We have initial reports from the village and the people are joining us in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for the answers to all the prayers. Our partner was there working on the revisions to the Bible and was able to share news of the storm. Preparations for the worst occupied the people but their trust was on the One who controls the storm.
God answered by mercifully slowing much of the winds and rain in our villages area. News has filtered in about devastation and death from that same storm in other areas and we continue to pray and look to the Lord as real help to the worst hit is coming from His people there. Our missionary families and friends tell us they sheltered through the storm and are all OK.
Our hearts rejoice that so many we know and love were spared while at the same time we are heartbroken for those who are struggling with the aftermath of the storm and loss of family.
Please continue to pray as rebuilding will slowly begin in the areas hardest hit. Pray for the families experiencing grief. Pray please for the people bracing for the usual landslides and other earth shifting that follows these giant storms.
We’ve shared that so many of you wrote expressing your concern and continued prayers. We’ve been able to pass these along to our families there. Albert shared he was able to continue working on the translation with little disruption.
We are so thankful for God’s continuing mercy and work there. We praise Him for the great relief efforts carried out in the areas hardest hit by His people there. We pray for His comfort to envelope them and bring them peace amid the pain. We thank Him for each of you who continually prayed.
More as news comes to us,
A huge part of our joy in Home Assignment is the same as our joy in Field Assignment – PEOPLE! (and a couple of animals)
Here are just a few of the faces in our family and travels through forty-plus meetings and ten states thus far (added photos of family inserted without shame 🙂:
(some photos borrowed 😉 Thanks much!)
There are still so many missing ones of YOU! We look forward to visiting those that are in the future as the Lord wills!
We passed along our family tradition of MOVING!
Brent and Tonia had a move this year and God allowed us to help! We are so grateful to be in the States during family times of need. We travel so much for meetings we miss some of the events in our family, but this time we passed on an organizational retreat for some muscle-building.
While we would loved seeing everyone at the New Tribes Mission Refresher course, it was a case of “Home Assignment Calendar Madness” so the family won out (and GRANDdaughter time was had) in order to help Brent’s family hit the road to the mountains.
Please pray for them as they seek housing and employment in their new area! We so appreciate YOU, our partners’, for praying for our family.
A few photos from the day:
Party is Pinoy!
Chris says, “Goodbyes are GOOD, because it’s always about people and that’s good.” No matter if make-up runs down the cheeks. No matter if the nose must be wiped with your shirt because there is no tissue. No matter that your face looks all screwed up with emotion.
So of course here, in the Philippines, goodbyes are a great reason for a party! That’s the despidida.
We have had a few. We cry at each. We hug. We laugh and eat. We fellowship. And Lord, please bless our dear neighbors with protected ears, because we sing. We sing of the Lord and how wonderful He is to bring us together as family. We’ve said “townie” good-byes in Manila, Butuan and Malaybalay.
Join the parties through these photos (had to borrow a few) of beautiful family God has joined by heart strings: