We are excited to share we arrived back in the Philippines last week! It has been a whirlwind of past few weeks to get here and multiple times petitioning the Philippine Immigration to allow our family an exemption. They just granted us this last month with the condition we return by the 1st of Feb. and we made it! We look forward to continuing to serve the Lord and our call here in the Philippines. Thank you everyone who has prayed for us and continuing to support our ongoing ministry.
The Bible Verse Challenge winners went shopping for their prizes this week! At first, we were trying to decide the best prize for them. We wanted something special – they spent so much time memorizing 36 Bible Verses! The hard part was knowing what they needed/wanted. Then, we had the idea that we give them a budget, take them shopping to a local department store and let them choose any prize they wanted… It says a lot that each woman chose very basic and practical items for their families. New sandals, a rice cooker, a backpack for their husband, a fan, a plastic container to hold their utensils or plates to protect them from mice, cockroaches and other bugs… Thank you for those who partner with us to help reach families and see lives transformed by the Word of God.
Our Mabuhay Women’s theme for Christmas was John 8:12. We read Mathew 2:1-12 seeing how the Wise Men followed the star to seek Jesus. Today, we too should seek Jesus with our whole hearts. Our activity was making Christmas Parol’s with basic items at home. The parol is a Filipino Christmas lantern that is beautifully decorated.