Boracay 2013

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An Update from Phil…

It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m sitting at Agape Boracay Academy, one of the schools we’ve been assisting on Boracay, listening to our group worshipping with a Philippino group. The sound of the music and voices is grand just like so much of this trip has been.

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Our pace has been extraordinary. We’re up at 6 and are either doing construction or going to feeding sites where we share Jesus and a meal with the poor until we have our dinner at 7 or 8. We’re all very tired but overjoyed to be serving here.

This is the first moment I’ve had to get something up on the blog. I’m so glad Haley has posted a couple things. We have, though, been able to get a lot of pics up on facebook. You can find us on facebook at Los Altos Boracay. Just friend us and you can keep up with the pics each day.

This island is a place of incredible beauty and incredible poverty. There are grand hotels and people living in grass huts. It’s hard to process the disparity but it’s not hard at all to love the people. Even those who are suffering from malnutrition and have open sores on their arms and legs seem to smile and laugh from a full heart.

At one of the first sights we went to their was a little girl, maybe 3 years old, who had many open sores from mosquito bites and what appeared to be a broken arm. The injury to her arm was at least a week or two old. This little girl was quiet and reserved and obviously in a lot of pain. Stacy Kozloski sat and held her while Zach Nyquist and I tried to attend to her wounds. In the end, she was covered in bandaids, her arm was splinted with a make shift splint, and we found it very hard to leave her. The difficulty with a short term mission like this is that there are so many needs, so little time, and only so much can be done. We brought her situation to the attention of the missionaries who regularly visit this site and they will be following up to make sure she gets the care she needs.

We also had the opportunity to visit a public elementary school and share Jesus with third graders. They are packed in, 75 to a classroom. The classrooms we visited were for the kids in need of nourishment so we also fed them before we left. There was one little boy in the second row of this crowded room who had his bowl out and ready when the serving of food began. We didn’t have a spoon to serve the food and since he was first in line, we decided to use his bowl to fill the other 74. He never complained but waited patiently with a smile on his face for his turn. He even offered the lid for his bowl to another boy who didn’t have one so he could eat too.

A couple of days later at a feeding site, amid grass huts and farm animals, that same boy was there. I had a chance to talk with him and found out his name is Bryan. I spoke with him and thanked him for being so generous and patient. He wrote me a little note in English saying that he loved Jesus. I don’t think I will ever forget his smile.

 

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We have many, many more stories that we will share when we get back. For now, please keep praying. God is working – in us as well as in those we meet.

Looking forward,

Phil

 

News From the Advance Team…

~Written by Haley~

Proceeding the team, I and my parents left for Boracay on Saturday, June 22nd. The team will be joining us here on Boracay tomorrow, but I wanted to give an update on what has happened since we left.

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a view of Boracay from Panay, the island across

The week has been full of introductions, reunions, and adventures.

I (haley) was updated on many changes that have taken place in the ministry and went to the school, tribal village, and my old neighborhood to meet my old friends. I helped a little in the school and also attended a birthday lunch celebration followed by a sleepover on the other island. It has been great getting to see all my good friends once again!

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Lilia, my teaching partner from last year and I on the first night.

VVV these are from Ronel’s birthday celebration VVV

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He had to have a rabies shot because he was bit by a cat the night before.. 🙁 but i just thought it was hilarious with the bunny ears! (i have no idea why the bunny ears by the way-JUST to clarify. haha)

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the students of the Ati school celebrated too! Image

a carabou in the ati village

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then more celebration at the sleepover!

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so many new foods!

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and a bonfire on the beach!

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Phil has been working hard preparing and teaching. He taught for two nights on church transfusion and was involved with the Asian Theological Seminary (ATS), a conference for pastors from all different islands. He enjoyed getting to know some of the pastors and presenting them with information that had never crossed their minds before. Many of them stood to ask questions or show that they understood what he was teaching. Seventeen teachers from Agape Boracay Academy also attended! It was a very fruitful and challenging time!

 

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Sir Dan and Pastor Phil

All the Pastors!!!

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Lori has accompanied us and is loving her time here. She loves the friendly people and getting to know the culture here. And of course, she loves enjoying the beauty!!!!

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^^^^^^a lizard. 🙂 ^^^^^^^^

 

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It has been such a blessing to be able to show them people and places that are meaningful to me. We are anxious to get the team here and start working. It is going to be a great time!

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Some verses used in Phil’s teaching…

―Paul to the leaders at Ephesus (Acts 20:32)- And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”

―Luke 9:23-24 If any one wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”

Matt 7:15-20–every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.

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Looking out the window from Dan & Tori’s in Manila.

We’ll be heading to the airport for the flight to Boracay soon.

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