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Until We Meet Again…

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Dee Dee & The ChildrenOur time with our guests went fast! We spent 12 days, showing them the ministry and the beautiful island we now call home. During their travels they went with us  into the public schools! The children inside listened attentively and kids outside were pressed against the windows, trying to see what was going on!  They also took part in street preaching. Because English is a second language for many, they were able to witness and tell people about Christ!  On the weekend, they jumped into our children’s ministries and helped with Backyard Bible School. This is one of our favorite ministries where we bring Sunday School to the children; singing songs, memorizing verses, and teaching Bible stories.  Though our time was short, it was such a blessing to have them here! They truly refreshed and encouraged our souls! We miss them already!

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Together Again

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We have visitors! Elizabeth’s brother, Daniel, is back with two friends from Grace Baptist Church.  Their visit will be brief (around 12 days) but full of ministry work!  We are so thankful for this opportunity to show them firsthand, the ministry God has called us to. Aside from that, we are also looking forward to spending time together and savoring these special moments.  We thank the Lord for His blessings.

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Precious Times

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Grandparents collageWe have been given a wonderful blessing! My wife’s parents came all the way to Cebu to see me! While I am sure they are very pleased to see their (wonderful) son-in-law I know they are really excited to see Elizabeth and the kiddos. Skype has been a great tool for us to keep in contact with our loved ones and it blesses my heart to know that Abbie and Micah will know their family members living in the States. The kids are not scared of my in-laws; they know who they are because of Skype. I thank the Lord for this little blessing. There are times Elizabeth and I get frustrated with our slow internet but overall we know we are supremely blessed. There was a time when being a missionary meant that you were completely cut off from your loved ones-it was a blessing to receive a letter every six months! So we thank the Lord for our families and the internet that has kept us connected.  We are savoring these precious few weeks with my in-laws and the conversations that are never interrupted by poor internet reception! :)

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Pieces of Our Heart

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Our FriendsJanuary was truly an unforgettable month. My assistant pastor from Eden, NY came to visit us right here in Cebu! He also brought his dear wife, Miss Renae. While they were with us we showed them the diversity of Filipino living. In the mountain ministry, life is quiet and simple. People cram into jeeps, and just when you think they can’t put one more person inside…they stick them on the roof. Then we took them to Malapascua, which is true island living. You can eat fresh fish almost everyday but there is not one car on the tiny island. Then of course they got a glimpse of city living in our Cebu City. Cebu City is the Queen City of the south, a central hub for tourism and businesses. With 4 million people living here, you quickly see the great need for missions. It was fun to show them the country that God has called us to. Unfortunately, as time passed, it wasn’t long before their journey came to an end. It was very difficult for us to say goodbye. Living on the other side of the world from friends and loved ones hasn’t been easy, but it is a small sacrifice when you consider what Christ has done for us. He, the first missionary, left a perfect home in heaven to die for an sinful world. And now even if my wife and I were to return to the US, we would leave a big piece of our heart here! Being missionaries has allowed us to love people of different nationalities and races. We are so happy to know and love so many wonderful people! That is one of the beautiful things about heaven, there will come a day when we won’t have to say goodbye again! Until then, we will have pieces of our heart all around the world.

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