Journal Entry: July 9, 2011
Children I shared the gospel with in the market.
Papa John’s girls are down to three. We said goodbye to Dana, Katy, Hannah (and Abby) today. Very sad after spending two incredible weeks together but they are heading back to the states. We had fellowship bracelets made for us in the Baguio City market before they left. I bought one for Lindsay, Chloe and John as well. I miss those three so much!!
In the Baguio market, God also provided some really cool ministry opportunities. There were young girls trying to sell us bags and I told them I didn’t need a bag but I would love to share something with them if they had a few minutes. I shared with them the gospel and how God sent me to the Philippines to share the love of Christ. I asked them if they wanted to pray with me to invite Jesus into their hearts and they said yes! After we prayed they asked if I had time for them to go find their brothers, they wanted them to know Jesus too!! It was an incredible experience. I also gave them tracks (a little handout book the Tebow’s made to share the gospel with them in Tagalog) so they go go home and share with the rest of their family and friends! It was really special because every time we went into the market after that, the girls would find me and give me hugs! Praise God for my new brothers and sisters at the Baguio market!
Ps: Wilmark brought over our puppy today! We gave her a bath and kept her in our hotel for a day, before Wilmark took the puppy to his wife. The puppy is so tiny and black and has been snuggling and sleeping the whole time. So cute and sweet! I love Whitrina!
Journal Entry: July 7, 2011
In the clouds with students who had never seen a white person
Went up the mountain today with Jim Jem. A local pastor from the area saw us hiking up the road and gave us a ride to the elementary school. The kids once again, like yesterday, had never seen a white person before. When we got to the school, the principal rang a huge cow bell that called in all the parents and the neighbor filipinos on the mountain to come in and meet Jim Jem and I. I couldn’t get pics with the students until after I shared the gospel. Again, they would run and scream, standing 15 yards back watching me. I had a chance to meet a woman who was considered head of their what would be our PTA, she was really nice, working the veggie gardens at the school and the families and students arrived for the day. We were so high up that I was literally sharing the gospel with clouds rolling by all around us. Another amazing experience provided by God!
boiling eggs in volcanic hot springs
Later that afternoon we went with Lolo Bato (aka Papa Stone, aka Pastor Charles Stone) to a hot spring and boiled eggs. I have never done anything like that, it was so much fun! I seriously feel so blessed, God keeps giving me these incredible experiences that will stay with me my whole life.
Pastor Stone, Pastor Morris, me, Carolina and Pastor Charlie at the hot springs
Journal Entry: July 6, 2011
crossing the bridge to the rice fields
the narrow paths in the woods
Today has been one of the best days of my life. I was put in a group with Dana and Pastor Phil. I started at a school by myself with Pastor Arnold sharing the gospel with 1500+ high schoolers. Then we traveled up the mountain where I at some ‘mystery meat’ before giving what was left to the roaming dogs. I had no idea God was preparing something so special for us after lunch. The clouds got dark and started to swell with rain as we made our way to this awesome bridge. We left our jeepney and started to cross the bridge in the rain. As we crossed the river I truly knew I was experiencing a gift from God. After crossing we walked trails that reminded me of hiking the Appalachian Trail… we took narrow winding paths through trees right on the edge of the cliff.
hoping the fence to enter the rice fields
caraboa working in the rice fields in the rain
After the woods it opened up to a huge and beautiful rice field. We had to hop fences and walk through a huge rice field filled with pigs, caraboa, goats and chickens. It was amazing and I could experience God everywhere around me as it rained on us. The caraboa was plowing through the rice fields with a filipino man in a raincoat, the pigs and piglets were running around us hoping to get food, some pigs were hiding under roofs to try to beat the rain along with goats, chickens and roosters.
Forty-five minutes later we finally made it to the school. When I walked in, the children all screamed and ran away from me. I had no idea what was going on or what I did that scared them. Then their teacher laughed and said that her students had never seen a person with white skin before. The children literally ran, hiding in corners, left the classroom and were watching me from outside the windows. One brave boy finally decided he would accept my offer of a high-five. He slowly walked toward me, slapped my hand and ran away as quick as possible while the other students screamed and laughed. It was amazing to see how after sharing the gospel and the love of Jesus the children were not scared anymore. They knew we came to spread love, hope, mercy and grace. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. I will be forever blessed to our Lord for using me to be a part of the children’s journey to know Him.
the children running away from me because they had never seen a person with white skin before
mama and baby pigs begging for food
Journal Entry: June 29, 2011
Had yet another amazing experience… I was able to share the good news with a deaf class in the Philippines. They were talking about skipping the class cause it would be difficult to translate from english to tagalog to sign language. However I said no way are we missing that class room. And I am so glad that I stood up and said we are going in because I had the most awesome experience. It took two sign language teachers to interpret the good news but by the end 36 deaf Filipino children took Jesus into their hearts, as well the two teachers. They were all so into it. When we got into the part about Hell I could see the worry on all their faces and when they found out Jesus was alive and could live in their hearts I could see the excitement in their eyes. It was very cool to witness. The easy thing to do would have been to walk away from that classroom but I am so glad I didn’t! I shared the Gospel a little different with them as well. I told them how God created them in His image and that they are all special. They loved that Jesus could live in their hearts and I made sure to make it very clear to always turn to Him in good and bad times. And that whether they can hear or not, have blonde hair or black hair God loves us all the same. When I finished sharing the Gospel the children were signing to me I love you, thank you and God Bless you. It really touched my heart! It was really cool.
check out some of the video from that day…
This young boy from Brazil, named Jotta, has a voice that is a true blessing from God. Absolutely amazing! He is worth the few minutes to stop your day and take a listen.