Sunday, October 30, 2011

my apartment in the big city

My favorite parts of my new apartment: 
  • The floors.
  • The windows. 
  • The draft I can create from my window to my door that makes it cooler! 
  • My new flowers on my balcony.
  • Lots of good storage space.
  • The perfect location.
  • It's peaceful... which is very hard to find here in this city.

My kitchen.

Bedroom- the sun rises right outside of that window!

Office with a great desk, window, and storage!

My den! Notice my awesome (standing room only) balcony with my new pots and pretty flowers!

A little hallway going back to my bedroom and office.

let the sound of your praise be heard around the nations

This week has been great. I have been keeping busy with language school each day. Three hours of learning new words makes my brain hurt… so you can pray for the last 30 minutes of class, especially. Pray that I would be able to use my brain power wisely and soak up everything I need to learn. I want to speak Tagalog so bad! I can’t wait to have real conversations! 

My house is being taken over by language learning!

I spend my class time identifying items, and placing them in different positions.

More household items!! I think I'm up to 430 vocabulary words now!

Here is the Filipino Alphabet: A B K D E G H I L M N NG O P R S T U W Y   … they are only lacking a few of our letters, and they added a new one: NG. Spelling here is crazy. Here is an example of some Filipino’s speaking English… “Five” changes to “Pabe” … but what can you expect if they don’t have an F or a V in their alphabet? 

Filipino Culture fun facts: 

-It is common for people to be riding their motorcycles with their helmet on their arm.               Also, entire families ride on one motorcycle. (Dad, infant, Mom)
            -There are security guards everywhere.
            -Dressing Room’s here are tiny! … just enough room to turn around.
            -Often times, I can see over the bathroom stalls.
            -When impersonating a sneeze, instead of saying “achoo!” … they say “aching!”

I registered for a class at Miriam College on Thursday. The Lord definitely showed me grace and mercy today as I was registering. I found a lady who helped me from start to finish. I got through the registration process long before everyone else and completely skipped lines. I never could have figured it out on my own, so I was so glad that she helped me out.  I went to get a uniform, and they didn’t have a skirt big enough for me. Seriously?! Why are Asians so tiny? I am having a skirt custom made for me. Can you say “Big Red-headed Dinosaur?” 

Here's a sneak preview.

 I also got some baskets for my house this week. I found some great ones. And, I found some decorative wooden leaves for my wall. I set up my digital picture frame, put some photos up on the wall, and bought some pretty flowers for my balcony. My apartment is finally starting to feel more homey. I’ll post photos of my apartment very soon! 

I’ve been reading Jonah lately and learning about God’s mercy. Man, that’s a great book. The Lord appoints the great fish, a plant, the wind, a worm, and of coarse- Jonah. I think the coolest part is 5:3… “And the people of Nineveh believed God.” Let’s pray that the people of Manila believe God. Let’s pray that there will be an awakening in this city. Let’s pray that God’s mercy will overwhelm this place… but, let’s pray and believe. Let’s pray with perspective from Matthew 12:41… “The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.” My hope is in something greater. My hope is in the mercy of the Most High One.

“I will live by the light of the glory you shine on me. I will live by the grace that you offer so freely. Jesus, you’ve called me friend. Jesus, you made me what I am. You are my life within. Jesus.” - “Story of Grace”- United Pursuit. Listen here.

“Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.” Psalm 77:13-14

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7

“And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left…” Jonah 4:11

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6

Sunday, October 23, 2011

sasabong na ako

“Sasabong na ako” meaning… “I’m about to explode.” I had the girls teach me this phrase on the retreat this weekend. I had the incredible opportunity to attend a retreat called “One.” I would say it fits somewhere between an ACF Beach Retreat and a Passion Conference… Filipino style, of course. There were 430 students from around 100 universities in Metro Manila represented at the retreat. We drove through the beautiful countryside to get to Tagaytay, about two hours from Quezon City. Driving across the ridge was beautiful. 

We stayed at a really nice retreat center. Tagaytay was full of cool weather, pretty skies, clean air, and new friends…as well as some good ole’ white rice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The photographers of the retreat had some really legit slr cameras... and for the most part, I felt like a big redheaded dinosaur… but I found a tall friend!! She is 5’ 10” and she plays volleyball at Ateneo. Now I have more proof than my college career to show that tall girls stick together like glue. Aerieal and I hung out almost the whole weekend. She also went from being my tall new friend to being my tall new SISTER! Praise the Lord. She will now be in heaven with us for all of eternity. This was the reason for learning the phrase, “Sasabong na ako.” It is so cool to see the Lord so faithfully show me that he has gone before me. He has prepared the way. This retreat showed me that the harvest is ripe here. The students are hungry, and I saw a few students from each campus who really get it, ya know!? They really understand the gospel and the implications that go along with it. They want to make disciples to further His Kingdom and show the world His glory. The music was great, the fellowship was encouraging, and baptizing 80 believers was the icing on the cake!

Tagalog is coming along. This weekend was pretty frustrating not understanding what people were saying when we were talking in our small groups and hanging out in the room. But, I picked up a few words and colors from playing a game of uno, and recognized a few words from studying the past two weeks. My tables at my apartment are overflowing with items to identify. I can’t wait to have full conversations!!

View from my balcony.

Thinking about you every morning, Mary and Teeny!

My learning center is growing!!

Shouting His Glory!

Aerieal... my new Sister!

Another pretty Filipino sky.

Views in Tagaytay.

Active Volcano... pretty views from the ridge.

Filipino style:
  • The eggs aren’t refrigerated here in the grocery store.
  • I heard a chick beat box this weekend. She was better than anyone I’ve ever heard. Following her act was a Filipino guy who was just as legit. I was floored. Swagger. Diva. No other words to describe the moment.
  • They had a Filipino dance team perform a really legit dance to a praise song. I think American churches should add this to their “to do” list.
  • I had some girls question me about why my eyes were blue during the day and almost black at night. I got to explain to them the beauty of the pupil. It was priceless. They’ve never noticed their pupils dilating because they’re eyes are so dark. We had fun changing the lighting to see my eyes go from blue to black. Haha.
  • I saw someone wearing a leather jacket this weekend. Unbelievable. 
  • They had the coolest wooden furniture for sale on the side of the streets. I wanted to buy everything.  
  • I am still trying to get used to walking into a hot house everytime I come home.
“For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.” Daniel 9:18b-19

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” … “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” 2 Corinthians 5:17, 20

“The name of the Lord is a strongtower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10