Archive for March 2012

MEMORIES FROM THE MISSION FIELD – PHILIPPINES

Greetings once again  Family and Friends,

 

 

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Julie and Sonny Lim continued to be a blessing to us as Sonny graciously offered to us the use of an American refrigerator which we were able to use with a transformer.  We had to shop often though because there were a lot of “brownouts”, (we call them “blackouts”).   There was a drought that affected the electricity causing excessive power outages which often lasted for hours.

The Lord blessed us immensley, as we had only to buy a sala set, that is a couch, chairs , coffee table and end tables, and mattresses for the beds.  Everything else, in the way of furniture the Lord provided.

In the photo (below right) Sonny was stirring a buko salad.  He was putting the finishing touches on as he made the salad in the crisper from the fridge.   Sonny and Julie lived in a very nice house in an upper scale neighborhood, and though they had a very nice kitchen, Julie said she didn’t use her modern kitchen but the “dirty kitchen”.  The dirty kitchen was outside the house where you could fry or grill and not have the worry of  the odor of fried fish lingering, since it is a well ventilated area.  I guess you could say it would be like cooking out on the patio in the states.  (Notice the background in the photo to see their dirty kitchen.)  To make a buco salad this size took considerable work.  First of all, he went to his coconut farm to harvest the coconuts.  When he got them home he had to open them with a bolo (machete).  Then began the scraping of the soft young coconut meat from inside the shell.  Since the young coconut (buko) is a thin membrane, it took a lot of coconuts for Sonny’s salad.  He and Julie were anxious for us to try Filipino cuisine and very excited to see if we liked it.  This special dessert also had fruit cocktail, nata de coco, which is a cubed gelatin type of food with some substance to it, and sweetened condensed milk.  We loved it!  In fact when asking my husband if he loved it, as I was writing about it, he said an enthusiastic “yes!”   In fact he said, “I could eat a bowl of it right now!”  Well, what can I say? I don’t have any young coconuts or nata de coco around, so I guess he can’t have any.  Poor guy!

My husband and Brother M. traveled to various provinces on Mindanao and once went to Negros Oriental to preach.  I enjoyed it when I could go too.  My heart was touched by the need.  On one occasion, my husband and  Brother M. stopped in a barrio in their travels and stayed and preached in a house.  Various people showed up and a certain man prayed for salvation. Imagine my husband’s surprise when he found out this man was a killer for the NPA, (the New Peoples Army) a communist insurgent group.  The Lord was good.  My life was definitely enriched by my experience in the Philippines.  My daughter was remembering how hospitable even the very poor people were.  My son remembered in one place we ate canned fish and of course rice.  He said it was the best meal he has ever eaten!  They honored the missionary and his family with the very best they had.  How could your heart not be touched?

I will close this post with a very popular song by Basil Valdez, a Filipino singer, that was playing everywhere at that time.

God Bless You

Tagalog translation: Pagpalain ka ng Diyos

Lord willing,  more about the Philippines in a later post.

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