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Met with Pastor Chris Hayes of Spirit Life Church in Ocala, Florida. It was a blessed time to meet with a pastor of a church that is truly missions minded. Judging from the outreaches of their church and also the travels of their senior pastor, Dr. Richard Perinchief, they have a true passion for missions. My life long friend, Jason Branch (we have known each other since we were six) and his family goes to that church. They will be visiting us in Iloilo in July. We are hoping that their trip will be a forerunning trip for the eventual coming of a team from Spirit Life. I also went to their midweek service. Pastor Chris spoke a very blessed message on life's tests. This morning I met with Pastor Russ Rutler , we enjoyed a down home country breakfast at Bob Evans. Pastor Russ was recently in the Philippines teaching in Bible schools. We met through email and it was great to meet in person. It is always a blessing to meet with and share stories with people who have a heart a

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

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 Sun

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!

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.