Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
We started with a worship song which the kids were really into. After one song more kids started showing up. Looks like we have grades 1-11, that's the whole school! We did a couple more songs, introduced ourselves, and then showed a Cebuano video of Jesus teaching the Parable of the Sower and the Good Samaritan. After that we read them, acted them out and taught briefly on each of them. We ended with a memory verse of James 1:22.
A couple of WOTS writers from Cebu met us after we finished up and rode up to Shofar with us to spend the rest of the day and the night up at Shofar.
This evening we went out to Loay to make popcorn and show a Movie. We showed the same kids Jesus movie that we showed previously. When the time came to start the movie the only attendees were two dogs who were wrestling and chasing bugs. We started the movie for the dogs with the hope that once we started people would come. They did. About 30 seconds after we started people showed up. By the end of the movie we had 40 people watching most of whom had been there for a while.
We had an amazing walk back from Loay in the starry dark to finish the day.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Saturday morning at Shofar started early with inevitable roosters crows and a whole lot of oatmeal. After morning devotions, Nate, Cory, Josh, and Sara hopped in the multicab and headed over to Toledo. They had the opportunity of working with a weekly youth AWANA outreach and feeding ministry. The rest of the team held down the fort at Shofar, painting, cleaning, and preparing for the upcoming week. The morning started out hot and sunny (a seemingly perfect day for laundry), but the tropical depression put a damper on the afternoon and brought heavy rain. We reunited in the evening to talk through how the day went and what's on the docket for the week. There are a lot of ministry opportunities coming up and it has been a whirlwind watching God orchestrate all of it. We are all being reminded that He is ultimately in control and all we can do is be available.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Today was an amazing day here at Shofar. We had a chance to put on something like the Olympic games up here. The students took to the idea immediately and after having been split into four groups were given the task of choosing which country they would like to be. The countries chosen were: Philippines, Japan, South Korea and Oakland California. We all agreed that the Oakland California team had the best cheer, it was the cheer for the Warriors basketball team. All of the groups were able to create a flag that they could use in an opening ceremony as well as take with them throughout the games. Our team also had a great time manning the 6 games that the students got to play. Each game was tied with a biblical theme and lesson and it was such a blessing for us to be a part of an epic day like this and being able to teach the students about Jesus.
There was a small group that visited a college in Cebu City and were able to engage those students in a discussion about Word On The Street magazine. They were also able to talk about what devotions look like for them and for the team to the same group which was a huge blessing to have the opportunity to share.
We thank you all for your continued prayer as we continue our mission trip over here in the Philippines!
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Actually it was, "Say ngisi (NEE-see)!" rather than, "Say cheese!" that could be heard echoing through the hall today because it was picture day at Shofar Learning. The students all looked so sharp in their school uniforms, and they have some of the biggest, most beautiful smiles around!
In addition to picture day, a few team members also taught ALT classes today - one on playing recorders and the other was a Bible class called "Eternity." The students really seem to like ALT time because it's an opportunity for them to choose classes that interest them.
Please pray for our team as we are making contacts with various ministries and churches to see what God has in store for us for the remainder of our trip. We are thankful for the opportunity to be here and are very aware of the fact that we wouldn't be able to do it without all the love, support, and prayers from our friends and family back home!
Monday, June 20, 2016
Up at Shofar last week, members of the American team taught the new morning Bible class at Shofar. The kids seem to like it, particularly when actions and games are involved. Today Marnie was the first teacher to do the Bible class and the teachers will be taking over the class from here out. She did great and it looks like the class is going to be an excellent addition to the Shofar curriculum. During the morning alt classes the team did 4 classes. Jonah taught on the prodigal son, Claire did a class on video production, Sara did a class on engineering, and Nate ran the ropes course while showing the teachers how to run it.
From here out we are beginning to transition alt classes over to the teachers. This week we'll be doing two and they will be doing two each day. By next week they'll be running them all.
Nate and Sara went down to pick up the Cebu group after lunch. Reunited, the team finished out the day with home made Tocino Pork. Keep your eyes open for an exciting Friday update after olympic day!
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Today we had the opportunity to split up and attend 4 different churches. We were able to attend some that are near Shofar and some in Cebu City. It was a blessing to meet new people and worship God with some of our friends here. Some of the group got the opportunity to have lunch at one of the churches that a Shofar teacher attends.
There was also a Word On The Street Magazine meeting (WOTS) this evening. We had a great time brainstorming ideas for the next publication and fellowshipping.
Thanks for everyone's prayers and support!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
In the evening, Jonah, Jess, and Brittany went to Cebu for the weekly bible study in IT Park. We welcomed a few friends that we met at Pathway Community Church this past Sunday and bonded over BFF french fries at McDo. It's awesome to see what God is doing in everyone's lives and how He is connecting people from various churches in Cebu.
// team 2
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Hey from the other side of the world! It was a good day on the mountain today...first day of school at Shofar. We got to help the kiddos with their coursework today and were amazed at how grown-up all the returning students looked. It made us really proud of them and it was a huge blessing to think of how much each of them has changed over their years here. It was also awesome to see the new students making friends and getting into the swing of things. We have big dreams for all of them and can't wait to see what God will do in their lives. It was also a pretty sweet blessing to get to know each of the teachers better too. Thanks for all the prayers! Please keep 'em coming...its good to know that you guys have our backs. We miss you all very much!
Grace & peace--
Monday, June 13, 2016
In addition to the events of the school, there was a lot more happening: Planning out our next few weeks, beginning projects at Shofar, picking up one of the vehicles from the repair shop, cleaning up the grouds, and preparing the classrooms for the other students.
We found it especially important to keep the events of the day in prayer as it's clear that the enemy is attempting to disrupt us in varying ways. Our goal is to continue to trust God and follow through with what he shows us, even if we can't see exactly what he wants!
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Saturday, June 11, 2016
After trying unsuccessfully to sleep in a bit and then running a few errands in Cebu we made it up to Shofar on Friday afternoon. Early Saturday morning there was a storm and a few bouts of severe rain, maybe some wind, but whatever the cause the power went out during the night. It's not an uncommon occurence, but this particular one seemed to effect only Shofar, which is a bit less common. As half the team getting ready to go back down to Cebu to take a vehicle in for repairs, do some business, and get ready to attend church down in the city on Sunday, the other half was up at Shofar doing projects and waiting for the power company to come fix things up. All through the year of training before the trip we've been told to plan for the unexpected -- I guess you could say things are going according to plan. The power company made a few wrong turns in trying to find Shofar but eventually found us and got the power back on. Yes!
Tomorrow morning the team will be at two different churches. One in Cebu one in Toledo but we should all be back together again by Sunday night to get ready for the start of the school year on Monday morning.
Thanks for your prayers.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Yesterday we were in Balamban. We did an outreach for the cable TV station for Shofar, we have a variety of different programs that we play on there like sermons (from people like Francis Chan, Tim, & a pastor here in the Philippines), movies, & kids programming. We handed out fliers & gave away popcorn. It was fun to meet people & tell them about the station. We are really going to miss it here, but we are all very excited to come home & see all of you.
Thank you for your prayers & don't forget to continue to pray for team 2!