Sunday Evening August 14
Maasin City, Leyte
The last two days have been wonderful and restorative. After a few long work days our team was ready to rest. Saturday we worked for half of the day, enjoyed lunch, and then went to a natural cold springs near the work site. We swam and jumped off the rocks, laughing with each other and making a spectacle of ourselves to the Filipinos that were near by. We then enjoyed a street fair happening in town. We ate BBQ meat on a stick, corn on the cob, and fried donuts. A true fair food experience!
Sunday morning we were able to attend church with our missionary friends, Francis and Laura. We sang worship and Pastor Ron taught. They honored us as their guests and we felt very welcome.
It is always so overwhelming to me to be in a place, half-way around the world, with infinite cultural barriers, but still worship God together. He truly is the same God yesterday, today, and forever. It is magnificent to see a small glimpse of how big our God is. He has not lost track of me and forgotten what part of the earth I am in. He is the same God whispering to my heart here in Asia as he is at home in the States. He is so breath-taking and powerful. He is one. And at home I often forget that. I confine him to a small box and only let him out when I need him. This morning in church I was once again confronted by his grace for me but also his grace for the people on the island of Leyte, the people on the other 7,000+ islands of the philippines, and the 6.5 billion people on the planet.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6
We spent our Sunday afternoon on a nearby, tiny, island swimming and enjoying the beach. God's creation is amazing and we are truly enjoying it. We are so lucky. We took an outrigger to the island from Leyte. It was genuine Filipino experience.
Thank you for your continued prayers. We go back to work tomorrow on the dorm. Pray for renewed strength, increasing energy, speedy and effective work. Pray for our team's health, some are beginning to catch colds. Thanks!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.