Bible Verse Of The Day

Sunday, November 30, 2008

75 Days to Go: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

With 75 days to go with to be with my Love I thought I share a show I enjoyed watching when I was younger. I found Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas on YouTube.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

“Mission at Work”

It’s a wonderful blessing to work at Scandinavian Children’s Missionary. I thank God for allowing me to be a part of this institution where I can use my profession and at the same time I was able to minister and share God’s word to the little children, that is the greatest mission I had at work. My Love, without his knowing was the one who encouraged me to be a part of a missionary group and I thank God for using him to open my heart in mission. SCM sponsored and help malnourished children as well as the abused or what we called “save” (these are children that was raped). Children came from depressed area like Baseco, Payatas and Molfrid. Most of them are living along the dumpsite, they are lack of food and the polluted places causes them diseases. As of now, we are taking care of 18 children from those places, five belongs to nursery, four to Toddler 1, and 7 to Toddler 2. Last Tuesday we had 2 admissions who are now at the Isolation area, they are both having very low weight. All the children undergo deworming, we gave them vitamins and necessary treatment if they found to have diseases like Primary Complex. Food with complete nutrients was served to them together with milk. Children was admitted there for free and the parents can visit them anytime they want. They stay there mostly for 6 months and if they are already nourished and have gain their normal weight they are ready to go home and requested for discharge. God used this institution to help many people who are in need especially the little children who suffered more on malnutrition. Scandinavian was composed of seven countries who gave donations just to support the needs of this insitution. My heart is filled with joy for these people who open their hands and share the blessings they got for other people.
Handling kids is a little hard but enjoying. Some of the kids are hard headed and I really feel sad when I saw some kids who show sexual act with their playmates. They truly need someone to guide and lead them in the right path.

Train a child in a way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

We had our outdoor activities last Novermber 26, which was held at Quezon City Memorial Circle. Scandinavian Children's Missionary
Kids enjoyed the day having some fun playing at the playground, walking together along the park and eating the food we brought for their snacks. It’s good to bring them out sometimes for them to get the vitamins brought by sunlight. All of them are very happy even the nursery though they are not yet walking, they enjoyed looking around the park. This kids was very blessed to be on this insitution because they were saved from malnutrition. One thing we are praying, once this kids may go back to their home, their parents are more responsible enough to take care of them and support the foods they need to become more healthy.
My Love and I, have the desire to go on mission trips and put up a ministry that will help people in their needs. We hope and pray that our dreams will come true. We want to be a source of blessing to other people and we want to share what God has given us. God is good for us and we want to give back all praises unto Him. We will serve Him together for the rest of our lives. To God be the glory! May God bless this institution , the owner and all the people who support Scandinavian Children’s Missionary.

76 Days to Go: Sad Happens

I am sadden by the happening from Black Friday this year. The saving the people got at the stores were not worth the lives of the people who died due to people rushing and pushing. Big deal if you do not get the the cheap TV. How would you like to be trampled because someone wanted a TV? That TV is not going to make you or the person you give it to any more happier. What are people caring guns into a store while going Christmas shopping? Our focus is all wrong. Christmas is a time to spend with our love ones showing them love and remember the God sent his only begotten son to die for our sins. In a year, is at going to matter what you got this year for Christmas. No it is not. What will matter is the time you spent enjoying one another.

Here are some of the news stories about the deaths on Black Friday. It just makes me sad. My prayers our with the families of the victims.

Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who trampled NY worker

Witnesses: Fatal shooting followed toy store brawl

Friday, November 28, 2008

77 Days to Go: Black Friday

Today is Black Friday. People crowd the store looking for things that are on sale. Store hope this kick off to the Christmas Shopping season puts them in the black that is the reason today is called Black Friday.

After I get off of work at the hotel I am planning on going to Wal-mart to do some shopping. I hope the things I need are on sale today. If I am lucky I will be in and out I only need to get a toaster and an iron. If I do not need to replace these items for my home I would not bother going to the store this morning. People go crazy at Black Friday sales. I wish everyone good luck and remember it is the love you give all year round that matters not the gifts you give at Christmas.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

78 Days to Go: Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving Day, here in the United States. This year, I have many things to be thankful for. One of the biggest things is the Lord bringing my Love into my life this year. She gives me such happiness and joy. It is a joy to have someone who prays with me and for me everyday. We have only 78 Days to go for us to finally be together. I also for have family and friends that are there to support me. That I have a job which God uses to provide for my needs. He supplied the money for my flight and friend that can me advice on how to go about getting my Love here. I am thankful for living in the greatest country in the world.

I am most thankful for the mercy and grace I received because Jesus died on the cross for my sins. For without Jesus, I would have no hope.

And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy! ~ Psalm 107:22 (ESV)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

79 Days to Go

Last night, I saw the mother of one of my friends from high school who also has a girlfriend in the Philippines. His girlfriend's Visa has been approved for her to come to the United States. They are wait for her interview and for her to get the necessary shots for entry into the United States. This is go news for Jo Anne and I as we are going to start the paperwork for Jo Anne's Visa once I get back from the Philippines. His mother also told me that I need to make at least $17000 a year. I make more that at my primary job and I also have been working second jobs here and there. Right now, I am looking for another second job. I need to save at least a $100 a week between now another the time I leave to cover bills, shots, and spending money.

I also have an appointment setup for the shot that the CDC recommends for travel to the Philippines. I be getting them in January. I figured that I better be safe and get them even through they are not required.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Around the World in Eighty Days

Eighty days to go for me to be with the women that I love. This reminds we of the book Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. The events in the book take place in the early 1870's. Back then it took a long time to get around the world. In the book the main character, Phileas Fogg, takes a challenge to go around the world in 80 days. That was a record back in the 1870's since the hot air balloon was flight and ships for the sea. Now You can make it around the world in a day. My trip of halfway around the world is going to take a little over a day. Of course my trip will not only be faster because of planes but more comfortable.

I enjoy Jules Verne's stories. He was a science fiction writer in the late 1800's. So many of the things we have today is owned to science fiction writers. The book are fun to read and imagine the the possibility.

Monday, November 24, 2008

81 Days To Go

Okay, now I have 81 days to go to be with my Love. Today I need to call the Health Department and setup appointment to get the recommended shots for travel to a feign country. I also going call to see when I can start my second job at pizza shop as a deliver driver. I hope a get a lot of tips doing it. I am also meeting with my mentor Keith who is helping we get a job with a local chain of convenient stores. With them I can get benefits and regular pay raises. If thing work out with the convenient store, after my trip to the Philippines I leave the hotel and work it the convenient store full time. Now I getting the second jobs because I need to save at least $125 extra each week until I leave to cover my bills, airline fees, and to have spending money while on my trip.

I will try to post a update each day as I count down the days to I am my Love in the Philippines. Both Jo Anne and I are excited about spending time with one another and sharing this time of our lives with you here. We hope you will check back and see how things are going for us as God provides for our needs.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

82 Days To Go?

This morning while waiting for church service to start I figure out how many days I have until I meet my Love in person. If I figured it right I have 82 days to go. I will be arriving in Manila late evening on February 13, 2009 PHT, which will be morning time EST on that day. After I get so rest I will redo my figuring to make sure that I am right on the number of days. I am going to try to post something each day as I count down the days until I am with my Love in the Philippines. Each day I will talk about things related to my trip and also provide updates on how things are going on getting ready for the trip.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Food Journey: Chili

One of my favorite meals to make is Chili. It had been over two years since I last made chili my self. So I decided to make some this past week. I like to use Carroll Shelby's Original Texas Brand Chili Kit when making my chili.

1 Carroll Shelby's Original Texas Brand Chili Kit
2 lbs. ground beef
1 yellow onion chopped
1 bell pepper chopped
2 jalapeño peppers chopped
1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
2 - 15 oz cans water
1 - 15 oz can kidney beans drained

Put ground beef, onion, bell pepper and jalapeño peppers in 10 inch skillet. Once the ground beef is brown stir in the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil then let the chili simmer for 20 minutes. For the best taste let the chili sit in the refrigerator over night and reheat to eat.

I enjoy putting my chili on top of some rice with cheese and sour cream. I also so like to eat it with saltine crackers.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New Vision for First Baptist Church Hendersonville

Today the pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC, Ryan Pack, unveiled his vision for the church. We are vision can be summed up in one word, transformation. I am excited to see the growth that will happen in our church. We will not only transform ourselves but the world with the love of Jesus.

Since becoming our pastor in June of 2008, an excitement of great things to come his spread through the church. As things happen at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville I will post somethings here. You can also check out the church's website.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

More Theats Against Obama Then Other Presidents-elect

According to the news President-elect Obama is receiving more threats against him then other Presidents-elect. I disagree with Obama's views and do not like the fact that he won the election. But, come on people we can vote him out of the office in four years and in two years we can vote to limit his power by voting for people to go to Congress, that do not share his views on how to run this country.

Barack Obama will be our first mixed raced president. I hope my fellow Americans will see how hard Obama has worked to get to where he is and work harder to achieve their life goals. As for his race, I think an Aerosmith song, Livin' On The Edge, says it best.

If you can judge a wise man
By the color of his skin
Then mister you're a better man than I...

I would gladly vote for a black or mixed raced person for president if they share the same views on government as I do. I believe that some day I may have the chance to do just that because they are out there.

This is not the time to make threats. We should pray for Obama and the United States. God is in control and for whatever reason he is God choice for the office of President of the United States. If you do not like it, work on getting someone else elected as President in 2012. We as Americans should be above this. George Bush will leave the White House in January and Obama move in peacefully. And in four or eight years Obama will leave the White house and the next President will move in peacefully. I thank God that we can says that about the United States.

Read the story, Obama has more threats than other presidents-elect from the Associated Press.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thank You Veterans on this Vetarans Day

I would like to take a moment to thank all the veterans who serviced my beloved country, the United States of America. We set November 11 aside as Veterans Day or Armistice Day to honor the men and women who serviced in war time or peace time. You are the reason we are free.

Veterans Day was first called Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. World War I ended with the signing of an armistice. An armistice is the agreement to end hostilities while a peace treaty is negotiated. So on this Veterans Day, will you join me in thanking the veterans of our great country.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Terrible Tuesday

Here is a classic safety video for you. I remember watching this one back in school. It was called Terrible Tuesday . It is a safety video on tornadoes. The video is in three parts on YouTube.

Terrible Tuesday Part 1
Terrible Tuesday Part 2
Terrible Tuesday Part 3

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Panagbenga in Baguio City

I am going to the Philippines in February to be with my girlfriend Jo Anne.
While I am there we are planning to Panagbenga in Baguio City. Panagbenga is an annual flower festival. I am looking forward to seeing Baguio City and the festival. Here are some videos of some of the events from 2008.

Friday, November 07, 2008

My View on the Election

On Tuesday, the people of the United States elected their first fixed race President. I hope this will encourage my fellow Americans to work hard to improve their lives and reach for their dreams. I disagree with Barack Obama on many issues and do not support his plans for our great country. I will pray for him daily, that God will give him the wisdom the run the United States in the best way.

Yes, we need change here the United States. We need to look at ourselves for this change not the government for the changes we need to make. We have the best health care in the world. People come from all over the world to attend our schools and even to live here. We need to work on improving all parts of our lives. We do not need to look to other countries for ideas on how to improve our country. Americans have come up with the best ideas to improve the lives of not only Americans but all people around the world. Socialism have failed in every country that has tried it to better the lives of its people. Government programs make people more dependent on the government instead of helping people get to a point they can rely on themselves to achieve their goals and dreams.

Mr. Obama has surrounded himself with people who have made statement after statement of how they late America. I could not stay at a church that the pastor preached hate against a group of people based on the color of their skin. If the pastor of my church started speaking about such hate, that would be the last service I would go to at that church. I am not implying here that if you voted for Barack Obama that you hate America. I do question Mr. Obama love for the United States.

George Bush is not the one who caused the problems we have in this country today. Yes, some of the blame is on his shoulders, but the president can do very little with out the approval of the 535 members of congress. The biggest cause of the economic crisis is people living beyond their means and other peoples greed.

We are in Iraq because we were attacked by terrorist. Saddam had many chances to open his country to the United Nations inspectors to prove he did not have any weapons of mass destruction. We had many source other then George Bush claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction including many Democrats. Saddam had killed many of his own countrymen. The people of Iraq our better off today then they were under Saddam. The United States is building roads, school and improving utilities in Iraq. One only has to look at our history to know that when Iraq has a stable government that is able to protect and support itself and its people, the United States will leave. We did it in Japan, German, and the Philippines just as a few examples. There is also the fact that under George Bush's leadership we have not had another attack on our homeland or interest outside the war zones. We need to hit back when we are hit by their terrorist. They are bent on our destruction and they will not rest until that happens. They have broken every promise they have made in our talks with them. We need to back our talk up to prove we need business.

May God bless our next president, Barack Obama, protect him from harm and give him wisdom to do what is right for the United States. And as always may God bless the United States and may she be free forever more.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Go and Vote!

Election Day is here in the United States. If you have not already voted I encourage you to go vote today. The only wasted vote is when you can and do not vote.

You should vote for what you believe. Do not vote because him or her is the biggest celebrity. Do not vote based the color of one skin. Do not vote because him or her is a Democrat or Republican. Do not vote for him or her because you think the they have already won. There is only one poll that count and that is the one on Election day. Vote for the person that votes the way you would vote, if you were in that office. I fully believe if you do not vote you lose your right to complain about the things that are not going to change until the people in America stand up and vote for what they believe not how a person makes them feel.

Do not waste your vote! Join me and go vote today.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Operation Christmas Child

It is time once again to get your shoebox of Christmas gifts for Operation Christmas Child ready. Operation Christmas Child is an outreach ministry of Samaritan's Purse which gives the shoeboxes to needy children all around the world. This year I am sending a shoe box for a little girl from age five to nine years old. A few years back, I helped out at the distribution center in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was amazed at the size of the building and the number of boxes. I have talked with people who have handed out the shoeboxes to the children and they said it was a great blessing to see the happiness of the children.

Samaritan's Purse started Operation Christmas Child in 1993. This year you need to drop off your shoeboxes at Collection Centers in your area during the week of November 17 - 24. For more information on Operation Christmas Child go to Samaritan's Purse's web site.

“All Saints Day”

All Saints Day is a solemn holiday set aside to remember the dead, in the Philippines the holiday is a day of festivities. November 1 marks the beginning of the Filipino "Araw ng mga Patay," the celebration of the Day of the Dead. The celebration continues through the next day, All Souls Day. It is a Filipino tradition to celebrate the All Saints Day every November 1, it is also a day when my grandfather died. A tradition where all the people went to the cemetery to commemorate their loved one who already passed away. My family and I always did this tradition and at this time it is such a very sad moment for me because my Mom was already included on the dead people we commemorate. My grandparents, both mother and father side together my Mom was buried at Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park. Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park is a true historical site, a hollowed place and a witness to the heroism and bravery of two of our national heroes, Melchora Aquino (Tandang Sora) and General Emilio Jacinto,
whose remains and memories are etched in shrines revered by Filipinos. This memorial park in Tandang Sora District is a tourist spot in its own right. Its magnificent landscape and monuments are something to behold. " Another breathtaking sculpture monument here is that of "Malakas and Maganda", the Philippines' own version of "Adam and Eve".
On the night of October 31, 2008, me and my cousin went there and slept over at the graveyard of my Mom and my grandparents (Mother side). There are a lot of people who stayed there the whole night. We lighted some candles and bought some flowers to put on their tomb. At 5:00AM of November 1, we went home to prepare some foods that we're going to bring at the cemetery. After cooking and setting all the things we need for the whole day of our stay there, we went back altogether and enjoy the whole day of our stay there. It's also a good bonding and reunion for all the family, because that day is a non working holiday so more time to spent together. May our loved ones who are now rest in peace, become an inspiration for us. This is just a way of remembering them through this event, but they are always living in our hearts and will stay there forever.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Remember to Turn Your Clocks Back Tonight

Tonight marks the end of Daylight Savings Time in the United States, Canada, and other countries, so we turn are clocks back. Daylight Savings starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. This is a change from past years in which it started on the first Sunday in April and ended on the last Sunday in October. In 2007, the United States, Canada, and some other counties decided to the dates to help businesses. When Daylight Savings Time begins you move your clock ahead one hour. When Daylight Savings Time ends you move your clock back one hour. Do not forget to turn your clock back tonight before you go to bed, if you live in United States and Canada or one of the other countries that also ends Daylight Savings Time tonight.

Daylight Savings Time started being used by several countries in 1916. It however was first suggested by the great American Statesman Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

For my friends in the Philippines, while the United States is on Daylight Savings Time, I am only twelve hours behind your time. Starting tonight I will be thirteen hours behind your time as the United States goes off Daylight Savings Time. If you like to learn more about Daylight Savings Time check out time and's page on Daylight Savings Time.

Moving to Canada?

My brother posted this on his Blog. I think it is so funny, so I thought I would share it with you.