* Fire!

One evening this past week we were in bed already, when we started hearing popping sounds and someone yelling something over and over.  It finally sunk in that the person was yelling, "Fire!" so we quickly jumped out of bed and ran outside to investigate.  We have an empty lot kitty corner to our house and this is what we saw there.

The fire was down a small drop off and in the far corner of the lot.  Our short hose and small buckets wouldn't have done much to put it out.

See the neighbor on his veranda?  They were pouring buckets of water on the fire and the neighbor over the other fence was spraying a hose.  A third neighbor, happily, had a very long hose that they could use as well.  Between the three of them, they were able to put the fire out.

But the fire trucks still came!

Three of them, plus a quick responder team, and three policemen on motorbikes!

The firemen hosed down the area well to make sure the fire wouldn't start up again.

The next morning this is what we found as the aftermath.  Really not so bad.  It's good it was put out before it spread further.

* Singapore Visitors

We recently have had some visitors from the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore.  We enjoyed having them and are thankful for their interest in the mission work and for their eagerness to meet God's people and church here in the Philippines, a close neighbor to Singapore in Southeast Asia.

Our first Singapore visitors from the CERC were Paul and Anthea Liu.  They stayed with us for a weekend in February.

Paul  & Anthea's first jeepney ride

Visiting with Melody Ibe after worship in the Berean PRC

Paul at 7M on Monday morning

Our second group of Singapore visitors consisted of four young people.  They came in early March and stayed for a full week.

Supper at Kleyns
Clockwise around the table: John, YZ, Samantha, Noelene, Elena, Rebekah

"Fear" on their faces at the top of Taal Volcano

Jeepney ride!

Trike ride!

Washing the car for us.  They did a good job, except for....

...the inside!  Pranks on Rev. Kleyn were daily occurrences.

YZ enjoying his first balut

Games at the Smits

They even cooked supper for us one night!  Thanks young people.  It was masarap!

Trying to photograph the stars from Second Floor (the hill in our neighborhood)

At Provident Church on Sunday morning

We attended the Berean's second service on Sunday afternoon.
The young people had a time of fellowship together afterwards.

Lunch at 7M on Monday morning