Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mission to the Philippines – a few of the people

This is Noel. He happened to have five days off from his work at PhilRice, so he volunteered to be our personal chauffeur and picture taker. 


One day Noel drove us out to Pastor Wilson’s church.

DSC_1530   We prayed for Pastor Wilson. He has severe diabetes and has since been admitted to the hospital. Please pray for him. While he was in hospital his church burned down. 


Here at Pastor Wilson’s church we prayed for Tutee. The bones in his hands and feet have basically disappeared.


Tutee’s hands.


Situations like these could cause despair if we take our eyes off God. I think that’s why God gave us a rainbow on the way back to The Father’s House.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Philippines – Barefoot Bible study at Panaytayon


We begin with worship.


And prayer.

DSC_1722Philippinos know how to pray.

DSC_1710t Della gives the message on the need to rest in the Lord. Pastor Lumba translates.

 DSC_1730t  Everyone (except us) brought food to share. Very, very tasty.


Jack Fruit always tastes like more.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Philippines – always reaching out


This outreach includes worship, Bible story and feeding. Pastor Lumba taught the children the following song with actions:

I love God

He is so good

So good to me

He holds my hand

He makes me stand

God is so good to me

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Supper includes buns and a rice dish. Dave and Della a spooning out the rice.


Pastora hands out the buns. That’s Noel’s van in the background.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mission to the Philippines – Life in RTR

Most mornings in RTR before the sun got too hot, we would go on a roam about.



There are banana trees everywhere.


Car tires have been recycled into patio furniture.



Rice is dried out on cement pads and on the road.



The tricycle a common mode of transportation.



A typical street in RTR.



The market, one of Della’s favourite places.


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Rice fields.



There is always a rooster to be heard.



A man up in a tree.



Palm trees abound.



A single pole provides the bridge to this young man’s home.



Buying Balut from a street vendor.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Philippines – meeting our sponsored child

On our second full day in the Philippines we left Manila and  flew to Mindanao, an island in the north. 


An aerial view of one small part of Manila.

Our Father's House

We stayed at Our Father’s House in RTR, an hour’s drive from Butuan.

Della Tyrrell Ministries helped Pastor Lumba establish this Children’s Home which doubles as a church. The Father’s House began when the Lumbas opened their home to about 20 children whose families had abandoned them. Things have improved greatly since the days when the children slept on the floor and there was not always enough to eat.

 Pastora Gregoria Lumba Pastor Memucan Lumba

Pastora Lumba and Pastor Lumba.


Now there are separate dormitories for boys and girls with beds for everyone.


A number of the residents of the home (present and past).


Dave and I are posing with Wynne Faye, our “adopted” daughter. She is in an agriculture course at the local university.

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Joymar is washing up at the water from the artesian well, the digging of which was gifted by a supporter of Della Tyrrell Ministries. 


One of the children sweeping the floor in the church sanctuary which doubles as living area.


Dave and I were privileged to take over Pastor and Pastora Lumba’s bedroom. Notice the air-conditioner.


Pastor Lumba and Richard (a Bible school student) tuning up the motorbike.


Snacks are served.


One of the children keeping the flies off our lunch.


Wynne-Faye and Richard at Richard’s birthday dinner.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mission to the Philippines – Tondo – flood victims

We visited the makeshift homes of several families who lost everything in the recent floods in Manila.


We prayed for provision and restoration for this family.


And for this family.


This family recycles plastic. They get paid by the pound.


This woman lost her home in the flooding as well. She was ill. We prayed for healing. The church has hired her as a caretaker of the building. It gives her a place to sleep.