Friday, December 11, 2015

 Joshin' Around
...and Scrollin'
...and Laughin'

...and Chattin'
...and Socializin'

Monday, August 10, 2015

Summer Headlines
 Josh's Travel Adventures
July was action-packed for Josh. He got to travel with a group of other consultants and visit the northern island of Luzon. They were able to go into two remote church planting locations, as well as connect with some of our missionaries living in various towns.
They were able to connect with missionaries who have been here for over 20 years, as well as our newest missionaries, who have been here less than a year.
Our mission pilots saved them hours of hiking by flying them safely into the more remote areas. 

And a set of wheels got them into the town where are newest missionaries are hard at work studying language and culture!

Moffits Crash Luzon's Regional Conference
Since we work on an island down south, we've never attended the regional conference of our northern neighbors. But now that we're everybody's' consultants, we happily crashed their conference. And I'm so glad we did. What a fun, funny, crazy, delightful group!
As much as we wanted to be a good example to those missionaries who are newer to the field, we just couldn't resist silly selfies during the meetings.

 The kids were able to be involved too. Now that Daisy and Ally are teenagers, they were able to help look after the toddlers, as well as participate in the mini-carnival.

Silly selfies and carnivals aside, it really was a meaningful time full of encouraging conversations with brothers and sisters who all share the same desire- to see the Good News reach every corner of this beautiful country.

A Mix of Visitors and Everyday Life
We are enjoying having Matt here for about a month. His parents have been encouraging, loving, supporting, and praying for our family for years. We are so happy he's here! And so is Neo, because he knows how to fix bikes!

I really wish life was all helicopter rides into remote jungle locations, conferences full of mutual encouragement, and visitors from far away....however....somewhere in the middle of all that, real life has to happen. Groceries have to be bought, bills paid, toilets fixed, math facts memorized, school uniforms mended, and meals prepared. So, some days we get out the whiteboard markers and spend the afternoons doing subtraction facts on the floor.

But there are also days when the dinner table ends up overflowing with guest from overseas, other islands, and from just down the street! I wouldn't say 'there's never a dull moment'....but they're fairly rare!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Six Full Weeks in, no extra space!
The kids finished up their first school year at Faith at the end of May. And we zoomed full-speed into June!
June started with a chance to share about the grace of Jesus - in Visayan! We were neighbors for a while with a missionary family from Africa. Josh and I have enjoyed getting to know them and  getting to speak from time to time to their congregation

With just a one-week overlap between Lang's summer vacation and the kids', and just four days away from moving house....we decided to head to the mountains for a few days. It was a fun micro-vacation. We breathed FRESH, COOL mountain air, and the kids had a blast on their zip lines!

Then, it was time to load up the moving truck (again, *sigh*). God provided a WONDERFUL house for us, just 3 minutes walk from the kids school. And of course, our faithful Tala-Andig friends came to help. Benji and Dodong were life-savers (we would never survive without them!). Daisy and Ally also rounded up some very helpful classmates who loaned us their muscles for the afternoon. Many hands make light work!

The guys were able to take a day off from all the moving chaos (one house, 6 family members, 2 visitors, 3 painters, 3 electricians, and a plumber = CHAOS!). They hit the beach- which is a treat when you're visiting from the mountains!

Lang's brother, Dong was a HUGE help. He made doors, refinished furniture, moved heavy stuff, drilled, sawed, carried....So thankful for the 3 weeks he stayed and helped.

We also squeezed in Father's Day. Josh got to eat kinilaw and cake in the same day. So, I'd say it was a good day!

And in the middle of all the moving and visitors, Lang started her second year of college! Hard to believe how time flies.

We also had an evening with our precious missionary friends from across the island. Warms my heart to see MKs bonding.

After a month of all that goes along with moving, we headed for a night at the beach. God lead us to the perfect little spot. A beautiful beach, quaint huts to sleep in, and a nice host family who shared their delicious fresh fish with us!

July started with our 'bosses' coming! :) Mary, Clark, and Barrie flew in from 'somewhere else in Asia' and spent 3 days with us. They came to teach Josh and Kuya Allan more about church planting consultancy. But the highlight for me was getting to know Mary and the conversations that happened over dinner preparation.

Then there were two days of meetings with a church planting team. It was encouraging to meet with two families desiring to combine their efforts to bring the Bible message to a large people group on this island. The task is huge, but God is huger! Please pray for our fellow missionaries. So much goes into teaching God's Word in the local language- there are Bible lessons to make and teach, the Bible to translate, literacy lessons to prepare, sick people to care for, relationships to build, etc!

And now, the house is settled, the visitors gone, meetings over, and a month before the kids go back to school. I think we'll rest a bit.

Well, WE will rest. Josh, however, will continue to traipse around this amazing country, visiting remote church planting locations and lending a helping hand to our beautiful co-workers.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

We've had a steady stream of smile-inducing photos lately.
Because I'm happy, clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do.....
Because I'm happy...
Clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do

Smile-inducer #1:
Blurry photos of meals with other missionary families!

Smile-inducer #2:
An Irish dance with only one Northern Irish person present!
Smile-inducer #3:
Teenage daughters and getting to play 'beauty parlor'!

Smile-inducer #4:
Literally, this pastry is covered in cheese. I live in a land where
cheese, corn, and avocadoes are dessert foods!
Smile-inducer #5:
Neo racing.
Thankfully he didn't exceed 30 KPH or need to dial 911!

Smile-inducer #6:
Delicious Filipino food with friends!
Smile-inducer #7:
My son learning about science from Libby's son.

Smile-inducer #8:
Seeing my kids enjoying life!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sometimes missionaries talk of 'sacrifice'. Which is silly. Compared to what Jesus did for us, nothing we ever do qualifies as a sacrifice. But, we do willingly choose to let some things go. Important things. Like staying in one place, with the same group of friends, family next door, and very rarely saying goodbye. Those are things we offer back to God when we say 'Send me!' And it hurts.
But our God is gracious and kind and loves to plan wonderful things for his children.
Like reunions!!
12 years ago, after 4 years of missionary training together, we said goodbye to the Wilds (and the Mussers, and Housleys, and the Ingles, and countless other friends who we had trained together with as missionaries....).
We said 'goodbye' and headed off to whatever corner of the world God sent us to. Sniff.
But last week, our good God orchestrated a special reunion of sorts. Since we are all serving somewhere in Asia, we were able to see each other again at a missions forum in Indonesia!
Don't get me wrong, 8 hr days of meetings about missions methodology thrills my heart as much as the next missionary- but the REAL highlight was seeing these precious friends again!

My Libby friend, just as amazing, and steady,
 and beautiful as I remembered!
And Mike- in 12 years has not lost one ounce
of passion for reaching the lost!

The Wild Bros. The last time these
kids played together one wasn't even
born yet, and they were still reading Elmo
books and having 'picnics' on the front step

So today my heart is full. I'm thankful that God gives us the desire of our hearts and lets us reconnect with old friends. I'm thankful that after 12 years we can see that God has been faithful not only to us, but to all those friends we trained with 'back in the day'. God sustains, God is faithful, and God is an amazing 'reunion coordinator'!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Out And About
Here are a few snapshots of life this last week or so. The life of a missionary is a strange mixture of familiarity, differences, beauty, and amusement. 
Neo's birthday party with his classmates. As you can see, it's an international bunch! It was one of our first 'American birthday' experiences for Neo. Thankfully, the other moms helped me out- and I think it was a success!

No school means a day at the beach! The 10 minute ride across the bay is one of the highlights. We miss the mountains, but we're loving the ocean!

On my day off, I wandered through the cemetery. It's big, quiet and serene. It's also confusing. My heart doesn't know how to comprehend the difference between a home for the deceased (left) and a home for the living (right). Until heaven, life will constantly confound!

There's always beauty to be enjoyed. Beautiful flowers trailing along someone's fence. The tropics produces some extravagant beauty!

Isn't this just how it is?! In the mess of life there is always beauty. I'm so thankful for a God who redeems.

Some workers trying their hardest to knock down some mangoes from the top of the neighbor's tree! Free fruit is hard to resist- especially mangoes!

Neo and Daddy's favorite corner. Burgers for Neo and kwik-kwik for Daddy! If they suddenly disappear from the house, they can probably be found here! (kwik-kwik is a boiled egg, deep-fried and served with cucumbers)
This sign has amused Josh and I ever since we moved to this neighborhood. Exactly how old is 1.7 years old? :)