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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

100 years of the IEMELIF Church

This morning, Jo Anne and I attended part of the General Conference of the IEMELIF Church. Jo Anne's church, Banlat IEMELIF Church, is a member of the church. The church is a part of the Methodist movement in the Philippines.

At this conference they are celebrating 100 years. In 1909, the IEMELIF church was formed as an independent church from the United Methodist Church to better reach the people of the Philippines. While at the conference I read the history of the church and belief of the church. I found they very close to my baptist beliefs. I agree with the view that the mission of spreading the Gospel of Jesus is our number one task as Christians. This task comes before cultural, racial, and other differences we have in the Christian church.

This evening Jo Anne and I are celebrating are one year anniversary by having a engagement party. We have invited friends and family over to share in the enjoy of our engagement.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Laguna and Baguio Pictures

As I said last night I would post more pictures and talk about our trip to Baguio, Philippines today. I finally got the pictures from our trip to Laguna.

Okay now to tell you about our three day trip to Baguio. Baguio is in the mountainous region on Luzon Island and is a six hour drive from Manila. On the way there our van overheated so we got a ride in a truck from a Remnant International School in Baguio. Once we got to Baguio, we got in a Jeepney to take us to the SM Mall in the center of Baguio. We met up with the rest of are party in the Food court of the mall. After a ride in a taxi we arrived at the house we stay at during our stay there.

While in Baguio, we visited Mine's View Park, Baguio Botanical Garden, Lourdes Grotto, SM Mall, a strawberry farm, and Burham Park. We tried to go to the Philippine Military Academy but could not get in because they were having reunion events there. Lourdes Grotto we walked up 300 step to get to the top. At Burham Park, we shopped at the market shops they had setup for the Panagbenga Flower Festival. We got fresh strawberries and vegetables at the strawberry farm.

After eating lunch at the Baguio Botanical Garden, I proposed to Jo Anne. I am happy to report she did say yes. Below is the video of me proposing to her in Baguio. Sorry the sound is not that good.

If you like to see some of the pictures we took on Baguio trip here is the online album.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pictures of My Love and Me

Okay, we just go up from Baguio. What a great trip. I just wanted to post a quick entry tonight and I post more tomorrow sometime. Since I had a request for pictures of my Love and me together and created this album and will add pictures as we take more. I am working on some other albums and will post them tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes Delivered

I know that I have not been great at posting updates here but Jo Anne and I have been very busy with things. I am enjoying my time here. After getting things setup to upload pictures and share videos, I like to share with you the handing out of the shoebox from Operation Christmas Child.

On Sunday afternoon on February 15, 2009, Jo Anne and I when to her church to take part in the service to hand out the shoeboxes. I really enjoy this since I made a shoebox back in November for Operation Christmas Child.

The program opened with some praise and worship and speakers. They asked me to speak since I made a shoebox. Then they groups the kids by age group and did a bible study and handed out the shoeboxes.

The children enjoy the the gifts in the shoe boxes a great deal. I was so blessed to see them receive the shoeboxes. I hope that you enjoy the pictures and the video that I took at the event.

The following is a video of the praise and worship service.

Here are the pictures that I took at the event. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comments.

We are now getting ready to head to Baguio for a couple days for a flower festival. I will post more pictures and updates when we get back. If we have the time we will post a update while in Baguio.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Busy Busy

Jo Anne and I hoped to post something each day but we have been very busy with thing here. We are enjoying our time together.

My flight went very good. It was 27 hours of planes and airports. This was my first time flying, so I guess you can say I jumped right into the deep end with flying. I flew out of GSP in Greer, SC to Houston and then to Tokyo, Japan. I never thought so much of the United States was so flat. The Rockies and the mountains in Alaska were very beautiful to look down upon. Japan was very interesting. I hope to be able to visit there someday. From Tokyo, it was unto the airport in the Manila. Once the plane landed I wanted to it out to my Love as quick as I could. It felt like forever for my bag to come from the plane. I was amazed it made it being that the last I saw it was 27 hours and 10,000 miles before.

Once I got my bag and made it through Customs it was outside where I saw what looked like a million people to me. I made it down where people pickup passengers and Jo Anne's cousin Arlyn found me and took me to my Love. It felt so good to finally to be with my Love. On the way to her house I quickly learned the lines on the road mean nothing. We made it home safe and straight to bed once we got my stuff in the house.

Saturday my Love fixed me a great breakfast. Then later we went to a wedding party where I met some more of her relatives. After the party headed to the two malls that are near by. Both malls are side by side and five stories tall. One of the malls in the second biggest mall in the world. I must have saw the same number of people just in those to malls that live in my home state of North Carolina. We eat dinner at a Italian restaurant called Italiannis. We decided to head home after dinner. We waited for over two hours for a taxi to take us home.

Sunday we went to my Loves church, Banlat IEMELIF Church. After a wonderful lunch at her brother's house we went back to her church for the handing out of the shoe boxes from Operation Christmas Child. After that we went to the mission where my love works.

I have to head of the bed now. I promise more details on Wednesday. We are heading out early in the morning to visit a town 2 hours away called Laguna tomorrow.
We try to post about that trip when we get back home. We plan on resting on Wednesday since we are leaving Baguio on Thursday. Wednesday we will post all the pictures and post more detail stories on what we have been doing.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Together At Last

I just wanted to post here and let you guys know at I made it safe to the Philippines. Jo Anne are enjoying our time together. We will post something more later.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

1 Day To Go: I Am Off

Wow, I can not believe this day is here. As you read this post I am on my way to the Philippines to spend time with my Love, Jo Anne. I left out of GSP in Greer, South Carolina at 6:05, this morning. My next post will be from the Philippines. I hope you will continue to check back to share in my adventure to the Philippines.

Here is a video I found on YouTube just for fun.

Leaving On A Jet Plane by John Denver

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

2 Days To Go: Last Minute Preparations

Today will be spend packing the last minute item in my baggage, one last run to the bank, and organizing my money by how I am going to spend it. After I got that done I hope to get a little sleep before having to get up early Thursday morning to go to the airport to catch my flight. My excitement is growing by the hour. Friday is the day that I see my Love in person for the first time. We will spend 17 days together and we will try to post pictures and updates when we can.

This will be my first time flying in a plane. I for nervous about the the flights. I nervous about the layovers at the airports. I have to layover in Houston, Texas and Tokyo, Japan. I am worried about making the next flight on my trip. I figure the crew knows what they are doing when it coming to flying the plane more then I do. Getting on the plane is the only work I have you do.

I am ready for my adventure. I only have been outside the United States once before and that was Niagara Falls in Canada. With this trip to the Philippines I do feel a little like I am jumping into the deep end. First time flying and looking at 27 hours at flight and airports. Then living in a different culture for 17 days with some who do not speak English and I do not speak their language. I hope to pick up some Tagalog while I am there.

I hope that you will continue to check back for updates on Jo Anne and mine adventure together. As we plan to share our time together here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

3 Days To Go: News In The Philippines

While 3 days to go to be with my Love! I leave out on the plane at 6:05 AM Thursday morning. Jo Anne and I will enjoy finally being together of Friday.

I like to keep up on the news. I would like to share some news websites that cover the news in the Philippines, today.

ABS-CBN News: This is a television network news.

GMA Network News: Another Television network news.

Radio Philippines: Radio Network news.

Manila Times: The website for the newspaper in Manila, The Manila Times.

Philippine News: Philippine News is a US based newspaper that serves Filipinos worldwide.

Monday, February 09, 2009

The Heartbeat of Mission: To Love God!

As being a part of a Missionary group where I am working, I feel so blessed to use my life in taking care of malnourish kids and share the good news to them about the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to share a Hand Mime video of the song entitled "The Mission", i am inspired by the message of this song. Enjoy watching and feel the Lord's message through the song.

The Mission Lyrics

Here’s a call going out across the land in every nation
A call to all who swear allegiance to the cross of Christ
A call to true humility, to live our lives responsibly.
To deepen our devotion to the cross at any price.

Let us then be sober moving only in the spirit
As aliens and strangers in a hostile foreign land
The message we’re proclaiming is repentance and forgiveness.
The offer of salvation to the dying race of man.

To love the lord our God, is the heartbeat of our mission.
The spring from which our service overflows.
Across the street or around the world.
The mission’s still the same.
Proclaim and live the truth
In Jesus name!

As a candle is consumed
By the passion of the flame
Spilling light unsparingly
Throughout the darkened room.
Let us burn to know him deeper
Then our service flaming bright.
Will radiate his passions and blaze with holy light

Daniel and I are looking forward to the greatest mission that God intended us to do. We hope and pray to become a blessing to other people in many different ways. God brought us together for a wonderful reason and purpose and we want to give back the highest praise and thanksgiving through serving Him for the rest of our lives. To love the Lord our God is the heartbeat of our mission.

4 Days To Go: Greed

While thinking of to write for the blog today, I was reading the other Blogs I follow and the following interesting. Karen Hancock post something on her blog that make you think. She posted this video on her blog and I would like to share it with you. Please feel free to comment on it. I believe what Milton Friedman says is very true.

Writing From the Edge: Milton Friedman -- Greed

Sunday, February 08, 2009

5 days To Go: Youth Group Reunion Dinner

Saturday night, I met up with some of my old friends for a reunion dinner for my High School Youth Group. I was part of the core group of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC's High School Youth Group when I was in high school. It was my time with the youth group that I enjoyed the most during my high school years. It was so good to see my friends and some I have not seen in many years now. We are planning to have a biggest reunion in July which I am sure to enjoy too. It is always good to remember the happy times in our lives. Below are so pictures from the reunion dinner.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

“A Dream Come True”

Few days to go, then finally me and my Love will spend our time together. Both of us are busy preparing things that we need on our trip in Baguio and other places in Manila. This is the moment we most awaited for a year now and we thank the Lord for making it possible for us. My excitement to see my Love grows more each day and everytime I look back from the start of our relationship, tears falls down on my eyes because of the joy and happiness I have in my heart. I am proud to introduce my Love to all my family and friends. As of now, we have set some schedules about the things we're going to do together and the places we're going to visit each day. Two weeks will be a very busy day for us and this is the moment we're going to spend our time together to know each other well. One of the most important plan that we made is doing our Mission together, a mission of serving the Lord in a way He wants to use us. We pray and hope that we become a source of blessing to people. A dream will only come true if you keep your faith to our Lord Jesus Christ who make all things possible.

6 Days To Go: Money

Money is a very important part of a trip. I have made a budget to cover the fees, bills that our due while I am gone, food and drink during the layovers and spending money while in the Philippines. Since, I have been living on a budget I have enough money to cover everything.

This week I got some cash when I deposited my paycheck at the bank. When I got home I took my budget for the trip and split the cash between the airports and for spending money while in the Philippines. As I talked about before on this blog I enjoy georging, which is the tracking money with the website called Where's George. I'm hope to get some international hits from the money I spend on this trip. I will spend the next couple days entering the bills and I will also enter a few bills while in the Philippines.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

7 Days To Go: Day of Final Preparations

Yesterday and today, I have been working on some final preparations for my trip to visit my Love, Jo Anne, in the Philippines. I also have been getting things that I will need here at the house before I leave. Needless to say, I have been busy.

Yesterday, I went around to the different thrift stops in Hendersonville with no luck at finding and pair in my size. I like the Council On Aging Thrift Shop since I normally find what I am looking for and it is clean. Unfortunately, yesterday they did not have the jeans I need. Council On Aging is the thrift shop I like to go to because the money goes to the Meals On Wheels program which was a great help to my grandfather before he went to the nursing home and died. After the Council On Aging Thrift Shop, I went to the Salvation Army Thrift Shop. They have moved into a new building but it seemed small then their old building and plus the fact it did not smell good in there. Goodwill was the next one I went to without finding want I was looking for. I like the Goodwill store because they seem to have a lot.

Since I could not find what I need in Hendersonville, I decided to check out the thrift shops in Greenville, SC. I normally do my grocery shopping and get gas in Traveler's Rest, SC so traveling a little extra distance to Greenville was not to bad. I first went to the Salvation Army Thrift Shop in Greenville and it was clean but seem disorganized with the clothes and had very little in men's clothes that I could find. There was a lot of women's clothes fixed in what was marked the men's section. I then tried to locate the second Salvation Army Thrift Shop that was listed for Greenville. I guess the website that I got the addresses off of was wrong because I could not even find a building with the address number on the road where it was to be. The next one I went to I knew before going that I would not find a pair of jeans there. That would be the Habitat For Humanity Home Shop. I enjoy looking around there since it was clean, well organized and had a lot of nice things. Then I headed over to the Miracle Hill Ministries Thrift Shop on Wade Hampton Boulevard. I like this thrift shop not only because I found jeans in the size I needed but it was clean and very organized. Plus, that fact it sells jeans and pants for $2 less then the Salvation Army Thrift Shop in Greenville.

Miracle Hill Ministries has provided help for people issues of homelessness, addiction and abuse since 1937 in Upstate South Carolina. They offer shelter, food and other services.

After returning from shopping and getting gas in South Carolina I came home and started working on things there. I worked a little on getting my things ready and packed for my trip to the Philippines. It seems for the last couple weeks the weather gets cold and the pipes freeze up on my days off. So I have to go down to the creek to get water for cleaning and flashing the toilet. Since the last two night the temperature has been in the in the single digits (around -5 C) the creek froze over. I had to use a rock to make a hole in the ice in order to get water out of the creek. I took pictures of the creek which you can see by clicking on the slide show below.

Getting Water From The Creek

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

8 Days To Go: Baguio Trip

As part of our time together Jo Anne and I will be joined by some of her family on a trip to Baguio City. Baguio City is in a mountainous region of the Philippines and is known as the summer capitol of the Philippines.

After the first house we had reserved fell through we had to look for another house. Yesterday, Jo Anne was able to get another house with 3 bedrooms for 9000 pesos for three nights. With the exchange rate today of 47.45 pesos per US $1 that is $63.23 a night for the house. Rooms at the hotel that I work at is going for $72 per night and you get just one room with no kitchen. The house also comes with a kitchen, living room, and 2 bathrooms.

We will be using a Hyundai Starex for most of the time I am in the Philippines. The use of the van will save us from having to use taxis and bus for transportation.

We hope you will check back to our Blog. We will try to post pictures and updates about our time together.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

9 Days To Go: Philippine Airlines

Although, I am not using their service This time around I thought it would be good to look at Philippine Airlines. It is the national airlines of the Philippines. Founded on February 26, 1941, Philippine Airlines is the oldest airlines in Asia.

In July 1946, Philippine Airlines becomes the first Asian airline to cross the Pacific with a chartered DC-4 carrying 40 American servicemen from Manila to Oakland, California. Start regular service between Manila and San Francisco in December 1946. For more history fact check out Philippine Airlines' website.

Philippine Airlines currently has a fleet of 47 planes. It has some on order to provide service to more destinations. At this time they provide service to 30 domestic and 31 international destinations.

Monday, February 02, 2009

10 Days To Go: Sports

With the Super Bowl Sunday night, I thought it would be interesting to check out the sports of the Philippines. I have listed professional sports leagues or associations within the Philippines below. If I miss a professional league with the Philippines please tell me, I would love to learn more. The people in the Philippines do enjoy many sport like basketball, baseball, football (soccer), volleyball, cricket, rugby, tennis and many more.

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) - Founded in 1975, the PBA is the second oldest professional basketball league in the world. It currently has ten teams.

Baseball Philippines - Founded in 2007 and only has 6 or 7 teams.

Philippine Tennis Association - the professional tennis association of the Philippines.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

11 Days To Go: National Anthem

Today I thought I would share the National Anthems of both the Philippines and the United States.

The Philippines - Lupang Hinirang

Bayang Magiliw
Perlas ng Silanganan,
Alab ng puso
Sa dibdib mo'y buhay.

Lupang hinirang,
Duyan ka ng magiting,
Sa manlulupig,
'Di ka pasisiil.

Sa dagat at bundok,
Sa simoy at sa langit mong bughaw,
May dilag ang tula at awit
Sa paglayang minamahal.

Ang kislap ng watawat mo'y
Tagumpay na nagniningning,
Ang bituin at araw niya
Kailan pa ma'y 'di magdidilim.

Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati't pagsinta,
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo;
Aming ligaya, na 'pag may mang-aapi
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa 'yo.

United States - The Star Spangled Banner

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?