Posts by brent.stapleton

Wrapping Things up and Heading Home

Wrapping Things up and Heading Home

On Saturday we were able to relax and do a little sightseeing. We visited the American Cemetery. It is a beautiful tribute to those who fought in WW II. Hard to believe the large, beautifully landscaped property is right in the middle of Manila. Then we visited Green Hills where we did a little souvenir shopping at the vendors. Imagine the largest flea market ever! Afterwards we enjoyed a dinner at Dads World Buffet in the MegaMall. Some were more adventurous than others with their food choices and our youth got to join the live band in a round of “Baby Shark”. On Sunday we...

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Second Week Update

Second Week Update

The last week has been a whirlwind. We held a VBS in the morning (Tuesday – Friday) with around 45 kids ages 5 and 6. We met on an open air basketball court where we led music, taught Bible lessons, made crafts, played games, and interacted with the kids. We were very grateful for the help from Redemptio School who translated and helped us communicate with the kindergarteners. Everyone had a wonderful time! By 11:30 we were thrilled to escape to the nearby air conditioned mall for a lunch reprieve. After lunch we met back at the court. Our youth, along with Robbie Nichols, put on...

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At The Mid-Point

At The Mid-Point

Monday, August 12 Sorry we are a bit behind on updates. Going back to Friday evening we had the opportunity to take a group of kids from the drop in center to dinner and a movie (Lion King). It was the first cinema experience for many of them. They dressed in their best and we all had a wonderful time. On Saturday we got together with Mike and Natalie Bucher. They arranged for us to go to another church and assist with a gospel film and feeding. On the way there we stopped and saw the second largest display of the 10 Commandments in the world. What a sight! At the church we played games...

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Change of Plans…

Change of Plans…

Friday Afternoon Coming back from the port after trip to Mindoro canceled due to weather God is always in control and knows our plans before us. We have learned that flexibility is key on Mission trips. We awoke at 2:00 am to drive a couple hours to catch a ferry to the island of Mindoro. Our team of 16, with luggage and many boxes of food supplies piled into a large truck and set off. Upon arrival to the port, we were informed that it had closed down due to weather. So we turned around and drove several more hours back to the guest house. You get creative with games to play in very tight...

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Facelift

Facelift

Once we arrived in Manila, Tuesday evening, we were picked up by vans from Kids International Ministries (KIDS) and taken to their guest house in Rizal. This would be out home base for the this trip. Wednesday morning we met with Norm Denler to learn about KIDS and take a tour of some of their facilities. During the tour we visited their children’s home, birthing center, Christian elementary and middle schools and the site for their new high school. The team with Norm and the Nichols at the new KIDS high school site It was amazing to see how God is working through this ministry and to...

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