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Every time I visit elementary schools here in Aurora I am blessed by the kids.  Their smiles, their exuberance, their innocence … I leave each encounter at the schools with a sense that all is well and we are surrounded by many, many redeemable souls.

Every time I visit elementary schools here in Aurora I am blessed by the kids.  Their smiles, their exuberance, their innocence … I leave each encounter at the schools with a sense that all is well and we are surrounded by many, many redeemable souls.

Four of our seven 2014 SE Asian missionaries have been called to ministries (other than missions) here in Aurora.  Please pray that they will be effective in their ministry and will use their mission experience to educate and encourage the next generation of missionaries from Aurora. Pray that the Lord will use these gifted servants in unique and powerful ways.  Pray also that our mission training center will be visible to believers who truly desire to impact other cultures for Christ. #SEAsianmissions  

Bagtu Elementary School turned into chaos for about an hour while we visited with the teachers and provided them with needed materials for their classrooms.  I love the kids here in the Philippines!

Bagtu Elementary School turned into chaos for about an hour while we visited with the teachers and provided them with needed materials for their classrooms.  I love the kids here in the Philippines!

We’ve been given the opportunity to visit with the local elementary and high schools over the past week.  We purchased school supplies to assist the teachers this time, not the students as we have done in the past, and they were most grateful.

We’ve been given the opportunity to visit with the local elementary and high schools over the past week.  We purchased school supplies to assist the teachers this time, not the students as we have done in the past, and they were most grateful.

Okay, being a missionary isn’t all about being a suffering servant.  What a feast tonight!

Okay, being a missionary isn’t all about being a suffering servant.  What a feast tonight!

This is the jazz box I made for my oldest son for his 40th birthday.  He loves it - now he just needs to learn to play it!

This is the jazz box I made for my oldest son for his 40th birthday.  He loves it - now he just needs to learn to play it!

I recently found a baggage tag that my old company used to give away at trade shows and was reminded how much I love my new life.

I recently found a baggage tag that my old company used to give away at trade shows and was reminded how much I love my new life.

I am blessed to share this life with a wonderful woman in this magnificent place.  I do not deserve all that God has given to me.  

I am blessed to share this life with a wonderful woman in this magnificent place.  I do not deserve all that God has given to me.  

I also like being a fisher of fish.

I also like being a fisher of fish.

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Hey, my name is Jesse. Some of you might be new to my blog, and that’s totally fine because I don’t keep up with it very well. The last two years of my life has been an amazing blur and it’s been hard to write posts during all of it. Just to give you a little background:

In 2012 I moved from…