Thursday, November 29, 2007
We are asking that you join us in praying about this. We would ask that God move in the owner's heart so we would be able to live there. There is much to do already and the thought of arriving halfway around the world without a place to live or arranging a place to rent that we have never seen is quite overwhelming.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I thought that you might enjoy a little cultural glimpse into the Philippines. At a youth fun night while we were in Bontoc, the Student Sponsorship Ministry students broke out the drums and had a dance. Maybe some other time I will edit the video of the dancing, but I thought this was interesting on its own.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
It was exciting to share what God is doing in the Philippines and our plans to return. A bonus was that we also shared in a Thanksgiving meal with them following the service. The girls were all excited to be able to talk about their photo albums and explain the various items Lisa had set out on a display table.
Our family was blessed by the encouragement and support we received. We recognize that it is only through the prayers and support of people at home that we are able to go and minister so far away.
P.S. The story of how we became friends with the people of New Beginnings is one of those divine "coincidences" that we sometimes encounter. See the blog entry for Sunday, May 27, 2007 for a more complete description.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Yes, the girls were able to enjoy a meal of macaroni and cheese, compliments of Grammie. They have also had fun playing with toys they haven’t seen for 5 months. But it was funny to hear them pretending to be traveling on an airplane. After all of those flights, they have the stewardess speeches down pat.
Saturday evening was the first time in a very looong time we cooked a meal for our family. We decided to break away from the routine of chicken and rice and served steak and rice!
It was good to be back with our church family at Cornerstone. We were welcomed back with plenty of hugs. We look forward to spending time catching up with everyone.
The school bell rang once again this morning. Garden of Grace Girls’ Academy is officially back in session. We had a modified school schedule through the summer and the girls wrote about their experiences while we were in the Philippines, but now we are resuming a more traditional schedule.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
When we touched down in South Bend there was plenty of hugs and some tears of joy. Even a welcome banner. We all went to Ponderosa for dinner. They must of called ahead as they had an Asian buffet. Yes, I had some rice but the rest of the family filled their plates with the many other choices.
We spent the night in a hotel, putting off cleaning our home that has been empty for the last several months.
The girls enjoyed the day at Grandma's while we braved the cobwebs. That is after the locksmith let us in. It seems in the rush to get out the door in June all doors were locked and we left without the key. But even with the delay we got the place cleaned up and we are looking forward to sleeping in our own beds tonight!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
After taking Friday and Saturday to get adjusted to the 15 hour time difference, we have been reflecting on our trip. We can all recognize areas that God has worked on while we have been away from home. Tomorrow will be the last day of debriefing for our family before we head back home on Thursday.
Tonight our group will present our trip to the base at the Tuesday night service, The Rising. Since most of those who follow cannot attend, I thought I would let you preview one of the videos we will be showing tonight.
Monday, November 5, 2007
because it's not about me or you but Him.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
After getting our stuff unloaded and moved into our home for the next several days, we were all in bed by about 3:30 a.m. We drug ourselves out of bed (I did most of the dragging, most everyone else was drug) about 9:30 and had some breakfast. After lunch we took a long nap. Hopefully we will all be able to sleep tonight and be well adjusted in time for the time change tomorrow night :0).
Beginning tomorrow night, we will debrief with our team about our experience. Most of our team, anyway. We miss Kevin and Becky's gang. (But Lisa is thinking of Becky right now as she eats her microwave popcorn.)
We are only 5 days and two flights from home now!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I just thought I would make an entry about it because I could.
Monday night we gathered with our friends for a time of worship and puppet shows of course. Maybe,just maybe, the last time of puppets for this outreach. We all laughed watching various videos of us taken throughout the last 5 months. It's is amazing the many experiences we have had!
Sadly, good-byes had to be said. Ladies we'll miss your cooking and your smiling faces. The girls will have to shadow someone else. Nolan and family, thanks for all your gracious hospitality. We're looking forward to hearing about your Crossroads. Most of all, Kevin and Becky...we are really going to miss all of you. I could go on and on but don't want to get the keyboard wet! Hope you boys are enjoying sleeping on those pink sheets. The bus ride was dull without all of you. We are staying in your room at Shalom. Hope you enjoyed your bucket showers - we sure enjoyed our HOT showers.
Kevin and Becky and their family will be staying in the Philippines at least until June. You can follow their adventure by clicking their link at the right - Full Quiver. (fullquiver8.blogspot.com) We pray God will bless their family.
As for us, we will leave for the airport in a little while. Our plane leaves in about 6.5 hours (around 5 pm Manila time). It is hard to believe it is time to go. We have learned much in our CDTS experience, but especially while we have been in the Philippines.
Thomas and Lisa