Just kidding! I just really want you to read this blog- since you've already opened it, you might as well read it!!
Although, sometimes I think it would be a great idea to not be a missionary anymore. Sometimes missions is so hard that I actually fantasize about becoming a Buddhist. It seems like they live a pretty peaceful life always doing there yoga thing, gettin' all centered and focusing on their inner self. It sometimes seems great compared to the insane life I'm living. Missions is non-stop 24/7, like the energizer bunny on crack. Sometimes I wonder why on earth I signed up for this!
But, Praise God, in His great mercy and love for me, (lightly) hits me in the head with a grace filled 2x4. And smacks me right out of my awesome day dream where i'm at home in my incense filled room in crouching dog position.
Lately, probably because I'm really missing home, Jesus had to hit me with a hard and realllllly grace-filled 2x4.
This 2x4s name is Ana-biwan. Biwan is this sweet little 34 year old (and I say little because next to me she looks like a small child) that I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of months ago. She loves ice cream and volleyball and she's a quiet introvert (yeahhh introverts unite!). She is like the big sister I never had. (Just kidding Bria and Jaclyn- just making sure you are actually reading my blogs). She lives in a town called Magsaysay in a tiny little bamboo hut with her husband, Danny, who is a 4th grade teacher at the local elementary school and her three children Arvie (8), Ian Dave (7), and Rafyl Ava (5).
Sadly, Biwan has been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. She has a softball sized tumor on the side of her neck that has been growing for the last year because she could not afford to go to the doctor. I have taken her to see a specialist and we have started the process of treatment. She has received blood work and CT scans. And we are now just waiting on the results. After next week we will talk to the doctor about starting chemo therapy. So far, thanks to our benefactors, we have been able to pay the $700 bill for the tests but we will not be able to pay for the chemo therapy. The chemo therapy will cost somewhere between $4,000-$5,000 depending on how many sessions she will need.
I know that it is hard to give your money to someone that you don't know but I know and love her! I really want her to be around to watch her kids grow up. Please pray about donating to Biwan! Donating or not- Please please please pray for her and her family and that The Lord would heal her and provide finically for her!
If you would like to donate you can go to my page HERE!!
Or send a check by mail to the FMC office at :
12624 Everglade Rd
Thanks guys! Love y'all! (Don't worry- I'm not converting to Buddhism, I love Jesus and want to live my life for Him!!)
P.S.- I would like to start an art class with the students of Holy Rosary High School but because the school cannot provide funding for this we will have to provide the supplies ourselves. If you would like to donate towards things like paint, paint brushes, colors, color pencils, paper, scissors, construction paper, glue, and other art supplies please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S.S.- for those of you who are following baby Ganise (with the cleft lip), I am taking her to have the surgery done this week! YAYYY!! Please pray for us!
Love you guys!