Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
For the first two weeks of 2008 I joined a group from our church on a trip to Mindanao. There, nestled in the hills above Iligan lies the Life Resources Foundation, "a training center established to help mobilize the Church in the Philippines to reach the least-reached peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ." The group I went with had a variety of goals for the time, including performing surgeries, teaching at a Bible conference, children's ministry, and encouraging the staff of the school. My task as a member of the team was photographer, but my main purpose in going was to meet the people there and see the work they are doing, since Torrey and I are interested in possibly joining that ministry after I finish my degree at Talbot. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and it was great getting to talk with everyone. I feel like I did get a good impression of the people and the ministry and the work God is doing in the Philippines through the LRF. Now for the decision part... As for the trip though, we attended the Bible conference for three days, and a number of the following pictures are from that time. We spent a few days in local villages, offering dental work, minor surgeries, and activities for the children. The doctors also spent three days in a local OR doing more involved surgeries. I bounced around and participated in a little of everything. I enjoyed spending a morning in the OR photographing surgeries, and one day in the village I got to be the circulating nurse for the surgery team. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip. For a much larger set, click here. If you have a strong stomach and would like to see the bloody pictures from surgery, click here.
Waiting in the airport in Manila for a plane that wouldn't come
The view from our hotel room in Manila where the airline put us up for the night
The view of the LRF from above
Recent mudslide on the LRF property
The village of Tagaloan
In the grasp of a master storyteller
Our hotel in Iligan - Cheradel Suites
Removing a goiter
Waiting to have a hernia fixed
The mayor sent the police to make sure nothing happened to us...
So the commander took advantage of the opportunity to get his teeth cleaned
And a parting shot
I hope you have enjoyed these. Again, check here for a larger set.
I am almost ready to post pictures from my Philippines trip, but before I do, here is a video for you to enjoy. I had heard this when I was in high school, and I enjoyed it. Yesterday it was played at church, and I decided to put a link to it here. I like this because it is such a powerful doxology, so passionately delivered. Let the name of the Lord be praised!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Before I headed off to the Philippines, Torrey and I went camping for a weekend in Red Rock Canyon, near the town of Mojave. I enjoyed the place much more than Torrey did, but we were both very glad to be able to spend the time away from the city. Here are a few pictures from that trip.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I just got back from a trip to the Philippines. I went with a group from my church to visit some of our missionaries in northern Mindanao, with the primary purpose of learning more about the work they are doing so that Torrey and I can decide whether or not that is the direction we are going to go after I graduate from Talbot in May. But for now I have much to do, so check back again for more details and pictures from the trip.