Compassion

Dear Friends and Partners,

My wife Connie and I have been back in the Philippines since November of last year. It is Connie’s first time to return since March 2020. It has been a blessing to be reunited with the children at our orphanage, Face the Children (FTC).

Eccl. 3:1 - “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

I used this Scripture in an update in August 2019, and it comes to mind again. At a recent devotion time with our teens, we pondered on this Scripture, holding printed pages of the 28 “seasons” that the passage speaks of. I asked the teens to choose what time they felt they were in… sometimes, we can feel like we are in multiple “seasons” at once.

“...a time to mourn”

This past Sunday, we attended the funeral of our social worker’s wife. She had battled cancer and it appeared to be in remission, but not long ago it returned with a vengeance – and she was quickly taken from us. The picture is from my camera, taken during our 1.5hr processional walk, as is custom here, from their home to the memorial grounds.

“...a time to build up”

We have not been able to receive visiting teams at Frontline since late 2019. These once-common visits brought much joy and excitement to our children, but were rudely interrupted for 2 years. But this past February, a team of 19 guests arrived from Canada. Our children were thrilled! The visiting team enjoyed “doing life” with all of us at Frontline, and being involved in our daily life of ministry. There were times of singing, dancing, playing sports, and building friendships. They were a great team to host, and left a positive impact on our youth at FTC. The kids were sad to see them go. I remember my first international mission trip – it changed my life, and, ultimately, brought me full-time into the mission field of the Philippines.

“.....a time to dance”

We have not been able to receive visiting teams at Frontline since late 2019. These once-common visits brought much joy and excitement to our children, but were rudely interrupted for 2 years. But this past February, a team of 19 guests arrived from Canada. Our children were thrilled! The visiting team enjoyed “doing life” with all of us at Frontline, and being involved in our daily life of ministry. There were times of singing, dancing, playing sports, and building friendships. They were a great team to host, and left a positive impact on our youth at FTC. The kids were sad to see them go. I remember my first international mission trip – it changed my life, and, ultimately, brought me full-time into the mission field of the Philippines.

It’s hard to believe we will soon have 4 more students entering college, in addition to the 5 already enrolled. With all of our children, we commit to help each one finish at least high school. The opportunity for college has always been dependent on sponsors’ willingness to continue support, and the capacity of the student. Thus far, all sponsors have agreed to this commitment. Once the teens enter college, they are formally “discharged” from FTC into independent living. Some move into a small apartment, while others are reunited with family and continue their studies from remote locations.

We are currently facing a harsh reality on this front; costs are skyrocketing. We are working to tighten our budget wherever we can, but for the first time, we are wondering if we can successfully continue supporting college.

We invite you to partner with us financially to help these youth complete their education. You can click the DONATE button below to give. Currently, it costs about $3000 annually to cover their expenses, but any gift amount is welcome. Please pray for us… pray that God will open the windows of Heaven! If you are not able to give, we are thankful for your continued friendship and partnership and ask that you would share this opportunity with others.

Thank you, and may God bless you abundantly!

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