We have been blessed to have a wonderful week with the Van Dusen Family. It was a spiritual experience to be able to share our mission with them. Norm and I left early Thursday morning, April 2nd, and took the ferry to Cebu. Sister Tanner met us at the port and took us to their beautiful home. We cooked and had a fun time together. The Tanners are so good to us. They just open their hearts and their home to us. They took their van and a truck to go to the airport and meet the Van Dusens and all the things they brought with them to give away to these dear people.
President and Sister Tanner also invited Jake and his companion to meet us at the airport - Jake's area is in the same area as the airport so that worked out really well. We all arrived at the airport at the same time. Just unreal that we could all be together in the Philippines. It was a wonderful experience.
Jake is doing so well. He is a wonderful missionary. It is truly a privilege to be here serving with him. A GREAT FAMILY REUNION IN THE PHILIPPINES !!!!!!
Jake and his companion took the Van Dusens on a Jeepney ride to the mission office. I might mention that Leanna took tons of pictures and they are much better than mine. She will put them on line for the family in the near future.
The next day, Saturday, we left at 6:30 to go to Ubay to another baptism in the ocean. 5 were baptized. That is always a very special experience.
On our way home we went to see where Jake served in Carmen, we went to his apartment and also to the church that he lined up. Just loved being where he has served.
Sunday we went to the Calape Branch by us. Even though it was Fast Sunday the kids sang a song "I Know My Savior Lives". We loved being able to go to church together.
Sister Palmieri was without a companion so she was companions with us for a few hours.
She is a wonderful missionary. They talked her into a card game. I'm sure she hadn't done that for a while.
They also brought 2 other bags chuck full of clothes to give away. They had to pay for 5 extra large bags on the airplane. They were loaded. This is in addition to their own luggage for 6 people.
President Saballa took them on a tricycle ride.
We visited Brother and Sister Lanzaderas and Brother Villalon. The kids sang at both their homes. Brother Villalon has been offended and isn't coming back to church until the crows turn white. I really think he was happy we stopped to see him.
We went on to Tagbilaran - bought Norm an ipad and Mike got him all fixed up again which we so appreciate.
Tuesday morning we left at 5:00 a.m. to go catch a boat at 6:00 to see if we could see any dolphins and we did - a lot of them. That is our boat and boat people in the back.
They went snorkeling. Eden and I elected to stay on the beach and she found a blue starfish. We also went to another island which had a huge wonderful sandbar. So fun.
After we got back to the truck we stopped at Garden Cafe and had a wonderful meal including Halo-Halo's.
On our way home we stopped at a Tarsiers Sanctuary and saw 4 Tarsiers. Cute little things.
Wednesday morning we went to another investigators house and the girls gave their little girl a doll they had brought from home and a box of fruit loops. We also went back to the basketball area and the boys had brought a frisbee which they played with a little and then left the frisbee with them. The looks on their faces were so cute.
Then we drove out to Treasure Island about 15 minutes from our place and played a little bit on another sandy beach. They had beautiful seashells here and sand dollars.
A wonderful privilege for us to be able to spend a few days with these dear people! We so loved having them here!
Off to the ferry all too soon. Such a fun fast week. We did a lot and it was an amazing time together!