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Update posted 09.03.2011

It's Saturday, the day to kick back and relax after a busy week, right? For me, not exactly. Saturdays have become the busiest day of the week for me, and today is no exception - I left the house at 7 this morning, and will get back around 10 pm. The main reason for this is that the computer lab is only useful to students if they have time available to go, and the best day for that is Saturday when they aren't at school. Lately I've been pleased to watch the students adapt to a good studying environment and working quietly on their research and projects. At night, though, after the lab closes at 6, I go over to our Saturday night worship service at HFTN. Tonight will be particularly interesting since it is my turn to preach again. I'm by no means a pastor or someone who would consider preaching to be among their gifts, but I do like how our church is set up to encourage us to step out of the routine we feel safe in and be a part of sharing God's Word. It teaches us to rely on the Holy Spirit in a way that using the talents He's given us wouldn't. Whether at Bible studies, our morning devotions at HFTN, or our small church, I've found that while the intention is to help other people grow, sharing the Word is necessary for us to grow in Christ and not something to shy away from.

Note: I've written a new support letter that outlines our ministry, and need to get it into people's hands, so if you can think of someone you'd be willing to give it to, it would be quite a help to us. The letter can be downloaded here.

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I thought this was a pretty good picture of Roldan and Cathy at a flower stand during Kadayawan, Davao City's annual cultural celebration. Kadayawan has its roots in celebrating the harvest, so it's a great time to find fruit and flowers, and nowadays it also includes a parade and street dancing where people adopt the costumes and dances of local tribes. Of special note is the whitish flower closest to Cathy and Roldan, as it is the Waling-waling, a valuable orchid found only in the Davao region.

Comments on this article:

Dan Emmons:
...and now you can post comments on articles. It took me a long time to decide that this ought to be bloggier.
Dan Emmons:
and yes, I know 'bloggier' is not a word.

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