In Exodus, God instructs the Hebrews to eat a special meal (Passover) through multiple specific methods. One of the ways was that they were to be fully dressed with their sandals strapped on and a staff in their hands. They were such in a rush that their bread didn’t even have time to rise. It was through faith that the Hebrews got ready to leave as they ate their last meal in Egypt—even though the Pharaoh had yet to give the order. It was implied that once the last plague had hit, the Pharaoh would let God’s people go. They had to be ready to move before he changed his mind.

The people of God were dressed and ready to go and they had God on their side of the army—but they still didn’t go. They stayed, and they waited for the Pharaoh to let them go. However, by faith, they got dressed, filled their bellies, and packed up their belongings.

Let us remember the faith of the Hebrew people as we wait to be let go from this quarentine. We don’t sit around waiting while binge watching Netflix and YouTube. We get dressed. We exercise. We learn. We work. We create. We are going to be let go. And by faith, we prepare.

Back in Business!

Terence was itching to get back into badminton. Every time the courts were about to open, the government extended it. One of the courts businesses closed permanently. The team was devastated. 

As an act of faith, Terence and Ingrid began exercising together early in the mornings. Just as the Hebrews were dressed and ready to go, exercising was our act of faith that the courts will open again. When they do, we will be ready to play! 

Well today, the courts are open! —with a meter distance, temperature scans, and mask regulation—but we are back in action! 

The team was so happy to be reunited again. We brought Jubilee to the court, and she loved it. 

We are excited for this New Normal.

Adjustments and Blessings

The work of CIC continues! Terence is recording lectures and Ingrid is designing. The office is back open, but we only have 3 - 4 people there at a time, so it’s not a big deal. Ingrid has set up a mini-office in our new home so she can stay with Reilee. 

The Field is coming up with exciting and creative ways to minister and educate to those around us. It is interesting how each pastor and missionary has taken up the challenge of the quarantine. We have more of a passion now to go and make disciples than we ever did before. Everyone is preparing and doing what they can at a safe distance. It has been quite inspiring.

A few missionaries and our church that we attend (Oikos Church of the Nazarene) came to our home to bless it. The house had many Buddhist idols and a small shrine set up. We put away everything in a box, but Terence, Ingrid, and Pai (our housemate) were experiencing uneasiness and nightmares. So we invited our Christian brothers and sisters to come and bless the home.

We sang a few songs, had a short message, and then everyone prayed in Christ's name to cast out any evil spirits in our house and blessed that the home may be used for the Lord's purposes. It was so refreshing to worship and pray together in person. We had no idea how much we craved for this interactions until now. We pray this pandemic can be over soon.

Reilee Report

Reilee is now five months old! Woo!

She is currently fighting naps and gaining a chatty personality. It has been a bit more difficult for us to get work done because she has been rolling over like crazy! Every time we turn away for a second, she rolls into the edge of danger (even if we surround her with pillows). We fear the days when she can start crawling and walking…

We have been walking every evening with her around our new neighborhood. No technology. Just the three of us walking for an hour outside at sunset. It has literally been a breath of fresh air, and we look forward to this time every day. 

Close to Home

About a week ago, Terence’s parents started having aches, coughs, and fevers. One morning, his father could hardly get up and couldn’t breathe. Ambulances took them to the nearest hospital. They were put under quarantine and observation.

They have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

A few days later, Terence’s younger brother also tested positive for the virus. All three are currently in the hospital.

Terence’s father has diabetes and heart issues while his mother has been an autoimmune disease. We have tried contacting both, but it has been difficult since their cough is so bad and the internet is not good.

Thailand will not allow anyone to come in or out of the country until June 30, so we cannot make any emergency trips back to the Philippines. 

This has been very troubling for our family. We cannot do much except to pray. We invite you to join our family in prayer. May the Lord heal Terence’s family and give Terence a sense of peace during this time.

Prayer Requests

Lustaña Healing: Please pray for Terence's parents and brother as they recover from the coronavirus. Keep Terence and his older brother in mind as they are far away. 

New Home: Join our church and missionaries in prayer for our new home. May people come out better than how they come in. We pray that our home may be a blessing to others and all who step in it. We pray for any evil spirits to be cast out in the name of Jesus. 

COVID19/Essential Workers: Let us pray for our essential workers during this time who are doing their part to provide for the community and protect you from getting sick. Please lift them and all other essential workers up in prayer during this time.

Teaching: We have been asked to teach for CIC. Please pray for these upcoming opportunities to help equip ministers in communications and theology.

Language Study: Thank you, Lord, for giving us more time to study Thai. We have been studying for a few hours every day. Having a Thai roommate gives us more opportunities to ask for help and ask questions. A badminton teammate is a Thai teacher and has offered to help us. We are so thankful!

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