Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An Opportunity to Learn

Something I am try to do is to look at everything as an opportunity to learn. This changes the way you look at things. The interns continue to grow and learn.

They have basically taken over the children's ministry at the Sonshine Center. They run both the Thursday Afternoon Afterschool Program and the Saturday Morning Kids Club. They organize and plan the songs, games, Bible lessons, memory verses, everything. The Sonshine Center staff continues to assist with translation and guidance.

It has been a great time of continued ministry, continued opportunities to learn and hone skills, continued opportunities to grow.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Simple Prayer

Chris and the kids left for the States in January, while I remained in the Philippines. I am here to complete my responsibilities with our current Timothy Internship Program. Chris and the kids went Stateside early so she could receive the necessary care for our pregnancy. A few weeks ago we got what we thought was good news about our pregnancy, and now we have found out that this was not accurate. The pregnancy is now considered very high risk. The details are complicated, our prayer is simple: healthy baby.

Please keep our daughter in your prayers. Pray Isaiah 54:17 over her life, that no weapon formed against (her) shall prosper.

Thank you for your prayers.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

From Bible School Students to Bible School Teachers

There are times when you are the one being fed, and there are times when you are the one doing the feeding. Our current batch of interns are all from Christ for the Nations Institute, a Bible school in Dallas, Texas. For several years they studied, their hearts and minds being filled with the Word of God, and the impartation of wisdom and learning from their instructors. This week the interns got to experience what life is like on the other side of the podium.

We took a trip to Davao, Philippines to teach in the Calvary Bible Institute run by veteran Go To Nations missionaries, Ken and Cris Sandberg. For each of the interns it was their first time to teach in a Bible school. While being excited for this ministry opportunity, each of them also had what I call a healthy intimidation about this task. Teaching in a Bible school is no small matter.

There are some things that are simply better when you get to see them with your own eyes. Seeing these Bible school students rise to the level of Bible school teachers is one of those things. Each intern did an overwhelmingly excellent job. Each one had their own teaching style, and that made it even more impacting. It was an amazing time.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Great Growth

This was a week of great growth among the interns in that they took over the ministry at the Sonshine Center on Thursday and Saturday mornings. They organized, planned, and implemented both the Afterschool Program and Saturday Kids Club, also the interns led ministry at Calajunan, the city trash dump site. It was an incredible week of learning and launching. Gifts were developed and on display, leadership roles were taken on, and lives were touched, the week ended with great success.

Friday, February 05, 2010

An Awful Place

We visited the city dump site area in Iloilo, Calajunan. It is one of the most awful places in the world. While I have visited here many times, it still overwhelms me when I visit. At the same time those families and children need to experience the love of Christ, so we have been trying to regularly minister at the dump site.

Hopefully soon, working through Calvary missionaries Nate and Abegail Shuck, Camp Sonshine can establish a more permanent ministry presence in the city dump site. Keep that in your prayers.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Christ Makes us Ready

Yesterday we left the city, rode on the roof of a jeepney for two hours, and ministered in the remote, mountain village of Lambunao. This was a day of true challenges and successes. We are expecting to minister in the afternoon, when we arrived we found out we were ministering right away. We were expecting to minister to about 30-40 kids, we ended up ministering to around 150 kids. It was an amazing day of stretching and growing, and learning how God can use us even when we are not fully ready.

Christ makes us ready, all we need to do is to make ourselves available.