Friday, August 31, 2007

Last Team on their way - debrief

Well, it's true. The last team (Ethiopia) is now in the air and are due to touchdown at quarter to 7 tonight. It's been a great year, as I'm sure most would attest to. The next step is the Deputation Debriefing retreat, Sept. 6th and 7th in Gig Harbor. If you are a Deputee please RSVP for it to
Here's a picture of Ethiopia just before leaving:

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Back Home

We made it home safely yesterday-Poyang in Taiwan, Korina in Spokane, Jen in Oregon, and Holly and I in Seattle! We all miss our surrogate family (Barry and Michelle Marshall and their three kids) dearly, but it does feel good to be out of the humidity and enjoy some of that Seattle sunshine. Our trip exceeded any expectations and we have felt the Lord's love transform us over the last two months. Thank you again to everyone who has been praying for us; we can cerrtainly attest to the power of prayer with how blessed we were on our trip. And thank you to my teammates, I miss you guys something fierce, and cherish the permanent bond between us.

I pray that the other deputation teams return safely and enjoy their remaining time. I can't wait to trade stories at our Debrief in September!

In Him,


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ballyholme Camp!!!

Prayer Time before the Camp actually started

Camille is great with her group of kids

Reenacting David and Goliath for the guys

The boys!!

Claire taking a moment to help show off a kid's breast plate of Righteousness

Paulie and Calvin at the beach next to the church

Happy 20th Birthday like!! Trevor!!!

Seems that all the gurls like to play derty!!

Kelly playing, "What's on your Face?)

Hope this finds you all well. Brandon will be posting the actual update later all. Thanks

Sunday, August 05, 2007

No More Work

Showing the locals how to dig those foundations at Agape : )
(Our team talking with Mrs. Negroponte)
Just three days ago was our very last day drilling, painting, or digging for Habitat for Humanity. Our time here has gone quickly, but we have much to show for it. We have worked at three different sites in Manila, the most recent site being "SNKI/Agape" in Novaliches, and have gotten our hands dirty tackling the huge homeless problem over here. We have also developed many genuine relationships at the jobsites and outside of work.
The Habitat people reserved the Agape site for last because it was going to be truly manual labor. And it was! Digging through the dirt was tough, but when you had to cut through the roots in the ground, that took a little extra resolve. And even after only three days of work at Agape, the locals and homepartners threw us a little party on our last day. Their deep generosity and selflessness is definitely a lesson that has left an impression on all of us.
The day before our last day of work, we had the privilege of meeting Diana Negroponte, wife of the US Deputy Secretary of State and former ambassador to the Philippines! She was visitinig the Taguig site to learn more about what Habitat is doing there and to see their progress. When she saw our team, she was very elated to see Americans travel so far to help Habitat for such a long time. Talking with her, you could tell that she genuinely cares about the poor in Manila and is passionate about Habitat. A news agency came to the worksite to interview her, and they even interviewed myself, which was somewhat nerve-racking : )
With only 10 days left, we will do a family homestay for one night in a Habitat home, visit the Asian Theological Society, have dinner with the Mayor of Taguig, visit Tagaytay and Batangas for our rest, have our farewell presentation/party at UCM, and then hop on that plane and get back to Seattle on August 15th around luch time. Although we all are so very excited to see our friends and family again, we all have a hole in our heart for the Philippines and have announced that we will all return at some time to this wonderful place with wonderful people. Keep us in your prayers so that we can squeeze as much as we can out of these last 10 days, that we can continue to develop new relationships and deepen the ones we already have, and that we continue to grow in Christ and to show the love that He first showed to us.
In Him,
Paul, Poyang, Jen, Holly & Korina