Alaminos and the Hundred Islands

“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good…” Gen. 1: 31 Recently, we took a trip up to Alaminos in Pangasinan. On Saturday, Bjorn gave another sermon at our friend’s church. The church’s location was specifically chosen because of two mango trees on the plot. It was in the province; we drove…

Giving Away Money is Harder Than I Thought

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 My friend R has a wonderful service project; she calls it “Mini Ministries” and basically she does anything she can to help/cheer up/do kind things for others. One of the best things about her ministry is…

Say Chesa! Or Egg Fruit

“Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?” Job 12:11 While shopping at a nearby grocery store, I came across this fruit. I had no idea what a chesa was, but it was a pleasing color, looked vaguely like a persimmon, and more importantly, was only 3 for $1 (at this grocery…

Breaking into Bel-Air

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 I live in a really nice place, in a really nice building, in a really nice part of Manila. But as is always the case, there is a place that is nicer, with bigger homes, in a part of town that is considered just a…

Adventures in Transportation

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Prov. 4:26 On Sunday, Bjorn suggested we head to Baclaran, a large market/shopping area. He had last been there 20 years ago; I had never been.  The only thing I knew about Baclaran was that someone had slashed my brother’s…

When Taal erupted…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7  I’ve lived through earthquakes in California, nuclear threats in South Korea, but no…