Thursday, July 16, 2015

Vehicles, Visitors & Government Officials

Soo…what has 12 legs, 4 wheels, 5 doors and 6 smiles?

That would be our family inside our new (to us) vehicle!

After riding in buses and jeepneys and tricycles and taxis and doing lots of walking over the last 5 months, we finally have a car/van/wagon/not sure whattocallit…vehicle! But it runs.

We are extremely thankful to finally be able to drive ourselves to buy supplies, and also to have a backup in case of emergency. And, it is WAAY easier to get our kids around, get to the National NTM training center, and help the new missionaries--- so to everyone who was praying and helped us financially to get it….thank you!

We are finally feeling like our lives are ratcheting down to mildly insane after being freakishly crazy for our first few months in our new location---Our new missionaries are really doing a great job as they get deeper into learning the culture and language.

Besides studying language, our new folks are also really becoming part of the community and getting to know the National missionaries and trainees at the nearby New Tribes School of Missions.

And…we have had LOTS of visitors and events over the last few weeks.     
To start it off, we all got to be part of a large gathering with the national NTMer’s and local government officials. It was a huge lunch, and a good time of fellowship and getting to know our local ‘barangay’ officials.

Then, some veteran missionary friends visited us, and shared about teamwork with our students…then we had one of our mission leaders visit for a few days, shortly after that we had visitors at our house from the ship “Logos Hope” which was in dock close to where we live—They have a Christian bookstore on board, and also do lots of outreaches in the communities they visit around the world, so it was exciting to meet some of the crew members and have them to our house---And, they took us on a tour of the ship, which our kids LOVED—as they got to go on the bridge, see the lifeboats and explore the ship.

Then, a short term missions team from the UK arrived to help work at the nearby New Tribes School of Missions, so we have been out there regularly with them, and had the whole team to our house for a meal—AND, at the same time we have been interacting with them, NTM leadership and Church Planting Consultants from several countries came here to visit us and speak with us and our new missionaries, and they just left a couple of days ago….and the day after they left, Brian was out to NTSM sharing with the UK team and the National missionaries--- and….we have another meeting/potluck with them in a few days, and…(deep breath), suffice it to say we have not been lonely or bored.

In our spare time(ha!), Brian continues to work on curriculum development for the Culture and Language Acquisition program, Brooke is steadfastly educating our Fantastic4, and we are slowly working on our house—and all of the leaks that have suddenly appeared now that rainy season is upon us.

Life is crazy, but we are encouraged!
Thanks so much for your prayers and support!

Brian, Brooke and the Fantastic4

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