Greetings from the freezing Midwest! At the time of this writing, Ruth, the kids, and I are winding down our four-week vacation in the States. By the time you read this, Lord willing, we will be back in balmy Dumaguete. We are scheduled to fly out of Detroit on Thursday afternoon, December 4. We have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with friends and family, but I am ready to get back to warm weather. I have told several people, “I would much rather ride my motorcycle in a Filipino downpour than drive a car through snow in the States!”
This vacation has been a real blessing for the whole family. In addition to seeing our families and many of our closest friends, we also were able to spend a lot of time together as a family. We had several lengthy drives during the vacation, and Ruth and I did our best to make the trips memorable for the kids. Elizabeth and Michael have been able to experience many new things that children in America never think twice about. I wish I could describe to you the look on Michael’s and Beth’s faces when I introduced them to their first drinking fountain in the Los Angeles airport. They also got to enjoy their first visit to a Burger King indoor playground. That was certainly a vacation highlight! The last few weeks have also been a good time of concentrated character training for Michael and Beth. Just a few minutes ago, while working on this letter, I called Michael to come to me. He came but forgot to say, “Yes, sir.” So I reminded him, and he whispered, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Say it loud, Michael.” He then looked at me submissively and whispered, “Loud.” I guess we still have a little more training to do when we get back to the Philippines.
During our travels, we were able to visit five different churches, and I had the privilege of speaking and preaching several times. This past Sunday (November 30), I had the privilege of preaching in the teen service at my home church. I preached a message on “The Power of the New Song.” God blessed, and many young people made decisions about having the right kind of music in their lives.
All in all, our vacation has been a great time of R&R for us, and we are now looking forward to getting back to the people that we love in the Philippines. Please pray for us as we get back into the routine of soul winning, ministry work, and investing in lives.
Yours for souls,
Mike, Ruth, Elizabeth, and Michael Morrissey