Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Catching Up - part 5

Promise, this is going to be the last one for the "Catching Up" series. Wow! Were we behind or what!

The second half of our trip to the Philippines was spent in Kabankalan on the island of Negros were Darlene grew up. We attended her high school class 20th year reunion. They are a tightly knit group of "big kids;" and what a bunch of silly people! Most of them are Christians and many are in full-time ministry, including seven pastors and two missionaries (both in Thailand). Darlene had opportunities to encourage some friends who are not walking with the Lord.
While in Kabankalan City, Ed had two preaching opportunities in two churches. Darlene sang solos both of those times as well. We praise the Lord for using us during our vacation.
Fellowship Baptist College, High School Class 1989
some of them sang a special song at
Kabankalan Fellowship Baptist Church on Jan. 4th

Monday, March 9, 2009

Catching Up - part 4

From Davao we took a five-hour bus ride to Malaybalay, Bukidnon where Darlene's parents are. Papa and Mama Taquiso enjoyed the noise the three boys made in their house for a couple of weeks. It was fun for Darlene to see many aunts, uncles, and cousins during our family get-together.

While there Ed preached one Sunday morning service at Papa's church, Faithway Baptist Church. Also, on Christmas eve, Darlene did a mini-concert of eight songs, while Jojo sang three songs. It was a joy for us to watch Jojo willingly play the piano and sing songs in front of a congregation.

Jojo playing a Christmas song during a Children's Christmas programmother and song music team already!
Christmas Eve mini-concert, Faithway Baptist Church

Catching Up - part 3

In mid-December, our family flew to the Philippines to spend Christmas with Darlene's folks and attend her high school class reunion. It was our very first time to spend Christmas in the Philippines since we got married in 1997; also our first time back as a family since May 2003.

Our first stop was in the island of Mindanao. We spent three days in Davao with some friends who came to visit us in Kabinburi twice already. We were treated to Filipino feasts, a trip to the Garden of Eden, and an overnight stay at Paradise Island Resort. Ed jokingly said that he used to think the Garden of Eden was in the Middle East and Paradise was in heaven; they are both in Davao!
Paradise Island Resort

with friends at the Garden of Eden

Of course, it wasn't all play for us. Ed was able to share the true meaning of Christmas with Panabo Christian Academy high school students. Although it is a Chrisian school, the student body is a mixture of believers, Muslims, Catholics, and other religions. Ed also preached a Wednesday evening service at Panabo Faith Fundamental Baptist Church while Darlene ministered through singing.

Panabo Christian Academy Faith Fundamental Baptist Church, Panabo, Davao

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