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Philippine boy enjoying a meal during our last visit, May 2015
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Philippine Child in slum community enjoying a snack, May 2015

We have a team going on a mission trip to the Philippines the first week in February. On this trip we will be teaching pastors and ministering to children in the slum communities. Our desire is to not only feed them with the Word of God but to also tend to their physical needs and provide a healthy meal. It will cost $800 to feed children and pastors for the days we are with them. (We anticipate 60 pastors and up to 500 children!)

Please pray with us that many will trust in Christ, that pastors will be encouraged, and that our team will remain healthy.  If you would like to financially partner in this endeavor, please make contributions out to Ponderosa Bible Church and mark it “Philippine Food”. You can log on to www.pbcpayson.org and contribute through Paypal as well. Thank you and God bless!

The Love of Jesus – Sweet and Marvelous!

We have so much to share about the Philippines and we are trying to get out a report on all that happened while also gearing up for Sports Camp in Nicaragua!  (And we have very exciting news to share about how God is already working through that!)

But until our full report is ready, I wanted to share this video of Filipino Kids singing about the Love of Jesus.  It makes me smile.  Every.  Time!

Goodbyes

Adios.  Paalam na.  Kwaheri.  Goodbye.  It’s hard to say it in any language.

It’s hard for daddy to say goodbye to his family before he flies out to other countries…

 Philippines Leaving 2

And then it’s hard for him to say goodbye to the dear people we have come to love in those countries!

Kenya Letter From Kids
Hi Allen. Thank you for buying us toys. We have enjoyed you(r) stay. We will miss you when you go. We love you. Tyrese & Faith.

Notice the drawing with the tears.  Oh my.  Could it be any sweeter?  Goodbyes are hard!  But goodbyes are part of this life we live, and the reason for them is the urgency of the message of Jesus Christ.

So…  we said goodbye.  Allen left in the wee hours of the morning today (May 14th) and will arrive in Cebu, with his amazing ministry team, some time tomorrow morning.  The ministry this time will include intense discipleship and teaching as well as children’s ministry to an expected 300 children!  We are excited to bring you more details in the next few weeks of how God works in this country.  Please pray for all involved, that God would be glorified and His work would be done!

In the meantime, Allen is being well cared for.  He was unexpectedly bumped up to First Class (free!) for the longest leg of the trip.  (That usually costs thousands of dollars!)  This gives him an opportunity to get some much needed sleep in the more comfortable seats (the part I was excited about) AND (this is the part HE was excited about)…they handed him this dessert menu…

Ice Cream Menu

Does anybody really pick the cheese?

No Towels. No Foundations.

We recently had the opportunity to share our ministry with a couple of churches in Southern California. Of course, this also gave us the opportunity to visit the beach! And being the organized mom that I am, I made sure we had everything necessary for our time there, with few exceptions. The most notable exception was towels. No beach towels. No bath towels. No towels. But since being missionaries is all about adjustments anyway, we scrounged up two small, fuzzy, blankets and hit the beach. Yeah. It was cold. This is my son. Freezing.

Mom. Of. The. Year.

Freezing Nathan
We did still manage to have fun. We made sand castles and picked up shells. The kids frolicked (Yes—people like me still use words like that.) We buried Nathan in sand to warm him up. Then he got back in the water to rinse off the sand. (Did I mention we had no towels?)

But the favorite activity was standing still in the water and allowing the waves to carry away the sand from under our feet. The longer we stood, the deeper we sank. The water was slowly taking away our foundation. And being the over-thinker that I am, it reminded me of a verse…

Psalm 11:3 says If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

Sand eroding
On each teaching trip taken by the members of CrossWay International, we are struck anew with the fact that the foundations of the gospel have been, at the very least, tampered with, and at most, destroyed completely. As much as we love seeing people come to Christ personally, it is equally important that pastors and leaders be trained to share the clear gospel effectively!

In the coming weeks, we will be taking 2 ministry teams to two (very different) locations.  We will have the opportunity to evangelize, disciple, and train many hundreds of men, women and children.  Please join us in praying for those with whom we will interact.  We are very excited at what God will do as we give them foundational truths that can never be destroyed!

And if you are part of the ministry team going to one of the locations…  Please.  Bring.  Towels.

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