The first week of pre-field orientation stands out as amazing. We met friends from around the world who are obeying a similar call to GO. The details of how, when, where, and why vary, but each of us forms a part of the story God is weaving. Times of encouragement, prayer, worship, fellowship, fun, and training abound. The days prove to be full and exhausting, yet exhilarating and exciting. As we move to Manila with its four seasons (hot, very hot, wet, very wet : ), we need to not only plan what to pack but also how we can prepare for cultural changes. While American culture expects equality for all, the Philippines expect and tolerate favorable treatment of the wealthy and powerful. The Philippines also has distinct gender roles. Relationship takes priority over all else in the Filipino culture; throw individualistic tendencies and to do lists out the window!
Please pray that as we engage in a new culture, we can run the “mental software” necessary to quickly and effectively form working relationships with the people. Also, pray that we find a trustworthy party to rent our townhouse in Aurora. Finally, pray for our transition as we finish orientation, pack for the Philippines, and say final goodbyes to friends and family.
Salamat sa iyo kaya magkano ang para sa iyong suporta! (Thank you so much for your support!) Your prayers and partnership overwhelm us daily and remind us of the generosity and grace of our Creator.