Tuesday, May 30, 2006

In Freezing Florida

I guess I should not be implying that Florida is going through a cold snap, most of the US is freezing to me because of air conditioning. Florida is actually pretty hot, not as hot as the Philippines, but still warm. A lot less humidity, so it does not really feel that hot to me. Of course every place I visit, a store or restaurant has the AC cranked. I am freezing.

I am enjoying spending time with my mom and brother. They have treated me to dinner and mom is spoiling me as usual at her home. I have also been driving, which has been kind of fun. We do not own a car in Iloilo, no need for one at this time, so the last time I actually got behind the wheel was in August. I have been cruising around taking care of errands, etc. and it has been kind of cool to go driving while listening to the radio.

Thursday I head to Jacksonville to go to Calvary World Headquarters, and then the missions conference starts on Friday. I will also get to spend some time with some friends in Jax. I return to my mom's on Sunday afternoon, then I get on the plane back to the Philippines on Monday.

Honestly, I can hardly wait to go back. While I am having a great time being with my family and friends here, and the conference will be a blessing, I REALLY miss Chris and my kids. These experiences are so much more fun with them.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Stateside for a Week

Going solo, I will be in the States for just one week. I am going to Florida to attend a missions conference at Christ the Redeemer Church in Jacksonville, FL. Since my mom lives just three hours away, this conference will also give me the opportunity to spend a few days with her and my brother.

Unfortunately, Chris and the kids will not be coming with me. Chris is too pregnant to fly, plus they will all be joining the Sonshine Center staff plus a team of missionaries from Christ for the Nations Institute at Camp Sonshine Guimaras. While I am looking forward to this conference and to some time with my family in Florida, I wish I could do camp in Guimaras. Last year we had over 400 campers for one week. It was a blast. One of my favorite camps we did.

To my fellow missionaries going to the conference, and to my friends and family living in Florida, I look forward to seeing you next week. I leave for Manila tomorrow, the States on Sunday, and arrive in Orlando the evening of Sunday the 28th. I return to Iloilo on June 6th. Please pray for my family while I am gone. I truly hate to be away from them.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

What a Summer!

It has been a great Summer Camp season so far. We had three weeks of camp in Iloilo at the new Sonshine Center. Then we went to the city of Bacolod on the nearby island of Negros and had a week of camp there. At Bacolod, Eric and Faith got to be campers! They enjoyed being a part of a group, playing games, doing songs, crafts, etc. It was loads of fun.

The Camp Sonshine Philippines summer continues with camp with kids from Compassion International, and then to the island of Guimaras for week long camp with over 400 kids!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Two Weeks Later

So we now have had two full weeks of Summer Camp here at Camp Sonshine Philippines. Chris has been involved with programming, while I have been an activity counselor in charge of Sports and Games. It has been a fun but very challenging summer. I organize and play games all day, and I find that I am not as young as I used to be. In fact at the end of the day, I am completly worn out. It has been challenging but very rewarding as well.

We have one more week of camp here in Iloilo, then we take camp on the road.