“This is delicious,” Lenia told me, but for some reason only she and I would eat the pig brain and eyeballs. Weird huh? (Another check on that bucket list.)
Save the good parts for me!
I have lived in Asia for most of my life and even though there are few mysteries for me in places like this, I was startled to see the intense level of poverty of the Philippines. We saw many homeless people alongside the roadways of the major cities, including children. Many mornings, I would go to the bakery, get a bag of freshly baked buns wrapped separately, and as I walked along, I would hand out food to each homeless beggar.
Living under the overpass
One afternoon, I met a woman with 4 children begging. I offered to buy them some lunch. After some persuasion, the shopkeepers finally allowed the family to sit and eat inside their restaurant. Then I asked the children to pick out what food they wanted. They were shy, so I had to pick it out for them. I asked if they needed anything else and they said shoes, but, even if they’d had the money they were not even allowed inside the mall to purchase them. They only had 2 pairs of flip-flops to share between them as they stood and begged on the hot-tar streets. They smiled big as I handed them some new footwear.
These children had never eaten in a restaurant.
Judah Ben Hur
You are probably wondering now what I was doing in the Philippines. About a year ago YWAM Tampa decided to revive our musical Judah Ben Hur as a tool to share the gospel. This meant that we would need to postpone our Discipleship Training School till the Fall.
Brad played the roll of the Sheik
We assembled a cast of seventeen talented actors and they needed a technician to run the sound and lights. There was no one besides me who could manage the technical aspects of the show and so it was essential that I go as well. Even now, Anne and I are still praying in the money needed for that trip but it was a successful and miraculous trip.
When ya commin' back?
Our first show in the Philippines (March 22) was at a Christ for Asia orphanage. It was incredibly hot and the sound didn’t work well. David went out and improvised a great half hour pre-show to give me extra time to solve the sound problem. Then platform broke but we found a quick way to repair it. After the show, I realized why the sound had problems. Electricity in the Philippines is not grounded. We had a fantastic time with the youth and we were definitely as blessed as the children we had come to serve.
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Performing our show for orphans
Between America and Philippines we did over a dozen performances. After our shows numerous people came forward and accepted Jesus into their hearts and we also saw several miraculous healings. I remember specifically that 5 people came forward for salvation at Calvary Chapel St. Pete, FL and that around 14 street kids accepted Jesus while in the Philippines. When we weren’t performing the show we were ministering to street kids and to orphans.
Titus Richards enjoyed playing with the street kids.
We gained a lot of favor from the pastors and leaders in Cebu and they asked us to return and do a citywide performance of Judah Ben Hur for all the churches. Please pray for us as we make plans to go back in February-March. This time we will be bringing our Discipleship Training School students with us, which begins on September 23rd.
YWAM Cebu offered incredible hospitality
Anne and the kids
The entire trip was 5 weeks, and Anne and the kids stayed home. We didn't want to disrupt Samantha's school schedule - she loves school, and while the teachers and principal were willing to work with us, it was not necessary for them to go. So, we got a sweet dog to take care of the family while I was gone. We moved the kids out of the walk-in closet and into their own room together - we had to kick Grandad out of his office to make room!
How do you cook squirrel?
(It was dead and they washed their hands)
Samantha worked hard in Kindergarten earning the A Honor roll. We are so proud of how well she has done this year in school. At Graduation, Anne spoke with the Principal, who commented how well Samantha has improved. She started the year as "The Little Missionary Jungle Girl" who couldn't sit still or follow directions, and has become helpful, courteous and delightful. Actually, she was always delightful, just 'unruly and delightful'! ;-)
Timmy is getting ready to enter Pre-K in the Fall (August). He's very excited and is already learning his letters and numbers - he's got a real competitive streak and wants to catch up to his big sister!
Hey, can I go to school now?
- Prayer for Taa, a YWAM Church Planter we work with in Phitsanulok who needs $850 USD. He is going on a mission trip to Bangladesh.
- Prayer that we will be able to find a cheap vehicle.
- Praying that 20 individuals would join our support team.
- Pray that we can raise enough to staff the YWAM Phitsanulok Performing Art DTS which will begin Nov. 2014.
Thank you so much for partnering with us and making this ministry successful! We are so grateful for your support and prayers.
Sean and Anne Sanborn
YWAM Tampa Performing Arts Discipleship Training School
Training and Outreach Directors