great seeing some of the kids from school in a different environment. The team broke for some much needed shopping, getting ready for the week ahead. Tomorrow we're gearing up for work around Shofar and more school lessons. We may get to see Matt breakdance....
Until next time, Lori
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
The wind is a blowin today, but this school makes it worth it. Everybody who watches the news here knows that a storm is comin. Weve got a tropical storm coming right towards us. We need the rain, thats for sure. But today for the kids, they went through devotions and classes and recess and lunch just like any other day. For me though there is always something new to be learned or seen. I haven't had a chance to see their devotions yet til today, and wow, what a blessing. I just hope things arent lost in translation, which for the most part i dont think it is, I think they get the gist. I just cant believe that we as church have done this sometimes. and the amount of lives that we are affecting is enormous. Any of us only get to see little bits at a time, but what we are doing is huge! ok enough ranting...its not all fun and games, these kids learn, like today they learned all about how eggs can be fun and the scientific method. That was Leslie and Annies science class. so in all a pretty cool friday. oh and the tropical storms name is Batchoy, junrey tells me that it is a type of noodle soup that is a mix of flavors...he thought it was pretty funny. I can definitely see that from how windy it is already. have fun out there...nate
Thursday, June 14, 2012
|Today we checked the water level in the cistern, hauled water, put sealant on the new addition, transferred sand to the playground, worked on the pathway, played volleyball at recess, washed camp dishes, did laundry, ate oatmeal, ate ramen, ate tomato pasta soup, taught the kids about the climate and did a scavenger hunt where they found animals, plants, trees, and insects around Shofar, chatted with Lando and Evelyn, burned garbage, planned tomorrow's activities, ate some goop balls, and did a few other things. I enjoyed having nescafe today and having God direct my day as I was cooking, talking with the other team members and Evelyn, and observing Discovery class. Thanks for prayin'! |
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I am not planning this I swear! it just happens to fall to me to write when we are "in between" teams. So far, for Leslie and myself, we are 2/3rds done. I think the challenging part will be this last trip(team), as my thoughts of how everyone back home is doing and what they are up to are running through my head. As I write this both teams are in the air. Jason and his crew was delayed an hour and a half in Japan, while the first team had probably landed and took off from Japan only 6 hours earlier. As we wait, its been a quiet day up on the mountain as it is Philippine Independance Day, so the children had off of school to celebrate. We did some early morning shopping, and then it was an afternoon of projects around the place to get ready. We did things that can be kind of difficult with school in session and got ready for the new team arriving. But, once again the chance to build the relationships with who we get to is always amazing. Some of us cooked and made food that we brought over to our new caretaker. He came up to me during the day for some help on a project over at his new place, And so he decided to help me with hanging our door closers on the C.Rs outside. I was also lucky to hang out with Pastor Lando, Caretaker Jason and a little guy named Andrane...we all were invited over to Jasons for coffee...so in all, a good day ...oh and remember...be praying for our new caretaker. He's a great guy that I think all of the future teams coming over would love to have as a caretaker.
Monday, June 11, 2012
You are the best church family in the world!!!!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Saturday, June 09, 2012
See you soon, Erik
Friday, June 08, 2012
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Today was a school day so some from the team worked with the kids well other worked on stuff for the school. Its great to see the kids enjoy school. The only school i enjoyed was gym class so it will be a lot of fun to be in gym class with them. i cant wait. As allways there was work to be done on Shofar as well. This place is hard on thing so there is always something to fix so it seams. oh ya by the way i got a visa waver so i get to stay for three more week. thanks for all the prayers, see you soon team three see you later church family. Matt
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
It has been a really fun experience having the students here; getting to know their names and hear stories and just seeing the school in opperation. Please continue to pray that the kids would not only get a top of the line education, but that they would be affected by God from this young age in a way that would change them for the rest of their lives.
See you all soon, Andy
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Lately we've had a new friend around Shofar and there's been some dispute over his name, but we've reached a somewhat tentative agreement as follows: Alfredo Dufresne (du-fray-n) Demon-toes. This little guy is super scrawny but because of us has now been fed a steady diet of chicken bones and coconuts. Besides him, there's an abundance of wildlife here, including the larger-than-life bugs and plenty of geckos (there's currently two large ones now residing in the outside CRs). I actually mistook a butterfly for a bird and then a bird for a butterfly, quite confusing.
The team got the chance to ride over to the other side of the island in the Jeepney to Toledo. We went supplies shopping and also got the Jeepney repaired. In between we ate at Jessica's Fried Chicken and it defintely lived up to its reputation. In Annie's words, "So much better than KFC."
School started at Shofar! There are 41 kids enrolled. It's just awesome to see them in their school uniforms with their Shofar learning patch sewed on. I'm looking forward to interacting more with them in the next several days with the lessons we have planned for them, and I know the rest of the team is too.
Thank you for your prayers guys... :)
Sunday, June 03, 2012
Hi all! We had a busy Sunday here on Cebu. We went to church at Freedom in Christ, where Erik gave his testimony and Tim preached on hearing the voice of God. Some of the boys climbed up a coconut tree and we got a little treat before we left -- young coconut. The guys got a little carried away with "chugging" the coconut water...
After that, we split up into teams of three and headed out to the youth groups to continue our series on personal devotions. Our focus this week was how to actually do a devotion and the practical steps involved. We had a group at FIC, Media Once, and one at a new location in Minggit near the ocean. It's great to see the youth coming each week and tuning into the teaching. I'm reminded each day of how great God is and what a blessing it is to be serving Him in such a cool place. Praying for you all back home...