Dear friends of Davao City Outreach,
Every time I check if we have any money in our Ripe For Harvest account, I see the names of our generous financial supporters, & I continue to be awestruck at your expressions of sacrificial love. Gina & I thank God for you!
While there is no place I can see a list of the names of our prayer supporters, God does know who you are. You are a huge part of the work here! Thank you!
Here is a pic of the outreach to the Datu Salumay indigenous people I mentioned last month. They live a couple of hours from here. Our group brought them clothes, food, other small gifts, & the Gospel. They were very grateful. And I should mention that our young “daughter” Bee organized the whole thing!
BTW, several of these kids walk one to two hours every day to this school (including to this Saturday meeting), then one to two hours home.
Thankfully the landlord didn’t blame my 230 lb frame for the floor cracking up. It has been broken, then under repair, for about two weeks. Poor Gina–she loves to have the home very clean, but everything has been quite dusty the entire time. These guys are working behind me as I write. They also love Gina’s cooking, BTW.
I haven’t mentioned our Gem Village Outreach for a while. They continue to delight us with their attendance, their attentiveness, & their attitude of gratitude. Here are the kids & their moms, as well as our volunteers, in a recent pic.
These Gem Village kids just graduated from elementary school. Gina & I went to the ceremony. After the two-month summer break, on to high school. Con-grad-ulations to the promoted students!
Here Gina & I are helping another ministry. Jane (one of our ‘daughters’) is part of a group that teaches the Bible to kids in a slum called Agdao every week. They wanted to bless the kids with a trip to a McDonald’s with a play area, so they asked if we could provide transportation. Fourteen little ones, plus seven adult workers, were in our Toyota Revo that night. The kids did not mind at all. They thought it was so cool to be in a privately owned vehicle, & “McDo” (as Filipinos call it) is a very rare treat for these kids.
Gina & I know the kids on the left. We had been talking with them (at our friends’ graduation ceremony). Later, as I was sitting, I felt a small person leaning against me, kinda behind me. I assumed it was the same girl…but it was the girl on the right, whom I had never seen before. She just wanted to be friends with a Kano (American), I guess.
I love being here. 🙂
I usually only pay P40 (just under a dollar) for a haircut, but maybe if I spent P10 more I would get better results.
(Biglang gwapo means “suddenly handsome”) 🙂
We don’t keep detailed records, but considering all of the ministries in our home, I think overall regular attendance has doubled in the last six months or so. Si Ginoo na jud (to God be the glory)!
Increased growth often accompanies increased problems. We have had plenty of extra expenses in the last month: my visa extension, vehicle repairs, & just this morning I was shocked to learn that we owe $2741 in state & federal income taxes. I had been so sure that folks like us who make $19,571 a year wouldn’t have to pay on April 15. (2014 was our first full year as missionaries) I guess a big factor is the $5700 we took out of my small retirement account last year, making our income $25,271.
Please consider helping us with these expenses. http://ripeforharvest.org/home/donate/ (Please ensure your gift goes to “Davao City Outreach”)
If you can, please help us find venues to speak at while we’re in AZ May 12 – June 5. Gina & I would love to connect with your fellowship group, Bible study, or church! We could talk about whatever you’d like: the Philippines, our mission, our personal testimonies, or to urge folks to prayerfully consider serving the Lord in another culture. I think it would be encouraging for your group–it would certainly encourage us–& it might inspire more prayer support & financial support for Davao City Outreach.
“When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.‘”
— from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 9