Every year the school puts on a community event organized by the junior class – Talent Night. It is generally a fun night geared toward families of all ages. This year we had 21 groups perform a wide variety of acts from musical numbers, dramatic readings to dance. It was a challenge for us technically that evening but it was a great chance for us to praise God with the gifts that he has given us. Jason’s job that week was to work with the junior class as they performed their closing act a Super Mario recreation. The biggest challenge that we overcame was to fly a student on the stage. Doing it safely and training students to do the actual work of flying her was a big challenge but the class worked hard and we were able to do it. All in all it was a great two weeks working with the performers and the junior class and we were able to raise a significant amount of money for jr/sr banquet and the senior trip both of which are important culminating events in the life of our seniors. here is Ezra performing on stage with his some of his elementary friends:
At the end of our christmas break, we took a family trip to the Avalon Zoo which is about 45 minutes from our house. We have never been there before so we used Waze, which works well in the Philippines to help us avoid traffic and find new places. So we are following her directions and waze takes us to this road which has a river running over it. After spending a few minutes, watching trucks, vans, trikes go across the river, I got my nerve up and decided to go for it. After a very nervous 30 seconds we were on the other side safely. The kids were supper excited and very disappointed that daddy found another way to go home. Nevertheless we had a good time at the zoo and saw some amazing animals up close! Thanks God for another exciting day!3
Thanks to everyone who prayed for field conference for us. It was a great reunion for our family as we saw good friends who we haven’t seen for 3 and 4 years! We enjoyed connecting with friends and meeting some new ones who are partnering with WorldVenture in the Philippines. The Faith Academy Team hosted the event this year and Jason got to be the facilitator, which helped to keep things moving throughout the conference. There were lots of pools for the kids to play in and even a zipline, which Sarah enjoyed. This was a strategic year for our field as we begin to think to the future. 2/3rds of the current field will be retired within 10 years and so we spent most of the conference praying and talking about recruiting for the future. It was a good time for me (jason) to step back and ask God how our field should be growing in the next few years. Please continue to pray with us, that God will continue to bring new people to the harvest in the Philippines.
Elementary Chapels are on Tuesday mornings this year and they are the best time to sing. There is something simply amazing worshiping with children. This year they are working through the stories of the Bible so we have heard stories on creation and the flood. A class acted out eating the fruit of the forbidden tree and I got to play the voice of God. It was good to be a part of things and to serve the students.
Sarah is teaching first grade math again! She sets up and runs several math stations, which means she gets to play math games with the kids. She is doing well and loving being in the classroom again, even if it is only for an hour a day. The kids are loving having her and are learning the common core principles.
This week I got help with Jesus Christ Church of the Valley 25th Anniversary Celebration. It was great to hear about how God has used this church over the years to serve the community around Faith Academy. A children’s choir got to perform and they did a fantastic job. I was happy to be part of the celebration even if it was only the tech that I was responsible for. During the event I got to run into an old friend. Right before Ezra was born, some Faith Academy Students, and Sarah and I got to take some orphans to Mindanao for a week. One of the older boys and I came to be close friends during the trip because we hiked around a bunch and had a lot of fun. His name was Jude and that is why Ezra’s middle name is Jude. He was at the celebration and he recognized me immediately. It took me a little but I recognized him. He is now in college and doing well. It was great to see him again.