I just wanted to let everyone know that you can listen to my sermons online if you are interested. Here is the link:
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I shared the story of our move to El Paso, Texas a few days ago. Now that we are here we wanted to extend a special invitation to the Filipino community: you are welcome to join us for worship and Bible study at Apollo Heights Baptist Church. Mare Cris is currently the only Filipina member, but we are hoping that will change soon.
Just to be clear, our church is a multi-ethnic/multi-cultural congregation and all races/nationalities are welcome. But we wanted to specifically invite our kababayans here in town that may be looking for friends.
Mare Cris and I celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary today!
I wish I could say that all of our goals and dreams for life in the USA have come true, but they haven’t. We have, in fact, recently experienced an extremely disappointing setback in our quest for a job/ministry (the most painful one so far). We’re still feeling the emotional aftershocks.
But God has been good to us, and we have much to be grateful for.
And I can handle shattered dreams as long as she’s by my side. She is, after all, my dream come true.
We’ll make it through this . . . together.
Kahit saan, basta kasama kita (translation: anywhere, as long as I’m with you).
Mare Cris and I have watched the news coverage of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda with heavy hearts. Her family lives in northern Luzon and was not directly affected. But we know thousands of others were not so fortunate.
Typhoons and floods are a normal part of life in the Philippines. But I never saw a storm this big while I was living there, and it has apparently hit some vulnerable population centers–the images from Tacloban city are revealing widespread destruction.
The main reason I’m posting this is to offer some direction to my readers who wish to help. There is an organization I can recommend for those who would like to donate:
The Two-Thirds Network is a Christian organization dedicated to helping people living in developing countries. Some of their people went directly to Bohol (the province most affected) within a day or two of the storm. I have linked directly to their urgent needs page.