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Fun Times

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The Lord has blessed us with some fun times as we travel. Last week, we were at the Friedman Ranch!  Our kids were beyond excited when they saw the horse!  They squealed with delight as they rode the beautiful animal; I even got in on the action! I know what you’re thinking ,”There’s Bro. Chris, horsing around AGAIN!” :) It is a blessing to see our friends care for our kids; Abigail and Micah will have some wonderful memories of the USA and we are so thankful.  

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Kids & Culture Shock

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4th of July

Culture shock. It’s something our kids are experiencing right now. :) When we arrived at the house where we are staying, Abigail, dropped to the floor and said, “The ground is so soft mom!” Micah quickly followed his sister’s example and laid beside her, “Can we sleep here???” In Cebu, everything is concrete so these carpeted floors became the new big thing in our family. :) Another significant difference the kids noticed was the drinking water. Drinking water from the faucet is a big NO-NO in the Philippines. It can make you terribly sick, so we taught our children not to drink it. So when I filled our glasses with water from the sink, Micah started to cry. “Please, mom! You told us not to drink the yucky water!” His genuine concern for us almost made me cry.  Overall, the kids are loving their time in the States. They have a million questions about everything they see and it is so much fun to introduce them to our homeland.

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Tongue Tied

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Tongue TiedLearning a language can be a tricky…especially when the language is tonal. For the missionary, this can cause some very funny moments. For example, words like suko and suka. These two words may sound similar but using the wrong one will completely change what you meant to say! Such was the case for my wife, Elizabeth. After studying Cebuano for three years, she has finally started teaching children’s classes. What she was trying to say was “Pero kong mopadayon ka sa imong pagkasuko makasala ka.” or in English, “If you continue to be angry you will sin!” What she actually said was, “If you continue to throw up you will sin!” OOOOPS! Just another day in the life of a missionary! :)

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A Missionary’s Guide to Surviving a Black Out

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These are a few problems a missionary family may encounter while living in the Philippines. We got a good chuckle out of this and hope you will too! Chris was brave enough to take the bucket shower! 

1.) A Black Out Cook Out! So you were cooking dinner and the lights went out? It happens! No worries if you have a gas stove! Just grab a flashlight (say a prayer) and wing it. :) 

2.) A Black Out Means…NO WATER! Here’s a fun fact. In the Philippines, when a blackout strikes the water quits too. This can be bad news if the power is off all day! In a country that has an unlimited supply of humidity this means it won’t be long before you’re unable to be around people (think sweat, body odor…you get the picture! ) Don’t worry, it’s more than likely that your neighbors have stored buckets of rain water just for this occasion. Grab a bar of soap, a little bucket, and shower outside (fully clothed of course). :)

3.) A Black Out May Force You To Toss It Out! If the meat in your freezer happens to go bad during your power loss by all means toss it out! Just be prepared to have people come by and take it directly out of your trash! Yes, you can try to warn them of the dangers of spoiled meat but odds are they aren’t going to listen…..

4.) Don’t Mess With Nap Time! I am a vigilant guardian of my kid’s naps, but what if the power goes out during that sweet hour of quiet time? One of the beautiful things about living in the Philippines is the miniature hammocks. If the kiddos can’t sleep without a fan just find a nice place to hang your hammock and you’re set.

 

 

 

 

 

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