With a mixture of excitement and emotion, we prepare to move to Banaba House Ministries in Manila. Simply put, having a garage sale is always good therapy for letting go. We've lived here in Sweet Home for nine years and have made many close friendships. It's hard to leave.
So, why go? Why pack our lives into suitcases and move to serve in Manila's slums? The reason is simply that God has prepared a place there that fits our story.
That's how things work in God's kingdom. Before we were born, God drew up a plan for our lives. That plan prepares us for and pushes us into each phase. He has good works prepared in advance for us to accomplish in each place He puts us.
In this journey called life, our purpose is to glorify God and enjoy Him in each of life's phases. After finding forgiveness through Jesus, living out this purpose is usually done as we use our talents to work and bless others. As we live in relationship with others, the Holy Spirit helps us reflect the beauty of God. Whether our trail is rugged or smooth, we want to walk as Jesus did. WWJD?
So, while leaving is sad and difficult, it is exciting to look forward to the relationships and blessings we'll find through Banaba House Ministries. We will learn so much from new friends and pour blessings into their lives, as well.
Orientation and training with Gary!
Through difficult circumstances, God brought Gary to our house this weekend. We've spent many hours catching a glimpse of our next steps. We are encouraged and invigorated! God has prepared some wonderful work for us in Quezon City, Manila. The timing is right for us to find our fit in the Banaba team. Our whole family has a part to play in mentoring, educating and discipling young people. With three discipleship houses, two vocational sites, and two schools, there is a Swanson-shaped place at Banaba House Ministries where we will fit and serve. Will you join our journey?
We're a family on mission to bring the good news of Jesus to the Philippines.