Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Today, along with the Teens of Camp Sonshine, we ministered at the city dump site of Calajunan. I had not been there for a few months, and honestly I forgot how awful this place is. It is overwhelming for me to think that people actually live and work in such a place. In today's Summer heat, the mountains of trash were stinking, smoking heaps.

And yet the kids that live there are so much like any other kids in the world. They loved playing our games and singing our songs, and blessed us with their smiles and laughter. To see more pictures of this awful place, visit our updated website.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Old Friends and the gifts they are (and the gifts they bring).

I have known Mike Charbonneau for about 15 years. We have this connection through Camp Sonshine, having worked together there for so many summers. We here in the Philippines were so blessed to have him come visit us. Mike continues to minister at Camp Sonshine as the Director of Camp Sonshine West (Germantown, MD). He continues to mentor, train, and impact counselors so they can continue to mentor, train, and impact the lives of campers.

He came bearing gifts for all, much needed sound equipment for the Center, goodies and treats, and new Camp Sonshine backpacks. The greatest gift he brought was his coming. It was great to sit and talk with a friend I have known for so long, remembering Camp Sonshine of many years ago, talking about old times, and also talking about new times. He truly spoke into my life, encouraging me and recharging my batteries.

Mike, thanks for making the trip. Thanks for your wisdom and encouragement. Thanks for giving of your time and finances to come to the Philippines. I pray God's richest blessings on you and your wife, Natalie, and your continued ministry at Camp Sonshine USA. Your impact zone reaches to the other side of the world, and God will reward your richly for your willingness.

Kag salamat gid para sang iPod.