My Vacation

I just surpassed my 10th spiritual birthday this month (Nov 13, 2003). I remember writing a long letter to my uncle Ron explaining how it all happened, coming from a place of virtually no exposure to the gospel to making a decision to follow Him. I invited him to come all the way from the Philippines to see my baptism with only 2 months notice. He planned an entire 6-month furlough to help make that possible. It dawned on me that I could use my vacation time to go visit him this year. So that’s where I am right now as I write this — Olongapo City, Philippines.

He operates a facility for children up to age 16 who come from broken homes, abusive homes, families that are too poor to raise them, or they are orphaned. The kids are amazing! They get up at 5 every morning to do devotionals before breakfast and then school. They do the dishes, keep the place clean, and generally seem really happy. However, there is one boy, Joshua, who is still recovering from a neglected hip dislocation and has contracted some kind of virus as well, but his fever has finally disappeared after two weeks! — Philippines Photos

I also swung by Hong Kong to visit a couple friends and see the place that so many of my friends have roots. My visit there was too short, but to my joyous surprise I happened to meet everyone from a local chapter of Campus Crusade at HKUST. My friend Jenn explained that there is a high rate of suicide at that campus. Perhaps mental health could be their next outreach theme similar to what we did a UBC. — Hong Kong Photos