Category Archives: Davao Diary

Ingredients in my hand-cream

This stuff does my skin feel soft, although I wouldn’t say it makes it feel moisturized. The lotion is absorbed pretty fast. I don’t really mind the snail secretion ingredient.  I’m over the ick factor and have been a long time.  I didn’t read the label until I got home, and I was a bit […]

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Reading, Bibles, and The Philippines

  Davao City has no public libraries. I don’t know if the public schools have libraries or not.  I have been told by more than one Filipino that Filipinos do not typically like to read. While I do know several for whom that is not true, they are among those telling me that it’s not […]

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Missionary Stomach? What Missionary Stomach

I used to be quite pleased with myself over my ability and willingness to eat pretty much anything here, and it did gain the admiration and appreciation of a number of locals. One lady in particular kept commenting on what she called my ‘missionary stomach.’ But my self-congratulation was mis-placed (it nearly always is). I […]

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Minimum Wage in the PHilippines

One of our young Filipino friends came over for dinner a couple nights ago.  He told us the minimum wage here is just 320 pesos a day- 6.40 cents, roughly (a few cents less).  I asked if people were really able to live on that, and he said yes, and if they can get a […]

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Missionary Journeys: Bukidnon, Mount Apo

The pictures in this post are from the members of our congregation, from their recent preaching trips up into the mountains, but they are not necessarily in correct order and don’t necessarily match up with the text.  I get place names mixed up- but they depict recent missionary journeys by people I know and respect. […]

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