We have met the most wonderful people here, so in this post we thought we would "introduce" you to some of our friends here. For starters we will tell you about the people we go visiting less active members of the church, with.
|Sister Malig is standing in front of a Sari-Sari|
Store. They are EVERYWHERE. They
are home businesses to supplement the
family income. You can buy anything from
candy and food ingredients to personal hygiene
items, like little packets of shampoo.
We love visiting with both of these sisters every Wednesday afternoon for about 4 hours. They are so generous with their time and efforts and are super missionaries! We wish we could give them missionary name tags. Both have become very dear friends and we love them both very much! There are so many that we feel so close to in the Guagua Branch.
Now we will introduce you to Brother DeGuzman from the Dinalupihan Branch. He is the Elder's Quorum President. His parents were pioneers of the church in Dinalupihan and he grew up as an active member. He also, knows everyone on the church records, so he is great to visit with.
This is the Miranda Family. Brother DeGuzman grew up with Brother Miranda. They are still very close friends, but Brother and Sister Miranda haven't been to church for a while. Their children come and enjoy Primary and YM. It is time for this family to prepare for the temple to be sealed for eternity. It was a wonderful experience to extend the invitation to come back to church and to look forward to temple blessings!
Brother Layug is a sculptor. The work he does with stones is amazing. Going into their yard is like entering a beautiful resort! He has made fountains, planters, outdoor dining furniture, a beautiful well, animals and many other creations out of stones. Brother Layug found every rock used to make the wall behind us in this picture! When we met this family, Brother Layug and his wife were shaving bamboo poles that are purchased by hotels and resorts to be used as decorations. They have unusual shapes and would look so pretty in fancy vases. We loved hearing about when he joined the church many years ago. The Layug's have taken in 4 nieces whose parents work abroad. It is a common situation to have kids being raised by other family members so parents can work abroad and make better money. It's sad, because families are broken apart and marriages rarely survive. Kids don't know their parents, but it feels like their only way out of poverty. Brother Layug and the 4 nieces are all members of the Church. We invited them to return and hope they will take us up on the invitation!
This visit is with Nanay Austria. We love her and we're so excited she is preparing to go to the temple. She is a widow and takes care of mulititudes of grandchildren as well as many others. We hope to be with her when she goes to the temple. It will be an exciting day! Nanay has a grandson, Jerome, that is quite extraordinary and we love spending time with him. He is a returned missionary and never ceases to amaze us. We think he will eventually be running the Philippines.
|Past a couple of houses, around the corner and...|
|We found them! This is Ceesar's family. Ceesar is the one|
standing. The whole family is investigating the church now!
We love you all! Thanks for reading!
Mike and Caren