Time is running so fast. Hubby and I will be flying to Texas on Wednesday morning at 6:45 AM. We will be leaving for Manila tomorrow night at around 10 PM. The drive to Manila is around 4 hours and we should be checking in at the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight. The thing is I haven't finished packing our things yet. I should be packing now but I'm still here in front of the PC blogging. I have two tasks to finish tonight or else it will expire and I will lose 20 bucks. I'm excited to go back to Texas again but not as excited as the first time I went there. Maybe because I already know what it looks like and what is in there unlike the first time that I didn't know what's ahead of me. After 3 years and 4 months, we will see the lonestar state again and of course our loved ones there.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
This morning was the graduation day of my VBS class. There were 35 kids who attended this year. The theme of our VBS was F.R.O.G. - Fully Rely On God. I got the resource materials from the internet. For 4 nights, I slept late because I was the only one who prepared all the stuffs needed for all the activities and crafts. We lack workers in the church. I am hoping that when those kids I teach in Sunday School will grow a li'l bit older, they can help me in teaching VBS. I had fun teaching VBS though some of the kids were so noisy in the class. Overall, we had fun and the kids enjoyed our class, Bible stories, coloring, crafts, snacks and games. I told stories of Bible characters who fully relied on God like Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego and David. I saw how attentive they were while I was relating those stories. The kids love playing Trip To Jerusalem and the Hot Item. In fact, they kept requesting me to let them play the game again.
I gave certificate of attendance to all the kids and also I awarded certificates of appreciation to the deserving kids. I also gave medals to four of my students who were always there since I started teaching kids' Sunday School.
Some of the girls rendered action songs this morning and my nephew played his ukelele. Some adults were also there to watch the graduation. We held it outside our church because it was brownout the whole day and too hot inside the church. It was cooler outside under the mango tree. We had snacks after my hubby and I awarded the certificates. The adults assisted in giving snacks to the kids.
My hubby was giving his message to the kids who attended VBS.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
This is our 4th summer since we got here in my homeland and the hottest too. The highest temperature recorded this month is 36 degrees Centigrade and that is equivalent to 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Compared to the summer heat in Texas, our summer here is still more tolerable. We can tolerate not to have AC in our house during day time. Hubby only turn on the AC in our room at night before he go to sleep. He can't sleep with a hot temperature.
Lots of people are going to the beaches and resorts this time of the year. Hubby love the beach and maybe before we leave for the states, we will go there one more time. We've been there last month already. Anyways, it's just a 45 minutes drive from our place and the entrance is free. I know the rent for cottages soared up again. They always do that during summer, take advantage during peak season. I love summer but I just don't like the heat. I would be glad when we go back to Texas next month so we can at least escape the heat here even just for two months. It's spring time there, the best season of the year. We'll be back here when summer will start in Texas. I just can't bear the Texas summer heat. Too hot for my bones, lol!
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Today hubby and I bought our airline tickets to Texas. It's been a long time since we left the place and came here in my homeland to start a ministry. Three years and 4 months to be exact since we flew here in the Philippines. Where did the three years go? It seems like time flies so fast when you're having fun. We had our ups and downs since we were here, physically, emotionally and financially. I know the enemy had been trying to discourage us in doing the works of the Lord. There were times that hubby had wanted to quit but I encouraged him to keep on keeping on for the Lord. We are here to serve and do the calling of the Lord. As the song goes, "We will serve the Lord even when trials come..." There is joy in serving the Lord. No words could describe the joy I feel every time I see people get saved and baptized by hubby. The testimonies I hear from them in our church on Sundays make me so happy and blessed. We started this ministry and I believe God will bless our effort in doing so.
For the past few months, hubby had been searching in the internet for plane tickets for Texas. At that time, we didn't have the money to buy. We waited and waited for God's blessings. Early this year, hubby got his SS benefits and then my step-daughter paid her balance in the house that she bought from us. But then, the tickets went up because it's now peak season. We thought that internet price for the airfare is cheaper but it's not. Their prices are way up and also the lay-overs are too long. I decided to call a travel agency and to my surprise, their price is cheaper than the ones we've seen in the internet and the lay-overs are shorter. I hate waiting for so long during lay-overs. So to make the story short, we bought our round trip airline tickets for $1594 each. I know it's still high for us but then, it's peak season and compared to the prices in the internet, it's still lower.
Hubby and I were happy because God provided our needs. We will be able to see the kids and attend Josh's graduation. We will also try to visit some churches and raise some support for our ministry. Lord, thank you very much for you are the God who do amazing things in our lives. To God be the glory!
Below are photos taken by Vernice at the travel agency where we bought our airline tickets.
I took this photo:
hubby took this photo: