Friday, August 24, 2012

life lately

The last couple of weeks, I have enjoyed hanging out with students, doing crafts, and cooking some yummy treats. I have enjoyed hosting people at my house a lot more, too. Playing hostess is one of my favorite things in the world. Midterm season is here for school, so everyone has been busy studying, finishing papers, and preparing for oral exams.

In other exciting news, I bought a yogurt maker. I am so excited to see how these live cultures turn into yogurt. It's been too long since I've tasted that yummy treat.

Laika making her journal.

New journal!

Rainey Ann and Laika!

Sophie and I after going to see some bands from Ateneo.

Teaching the girls an easy recipe.

Peanut Butter Dessert.

Oh yeahhh.

Paw with the finished product. 

Enjoying their treats.

Lindsay has become one of my best friends here. This is her and her little guy, Joseph, on our most recent shopping adventure.

Here they are! Precious.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1

"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way." 2 Thessalonians 3:16

"Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you." Psalm 30:20-22

"But now, O Lord, you are our Father, we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8

Monday, August 13, 2012

relief and hope

Things have been getting back to normal rather quickly around here. Most of the flood water has subsided and cleaning is in full gear. Mud is being scraped from houses and scrubbing household items has become a new hobby for many people.With the water going down, trash is everywhere... stuck to tree branches, clinging to bushes, and dried to poles. It's been a wild site. I wish I had pictures to show.

The Filipino spirit is one to be applauded. I have never seen such teamwork, care, and hope in such dyer situations. People were reaching out and caring for their neighbors. People were showing compassion. It has been a sobering sight to see. 

Everything here was back to normal sooner than I ever thought possible. Stores were opened, people were commuting, and life continued on. School is back in full swing, too... right in time for mid-terms. 

At church this week, a sweet lady in our church prayed with tears in her eyes thanking the Lord for protecting us. The Lord indeed is our protector. Tears welled up in the eyes of many of the members surrounding me. There was a spirit of relief and hope. There was relief that the worst was over. And, hope in the sense that we recognize that each trial in our life is permitted under the sovereignty of a living and caring God. 

Looking back on last week, it is almost seems surreal. Christine spent the week stranded here with me. We had a wonderful time each day. It was a great week for relaxing and reflecting. We spent 90 percent of our time indoors. I praise God that my apartment is on the fourth floor. I praise God for His mercy. I praise God that He is always good. 

Please continue to pray for the Lord's mercy. There is another big typhoon on the way. 

"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12

 "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life. but the wrath of God remains on him." John 3:36 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

roads turning into rivers

These last few days have been unbelievable. I've never seen rain like this in my life. Here are a few photos I took when Christine and I walked out this morning. When we woke up, it was sunny and the waters had receded a bit. This afternoon, it has rained really hard. The water levels are rising again. Pray for protection and for the rain to stop.

Everything was so incredibly muddy.

Looking down from the Bridge in Marikina.

Marikina, the Philippines shoe capital.

The water started to recede this morning. I think it's probably back now.

LRT with Eastwood in the background.

Cars parked higher for safety.

Rescue squad... with people standing by to watch.

Christine. She's camping out at my house for a few days.

Morning adventures.

Rescue equipment and people.

Pretty good representation of the modes of transportation. Jeepney, bike, motorcycle, and a car.

"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16

the beginning of the flood

It all started on Monday night. I had a few friends over for prayer and worship. We enjoyed being together, singing, and praying. I love hearing prayers in different languages- we had five spoken on Monday. A few hours after they arrived, the rain got much heavier and we heard that the nearby river was starting to overflow. Leaving wasn't an option since the rainstorms were too heavy. 

We all made the best of it, and about midnight we started breaking out the Korean food that Hanna (Sophie's sister) sent to me from Korea. Sophie and I had been talking about making the Korean donuts for a while and being trapped inside posed the perfect night to break open the box.

It was one of my favorite nights in the Philippines so far. It reminded me of good times back in Auburn.

The guys left late that night when there was a break in the storm. I am lucky to still have Christine waiting out the storm here with me.

Eating food from Korea and drinking Kalamansi juice from the Philippines.

Korean Donuts!

Nancy and Sophie- the best neighbors in the world.

Korean Donuts from Hanna!

Jino and Christine! They are great!

Here is the box. The only thing I could read was, "Home Made" at the top corner.

I love this girl. Sophie is such an awesome friend here.

The cooks... taking a break to rest.

"I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For I will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life. In your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:8-11

"...and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses." Acts 3:15