The student dorm for our missionary training center are now completed. Some beds were delivered today and our students are now occupying their new accommodations!
My tilapia holding tank serves many purposes. It, of course, holds mature tilapia to make them easy to catch when we are selling them. It’s a pool to cool off in when the weather becomes unbearable, It’s an easy source of water when we lose power (which happens here frequently). But my favorite use is when the church uses it for baptism services. We baptized five yesterday and everyone remained for over three hours to eat and simply bask in the moment.
Filipinos are masters of innovation. Few resources here go to waste. I especially appreciate all the hand-made tools and contraptions. So inventive!
I took this picture when we were delivering gift boxes in several neighborhoods many years ago. So many people commented on this young girl with the “perfect face” when I posted pictures of our trip to the Philippines on our church bulletin board. I recently spoke with this girl, who is now 17 years old, and discovered that she is a member of our church in Bagtu. She is evidence that our effort more than ten years ago to reach the community with the message of Christ was not in vain.
What a privilege it was to participate in the wedding of Pastor Ruben De Luna and Shiela Antonio on the 25th of January. We’re grateful also for the participation of the mission team from First Baptist Church of the Islands (Savannah, GA). Congratulations!!
We visited a new outreach church in Dimanagsag (Aurora Province, Philippines) and encountered these fine people today. I was encouraged by the hearts and attitudes of those we spoke with.
My grandmother, Mabel Stewart Phillips, was an amazing woman. Most of her years were spent in Decatur, GA, but she was well travelled and was an avid reader. Her opinion was respected - even by those who disagreed with her - because it was an informed opinion. She’s been gone for more than 25 years, but is remembered frequently by those who loved her.
As a missionary I often miss my family. Perhaps it is the nostalgic nature of the New Year, but this year I miss my family more than ever before. I want to know my grandchildren. I want to spend time with my parents before they are gone from this life. I miss my brothers and my sister and wish that I could be part of their children’s lives. I especially miss my children and grieve the years that are missed with them.
I pray that eternity will bring us all together again, and that time will no longer be a concern. Everything is bearable with an eternal focus.