Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Hello friends,

I think it's time for an update. I'm still in the U.S.A, working hard at my fundraising, and starting to realize that I need to worry about doctors, shots, papers, and learning some Tagalog. The fundraising is going well, I'm getting close to 50% of my goal, $10,000. I have been so blessed by the kindnesses of the churches and individuals in my diocese, it makes me realize how much like a family the church is, full of aunts and uncles and cousins who want to help me share that love. I'm trying to start now, but I can't wait until I'm there.

Anyway way, where's there? what am I doing? I will be in Baguio City in the Philippines. Baguio is on Luzon, the largest island, about 6 hours north of Manila, in the mountains. In Baguio, I will be a teacher at Easter College, an Episcopalian run-secondary school, which is to say high school level. I taught Sunday School for a season, and I've had music students, but I really wouldn't say I've ever been a teacher. Still, there was a time when some of my friends called me "Professor", and I'll admit I enjoyed it. I enjoy telling people that I'm going to be a teacher. After all, the disciples called Jesus teacher, I figure it's a good thing to be. I can't wait to learn from my students. It seems to me that learning to teach someone is just learning how to communicate, learning all you can about their lives and minds. And isn't that the whole point?

Here's some pictures of Baguio from the internet.

1 comment:

  1. Hi David,

    My daughter Margaret was at easte College last year. Her blog has been dropped off of the YASC page since she's back in the States and off to her next advenure, with Episcopal Service Corps in Baltimore. It still exists, as so you can see what the past year was like for her. You can also go to!/alicia.sibaen?fref=ts andfriend Padie Alice, the chaplain at Easter College.

    Tagalog might help a little, but most of your fellow teachers code-shift between tagalog, Igorot and English in the same sentence. English is fine for most communications you need, and Americans are well liked in the Philippines.