I should probably explain this week's blog subject. From what we have seen, there is basically one breed of dog here- MUTT. They all look alike and they all look hungry as they just wander the streets reproducing. This is not a place for animal lovers as there are so many dogs, cats and other animals (besides fighting cocks), that are starving and unloved. We confess that we are not lovers of the dogs and cats whose barks and human-like cat crying, that we hear all night. We also wake up to the roosters in the mornings, but we don't mind that as much! Now onto lighter subjects...
Many members and friends gathered together in one house near where we live, for a Family Home Evening. We had a wonderful lesson, games, and we introduced the primary song, Smiles. The lesson was about the importance of families and treating each other with love. We got the gyst of it even though it was all in Tagalog. There's always enough English thrown in to make it sort of understandable. They call it Tag-lish. One game we played was a new way to play Simon Says and it was really fun! That is a good way to teach us Tagalog. I used the missionaries as props for teaching Smiles and everyone was having fun. Filipino's LOVE to laugh and have fun, one of their many traits that we are falling in love with! There is ALWAYS food at their gatherings and we love that too!
|Here are a few people from the Family Home Evening.|
The man in the wheelchair is an artist. We hope to get
a portrait done. Our Branch President is in the white.
Another highlight is our keyboarding class. There are very few piano players here, so sometimes the church chorister will just stand up and sing the first line of a song, then says "go!" and then people all sing the melody at that pitch. We are getting piano lessons going in a couple of branches. The youth are VERY enthusiastic about it. There is a family in Oregon that provides the Harman Grant Fund. They fund electric keyboards and teaching materials to countries and people that would never be able to afford instruments and training on their own. Another missionary couple got the program started here last January and I'm continuing with it. I'm very thankful to them for getting the program going here! Three of the branches we work with, have music programs we are helping with and we are loving it! The students practice so hard and are such fast learners! The Church has developed a very easy program to teach. It is just wonderful!! Here is one of our classes we work with.
|This is their "funny faces" shot! These kids are awesome!|
We have so much fun with them!
missionaries to do a service project. A family
was adding to their house and we went out to help mix the concrete (with shovels), haul concrete blocks, and chop wood for their cooking fires. They grow rice, and vegetables. Here are a few pictures from that day:
|Just a few roosters hanging out by the|
outdoor kitchen and some cement mixing
on the side of the kitchen.
|Caren and the Caribao.|
|A better view of the kitchen and area.|
|Here we are with the guests of honor including the graduate that is hiding|
next to me and behind her mom.
|This is not a good picture and doesn't include everyone, but|
the internet won't allow me to upload anymore. Some of
the young men appeared for the activity since they heard
there would be cookies!
|These are our 2 ovens we used to|
bake all the cookies!
|Princess is surrounded by her family.|
Here are some pictures of our apartment (more of a townhouse) and views from our window. We've been subject to a few "brown outs" this week- a government enforced way to ration electricity. One night the water was turned off as well.
|Home, Sweet Home!|
|Our view past our gate.|
|View from our balcony.|
We miss all of you and love you! Kita-kits sa linggo!