Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Saturday ended up being a great day! Everybody had fun and accomplished what they wanted to get done. That's nice, isn't it? Somewhat rare, but nice. We like to feel useful and we enjoy doing things that we are relatively good at. Often God allows us to do those things: sometimes He has other plans.

And sometimes we just can't see His plan. There is a young woman who comes to my door selling empanadas-- vegetables and chicken wrapped in a crispy flour wrapper. They're pretty good at 20 cents each: more than that, this woman strikes me as someone who could use some help and is making an honest effort to do something productive. So I buy empanadas several times a week. I give her small gifts-- an apple, a juice pack, or some cookies. Where is it going? I don't have a clue, particularly since her English is only slightly better than my Cebuano. Somehow, though, I think it's going somewhere. It's a small calling and it makes me smile and it makes her smile.

We took family photos not too long ago, and Brian got a good one of each of the boys. For your enjoyment:).

Yesterday we started the second semester of school, complete with new emphasis and a new schedule. The boys both have lots to accomplish over the next months and they are starting with a lot of enthusiasm.

Garry is preparing for his trip to Palawan. He's figuring out what is the best way to check out Josh on the airstrips there and coordinating with our Palawan team. It's exciting to get another family online.


Java with the Johnsons said...

just found your blog yesterday...can't wait to get down there. praying that we can finish up Tagalog asap. excited to be part of the team there!

Garry and Cynthia Barkman said...

thanks..... and we can't wait to have you here. We pray for you guys every week when we get together, and are praying you finish soon and well! excited to have you!