Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Pelawan Camp Meeting

Hi friends,
I just wanted to update you all on what has been going on up in the mountains as well as in the lowlands of Palawan.
One thing that I was happy to experience was a visit to the village of Emrang, about a 2 hour hike from where I live in the mountains. The people who live there are so eager to learn about God. It was a good experience to be able to visit them and hopefully keep them thinking in the direction of God.
This last week has been campmeeting in the lowlands. All of we staff came down from the mountains on Sunday and then all our guests arrived on Tuesday. The whole experience has been a blessing to me and it is neat to see the Pelawan church members growing in their faith as well as people expressing interest in baptism.
There was a baptism on Sabbath in the ocean and then that evening we enjoyed footwashing and communion together under the moon and stars with all our brothers and sisters. People gave testimonies afterward and it was heart-touching to hear their love and thankfulness to God in their voices.
I have been growing close to my family here in Palawan. It is wonderful to think of the day when we will all meet together dut langit! (in heaven).

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Back in Palawan!

I am back in Brook's Point Palawan and will hike into the mountains tomorrow morning. God was good to send me friends along my way here to look after me and make sure I made it where I needed to go. Possibly that story I'll share later because I'm at an Internet cafe and my time is almost up.
Thank-you for your continued prayers and support. Being here to share Jesus would not be possible without you! What a day it will be when we get to heaven and see the fruits of our labors at Jesus' side!!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Flying over Palawan on the way in. 
The hike in
My house in Kensuli
My kitchen
The water tank in Kensuli where ladies wash everything - clothes, dishes,  roots,  etc.
The kids love climbing this tree right by my house
Loving kids on my porch 
On the way to get some coconuts
One of the boys climbing the coconut tree.
Preparing coconuts. They're very mependay (skilled).
One of the girls I teach teaching a Palawano girl violin.
The church group in Kensuli plus a few extra people
All my dear little friends!
These children are just so adorable!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Story From Kensuli

Here is one of the articles I wrote in Kensuli November 5, 2013.

I have been in the village of Kensuli now since October 6. It is starting to feel like I belong here now. I spend my days teaching Sandra and Sheena in the morning. Then we break for lunch and have a little more school time in the afternoon. After school I go visiting different homes and learn the language. One time when I went to visit Nika, who lives just a little way down the hill from me, she asked me if I wanted to learn how to dig cassava, or kumbahang. I was happy for the opportunity to do hands-on learning so we headed to her garden. She first cut down the kumbahang plant and then carved the wooden stem into a sharp point. With this sharp stick she started digging until she hit the root. She let me try and I was definitely slower than her, but she encouraged me and I dug up two of them.
Later, when I was about to leave, she set aside four roots and said, "These are yours, but I don't have a container to put them in."
"I'll just use my hands," I said. But she found a plastic bag and stuck them in it. I thanked her and she said, "No problem, but it's very dirty."
The Palawanos are very quick to give their visitors something, whatever it may be. And when you say thank-you they usuallly are very modest and say something like, "Oh, but it's not very much," or "No problem, but it's very dirty."
There is much to learn from their simple, yet happy, way of life. It makes me wonder sometimes, "If I had only as much as they do, would I still be as happy as I am now?" I pray the answer is "yes" for all of us because we have the best reason in the world to not only be happy, but to have true joy, and that is Jesus!

The First Few Weeks

I thought I would post one of the stories I wrote early in my time in the Philippines even though it has been a while since it happened.

We arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Thursday, September 12. That afternoon we drove the 4-5 hour drive down to Brooke's Point where we spent the next few days at Minan's (Mrs. George's) house. The following Sunday the three of us new student missionaries moved to the farm for Boot Camp. The farm is where the project grows rice to support all the workers and to provide work for some Palawanos. There at the farm we stayed in a roomy thatch roofed hut and learned to live and talk like Palawanos. We had a native lady teach us how to cook the local way, wash clothes by hand, open and grate coconuts, etc. We also hand pumped our water from the pump nearby for showering and washing dishes and clothes.
The farm is a very peaceful place, and I enjoyed it there although at times the different lifestyle was tiring since I was not used to it. During those times though, I would look up at the beautiful mountains in the distance where Kematian lies nestled, and I would remember why I was there at the farm. Learning the Palawano way of life would help me better relate to the people in the mountains when I got up there.
This last weekend was my first big lesson in flexibility. It was my last weekend in the lowlands before going up to the mountains. Plans literally changed overnight. Friday evening we were planning to go to visit a church in Malis, a town nearby. The next morning I learned that Kaylin, another student missionary who has been on Palawan a year already, and I would accompany two patients to Puerto for testing.
It definitely was a different Sabbath as we rode up to Puerto in the ambulance and then worked on coordinating care for the patients. The tests ended up not happening until Monday so we stayed in Puerto longer than we had planned.
Thankfully both tests showed no major problems. Monday night both patients and I were able to leave Puerto while Kaylin stayed behind to take care of the hospital bills. When we got to the hospital in Brooke's it was nearly midnight. The patient needed a bag of fluids which I had to go get from another hospital just down the street. Thankfully there was a helpful man who took the patient's husband and I there and back in his trike. The patient was taken to her toom and her husback came with me to try to find a trike to Minan's house. It was getting more towards 1 am now and there were no trikes available. Again God provided and a willing person took me home on his motorbike.
I went to sleep that night very thankful for a God who takes care of all the little logistics in life and who I can trust to care for the bigger things too. Thank-you for all your prayers! I know prayers can do some powerful things when they are directed to the One who holds all power. He even has the power to drastically transform lives -- ours included.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Back Home!

Dear friends,
I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying this Christmas season. I am back home (in the States) until January 12 for my sister's wedding and am taking advantage of the Internet connection!
I arrived in Charlotte this last Tuesday morning and my parents and little brother, Kevin, came to pick me up. It is so nice to be home, but I do keep thinking of the people in Kensuli where I am working that I left behind. I pray they will stay true to God in our absence!
My parents are actually moving to Arkansas on Tuesday. My dad will be working at Ouachita Hils Academy. So I am happy I will get to see their new home before I head back to Palawan.
Some of you may be wondering how our project was affected by the hurricane. Thankfully, it totally missed us. We were in Puerto Princessa at the time for a Palawan-wide Adventist fellowship. We got a little wind and a lot of rain, but that's about all.
I have really been enjoying my time in Kensuli. Kensuli is a small village about a 45 minute hike across the river from Kemantian, the main mission station. There is another missionary family there in Kensuli and I am teaching their girls, ages 13 and 15, in the mornings and part of the afternoons. In the afternoons and evenings I go visiting people at their houses or I play with the children. These times are focused on language-learning. I feel like I have learned a lot of the language, but at the same time, I still can't understand many of the conversations that go on around me. I know that it will come in time though with God's blessing.
I am really thankful that I was able to start my time there in September instead of January. I feel like I have been able to develop some pretty close relationships with the ladies and kids in Kensuli already. One of the girls, who is 12 years old, told me that it's like it is sad there around my house when I am not there, but when I am there it is a happy place. I just thank God that He has blessed my house with His presence so that others can feel it there. Having experiences like that make me excited to go back. I am glad my year is not over yet!
Please continue to pray for God's work among this people group. They are so precious, but Satan wants them for himself. Pray that God's light will shine into those mountain valleys and that people will see how much God loves them. Pray that God will give them strength to overcome the many temptations that Satan throws their way. The victory belongs to God and He will triumph in the end!

P.S. Be looking for more blog posts with pictures in the near future. I am planning to post some articles that I wrote while I was there, but didn't have Internet to upload them.

Monday, September 9, 2013

I just wanted to leave my addresses with everyone before I leave.

For letters:
Julie Glass
c/o Kent George
5305 Brooke's Point
Palawan, Philippines

 For packages:
Julie Glass
c/o Kent George
Bolos Lodging House
5305 Brooke's Point
Palawan, Philippines

God bless! Keep looking upward!