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Showing posts from July, 2011

This P.S. Changed My Life.

As I type these lines I am sitting at a coffee shop window with a view of my alma mater Oral Roberts University .  Seeing ORU for the first time in almost fifteen years puts me in a reflective mood. Read on . . . Camp Sonshine has changed my life. I met my wife there, I did my first children's ministry there. Chris and I still work there (at Camp Sonshine Philippines), and so do our children . I almost did not go. In the Summer of 1991 I was planning to go on a missions trip to France.   ORU Summer Missions organizes trips each year, and I was on the France team. I spent the entire year raising funds, meeting with my team members, and learning French (actually took two semesters). But I did not make it to France. I was not able to raise the funds. Eventually I got THE LETTER from the Summer Missions department. I got it in early April. You know the letter, "The Hook"--basically telling me "since you did not raise enough funds for this trip, you will

Five, Five, Five, Five, Five!!!

Daniel is five years old! It is hard to believe that this day was so long ago. He is our only child born overseas in the Philippines. The story of his birth is an amazing testimony of God's faithfulness. Just a few minutes old. He's one! His first birthday. Second birthday, at the playground at the Sonshine Center. Third birthday, opening his huge present, a bike! Fourth birthday. Fifth birthday at Chuck E. Cheese, earlier today. If you are fortunate to know this amazing kid, then I know you are celebrating his birth with us.

Stateside So Far . . .

libraries (really missed these), long walks in the woods, playgrounds,  and hot showers and baths (REALLY missed these).

For All You Detail Oriented Readers . . .

Time to hit the road. We leave for the States in just four days. Our itineraries: Tuesday July 12 Iloilo to Manila Cebu Pacific flight #5J 454 departing 10:20a arriving 11:30a Because our international flights leave so early in the morning, we will be spending the night in Manila. Wednesday July 13, the long haul Our family is not flying together. Chris is flying almost free using her frequent flyer miles. She and Gabriella will have this flight plan: Manila to Hong Kong Cebu Pacific flight #5J 110 departing 7:55a arriving 9:55a Hong Kong to Toronto Air Canada flight #16 departing 3:10p arriving 6:05p, this flight will last 14 hours and 55 minutes! This flight is in the top 20 of the longest flights in current operation. Fortunately for Chris and Gabriella, Air Canada is an amazing carrier. They fly brand new Boeing 777s. Their in-flight entertainment is first rate, even in coach. Widescreen TVs at your seat with all movies and TV shows on demand. Toronto to Baltimo