|Filling the gas tank of the trike with Coke!? Just stop at the road side sari sari store, give them some pesos and they hand you a bottle of gas. Interesting! You can buy your fruit and gas and a single cigarette on a back road all at the same time. It is better service than going to the drive up window at McDonalds.|
|Here is our store (one of our offices) and the high school that was added on to the ministry center this past year and our little Pajero named Pepe'. Hard to believe that thing is 19 years old. It has a "crackled" hood from the sun, very stylish!|
|Just a fan plugged into a wall outlet?|
Look closely at the picture below!
|OSHA would love this way of|
plugging in a fan in a public building!
|Elwyn is in the tree harvesting mangoes for us. |
No safety nets, no ropes, no shoes!
Notice something missing below? They don’t even use ladders!
He is climbing down the bamboo he was using for netting the mangoes.
|This is the way pineapples grow! |
I never knew what the plant looked like.
|My papa, gone to be with the Lord at 80.|
What a blessing!
|Our kaybigan (friend) Gabby.|
I have two new stories to add that Jim has conveyed to me since I have been here in Manila while he holds down the fort there in Aninuan (pronounced ah-nee-new-on).
Last night as Jim faced the onslaught of requests that come directly after a church service from the leaders, he was talking with a young woman named Beth. Beth is one of those gals that we are watching for possible help in the future because she seems quite sharp. On our very first pay day, she made a “nice spreadsheet” comment about Jim’s spreadsheet system that he created for tracking orders and paying people. Well, last night, she asked where I was. Jim explained that I was in Manila because I had an opportunity to learn more about new areas of Manila from a seasoned veteran missionary. She then proceeded to tell him that she can’t stop watching us because when she sees us she sees the love that we have for one another and she is very encouraged by it. That comment is a direct answer to a prayer I have had for over two years now. Because I am not a spoken words person (writing is easier for me), and don’t feel like much of an evangelist, I have prayed that our relationship, our marriage, would make a difference in the lives of the people here.
As I think about it, this is the second time we have heard the evidence of that from the leaders. That reminds me of the concept to “teach them about Jesus, and if you have to….use words”! People are watching everything we as Christians do and it makes a difference no matter where we live. I praise God for yet another answer to prayer and His awesome provision.
We feel very blessed to be used by God in His ministry, Threads of Hope. We are thankful for His constant provision for ourselves and those we love. So life is a bit out of order, but the day will come when and we are settled in and have day to day things under control and the big projects behind us that will allow us to remain in this country and continue serving. Life will get back into balance.
jim.julie.marsh (Skype address)
920-744-7444 (Magic Jack)
I am back in Puerto Galera again and have more adventures to add. However, I will save them for future posts. Please check out the blog as we will post more often now that things are starting to settle down and we know how to use it better.
May God richly bless you, In Christ!