Categotry Archives: Updates
Here’s an excerpt from our last prayer letter, in case you missed this blessing!
Great news from Bantayan Island! The Lord has given them a church building! Families from Pastor Walter’s bible study came together and built a bamboo church building on their property. Others donated rocks for the church floor. During my visit in June, I was so blessed to see the work and help with the roofing. Thank you for praying for this church plant! This is another big step for them and we are so excited to watch God grow this ministry!
Extension Classes have started again! We have several teams going out every Saturday to teach kids about Christ. It’s exciting because this year it’s not just staff and college students, but church members are volunteering to lead classes too! Sometimes getting to the class is an adventure all on its own. Chris warned me, “Come prepared because we’re going to cross a river.” My husband enjoys teasing me so I didn’t think he was serious; not until I saw the river. :) There are easy places to cross but some days we can’t because the hard rains raise the water levels. On one such day a teen from our group fell and was completely soaked! On those days I look at my husband and say, “Why are we doing this?” :) But truly, there is a reason because just across that river is a little town full of people that need Christ! And when they see a foreign family cross that river, they want to know why! That gives us a great opportunity to share the Gospel with them.
We had a great time seeing a friend from one of our supporting churches! Brother Bill came to Cebu last week and joined our Sunday services. He was a blessing, participating in all the different ministries that go on during Sunday. He even played with the teens! Imagine their surprise! And he taught them a song! Though our time together was short, we enjoyed the fun and fellowship. We appreciate visits from our friends in the US and look forward to the next time!
June 8th marked Abigail’s 7th birthday! She’s already in a hurry to grow up and be 8. :) Slow down dear, I still can’t believe you’re 7! Abbie has taught us so much over the years. It’s funny, but as you teach and correct your children, the Lord often uses that time to show you your own shortcomings. As I teach Abbie to be patient, the Lord reminds me of times I was impatient. As I tell her to use words of kindness I’m reminded of my own words that I would rather forget. And I know God our Father did that on purpose! To mold us and make us better children of God! Parenting has been a wonderful learning experience and we’re so thankful for our little girl.