Adjusting to Philippines Life (Week 3)

Trip Start Sep 04, 2007
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hey There Everyone,
  Jeepneys, tricycles, merienda, siesta, and air-con are just a few words commonly used in Filipino daily life that we probably don't often use back home in Canada.  During our time here in the Philippines, our main form of transportation aside from our own private vehicle has been jeepneys and tricycles.  We constantly have meriendas (snacks) after each program we do, as well as at random times throughout the day.  Siestas (mid-day naps/relax time) are very popular among the Filipinos as noon is the hottest part of the day, and can be quite unbearable here.  Air-con is one of our team's favorite words, and stands for air conditioning, an essential to Filipino life. 
  
   Having been here for just over 3 weeks, our team has had the opportunity to adjust to life here in the Philippines, although some things, like the heat, take a little bit longer to get used to.  We finished our language training, and we have the opportunity to use what we have learned often through programs and just daily life here as well.  We will return to language school in January for 3 days of refresher in Tagalog and to learn more phrases that we need.    We are now full into ministry here, and are doing many programs in schools and basketball courts as well as leading the youth group for our church here in Pampanga.    Our team has grown in so many ways over the past couple of weeks, and are really enjoying working with the Filipino people and getting to know them.
  
   If you asked for a highlight of our ministry here from any of us team members we would probably all say our program at the prison in San Fernando last Saturday night.  When we had heard that we were going to the prison, we all had no idea as to what to expect.  Little did we know, that this program would be so amazing, or that God would work in so many amazing ways that evening.  I was amazed to see how many families were at the prison with small children, and how friendly all of the prisoners were to us.  The real shock was when we got started with the program, and how the crowd got involved in each item.  This audience was by far the most lively and excited audience that we have had throughout our entire time on team.  They even knew and sang along energetically to the song "One way."  Puppets were also a huge hit here, and got a great response from the audience.  At the end of the program, we had lots of great contact and interaction with the prisoners, and we are planning on returning there weekly to lead Bible Studies.  We would really appreciate your prayer for this area of ministry because God is already at work in that prison, and our desire is that He would use us to further His kingdom inside the prison walls.

  We are currently in our final week of official program ministry before Christmas, when we will enjoy a bit of a break before leading the kids/youth program at the SEND Philippines Conference from December 29th - January 2nd.  Our programs have been a really good icebreaker to making and building relationships and gaining contacts for bible studies.  Our plan now is to schedule Bible Studies at all of these schools after Christmas and build relationships with those students who would like to learn more about God and about having a relationship with him.
 
Some things that you can pray for are:
-Boldness in approaching people and sharing the gospel with people after our programs, and those we come in contact with daily.
-That God would stir in the hearts of those we come in contact with, and that they would be open to the Holy Spirit.
-For continued team unity.
-Praise for God's safety, protection, and guidance.
-For our personal relationships with God.  That we would spend time with Him daily and focus on glorifying Him in all we do.
-That we would continue to pick up more and more Tagalog and be able to apply it to our daily lives.
-That satan would not be allowed to interfere with the Lord's work and that God would prepare the way for us, destroying strongholds that satan has.  (Especially in our Open Air Programs!!!)
-Praise for and prayer for continued good health.
-That we would rely on God and not ourselves for guidance, strength, and joy.

   Well, that is all I have for now.  I wish that you could all be here to experience the joy of seeing God at work in people's lives here, and what an encouragement that we gain from that.  I am enclosing some pictures that we have of ministry and time as a team.  We hope that you enjoy them and that these pictures will give you a bit of insight into life here for us

   Thank you so much to you all for your support of our team, and your partnership with us in furthering God's kingdom.  May God richly bless you and keep you safe over this Christmas season.  Maligayang Pasko!!! (Merry Christmas!!!)
Trent Rollings
Team Correspondant
 
 
p.s. Us guys have recently purchased 2 birds to occupy the birdcage outside our house.  We have named them Helmuth and Kelsey after 2 of our VTI staff.  Unfortunately Kelsey flew away the day after we bought them, but Helmuth still remains and keeps watch over us 24/7.
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