* Miscellaneous Pictures 3

A relic from when the Americans were here

The cockroaches here come extra-large

Some mimes we saw

The newest member of Berean PRC, Emily Deasis

A stormy sky over Manila

Flooded streets due to heavy rain on the way to church Sunday

Our most recent visitor, Beth Hunter from Doon PRC


* Our First Typhoon

On Tuesday, July 13 we experienced our first typhoon in the Philippines, Typhoon Conson (locally named Basyan).  It brought winds of up to 75 miles an hour and about 4 inches of rain.  The rains started while we were at Bible Study Tuesday evening.  On the way home we noticed debris (leaves and branches) on the roads from the wind.  But during the night Tuesday things really picked up.  Our windows on the house were banging shut and the noises of the wind kept us awake for a while.  We lost power at about midnight.  The next morning Daniel took a walk around the neighborhood and shot some pictures.

On the street outside our gate. Notice the tree leaning across the road.  It was against the electical wires.

We spent a couple hours the next morning cleaning up our yard.

Our tree at the bottom of the driveway lost a lot of its seedpods.  We also had a small tree down and a lot of other debris.

Some men cut down the tree just outside the gate that was leaning against the wires.

Using a bolo knife to cut through the trunk.

Most of the island of Luzon was without power.  We were without for 45 hours.  At least we still had running water and could use our stove, which is gas powered.  We are thankful for God's preservation of us and those we know through the storm.

* Limerick Connection

As many know, the Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Northern Ireland has a mission work in Limerick, in the Republic of Ireland. And no doubt you also know that soon, the Lord willing, Candidate Martyn McGeown will be serving as missionary there.

This past Sunday we were able to meet and visit with a family who attends the fellowship in Limerick - Joanna Cesar and her three children (on the left of the picture above).  She's a sister of Pastor John Flores (pictured above), pastor of the First Reformed Church in Bulacan here in the Philippines, where we go once a month.  She and her three children are back in the Philippines for a visit (unfortunately her husband wasn't able to come).

We enjoyed meeting them, and having that connection to the saints in Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Also a connection to Sharon's cousin Mary, wife of Rev. Angus Stewart.

May the Lord prosper the spread of His Word in Limerick, and bless Candidate McGeown as he soon takes up that work.