Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two Breaking Point Presentations this Week

This week is another of those busy weeks as another batch of a foreign missions team will be visiting and going with us in our church's outreaches and ministries. There are two Breaking Point programs scheduled this week, all to support SBC East, one of our church's locations in the upper part of Antipolo.

Today is the first of two program this week and we have prepared the equipment, the volunteers and their food and drinks using a kgrs505xss kitchen aid. We ask for your prayers as we share to grade 7 students how to have a "change of heart" to help them deal with challenges and their breaking points.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

An Open Letter to My Father | Father's Day 2013

As a father, one of the first passages from the Bible I taught my son was the first verse of Ephesians 6:1-3. The whole passage says, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 "Honor your father and mother"-which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."“

I taught it so that my son would learn obedience -  the heart of which is giving honor to parents, imperfect as they may be. As father’s day approaches, I remember that even as an adult, I am still a child of my father, so the heart of that passage still applies to me and I want to honor my father with this open letter.

Dear Papa,

Having my own son has taught me a different kind of love that I have never felt before I became a father. I have taught other kids as a Sunday school teacher, interacted and shown kindness to little children during outreaches and have dedicated very cute babies – but I have never felt so much fondness and love that does not expect any reciprocation until I held my own baby in my arms. It was a unique kind of love which also gave me a glimpse of God’s unconditional love for his children.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Exploring and Overcoming

During our free getaway at Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, my son overcame his fear of water. I have always encouraged him, almost to the point of forcing, to learn how to swim. I would teach him how to paddle, do some bubbles, and hold his breath underwater but when I would tell him to try paddling with a floater, he would always say no. He wants me around always.

But this past week, my brave son overcame this. And I remember that I was around the same age when I first explored swimming on my own. I was so glad to see him do the same. We were at the Kilimanjaro Freshwater swimming pool which seems to be equipped with ecomatic salt cell and after a few minutes of lessons, which he also refused, I just let him be. I allowed him to do what he wanted in the pool on his own, just with his goggles.