November is the month that many choose to focus on gratitude. Many of my facebook friends have been posting daily the things they are thankful for, and others are planning big “thanksgiving” get-togethers. I may not be doing these things, but one thing is for sure: we have a lot to be thankful for!
My heart has really been challenged lately about being truly thankful through every circumstance. While reading “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom with the kids one night, we read how Corrie and her sister Betsie thanked God for the fleas that covered their beds and everything around them in the concentration camp in Nazi Germany. It seemed ludicrous to do such a thing, but both sisters were determined to be thankful for EVERYTHING. Later the sisters learned that the reason they never had guards in their rooms; and therefore were able to openly spread the Gospel; was because of the very fleas they has thanked God for! If we truly believe that everything God allows is for our best and for His glory, then we should be able to praise Him and be truly thankful for EVERYTHING.
My prayer is that God will cultivate in me a truly thankful heart. One that can praise Him for everything in my life, and be grateful ALWAYS.
The school building
This month we started the building of the school room in the little primary school. It has been such a joy to see it coming together after months of preparation. I cannot tell you how very excited the parents and teachers are to have the additional room for their children. The parents even came together voluntarily to move the little nipa room that they use as a kitchen out of the way for the build.
It has been exciting to see the building rising up from the ground so quickly. The photo above is from a week ago, and already the wall are complete today. We are so thankful for the donations we received already for this project. We do not have the complete funds needed, but will continue building as the Lord provides. Soon some of the children will not need to share their classroom with 2 grades but can have their own classroom! But even more importantly, how exciting it is to think that this room will soon house people who will come to listen to Gods Word taught correctly for the first time!
Lesson preperation progress
Phil has spent many hours in his office translating lessons, putting pratical, culturally appropriate examples in, checking lessons according to Tagalog and English, and checking for understanding in Agutaynen. We are excited at the progress being made even though there have been many delays and interruptions. It is so important that we correctly teach Gods Word and we want to be 100% sure to take time to do the neccessary checks in line with that. Please continue to pray for Phil as he continues with this important work.
Life on the island continues to be blessed. We are so thankful for the friendships the Lord has allowed us build. This past month we attended birthday parties for some of our elderly friends. Please pray with us for these dear ones to stay in good health so they may hear Gods Truth in the near future. These functions are always enjoyable to attend (now that we know what to expect 😊), and often include lots of reason to laugh. At a recent birthday we were seated under a beautiful tree. This was wonderful while the sun shone, but in the evening it became risky business. As the bats came to settle in for the night they proceded to dump huge fist size seeds from the tops of the trees. Angelique was unlucky enough to have one land on her head!
One of the greatest reasons I have to be thankful for are our children. They are such a delight and I am often humbled when I see the how the Lord is working in and through them. This will be Valerie-Anne's last birthday and Christmas with us before she heads off to college. Im holding on to every minute I get to spend with her. Won't you please pray with us for the Lords provision for her? We are waiting on Him for His leading and provision before she can made definitive plans. Angie and Boeta are growing like weeds. They will soon complete grade 10. (Where has the time gone???!!). Please pray for them as they seek to serve the Lord here on Agutaya.
Amongst the things that we are really thankful for is YOU! You are such a vital part of God's work here on Agutaya. We could not do this without YOU, our faithful partners. Thank you for the part you play in reaching the Agutaynen people. We praise God for you!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
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