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2020 team members: Larry & Lynda Wall, Karl & Lori & Mikaila Bloedorn
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Thank you to all of you who are praying for the the team.
As you read through these updates each day you not only hear about what is happening but you can get a sense of how much the team appreciates your prayers. As they continue to serve and be a light in the community pray that they will shine with the love of Christ to those around them. 

Monday January 27th

Hello again,
 
Today, reflecting on the events of the day, includes some reflection on our whole trip.  It seems like we have been here for ages already, and at the same time, like we just got here. So many things have happened over the past two weeks, and we have mixed feelings, desiring to get back home, but also knowing that we are very close to saying goodbye to our family and friends here.  I know that our hearts will ache a little when that hour comes, but with your prayers and support, the Lord will help us to leave this surreal adventure with grace.  This morning actually started with Karl leading our Base fellowship time, where we each shared some of those reflections and prayer requests from our time together here.  That was very encouraging for all of us, as the recurring theme of each one’s thoughts centred on what a magnificent and wonderful God we serve, and how truly abundant His blessings are for us.

   I (Larry) have been trying to get a storage cabinet built at the ministry centre, and I went there again today to get some more done on that.  The whole experience of getting a work project done HERE, is no comparison to getting it done back home, where I am in my own element, knowing exactly what to expect, and how to get it done.  The challenges here are totally different, starting with “where to get the material”, then “how to get it back to the ministry centre”, to “how many different stores do we need to go to to get the different sizes of screws and hardware bits that I need”, and “what tools will I need, and where will I get them”.  I rounded up the tools that I needed, but the drill didn’t work properly, so back to a couple of different stores to buy a drill that would do the job, without costing an arm and a leg.  I think that we went to two or three different hardware stores to get the right size of screws as well.  They like to sell them one at a time, and it was a bit of a job to find a store that would sell even small packages of screws.  
 
Anyways, we finally got the plywood delivered on a couple of tricycles (motorbike things), and I was able to finally start work.  What a let down it was to discover that the quality “marine grade” plywood that we bought was worse structurally than the worst grade of plywood back home.  When I cut into it, there were voids all through it, and parts of it would de-laminate, etc…and I just don’t want to talk about what I think of this “top grade“ of plywood any more!  Nice looking plywood on the outside, but total junk on the inside.  I’m sure that there’s some “spiritual” parallel here, and you can finish it.  I was actually making some slow progress on the project today (maybe half done?), when the power went out.  Really?!? With only  part of a day left tomorrow, please pray that I’ll get most of it done, and that it won’t all just fall apart when they start to use it (just kidding…I’m sure it will last at least a week!).
   
I can’t leave the report for the day without mentioning a very bright spot.   Lynda and Lori got to visit the outreach community of Isla Bisaya with Gerald and Jomar. This is the community where the Hills ministered last year, helping out with the community bathroom and well project.  Access to the place was very precarious, with submerged pathways and rickety bridges along the way, but the group was able to get there.  Lynda was particularly amazed at how much the community has grown over the past four years, since we had been there last.  It has probably at least doubled in size, no doubt owing to the fact that they now have a great central community washroom, and a good well.  Thanks Ryan, Rebecca, Hudson, and Anna, for your great contribution to help make that happen!  What a huge blessing that has been!  And of course, thanks to Ted with his team,  and the Church in Cam Cam, whose outreach focus conceived the details of the project to reach out with God’s love to another needy community!  This was a really cool experience for the gals to see first hand today.
   
Tomorrow will be our last day here, and we will be saying our goodbyes in the evening.  Hopefully “early” in the evening, as we will be getting up at about 3:00 am, to leave the base at 3:30 am, to get to Manila for our 6:50 am flight.  We are expecting a very easy trip home, though,  as we will be landing in Vancouver at 8:30 am, less than 2 hours after we leave!  It is quite possible that we may not be in any shape to give you an update report tomorrow, and you will have to get the latest news after we are home.  I should be careful to add “if the Lord wills” we will be getting home…we know that you will be praying about that for us too…so we’re not worried!

Signing off for your Departure Bay / Philippine Team,
Karl, Lori, Mikaila, Lynda & Larry

Sunday January 26th

 
Hello friends!
 
Today was the sixth anniversary of the Church here, so I have been corrected as I thought it was the seventh already.  But it’s all OK, because it only means that the Church is at the start of a brand new year…the SEVENTH year!  So the significance of the number “seven” in the Bible still holds, and we can still pray that this will be a special year for this young Church.  They have actually done amazingly well by our western standards, considering their young life.  They are continuing to grow, and regularly see new folks showing up in their ministries.  They have already reached out with ministries to two needy communities around them, and looking for more ways to share their faith beyond their own community.  
 
Our anniversary service today, was very special, with our team standing up representing Departure Bay with special music, and blessings and prayers for continued growth and vitality in the years ahead.  Ted gave a short encouragement and challenge, and again reminding the folks of Departure Bay’s interest and prayers for the folks here.  Ted concluded his remarks with and expression of gratitude for God’s great hand of love and blessing for us.   We sang a really cool, moving song about this theme, which I am hoping that Lori might be able to introduce into our own worship song line up.  Other folks from the congregation gave testimonies of praise and thanksgiving as well, and Eddie brought the main message and challenge today.  Then, of course, the worship singing was amazing again.  The celebration ended with a good helping of food and refreshments (just like back home…no celebration feels quite right without at least some food!). After the service, us guys went out for unlimited chicken wings with the men that came out today.  What a feast that was!  
 
While we were there we were reminded again about God’s care and goodness as He watches over us.  When we arrived at the wings place, we learned that Ted’s wallet had gone missing.  This really upset us, because we knew just how important all the contents were to Ted, and what the consequence of this loss could be.  So, our reaction was to just stop in the middle of the restaurant, while Karl led us in prayer for God’s intervention in this critical situation.  Ted had left us a little while earlier, trying to retrace his path as he and Eddie were out on Ted’s new motorcycle.  That was no small task for them, as we had all been winding down a maze of streets and alleys for at least 15 or 20 minutes.  So, Ted and Eddie weren’t there while we were praying, but not too long afterward, they were able to join us, with the news that his wallet had been found!  Someone saw it lying in the middle of the street, and turned it in to a local gate-keeper, who was able to return it to Ted.  
 
How unlikely a miracle is that!  That immediate answer to our prayers just blew us away, and it was awesome to share that experience of God’s greatness with the other men that were with us.  Thank you Lord!  And thank you Departure Bay for your part in praying for us!  I am sure that we often don’t really know specifically what to pray for, but if we are faithful in this area, God knows, and looks after all the details that we couldn’t possibly predict or be prepared for.  What next!  Well, we’ll see, and let you know tomorrow!  We’ll sleep well tonight, knowing our Heavenly Father doesn’t sleep, but always keeps watch over us.
 
Thinking of you all!
Your Philippine ambassadors

Saturday January 25th

 
Hello again from sunny San Pedro!

   Today was an exciting day at the ministry Center, as we entertained nearly 100 kids from the community.  We set up shop right outside on the street, where we would wash and shampoo the kid’s hair, and then we would send them back inside while the lice shampoo did it’s work, and we would feed them a hot bowl of hearty soup.  Then we sent them back outside to the street again, while volunteers would rise out their hair, and give it a nice combing.  We weren’t finished yet though, as we would send the kids back inside to another station, where each child would receive a gift of clothing and other special treats that would have been sent ahead from the folks back home in Nanaimo.  This was truly an amazing event for the kids, and about half of them were new to experiencing the benevolence of God through the ministry Centre.  We were proud to be able to be your ambassadors, touching the lives of these kids with kindness, and gifts, and support from back home.  
 
Although we have sensed the impact of our help here over the past several days, today’s ministry may have had the greatest impact on the community at large.  So many passers by would look and wonder what was going on here, and why would the people in this place be showing such love and kindness to the children of this community.  Kids by the dozen just hung around and watched as we had such a great time “treating” their friends to a shampoo and scalp massage, and giving them free food and gifts.  I think that we caught a few extra kids just “on a dare” from their friends to participate in this strange and weird display of compassion, that was so rare to see anywhere else within their world.  It is the ongoing hope and prayer of the Team here, that their efforts to show compassion and love to every member of the family, children, youth and adults alike, would extend the light and love of Christ to transform lives and communities for His glory.  We caught a glimpse of that today, and were humbled to be a part of it.
 
Tomorrow (Sunday here) will be another special day, as we celebrate the anniversary of the Church in Cam Cam.  Seven years ago, our Church sent out a Team to this small mission, where we participated in the first ever Church service in this community.  Then three years later, we sent out another team, who were here for the third anniversary, and also the celebration of several folks being baptized.  Now, we are going to be here to participate in the seventh anniversary of this Church.   We will be providing some special music, and words of encouragement and affirmation, as we celebrate with these precious folks.  Our partnership with Ted’s ministry, and the development of the Church here, cannot be denied, showing up as we do, along the path of their growth.  
 
I am hoping that you, the small but mighty Church at Departure Bay, recognize the significance of your partnership with the development of Christ’s body here in this far away part of the globe.  God has been pleased to use us in making a difference for His kingdom.  Pray that our participation in the festivities tomorrow will go well, and reflect God’s commendation of the Church here.  Seven has special significance in the Bible…pray that everything is just perfect here tomorrow!  We can’t wait to share with you how it goes!

God’s best blessings to all.

Friday January 24th

Hello Departure Bay Family,

   I am writing at the close of a very busy day here in the Philippines.  It was also unique in the fact that it actually rained later in the day, for the first time since we have been away…something that we forgot about since leaving a snowy Nanaimo just over a week ago.  As I mention this, I am realizing that our time here is now more than half gone.  
 
The women’s program was a great success, as Lynda & Lori met with about 25 ladies from the community.  Lynda gave the devotional, and was reminded what it is like to speak through a translator, as most of the ladies have only limited understanding of english.  They appreciated what Lynda had to say, and just loved the bead bracelets that they created to remind them about the fruit of the Spirit.  
 
Later on we all met with the youth for our second program with them.  Lori took the lead tonight in the worship singing, which was very memorable and worshipful, as she added some of her own flavour to the songs.  We have found that it is not very hard to engage with the youth in almost anything that we do with them, as they are so appreciative of our interaction with them.  The worship singing was no different, as the kids just sang their heart out in praise to God.  The “tie dye reveal” was fun, as the kids saw their finished tee shirt products, and showed them off to the rest of the group.  We followed up after that with a time of sharing & devotional thoughts, being reminded that we are all unique, and beautiful in God’s sight.  
 
We were impressed again with the enthusiasm and joy that flows out of most of these kids, as they express themselves so easily to one another, and to God in worship.  Tomorrow is Children’s ministry again, and we expect to see another hoard of kids, to get fed and pampered a little as we show them God’s love in a special way.  
 
Thanks again for your prayers for today’s ministry, as we feel that we made an impact with the youth.  Please pray for the kids that we see tomorrow, that this will also be the case, and that they will recognize Christ’s love through us.  More to follow…
 
PRAYER REQUEST: Jomar and Geralds (YWAM staff) mom just lost her husband to colon cancer two weeks ago and she in in mourning, pray for her comfort and that she is able to provide for herself.
 
Blessings to all!
Departure Bay Ambassadors to the Philippines

Thursday January 23rd

Hello again,

The Nanaimo Team is safe back “home” at the missions base after some exciting adventures in other parts of the Philippines, which we will share with you when we get back.  Lori, Karl, and Mikayla were back a day ahead of the Walls, and they had some pretty eye opening experiences, as they did some house to house visitation in the community.  They were moved by the humble dwellings and simple lifestyles of those they visited and prayed with.   
 
Our focus is again on ministry tomorrow, and it will be a busy one.  In the morning I (Larry) will be going with Ted to buy supplies for a much needed storage cabinet to organize instruments and supplies, to go along with the recent renovation.  Building this will be a side project for me, just to help out with some of my skills.  In the afternoon, Lynda will be leading the mothers program, with teaching and a craft project that she has been preparing, about the fruit of the Spirit. Pray with us that this will help strengthen the daily walk of faith for these ladies in the community.  
 
In the evening, we will be connecting with the youth again, with a time of worship, sharing, and “tie dye” project reveals from last week’s craft project.  Then, coming up on Saturday, we will be meeting with the kids for a second time, to do some scalp and hair treatments and a “feeding program”, to give the kids a good healthy meal.  Thanks once again for standing with us in prayer as we reach out on your behalf to show Christ’s love for this community!  
 
We’ll be in touch with more news tomorrow.
Blessings from all of us to all of you!

Wednesday January 22nd

Hello family,

   After spending the first couple of days getting into the ministry with Ted & his team in Cam Cam (pronounced “come come”), our home team has taken time for a mini excursion, to take in some other sights here.  The Bloedorns have gone off to Boracay, and the Walls have gone to Palawan.  As we have been getting reports from Karl, Lori, & Mikayla having fun in the sun, we’ll let them tell us all about it themselves.  By the time of this writing, they will already be back at the base, getting ready for another round of ministry tomorrow.   
 
As for the Walls, our excursion adventure has been even more exciting than we could have ever planned.  We took along Ted & Eddie, so we could share the experience together, and it started off in a rare, unbelievable way.  Palawan is an island, almost exactly the same length as Vancouver Island, so we had to fly to get there.  Turns out that conditions at the local airport there were too windy to land on the first attempt, as the airplane suddenly accelerated just as we were about to touch down. So we circled to make another attempt…same thing!   It is a very strange and unsettling experience to suddenly feel the plane lift off as you are preparing it to land.  We circled around for the third time, after hearing the captain give his reassurances not to worry.  Third attempt also failed, and everyone on the plane wondered what would happen, as this time the plane just kept on heading out over the sea, away from the Island, until the captain announced that we would be forced to land at an airport about an hour away.  We would wait there for another hour, until we finally got word that conditions improved back on Palawan, and took off for our destination another hour away, for our fourth attempt to land, which happened to fail again!   
 
After all those attempts we were so, so disappointed that our anticipated excursion would come to such a dismal end before it even got started.  None of us spoke on the way back to Manila, as we were trying to deal with our disappointment in a Christ like way…pretty tough not to feel some measure of frustration with God, who controls the wind.  And the question: “Now what?” couldn’t be ignored as we contemplated how we would feel, and what we would do when we landed back in Manila.  We decided that we shouldn’t give up on our dreams of an excursion, so we made some alterations to our plans, caught a low grade hotel for the night, and got the first flight out to Palawan the next morning, which landed successfully, to everyone’s cheers and applause.  
 
Well, you’ll have to wait to hear about our amazing, wonderful time that we have had here, but I wanted you to hear about some of our challenges, so you would be aware of the value of your prayers for us.  As you can hear, your prayers are very much needed every day, whether we are just relaxing and having fun, or involved in ministry.  Thank you again for standing behind us! We’ll have some amazing stories to tell when we get back (if and when the Lord wills!).

Blessings from Your Home Team,
Karl, Lori, Mikayla, Lynda, & Larry

Saturday January 18th

Hello again from the Philippines

    Another day, and another whole new set of experiences.   The kids worship time this morning was so energetic and full of life!  The Youth Leadership Team do a truly amazing job with the kids.  They really love them, and are such great examples for them.   Lori was up next, and she did an awesome job with the kids during the teaching and craft time.  She had a “quick change” routine, where she swapped characters between David and Goliath, to illustrate God’s strength against seemingly impossible odds.  We all helped out in the craft, as kids painted stones, and made pouches to remind them of the story.  The new renovation proved again to be a great improvement over the old space.  There is so much more room (which is definitely needed), and with new paint and finishes, it is so much nicer!  Thanks so much for those who have helped financially for this program, as Ted still needs to pay for this work.

   This evening, we all went to the newest mall in San Pedro, and couldn’t help but being impacted by the stark contrast between the ultra modern atmosphere at the mall, and the relative poverty in the area where Ted & his team ministers.  We are so grateful to be an encouragement to the Team here, and the beautiful people of Cam Cam.  Some of us visited Thelma today (Gerald & Jomar’s mom), who lost her husband just a few weeks ago, and spent time encouraging her.  Please remember her in your prayers, as this is a lonely, hard time for her.

    Tomorrow, the Nanaimo Team will be heading out on some “excursion time”, to see some of the other sites that this part of the world has to offer.  This will be a break for us, and we might not communicate for a few days (or maybe we will!), until we get back.  Please continue to pray for our safety and good health…so far that’s been working perfectly!

Blessings;
The Team

Friday January 17th

Greetings from your Philippines Team!

First full day of ministry for us here is in the books.   This was also the first youth gathering in the newly renovated ministry centre,  since well before Christmas.  There was more than fifty  youth out to this event, and they were very lively and “pumped up” from the time they entered the centre, till the time they left. The worship time was loud and lively, just like Filipino youth like it, and it was great to see the youth worship leaders making a joyful noise to the Lord.  I was particularly happy to see the electronic drum set from Nanaimo Christian School put to good use.   I (Larry) shared some of my story with them, using that as an example of how Our Creator God fills our lives with so much colour through the particular set of circumstances that fills our lives.  From that, we dove into our “tie dye” craft, and there was no shortage of excitement there, when the kids each got a free t-shirt and all the goods to create something unique and colourful, just to illustrate how each of us are as we submit to God’s hand at work in our lives.  
 
The Team here has been feeding us and treating us well, along with the help of some ladies from the Church.   Tomorrow’s focus will be on the children, as we put on a program for a mob of kids from the community.  Lori has some really cool things prepared to teach and share a craft with them.  If you are one of the ladies on the sewing team, we’ll be sharing your handiwork in the craft, where the kids will be making pouches to hold special stones as a reminder of the Bible story “David & Goliath”.  
 
Pray with us that this will go as planned, and have a lasting positive impact on the kids.  More to follow after that program.
 
Blessings to all,
“The Team”

Thursday January 16th

Hello from the Philippines!
 
Well…we finally made it!  After a few tense moments of apprehension, we got into the Manilla airport at about midnight (Philippines time) last night.   We had a few hurdles to cross, mainly due to the weather in Nanaimo and Vancouver.  Getting out of Vancouver was pretty scary, as every hill had someone stuck on it, and our cab driver had to be very creative in just getting out of town.  We did finally get to the airport in time, but faced another delay, as every plane had to go through the de-icing process, and to be sure the runway was ploughed and clear.  Overall, I would describe the day of travelling “gruelling”, as so much of the day was spent cramped up in tight seats on the plane.  But we made it, and looking forward to our first day here, which will include some worship, orientation, and then later leading the youth program, with a devotional and tie dye craft project.  
 
Please pray that this will all go well as I (Larry) will be leading the show, and hope that as I share my testimony, that it will have a meaningful impact on the youth.  It’s hot and muggy here, so also pray that we will be able to “stay cool”, and have the energy to be helpful and encouraging.  We are all healthy, but pray that this will stay the course.  We are appreciating the knowledge of your support and prayers back home!  Thank you so much!

Blessings from our Team,
Mikaila, Lori, Karl, Lynda, & Larry
AND Greetings from the Team here,
Gerald, Jomar, Eddie, & Ted