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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Waterfall in the Greenville Watershed

Today, I went down to Greenville to walk around and do some thinking. I can up with some good ideas and hope to get working on they soon. I did find a tomato corer while walking around the West End of Main Street. I paid a $1.30 for it, up until today the only one I have been able to find in store cost $15. I was not going to pay $15 for something I not going to use every week. I was glad to find two places that carried them in the West End. I had no luck finding one in Hendersonville.

Okay, now your asking what about the waterfalls? On the way back up the mountain, I drove through the Greenville Watershed. I took pictures of the waterfall that I pass all the time. I want to share the picture with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Where Does The Money Go?

Many people ask about where does the money go when you give to Compassion? Compassion works hard to make sure that as much of the money given going to help the children. Compassion is reviewed by Independent Certified Public Accountants on a regular basis. Check out these reports out on Compassion's website.

Here is a video from Wess Stafford, the president of Compassion, thanking the sponsor for their continuing support.

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Message of Hope

With regards to our theme for this week, which is all about Compassion, I just want to encourage each and everyone to join and be one of the sponsor of this organization and spread the good news and share the message of hope to all the children who are really in despair because you didn’t know how much you will change their life.

Yesterday, as I visited the site of Compassion and read some of the testimonies shared by the sponsored child, I feel so blessed and amazed on how God transformed their life through their sponsors. Sponsors are not just giving a financial support but they are also sharing the message of hope by showing their love, support and prayers to their sponsor child. In a simple card or letters that the sponsors sent is something that brings a great impact in the life of a child.

Here’s the video of one sponsored child from Compassion sharing her testimony on how God works and transformed her life. Before she is one of the sponsor child but now she became one of the sponsors.

Hope is something that never abandons you.
Even when your life is filled with sadness
and disappointment, a spark remains inside
to help you get through the rough times.
Hope is one of God's greatest gifts to you,
because it's the magic that inspires you to keep
trying, learning, loving, and living.
I disliked myself. I thought that no one loved me,
but God said, "I love you." (John 3:16)

I wept, because I was lonely, but God said,
"I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sponsoring A Child Through Compassion

We are trying some new out with the Blog. We are going to start having theme weeks. This is our first theme week and this week is Compassion Week. All this week we will be posting about Compassion International.

but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." ~ Matthew 19:14

Over the years, I have sponsored three children though Compassion International. I first heard of Compassion through my church when I was in high school. Since then I have been sponsoring a child when I can.

Compassion was started back in the 1950s by Evangelist Everett Swanson. He was the needs of children orphaned by the Korea War while sharing the gospel with the troops. He setup a sponsorship program for the orphans in South Korea. Over the years, Compassion grew and now over one million children in 24 countries. Compassion partner countries are Australia, Canada, Deutschland, France, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

The child I sponsor name is Libin. He lives with his mother in Chettukuzhy, India. With my sponsorship, Libin is provided with an education, food, clothes, and the knowledge that Jesus love him. Libin and I write letters to one another telling want is going on in our lives. I do not wait to get to the house to open a letter from Libin. I also pray for Libin everyday.

As I said this week is Compassion Week for Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. Each day this week we will post something about Compassion. Jo Anne and I hope that you will join us in sponsoring a child through Compassion.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

God Providing

First I would like to thank all from my friends that have been and offered assistants to me in the past few weeks. I am grateful for you.

I still have no job, but I am sure I will get one here once. I got my first unemployment benefits on Thursday. After making my budget out I will have enough to cover my bills, food and other expenses. God has provided for my needs in the past and always will provide for them in the future.

Friday morning, I got up early and heading to Blue Ridge Community College to take the WorkKeys Tests. I did pretty good on the tests. The tests cover Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Many employers use these test to see what skills people have that they are hiring. When you finish the test you get a Career Readiness Certificate. To learn more about the Workkeys test and the Career Readiness Certificate check out the WorkKeys website.

Starting tomorrow, Jo Anne and I decided to try having theme weeks. Our first theme week will be on Compassion International. I hope you read the entries over this coming week and learn more about this great organization.

I am sure that I will get a job hear soon. Thank all of you who have given me job leads they have been helpful.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Darkest Before The Dawn

Things are looking really bad right now. I have not found a job yet and I am running out of my savings. My unemployment has not started yet and maybe a few weeks before it starts.

In talking with people with people at Joblink and the Unemployment office the job market is turning around. More jobs are coming available and people are starting to buy more things. Even looking back on my life, I see that God has always provided for my needs.

He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. ~ Psalm 111:4-6 (ESV)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rayna, My Baby

It has been a while sine I posted a picture of my dog, Rayna. Besides my beloved Jo Anne, Rayna is another female that beings we happiness. She is always sitting in the driveway when I get home and on the pouch in the morning waiting for me to feed her. She just loves to jump up on me and have me pet her. She makes me feel good after a hard day of searching for a job.

This morning, I got up a little earlier then I have been to go to the Joblink center at Blue Ridge Community College for a class on job interviews. I took a interview class several years ago, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to refresh things in my mind. I am still waiting for someone to call me for a interview. Joblink is a resource center to help people find jobs. They offer services like job listings, computers, resume help, work search skills, and much more.

With reading the 48 Days book by Dan Miller, I have been thinking about different jobs paths I can take at this time. I am even thinking of starting a business or two on my own. The next three days I will be applying for jobs like crazy and checking back on other job. The real fun is that it is suppose to rain for the next couple days. In the end, I am sure that I will find a job soon. Then work on other sources of income.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Helping People With Genealogy

I sent this past weekend, help people with genealogy research. As I have talked about here before I volunteer to that pictures for Photo Request left at Find a Grave. The requests, I did this week end were easy to find. Some of the information I was given the not match but this is common. Taken the pictures help people doing genealogy double check their information.

I enjoy helping people with their genealogy research. I learn new things about history and I get to explore different places. This weekend, I went to three cemeteries in Henderson County in North Carolina and two in Greenville County, South Carolina.

I find the time in the cemeteries very relaxing. I wish that I could make a living by helping people with their genealogy. Maybe after, I get some other things going I can start offering paid services to people for genealogy research. I will never charge for the photo request off of Find a Grave.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Will 48 Days Help Me?

Today, after I filled out some applications and turning then in I went down to Greenville, South Carolina. I have just planning on going down to work around the Haywood Mall and some other stores to take a break from things. I stopped at a couple of book stores and just looking at the different book they had. I enjoy collecting and reading books.

After leaving the mall, I decided to go the the Barnes & Noble and Best Buy on Woodruff Road. As I was looking through the books I saw the book, 48 Days To The Work You Love by Dan Miller. Many of my friends have recommended this book to me. Plus, Dave Ramsey also recommends the book. Dan Ramsey's books have changed my life so I am willing to give Dan Miller a try. If you have not figured it out the book is about finding the work you love.

Before I bought 48 Days To The Work You Love, I read the forward, introduction, and part of the first chapter in the book store. The forward is by Dave Ramsey. I enjoyed reading the book so I decided to go ahead and buy the book. If you like to learn more about the book check out 48 As I read and start doing the things in the book, I will post my progress here on this blog.

Fast Food in the Philippines

I had a very different experience at the fast food restaurants in the Philippines then here in the United States. Some of the fast food restaurants are know to people from the United States line McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell and Wendy's. The fast food restaurant I like the best was Jollibee. Jollibee is based in the Philippines and is the largest fast food chain in the world. Jollibee is only has stores in three states: California, Nevada, and New York.

Most of the menu is the some with a couple different items. The fast food restaurants offer rice instead of fries, although fries are available. A long with burgers, you can order fried chicken and spaghetti. Your drinks are one time drink. You pay extra for free refills. I even had a hamburger with a egg on it.

If you dine in at the restaurants your food is served on real dishes, not paper. When you are finished with your meal you just leave the trash on the table. The dinning room attendant will clean the tables. The trash is sorted by if it is recyclable, biodegradable, or non-biodegradable. When you can find trash cans in the Philippines, at least the few that I saw are setup to sort trash by these three categories. Recycling seems to be a lot harder in the United States. It is harder to locate place to recycle things then it was a few years ago.

If they do not have you hole order ready in a few minutes, they will being you order to your table. At least, Jollibee will offer you a free newspaper to read.

I enjoyed the times I went to fast food restaurants in the Philippines. It was a very different experience that the fast food restaurants in the United States.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS)

This morning at church I heard of the passing of Brent Anderson. Brent had Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). Although he was 24 years old he look as if he was 12 years old. The members of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC will miss Brent a great deal. I can not recall a time that I did not see a smile of Brent's face.

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) is named after a Dutch pediatrician, Dr. Cornelia de Lange, who in 1933 descibed the symptoms of the Syndrome. Some physical characteristics of CdLS are low birth weight (often under five pounds), slow growth and small stature, small head size (microcephaly), thin eyebrows which frequently meet at midline (synophrys), long eyelashes, short upturned nose and thin, downturned lips, and Limb differences, including missing limbs or portions of limbs, usually fingers, hands or forearms. People with CdLS often have gastroesophageal reflux, seizures, heart defects, cleft palate, bowel abnormalities, feeding difficulties, and developmental delay. This information comes form the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation's website. If you would like to learn more about CdLS, please visit the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation's website.

Over the years, I have see the great faith of Brent's parents as they dealt with his illness. I hope you will join me and pray for his family.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Potter's Hands

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. ~ Isaiah 64:8 (ESV)

Over the past week, I have been thinking a lot about how God is like a Potter and we are his clay. I try to remember that God is in control and is preparing me for his plan. It is these hard times in life that make the good times so good. How could we enjoy the good things in life if we had nothing to compare them to? One day, I will be fully made into the image of Jesus.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. ~ Romans 8:28-29

Jo Anne and I, have had a hard time with being apart, especially now that I lost my job. We trust in the Lord and know that in this time apart he is molding us. We long to serve the Lord together as husband and wife one day. This is the time he is conforming us into the people he wants us to be first. We are not perfect but as Christians, God is conforming us into the image of his son. We hope one day, people will not see us when they look at us but see Jesus and the great work God has done in our life.

While in the Philippines I went to church with my Love at her church, the Banlat IEMELIF Church in Quezon City, Philippines. The Choir of Banlat IEMELIF Church sung the song the Potter's Hands.

Beautiful Lord, wonderful saviour
I know for sure, all of my days are held in Your hands
Crafted into Your perfect plan

You gently call me, into Your presence
Guiding me by, Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord
To live all of my life through Your eyes

I'm captured by, Your Holy calling
Set me apart
I know You're drawing me to Yourself
Lead me Lord I pray

Take me, Mold me
Use me, Fill me
I give my life to the Potter's hands
Hold me, Guide me
Lead me, Walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter's hand

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Woman Calls 911 Over No McNuggets

Over the past couple days, I have been hearing and reading about a woman in Florida who call 911 because McDonald's do not have the McNuggets she ordered. The manager of the McDonald's refused to refund her money. The woman called 911 three times and was arrested and charge with misuse of 911.

In defense of the woman, the manager should have offered her a refund of her money. After reading an article on the website for TC Palm, I do not think she even gave the manager time to offer the refund. In any case, she should have know you do not call 911 because of this. The 911 service is for emergencies and in no way is what happened here an emergency. If this happens to you should call the Home Office. You will get your refund and maybe other stuff.

From reading the article the staff at the McDonald's was doing what they needed to do. I have worked in fast food before and the first thing you do when something like this happens is offer something else of the menu. If the customer do not what something else you offer a refund at that point. I get the feeling that the woman got upset to quickly to be offered the refund. Some many of us want what we want right now and we do not want to wait.

I hope you will read the article and listen to the 911 calls. I wonder what you think.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Scandinavian Children's Mission

While visiting my fiancée in the Philippines, I visited the place were she works. She works in the Center for Malnourished Children at the Scandinavian Children's Mission in San Juan, Philippines.

My Love and the staff toured me around the Malward. I was touched by what I saw. I even held a little girl in my arms that was so malnourished she could not focus her eyes. She was literally skin and bones. I wish I could share pictures for for the privacy and safety of the children I am unable to share them online. The children in the Malward were in various stages of malnourishment. The staff cares for the children and help educate the parents to provide better care of their kids.

Scandinavian Children's Mission was founded in 1985 by Sigvard Wallenberg from Sweden. Other services they offer besides the Malward are orphanage ,feeding, day care and medical/dental services, house building programs, schools and relief operations.

The Vision
The intention of the SCM is to practice the faith defined in the Bible, to carry out the task of reaching and touching the lives of the poor, the burdened and the suffering especially the children.

Mission Statement
We desire to show the love of Christ by:

  • Feeding the hungry and helping the sick

  • Raising the standard of living of the poor

  • Meeting the needs of their soul and spirit

  • The Challenge

  • To provide care, shelter and Christian love to the needy

  • To enhance, develop and strengthen the hidden skills of people

  • To become co-laborers and partners in nation building and development of the country

  • To encourage family values, moral and scriptural ethics.

  • Source: Scandinavian Children's Mission website

    Unfortunately, at this time telling you about Scandinavian Children's Mission is the only help I can give them. As soon as I can I will offer more help to them. If you are able to help, please consider Scandinavian Children's Mission as part of your giving. For more information, visit the website for the Scandinavian Children's Mission.

    Sunday, March 08, 2009

    Medley by IEMELIF Centennial Orchestra

    I want to share this video I made at the IEMELIF Centennial Anniversary in the Araneta Coliseum on February 28, 2009. Jo Anne and I attended the celebration and this was some of the music we got to listen to.

    Saturday, March 07, 2009

    Tough Week

    You can say this has been a very tough week for me. I left my Love in the Philippines. I come back to cold weather and 7 inches of snow, told I do not have a job anymore, have to spend $100 to fix my car, and then today I got my taxes done and find I owe some money on my taxes.

    The snow is gone for the most part. The only snow left is were it got piled up. The water is working in the house now. Hope the pressure gets stronger. I miss the warm temperatures that I had in the Philippines.

    When I went to work to find out when I could start back, I was told I had no job. I have a little money in the bank that will last a month I hope. The bad thing is that I needed to get a new wheel and tire for the car. The wheel was cracked which caused the air to lick out. I got a new tire since I drove on the tire flat a couple times. I also need to get the brake pads replaced. I hope to do the brakes tomorrow. I need to find a dry place to work on my car.

    I went to the mall in town and have my taxes done with AARP tax service. It is a free service offered by AARP. I was hoping to get a little money back. Since my ex workplace did not take out the federal and state withholding for a little over a month last summer I have to pay more tax. The good thing is I have to April 15, 2009 to pay what I owe. I am sure I will have a new job by then.

    I really miss being with my Love. I was planning on coming back and start saving for her to join me here in the United States. Now, we have to wait until I get a job to start the Visa process. The Visa will take about four month to be approved. I was going to start looking for a second job when I got back but I guess I am looking for two jobs. I always filed for unemployment and hope that will start soon. I already have gotten a couple applications out. I plan on working hard this week on getting back to work because the sooner I get a job the sooner I will be back with my Love. This time it will be forever and we will be husband and wife.

    Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. ~ Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

    I am putting all my trust in the Lord. He has provided for all my needs in my life so far. I know that he will not stop providing for me. I am sure that I will get a job and be getting back on the road to being with my Love.

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    Trusting in God

    I am sorry that I have not posted anything sooner. The last couple days have been rough. When I get home the Internet is not working on my computer. The modem was unplugged. My roommate got it working again. Then I have not been feeling to good since being back. I am not really sick just have the yucks. Then today I was told that I do not have a job.

    Some good news is my sister have a baby girl on Monday. I saw my new niece today and she is very beautiful. I have a little money saved up in the bank to hold me until I start getting some income. I already started looking for work. I sure God has better thing planned for me. Right now I am putting my trust in the Lord.

    Now looking back on my trip. The plane ride back was great. The flights were a little for bumpy then the flights there but not bad. I wish I was still in the Philippines. The weather was a lot better and plus I would be with the Love of my Life. It was in the upper 80s and 90s in the Philippines. I came home to 7 inches of snow and frozen water pipes. It did get in the 50s today.

    I enjoyed my time in the Philippines. I will work on sharing about some of the things I saw and learned while there. Thank all of you for following this Blog.

    Wednesday, March 04, 2009

    17 Days of Being Together, Is Hard To End up!

    Time is moving, the day passed so quick. It's really hard for me and my Love to be apart again. The 17 days is too short for us to enjoy the moment of happiness of being together. This morning, me and my Dad together with my cousin, sent off my Love to the airport. The moment we hated but we know this is just temporary as we prepare things to be together forever. I will miss my Love very much. For 17 days that we spent going out, eating together, doing our prayer time together, having fun jokes with each other, and most especially serving the Lord together are some of the things that I will miss. My Love, is a great blessing to me and also to my family. I always thank the Lord for giving me such a wonderful gift. He is a treasure that I will keep in my heart until I die. God answered my prayers more than the things I have asked for Him, I long so much on the day we will become husband and wife. The night before his departure, we spent more time talking with each other, cried out the sadness we have in our hearts and talked more about our plans for the coming months. At exactly 4:30AM we leave the house and heading off at the airport. I can't explain what I felt that moment, my heart is breaking to see my Love going out the house and thinking he will leave me again for a long time. We arrived at the airport around 5:00 AM, and at exactly 5:30 AM my Love decided to go inside. I am glad that my bestfriend get me a gate pass so I able to go inside the airport. The time we went inside the departure area, is the hardest part for us. After getting his ticket and do the check in of his baggage, we spent a little time together. Around 7AM, we say goodbye to each other, both with tears in our eyes, hugging with each other and wishing he will stay here for good or I will go with him that time. By the time we arrived at home, I feel so sad because I miss him. I can say that it's hard for me to live without my Love. He is the source of my joy and happiness and all I want is to spend the rest of my life with him. We will pray hard and ask the Lord's help to make everything quick and smooth for us so we can be together forever.

    Love, no matter how far we are right now my heart is with you and always with you. I want you to take care of yourself always. I miss you very much and remember that I love you very very very very very very very very very very much and I will continue to love you for the rest of my life.

    Monday, March 02, 2009

    Trip Drawing to an End

    Today was my last day in the Philippines. We spend the day packing, getting last minute gifts for friends, and saying bye to friends and family. I will miss my new family here is the Philippines.

    We will get up early in the morning to head to airport for my flight home. It will be so hard to leave my Love here in the Philippines. I wish I could stay here where my Love is and the weather is warm. It has been in around 90 degrees here and back home in is cold and snowing right now.

    I will have many thing to share when I get back home and have many blog entries about things I did during this trip. I hoped to share something everyday I was here but we were busy seeing places and meeting people. I will share the things that I was not able too when I get home and will have time to write.

    I hope to return to the Philippines in about six month to being my Love back home to the United States. I hope that a couple friends or family will join me. I am sure they will enjoy the trip here.

    Sunday, March 01, 2009

    Engagement Party

    I am sorry that I have not posted something in the past couple days. I just wanted to take sometime to share about our engagement party last Wednesday.

    Jo Anne and I invited some of her friends and family over to celebrate our engagement. We had a dinner and finger foods for our guest. We also shared the pictures taking with my camera and the video of me proposing to Jo Anne. Everyone had a great time. Below are some pictures from the party.

    I will some more stuff soon. I have to go eat dinner now.