Sunday, January 31, 2010

Second week in Manila

Monday, 25 January 2010
We’re starting our second work week at APRC, and continuing to get a handle on our duties and expectations. It was Judy’s turn to lead devotions so Bibles and hymnals were distributed around the large table in the conference room and we sang 2 familiar hymns. Judy did an excellent job of leading the music, the discussion, and the prayer requests. Filipinos know how important it is to spend time with each other and caring about each other’s needs!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

First 'regular' week, settling in...

Monday, 18 January 2010
Up at 6 a.m., it’s time to start our new routine.  We need to be at work by 9 this morning (just working the morning today), but 8 a.m. starting tomorrow.  This is such a nice house, with 3 bedrooms (obviously we only need 1 of them) and 2 baths upstairs.  After showers, we began to get acquainted with the kitchen. For now we’ve got Terri’s French press to make coffee and we have cereal and juice to get us going.  Dan is brave to drive in the Manila traffic! 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Arrival and Orientation Week

Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 January 2010

Five a.m. is really too early to be at any airport… but we are at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, waiting for our first-leg flight to Atlanta, on our way through Tokyo to Manila, Philippines.  Erica rode with us, having spent the night, then went on home for more sleep.  We left our heavy winter coats, scarves, and gloves in her car; we’re SO glad we won’t have to use those again for a long time! 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Blessed confirmation

Thursday Jan. 14 - Another amazing confirmation 
Our first full day here in the Philippines began with devotions using a soft back version of Chambers, ‘My Utmost for His Highest’.  I’ve use this material before and its always beneficial. This particular copy belonged to my (Dan) mother until she went to be with our Lord this past August. She had often commented that she enjoyed how God is using us and she lived missions though our experiences. We understood this connection as she often told us how she had felt God’s call on her life as a teen but her father would not hear of it.  So it felt right to bring this along on this assignment.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Arrival in Manila

We are here.  After 25 hours of travel and both of us with the 'blessings' of varying degrees of cold symptoms (thank to the flu shots we got last week) we can't say it was the best trip we've had but it was ok.
God is Good. Our pass through immigration and customs was one of the fastest we have experienced.  Greg Taylor met us and we are spending the first couple of days with his family while the house we have been assigned to gets final preparations.  Greg and his wife Terri will also be leading our orientation training for the next couple of days.
It's time for rest now as we adjust to the 14 hour difference (ahead) from home.
Nite all. The future looks good from here...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Another winter away...

This has never been an objective of ours but who are we to argue with God.  In fact we have not even considered it, but as we moved through the fall this past year, He presented again for the 4th year in a row, a need to serve a portion of the St Louis winter in a warmer climate.  This time it is the longest assignment yet, 90 days...