I can't tell you how much your prayers have affected our time and ministry these past 10 days. We have been so blessed by your ministry of prayer. Our safety as well as our ability to minister have been affected positively for God's glory through your prayers. Thank you so much!
Here are some additional pictures for you to hopefuly get a view of what we were doing and some of the things we saw while there.
Hello again. We found ourselves very busy over the past few days. We have spent allot of time preparing for and working with the NTM children here in the Philippines. We discovered how important this ministry is as many of the parents shared they would not enjoy the conference or perhaps not even come if they had to tend to the children. So it has been great to be able to minister in this way.
We are now back in Manilla. We did do some sight-seeing on the way back yesterday. We climbed Mt Taal, a volcano that is now generally considered inactive, though there are sufuric steam vents here and there.
We will be off to the airport on Tuesday morning Manilla time (Monday evening Atlanta time. And will be back in Atlanta Tuesday evening.
It has been a great trip and though we will miss the new firends we have made, we look forward to getting bac home soon.
In our first two days here we have met and learned from several amazing missionaries. These are truely amazing people and we count it a blessing to visit with them and hopefully serve them in some small way by taking care of their children during the morning sessions. And any other way that presents itself.
Russell and Shirley live in a village that does not have a "road" in less than a day's walk. There is an airstip there now, but it's the shortest airstrip in the Philippines! So their trip to the annual conference started with an interesting takeoff from that airstrip.
Many others here live in the midst of a tribe somewhere deep in the Philippines jungle with a heart to share the good news of great joy! And we see that they have the same struggles, and more in some cases, as we do. And their children are equally amazing. One young 9 year old in my group shared with tears, about a friend of her's back home who was dying of brain cancer at 10 years old. And that friend's only regret was that they could not come back to their tribe here and continue the ministry there.
These stories and more have really torn my heart.