Sharing our Lives and World to Bless the Poor and the Privileged
Traveling abroad is a privilege and can be used for good if the poor are lifted up in the process!
Join us for a Sojourner's Missional Retreat
How to Change a Prisoner's Life
I have been visiting prisoners in the Philippines since 1984. One of the joys is to ask them about their families. If they have children who are in need then we go and visit the home where the children are and bring the kids food, clothes, school supplies and when able we pay their school fees. The joy is to return to the incarcerated family member with pictures and news of our care given to his or her family.
Meeting Local Pastors
I have known Narico Nemenzo and his wife for over thirty years. I first met Narico in So. Leyte. Behind his church was a couple of large foxholes for people to seek cover in the event of a clash between the NPA (New People's Army) and government troops. Today Narico lives on Mactan Island and has a vibrant ministry. For many years the Nemenzos have fed and ministered to the poorest people in Lapu Lapu.
We have a regular flow of young women at our home who all work at the local resorts as waitresses, cooks, dancers and singers. Abbey's daughter Gail is in the red blouse. At 23 years of age they are allowed by the Philippine government to become OFW (Overseas Foreign Worker). The OFW's account for 10 percent of the Philippine economy because of the money they send home for their families.
JPark Island Resort and Water Park is our favorite. We live within ten minutes of each of the resorts in the photo gallery. If an overnight stay is out of your budget then a day pass is available. Day passes come with a buffet meal and access to the resort's pools and beaches. Most resorts offer Jet Ski rental and a few offer parasailing. JPark includes other venues, such as performers at their Havana by the Sea Restaurant and Singers in the Lounge, a couple of game houses with billiard tables and multiple restaruants.
Visit Macau China with Abbey and I as your guides. There are numerous museums, amusement park rides in the hotels, places rich in history, and the people of Macau are all wonderfully friendly. Abbey is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin and knows the best places to eat (not always in the big hotels). During her years living and working in Macau as a chef, Abbey supplemented her income by working as a tour guide.