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Reunited!

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     It’s almost been 1 week since we arrived in Cebu! We’ve missed our friends in the Philippines & it’s so good to be with them again. We were encouraged to see so many people still faithful; still serving the Lord in their place. I put my Cebuano to the test and preached on Sunday night. Thankfully, the language is still there! :) I just need to break off the rust. Pray for us as we still deal with the lingering effects of jet leg. The kids have woken us up in the wee hours of the morning on more than one occasion. :) They’ve finally started waking up at 6:00 am so we’re almost there!  We are excited to be back in this special place. There’s great peace in knowing you are right where God wants you! 

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On Our Way

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Today is the day! We are on our way back to Cebu. As we wait to board our flight, we can’t help but feel a mix of emotions. We are SO excited to return to our home, to our church, & to our ministries! But we have also shed some tears as we’ve said farewell to our homeland.  Saying goodbye never gets easier. I look forward to Heaven when we’ll be with our loved ones for eternity! For now, we will rejoice that God has blessed us with so many people to love around the world.  Please pray for us as we fly back to the Philippines. God is already at work and we are so excited to have a part in His ministry! 

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Pray for Camp

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10 days until we return to the Philippines! When we arrive, the church will be in the middle of camp prep. This is an exciting season and we are so happy that we’ll be back to participate! Please pray for camp! Pray that teens would make great decisions for Christ. Pray that there would be no injuries throughout the week. Pray that souls would be saved.  

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Self Reliant vs God Reliant

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Traveling on furlough can wear you out but there is no doubt in my mind that it’s an important part of missionary life. God has used it over and over again to teach us some wonderful truths. As Americans, we become so self-reliant that we often live life without relying on God. Being self-reliant is a good thing but if we’re not careful, we can live our life without ever going to God. As Christians, we need to realize that we need God more than our abilities or talents. If we’re not careful our service becomes a routine -a good routine- but nonetheless a routine. It’s a trap that’s easy to fall into. But duty can only get you so far. Our service should flow from a heart of love that realizes we need God for everything.  Even the “little” things.

When a branch is attached to an apple tree, fruit will grow from the branches.  This is a wonderful picture of what a believer needs to be successful.  We must stay close to Christ because He is our life. We need to pray and stay in His Word so we can hear His voice and obey.  A branch that is connected to the tree is stronger than a branch that has been cut off a tree. A believer who tries to live the Christian life in his own power is like a branch that has been cut off the tree.  The branch dies. This happens when believers try to live their lives in their own strength. 

This has been one message God has delivered to us through several different preachers and fellow missionaries. I pray this thought will challenge you as it has challenged me. Living the Christian life through your own power will only leave you frustrated. Stop relying so much on your wisdom and derive your strength from God.

John 15:4-5 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

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