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Some time ago I posted a picture of a man’s shirt which read, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach him to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” At the time, I could not find the author of this quote. I read many places where it was some ancient Chinese proverb (which is who people blame if they don’t really know) and others just ascribe it to “Anonymous,” whoever he is.

GIVE A MAN A FISH

However, I recently came across a webpage from the United Kingdom that has some interesting information concerning the origin of this quote:

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Magandang Hapon!

May 4, 2014 — 4 Comments

The other day we were driving around looking for a facility that would work for our upcoming youth camp. We ended up taking a route that led us quite a distance from the city into a more rural area. I had just decided we had gone far enough in this direction and was looking for a place to turn around when we saw these children on a bridge.

As you can tell, they thought it was funny that I was taking a picture of them. At one point, the little boy on the right was pulling the hair of the girl just in front of him trying to get her to look at us. They were having a good laugh.

children on bridge

Apparently, they were either on their way to pick something up or had just dropped something off. Even though the road was not that busy it is still hard to believe that they were this far away from any houses or other buildings and obviously had been traveling along this road. Not having shoulders or sidewalks, they would have just been using one of the lanes. Amazing.

As we left I told them, “magandang gabi” and they began laughing again. As I pulled away from them it dawned on me (or maybe my wife reminded me) that although it was only around 2:00pm, I had just told them to “have a good night.” What I should have said was, “magandang hapon”, meaning “have a good afternoon.” Oh well, they probably needed the laugh.

A few days ago my wife and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary. We kept things simple this year and went to our favorite local restaurant, Cafe 1771, in Ortigas, Metro Manila. Last year, when my mother-in-law visited us in the Philippines we took her up on the offer to babysit and went out on what we told the kids was a “special date.” I found this cafe online and it looked good and had good reviews so we tried it. It turned out to be delicious and reminded us of places we liked back home.

Short Family at Cafe 1771

Now, the kids really like the idea of going on “special dates” whether it is two of us, or the whole family. They get really excited about these times together and so do their parents! I greatly love being with my family and I am thankful for the time that we are able to spend with one another. Life is definitely exciting with our little munchkins around. They are growing too fast!

The Lord smiled on me the day I met the young lady I now call my wife over twelve years ago. I feel like a blessed husband and “daddy” today and just wanted you to know.

What They Need Is Rest

February 11, 2014 — Leave a comment

It is hard to tell but there are three people sleeping on this sofa. Well, they were asleep when I first went by on my way to the dentist this morning. About an hour later, however, they were awake talking and laughing a little but still laying there. I don’t know who they are nor do I know the circumstances of their life that brought them to this place. All I know is how I felt when I saw them…

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Unfortunately, this sofa they are using as a bed on a quiet side street is a much better place to lay than many of the spots I have seen people shut their eyes for a little rest. Just yesterday, I passed a mother who was working to smash plastic bottles at the edge of a concrete median between two very busy streets. I could have reached out and touched her. No doubt she was preparing these bottles to recycle for a small amount of pesos to buy some rice or something for her and her family.

Meanwhile, a young girl about seven or eight, whom I presume is this lady’s daughter, is asleep on the concrete divider. That’s where many people stay the night to rest a bit before they resume their work the next day.

While these things trouble my wife and I greatly, we are even more troubled by the poverty of Spirit that we see. We don’t have enough money, or as Peter called it “silver and gold”, to help everyone that needs it. Yet, we do have something…and “such as we have” I pray God would help us give it.

Please don’t forget to pray for revival in the Philippines. Pray God would lead us to hungry hearts. Pray we can help people find the true rest – rest for their souls.

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I teach a Bible study to some men that live on this river. This lady is washing clothes the old fashioned way..

Many people have inquired if my family and those churches we are connected with were affected by Typhoon Yolanda which hit the Philippines exactly one week ago. Thankfully we were not. While I know there are many Apostolic churches on the islands that were affected, the storm did not touch Luzon or Mindanao where our churches are located. However, we are praying for the many people who were affected by this tragic storm.

In case you are reading this and learning of the storm for the first time, I have included a little information about the storm below. Please be in prayer for these people as they make efforts to survive and rebuild after this devastating storm.

See information published by the Google Crisis Response Team

Perhaps the strongest, thus deadliest, typhoon to ever hit the Philippines impacted the central region last Friday, November 8th. It proved to be a colossal disaster affecting millions of Filipinos residents. According to the Official Gazzette which is edited at the Office of the president of the Philippines, president Aquino declared a State of National Calamity, affecting Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Palawan. The heaviest hit areas are shown between the orange and red lines in the Google image above.

According to The Economist, “Sustained winds were 250 kilometres (160 miles) an hour with gusts of over 300kph—like standing behind the revving engine of a jumbo jet. But it was a 5-metre (16-foot) storm surge—an intense low pressure at the storm’s centre sucking the sea level upwards—that caused the worst damage.”

As of this writing, they have listed 2,357 dead, 3,891 injured, and 77 missing according to the gov.ph website.

Certainly our heart is hurting with the friends and families who have lost loved ones or otherwise been affected by this terrible storm. Please join us in prayer for those that are grieving and rebuilding today.

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God Will Make A Way

July 12, 2013

Have you ever been in a trial that just seemed to overwhelm you? Sometimes life can be rather suffocating as we are buried beneath the rubble of a messed up situation. Yet, if you are one of His, there is the promise that He will never leave or forsake you. Furthermore, “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)  

So, enjoy the words to this song I’m working on. Someday soon, I’ll record it and post it as well.

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There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse!  As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place..

Washington Irving