Today was our last day to knock out some of our projects at CCS. We finished up the swing for Ate Beth (the director), finished the front door, did some trim work upstairs, and painted the entire fence and driveway gate a dark "Baguio Green". It looked really slick and made the place much more welcoming and "homey" feeling.
We also finished up our children's program with the story of Jesus. We used colors to talk about the entire story from sin, the cross, forgiveness, baptism, growth, and heaven. The kids really locked in on the message. Alice taught them John 14:6, "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,' and they all pretty much had it nailed down by the time we left. It was a great way to end our time with the ministry of CCS.
As we said our goodbyes, we each have a feeling in our hearts that this shouldn't be the end of our relationship. God's going to guide us with specifics, and we'll be in prayer about what Trinity Lutheran Church and CCS will partner together with in the future. When we left today, we drove through town to Rizal Park. We did a quick walk-thru, and ended up at the Harbor View Restaurant on Manila Bay to cap off our time in Manila.
Our night was spent talking ministry and getting to know some great people here in Asia: LCMS World Mission facilitator for human care in Asia, Michelle Cagnin; LCMS Business Manager in Asia, Ed Strohschein; Lutheran Hour Ministries International Ministries Division Director Emeritus, Walt Winters, two missionaries from Cambodia, our missionary from the Philippines, Sean Harlow, and the rest of our team. What a great night overlooking the sunset of Manila Bay, talking missions in Asia!!!
Tomorrow morning we're jumping aboard a bus north from Manila to Baguio. We'll be spending time at the seminary for the Lutheran Church of the Philippines, and getting to know the synodical president. As of now, we're not certain to have internet access, so this blog might not be updated until Sunday morning. If we can though, you'll still get daily updates! Blessings on your day, it's all about Jesus!