Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Welcome to Spring in the Philippines

We gave him a proper burial...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Maayong Buntag o Gabii!

Kumusta  The past couple of weeks have continued to be busy as we continue preparing for Shofar Camp and the team to arrive. 
We continue to meet on Tuesday evenings at Kanna Coffee for a weekly Bible Study.  For the Valentine's Day study a couple of our regular attenders brought an island snack and doughnuts.  We are enjoying getting to know the group of ladies a bit more as well as the staff at Kanna. 
We also had an opportunity to join the River Falls crew by Skype and share about what God is doing here in Cebu and a bit of how we got here.
As noted above the time before the team arrives is approaching fast so we have been busy with things that need to happen here before they arrive. 
We took a short break to rest and hit the ground running this week as we got back into the swing of things with Cebuano Class, a BS at CIM, and Everlasting Hope. We ended the week by joining the Ministry Community Retreat for three sessions by Skype.
This evening we went for a short walk and had the opportunity to talk with one of our neighbors and hang up a camp poster while stopping for saging.  We met her daughter and learned that she spends her days drawing.  I had a picture of a bird I drew recently so she showed us her drawings as well then.  Please pray that we would be able to get to know her better and maybe even draw with her.

Laura & Brittany

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Unsay Imong Crush?

Dear everyone,

Last week was full of meetings and planning as we continued to prepare for the team to come in May. Word about Shofar Camp is starting to spread and we've even heard from a few youth that want to attend. On Saturday, we met with someone who played a huge role in the administrative tasks of the camp last year. She offered a lot of insight from her experience last year and is more than willing to help with the behind-the-scenes work again. We can't wait to see what God will do through camp this year!

A lot of exciting things are happening in WOTS right now! It has always been a challenge to get  everyone together in one place, so last week was the start of our weekly service nights. Most of the writers have expressed the desire to meet together, so we are praying that everyone's schedules will align and traffic will be light (we can dream, right?). We also have two college students shadowing in the magazine this issue, which is really exciting! Both contacts were from a campus visit that happened last year with Team 1. Please pray for these two as they step forward in ministry...our enemy never likes that.

On Sunday morning, we were given a warm welcome at Orchids' church. They asked us to present Shofar Camp and we even got to meet some youth that are interested in attending. After the service, the church broke up into cell groups and discussed the sermon for about 20 minutes. It was neat to join one of the groups and get to know them better.

God continues to work out the details of each day as we step forward in obedience and service. Things don't usually go as we plan, but we can rest assured that it's how He planned. He continues to surprise us as doors open and close and relationships grow. Thanks for praying for us; we can feel it.

Team Cebu

P.S. we asked our language teacher how to break the ice with students at camp. She said we should joke with them and ask "Unsay imong crush?" ("Who is your crush?"). Not only will they laugh because you're speaking Cebuano, but they also love joking around this way! :)

Monday, February 06, 2017

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

Since our last update one of our tasks included an overnight trip stopping at Cantabaco, Spring Park, Lutopan, and ending in Toledo. We visited churches, Barangay Halls, and other locations leaving posters and talking with pastors about Shofar Camp. We also had the opportunity to bring Shofar Radio posters and other information for outreaches that the team will do in May. Orchids, one of the WOTS writers, was able to come along for the adventurous weekend. It was great getting to know her better and a great opportunity to speak some Cebuano with her!

Otherwise, God continues to go before us and order our days and weeks. This last week we had the opportunity to attend the NCC Thursday night bible study and catch up with those guys again! It was a great study and as usual just what we needed. Friday evening provided an opportunity to fellowship with a Young Pro Group at a local church. We ended the week with a WOTS gathering to launch Issue 70. It's also the start of weekly service nights at the office on Sunday evenings. We hope that meeting on a weekly basis will create unity within the group.

We look forward to what God will continue to do here! Please pray for the missions team preparation work - specifically camp and that we would be able to connect with campus ministries!