Thursday, August 28, 2008


Images include:
Parasailing - run, run, run, JUMP!
My thai haircut that I regret
Church with Filipino friends in Bangkok
Our favorite part of the trip - our SCOOTER!
Our beloved Coke Zero in Thai
Thai sweets at a market
Us in the mirror of a tuk tuk
and me with the Queen

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Leaving Manila...

Leaving Manila was quite bittersweet...

It seems like when a place has become your home for so long leaving isn't as sad because you KNOW these people will be in your future. We've spent so many hours of laughter, then trials and then joy that disconnecting with them was out of the question... leaving was really more of a see you later!

The Lord has been so faithful in teaching us numerous lessons during our stay. Listing would almost be tedious. The next step is coninuing to stay open to learn just as much in the States and using the lessons we can as we venture home.

Needless to say we're excited we're on our way home!
OUr next stops are:
Czeck Republic
(if we can make it to all these places)

Thank you for your continued prayers for Ellen. She is currently recovering from surgery and is thankful to be out of the hospital with all cancer removed.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Friday, August 8, 2008

Play Round the Playground…


All the pieces
Slide over the school

They played on the slide before it was even unwrapped and attached to a playground!
Tire swing construction

We were just preparing to write somewhat of a discouraging blog post, apologizing that the playground is potentially out of reach and may never be delivered. Well that was yesterday and today we write with a fully completed playground!

Tuesday night we anxiously awaited for the playground to arrive at 5pm, then 7pm and no playground. We were quite worried as the playground had to be out of the port by Friday August 8th. Otherwise it was considered "abandoned" where the customs officials can keep the playground or sell it as they please. With a possibility of delivery on Tuesday we really had our hopes up for the first time in weeks. No delivery on Tuesday, so we took the Canadian team to our school on Wednesday and waited, and waited, and waited until 3pm a Schenker China delivery truck came around the corner. All the kids rushed out and everyone was clapping and cheering!

Our next challenge was the large spiral slide that was too big to fit through the school to get into the backyard. Fortunately the gentleman next door offered to help and suspended the slide with rope and led the slide over from the 4th story next door. Our next task was the full assembly and the instructions were just as we expected (well we expected nothing) considering we'd been requesting instructions for 4 months now. An agent did draw a picture of the playground (which was no use) and handwrote in Chinese a few explanations. The assembly was a near miracle! The playground was up and nearly together within 3 hours. The next day we cemented and added final pieces. Today we presented it to the children. Their faces were well worth all the pain and agony. All the community is talking about it and you can already feel the attraction to the school.

Thank you all who were involved. This was a significantly larger project than we anticipated and it took more involvement to make it a success. Thank you to Cotton Creek Elementary School, Mom's mission fundraising donations, the Wallenstein team, Centennial Baptist Church, Andy's mom who created a plaque, Alissa Manske who coordinated donations and sent a large bag full of jump ropes, basketballs, volleyballs and bean bags, and all others who donated during our stay in the Philippines. The playground has been a huge success! G2G as Filipinos say (glory to God)!

Thank you God for:
• Releasing the playground
• For being bigger than customs and corruption
• For the assembly of the playground
• And thank you God for no rain for the first time in weeks
Please pray for:
• Mom's upcoming lung surgery Aug 14th
• Our departure from Philippines Aug 16th

Banaue round 2…

We had enough of discouraging playground news and the city so we took a 9 hour bus ride North to the Province and enjoyed the 8th wonder of the world! BANAUE!!!! Fortunately we have contacts there that fed, housed, and transported us all around!