First off, we would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported us in our mission work here in the Philippines. Prayers, gifts, financially, etc.
Especially the last few weeks, several have blessed us with the funding to provide Christmas parties for children that are less fortunate. As soon as we have the parties we will send pictures!!
There are so many things that we are involved in here. Its a blessing to see how these people live; I am daily encouraged by their tenacity. We look forward to becoming more involved and finding more ministries to be a part of.
Lately I've been slacking a bit! I'm pretty tired and nauseous most of the time so I'm not as involved as before. But Michael is! I can't wait to be on my feet again and working alongside everyone else.
This coming Sunday the teens are putting on a musical drama for the Church. Michael worked hard putting it together and directing it. (I will tape it and post it too!) So that should be pretty fun.
Many of you have offered to give financially to our trip and we are very grateful for that! Up till this point we have tried not to focus on the money side of things, but having to pay for things like plane tickets and visas is very expensive and we do need your help! We are confident that God will provide for our needs but the Bible says in James 4:2 "You do not have because you do not ask God."
God works through his body, so we know that God wants us to ask him AND the people he uses.
We are asking everyone to prayerfully consider giving to the work God is doing here in the Philippines. We know not everyone can give, so please do not feel guilty if you can't. But if God lays it on your heart we would really appreciate and need your support. We still have not found out how to make your gifts tax deductible but we will be glad to share how we use any money given. If any of you have any ideas on how to make gifts tax deductible we would really appreciate hearing those as well.
Here are a few random pictures from the past few days:
Monday, December 1, 2014
Daily living in the Philippines is different for many people. Yesterday Pastor Gumba, Michael, and I were very blessed to be welcomed into the home of one of the woman that attends bible study in Paradise (Slums). We followed her through a hazardous maze of sewage water and wood that shifted and sank under our feet. Upon arriving we removed our slippers (flip flops) and stepped inside. I tried to smile and concentrate as cockroaches darted back and forth near my feet (Not my thing!).
We were all surprised as they explained their livelihood and story to us. Her and her husband had 3 children, the two eldest children had graduated high school and one had finished 6th grade. He would love to go back to school but it depends.
You see, this family fixes laundry clips for a living. You know the cheap plastic ones you buy at the dollar store? Those ones. For every kilo of clips, they get 3 pesos. Only 3 pesos. For a whole sack full of clips they get 60 pesos. So this family of 5 works from early in the morning until dark and makes around $1.03. Not even enough to feed even one of them. So yes, schooling for the youngest depends. Michael prayed for the family, for God's protection and provision. They have been living in this slum since 1992- 22 years. Their first home had burned down in a fire and they had rebuilt in the same place.
We are excited as the husband said he would attend bible study next week. He has never attended before. Prayers for this family!!
- Felit and her family
- My little friend that fell and received a deep gash in her head:( Prayers for healing and no infection!
- The ministries we are involved in
- Decisions that we face
- Our baby!
- God providing for our Christmas parties. We are still praying that we receive funding!