Definitely time for an update… We have had a great break so far over the holidays. We just got done watching fireworks over the city of Manilla. I have never seen so many fireworks in my life. Everyone, I mean everyone is letting off fireworks for the new year. Well it is two in the morning and I am exhausted so it is time for bed. Good night and Happy New Year.
We we are nearly to the end of our fall break. It has been a lot of fun and even though we traveled quite a bit it was actually relaxing. The first part of our break we had a WorldVenture Retreat with all the missionaries in the Philippines. It was a great time getting to know the other missionaries and their vision for ministry in the Philippines. This last year the missions team here has been rethinking their vision for their role here in the Philippines it was exciting to see their focused perspective for the next year. During the retreat we also got to hear the leader of the CB churches here in the Philippines share their vision for the future of the filipino denomination. They have a vision to have 2025 churches in the Philippines by the year 2025. It was exciting to hear their strategy of how their are going to change Asia starting with their churches. Sarah and I are praying to show us how we can be a part of this movement of God in the Philippines. The second half of the week we got to go diving with Paul and Becky Beck. We got to go on a discovery dive with Kim Ables (another teacher at Faith) and do a whole ton of snorkeling. They go to a small island south of Manila. It was so beautiful so many fish and such amazing coral. It was hard to leave but we have to think about the weeks ahead of us. Be sure to check out the new pictures… ps. We are totally planning getting certified to dive it is so much fun.
Last night we got a chance to go to the senior play. I was a great show and a good time. The seniors had been working so hard on it for so long. I am glad to see that their work is paying off. check out the slide show for pictures from the play. On a side note because of the location seating is on either side of the stage instead of in front of it. This gives a different (very cool) dynamic to the play it really gives it depth and makes it seem like you are closer to the action. !http://jasonsarahquick.com/images/57.jpg!
This week is international week in the elementary. They celebrate all of the different countries that the kids come from. Each grade has a different continent. Sarah’s class has North America. So they are studying Canada, USA and Mexico. Yesterday the parents brought food from those countries for lunch. Here is a picture from monday’s opening parade. (Each student walks behind the flag of their home country) !http://jasonsarahquick.com/images/56.jpg!
We just finished parent teacher conferences! What an amazing time to get to know more about my students. It was a great time of encouragement. We have been totally busy with lots of school activities; watching volleyball & soccor games, chaperoning the Sadie’s Banquet, and supervising student led worship teams. We are enjoying every minute of it, though we are always busy. I have been thinking and praying about helping coach the girls rugby team, and today let the head coach know that I will help as much as I can. The season goes from November to the end of January, so it will keep me busy but will be worth the investment building relationships with the girls! We are enjoying being here, we are missing our friends and families but keeping busy helps us not dwell on that. Continue to pray for us in balancing our busy school lives with our fun social and personal time, that the connections with the students will grow deeper, that we make wise decisions with all of our business, and that I will be creative in my teaching. It is hard, lots of work, but well worth the energy, it is just LOTS of energy to be creative in my classroom. Thanks for the prayers!
Check out pictures from our first month of ministry….