Sunday, June 10, 2012

Catanduanes


This excerpt from the World Team website describes what the spiritual life (or lack of it) is like where I will live for a few weeks this summer. 

The Land of the Howling Winds
"Catanduanes is a land of wind-swept islands, isolated people, and poverty. The constant pounding of typhoons leaves the people weary and with little hope. Less than 4% of the people are Christians; the rest are animistic Roman Catholics. The Philippines was occupied by the Spanish for over 400 years. The imprint of this oppression upon the culture is deep and long-lasting. But the people of Catanduanes are quickly being modernized. Now they are beginning to question the beliefs handed down to them from the Spanish. God is using this time of questioning to prepare a great harvest."

There is a field that is ripe for a great harvest. The Lord has given me a great honor of being a tiny part of that harvest. I may not be able to see immediate, or even long-term results of my obedience to God, but I will in eternity. And that's, in the end, what matters, right? I ask God each day to give me an eternal mindset. The Lord has set eternity in my heart. I am thankful for His grace in my life that I may have everlasting life. I desire that others may know His grace. Will you join me in this snapshot of harvest work? You can join through prayer. 

Pray that God will give people the ears to hear and the eyes to see the Gospel.

Pray that God will raise up bold and courageous leaders who have professed and lived out faith in Jesus Christ. 

Pray with me for teammates for my missionary mentors. They are alone in their specific part of the field. They need English teachers, computer teachers, and others to come alongside them in Kingdom work. They would love another married couple to join them long-term.

In the Manila area, pray with me that God would bring a married couple (especially one without children) with a heart for the Call Center workers. Their nocturnal lifestyle is unique and requires special attention and ministry. 


Thank you for your prayers and support thus far. To God be the Glory...Great things He has done!

Idols



The reality of idols have been on my heart and mind lately. Being in a culture where physical idols are a common, everyday part of life my seem very foreign to those from an American cultural background...but then, it got me thinking. What are some of the idols in my life? They may not be physical images or statues like the ones I see around me here, but they are still very real idols that need to be removed for me to see Jesus Christ clearly and for me to share the Good News with others. In my own life, I have identified idols such as academic success, certain friendships, certain people, material gain, acceptance and approval, certainty and security, comfort, and many others. The only difference, but a very important one, however, is that I have the ability to overcome and defeats these idols through the power of the Holy Spirit in me. Most of the people I around me here do not. They do not know Jesus Christ. Some have rejected the Truth, but many have not heard the Truth that sets them free. That is why the Lord has called my missionary mentors to the Philippines; to bring the light of Christ into dark places. My own mentors, whom I will be living with for a few weeks on the Catanduanes island, have idols in their rented home. They belong to their landlord. They need prayer about how to get rid of these idols that have evil, demonic spirits within them. This is a spiritual battlefield that needs to be prayed over. The other intern and I will, Lord-willingly, be able to not only pray with them for this need, but will be able to witness the destruction of these idols. Would you be in prayer with me for this? All followers of Christ are on a spiritual battlefield. How that manifests itself varies from culture to culture, but there is a very real presence of evil spirits and forces on this island. In the end, our Lord reigns, He will overcome. All glory and praise be to Him!

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; 
    let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
    righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
Fire goes before him
    and consumes his foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
    the earth sees and trembles. 
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
    before the Lord of all the earth. 
The heavens proclaim his righteousness, 
    and all peoples see his glory.
All who worship images are put to shame, 
    those who boast in idols 
    worship him, all you gods!
Zion hears and rejoices
    and the villages of Judah are glad 
    because of your judgments, Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth; 
    you are exalted far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil, 
    for he guards the lives of his faithful ones 
    and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 
11 Light shines[a] on the righteous 
    and joy on the upright in heart. 
12 Rejoice in the Lordyou who are righteous,
    and praise his holy name.

Revelation 12:11 

"They triumphed over him
    by the blood of the Lamb 
    and by the word of their testimony; 
they did not love their lives so much
    as to shrink from death." 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Life in the Philippines-Day 3 :)

I've only been here about 3 days, but these past 3 days have been learning, fun, and Grace-filled. I am so thankful for all God has given me the ability to take part in. I am in great anticipation and expectation for the next 6 weeks! God has been faithful in the little details and the big picture. I know He will continue to be faithful. I can't believe how much I have learned so far. Life as an international worker is all I expected and nothing life I expected. :) Greater things are still to be done! He is at work and I get to be part of His story-what an honor and a blessing!

What I have experienced so far:


  • My first ride in a jeepney-quite the experience for a suburban girl :)
  • My first ride in a tricycle (just a little different from the ones I grew up riding on in my driveway... :)
  • Mangoes!! Yummy! (all the food has been great!)
  • Language school-the fast track to fluency...maybe not, but it has been fun and enriching! And mabuti!! :)
  • God's faithfulness and goodness
  • Prayer-its importance and power
  • ethnography :)
  • and much more!


I will actually be in metro Manila for only about 2 weeks-most of my time will be spent on Catanduanes or "Cats" as the team usually calls it. Looking forward to an experience like no other there :) 



hope to post pictures soon. maybe later this week :)





Sunday, May 27, 2012

2 Days



Today, a Filipino-American church commissioned me and prayed for me as I prepare to serve on a missions internship for 2 months in the Philippines this summer. I am truly honored, humbled, blessed, and thankful. I am so excited to see what God will do in and through me this summer. He has already prepared good works for me to do (Ephesians 2:10). He also
has gone before me, will go with me, and will work there long after I leave. He is faithful, sovereign, good, and loving. I leave in 2 days for my training in Philadelphia, PA. I then leave for Manila on June 2nd.

Salamat Po! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A little airline history :)

Before I tell you a little about the amazing missionary couples I was able to spend time with last week, I'm going to give you a little background as to how I can "get around" so easily and inexpensively.

This story goes back many years ago....

The opportunities I have had to travel have all been gifts from my Father above, through the blessing of my earthly father's profession. My dad, John, was given the dream to fly airplanes as a young boy. He grew up with a father who flew for Western and then Delta Airlines, a man who also has a love for flying the friendly skies :) My dad always knew he wanted to be a pilot. As far as I know, he never had any other dream for a future career. One day, my Grandpa provided my dad with the opportunity to take flying lessons and earn his private pilot's license. He earned his license around age 16, when he earned his driver's license as well. My dad majored in Aeronautics and Aviation at San Jose State University, flew some tours of the Grand Canyon, flight-instructed, and held other flying jobs until he was offered a job with Sun Country Airlines in Minnesota. Not long afterwards, Delta Airlines called my dad, interviewed him, and hired him. He became one of the youngest in his class, at age 24, to be hired by Delta. He also was one of 3 or 4 civilian pilots (as opposed to all the military new hires). He later met my mom, Susan, in the Houston Airport, where she was based as a flight attendant for Delta.

And the rest is history, as they say :)


Because my dad is a pilot, my family flies free on Delta and at a discount on other airlines. We also fly standby, space-available, or non-revenue/"non-rev" (some fancy airline lingo :) So, this makes for some fun adventures and interesting stories :)



Spring Break 2012

This blog design and template is very fitting for me. I recently spent part of my spring break in Chile. I would have to say this has been my best spring break yet. Last year, during my spring break, I was ready to go on my dad's trip to Chile. Then, my dad received news of a friend's imminent death. He had to stay home, to help with funeral arrangements, and to eventually give testimony of the friend at the funeral service. I was disappointed in not going last year, but I now know that the postponement of my time in Chile until this year was in God's perfect plan.

Here is a picture of my dad and I while getting ready to zipline:

It was mucho fun! :)

I am still learning Espanol, but I hope to be fluent someday!


This blog, while a travel journal (and a journey to the past), will also showcase missionary friends around the world that I have had the blessing of knowing and building friendships with. First stop around the world: Chile!