Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bless Paradise Village


Take a minute to watch this.

Last year, we were able to bless the kids and families of Paradise Village with a Christmas party. But We didn't do it alone. YOU sponsored it. This year, we want to do the same. We need you to donate and help! Please consider donating to this cause and giving these kids a Christmas they can remember and be blessed from.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Since we've been back


Well we’ve been in Metro Manila for over a month now and have been able to work on several projects.

Project 1: Church building in Paradise Village.
The walls of both stories are now complete and the outside of the first floor has been covered in cement. The gates were installed this week; as well as, some of the wires for electricity. We will start on the roof next week.
This church has already made an impact in this very bad area. We were able to use the inside of the building to hold one of our VBS stations, and the outside for another. Pastor William and this Church are also making an impact in the lives of the people of Paradise. The man who is in charge of all cock fighting, is allowing to store our supplies in front of his shop. He is also selling us the cement blocks we need with a 30% discount. We were able to give him a World Family Missions t-shirt and an Armor of God coin. We also have a young man who works for us who God is using this church to change. Early on in the building progress, five bags of cement were stolen from the job site. Pastor William and several of the church members prayed that they would get the bags back, and the man who had stolen them heard them praying. The next day, he came to Pastor and confessed that he had stolen the bags to be able to afford milk for his baby and food for his family. He also told Pastor that just weeks before his brother and him had killed a man and his brother was now in hiding. Pastor told the young man that he did not need to steal, and if he needed food for his baby that we could just give him a cash advance on his paycheck. It’s been several weeks, and the young man has not stolen anything else. He did however, come and ask Pastor William if, when the church building is finished, he would perform the wedding ceremony for him and his girlfriend. Several other workers have asked Pastor to perform their weddings as well.
Pastor William and all of us who regularly attend the Bible studies at Paradise have made strong relationships with the people there. It’s great to see how kind Pastor is to all of the workers, while still making sure they are doing their jobs. They all know if they have any issues or need help they can talk to him.

Project 2: VBS in Paradise.
During the mornings of the week that the team stayed with us, we ran a VBS for kids ages 3-13 in Paradise. The kids split into four groups, led by the youth leaders from our church. They then rotated between four stations, led by our team. The stations were Games, Music, Craft and Story, then at the end we gave the local mothers money to cook meals for all the kids. It was great to see everyone come together to put on this VBS! The older kids helped show the younger kids what to do, the mothers cooked meals, our team led the groups and even the youth from the church in Navotas spent their semester break from school helping. We were so blessed to be a part of these kid’s lives!
Our VBS was centered on the Gospel Wristband and each day represent one of the 5 colors. Day 1: Black/Sin. Day 2: Red/Christ’s Blood. Day 3: White/Purity and Forgiveness. Day 4: Green/Growing and Going. Day 5: Yellow/Eternal life with God. On the last day everyone received their own Gospel Wristband.

Project 3: Painting the Church in Navotas.
Because of the skilled work and team that the Lord put together, we realized that spending all our time on the church in Paradise would not be wise, so God gave us another project to work on. Our home church in Navotas (Pastor William’s Church) really needed to be painted and so we decided to get it done. We spent three afternoons (after VBS) and then all of the Monday before the team left getting everything painted.
Since the team left last week we have been getting settled into our house, began Tagalog lessons and have been taking Inna and MJ (two of our team members who stayed longer) to see their families here in the Philippines. In the next few weeks we have several events coming up: a conference, youth sportsfest and a gathering of all the local churches for “Family Day”!
Please pray for us as we look for more ways we can meet needs and share God’s love here in the Philippines!

God bless,
Michael, Sarah and Eden.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tré Davidson


We are just 20 days away from leaving for the Philippines!! Several of us have not been fully funded yet so please pray that the funding comes in as our departure date gets closer! If God puts it on your heart, you can donate at!give/cilx or write a check addressed to World Family Missions with the name of the person its intended for on a post it note. With that being said, I would love to introduce one of our youngest members, Tré!

I want to go to the Philippine's because it is a combination of the two things I have always wanted to do; leave the country and build a building. I want to build a church because I go to church and enjoy making friends and learning about God. Jesus is awesome because he was part of God and came down and healed people. I believe in God because it is an extremely good explanation for the beginning of time and our universe, that has such cool nicknames like "Milky Way." I feel very happy that I have a home in the universe on a planet that has so many things to learn about! I like learning about the stars and other suns that might have a solar system of their own and might not be just lonely fireballs. I thank God for all of it and, because I enjoy church so much, I want other people to have a church to go to too!   


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Inna Hetrick

September 22, 2015

Exactly why do I want to go on this mission trip? A Mission trip specifically to the Philippines?

Well, first of all, I was born and raised there until age 14 when I was adopted by an American family, and moved to Boise, ID.  I do believe that God brought me here to America to be able to end some unhealthy cycles in my birth family. God has blessed me so much the past few years, and I want to give back by serving him.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be able to go to Mexico for a mission trip, with my church.  My experience there was amazing! I went on this trip because I like to serve people, and also to see if missionary work is for me long-term. One thing that’s really been on my heart is to go back to the Philippines, and work with orphans or in an orphanage.  This trip gives me the opportunity to help people from my country.
Please support our team through prayer, encouragement and anyway you are able.


If you would like to donate, you can do so at!give/cilx

Also, our next fundraising event is Thursday, October 8th at the Chic-Fil-A at the Village in Meridian from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 10% of the proceeds goes to World Family Missions!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bill Davidson (Fish)

August 31, 2015

I see this mission to Paradise Village as a great opportunity to have a huge impact in the lives of others. This experience will undoubtedly have a huge impact on my life, as well. Hope, faith, and love are abstract thoughts that can be difficult to identify or demonstrate. Even though these concepts are not explicit in the minutiae of a given day, they are the very things that get me THROUGH the day. Without these principles, I could never smile. I am truly blessed to be born into a loving family and a safe community with ample support systems to offer assistance to those in need. These resources are not ubiquitous however and if I can make a significant contribution to the well- being of others, then I am eager to be involved. Perhaps I can help someone else smile by giving them a sanctuary in which to study and praise Jesus Christ, who perfectly embodied the principles love, hope, and faith. My heart especially goes out to the children born in poverty, many of whom are fatherless or orphaned all-together. Frequently, young girls and boys are lured into one of the only industries that are prevalent: prostitution and the sex-trade. It is my prayer and hope that the gospel will help these children realize their personal value and discover the strength to stand up strong; forging their own paths in life rather than selling themselves short into disgrace. In the Paradise Village trip, a little money will go a long way toward building a stable and supportive church- family for Paradise Village; and for me, a fresh perspective on the larger world will help me better appreciate my position in it. Doing this as a family, I pray, will bind and strengthen us as a family unit.

-Bill Davidson

Friday, August 28, 2015

Jaden Harper

August 28, 2015

I have three different reasons for why I'm going on this mission’s trip:

1. I was blessed to be raised in an amazing Christian household that yes, occasionally had rough times with finances; but in the end God blessed me ten times what these people live without there.
To me, this is the least I can do to help.

2. Yes I was raised in a Christian household, but I never really made it my own faith until a couple months ago. It was then that I was asked by Mike Jones (the founder of World Family Missions and now a close friend), to join them on a missions trip to the Philippines. I believe that God had a huge part in that, and was telling me that I needed to change something in my life for the better. Not only the better for me, but for someone else.

3. I have no personal connection with the Philippines, but I do have a personal connection with other believers. 
These people that we are going to help, meet to worship and study the bible on the street. They don't have a building like we do and take for granted the air conditioned classrooms on Wednesday nights, nor do they have a permanent meeting place due to the weather.
To me this shows a huge loyalty to God, and I want to do whatever I can to encourage and support that.
If you would like to support this ministry, you can take it from me that the people behind the scenes of World Family Missions are there to serve God, and Him only. 

I would like to finish by asking for your prayers for the whole team, and asking that you read my all-time favorite verses as of right now: 

Matthew 18: 19-20
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The adventure begins

August 24, 2015

The time has come for us to prepare to move back to the Philippines-this time with miss Eden who will be around 3 months old.

Much to our excitement, a team from Boise will be joining us for 2 weeks in order to build a church in Paradise Village. Paradise is an area that the church in the Philippines ministers to. Every Sunday (when they are not rained out) they go and lead 5 groups in bible study, one of them being a children's ministry.
As long as they have done these, they have met in the street. Now we are excited to be able to build a structure for them to finally be able to fellowship together in an area that will house them all.

As always, we ask that you pray for us and our team. If you could join us in praying for the list of things below, we would greatly appreciate it!

  • Eden's birth certificate and passport (We are running out of time!)
  • Funding for our team and the building expenses
  • Monthly financial support for Michael, Eden, and I 
  • Our team's experience. That they will be able to greatly bless those around then, and in turn will be hugely impacted in their walks with God 

Up until we leave in October, I will be posting something from each of our team members. And so, without further ado, I would like to introduce MJ! (MJ will actually be staying with us until December rather than returning to Boise with the rest of the team)

Here is the reason why I want to go on this mission trip. 
God chose me specifically to get adopted to a family here in Idaho. He didn't want me to take the blessings I have now for granted. He wanted me to share what He has taught me over the years. I know exactly what it is like to live in the Philippines. It's not the safest place to live in. Poverty is very common there. Since God has blessed me with a family and great friends, I would like to serve and help others in the Philippines. 

Please pray for the team and I as we go on this mission trip. Thanks for all your support and prayers!

I have included a link for you to donate to this trip and our team if you feel God has placed that on your heart. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Updates, info, and ways you can help!

April 28, 2015


I don't even know where to begin with our crazy lives! We are back in America, settling in to a lovely home that God has blessed us with.

I am growing fatter and fatter with baby Jones, (I thought babies were tiny -.-) and he is supposedly going to join us in about 12 weeks. WHAT!? He is SO active, I am convinced he thinks he is going to muscle his way out before then-perhaps through my belly button is his thought?

I am enjoying the small things that I have missed, such as my hubby bringing me flowers more often than not. Heart-heart moment!

We are also having oopsie moments as we re-adjust to American culture and the things we are used too. Apparently America requires you to wear seat belts at all times? Who knew?

Now that I have more energy I have been attempting to resume much of my past homemaking activities. Such as cutting my hubbies hair... Lets just say that ended with him being not so thrilled. And a visit to the hair salon commenced... My excuse was that I was pregnant and hadn't done his hair in a while. To bad I only have 3 more months of using the "I'm pregnant" excuse. I don't know what I will do after that ends.

Michael has been working on getting the organization World Family Missions up off the ground. It is SO exciting to see! Hopefully you all share in our excitement. Speaking of which, you all know that we are trying to aid our Filipino friends in building a church so that they can worship off of the streets. Guess what!? (Can you tell I am excited yet?) We have been blessed with a sponsor that has pledged to match dollar for dollar up to $1,000 for this cause. Only problem? If we don't raise $1,000, we don't get it. So PLEASE help us! Here are a few links to where you can donate if God places that on your heart.

Refresher on what Paradise Village is and why this is such an important goal to us. Remember the women I posted about a few months ago and her family? This is where she is from. A family that supports themselves by making laundry clips. They get 3 pesos per kilo of clips. THREE. And for an entire sack of clips they get 60 pesos-and I am not talking tiny little sack. You know the big potato sacks that we race in? For ONE of those, full to the brim, they receive 60 pesos. That is slightly over 1 dollar in American money. (You can read more about her story here: Life for some.)  This church is for her family. This church is going to make it so for that hour or two of rest from working so hard for her family, rather than sitting under the hot sun on a very narrow street, she gets to worship and rest in a church building alongside her friends and family. This simple building is SO important. Even if you can only spare 5 dollars, your Starbucks or Dutchbros for the day, that's almost 5 days worth of work for this family. It will help us reach this goal. It will help us provide this building-which is also a symbol of hope. If we don't reach that $1,000 goal, we don't get matched. Like I said, 5 bucks goes a LONG way and is SUCH a wonderful blessing. You can also contact Michael or I by email or phone to see how you can be involved.

Phone (text or call): (208)297-0461

Phone (text or call): (208)841-9557

Here's a video of one of our outreaches to Paradise!

Baby Jones- 12 weeks away, say what!?

Help us impact lives! 

(I still say his haircut looks fine ;) )

Gorgeous flowers from a handsome hubby 

 Please continue you to pray with us. Pray for our family in Christ over in the Philippines. Pray for us as baby Jones makes his/her way in to this world. Pray that Michael and I stay focused in honoring Christ in EVERYTHING that we do. Pray that our hearts and attitudes stay mold-able and ready for whatever direction God sends us in. Likewise, how can we pray for you? How can Michael and I bless you during our time here and how can we pray for you and your families? 

Saturday, March 7, 2015



We are preparing to return back to the United States. It is bitter-sweet as always. Leaving a place that you have formed relationships with and slowly grown to love. As much as I feel ready to go, I equally dread the return. I feel as if we are leaving the safe cocoon of JUST Michael and I, and returning to a battle field of emotions that I am not prepared for.

That being said, I am excited to return to the states and start this next phase of serving God, ministry opportunities, and welcoming our first born in to this crazy-crazy world. We joke that this is our next short term mission trip. Perhaps 5 or 6 months? And then off to who knows where else? We will see what God has planned!

Pray for us as we prepare, pack up our home, say our goodbyes, and make it through this LONG flight back to America. Pray for us as we once again adjust to a culture, and learn how to ingrain ourselves in to the daily routine of living in another country.

Mark 16:15
He said to them, "go in to all the world and preach the gospel to all creation."

Psalm 37:23-23
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Forever a foreigner


If you want to skip the “boring” part of what God has been teaching me and scroll down to the quick updates, that’s fine. ;) I won’t tell!

I was writing letters to each of the girls that have slowly begun taking hold of my heart, and I was filled with sadness. I am leaving again, and once again I am leaving a large chunk of my heart. 

For the past 1 and a half years it seems I never stay in a single place for longer than 8ish months. I LOVE the life of traveling, but sometimes, the yearning to have a home to return too is there. I have slowly come to realize that home for me, is felt in many of the relationships I have developed, and once again, I am leaving “home”.

Around 5 days after I turned 18, I flew to the Philippines after packing up 18 years of my life into 6 boxes, and I traveled with 1 and a half suitcases. After staying about 5 months in Bacolod, I “moved” again to Manila, after a month there, I packed up again and flew back to America. After a few months “home”, I moved out AGAIN and moved in with friends after packing a backpack full of things. Fast forward to August and Michael and I moved in with a dear friend that was willing to put us up for a couple of months. After we had settled in, October 19th came along, and off we were again. This time to Navotas, Philippines. We have now been in the Philippines for 5 months, and guess what? We are leaving in 20 days. The plan? Pack a suitcase (Essentially all of our worldly possessions at this point) (Hopefully one, we don’t want to pay ridiculous amounts in baggage fees and would honestly fly with just backpacks if we could), and fly back to the states for 5 months. Tops. Lord willing, and RETURN back to the Philippines. Who knows for how long? (We’re still looking at many, many more countries to travel, explore, and share Christ with. Go figure.)

My wonderful, amazing, husband continually tells me, “just pack the basics, and when we get there we will get whatever we need to furnish the house.” I know. Trust me, I know. It would seem I have been living out of a suitcase FOREVER at this point! The realization is dawning on me that once our child is born and we head back to the Philippines, it will have been a complete 2 years of traveling for me. Crazy, right!?

The meaning of one of the names God showed us for our baby (WE’RE KEEPING IT A SECRET!) is "God is my Nation". That really resonated with me; at this point I feel like a fish out of water no matter where I am. I am a half Americana that lives in the Philippines and is lost when it comes to language and culture. I am a half Filipina that lives in America that is lost when it comes to culture (not as much when it comes to language depending on the day ;) ). I do not belong to a Nation or a Country. Neither will my child, as he/she will be an American living in foreign countries. (I laugh when I think of the shock my child is in for. He/she is going to be born wondering where all of the familiar voices and Filipino accents are. Everyone is constantly talking to him/her and rubbing my belly!) I had read articles of missionaries returning “home” and not fitting in, never realizing that would be me too. God is gracious in teaching me, molding me, inspiring me and giving me so much HOPE!

BY FAITH we understand that the universe was formed at Gods command, what is seen was NOT made by things that were seen.

BY FAITH Abel offered a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a RIGHTEOUS man.

BY FAITH Enoch was taken from this life, yet never experienced death. He was commended as one who PLEASED God.

BY FAITH Noah built the ark in holy fear to save his family. By faith he CONDEMNED the world, and he became heir of the RIGHTEOUSNESS that comes through faith.  

BY FAITH Abraham, when called to a place, OBEYED and WENT, even though he did NOT know where he was going. He lived as a stranger in a foreign country. For he was looking forward to a city where God was the architect and builder.

BY FAITH Abraham, even though he was past age-and Sarah herself was barren-became a father. Because he was considered FAITHFUL.

All of these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. They admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country that they left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore, God was NOT ashamed to be called their God! He has prepared a city for them. –Hebrews 11:3-16

By faith I will move when God tells me to move, and by faith I will continually seek his will and yearn to become a citizen of His heavenly country. Let this encourage you as you realize that YOU ARE a stranger in this world! An alien to your country and a foreigner to your people. I have been so inspired by this today… God gently reminding me of who I am and lifting my spirits! We are praying for you friends, as you also seek His will in your life.

Quick updates:
  • Our visas went through! We now are “missionaries” rather than tourists and legally have a full year of residency here! 

  • Thursday we went to MFH (My Fathers House orphanage) and spent an evening enjoying the kids! I have missed those faces so much! They are as precious as always. 

Photo credits go to My Father House, Manila, Philippines. 

  • Tagalog lessons are still continued twice weekly. We have an AMAZING teacher and we are learning so much! 

Michael is becoming more and more Filipino and is now the proud owner of a barong. Also, he will be singing in Tagalog this Sunday.He finds it hard being so handsome here and continually complains about his “pogi problems”.
(Pogi = handsome)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Where He leads


Do you want to go down and see them? Krissa asked. 

I looked at Sarah, trying to tell if she was okay with it. I didn't need to ask, it didn't matter that we were walking underneath a bridge on a two foot ledge covered in river water, along the Manila River. It didn't matter that we were wearing flip-flops and could catch an infection from the black water. It didn't matter that Sarah is 5 months pregnant and was super clumsy even before she was pregnant; nothing was going stop her from serving. 

I climbed down under the bridge and as I walked along, I silently prayed that Sarah would pay attention and not fall into the river beside us. We walked about 10 yards, when I hear Sarah yell, “Shoot! Grab it Krissa! Grab it!” 

I turned around to see my wife standing with one blue flip-flop on and its pair floating away down the river. Our friend, Krissa was holding onto a beam, reaching her leg out to try to rescue the runaway shoe. Oddly enough, I wasn't surprised. I have come to expect events like this from my beautiful wife, I guess it’s what makes life exciting. 

We made it to the end of the bridge, where a ladder stood leading up into a house, literally under the bridge. Several families had placed boards and cardboard along the beams of the concrete bridges, and that is what they called home. 

What do they do to make sure there house doesn't flood and their family doesn't drown when the river rises? Pray. Besides that, there is not much you really could do. We talked to the mother, father and their three children for a bit, prayed with them, and gave them a sack of food before leaving. 

We were able to give out five food bags to different people in that area today, and had a wonderful time doing it.

We were reading Katie Davis’ blog yesterday, a missionary in Uganda, and she spoke of having kids following her everywhere she went, yelling “Auntie Katie! Auntie Katie!” I commented that I would love for that to happen to us whenever we went out, and Sarah replied that we could have that, we just needed to get out more. Most of the work we have done here in Navotas has been organized, but this last week we have started just walking around, giving out food, or just talking to people. It has been amazing and I wish we had stared earlier. I’m realizing more and more that you don’t need to bring 50 sacks of food and a whole team to witness, in fact you don’t need to give anything but Jesus’ love.

Sarah and I will be returning to Boise on March 13, and I have very mixed feelings about this. I love it here, but also know that it will be better to have the baby in the US, and we can raise more funds and come back (if it’s God’s will) more prepared and excited than ever. But it is sad, because we are just starting to “fit in” and just starting to understand the culture and language. We are planning on returning after the baby is born, but we know God may lead us in other directions. As we've lived away from the US, we have seen (like never before) the need for Christ inside the US, our hearts are being pulled by both sides of the world (literally). But even as uncertainty rises, my faith and confidence in my Savior rises higher. I know that my God who paved the way for us to come here to begin with, will continue to pave the way for us. And I am learning (slowly) to be content with wherever He leads.  

Little kitten sleeping on the bridge

Sarah and Ate Krissa (pronounced Kree-zah)

One of the homes that is alongside of the river. Yes, a family truly does live on there. 

A wooden scooter made out of salvaged scrap wood 

Another one of the homes alongside the river

One of the families from church lives just beyond (next lot) this lot in a tiny house

A bridge made out of odds and ends

The home of one of the men we met down near the river today in Malabon City. Both he and his cousin live there. They have lived there since the year 2000 and previously had lived directly under the bridge until they were flooded out.  

The homes under the bridge. The ladders lead up to little lofts that house families. 

Inside one of the homes. The ceiling was only tall enough to sit. It was about as big (length and width wise) as a minivan and housed a couple and their 3 children (ages 8, 10, and 11)

Prayers for the husband. He is sick (flu like symptoms), has a running fever and a severe pain on his left side. He believes it is his kidneys. He collects trash and sells it as a source of income for his family but has been unable to work. 

Walking back

One of the little ones that lives under the bridge

One of the children who lives under the bridge. Their family washes clothes to earn money, she is 11 years old.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Worst missionary EVER


People keep telling me, “This is a time of rest. Enjoy it!”
I keep telling myself, “this is a time of rest. Enjoy it.”
I go over and over in my mind all of the reasons as to why I need to “rest” so much- and I believe them.

For a time.

Until I get fed up of “resting”.

I sit and listen in my tiny house to the worship that goes on Sundays, and I REALLY question myself. I must be the worst missionary ever. I can’t even stand to be in a building, worshiping God with the body of Christ without getting sick and throwing up.
I wake up Sundays refreshed and ready for church and a full day of activities. Only to last about 10 minutes with these beautiful faces, before I’m sent running back to my bathroom doubled over.

Why Lord?

I head out with the team to pass out food to these precious children of God, only to end up on my knees in the dirt spilling out my last meal. Failed. Again.
My deepest fear, is that these precious, precious people, will believe this reaction is to THEM. Their living conditions, their way of life, their hearts.

Why Lord?

How can someone who professes Jesus and professes to be a missionary be as lazy and out-of-the-picture as I am? I can’t even get out of bed without feeling overwhelmed and sick and crawling back in.

I KNOW God called me here. My husband felt the tug on his heart as much as I did. We are greatly encouraged as more doors open up and dreams and desires to honor God fill our hearts. I am so blessed to be learning from these people here, yet I question; is it enough?

(I chuckle as I write this because some of the beautiful woman here call me Sarai, mother of nations.)

Abram was 75 years old when it is first recorded that God promised him a child. Or rather, that he would one day become a great nation, and that his name would be blessed. (Genesis 12:2-4)

I was around the age of 12 when I felt God softening my heart for the Philippines and the children here. I held tight to the promise that he laid on my heart of provision and hope for this seemingly impossible dream. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Abram asked the Lord again, “Who will be my heir? I have no children.” The Lord promised him again that he would have a son. This time specifically saying a son from his own body. 
(Genesis 15:4) When the waiting seemed to be endless, Sarai decided to take matters into her own hands. She demanded Abram sleep with her maidservant in order to conceive a child, since she seemed to be barren. (Genesis 16:2)

Abram and Sarai doubted God. He had clearly spoken to them, and yet they decided to make things happen in their own way. Over and over again I doubt. I know I am here for a reason, yet I question why my stomach doesn't cooperate with my heart. I try to take matters into my own hands-and fail. Surprise. I am waiting for God to reveal his plan for me, and I am learning to be content. If you know me at all, this is NOT an easy thing! My desire to be on the move and wanderlust sets in, and the first thought that pops in to my mind? “Let’s move to Africa!” “Calm down Sarai, let’s let God work in his own time!” Don’t worry guys. I still firmly believe I am where God has called me. Africa is just my Sarai side pulling at me.

When Abram was 99 years old. NINETY-NINE. God made a covenant with Abram, he also changed their names to Abraham and Sarah. And guess what? God ONCE AGAIN told Abraham that Sarah would bear a son for him. Abraham fell on the floor laughing. Actually he fell on his face… “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” (Genesis 17:16-17)

Unbelievable! We’re old now! And still waiting!
I’m 19, not quite old. AT ALL. Imma baby! (And having a baby…) This 4 months of being sick and “waiting” have been PURE torture. This time of “resting and waiting” is practically killing me. I can’t even imagine what Abraham’s Sarah is thinking! If she is anything like me, she is probably going crazy.

So Abraham and Sarah sit and wait. One day 3 visitors show up. The Lord speaks again. This time he says, “This time NEXT year, you will have a child.” Sarah laughs. Then denies laughing, but still laughed. (Can you imagine lying to God? I guess we try to do that daily whenever we try to justify our sins…)

Over and over again God showed me that being an overseas missionary was where he wanted me. Regardless of my hesitations at times. This time he’s blowing me away. He’s telling me to sit and wait. How do I know? Well… If I get up and join in the festivities going on I puke. Probably a message to go back to sitting and waiting. Trust me, I’ve tried. It just results in public displays of my last meal. I also know that he is telling me to stay here and that he has HUGE plans for me. How do I know this too? Well, not only am I reminded by the precious faces God is putting around me. But as soon as I even mentioned moving on to Michael, he started slamming open doors saying STAY, and slamming shut the doors that allowed us to go. He’s pretty obvious when he wants to be and you’re willing to listen. “Yes Abraham’s Sarah, you are going to have a kid next year. All things are possible with God right?”

So, at the age of 90 years old, Sarah bears a son. Isaac. Finally, Gods promise came through. (Genesis 21:2-5) They had waited and waited. They had doubted, sinned, taken matters in their own hands, yet they waited, and God’s promise was fulfilled.

God's promise to Sarah was a son, God's promise to me is the joy and fulfillment of knowing I served Him well.  I have yet to receive my "Isaac". I am waiting for God’s promise, I just don’t know when that promise will be fulfilled. I have my doubts as I lie in bed feeling as if I were a failure, I try to take matters in to my own hands when I push my body and end up regretting it. I sin daily, but I also come crawling on my knees to my Lord daily. I sin. I fail. I am a HORRIBLE missionary. But I guess when it comes down to it, being a missionary isn't supposed to be me doing what I do, but God doing what He does THROUGH me. Right now he is working on growing His child in me. A child that will be raised to be a failure so that God can redeem him and work through him. Why? Because his momma was created to bring glory to God. That’s the promise I hold on too. I believe God promised me that he will use me for His glory. That He would shine through me and eventually color my words in everything I do. In turn, I pray that each of my children hold to the promise that God will use them to bring him glory too.  

Isaiah 43:7
Bring your sons from afar, bring your daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by MY name, whom I have created for MY glory, whom I formed and made.

A few of the precious girls from the streets have been joining the Gumbas!
Iv(B)a and Jhem!

One of the boys in Paradise Village praying.

Guess who ate balut?!? Michael did! He was a trooper and ate the whole thing. He is now officially a "real Filipino"

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Whatever you say God.


Once upon a time there was a young man with a bright future. He had lots of people supporting him, a good resume, and a promising future with lots of possibilities to help people and make money; but all that changed. He chose not to go to college and not start a promising career. He ignored the opinions of everyone around him, including of those whom he loved and respected. He made a lot of people angry, sat through a lot of long conversations and lost close friendships. Many people called him rebellious, said he has no respect for authority; that "he's stupid and he thinks he knows everything". He explained what he was doing over and over, trying to get them to understand, but almost no one did. As much as they said he didn't care what anyone said, he really did. He wished so badly that everyone around him could see what he was seeing, hear what he was hearing, and feel what he was feeling. It came down to a choice; do what he thought he should or do what most people told him too. What would you do?
That young man is me. I did all those things. I had all those conversations. I heard hundreds of reasons why I shouldn't. But in the end I went. At 18 years old, I got married and moved to a foreign country only two months later. We had no organization backing us, no steady income, and the church we were attending told us they would not support us because we were not equipped. Well I am here to tell you that no matter what anyone said I made the right choice. I chose to follow what God commanded me to do. Over the last few months God has made it so clear that no matter what ANYONE says, I am to follow Him above all else.  I am not to be conformed to the world’s system, in fact Romans 12:2 tells me to do the exact opposite. I didn't need to GO to college. I didn't need to GO to Bible school. I didn't need to GO to a missionary organization. I just needed to GO. I’m not saying that any of those things are wrong, but what is wrong is standing still when God says GO.
The world (and most Christians) might tell you you’re crazy, but the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:25
 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength”.

So don’t listen to the people who say you’re not old enough or you not equipped or you’re not “ready”. If God is calling you to do something for Him DO IT! Who would you rather please? A piece of dust that blows away when the wind comes? Or the God who created all things and holds the power over life and death?

Let me close  with a quote right out of scripture, Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."


So right now Fishers of Christ Alliance Church here in Navotas, is trying to build a church building in the slum Paradise Village (where we hold bible study every week). We have a plot but no funds to build the church. It is estimated to cost about $7,000 USD to complete it. 

At first I thought about not bringing this up because we have asked people to give for Christmas Parties, as well as our living expenses, but I was convicted and reminded of Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, because it is the Power of God, which brings salvation to everyone who believes." as well as James 2:16 "If one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?" 

God providing for peoples physical needs is part of His Gospel, and if He wants to use someone reading this to meet those needs I should not get in the way. Of course we ask everyone to pray for this Church but if God lays it on your heart to give specifically for this project please let us know and we will set that up.

Prayer Requests.

Sarah's health- She has not been feeling very well and has been plagued with both normal pregnancy stuff like morning sickness and several ear infections and head aches

Return trip- We are planning on returning to the states in April so Sarah can deliver the baby in the US. We are figuring out details like where to stay, part time job, and a few other things. We plan on returning about a month after the baby is born, but we are praying for God's direction for where he wants us. 

New Bible study- We are starting a new Bible study on Tuesday nights (first one right now!) with the teens here. The topic is how to be Men and Women of God. We will have lessons on Purity, Modesty, Leadership, Work, Competition, Communication and several others. We are hoping that these teens will grow closer to Christ and learn to be Lights in practical, day to day ways.      

-Michael and Sarah Jones. Navotas, Philippines.

 Giving note. We have had some complications with our pay pal account but we would still appreciate financal support! If you would like to give please email us and we will set up a way to make that happen. Thanks!