Thursday, July 31, 2008

A quick update....still more to come.

Greetings! Sorry we've not been able to update sooner, our internet has been flaking out, so I am actually writing this as quickly as I can before it drops us again!

So things have been going fantastically for the water project! Thank you to all who donated towards the typhoon relief! Things are happening so fast it's making our heads spin! Tim is now reporting that 36 filters are being built per week, over 50 filters have been delivered to Maguindanao and the typhoon region, and 70% of the current production is going out to that area! Praise God!

Tim reports that he is getting messages of "heartfelt thanks" from the people living in those destroyed areas. He will post some later. Right now, we are praying for a flat bed truck for the project so that they can transport more filters than just the ones that fit on our little red truck! Currently, there is another ministry that has a large truck that comes to the water filter shop and picks up multiple filters to take to the region as the red truck just can't hold enough. Keep praying for the project, as we are in a very rainy season and the need for water filters is very high. It's tough to get to the areas in need when it's raining so hard as the roads are muddy and some are washed out.

In other news, I had the awesome opportunity to do well-woman exams for a bunch of Filipinas in Agdao on Sunday. The biggest issue was incredible anemia among the women. We were able to educate them on proper nutrition, feed them a bit of food and do a physical exam to find out where they were experiencing pain. For some it was emotional pain, while others just the pain of hard work....we were able to pray with them and encourage them...it was a gift. I am looking forward to talking with the women again in the near future to get updates and do further exams.

We also got to attend something very special at 6:30 am on Sunday morning!! One of the very first births I ever helped with was a lady named Rezel from a Baptist church Tim and I attended when we first moved here. Rezel and her hubby, Nelmar became our good friends and I was able to attend her second son's birth over 10 months ago! Remember baby Glen? We got to stand in as his "Godparents" at his baby dedication on Sunday. Precious, handsome baby. So here are some pics of "before" and "after"......just one of the many awesome relationships God has given us here in the Phils.

Rezel at MMC in labor...almost there!!
And there's Nelmar with his new son, Glen.
Just a few months later...
And now, almost 1 year! Crazy!
Gwapo baby Glen!

Coming up this week, our dear pastor from Vancouver, Merrilyn Culley, is coming for a few days!!! We are so excited to have her in our home and enjoy her company! She is a wonderful lady, a huge support to us, and a good friend. We are saddened that her hubby, Ernie, couldn't come with her, but we are grateful she is coming our way as she passes through the Phils. God is good to us.

Promise Grace is almost 34 weeks now. We're looking forward to meeting her. And, my sister-in-law, Ruth, is being induced Friday, so they will be meeting their little Levi very soon! We would so appreciate your prayers as we continue to press on and move forward. So much more to update, but I think I better stop. Blessings!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bethany,
I love the picture of you holding that little Glen... So cute and you look so good! It's getting closer. I can't believe the time went so fast. I am a very excited, grateful and blessed Grandma.
Love you,
MOM

BeccaLynn said...

You are absolutely radiant, my friend.

Anonymous said...

Bethany,
I have to say, Baptists sure do make cute babies. Dad