Archive | November 2013

The Heart of the Filipino People

The Heart of the Filipino from One American’s Perspective: I was thinking about my experience in Cebu City last night, and have felt so burdened in my heart for the wonderful Filipino people who live in the Philippines and their families. When I turn on the Filipino Channel here in the United States and see the devastation to the hard hit cities, I am amazed at how many people I see with smiles on their faces and a joy that still shows through their hearts.

Even though their lives have been uprooted, loved ones taken away and are homeless, they wait patiently for the relief aid that is being offered. What I see are not people who are pushing and shoving, desperate to meet their own needs, but people who truly love one another, people who truly love their country and people who truly love their families. They are a people who put others first and a people who are always attending to one another’s needs. This is an absolutely beautiful representation of God’s love being shown through others, and a true depiction of the typical heart of such wonderful people in the Philippines.

This makes me reflect back in history when General MacArthur made the famous quote, “I shall return.” Certainly he understood how resilient and amazing the Filipino people are, something we can see demonstrated in their everyday lives, especially in the midst of crisis.

Unlike so many countries, the Filipino people give honor to the elderly, love and care for their entire families, and warmth and kindness to the peaceful stranger. These people have so much love and humility, represented through their often times shy and giving nature. These are qualities I as an American dearly wish we still had in my country, these are qualities that make me want to return to such an amazing country like the Philippines and these are qualities the rest of the world should pause and think about, and hopefully mimic when hardships occur.

I praise God for such an amazing country and I praise God for such an amazing people.

We are Praying for the Philippines

 

 

Our hearts and prayers go out to those in the Philippines.  We have family members who are Filipino and we are getting daily updates from our family, missionary friends, pastors and locals.  There are over 10,000 who have died in the Typhoon as per the news reports, so please continue to lift them up in prayer.yolanda-tacloban

Thought for the day: John 16:33

I was reading in John 16:33 which says, “I have told you all this so that you will have peace of heart and mind.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows; but cheer up, for I have overcome the world.”  YEA!  Isn’t this so in your life too!  We don’t understand all that we go through, and sometimes it seems to be just too overwhelming, but Jesus promised that He wou…ld never give us more than we can bear (handle), and to remember that we are being perfected and purified down here (which is our boot camp) or training ground, in order to get all the dross out of us, so that we become fit for the arrival of the GREAT KING who will one day come for us who have our wedding dress cleaned and become the beautiful BRIDE that Jesus is waiting to receive for eternity.  So hang in there, no matter what!  A better day is around the corner, where there will be joy unspeakable & full of glory.  When we are at the bottom, there is no place to go but up!  YEA!