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Christmas Eve Service

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Christmas Eve Service

Join us at our Christmas Eve Service as we celebrate the birth of our Savior this Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.! Invite your friends and family to join us for an evening of Christmas carols and the Christmas Story.

Wrapping Things up and Heading Home

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in 2019 Philippines Mission Trip, Carousel | 0 comments

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 attended church in Floodway. We gathered with the body of Filipino believers that we have been working and visiting with this week. The two hour church service consisted of communion, music, prayers, scriptures and several messages. Pastor Guy was able to share, as well as other men in our group. The music was in English and most of the message was in Tagalog. After church we enjoyed lunch with the Pastor Bong, his wife, Teacher Olive and their kids and Teacher Lisa and her family.

On Sunday afternoon we had the opportunity to sit down with a group of Chinese believers who are also staying at the guesthouse. They told us their story about life in China and we had the opportunity to ask questions and pray with them.

In the evening we had dinner with Robbie and Deanna Nichols, where we said our goodbyes.

On Monday we were able to assisted KIM with another feeding. While there some of our group had the opportunity to participate in a Bible study. The rest of us helped distribute food and spent time with the kids. Afterwards we headed to the beautiful Daranak Falls in Tanay to just relax and cool off a bit. On the way back to the guesthouse visited Bagong Nayon II Antipolo Christian School.

Tuesday morning we got up around 2:00 and headed to the airport to catch an early flight home. I’m sure everyone is going to be glad to be home, but we’re all sad to leave our friends in the Philippines (new and old). Lord willing we’ll be back soon.

Thank you for your continual prayers!

Second Week Update

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019 in 2019 Philippines Mission Trip, Carousel | 0 comments

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 a basketball camp for 50 boys ages 10-13. Their enthusiasm in the scorching heat was amazing! During this time the adults had an opportunity to visit and pray with members of the nearby church in their homes. It was very eye opening to see their homes and living situations.

At the end of the day we were very grateful to climb into the air conditioned vans and head back to the guest house. At the same time we were fully aware of those who did not have that option.

On Tuesday evening most of our team went to an open gym at Faith Academy where they played basketball with other students.

On Wednesday evening we had dinner out with Robbie and Deanna Nichols at a restaurant with a view of the city.

On Thursday evening we went back to the court and our men played an exciting basketball game against a rec team in Floodway. (Our girls had the jobs of scorekeeper, timer, and play by play) I am happy to report that Sunnyside won! Pastor Guy was then able to share the gospel with the group of guys who played, as well as to those who had gathered to watch.

 On Friday we were all exhausted from the long week so we relaxed at the guesthouse in the evening.

At The Mid-Point

Posted by on Aug 15, 2019 in 2019 Philippines Mission Trip, Carousel, Features | 0 comments

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 with around 60 kids for a long time and then they watched a Jesus film. After the film we fed them a spaghetti dinner. Because it was dark outside, we drove the kids home in our vans and the leftover spaghetti was shared from the back of the truck throughout the neighborhood. Everyone was so grateful!

On Sunday we attended church with the Buchers, stocked up on supplies at the store, and met up with Robbie and Deanna Nichols to make arrangements for the upcoming week.

On Monday we went to Redemptio Christian School with the Nichols. Our team divided into two groups to clean their school building and clear the lot where they will be building. It was a lot of hard work but again, they are so grateful for the extra help to tackle tasks they just don’t get to. We were able to relax a little later in the day and prepare ourselves for the busy days ahead.

For the next four days we will run a VBS in the morning and basketball camp in the afternoon. Those not helping with basketball will visit families in the community. Please pray for all the kids who will be attending and hearing the Good News. Also pray for our team, specifically for strength and health, as several have been hit hard with colds but are continuing to serve.

Change of Plans…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in 2019 Philippines Mission Trip, Carousel, Features | 0 comments

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 conditions for six hours! 

While we were disappointed not to visit Threads of Hope, we quickly realized that being on the ferry in a bad weather or being stranded on the island for days wouldn’t be ideal either!  

Upon our arrival back at the guest house we were told we could help with a feeding. Half of our team piled back in another truck and set off on a rough ride to a nearby neighborhood. The kids brought any container they had to the truck where we dished it full of a rice/protein soup. Many took large containers back to their families. We then joined in a small Bible Study for the women in the area. About ten ladies came. We had the chance to briefly share testimonies, scripture, and song with the ladies. It was a precious time. 

Tonight we are planning to meet up with Mike Bucher and some of the kids from the drop in center for a fun evening with dinner and a movie. (Something that is a real treat for them!) 

Night at the movies

Even when plans change, another opportunity arises. Fatigue has set in, as our nights are short and the days are long and tiring. Pray for strength and health for all in our team.


Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in 2019 Philippines Mission Trip, Carousel, Features | 0 comments


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 see Norm’s passion as he explained the things KIDS is involved in and how God has blessed their work.

The last two days (Wed and Thurs) have been spent at Push Cart Community Ministries Drop In Center with Mike Bucher, one of the ministries GROW is involved with. Our main project was painting the inside of the facility. It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.

We also served lunch to the kids in the community, enjoyed the kid’s music concert, shared devotions, played games, and showed the love of Christ to the kids. These kids flock to us and desperately want love and attention. Our team spent hours playing basketball in the street, letting the kids climb and hang on them, and having fun together. The kids’ joy in playing with our team is indescribable. A highlight was the kids singing How Great is Our God, with us joining in, and then we sang the Salvation Poem song in Tagalog and they joined in singing with us! So cool!

Tomorrow we head to the Island of Mindoro to visit Threads of Hope which means a 2am wake up call to catch the ferry to the island.

Getting There – Monday, 8/5/2019

Posted by on Aug 7, 2019 in 2019 Philippines Mission Trip, Carousel, Features | 0 comments

Getting There – Monday, 8/5/2019

Fifteen members of the team arrived at PDX at 6:00am to begin our trip to the Philippines (Sky had to catch an earlier flight to PDX and would meet with the rest of the team there for our flight to Tokyo). Check-in and getting through security was pretty uneventful and before we knew it we were at our gate waiting for our 9:09am flight. Starting at about 8:00, one by one our team members stated getting text notifications that our flight was being delayed until 10:20am which wasn’t good considering our connecting flight in Seattle was scheduled to depart at 11:15am. There was no way we were going to make it in time. After a brief feeling of panic and disbelief we came back to the reality that God is good and even this was happening according to His plan.

After about an hour and a half on the phone with Delta and working with the agent at the boarding gate, we were able get everyone another flight directly to Tokyo that would arrive in time to make our connecting flight to Manila. What a miracle!

Once on the plane, several team members noticed that every seat was full from the front of the plane all the way to the very back row (where three of our team members ended up sitting). How could 15 people make it onto a plane so close to capacity at the very last minute? More evidence that God is in perfect control.

Courtney, Rachel and Julie in the back row

All this just helped to strengthen in us the truth of our total dependence in God and the fact that He is totally in control!

To God be the Glory!

We all met up with Sky in Tokyo and arrived safely in Manila.

Now the adventure begins!

Team Retreat

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in 2019 Philippines Mission Trip, Carousel | 0 comments

Team Retreat

We had our one-day team retreat on Saturday, June 22. We all met at the Church at 9:30 Saturday morning for a time of prayer, study and preparation for our trip in August. Part of the prep was making song boards for the songs we’ll sing at the VBS in Floodway and other outreach events.

After lunch we did a team building activity which involved about two hours of hiking around taking group pics at various locations. It gave everyone a chance to hone their geo-tracking skills and to just get out and enjoy a bit of fresh air and exercise. The hike was similar to the hiking we’ll be doing into the villages on Mindoro.  Of course it will be a bit hotter and more humid on Mindoro.

After the hike we had a BBQ back at the Church and enjoyed and evening of games and fellowship.


Posted by on Jul 22, 2019 in Features | 0 comments


Come to Vacation Bible School at Sunnyside Community Church. Join us July 22-24 from 6:30-8:00p.m. for a fun evening of games, music, and Bible lessons. All kids ages 3-12 welcome!