Thursday, October 16, 2008

And the Work Continues

Children from Sunday morning's outreach
Kids walking a horse on the road outside where we live.
Rain Rain go away!
A man stirring squid in the downtown market. Don't ask me why they need to be stirred? Maybe he's cleaning them.

Hello to all. Hope you are doing well. It seems like God is opening incredible new doors for us and His Heart ministry every week. Beginning November 3rd, His Heart will be providing lunch everyday at school for 35 of the most malnourished children in a village we are currently reaching out to. Angela felt a burden to do more in a particular barangay (village) where we have Sunday worship. The principal is open to spiritual feeding as well. His Heart ministry will be at the elementary school several times a week at lunch to love and build relationships with the children and families. The lunch will be provided Monday through Friday. We are also believing for additional resources to cover multivitamins weekly. We are excited to expand our influence for the Lord. There are so many individual lives being touched.

We just wanted to share a story of God's faithfulness to his people here. Sally, one of the ladies who attends the ministry's outreach and house church, was living in a dilapidated house that had serious structural problems. About 3 weeks ago, she moved out of the house, and in with extended family in that same village. One week later, her house slid down the mountain during a typhoon. God's provision and protection is so timely! We are so grateful for her safety.

Prayer requests:

Favor and protection for the street children from pedophilia, organ harvesting, weather elements, etc
Retreat we will be doing for teens next week
Protection from illness for the people we minister to- They live in very close communities.
More opportunities to share the hope and love of the Father

Kent and Paige

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Missions Emphasis Week and other Notes

One of the men in the village where we have church. Please pray for the men here. Many of them are depressed and struggling with alcoholism.
This is deep fried one day old chicken. As you can see, the second one is missing his head.
Actually, they weren't too bad. The head is the best part....nice and crunchy. We sampled foods from many different cultures at the Missions Banquet.

So, here we are posing for a picture after the cultural presentations for Missions Emphasis Week at APTS. I was involved in a human video, that's why I look like an angel....... :)

I go talk to someone. 5 minutes later, I see Kent up front giving a royal Korean proclamation while the Asians take pictures. It was so funny.

This costume is the traditional Korean outfit for a groom. The Korean students presented elements of a traditional wedding for their cultural presentation.

This is a precious little Muslim girl that comes to the ministry's Love and Food in the park. We are showing her God's love and acceptance.

It's another Saturday. We are so glad to have our ministry partner Angela back in the Philippines. We have missed her. She had a great Kids Conference in New Zealand where they witnessed 15-20 healings from the children's prayer! God is really moving in the women's house church here on Thursdays......I am humbled to be there and be used. We are enjoying just loving people.

I will begin teaching a Character/Bible lesson in the public school next week. Thank God for such an awesome opportunity! We'll go every Monday as the government allows 30 minutes per week. The school is right in our neighborhood.

This morning, I had the privilege of attending a missionary's funeral that taught at the seminary and planted churches here. He died on campus Monday. He had such a heart and love for the Filipino people.........One of the churches he planted offered to bury him in their backyard. How beautiful it was to see the many Filipinos he had impacted! That's why missions is worth it......

Here's a quote I like:

"The 3.5 billion unreached people on earth would form a single file line that would stretch around the equator 25 times! Can you picture 25 lines of Christless people, trampling endlessly toward hell? Let that vision stay with you day and night."

- Larry Stockstill

May we all be reminded that our time here on Earth is short. May we spend every day building the Kingdom, one step at a time.

Thank you for your prayers and support. We would not be here without you.

Paige and Kent

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Bers

Picture taken with friends from APTS.
Kids from His Heart ministry taking their bags to collect scrap. (plastic and cans)
A whole bunch of bananas !

A very cute baby we know from Tuesday morning street church. Her mom is a street vendor.

Laundry time- Don't we all love it?

Filipinos call this time of year the "bers" (September, October, November, etc.). Some of the stores are playing Christmas music already.....its so funny. It's hard to believe that we will be back in Louisville in 8 weeks. The flight comes in Dec. 6th. We will be in for about a month. Kent and I are looking forward to seeing everyone and having some Cracker Barrell home cookin'.

We will finish up a three week block course this Monday. The final should be so much fun.....18 essays and fill in the blank. We are in the middle of missions emphasis week at at night and an international banquet on Friday. The Americans are making apple pies as we speak. I'm a little under the weather with a sinus infection, so I bailed out of that one. :)

Ministry has been eventful the last couple of weeks.....took someone to the emergency room, treated the kids living in the park to Mcdo (That's what they call Mcdonalds here), a couple typhoons, the usual services, feeding program, and house church. Organ harvesting is an issue here. People take advantage of the poor and pose as doctors for the sake of selling organs such as kidneys. We encountered a situation with some of the children we minister to this week. All are ok but please pray for their safety and wisdom to know danger when they see it .

Angela, our friend and founder of the ministry, lost a 7 week old niece last week. She was in New Zealand at the time and was able to be there with her brother and sister in law. Thank you for your prayers for the family.

Just a tid bit about daily life: Some have asked how much things cost here. Some items are very expensive, especially American or other foreign products. A very small box of American cereal is 4 dollars. On the other hand, I got a week's worth of amoxicilin antibiotic for 45 pesos (1 dollar) total. Ladies' hair cuts cost 4 dollars including tax. Milk here is super processed from New Zealand. You buy it on the shelf and do not refrigerate it until it's opened. It's about $1.50 for 1 liter. You can buy fresh milk here but it would only last 2-3 days and is more expensive.

Have a great October week.

Blessings to you and we miss you.

Paige and Kent