Dear <<First Name>>, it is always hard for me to start a Christmas letter as there is so much catching up to do. Nonetheless, here goes.
We are still in Davao City and are about half-way through our eighth year here, eleventh year out of the USA when you count the three years in Singapore. Honestly, we never thought we would be so involved in ministries here in the Philippines. Lots of ministry growth again this year with many unexpected opportunities.
Janey is probably the big news. She graduates in May from Faith International Academy. She has been accepted at three colleges in TN and we are evaluating the options with her. She has a preferred college in mind and I think it is a good fit for her. Her interests at this time are psychology related studies. We plan to make a transition year with her when she leaves for the USA in June. In the next semester, she will continue with vocal music, play soccer and generally just try to finish out the school year with some level of enthusiasm.
Gary, our "Filipino son", finished college in April and took his board exam for nursing at the end of November. He is now working for Seeds of Dignity as our surgery liaison person. He is planning to get married on April 15th to Girlie. So lots of life changes for him.
Pellen and I are still involved in Rotary. Pellen serves as Secretary and I am in my second term as a Club President for the Pag-Asa Club of Davao City. Rotary brings with it a lot of work but also many opportunities for partnerships and services to our communities. We are working on our sixth Rotary grant since joining the club in 2011. Many here are blessed by the services of Rotary.
This year, I made five trips to Leyte Island, where God lead us to open a ministry center in 2014. I just returned on Wed. from my last trip for the year, intact with an intestinal amoeba. Will spare you the details on that one. It was great to be there to dedicate 10 more pump boats for fishing families and three additional pot-pots,(bicycle taxis).
This summer, we also traveled to the USA for a short trip, speaking a lot about ministries, visiting with friends and family and checking out colleges with Janey. Although the time was short, we had good visits with so many in California, Missouri and Tennessee.
Some unexpected ministry highlights this year - 1) starting a church at a blind school, 2) finding ourselves coordinating services for 65 tribal children for a dormitory type facility in the Marilog mountains, 3) starting a surgery assistance program to link patients to services.
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We know that most of you who receive this letter pray for us regularly We greatly appreciate and feel the prayers on a daily basis.
May God bless you as you bless others this season,
Peter, Pellen and Janey