Friday, December 29, 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Peppermint Patty Brownies.

There is nothing quite like this very rich and tasty treat. We enjoyed dinner with our long-time friends, Ben and Lisa Wible and their kids this night. Lisa remembered how much we loved her famous brownies--with York Peppermint Patties baked right in, so she made us a batch for us to enjoy for dessert after a wonderful dinner. She even gave us the uneaten rest to take home. So how about some peppermint patty brownies for breakfast?

This is the best part of being back in Maryland--getting together with family and friends whom we miss so much.
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

PGG

Someone synthesized the message I shared yesterday morning at Christ Community Worship Center as PGG, meaning PRAY GO GIVE. This was the challenge of my message yesterday morning concerning missions and the work of the world harvest, that all believers should do their part by either praying for missionaries, going on missions, and also making a financial investment into world missions.

It was a true blessing to share on Sunday morning at CCWC. This is also the church of my good friend, brother, and fellow missionary Jimmy Capone. The senior pastor is a Dr. Jim Burck. He and his wife Pat are a huge blessing to me personally and to us as a family. I have always felt it necessary to maintain mentoring relationships with those who are more experienced in ministry. I am thankful to count Dr. Burck as one of my mentors. He has blessed me with his time, wisdom, and counsel.

My message this Sunday can be summed up with the very wise and challenging words of J. Hudson Taylor:

"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered, but a command to be obeyed."

PRAY
GO
GIVE

Monday, December 04, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

We have gone from the somewhat cold Florida to the now freezing Maryland.

As detailed in this post, one of the things we miss the most is a public library. We arrived here in MD on late Tuesday night. First thing Wednesday we went to the Central Library here in Columbia, MD. It is amazing to have such a resource available. Free, public libraries--I am not sure if such things exist in the Philippines. We will probably go at least once week.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Friday, November 24, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln
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We are being spoiled.

We are currently in Ocala, FL, staying at my Mom's house. We are being spoiled. She cooks whatever we want, or she takes us out to eat. She even does our laundry and folds the clothes! We are truly being spoiled.

This was a good place for us to get over jet lag. Not only because we are being so spoiled, but it is also a little warmer here than in Maryland, so we can become slowly accustomed to the much colder weather here in the States this time of the year.

The kids are having a blast. My Mom has this routine, where she takes them to McDonald's with a huge playplace for lunch, then she takes them to the dollar store. She also takes them shopping for lunch stuff and treats, and she took them to see Happy Feet, some penguin cartoon movie.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. My Mom has been cooking for almost two days. I know this will be quite a feast. Then after the holiday she is taking us to Walt Disney World for two days.

Danny is also spoiling us in that he is no longer getting up at 5:30 or 6:00, but sleeping in until 8:00.

Eric helps make things more festive.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

On to the other side of the world.

I can't seem to not blog our long haul trips. Plus I need something to do to while away the hours as we travel to the other side of the world.

After spending a fun day in Manila, we got up at the ungodly hour of two in the morning and headed for the International Airport. When we got there, the check in counter was swamped with people. Then something amazing happened. This is the kind of thing that only happens in the Philippines. An airport worker saw that we had an infant with us, so he opened up another ticket counter just for us so we could check in and not have to wait in the lines. He said this was a special line just for us since we had a baby with us. Again, only in the Philippines.

So here we sit waiting at our gate, saying goodbye to the Philippines for three months. I still can't believe we are actually leaving. The flight to Hong Kong is just under two hours, we will stopover there for about two hours, then it's the big hop over the North Pole to Newark, NJ.

Later, in Hong Kong International Airport . . .

We are all enjoying Starbucks to warm us up. The kids got hot chocolate and Chris and I have carmel lattes, very nice. They also have a play place here so the kids can run around and get some activity before the fifteen hour sitfest on the plane. We were hoping to get row 32 seating since that is the row that has a crib that attaches to the bulkhead so Danny can sleep some place else rather than on either Chris or I. Unfortunately row 32 is already booked, I assume by another family traveling with a baby. We did get row 16, the forward compartment bulkhead. No crib but lots more legroom. Better than nothing.

The kids have started to run around on the playground. Faithy has spilled half her cocoa on Danny's blanket, so I better go and clean that up.

Later, on Continental flight number 99 Honk Kong to Newark, NJ . . .

According to the trip progress monitors, as I write this we are currently somewhere over Russia. Contrasting with what happened to us in the Manila airport, where our having Danny allowed us to jump in line--Chris saw that three adults, and no families with babies, were sitting in the row we wanted. We asked the flight attendants if we could switch with them. We had the same exact seat with the same extra legroom, just no crib option. It would have taken them all of five minutes to move their stuff, and their trip would have been no different. Unfortunately they did not want to be inconvenienced, the did not give up their seats. Again, contrast this with the treatment we received in Manila, when they saw we had a baby with us. We are pretty steamed. They could not get off their fat butts for just a few minutes to help us out.

Oh well, just thirteen more hours to go.

Later, somewhere over Alaska . . .

So I guess I am back in the United States now, or at least in American airspace. Since we have so much legroom, Eric is actually sleeping on the floor next to the bulkhead, Faithy is next to me, and Chris and Danny are in the seats behind us, with Danny sleeping peacefully in his own seat. He has been out for several hours now, it is so much easier this way, with us not having to hold him the entire flight. Eric is out like a light, and so is Faithy, curled up in a ball next to me. I am hoping to get a few winks myself. At this point in the trip, we have about eight more hours to go.

The movie choices suck big time. "You me and Dupree," give me a break. The kids channel is showing old cartoons so I will probably watch that. Or I could watch Chinese soap operas and practice my Mandarin. Actually I am not studying Mandarin Chinese. I only know the words for hello and thank you, and Gerneral Tso's Chicken.

Just seven hours and forty-eight minutes left.

Later, still not able to sleep . . .

The trip monitor says we are somewhere over Queen Elizabeth Island, Canada with just under six hours to go. Our arrival time is estimated at 1:55 the afternoon of Sunday November 12. Many hours, and a world away, we left Manila very early morning, Sunday the 12. This is what happens when you cross the International Date Line. Will try to get some sleep.

Finally on the ground . . .

We are in the United States, the customs immigration officer said to us, "Welcome back." It is good to be back in our native land. Notice I did not say it is good to be back "home," Iloilo is home.

We are sitting here at the gate waiting for our flight to Orlando, watching football on a big screen TV. Overall the long flight from Hong Kong went pretty well. Danny slept almost the entire flight, especially once he got his own seat to sleep on. Eric and Faithy traded the floor and they all got pretty good sleep. I finally dropped off for the last couple hours of the flight and got some real sleep, I even started drooling.

The game is over, the Jets beat the Patriots. Time to get on board.

At my Mom's house the next day . . .

The trip is finally over. Mom took us to Friday's for our first American meal. Got to her house around midnight, and just woke up, it's about 11:00 AM Monday morning. We all got some really good sleep, even Danny slept through the night. It is good to be at my Mom's. She spoils us with whatever food we want, trips to Disney, etc. This is the best place to get over jet lag.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Pastor Ted

I have always been impressed with the life and ministry of Pastor Ted Haggard. He graduated from ORU in the 70's, and he would return to the school to preach during chapel services and also to conduct the annual Men's Conference for the Students. I was always impressed with his straight talk and uncompromising attitude concerning personal integrity.

With a very heavy heart I have been following the scandals that have been swirling around him over these passed few days. I now have heard that after voluntarily stepping down from the senior pastorate of New Life Church in Colorado Springs (a church he started in his living room), the church's oversight board has now dismissed him outright. The associate pastor and worship leader, Ross Parsley will be serving as the interim senior pastor.

I knew Ross while at ORU, he was the student worship leader during chapel services. My brother Eric moved to Colorado Springs to work with the church and their worship department. I remember sitting in Pastor Ross' office still shell shocked over the sudden death of my brother from an auto accident.

My heart and prayers go out to Pastor Ted and his family. I still admire the ministry he has built and the impact for Christ he has had through his now 14,000 member church. I also am praying for my friend Pastor Ross as he now is called upon to lead this congregation through this difficult time. Join me in my prayers for them.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Not your Father's Missions

It is amazing to see how far missions has come. This is definitely not your father's missions.

Way back in 1995 I was here in the Philippines doing a missionary internship my school Oral Roberts Unviersity. I had to make a call to the States for some school business. At that time a call to the U.S. cost about $20 for five minutes. The call was made over a trans-Pacific phone line, and you had to have an operater here in the Philippines connect you with an operator in the States before you actually got to talk to the person you wanted to call. The reception was terrible, and there was a two second lag in the connection, so I could hear my voice echo as it traveled to the other side of the world

Now just over ten years later, things have definitely changed. I have recently discovered the Gizmo Project. Using a microphone and headset I bought at a local computer store for about $5, I just made a call to the U.S. for free. I was able to do this sitting here at my desk, on my Powerbook, using my wireless Internet connection. I talked to a friend from Camp Sonshine, MD, Mike Charbonneau, for about thirty minutes. Using the Gizmo Project software, you can call toll free numbers without cost, and Camp Sonshine, MD just happens to have a toll free number. While it was not 100% clear, the connection was pretty good, and we could talk and communicate just fine. Not too bad considering I am on the other side of the world, and it was free.

Free is good.

This is definitely not your father's missions.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Annual Meeting

We just got back from the city of Davao in the southern part of the Philippines. We spent a week there for the Calvary International Asia Pacific team Annual Meeting. A very blessed time was had by all.

We stayed at Eden Mountain Resort, a beautiful place up in the mountains. In fact the weather there was very unFilipino like, much cooler, and even somewhat cold at night. I could ALMOST see my breath in the morning.

Or course, I will have my full share of colder temperatures very soon, we leave for the States in just 28 days.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Travel Details

November 11
Cebu Pacific Flight #5J 545 Iloilo to Manila, departs 9:55AM arrives 10:55AM

November 12
Cathay Pacific Flight #904 Manila to Hong Kong, departs 6:50AM arrives 8:50AM
Continental Flight #98 Hong Kong to Newark, NJ, departs 11:25AM arrives 1:50PM
Continental Flight #792 Newark to Orland, FL, departs 3:45PM arrives 6:43PM (on Sunday the 12th)

November 28
Southwest Flight #1431 Orlando to Baltimore-Washington, departs 8:05PM arrives 10:15PM

According to this, the flight from Hong Kong to Newark is 8th on the list of longest non-stop flights in current operation. The flight lasts 15 hours and 50 minutes (give or take a few minutes depending on winds), and it flys over the North Pole. Fortuantely this flight uses the newest Boeing 777s and is one of the flagship routes of Continental Airlines. This means the flights attendants are usually top notch (read extra nice and not too snobby) and the inflight entertainment is usually pretty good as well, and even the food is not too bad. Just think, a quick 15 hour hop and you are on the other side of the world.

When I did this flight back in July of 2005 I was able read in its entirety Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

We will be in Florida staying with my Mom for Thanksgiving and a visit to Disney World, then we will head to Maryland on the 28th.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Back Home

It is so good to be home in Iloilo. Manila is a fun place to visit, plus seeing friends and our missionary family there is a blessing. However, I am so glad I live in this small town of just barely half a million people, rather than in Manila with around 20 million poeple. Traffic is a major pain. Iloilo is just fine for me.

Also since Manila is more Westernized, there is more air conditioning in the buildings and homes. Right now I am fighting a cold I caught from sleeping in AC. What is going to happen to me when I return to the States in November? I guess I need to start eating more oranges.

As of this writing, we return to the States in just 51 days.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Officially a Baby WITH a Country

Daniel is now officially an American citizen. We had our interview at at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. It was merely a formality since both Chris and I are natural born American citizens. They had us raise our right hands and swear to tell the truth, asked us a few questions, confirmed that the baby passport picture we sent them matches the baby in our arms, then all was approved. We will get his passport via FedEx delivered to our home in Iloilo in about two weeks.

Manila is a huge town with almost 20 million people. While it does have some really nice malls and American restaurants, and plenty of Starbucks coffee shops, I am so glad we do not live here. I love our small provincial town of Iloilo with just under half a million people. We are enjoying our stay here visiting fellow missionaries and enjoying Chili's and California Pizza Kitchen for dinner, I am looking forward to being back home tomorrow evening.

We will do a bit more shopping, Chris will get a haircut, and we might even make a trip over to the mall with the new Taco Bell, then we leave for Iloilo tomorrow afternoon. This has been fun, but it will be good to be back home.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Big Town Tomorrow

We will be in Manila tomorrow, just an hour's flight away from our humble provincial town of Iloilo. We will be in the big city for three nights, coming back home on Thursday afternoon. We will enjoy some Western comforts that can be found in Manila, like certain American restaurants. I am really looking forward to eating at Chili's tomorrow night for dinner. Faithy is looking forward to spending some birthday money at the new Toys R Us store in the Robinson's Galleria Mall.

Most importantly we are going to have our interview at the American Embassy in Manila to appeal for Daniel's US citizenship and get his passport. This should be no problem since both Chris and I are natural born American citizens.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Click

As I mentioned before, going to movies here in the Philippines can be pretty inexpensive.

We saw the new Adam Sandler move Click.

Over all a pretty good movie with an excellent message. It was like Bruce Almighty in that it was a comedy about a person having super powers to manipulate his environment, and that he learns something in the end. The message of Click is the importance of taking care of your family.

Unfortunately what is left out of this movie is the necessity of Christ. I consider my family to be the most important people in my life. My ministry to my family comes before any ministry to Bible school students or street children. However, I know that without Christ in my life, I would utterly fail as a husband and a father. On my own I am too selfish. I do not have enough wisdom or patience to be the kind of man my family needs me to be. I need Christ to give me grace and strength. Left to my own resources I would fail.

Thankfully I am not without Christ. He gives me the wisdom when I need it. He gives me the patience when I am frustrated with discipling one of my kids. He gives me the strenght to stay up at night with Daniel when he won't go to sleep. He gives me a lifetime of love for Chris. He gives me everything I need.

The Bible says that apart from Christ, we can do nothing, and that we must remain in Him. The Bible also says that with HIm we can do all things. Jesus makes me the man my family needs me to be.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

First Swim

Our family loves to swim. As I mentioned before, we are blessed to have a pool on the campus where we live. Today our newest member of the family had his first swim. He did not LOVE it, but he did not hate it either. We basically held him up so that only his feet were in the water. He did start to enjoy splashing around. At least he did not cry and wail like he does when he get a bath. More pictures of this and other stuff can be found on our Flickr page.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Friday, September 01, 2006

Christmas 2006

It is never too early to start planning for Christmas. We will be Stateside for Daniel's first Christmas. We will leave the Philippines on November 12. We will spend the first part of our vacation in Florida, enjoying Thanksgiving with my Mom, plus we feel that Florida weather will help us transition from the tropical heat of the Philippines to Winter in the States. We plan to be in Maryland around the end of November. When our plans become more firm, we will let you all know.

We will return home to the Philippines at the end of January of 2007.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Monday, August 21, 2006

God's Timing


In this picture you see fellow missionary Jimmy Capone praying for a child who lives in Calajunan, the city dump site of Iloilo. The young boy had a severe neck injury from an accident. He could not hold his neck up without help. Jimmy and the team prayed for this child for complete and total healing. We prayed and prayed asking God to heal this little one, and make his neck straight. We had to leave, but with heavy hearts since the child still had neck problems and was very listless. We left wondering why does God not heal instantly like He did in the Bible? Whe does He withhold His blessing?

The seeds of prayer for healing were planted in this child's life, and now they have come to harvest. He is totally healed. He even came to Saturday's Kid's church at the Center. He is active, smiling, no more neck problems, totally healed. His father also recently accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior, he is now born again.

God's purposes are greater than ours, and sometimes we do not understand His timing. When we pray for someone for healing, we may not see that healing come instantly. However, this should not hinder us from praying. The seeds of prayer get planted, and in due time, the Lord of the harvest will bring forth the healing. We need to do our part, we need to pray.

Monday, August 14, 2006



Life in the Philippines can be pretty loud. Because of the hot weather and our lack of central AC, we keep our windows open pretty much all day. Fortunately Daniel has been able to sleep through all the noise. We decided we were not going to tip toe around him when he slept--creating a zone of silence around him, making everyone whisper or observe strict silence. Even with all the noise, he sleeps through it all pretty good.



The brothers.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Thursday, August 03, 2006

My Brother


First we had my buddy Jason and his family here during the first part of July, then we had the return of Jessica, then we had a team from Christ Community Worship Center church here for two weeks, then we had our third child, Daniel. It was a very busy July.

The CCWC team was lead by Jimmy and Beth Capone. Jimmy is a true brother. They cam last summer for a short-term trip. This summer they brought a team from their church, including their daughters, Natalie and Julianna (Eric and Faith loved seeing their dear friends again). Jimmy and Beth are also Daniel's Godparents, and I am so blessed they were able to see their Godson while they were in-country.

Jimmy--I am blessed to count you as a true brother and co-labor with you in Christ's vineyard. You are a steadfast source of encouragement and blessing. Thank you so much for once again coming to the other side of the world. You are a missionary to me. Dave

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Friday, July 28, 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Daniel's Birth Day

So Chris wakes me up at around 4 AM the morning of July 26, 2006, and says “we are having the baby today, get ready to leave for the hospital.” Being that it was not even light out, I did what most fathers would do in my position, I went back to sleep. Eventually I got out of bed about forty minutes later, so this day has finally come.

We have always had pretty healthy pregnancies. We had several false alarms with Eric, our first child, thinking that this was the “big day,” only to fall asleep and wake up in the morning and go to work like normal. With Faith, our second, Chris knew exactly when the contractions were real and not false labor, so I knew this time again, she would know for sure and that I could trust her judgment with this. So I got out of bed pretty certain that our son was going to be born on this day.

Honestly, I have been battling with feelings of uneasiness and a little fear over our decision to have this child here in the Philippines. Forgive me if I sound like I am belittling or ridiculing the medical establishment here, but honestly, it is not as advanced here in the Iloilo, Philippines as it is in Columbia, Maryland. For example, our doctor informed us that I might not be allowed to be present during the delivery. Also we requested that they do not follow normal procedure by taking the baby to the nursery for several hours—instead we wanted to keep Daniel with us at all times. Also concerning breast feeding, while it is commonly accepted here as the best way to feed a baby, it is also believed that a mother’s milk is not produced until about three days after delivery, and that the pre-milk, called colostrum, is not good for the baby, so they wanted us to have them feed him sugared milk while he was in the hospital.

Then there is the fear of something going wrong, or some issue coming up that would have been easily and expertly handled in a modern hospital in the United States, but would be a challenge here in this third world country. I started thinking that I was being unwise to have my son here in this poor, third-world country.

But when I got out of bed this morning I felt the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ come over me. I felt that this day and my son’s life was in His very large hands. His grace would meet every challenge and help us overcome every fear. The events of this day have confirmed this fact over and over. It was an incredible day.

At 5:00 AM our friends Susan and Jessica came over. Jessica is a visiting Calvary International missionary, and she stayed to watch the kids. Susan works with us at the Sonshine Center. She was to be our translator and provide what ever assistance she could. We got to the hospital and told the admitting intern of our plans, that I was going to be present in the delivery room, and that we also had a birth plan written down detailing our specific requests. This doctor, Fae, became a sort of advocate for us, ensuring that our non-traditional (at least by Filipino standards) wishes were carried out. It was such a blessing to have her there making sure the other attendants followed our birth plan. She even passed around our written instructions making sure that all concerned know of our wishes. She was a major blessing to have and was with us throughout the delivery. She was definitely God’s doctor for us in our hour of need, an obvious example of God’s grace going before us.

When we went to the delivery room, they told me I was to wait outside, but Dr. Fae told them that I was going in, and that is was OK. So they made me wear scrubs, a mask and a hair net. I looked in the mirror and immediately thought of my late Father, Reynaldo S. Anasco MD. I looked just like him. Chris was already 8 cm dilated, so we were ready to go into the delivery room, we just had to wait for the OB/GYN. Contractions were coming hard and fast, and Chris really wanted to lay down and start pushing, but we had to wait for the doctor. I told them she had until 7:30 AM to arrive, or we were going to start without her. She arrived just in time.

We got Chris situated on the delivery bed, and the contractions started to come in earnest, and she started pushing. I have seen this two times already, and it never ceases to amaze me the amount of effort and strength it takes to deliver a baby. I know I will never experience the kind of physical pain it takes to deliver a baby. (Salamat Gino-og!). Once again the Lord met us with his grace by a surprisingly fast delivery. We were in the delivery room for about fifteen minutes. She pushed about ten times, and then suddenly Daniel Patrick was born.

Immediately he started crying, and I know he was a healthy and well. Since they knew we did not want him to leave us, the doctors and nurses got right to work cleaning him up, weighing him, and doing the other stuff that they normally do away from us in another room. I watched and took pictures, and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

At first is was almost surreal, to think that I was now a father of three. For so long it was just Eric and Faith, not anymore. The kids outnumbered the parents. A friend put it this way, we could not longer play man-to-man and we would have to use our zone defense. It was so great finally meet him to hold his hand and hear him cry.

I had been almost dreading the delivery, with all the perceived challenges and potential difficulties—again since we were delivering here in the Philippines. Two of the admitting doctors even asked, somewhat incredulously, why, as Americans, we were having our baby in the Philippines. What I had been dreading was now over, and over so quickly. Daniel is born. Both he and Chris are doing great. The time of birth was 7:49 AM, just a few short hours from when Chris first woke me up. Christ with His grace, peace and strength carried us through, just as He always does, and He always will.

Eric and Faith came over a couple of hours later. In fact Eric had just woken up when we texted Jessica at our house with the big news. His first thought was “I need to tell Faith!” They came over with our dear friends, Jimmy and Beth Capone, and their daughters Natalie and Julianna. They have been here for about two weeks on a short term missions trip. It has been a blessed time to minister with them again, they came last year. Their trip had the added blessing that they got to see our newest just a few hours old. They are also Daniel’s Godparents. So Daniel has a Godfather with the last name Capone.

Other friends came and went, Eric and Faith stayed all day, getting to know their baby brother. At one point Daniel was awake and even opening his eyes while Eric and Faith played with him. He and Chris were doing so great. He immediately took to breast feeding, and she fed him several times throughout the day. The doctors and nurses kept coming in asking if the milk had already come, asking us if they could feed him sugar formula. We kept saying that yes, her milk was ready, and he does not need to drink anything else.

Eric and Faith were getting a little restless in our little hospital room. We did watch a little TV, but I did not want Daniel to start his life thinking that this box is always on. So around 4:00 PM, with Chris’ OK, I took the kids home and we went swimming. As I left, and throughout the day, I had a strong sense of peace about the day’s events. Chris was doing great, a little sore, but up and about in normal spirits, having fun with her now three kids. It is a great testimony to her strength and overall health that she is doing so well after having just delivered a baby a few hours ago. Even while pregnant she continued to exercise every morning, keeping her strength up.

Later I left the kids at home with the Capones and some of the missionaries here, and now I sit here back at the hospital, writing these lines, describing this most incredible day. Daniel just ate, and he and Chris is now sleeping.

I am overwhelmed at the Lord’s grace for this day. The delivery could not have gone any better. We had heard some horror stories from other missionary moms who delivered here, but the hospital and the doctors were all great and very supportive or our requests. The Lord met us every step of the way, giving us a safe, fast, and healthy delivery. Chris and Daniel are both doing more than great. I am so thankful to Jesus for helping me with my fears and doubts, and providing me a way through the challenges of this day. Indeed His yoke is easy and His burden is light. His strength IS made perfect in our weakness.

Thank you, Lord, for carrying the Anasco family (all five of us) through this day. Thank you for the blessing of another child, another world-changer and Kingdom Builder. Give us grace and wisdom to raise this child to follow hard after You all the days of his life. Prepare a place in our hearts for him, and also prepare a place in his heart and life for You. I know You have a destiny and a plan for his life.

The verse of Scripture God gave us for Daniel:

“Those who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits [for Him].”
Daniel 11:32

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Saturday, July 15, 2006

She's Back!

Jessica Carter came to visit us last Summer with a Calvary International Discovery Missions team. She kept emailing us after the trip saying she really wanted to come back for another visit. Well, she is back, and we are so blessed to have her. It is always so cool to have people come visit us on a short-term missions trip. It is even cooler when they come back for more.

This time, instead of coming with a team, she came totally on her own--brave girl.

Again I say, how about YOU? When is it your time to come to the other side of the world?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Independence Day?

From a letter of John Adams to his wife:
"The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.- I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by Solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

Happy 2nd of July, on this day in 1776 the unanimous vote for the declaration of independence from the empire of Great Britain was voted and agreed upon. On that day, according to John Adams:

"the greatest Question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men. A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony 'that these united Colonies, are, and of right ought to be free and independent States, and as such, they have, and of Right ought to have full Power to make War, conclude Peace, establish Commerce, and to do all the other Acts and Things, which other States may rightfully do.' "

In memory and in honor of John Adams, Happy Second of July.
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Friday, June 30, 2006

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Ants, Smarter Than We Are?

In our home here in the Philippines you DO NOT EVER leave crumbs or dirty dishes out. Doing so invites ants and ants and more ants. We have been able to keep the ants at bay with some good ant killing gel and just being very quick to clean up after meals. Also the kids are only allowed to eat in the kitchen or in our dining room.

Then there is the microwave oven. Our toaster sits on top of the microwave. We get a little lazy and we are not as quick to clean the toaster from crumbs as we should, mainly because the ants do not seem to be interested. For a while I thought it was their fear of being fried if they happen to be in there feasting while we had a craving for some toast and jam. Now I am starting to wonder if the ants are a little smarter than we think.

I think it's the microwave oven. They simply do not go near it.

As an experiment I spilled a little pile of sugar on top of the microwave. Normally you spill sugar on the counter or floor, and ants come running. For days I watched my little sugar pile. They did not go near the sugar on the microwave. After a few other food experiments, I have determined that the ants do not go near the microwave. What do they know about the microwave that we don't?

Maybe all that talk and conspiracy theory about microwave oven technology being from aliens and causing cancer is true, and the ants know it.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Yes, it's true that . . .

the Philippines is VERY hot and humid, it is not the cleanest place--especially most streets, my wife is stared at here because she is caucasian and sticks out, most bathrooms here do not have toilet paper, there are occasional power outages--sometimes daily, we are taxed with visa and immigration fees just to even stay in the country, and even though we have been here for almost two years we are still dealing with the culture shock that comes with living in a foreign country . . .

but . . .

movies here are only 60 pesos. That's about $1.

Just saw Pixar's Cars, it was great. To take the family, including popcorn and drinks, about $8.Vroom, vroom.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006