Friday, September 19, 2008

Hello everyone. It's September but feels like May here. Of course, we don't have fall weather in Baguio. Just spring all year long. We'll miss the leaves falling next month.....but love the sunshine.

We've started back to school and are busy preparing for a missions convention in two weeks. The 5 American students will be sharing apple pie and square dancing for our presentation. Haha. It will be great fun! Meanwhile, Angela, the director of His Heart is gone for three weeks, so we are covering the ministry for her during the week and weekends. We are VERY busy but enjoying every minute of it. Angela is so gracious and loaned us her van while she is gone! We feel like we're in heaven after riding in taxis and jeepneys for over 3 months! We can go out when we want and cart the kids from the ministry around. Pray we don't get too spoiled while she's gone. :)

Here are some pictures of Thursday house church in the village. Also, you'll see a lizard we found in our apartment.

Paige and Kent Parrish

Friday, September 12, 2008

Taste of Town

I just love this kid!

Kent looking at fabric to have jeans made. Filipino and American sizes are not exactly the same. In other words, Kent is a little over sized compared to the average Filipino. HA HA HA
He asked Kent which label he wanted sewn on the jeans. Levis or Lee's.... So much for copyright! He got a pair of Levi's.
Beef it's whats for dinner! Notice the knife and block. Nothing goes to waste in the Philippines! Yummy....
Beek, pork, squid, name it. Cut fresh in Baguio.
When you eat a hot dog in Baguio be careful... you may be eating a hot DOG! Bow Wow...

Fresh Fish! As you can imagine the smell in the market is not too desirable.

People, People, and more People...
Need a Taxi? There are thousands of taxi's in Baguio. Most have tires with the tread of a volleyball.

Hello all! We thought we'd fill you in on life in Baguio for this post. It is like a different world here....but full of warm gracious people. The Baguio market is a booming place in the mornings. You'll see some pictures above. Yes, we do eat meat from the market.....cooked of course. It's served at the seminary. :)

Fiipinos have a wonderful spirit of service and hospitality. They work so hard and often make only enough to provide food for their families. A department store worker, for instance, makes about 3 to 6 dollars per day(135-250 pesos), depending on seniority. Many in the department stores are college graduates who have no other job.

Baguio is a city of about 300,000. Jeepneys and taxis fill the streets at all hours of the day. They put tons of exhaust into the streets. You can generally always smell smoke in town. The language of Tagalog is typically spoken while many know Illocano because we are closer to mountain provinces. English is taught in schools, though we have to speak slowly and simply to be understood.

The greatest need here is the hope of Christ. Thousands of people are silently suffering with a smile on their face. We are so blessed to be here to bring that hope. From children's ministry and street church to involvement in house churches and preaching, God is rooting us here. He is moving. People's lives are being changed. It is such an honor to be a small part of it all.

In His Mighty Name,
Paige and Kent

Monday, September 8, 2008

Surprise at lunch

Imelda Marcos in her glory days- See the story below.
One of the worship teams at APTS.
Toko from Japan, Hansel from the Philippines, and Pim from Thailand.
A Samoan couple. Samoa is a tiny island in the Pacific.

We are enjoying a week long break from seminary. It's so nice to be able to check out Baguio , do ministry, and relax. We have been so busy lately. We needed to catch our breath. :)

Anyway, Kent preached yesterday morning on at a local church. He shared a great message on the Holy Spirit. That afternoon, we went to the feeding program to work with the kids. Today, we were having lunch in Baguio. Half way through the meal, we realized that the wife of the former President of the Philippines was two tables over. People kept looking over there...... we knew it had to be someone important. So we asked the waiter. He told us that her name was Imelda Marcos. She and her husband were in power from 1965-1986 when they fled the country because of an uprising. Her husband died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. She is best known here for owning 7000 pairs of shoes when she was the first lady.....isn't that a claim to fame? As you would prob guess, some Filipinos did not like her. Unfortunately I did not have my camera but.....I found a picture of her on the internet. :)

I've included a picture of some of the students at APTS. I am eating dinner at the worship leader's room in one of the pics. The worship team represents Korea, America, Japan, and Vietnam.

God Bless,
Paige and Kent

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We made it!

Not sure what Kent is serving. Some kind of pink soup!

Hello everyone. Hope you had a beautiful Labor Day weeekend. We've survived finals....just took the last one today! I haven't been this tired in a long time....but I could tell you anything you ever wanted to know about the book of 1st Corinthians. :) Kent has learned tons about creative and effective preaching as well.

Life in Baguio is as usual....high 70's and rain in the afternoon..though it is slacking off a little. We start back with class on Sept. 15th. We continue to help with Angela and His Heart ministry. You'll see a picture of her with one of the little ones above. I can't tell you how blessed we are to work with such special people! I feel like I am doing what I was created to do- loving the broken. The families here teach us so much.

I helped with a kids retreat last Monday sponsored by His Heart. The day was filled with food, games, worship, and teaching. Several of the children received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. What an awesome event! Next trimester, I'll be going to school part time at APTS, so I'll have more time for the ministry. Kent on the other hand is thinking about taking 12 hours next trimester. This is a very heavy load, considering a trimester is only 12 weeks. The workload is the same as that of a semester. What an honor it is to pour into people's lives....

In other news, we are becoming better acquainted with lizards and big cockroaches. They seem to be wandering around our apartment more these days. Kent chased one down this morning. They're fast! :)

Thank you for your prayers and financial support. Can't wait to be back to visit in Dec. and tell you all the things God is doing!

For those who have not been to the ministry site yet, go to (Angela and her daughter Yasmin are incredible women of God. We thank God for sending us here.)

Paige and Kent