Friday, August 22, 2008
Hello friends and fam. Just wanted to update you on a couple things. On one of our first posts, we asked for prayer for a young boy Neil who was electicuted in Sunday school and needed to get to the US for treatment. After jumping through many hoops and being denied, his Visa has been granted! Thanks to all who prayed for him.......he will be leaving for Galveston, TX on Sept. 18th.
In other news, we have been busy with school and the children. Finals happen in about a week and a half........we are ready to have them done.
We hosted an all day retreat for street vendors and other adults from the village we are working with last Monday. It was a beautiful day, no rain(which was a miracle in itself) and God touched many of the people in a powerful way. We were able to bless each family with a sack of goodies(bread, tuna, etc) to take home. I wish you could have seen the smiles.
Finally, Kent has become an official Filipino. He ate balut this week.....that's right....as featured on Fear Factor and TV network's Bizarre foods....... a duck fetus boiled whole. All he had to say was "It was a unique experience". Hahaha......the picture says it all.
Miss you all,
Paige and Kent
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Meet one of the special kids we are ministering to here. She comes from a large family but does not feel safe at home due to several issues. She sleeps most nights in the park....with a pack of other kids. She loves to dance and has such a sweet spirit. The ministry has just started breakfast and street church for her and other street vendors and scrappers on Tuesday mornings. Scrappers collect trash and recyclables to sell in the streets for next to nothing. I was there this morning at street church to pray and help feed. We are excited about what God is doing in her life.....and in the life of her family.
We presented the gospel to about 100 children and 100 parents last week.....distributing shoe boxes of gifts from Samaritans Purse in a local village area. We have teamed up with gov. social workers to be more effective and meet the needs. We have several more presentations that will reach about 1000 kids and almost as many parents when all the boxes are given away.
In other news, we are enjoying the interesting Asian cuisine here. There are a couple of Koreans at the school who have invited us to eat with them. We have had kim chi, the famous Korean dish made of Chinese cabbage and something really really spicy. Don't ask me. :) We just took a deep breath and smiled.
Here's something that has been speaking to me lately: Gal. 2:20 " I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Miracles happen through Christ in us.
Have a great week.
Paige and Kent
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Last Sunday, we had church with children and families in a village in Baguio. People gather outside in a half built structure that looks similar to a primitive construction site. Angela, the ministry director, brings her CD player. There's always a feast after church, just like the agape feast in the New Testament. The children are beautiful and really worship. There's plenty of time for games and goofing off too. The boys love Kent.....he is like a big kid himself.
Kent and I will be giving the message to the children this Sunday. I think we're sharing on Zaccheus....should be a great opportunity.
School is going well...we're getting some pictures together so you can meet some of the students at APTS. It is incredible to learn from pastors, students, and ministers from all over Asia.
Have a wonderful week.
Peace to you....
Paige and Kent