When you're a passenger in the back of the multicab there's never a dull moment. There's always something going on in every which way that it's definitely a rarity to travel somewhere and not see something…well, not quite within the ordinary. Take for example the other day when there was a man and two goats sandwiched between another man on a white motorcycle careening around a bend in the mountain road. It hit me two seconds later that I sincerely think that is normal. Another example, today there was a man walking by our parked vehicle selling a single toy blue car and a giant toy army tank he was leading by a string in downtown Lutopan, like a walking garage sale. It's neat, though, having the ability now to see past the excitement of being in another country (with all of its unique scenes) and to have eyes and ears open to what God sees and hears here. Now instead of strangers, we daily pass our neighbors leading up to Shofar and call them by name (I think that's just about the neatest thing). Plus, the Shofar kids now are way over 'us' (i.e. the buzz surrounding a bunch of foreigners) and we've been getting to know their truer selves and they ours. Putting off thoughts of leaving, though it's just around the corner, and putting on the full armor of God to complete everything He would have us to do yet this last week and a half. Your prayers and thoughts are so deeply appreciated.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Along with preparing to leave and finishing up projects, we will also be judging Shofar's Got Talent this Wednesday and going on a field trip with the students Friday. Today, we had the opportunity to spend the afternoon visiting a Children's Ministry near Toledo. Some of the older kids also attended the Discipleship Camp this year at Shofar.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Sometimes travel can be a bit of an adventure here as traffic tends to be a bit busier then what we are used to. Lots more cars, trucks, and motorcycles on the road. The above picture is an example of the type of traffic we see in Cebu. One of the things that is nice about coming back to Shofar is that it's quiet up here... well except the barking dogs.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
After a year of praying and planning, today brought the blessing of being able to do the first WOTS writer's workshop in Cebu City. Few would have dreamed 15 years ago that an event like this would have ever happened as the first issue of WOTS was cranked out on a copy machine. God works in truly amazing ways! We had the joy of meeting some of our Philippines writing staff and also some new writers looking to hop aboard. They are a really fun group of college students who love Jesus and want to share Him with college students in their city. We downed coffee and passed on some writing tips as well as vision for the magazine. We'll be bringing home some short video introductions so you guys can meet them too!
Friday, July 18, 2014
At this point team three here has about three weeks left to go. While we have been working with the school, doing some projects around Shofar, and teaching the weekly English class during the week, the weekends tend to vary in what we spend our time doing. This weekend some of the team is doing a Word on the Street magazine workshop with the Filipino writers. The attached pictures are of the area we drive through a couple of times each week.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
This evening we also hosted another English class. Really, truly awesome to be getting to know them, watching them progress, and most of all to recognize their faces and houses when we drive past on the road home!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The weather today has been cloudy with a bit of rain for the entire day. There is a typhoon that is hitting the north part of the Philippines which is far from us but enough to keep the sun away for the day. Despite the weather we continued with working with the school. Laura did art classes today with each of the grade levels. They sketched native Philippine flowers and then painted them with water colors. The kids really enjoy being able to paint. Tiff also spent time working with the kids by helping out with the computer based classes. The wind outside tonight almost sounds like a Wisconsin blizzard but without the snow or cold part. The rest of the group also spent time prepping for the rest of the week. The English class meets tomorrow night.Attached is a picture of the kids working on their paintings. The paintings are part of an ongoing project so we hope to post pictures of the finished projects once they are done.
Monday, July 14, 2014
The whole team hit the road today in one way or another. After a morning filled with cleaning, laundry, painting, prepping upcoming teachings and Susie teaching music class, Tiff and Erik took the bike to a few local towns to hang some posters. The rest of the girls walked to Loay to hang posters there. The walk to Loay was extra awesome because we got to walk with the students from Shofar who live there as they headed home from school. We've been continually blessed as God teaches us how to depend on him and wait for him to act. We're praying for the Sonshine gang as they begin their missions trip this week!
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
This upcoming weekend we hope to visit the landfill ministry in Cebu to work with the kids there and also attend church on Sunday. Plans tend to change here often and you have to be ready to roll with the changes.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
In our quest to produce the first ever Filipino football team, Tiffany continued to teach the Shofar students about American football in Phy Ed class. She even explained what a Cheesehead is.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Life at Shofar has been going really well. Most of the time, the same things happen day after day (laundry, cooking rice, making nescafe 3-in-1, painting, just to name a few). To be honest, its been pretty fun with the 5 of us learning how to do the above activities of daily living together. God has certainly been good to us on this trip.
Mornings are filled with the Filipino national anthem that usually happen while we are eating breakfast. At lunchtime we get to hear the sound of kids running and yelling about during recess. Throughout the afternoon, we hear the clanging of little shoes on the stairwell as they change classes. Just before dinner, the last motor of the jeepney/bus disappears in the distance. All these sounds are just what makes it paradise here.
Today Erik did techy stuff (that happens most days), Laura S. did a watercolor lesson in art and the rest of us did a little more painting. Some of the kids had library time. It was neat to see them reading books that were donated in the past couple years.
In the last picture there is a ship. I think its awesome that we can see it from all the way up here.
Oh, by the way, the kids got the letters that their youth group pen pals sent over. They loved and cherished them.
Monday, July 07, 2014
Today started off with a trip to Cebu for Laura H, Laura S, and Susie while Tiff and Erik worked on projects around Shofar. On our way home from Cebu we stopped at the Market in Tabunok to pick up a few groceries for the week. This afternoon we spent some time with the kids after school and as you can see from the picture they are gearing up for the talent show happening at the end of the month. Thanks for praying for us.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Saturday, July 05, 2014
This weekend we spent some time doing some painting and trying to avoid Suzie with the video camera. As always a few geckos showed up. We always appreciate your prayers and hope all is going well back at home.
Friday, July 04, 2014
Happy 4th of July everyone! The Shofar students had a half day today and their parents were invited to a meeting with the teachers. We enjoyed meeting the parents and learning which kids were theirs. God's doing really great things at Shofar school. The kids are excelling academically and being challenged to grow spiritually.