Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sponsorship Come to Life

Months ago we decided as a ministry we wanted as many people involved in the lives of our kids as possible. One of the best ways we could think of for people in America to be involved in directly impacting a kid’s life was through a child sponsorship program.

Child sponsorship is very important to us and we want our kids to feel like they have people all over the world praying for them and pulling for them.

This program is very special to our kids because they have direct contact with a family in America. They write letters back and forth to each other. They are able to explain more about their lives to each other, both the differences and the similarities. They begin to form a relationship with a family in America.

Our oldest boy, Jomarie, has been sponsored for quite some time now. His sponsors write to him very frequently. He in turn writes back to them very frequently too.


A couple of weeks ago something incredible happened though. A couple of weeks ago those letters turned into real life as Jomarie’s sponsor and her daughter came to visit him here in Cagayan!

They love him just like they love their own children. They believe in him and his future. They endlessly pray for him and for God’s love to be revealed to him.


I have never seen Jomarie so happy in his life. He was treated special, because he IS special. He was able to do extra fun activities with his sponsor. He was able to share his life with someone from America and let them experience firsthand what his life is like.

In those few days he knew exactly how special he was, both to us and his sponsor. He believed in a future for himself. He wanted to share with others about his life and where he is now. He was LOVED.

I am confident through his sponsor and their love for him Jomarie knows there are people who believe in him, who want to see him succeed, who care about his future. He knows he is part of a family.


You can have this same unforgettable relationship with one of our children as well.

If you are interested in becoming a child sponsor to help provide a better future for our kids please contact me at

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The Long Road

I get asked the question a lot how long I plan to live in the Philippines. I always give the same answer, “Forever. Life is here. I would not have learned a whole new language to leave in just a couple of years.”

I always really mean that. I would not have invested so much time and struggle in learning a new language if I did not plan to use it for many, many years.

But there is always more to it than just investing my time in learning a new language. I have invested my life in the lives of our kids.

Thanks to the simple amazement of a few of our kids I have realized just how long that road of investment is though.


Yesterday as Leah & I were with three of our kids we saw a long, uphill, open road. I did not think twice about the road. The kids however all began to scream and shout about how long and pretty the road was. It wasn’t a special road. It didn’t lead to an incredible place like Disney World or Paris. It was just super long without tons of traffic disrupting the view.

The kids were in awe. So of course we did exactly what anyone would do in the middle of the road. We stopped and all took pictures! We laughed and joked about the road and how it was so long and then carried on with our day.


Last night as I looked back at the pictures from earlier in the day I couldn’t get the thought of the long road out of my head. For me the long road stood for so much more.

It stands for the whole journey I am on with the kids. The times where I feel discouraged because it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel of addiction. The moments where I am upset a kid did not come to school two days in a row. The proud moments when one of the quieter boys answers a math question first. The moments of joy when the kids have a full belly after three plates of rice. The times my heart breaks when a boy becomes upset and thinks drugs is the only way to handle his emotions.


I am confident that one day I will see the reward of the investment. One day these kids will be in homes with families that love them and provide for them.

It’s a long and windy road, but it’s exactly where I want to be.


You can be a part of this journey down the long road too! You can become a child sponsor for one of our kids and begin investing in their life. If you are interested in this please contact me at


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